Landscaping, deck repair, kitchen renovations – owning a home means that you need to keep it in good shape and looking great. This is especially important when it comes to your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. Without it, you don’t get any air conditioning or heating, and it needs regular maintenance to work as efficiently as possible.
Many people want to save on costs by doing some of their home maintenance projects themselves, and rightly so. And while there are some HVAC projects you can easily do yourself, there are others you definitely shouldn’t. So how do you know which ones you can do on your own?
HVAC projects you can handle yourself
There are some basic HVAC tasks that most people can handle on their own:
- Cleaning and changing your air filter, based on the manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Verifying that your thermostat is set to optimal settings based on both the time of day and season.
- Cutting back vegetation at least two feet away from your outdoor unit.
- Removing debris from your air ducts. Note that you will need a professional to get in further, especially if you have been doing home renovations.
HVAC projects that need a professional
Some people avoid certain HVAC tasks because of the costs associated with hiring a professional. But think – a professional has the training, experience, and tools to complete tasks quickly and completely. They know which parts to get and can save on the cost of purchasing them. Finally, they are aware of the safety aspects of working with your HVAC system. So which HVAC projects need a professional? Here are just a few:
- Large obstructions: It happens – you get debris clogged in your ductwork or other parts of your HVAC system. But if you have a large obstruction or one that you cannot reach easily or safely, then it is time to call in a professional.
- Electrical issues: You never want to play around with your electrical system. A professional can assess the situation and make sure that the work is done safely and with the proper equipment. Don’t risk your life!
- Disposal of dangerous chemicals: For HVAC systems to run, they may need to use chemicals. But when these chemicals need to be replaced or disposed of, there are special methods that need to be followed. Not following these methods or simply disposing of the chemicals using standard homeowner ways can mean soil or water contamination. Let the professionals handle these substances correctly.
If you’re unsure about an HVAC project or hesitant about a specific step, call in the professionals at Snyder Heating & Air Conditioning. Our quality repair technicians will take care of your home for years to come. Schedule service with us today and enjoy a cool and comfortable summer.