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DIY Heating Repair? We Don’t Recommend It

hand-holding-wrenchIt pays to be handy when it comes to home repairs. You can save money on many basic tasks around your house if you don’t need to call on professionals to consult or do the work. You’ve got the right tools, you have the online articles for assistance—you got this!

But when it comes to repairing your home’s heater—please ­don’t get this! We do not recommend you attempt to open up and repair your heating system. Anything more complicated than changing the air filter or resetting tripped breaker switches should be left to licensed professionals. Hey, we’re easy to find: just call our number and we’ll deliver the heating repair in Salt Lake City, UT you need to continue enjoying the winter season.

What’s So Wrong With Trying to Do It Myself?

There’s a long list of reasons we don’t advise you attempt to repair your heating system as a DIY project. Here are the major ones:

  • It may be illegal – Yes, you read that right. If you use a natural gas-powered heating system such as a gas furnace or boiler (the majority of homes in this area do), repairing it yourself may be against the law. In most jurisdictions, the only people legally sanctioned to work on an appliance connected to a gas main are specially licensed technicians. There’s a good reason for this …
  • It’s not safe – Unlicensed work on gas heaters can cause safety hazards, such as out of control combustion and carbon monoxide leaks. But trying to do amateur work on electrically-powered heaters can be unsafe as well, creating electrical fire hazards. Please don’t take these chances to save a few pennies!
  • Diagnosis is difficult – Outward symptoms of a heating problem can stem from different causes, and one of the most important jobs a professional HVAC technician does when repairing a system is to determine the actual cause. A drop in heating could be from clogged gas burners, a miscalibrated thermostat, or a leaky ventilation system—and unless you have the training, you probably won’t be able to tell which is the cause.
  • It might void the warranty – Keeping the manufacturer’s warranty in force is designed to protect you in case a factory fault causes the system to fail. (About 2% of heating systems leave the factory with a fault.) Trying to fix the heater on your own may void the warranty and you’ll get stuck later with an expensive replacement.
  • It’s slow – When your heater starts to slow down on the job, or stop altogether, you’ll want it back to work ASAP. You can’t expect to fix the problem fast—if you can fix it at all—unless you have professionals do it.

It’s the job of our heating experts to see you have repairs done fast and done right. We aren’t satisfied with a job until we’re certain what we’ve fixed will stay fixed. We are ready to come to your assistance 24 hours a day, so never hesitate to call when your winter comfort is threatened.

Look to One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning when you need repairs for your home heater. “Always on Time … Or You Don’t Pay a Dime!”

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