Owning a home can get expensive. There are a lot of systems to keep up with, from garage doors to sprinklers. So, many homeowners look to do-it-yourself (DIY) maintenance efforts including HVAC systems. But we’d urge you to reconsider your DIY efforts on your home’s heating and cooling system.
But I watched a DIY video on HVAC maintenance!
The internet has made it possible to become an expert on nearly every subject! There are hundreds of DIY videos on YouTube covering HVAC maintenance. Unfortunately, watching a video cannot replace years of training and professional experience. Professional, NATE-certified technicians are trained to follow proper safety protocols in dealing with refrigerants, mechanical systems, and electricity that are a part of HVAC systems.
HVAC maintenance is required infrequently, so it is unlikely that you will become a DIY expert on your system. You’ll have to look up the information every time you want to service your system. Each time will feel like the first time. Plus, most homeowners don’t have all of the equipment required to provide your system a full service. Aside from your vehicle, your HVAC system is likely the most valuable equipment on your property. It’s simply not worth the potential consequences to try and provide DIY maintenance on your HVAC service. So, when it comes to servicing your HVAC, please call a professional, licensed HVAC service.
What HVAC maintenance can I DIY?
A full HVAC service cannot be completed by the average homeowner. But there are several things you can do to keep your HVAC in proper working order throughout the year:
- Program your thermostat (or install a programmable thermostat)
- Change your filters often
- Be mindful of unusual sounds and smells
- Clean your air vents with a damp cloth
- Visually inspect your outdoor unit and remove any debris
Why should I hire a professional for HVAC maintenance instead of DIY?
Heating and cooling systems are highly complex mechanical systems, similar to your vehicle. To install and service equipment, technicians must have years of training. Technicians that are NATE-certified must know about HVAC-specific safety, tools, and an understanding of temperature and humidity science. These technicians have formal training provided by an employer or technical school, and then must pass tests to meet certification requirements.
Professionals in the HVAC industry get access to the latest training on new technologies. For example, our team attends a yearly manufacturer training where we learn about new products, get hands-on training with new tools, and hone in on best practices. This information may take many years to make it to a DIY article or YouTube video.
In short: HVAC technicians are servicing equipment in homes like your day in, day out. They have encountered all sorts of challenges in servicing equipment and are prepared with solutions. Those that try to DIY maintenance on HVAC systems do not have the training, industry-specific knowledge, or skills that the professionals have.
HVAC Maintenance by Professionals
When you hire a professional to do your HVAC maintenance in the Inland Empire area, you get more than the basics shown in DIY articles.
There will be the normal clean-up as you’ve probably already read about. For example, clearing debris, washing outdoor coils, and cleaning indoor coils. We will also replace your air filter. So far, this is simple…right? Additionally, our team will take care of:
- Checking your drains and drain pan – clearing any clogs and ensuring your system is draining properly
- Check system operating stats like air pressure and temperature, ensuring your system is operating properly
- Lubricate moving parts to improve the longevity of your system
- Inspect and calibrate your thermostat
- Tighten electrical contacts and connections
- Evaluate refrigerant charge and recharge if necessary
- Examine your system for wear and tear that may result in potential issues
When a professional is looking at your air conditioning system, they’ll be able to identify potential future problems. Our technicians will explain the issue to you and discuss the different options for repair.
If you were doing DIY maintenance on your HVAC system, would you be able to identify something that doesn’t look right? Trust this work to the professionals that inspect air conditioning systems every day.