Some homeowners may think about trying DIY furnace repairs to save money on repair costs. The dangers and risks of repairing your furnace by yourself outweigh any perceived benefits. Below, we will cover the risks of DIY furnace repairs in Stafford, VA.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Incomplete combustion in your furnace produces carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is odorless, making it difficult to detect when it leaks.

The gas causes health complications when inhaled and can even be fatal. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion or fainting.

Improper handling of your furnace can cause this gas to leak into your indoor airspace. Consider scheduling professional furnace repairs to keep your family out of danger.

Risk of a Fire Breakout

During your repair activities, you may inadvertently cause a gas leak. Natural gas is odorless. However, gas companies add a particular chemical to natural gas that smells like rotten eggs.

Therefore, you will detect a rotten egg smell when you have a natural gas leak. A gas leak may result in an explosion or a fire suddenly starting.

Electrical Hazards

A furnace has multiple electrical connections. These connections require specialized knowledge for safe handling. Inappropriate handling can result in electric shocks or damage to your furnace.

You Will Void Your Warranty

A warranty is a document from the manufacturer that indicates the manufacturer is ready to pay for covered repairs if your system malfunctions within a certain period after you buy it. The manufacturer may pay for a replacement appliance if the furnace is beyond repair.

However, the manufacturer requires that you always seek professional repair, maintenance or installation services to maintain the warranty. Therefore, they won’t repair or replace your system if there is any damage arising from DIY repairs.

Our technicians have received extensive training to handle all HVAC issues. They also use specific tools and equipment for precise and accurate HVAC installation and repair. Contact Ultimate Air, Inc. for exceptional heating services in Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas.

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