There are some instances where you may be able to tackle your own plumbing, A/C or heating issues. But in most cases, seeking professional assistance is the best and safest option for your home/family. Not knowing which situations require the help of a professional can cause additional damage to your plumbing or HVAC units. And not only can it cause further damage to your home, it could potentially cause damage to your wallet. Follow these tips to know which job you can tackle on your own and which require the help of professional to save you time, money and energy.
DIY: Changing Air Filters
Air filters purify the air circulating through your home so you don’t have to worry about dust or unfiltered air being left on surfaces or being breathed in while you relax in the comfort of your dwelling. Depending on the size of your home and the number of pets you have, your home’s filter needs to be changed about once a month to every six months. Neglecting to change your air filter can cause a number of health issues, as well as slowly break down your unit.
Call a Professional: Poor Air Quality
If you consider yourself the poster-child for air filter maintenance, yet still notice the quality of your air as being poor, then it’s time to call a professional. There are many different services a professional HVAC company can provide in order increase the quality of air in your home. Including the installation of air intakes and/or optimization your home’s ventilation systems.
DIY: Unclogging a Toilet
A clogged toilet, as annoying as it can be, is an issue that (a majority of the time) can be solved without the help of a professional and doesn’t usually require immediate assistance from a local plumbing service. If you notice a stopped up toilet, make sure you take the proper steps towards safely unclog the toilet in a timely and non-evasive measure. Once the blockage has been cleared, and water levels start to subside, you may flush the toilet.
Call a Professional: Leaking Pipes
A broken or leaking pipe system is a serious concern for your home and foundations well-being. Leaks usually are the result of a damaged pipe that eventually could burst, causing an onslaught of plumbing issues. Not only is this a worst-case scenario for your plumbing, but it can also cause costly damage to for your flooring and foundation. Leaks are not an easy fix, so it is crucial to call a professional plumbing service as soon as you notice a leak or the potential sign of one.
DIY: Clean Your Heater
Regularly cleaning your heating system can increase the life of your unit, and it’s easy to maintain.
- Step One: Turn off the circuit breaker.
- Step Two: Use a vacuum to suck up any dust or debris laying on or around the unit. This will keep the unit from overheating or causing a fire and can prevent a list of issues that could affect your home and your wallet.
Call a Professional: Heating System Repair
Heating systems require a slew of moving parts. So, if you find that you’re having issues with your home’s unit be sure to have a professional come out and assess the problem. Even if you aren’t sure the unit isn’t working properly, “when in doubt, have a professional check it out.” Malfunctions can lead to an increased bill, harmful emissions, and can even jeopardize the safety of your home and those in it.