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After more than a handful of years, the HVAC system in your Woodbridge, Virginia, home may begin to experience problems. If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you may relish the challenge of repairing it yourself. While DIY HVAC repair can help you save money, it comes with certain risks. You need to know which issues you can fix yourself and which you should leave to a professional.

Electrical Dangers

It’s important to know that your HVAC system connects to a high-voltage electrical circuit, which exposes you to risk of electrocution. If you’re not experienced in working with electrical components, you may mess up the wiring in your HVAC unit and cause a short circuit. This can lead to a major problem that’ll be much costlier to fix. It can also render your equipment completely useless.

Risk of Voiding Your Warranty

The warranty from the manufacturer of your HVAC system covers the cost of repairing the unit in the event of a malfunction. It may require you to hire a professional to service or repair your system. If you decide to fix a problem yourself, you may void your warranty. This means that you won’t be eligible for free equipment repair or replacement if your unit malfunctions again in the future.

The Possibility of Breaking the Law

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has imposed laws to ensure the proper handling of refrigerant and other HVAC-related materials that can be harmful to your health and the environment. If you fail to handle such materials properly, you may face a fine or other legal consequences. Handling these substances and materials can also pose a danger to your health and safety. Therefore, it’s best to leave this risky task to a professional.

Unless you have extensive knowledge and experience in repairing HVAC systems, we recommend that you leave the more complex repair tasks in the hands of a qualified HVAC service technician. If your HVAC unit isn’t functioning properly, schedule an appointment with Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning by calling 703-763-0399. We’ll get your HVAC system up and running in no time.

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