The Truth About DIY HVAC Hacks

DIY hacks are all the rage, especially for homeowners; however, when it comes to HVAC systems, you may want to forgo the challenge for a few important reasons. Not only is HVAC repair best left to technicians who have had extensive training to become qualified and/or certified, but they also have to keep up with current HVAC technology through mandatory ongoing training. If that’s not reason enough for you to avoid testing the HVAC repair waters yourself, read on.

Reason #1: You Need the Right Tools.

 First, and this may be the most logical reason not to DIY HVAC repair: you need the right tools to do the job and those tools are expensive. Both HVAC diagnosis and repair require very specific types of tools and gauges that you most likely don’t just have lying around your home. And, if you were to go out and purchase tools for the job, it would end up costing you more money than simply hiring an experienced HVAC professional to do it for you.

Reason #2: HVAC is Complicated.

Even if you do have all the tools to accomplish a given HVAC repair task, HVAC systems are far more complicated than one might initially suspect. There are many DIY HVAC articles and videos available online, but the thing to keep in mind is that not every system is the same; in fact, it’s more likely that yours is completely different than the one starring in the how-to video. Heating, Air, and Ventilation systems are comprised of multiple complex components and parts that are not often located in one spot. Depending on the brand, make, and model, each part of an HVAC system can not only look different from one system to the next, but also may be located in different places within the units. So, play it safe and call a pro.

Reason #3: High Voltage Electricity is dangerous.

Do you really want to mess around with high voltage electricity?! Trying to save a few bucks on calling an HVAC professional could cost you your life, which is obviously not worth the small amount of savings you may be going after. If you’re not entirely familiar with these concepts, then steer clear of high voltage DIY projects: current, current return, voltage, resistance, capacitance, inductance, ground, Kirchoff’s voltage law, and both short and open circuits. If these all sound foreign to you, then seriously think twice about DIY HVAC repair.

Reason #4: DIY could end in disaster.

If the reasons above aren’t enough to dissuade you, then think about the possibility of your DIY repair not going as planned. Even if you don’t end up harmed, you can end up harming the unit that you are working on, which could end up costing you even more money in repairs—or it could cost you a complete replacement. A couple of easy ways to really mess up your HVAC equipment is to install an incorrect part and trigger the unit’s compressor to fail, which is not only the main component in your unit, but also very expensive to replace.

All in all, we suggest avoiding any DIY hacks to your own system, and instead calling in a pro. Luckily, that’s what we’re here for. Give us a call today if your HVAC system needs repair or even a tune-up:  818-477-4547

Myth Busters: 3 Ideas About Energy Efficiency Debunked!

There are many energy efficiency myths that people believe to be true. Unfortunately, these misguided beliefs are costing the average consumer a lot of money in high utility bills. Below are some simple truths about energy efficiency to bust the myths.

Energy Efficiency  Myths Debunked

Myth 1: More Energy is Consumed When Lights are Switched on and off Several Times than when They are Left on

The truth is that energy is used to power light bulbs to produce light, so they do not consume anything when they are switched off. Turning the lights back on simply completes the circuit needed to turn on the light. As far as incandescent, LED and other types of modern light bulbs are concerned, the statement is simply a myth. However, fluorescent lighting tubes usually take a couple of minutes to turn on, so they may consume more energy to turn back on. Therefore, it may make sense to leave them on throughout.

Myth 2: An Electric Space Heater can Help Save you Money

In some countries, this can be true because other heating fuels like natural gas, propane gas and heating oil are much more expensive compared to electricity costs. In the United States, however, natural gas is much cheaper, so this statement is a myth as far as the United States is concerned. It may also be true in some unique cases. For instance, if you intend to spend the night in a single room inside a large building with a centralized heating system, it would be more economical for you to run an electric space heater to heat up a room as opposed to turning on the entire central heating system.

Myth 3: I have to Purchase New Equipment to Reduce my Energy Bill

It is true that new HVAC systems are much more energy efficient than old heating and cooling systems. However, you do not need to spend a lot of money to reduce your energy bills. All you need to do is service the HVAC system on a regular basis and replace air filters every now and then. Cleaning major components in the heating and cooling system can also help cut costs.

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