Eventually, all homeowners must deal with maintenance issues with their HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. These maintenance demands range from simple tasks, such as cleanings, to more complex ones, like repairs. As a homeowner, it’s up to you to determine which tasks are DIY’s and which tasks need a professional.


If you don’t have the proper tools or you are apprehensive about the project, avoid doing it yourself. Injury prevention can be practiced by staying away from tasks that are too large and making sure that you have the correct tools and resources for the project. There are some simple DIY activities that include changing the filter and keeping up with cleanliness. These small procedures can be done with, or without, expert help.


A basic understanding of HVAC systems is a major determinant when deciding if professional help is necessary or not. Given that there are only four main system types, simple installations may not be too difficult if you follow instructions properly, but other repairs may be more complex. Not all types of HVAC systems are the same, therefore, it might be easier and safer to seek a service tech’s assistance for unfamiliar models.

Skill Level

If you have a great deal of experience in HVAC work, doing it yourself can be an option instead of calling for service. Errors and faults should always be considered, though. Hiring an HVAC professional can cut the chances of mishaps and mistakes. Getting the job done right is what will guarantee quality air and increase system efficiency.


Of course, cost plays a major role in almost everything. Sometimes a DIY project can get a bit more expensive than expected. It is important to determine exactly what needs to be fixed so you can come up with an estimated price range — including parts, labor, and setbacks. In the end, it may cost less to hire someone to do the job for you. Doing your own research will help you make the best decision for the job.

Time Frame

Not everyone is able to set aside the time to fix the HVAC system when it begins to act up. If you have a lot of free time on your hands, then by all means, fix away. If that scenario does not apply to you, go ahead and call in the specialist. It’s what they are there for.

When it comes to your home’s air quality and HVAC operation, the best is all that anyone wants. Calling in a professional is always recommended, but it isn’t a must. However, certain issues can suggest looming concerns about your HVAC system.  It is important to keep up with the little tasks to help the system run smoothly. If you run into a bigger problem, it may be best to call in a service tech.  Put in some thought before making the choice on how to address your HVAC issues.