There are some maintenance jobs that you can do by yourself, but when it comes to an HVAC system, most, if not all of the repair and maintenance work should be performed by a professional. One such example is heater maintenance and repair. It’s understandable that people want to save money and even some people don’t have the budget to hire an HVAC contractor. Still, repairing a heater by yourself is just asking for trouble. An untrained individual doesn’t have the necessary skills and knowledge to even navigate the labyrinth network of ventilation passages and wiring. There’s a reason why HVAC technicians undergo training and have to earn a list of certifications to ensure they’re ready to work in the HVAC field.
Listed below are significant risks associated with heater units.
Your heater unit depends on a fuel source be it natural gas, oil, or even wood. Burning emits toxic gases, particular carbon monoxide. Usually, small amounts of carbon monoxide is not a problem but exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can cause a variety of health effects such as nausea, headaches, and vomiting. Furthermore, prolonged exposure to extremely high levels can lead to fatal consequences. HVAC technicians have the necessary skills to install proper ventilation networks to make sure carbon monoxide does not enter your home. Never ever tamper with your heating unit’s ventilation system. You’ll never know if you might have caused a tiny leak or rupture inside your heating unit and its ventilation system. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless so the only reliable method of detecting carbon monoxide is by installing a carbon monoxide detector.
It’s a no brainer that your heating unit emits intense heat. How else can it provide warmth to your building? A botched repair job by an amateur can cause electrical and mechanical failures that heighten the risk of fires if proper connections and fittings aren’t made. In general, any appliance, instrument, or contraption that emits intense heat should always be serviced by a professional.
In addition to fire there is also the risk of electrocution. Wirings and cables in a HVAC system are best left managed by a professional. Think about it. A simple remote thermostat is controlling every aspect of the HVAC system from the temperature settings to air flow. Such configuration naturally requires a complex system of electronics and wiring. However, the risk of electrocution is particularly high with central boiler heating systems. Unlike furnaces which heat air and circulate it through a series of ductwork, boilers heat water and circulate it through a network of pipes. The network of pipes are installed within the same framework of the house. Even a small leak is enough to become an electrocution risk if it comes to contact with exposed and faulty wiring.
Furnaces that utilize natural gas as a fuel source obviously has its own set of risks. The most significant problem are natural gas leaks. Loose fittings caused by a faulty repair job can cause a natural gas leak. If left unchecked, the consequences can be catastrophic and can result in fires and even explosions. Unlike carbon monoxide which is odorless, natural gas is easier to detect since it exhibits a strong rotten egg-like aroma.
There you have it. It should be clear that servicing a heater unit on your own is ill-advised and can present a litany of problems. Ensure the safety of everyone residing in your house by calling your HVAC technician to not only check your heater unit, but to also perform routine maintenance of your entire HVAC system.