A proper HVAC system is especially important in Fort Pierce, FL, where the weather can get hot and humid. Some homeowners may attempt to complete DIY HVAC installation only to regret it later. The following are six reasons it’s better to forgo the DIY process in favor of professional HVAC installation.
HVAC Installations Require Advanced Time and Labor
Depending on the job, HVAC installation can take several days and multiple service technicians. Most people who attempt DIY installation misjudge the commitment the job takes and how extensive it could be, which can lead to shoddy or incomplete work.
Since DIYers aren’t skilled in HVAC installation, the process typically takes longer than the length of time a professional would need. This can especially be the case if there are issues along the way. During the process, you’ll be stuck without a properly-working HVAC system for longer than necessary, which could leave the home at an uncomfortable temperature in the hot Florida weather.
DIY HVAC Installation is Hazardous
HVAC service technicians encounter numerous hazards on the job. But thanks to their extensive training, they’re prepared to deal with them. DIY installers have a much higher chance of getting injured on the job since they don’t have the proper safety training and knowledge about what to do if something goes wrong. Some of the hazards include but aren’t limited to:
- Falling from high places.
- Exposure to toxins.
Inadequate Equipment and Know-How
Professional HVAC service technicians study for years to learn their skills. They spend additional years honing that skill to handle standard jobs and complex HVAC installations and be able to address unexpected complications. DIY installers likely won’t know how to complete the HVAC installation in the most efficient or effective manner and will likely encounter situations outside of their capabilities.
To install an HVAC system, service technicians use specialized tools and equipment. They’ve received training in using them carefully and successfully. DIYers, even if they have some or all of the proper tools, likely lack the understanding of how to use them safely.
HVAC Installations Must Adhere to Building Codes
Florida has strict and detailed building codes that vary based on the home, location and type of HVAC system. HVAC service technicians have extensive knowledge of the specific requirements in Fort Pierce, FL. DIY installers aren’t aware of the ins and outs of the process and rules and could likely make a serious mistake.
Additionally, Florida requires HVAC contractors to receive a permit before they remove or install an HVAC system. The state only administers permits to licensed heating and cooling contractors. Homeowners won’t get a permit unless they have the proper qualifications.
Professional Installation Comes With a Warranty
New HVAC systems should ideally last for decades, but it’s possible they could fail prematurely. Manufacturers and installers provide a warranty to cover the cost of repairing premature damage, pending proof of proper installation.
DIY installation doesn’t include a warranty, and it may void the manufacturer’s warranty. Since there’s a much higher chance of problems with a DIY HVAC installation, any issues that could arise would require paying out of pocket for a repair or replacement.
Many homeowners attempt to perform a DIY installation in the hopes of saving money. However, in many cases, it could end up costing more money than it saves.
For example, homeowners may need to pay fines if the city discovers they’re doing work without a permit or if the final results don’t adhere to local building codes. They will also then have to pay for a professional HVAC technician to come in and do any repairs. Additionally, if the homeowner didn’t properly install the system, they may need to order a replacement or request repairs sooner than anticipated.
There are numerous reasons to leave HVAC installation to professionals. Contact Grimes Heating & Air Conditioning today when you need the installation of an HVAC system. We’ll ensure the job gets done correctly and efficiently.
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