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Do-It-Yourself Furnace Maintenance

Your furnace needs the proper maintenance to keep it running efficiently and to help ensure it lasts as long as it is designed to. However, hiring a professional to clean, oil and maintain this appliance can get costly. My name is Jeff and like many of you, I live on a very tight budget. I spent a lot of time researching various type of maintenance that I could do on my furnace myself to get it the maintenance it needed at a price that I could live with. I created this website to share my knowledge and experiences with others who wish to save some money on their furnace maintenance needs. I hope this proves helpful to you.

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Three Reasons Not To Complete Furnace Repair Yourself

When something in your home is not working as it should your first thought may be to hop on the internet, figure out what the problem is, and make the repair yourself. While this may work out well for certain household items, attempting to complete your own repairs to a furnace can have negative consequences. Here are three reasons why you should think twice before attempting to complete a furnace repair yourself. 

Diagnosing Furnace Problems Is Not Clear Cut

One of the reasons why you should leave furnace repairs to the pros is because diagnosing a furnace problem is not clear cut. Often times, there can be multiple causes for one furnace issue. For example, if your furnace is not igniting, there could be a problem with the air filter, with the igniter, with the flame sensor or with the flame burner. A professional who has seen the problem over and over often has a hunch what the problem is based on the type of furnace you have, the furnace's age, and the condition of the furnace. You may not have any clue and can run through a long list of possibilities simply trying to diagnose an issue. 

Accessing Internal Parts is Challenging

The second reason why you may not want to complete furnace repair yourself is because accessing internal parts is challenging. The furnace is not like the human body. You cannot open it up and see the majority of the inside parts. The inside parts are stacked behind each other. You may have to pull out many different parts just to get to the one part you want to access. This makes accessing and putting the parts back together challenging and time consuming. And if you make one mistake you can cause even more damage to your unit. 

You Can Void the Warranty On Your Furnace

The final reason why you should not complete furnace repair yourself is because you can void the warranty on your furnace. Most furnace warranties state that all repairs must be completed by a licensed and insured furnace repair service. They may even have to be certified by the manufacturer of your furnace. Failing to use a professional may cost you your furnace warranty. 

If your furnace is not working as it should, or not working at all, you should contact a licensed and insured furnace repair service. They can help to correctly diagnose the furnace issue, access the internal parts needed to make the repairs, and ensure that repairs are made without voiding your furnace warranty. Do not let furnace problems drag out; the longer you wait to have the problem repaired, the more damage the problem may cause. Contact your preferred furnace repair service today.