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HVAC Repair: DIY vs. Trusting the Pros

You've likely heard this adage before: If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Folks throughout the Outer Banks and Raleigh, N.C. areas have a knack for taking on do-it-yourself home projects on their own.

It's in our blood.

But when it comes to your HVAC system, if you want something done right, more often than not you should leave it up to the pros. But that doesn't mean there aren't some maintenance tasks you can't take on your own.

What you can do to help maintain your HVAC system?

The key term here is maintenance. While it may not sound exciting, the maintenance tasks you perform will prolong the life of your system.

The first thing you can do is keep an eye on your AC's air filter. Dirty air filters reduce both indoor air quality and air conditioning efficiency. Living here in North Carolina, we recommend you check (and likely clean or replace) your air conditioner filter monthly. If you happen to have a whole-home air purifier, filters tend to last a little bit longer.

In addition to keeping an eye on your air filter, you'll want to monitor the areas around your vents, heat registers, as well as around the indoor/outdoor units of the actual HVAC system. Cluttered and dirty areas will force the system to work harder, thus reducing efficiency, indoor air quality, and the lifespan of the system.

We realize neither of these tasks are all that challenging, but they are vital toward the integrity of your system.

When it's time to turn to an HVAC professional in Raleigh and Outer Banks

When it comes to making any physical repairs to your HVAC system, you should always call a professional. Not only is this to ensure that the repairs are done properly, but it's to ensure your own safety.

You should also turn to an HVAC professional for any and all electrical work as well as when you need to replace components of the system.

Resist the urge to go the DIY approach with your HVAC

Comfort First of North Carolina was founded by a couple of guys with an obsession for working with their hands. So we understand your desire to take the DIY approach to repairing your HVAC system. Not only do you believe this will save you money, but there's a sense of pride and accomplishment when you take a job on by yourself.

However, in the long run, you'll save time, money and energy by working with a licensed HVAC professional.

Learn more about how the team here at Comfort First can help you save money and preserve your HVAC system for many years to come by calling us today!

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