Has anyone thought what we do when our homes require renovation or remodeling of some specific portions? We usually look for experts who put their efforts and apply their craftsmanship to make our home livable and more beautiful. However, should we look beyond our conventional steps? If we have the ability to do something on our own rather than depending on the professionals, it is simply called Do-It-Yourself or DIY. It may sound crazy, but it is really cool when we think we can fix many of the issues which our HVAC systems can encounter from time to time.
Although it is always good to hire a professional who can look into the issues with proper care and fix them with required expertise, it is even better when we can do it like those professionals without spending a penny. So, we need to be hobbyists with the true passion for our homes and adequate expertise. Now, many of us may want to know what the benefits are in turning our heads to be a home improvement hobbyist.
In fact, some efforts from our part can save us thousands of dollars which we could need to pay HVAC technicians in the event of any issues. In addition, we will have something to boast if we can really work on our individual HVAC systems like a pro technician. With knowledge of the various components and mechanics, we can easily identify the problematic area and decide whether we should go for DIY or hire a professional. Once we can identify the root cause of each issue; we can also find some good ways to fix them ourselves.
Following are some DIY tips specified for the different components of an HVAC system:
Checking the Fuse to see if it is blown:
When one or more fuses get blown, any of the electric unit may start heating up. Although the heating problem could also be caused by other things, it is recommended that people check into the fuses to see if any of them is blown. Fortunately, blown fuses are an easy-to-fix issue.
Checking to see if the Contactors are worn out:
An HVAC system comprises three contactors which carry the required electrical charge to the main system and connect the motor with the compressors. So, we can check those contactors to see if any of them have been worn out prior to calling a technician.
Checking to see if the Capacitor is broken:
The capacitor protects the motor from overheating or burning out and makes it run at a decent speed throughout the entire process. If we find some awkward noises coming out of our systems, we can be almost sure that the capacitor is already broken. So, we can go for replacement which costs a little.
Checking to see if the Air Filters get dirty:
Air filters that purify the produced air before circulation into our home may get dirty and reduce air induction. Eventually, dirty filters can lead to the whole stopping of the system. So, we can hold up a torch light to check the dirt. We should replace them once a month if they are seriously congested with dirt.
Checking to see if the Thermostat is turned on or off:
Thermostat that wholly controls a system may be preprogrammed to get turned off at or after a certain period of time. In case of the situation, the system will stop working. Should we find a professional if we see it stopped working? No, we should check the thermostat of our systems to see if it has been preprogrammed or accidentally switched off.
Checking to see if the Evaporator and the Condenser Coils are clean:
The condenser coil being located outside of the system’s condenser may catch dirt from the elements existing outside. We can turn the system off and spray the condenser coil down with something like a hose. We should clean it once a year. Some systems have their evaporator coils located outside. We can also clean once in two years.
Checking the Gas Valve and the Compressor:
Systems that run on gas have gas valve which may affect the heating unit if it gets worn out. So, before finding a technician, we should check if the valve is worn down. On the other hand, the compressor that runs the AC unit may not receive the required amount of charge due to which it may overheat or stop functioning.
Now, we are likely to feel that we are really able to work on our HVAC systems like a professional contractor. However, all we have to do is take short training courses or do some research on our own to gauge the basics of how the systems really work.