DIY HVAC Maintenance vs. Hiring a Professional

Calling all homeowners! Are you tired of cranking up the heat in the winter and blasting the A/C in the summer, only to find that your HVAC system just can't keep up? If so, you're not alone. Many of us have experienced the frustrations of dealing with a malfunctioning heating or cooling system, and it's enough to make anyone want to pull their hair out. But before you reach for your toolbox and attempt to DIY your HVAC maintenance, you might want to consider whether hiring a professional is a better option. In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of both DIY HVAC maintenance and hiring a professional, so you can make an informed decision and ensure your home stays comfortable all year round. 


DIY HVAC Maintenance

Performing regular DIY maintenance on your system is an excellent strategy to proactively prevent minor issues. For instance, it helps avoid abnormal strain on your blower motor caused by obstructions in your filtration system. To keep your system in top shape, you can plan on completing the following tasks independently during the spring and fall seasons:

  • Thoroughly clean the exterior of your condenser and indoor unit.
  • Conduct a visual inspection of components to identify any visible damage.
  • Ensure that the area surrounding your equipment is clear and free of debris.
  • Replace the air filters with new ones.
  • Properly configure and set your thermostat.

While these steps are necessary, they alone cannot guarantee the proper functioning of your system. It is advisable to entrust any further maintenance tasks to a professional HVAC technician. With their expertise and specialized tools, they can carry out additional maintenance without risking any damage to your system.

When To Hire a Professional

To ensure optimal maintenance, it is highly advised to enlist the services of a professional HVAC technician. Investing in their expertise to perform these essential tune-up tasks is not only recommended but also a worthwhile expenditure. The following items should be addressed approximately twice a year and necessitate the proficiency of an expert to ensure their proper execution:

  • Optimizing boiler controls to enhance efficiency and minimize fuel waste
  • Fine-tuning furnace flame height
  • Calibrating the thermostat for optimal performance
  • Verifying the functionality of the limit switch and replacing or repairing it as necessary
  • Inspecting and repairing system motors if required
  • Ensuring proper functioning of valves and thermocouples
  • Performing maintenance on the air regulator
  • Thoroughly cleaning the condenser coils, drain pans, heat exchanger, flue, and other components
  • Clearing the drain lines in your system
  • Conducting ductwork cleaning if required
  • Repairing refrigerant line leaks and adding refrigerant as needed
  • Thoroughly examine belts for signs of wear and damage, and replace them if needed.
  • Applying lubrication to ensure smooth movement of all parts
  • Reinforcing the insulation of your HVAC ducts whenever necessary
  • Conducting tests to detect any air leaks in your ductwork that may not be easily visible during your own inspection.
  • Securing electrical connections tightly and inspect wires for any signs of wear

Furthermore, it is advisable to promptly contact your HVAC professional if you observe any of the following indications. These signs may indicate more extensive damage that requires a specialized examination of your heating and cooling system, as well as any necessary repairs:

  • Water leakage
  • Uneven heating or cooling in your home
  • Warm or room-temperature air blowing from your AC
  • Higher than usual energy bills
  • Frequent tripping of your HVAC system's breaker
  • Continuous running and air blowing into your home
  • Unusual noises like squealing, squeaking, or clunking
  • Malfunctioning thermostat

Again, while it may be tempting to try and fix these issues yourself, it's important to remember that your HVAC system is a complex piece of machinery. Attempting repairs without the necessary knowledge and expertise can result in more significant problems down the line, so it's best to leave it to the professionals.

Choose Swaim Electric for Your HVAC Needs

At Swaim Electric, we understand the importance of a well-maintained HVAC system. That's why our team of highly trained technicians is dedicated to providing top-notch maintenance and repair services for all your heating and cooling needs. With our expertise and state-of-the-art tools, you can trust us to keep your HVAC system running smoothly year-round. Don't let HVAC issues ruin your comfort – contact us today to schedule a maintenance appointment or for any repair needs. Remember, when it comes to your HVAC system, DIY maintenance may save you money in the short term, but investing in professional services now can prevent costly repairs and replacements in the future. So make the smart choice and leave it to the experts at Swaim Electric.

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