Everyone wants to try to save money where they can, and if your HVAC system is giving you grief, you may be wondering if you can handle the repair yourself.
Why pay someone else to do something I can learn how to do on the internet?
How hard could it be?
What could go wrong?
At JM Heating & Cooling, we refer to those types of questions as “famous last words,” because, time and time again, we’ve received repair calls from people who thought they could handle this type of repair themselves.
In most cases, they have not only failed to fix the original problem, they have would up making that problem worse.
Below are just a few of the reasons you should never attempt to DIY repair your Longmont, Colorado HVAC system.
Would you trust your mechanic to handle your dental work?
Unless you’re a trained, experienced HVAC technician, chances are you have little to no experience when it comes to working on heating and cooling units. Each manufacturer makes many different types of HVAC units and every model is just a little different from the rest. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing (and /or you aren’t sure what you’re looking at), this repair is best left to the pros.
You may have future problems with your homeowner’s insurance policy
Whether you’re applying for a new homeowner’s insurance policy or you’re in the process of updating the one you currently have, you’ll need to show that you’re taking care of your home. In most cases, this involves being able to show proof that you’re maintaining key components within it (such as your HVAC). If you try to DIY a repair and wind up doing damage to your current system, you could have problems renewing or obtaining homeowners insurance coverage.
You might also run into problems if you put your home on the market
If you’re planning on selling your home, there’s a very, very good chance that Bobbie and Susie homebuyer won’t be impressed with your lack of maintenance and/or repair paperwork. If you can’t show you’ve been taking care of your HVAC system, this could scare off potential buyers, because no one wants to deal with unexpected (and oftentimes expensive) repairs.
You could cause a carbon monoxide leak
Many, many years ago we knew of a landlord who tried to perform a basic repair to his tenant’s HVAC system and in the process, his “repair” led to a massive carbon monoxide leak. Lucky for the landlord, the tenants had a carbon monoxide detector and they learned of the problem almost immediately.
Just say no
If you’re having problems with your HVAC system or you think it’s time to schedule routine maintenance, we can help. Don’t try to do these repairs yourself!