HVAC repairs: DIY or go pro?

Google is a great invention. Among many other uses, the search engine saves homeowners hard-earned cash when they need to figure out a quick fix or research what’s wrong with something around the house. But when it comes to HVAC repairs, it’s important to understand the differences between a DIY repair versus calling in a trained professional technician.

Howald Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is family owned and operated, with roots dating back to the 1960s. Over the decades, we’ve seen a lot of duct tape, DIY projects gone wrong. Although our techs appreciate the motivation to save and creativity to find a fix, we want to be sure your home is comfortable year-round.

We admit, there are basic DIY fixes that can be done by a homeowner. Here are a couple HVAC repairs you can diagnose and/or do on your own.

  • Replace a furnace filter. This needs to happen regularly. Dirty filters prevent air flow.
  • Furnace gone kaput? Check the thermostat batteries. If they’re out, so is the furnace. Also check your fuse box.
  • Furnace is cycling. Be sure to check the air vents outside your house. If the unit is cycling, chances are something is blocking the air vents.

Call in a pro for HVAC repairs

Manufacturers and professionals, such as Howald HVAC, recommend units be tuned up a couple of times each year. Often a furnace warranty requires it. Lack of maintenance is often the cause of major repairs. An investment in a home HVAC system is thousands of dollars, so investing each year to ensure the system works well is a small cost to ensure you’re not left in the cold on a subzero day or left sweltering in the middle of summer.

If you have the following happening, it’s best to call in a technician.

  • Blower motor isn’t turning on
  • Refrigerant is leaking
  • Coils are frozen
  • Unit cycles off and on (see above, to check for an easy fix)
  • HVAC system emits a smell
  • Weak to no air flow
  • System is making funny noises

If you have an emergency, call our office (do not email). Our HVAC techs are here to help and ensure… Coming Home Never Felt So Good.