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Beware DIY Heater Repair!

3 Reasons Why Homeowners Should Avoid Doing Heater Repairs on Their Own

People often feel accomplished when they finish a DIY project. If something goes wrong, however, it can be a disaster. This can be especially true when homeowners try to save money on HVAC maintenance and repairs. HVAC repairs can be dangerous if done by an untrained person and should be left to professionals. This blog will share why homeowners should not attempt heating repairs or maintenance.

Incorrect Diagnosis and Costly Mistakes

proIf an HVAC contractor sees a heater not putting out enough heat, they know many problems can be responsible for this symptom. However, an untrained homeowner might assume it is one problem when it’s actually another because it’s easy for someone without the proper training and experience to misdiagnose the problem. This can lead to, at best, not fixing the problem and, at worst, causing additional costly issues through misdiagnosis. 

Professionals have all the training, equipment, and experience they need to correctly identify the source of the problem and find the best solution. Because it’s their job, they’ve likely encountered the same problem often. HVAC contractors are much less likely to make costly mistakes or misdiagnose the issue.  

It Takes Way More Time

timeWhen doing something for the first time, there is a learning curve compared to when a person has performed a task many times. An HVAC technician will have done the repairs and maintenance that a home’s heater requires many times throughout their training and experience and can do it much quicker than the average homeowner. 

A homeowner may have to make multiple trips to the hardware store due to purchasing the wrong part, spend extensive time researching, and redo tasks after making mistakes, and they must use up their free time to do it. It’s better to allow a professional on the clock to take care of a problem they have experience fixing while the homeowner sits back and enjoys their free time. 

No Insurance Coverage

Here’s another big reason homeowners should never perform DIY repairs: they are not insured against accidents. It is important to remember that if something goes wrong during the process, it can quickly become an insurance nightmare. Professional contractors have the proper insurance coverage to protect homeowners financially if their work fails or causes damage. If a homeowner injures themselves in a DIY project, they have to foot the bill, but if a worker is injured doing work in their home, the company’s insurance will cover it. With DIY work, homeowners are taking on all the risk themselves.

Furthermore, professional contractors have the knowledge and equipment to complete jobs safely and efficiently, whereas DIY enthusiasts are not as well equipped or informed of safety measures. Understanding the potential risks of DIY work before taking on projects around the home is essential. Additionally, consulting a professional and getting the job done right the first time can save homeowners money, time, and potential insurance issues in the future.

About Lambert Plumbing & Heating, LTD

Lambert Plumbing & Heating, LTD has more than 40 years of experience serving Vancouver, BC, and the surrounding areas. They provide upfront pricing, 24/7 emergency service, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for heating repair and services in Vancouver, BC.

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