From HGTV to Pinterest, you don’t have to look far for DIY home improvement tips. However, when it comes to your home’s most important systems, how do you know when you can tackle a project yourself and when it’s time to call a professional? While we can’t speak for every industry, we have seen plenty of DIY HVAC projects gone wrong. That’s why we have put together a list of situations when you need to call in the professionals.
When to Call an HVAC Technician
While you may be able to handle changing your air filter and other simple maintenance tasks like keeping your system clean, there are other times when you will want to call an HVAC technician who has the knowledge and skill set to resolve your HVAC issues safely. Here are just a few situations when it’s time to call in the pros:
You’re having problems with your system.
It is best to call in a trained HVAC technician at the first sign of trouble with your heating and cooling system. Though homeowners can do some simple troubleshooting on their own, there are some HVAC issues that are best left up to the experts, including when there is a water leak in an indoor unit, an outdoor unit will not shut off, the indoor fan keeps running, or the outdoor unit is making loud and strange noises. Calling a professional HVAC technician will ensure that your repair is done safely and correctly the first time, reducing the risk of needing more costly repairs down the road.
You need an annual tune-up.
Though most homeowners are more than capable of handling basic HVAC maintenance on their own, we still recommend that you call an HVAC professional for your annual tune-up. The technician will inspect your system for leaks and faulty wiring as well as check the refrigerant charge level and make sure your system is running efficiently. This will help prolong the life of your unit and save you money in the long run as a trained HVAC tech can often identify worn parts and minor repair needs before they turn into costly repairs.
You are buying a new home or expanding your current home.
A trained HVAC technician knows how to recommend the right sized heating and cooling system for your home. Finding the right size system requires calculations and knowledge of the HVAC systems and products available. This is something best left up to the experts as purchasing a system that is too small will cause extra wear and tear, which may result in a limited lifespan. Similarly, purchasing an oversized unit can cause unnecessary stress on the equipment as well as cause your energy costs to rise. The best way to ensure that you purchase the right sized HVAC system for your new home or expansion is to consult with an experienced HVAC tech.
If you find yourself in one of these situations, it may be time to call in the experts at Grant Mechanical. Whether you need a small repair or a new system installation, we are here to help you stay comfortable year-round. Call us for questions or to schedule an appointment: (650) 285-4599.