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The Dangers of DIY

Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.

If you frequent our blog for tips then you know that we discourage homeowners from taking on DIY projects. We know what it’s like to take on a DIY project and feel confident in talking about it. You do your research, go to all the local hardware stores to gather up your supplies, and you start up on your heating project. The thing about this is that even if you are able to patch up your heating problem, you’re going to lack one important thing—longevity.

DIY is bad for your home comfort and it’s even something that can become dangerous. If you want quality heating in Bellevue, WA, don’t do this kind of work on your own. HVAC is all about thinking toward the future. You don’t want to cut corners now just to save a few bucks. You want to think about the lifespan of your heating system.

Why It Isn’t Wise To DIY

Here are just a few reasons why it isn’t wise to DIY:

1.      Health Hazards

Working on your heater yourself can put your health and the health of your family members at risk. This is true with any furnace system, but it’s especially true if you’re like the vast majority of homeowners here and have a furnace.

You run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning when you start messing with your furnace. This is a real drain to your health. Don’t let this problem go without care.

2.      Harmful Chemical Exposure

Your heater isn’t inherently dangerous on its own, but it does contain materials that are. When you try to work on your heater yourself, you’re putting yourself on the frontlines of these problems. Professional heating care will help you avoid all these potential issues.

3.      Damaging Gas Lines

We know that most of you out there use a furnace. It’s the most common heating system across the nation and it’s the most common heating system right here in Bellevue. This is an efficient and abundant fuel source. In general, it’s great until something goes wrong with it like a damaged fuel line. That’s why it’s important to have a trained heating professional to do the work in your home.

4.      Voiding Warranty

Most heaters come with warranties. These warranties often state having anyone outside of a professional work on your heating system voids your warranty. This is something you should take into consideration before you pull out your toolbox. You don’t want to end up paying exorbitant amounts of money in the future due to a voided warranty.

5.      Mistakes

Everybody makes mistakes. It’s a saying that’s clichéd but true. Everybody makes them and it’s even easier to make a mistake when you’re not an experienced professional. We’re never trying to imply that you’re not capable, but any research you do simply cannot mimic the expertise of a professional.

We’ve even encountered homeowners who “repair” the wrong part of their heating system. It’s really hard to tell what you need. It’s not an easy task by a longshot. You don’t want to waste your time, energy, or expenses. Our professionals will iron out the problems.

Contact Evergreen Eastside Heat & AC. We’re here to provide you with quality heating work.

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