When Should I Repair or Replace My Heating/Cooling System?

Hello and welcome back to Ask Bill. In today’s video, we will be continuing the discussion of when it is a good time to repair your system. In the first video we covered how important it is to first reflect on your current living situation before deciding. Today, we will be considering the importance of overall project safety, hiring qualified individuals, and having warranties for your systems.

Safety And Qualifications

Learning about your HVAC system can be a daunting task, especially when you’re trying to consider how this will affect your finances. Hiring a family friend or even attempting to make the adjustments yourself may seem appealing at first. It comes across as more cost efficient theoretically. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Not only does this put your home and family in a potentially hazardous situation, it can also prevent you from having a proper warranty.

Hazards such as fires, gas leaks, and malfunctioning electric components should only be handled by Professionals. If you or a non specialist attempts to make adjustments or installations, the risk for such hazards becomes likely. A few examples of frequent dangers that result from this are carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires. This is why any attempt to solve a problem with your heating and cooling system should only be done by a licensed professional.

Warranties can also be affected if you were to hire someone that is not licensed. In order to be in compliance with the state and city laws they reside in, technicians and installers all have to be annually trained and tested. This is accomplished so that they can meet current guidelines and restrictions. In doing so, licensed contractors are able to claim and register warranties for installed parts and systems. If you attempt to self-assess or hire a non specialist, this will prevent a warranty from being properly registered. This will as well make it difficult for future contractors who are compliant with city and state regulations to assist you.

Should I Have a New Part/System Installed Once My Warranty Is Up?

Having replacements done around the time a current warranty has reached its end can be Beneficial. This is especially true if you plan to have a long term occupancy. Please note that this is not a necessity if you are aware that the current functioning of your system is stable. Consulting with your heating and cooling provider can help set you up for future endeavors with respect to your finances.


It is important to handle your HVAC systems safely and efficiently. If you notice any potential dangers or dysfunction with your HVAC system, please do not attempt to fix it yourself or hire non specialists. Warranties are put at risk when installations and repairs are not done by professionals. Having new systems or parts installed once the original ones have reached the end of their warranty is a beneficial route. Speaking with your heating and cooling provider can shed some light on how to proceed with this decision.

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