In our world of YouTube tutorials and DIY experts, many homeowners attempt to tackle major repairs on their own. When working on heat pump heating systems, you can find yourself in a bad situation when you don’t know precisely what you’re doing.
We recommend you set aside your plans to DIY heat pump repairs, for your own safety. This isn’t because we are the pros that can fix the problem, it’s because tackling a DIY project you aren’t qualified for can be very dangerous, to yourself, the equipment, and your home. Here are some of the risks associated with DIY heat pump repairs.
- Electric shock. Heat pumps use electricity to move heat between your home and the outdoors. Nearly all repairs to such a system will require opening the heat pump’s panel and coming into contact with wiring. Anytime you’re working with electricity, there is a potential for electric shock. If you’ve never worked with electricity or wiring before, don’t put yourself at risk by doing so today.
- Mold and water damage. Heat pump systems both heat and cool your home, so they contain a condenser with refrigerant or water. Attempting to repair a heat pump when you don’t know what you’re doing, even in heating season, can cause leaks within the system. Water damage and mold growth can result if water escapes the system. Refrigerant leaks are hazardous to humans, animals, and the environment – heat pump repair technicians must have special qualifications to recover refrigerant to ensure safety.
- Expensive repairs. One big problem we see with DIY heat pump repairs is additional damage to the system. Attempting to do the job yourself can actually result in more damage to the system, making the job more extensive and expensive than if you had called in a pro to fix the system initially.
For quality heat pump repairs performed by NATE-certified heat pump technicians, call Nelson Comfort today to schedule a consultation.