Should I DIY My HVAC Maintenance or Hire a Contractor?

If you’re cutting costs, it’s tempting to take the DIY route to HVAC maintenance. Doing it yourself might seem cheaper initially, but over the long term, it comes at a heavy cost.

At worst, working with electrical equipment can lead to fires and electrocution. At best, you’ll pay in the form of lost efficiency and premature breakdowns. Poorly handled HVAC tune-ups tend to reduce energy efficiency, so their costs pile up on utility bills.

If you choose the incorrect components, you could reduce the life span of your system, and replacements are expensive. DIY maintenance rarely follows a strict, comprehensive checklist, so it has a real impact on your system’s durability.

Pros & Cons of DIY HVAC Maintenance vs. Professional Hire

There are a handful of maintenance tasks you should be performing regularly. You should make sure your system is clear of debris and your filters are always clean. It’s equally easy to dust off your vents on your own. However, installing your own replacement parts or lubricating your own components can lead to electrical failures and damaged parts.

DIY maintenance could also nullify your guarantee and require you to invest in the right tools for the job. Performing your own tune-ups allows you to work according to your own schedule and save a few cents upfront, but engaging in complex maintenance can cause more harm than it spares.

Pros & Cons of Hiring HVAC Professionals

Hiring an HVAC professional could require an outlay for parts and labor. It also requires you to make room in your schedule for a maintenance crew, but over the long run, it’s generally cheaper than doing it yourself.

There are maintenance programs for your HVAC system that will save you more money in the long run and guarantee quality care and performance of your unit. The professionals have the correct tools for the task — and investing in your own toolkit comes at a premium. This, alone, brings significant financial savings, but there are more to add to the list.

Your HVAC team will source the right components for your system, often at a reduced price. The professionals work with manufacturers regularly and often partner with premium brands. This gives them the power to negotiate a cheaper price than you would pay on retail items.

A professional crew will know the correct techniques for your tune-up and perform maintenance tasks that should only be handled by a professional.

You can overcome the downfalls of hiring a pro by finding a company that makes your tune-ups as easy as possible. Exceptional HVAC companies offer extended hours, so you can choose a convenient time.

More importantly, they’ll protect you from the fire and electrocution hazards of DIY mistakes. A professional eye can also detect problems you might not notice and make the necessary repairs before they become major concerns.

Save With HVAC Maintenance Plans

Shanklin Heating & Air Conditioning adds value through a comprehensive maintenance plan. Members get reminders when it’s time for an annual tune-up. We guarantee energy savings and offer a minimum repair savings of 15%.

You’ll become one of our VIP clients with priority scheduling and receive top-of-the-line discounts on diagnostic fees.

Schedule Your HVAC Maintenance With the Professionals

Shanklin has served the Dalton, Ohio, area for over 60 years, so our skills tower above our competitors. We’re an established company that works with the best manufacturers in the business.

Our technicians have the skills and training needed for quality work while providing helpful and friendly service.

Ready to become a VIP member with our quality HVAC maintenance program? Contact our team today.

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