As a homeowner in Springfield, Georgia, you want to make sure that you maintain your HVAC equipment regularly. Taking care of your system will keep it running smoothly and efficiently. While you may think you can diagnose and try repairs yourself, it is always best to have an expert HVAC specialist perform complex tasks. Only HVAC professionals have the training, specialized tools, and understanding of hazards to perform HVAC system repairs.

Professional HVAC Service Technicians

HVAC technicians must stay ahead of new technologies by constantly learning about emerging trends and industry best practices. Professional HVAC technicians today also need to pass certification courses that have stringent requirements.

Essential Certifications

The service technicians at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning hold all relevant certifications. Credentials include NATE AND EPA Section 608 Universal certifications. NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is the gold standard for certification in the HVAC industry and requires extensive training, testing, and recertification. EPA Section 608 Universal Certification is mandatory if a technician is going to be handling refrigerants. Improper handling of refrigerants is not only a health hazard but is also dangerous to the environment.

EPA Certification

Certification for the EPA 608 has four tiers with the Universal Certification being the highest level. This certification allows a technician to install, repair, and dispose of all types of HVAC equipment that requires the use of refrigerants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the certifying body, and technicians must go through levels of training, testing, and recertification that demand continuing education.

Manufacturer Requirements

HVAC technicians also need certification for certain manufacturer products and protocols that allow them to install and repair specific equipment. It is vital that a technician understands the nuances of a particular HVAC system for proper equipment repairs and installation. Otherwise, you could face problems with the warranty.

Professional Technicians Have Special Tools

HVAC systems are quite complex and require specialized tools for installation, service, and repair. Instead of going out and purchasing these tools, using an HVAC services professional who has these tools makes much more financial sense. These specialists know the correct ways to use the tools and can select the appropriate instrument for each job.

Simple and Complex Tools

Many of the tools such as wire strippers, pliers, hammers, tubing cutters, and multipurpose screwdrivers are basic. However, for more advanced work, technicians might use a digital thermometer, an infrared thermometer, vacuum pump, recovery machine, a nitrogen regulator, and a motor and gear puller.

Once a technician gets into the heart of a system, even more advanced tools are essential. Technicians need a refrigerant scale to accurately and precisely measure the levels of refrigerant needed to keep specific compressors running smoothly. HVAC specialists have to use a coil removal tool as well as a coil fin straightener. A psychrometer which reads the airflow and humidity levels is a part of a technician’s toolkit.

Understanding HVAC Technology

Service technicians must also be able to use HVAC software and mobile apps for effective communication with customers and for connecting with smart-controlled thermostats. As HVAC technology continues to develop, the need for more advanced tools along with the knowledge of how to use these tools will increase. As a homeowner, having all the tools needed would be overwhelming and quite expensive. Additionally, you will need to learn to use the equipment.

On-the-Job Hazards

HVAC technicians often face hazards on the job, but they have the experience to look out for these dangers. They also have the training to handle problems that occur. Technicians often work at heights, especially when installing or servicing an air conditioning unit on a roof. Accessing the ductwork involves going into small and confined spaces where the air quality might be unhealthy. In addition, technicians must deal with refrigerant and other hazardous chemicals. If you attempt some of these tasks, you could be putting yourself and your household at risk of injury.

Handling Refrigerants

The EPA-certified technicians at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning know how to handle and dispose of HVAC refrigerants. Refrigerants contain a highly toxic chemical that has no taste or odor. Anyone who inhales this toxin could experience severe damage to the lungs and respiratory system. Only professionals who have the training and certification should handle refrigerant issues.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is another hazard for anyone working around furnaces and other gas-fired equipment. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a clear and odorless gas. Exposure can cause serious illness and can even be fatal. HVAC technicians have the training to handle equipment carefully and avoid mistakes that could lead to possible poisoning. A carbon monoxide monitor will detect carbon monoxide in the home.

System Lubricants

Your HVAC system needs special oil for the compressor to run effectively. The oil lubricates various components. It also helps to prevent heat buildup in the compressor that could seal the piston in the cylinder. If an oil leak occurs and mixes with refrigerant, a chemical reaction could take place. The result could be quite dangerous for the person handling this mixture and can be harmful to the HVAC system.

Repairing, servicing, and installing HVAC systems can present many dangers. Call our trained service technicians to service your HVAC system to prevent the risks of accidents and damage.

You Could Void the System’s Warranty

Your HVAC system normally comes with some type of warranty. Always check to see what your warranty covers, as some cover only parts and basic repairs. Each manufacturer has different types of warranties and lists what they cover and actions that will make them void.

DIY or Unlicensed Service

You might be tempted to work on your HVAC system, but you run the risk of voiding the warranty in several ways, for example:

  • Obtaining parts for your system and failing to install them correctly
  • Not hiring a licensed professional for installation
  • Purchasing components from anyone but an authorized dealer or manufacturer
  • Obtaining parts that might not be compatible with the system.

These are practices that generally run contrary to manufacturer’s requirements. You might be tempted to cut corners or buy cheaper versions or off-brand parts, but those decisions are not worth the price.

Skipping Maintenance

Many HVAC manufacturers require seasonal or annual maintenance to keep the warranty valid. If you neglect regular system maintenance or tuneups, you will run into problems when you need service or replacement parts in the future. Investing in a maintenance plan can help to ensure that your system receives the proper care and maintenance it needs at the right time.

Check with us at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning if you’re trying to understand what your warranty covers. We are also happy to work with you to set up a maintenance plan that is right for you. We’ll make sure you get the required services that can help you keep your warranty intact.

You Save Money Over the Long Run

Investing in a sound and reliable HVAC system is a big financial decision. In order for your family to stay healthy and comfortable throughout the year, your HVAC system needs to run smoothly and efficiently. By trying to cut costs with DIY home repairs, you stand to jeopardize the performance of the system.

Hire a professional and trained service technician. You will have peace of mind knowing your technician has all the required certifications, knows proper installation and how to handle hazardous substances, and has the knowledge and tools to get the job done right. You’ll be ensuring the best for your HVAC system and your family’s well-being.

Ready to for a system repair or installation? Perhaps you would like to invest in an HVAC maintenance services plan. Call the experts at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning today at 912-373-8447. Our professional service team will do the work to the manufacturer’s specifications. You won’t have to worry about voiding your warranty, and your family will stay comfortable and healthy from season to season.

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