HVAC Repair: When to DIY, When to Call the Pros

Your HVAC system is one of the most important appliances in your home. 

So, what happens when it breaks? 

Depending on the repair, you may be able to fix it yourself. However, you should only take this route if you know what you’re doing. Otherwise, it could lead to a potentially dangerous situation for you and your home. 

Repairs You Can DIY 

The do-it-yourself approach can save you time and money on home improvement projects. But only on simple projects that do not require expertise. When it comes to your HVAC system, it pays to know which tasks you can do alone and which require professional help. 

Cleaning or Replacing Your Air Filter 

Keeping your HVAC filters clean is a great way to ensure the air in your home is clean and clear. Plus, it can help reduce your energy bill. The filter catches particles like dust, pollen, and other debris. When your filter gets clogged or dirty, it takes more time for your system to circulate air to cool or heat your home. 

Here are some signs you need to clean/replace your filter: 

– Dirt and dust collecting around the vents. 

– The filter is coated with dust. 

– It takes longer to heat or cool your home. 

– A rise in your electricity bill. 

Cleaning your air filter is a simple task you can do alone. Take just a few minutes every few months to check and replace your filters, more frequently if you have pets. 

Dead Thermostat 

If your thermostat stops working, you may not need to call a professional. Try replacing the batteries to get it up and running. If batteries don’t solve the issue, you may need to call a technician. 

Inconsistent Temperature 

One of the most frustrating HVAC issues is experiencing uneven temperatures throughout your home. Several problems could be causing this. If you’ve already replaced your air filters, try checking the placement of your furniture. Make sure your couch and chairs aren’t blocking your vents. 

If the DIY solutions don’t work, it’s possible your HVAC unit isn’t big enough for your home, or you’re experiencing technical issues. Contact an HVAC expert to balance the airflow in your home. 

When to Call a Professional 

While you can easily handle some HVAC maintenance, some issues require specialized tools and a deeper understanding of your equipment’s inner workings. If you encounter any of the following problems, don’t hesitate to call Ace Hardware Home Services to service your HVAC unit. 

Strange Noises 

Odd sounds like grinding, clicking, buzzing, or rattling can indicate a significant problem. Sudden strange noises can mean loose parts, malfunctioning equipment, broken motors, leaks, or electrical trouble. Ace Hardware Home Services HVAC repair professionals can assess the system to find the root of the problem and recommend a suitable solution. 

Foul Smells 

Unusual and foul smells in your home can indicate something serious. Gas leaks can cause a rotten egg odor. A burning smell could be the result of electrical issues. A musty smell could mean there’s mold growing in your system.  If you notice any of these, call a professional right away. 

Heater & AC Repair 

When it comes to heater and AC repair, you should always hire a licensed HVAC technician. Not only will a professional do a more accurate job at diagnosing the issue, but they will also be able to get to the root of the problem and provide quicker solutions. You may be able to troubleshoot some HVAC problems on your own, but to get your system up and running again without making the problem worse, call Ace Hardware Home Services. 

Hiring an HVAC professional is a great way to keep your heating and cooling system working optimally and extend its life span. If you think a repair could be dangerous or too difficult to work on, contact our certified HVAC technicians at Ace Hardware Home Services. We will do it right the first time, whatever it takes.

hvac repair