The Dangers of HVAC DIY

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We all like to take matters into our own hands sometimes. Home improvement shows tend to make even the biggest home repairs look like a piece of cake—but if your HVAC system is being problematic, it’s probably best to call a professional technician. While you may be the handy, do-it-yourself type, there are a lot of dangers that can come with HVAC DIY. Knowing when to call a professionally trained technician is important for both you and your system’s well-being. Below are some of the biggest dangers you could face if you’re thinking about repairing your air conditioning system yourself.


There are a lot of dangers that come along with fixing your HVAC system yourself, but the biggest risk you run is jeopardizing your personal safety. Unless you’ve had extensive training, more than likely you won’t have the right skills and diagnostic equipment to determine the problem and the appropriate course of action. Gas furnaces and air conditioning systems contain certain chemicals that need to be handled or disposed of by professionals. If you handle these chemicals yourself or botch another part of your HVAC system, you could encounter carbon monoxide leaks, fires, or reduced indoor air quality and pose a safety risk to you and your loved ones.

System Damage

Besides the potential of hurting yourself, you could hurt your HVAC system and end up with more issues than you started with. Repairing an air conditioning system is an intricate process and even if you fix one issue, you may have created another. Also, your HVAC may seem like it’s functioning properly post DIY repair, but your system could unknowingly be damaged and working overtime. Trying to repair your system yourself can ultimately lead to system failure.

Wasted Money & Time

Besides personal safety and equipment hazards, chances are you’ll end up wasting a lot of time and money. Not only could you watch time and money on the botched job, but you’ll spend more time and money fixing the worsened problem.

While you may fashion yourself as a DIY-pro, it’s important to realize the dangers you could encounter if you fix your HVAC system yourself. Many times it’s better to be safe than sorry and contact your local professionals. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Clearwater wants to help you stay comfortable year-round and has the experience to diagnose and repair any AC issues you encounter.