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DIY Furnace Repairs Aren't Worth the Risk

September 04, 2019

There are jobs that even the handiest of homeowners should leave to a licensed professional. Furnace repairs fall into this category.

Even if it’s a minor repair, you should always entrust the task to a qualified HVAC technician from East Side Ventilation. Here are the risks you’re exposing yourself to when attempting to do it yourself.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If you have an oil or gas furnace, attempting DIY repairs comes with the risk of causing a carbon monoxide leak. This poisonous gas is a by-product of combustion processes and kills hundreds of people every year. It’s also odourless, tasteless and colourless, making it nearly impossible to detect unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.

The other major risk you run when attempting repairs on your furnace is that of sparking a fire. Electric wiring and gas lines are common causes of house fires and it takes years of training to know how to safely repair and handle them. If your furnace isn’t working well, call a professional as soon as you can.

Electric Shock
Something as simple as a shorted wire can cause serious injury or even death. The average homeowner lacks the training and tools to safely inspect and repair their furnace’s electric components. In fact, you should always hire a licensed and certified professional to deal with any and all electrical work.

Voided Warranty
Issues with you furnace are often covered under your manufacturer’s warranty. However, if anyone other than a licensed professional performs repairs on the appliance, the warranty may be automatically voided.

Think twice about performing even minor repairs to your furnace. A mistake could cost you dearly. Keeping the warranty valid can mean the difference between paying out-of-pocket for a brand-new furnace and having the manufacturer cover the cost.

Professional Furnace Repair in Winnipeg
If you need your furnace repaired, count on the experienced heating technicians at East Side Ventilation. We’re qualified to fix gas, electric and even geothermal heating systems and provide 24/7 emergency repair services. We also provide furnace installation, tune-up and cleaning services. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our Winnipeg HVAC services, get in touch with us today.
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