A burning wooden match is approximately equal to one BTU of heat. One cubic foot of natural gas produces about 1,015 BTUs of heat. The furnaces made today for residential use range from 45,000 to 135,000 BTUs, and that my friend is a lot of heat. At the lower end of the spectrum, a 45,000 BTU furnace is like 45,000 wooden matches burning at the same time, and that makes a very big, very hot flame. With this picture in mind, you might see my concern with “do it yourself” furnace repairs. If you are not qualified to work with natural gas, why would you work on your furnace?
Know Where to Draw the Line
I am a “do it yourselfer” around the house, and I fix all sorts of things that break. For example, if my lawn mower isn’t working right, I have no problem giving it a quick tune up. However, if my computer stops working, you can bet that I am on the phone with a computer technician before I even breathe on the system. You have to know your limitations when it comes to repairing things around the house. Somewhere between hanging a picture on the wall and attempting to repair your furnace, you need to draw a line. Be honest with yourself and figure out which jobs you can do and which jobs need a professional.
It’s NOT as Easy as It Looks!
“Do it yourself” repairs are very common this time of year, and I am sending out this as a warning to those of you that may try to repair the furnace without professional help. Many believe that this is the perfect time to attempt a repair of the furnace on their own. It is not that cold outside, and there is probably another month or so before you really need the furnace. You may think that that gives you plenty of time to figure out what’s wrong with the unit and to order parts over the internet. That may be true, but odds are you won’t be successful. Furnaces are tricky contraptions, and most people either end up hurting themselves, the unit, or both.
Trust a Pro from Four Seasons
You would do better to trust a professional with your furnace repairs and HVAC repairs in general. You may think that buying a part wholesale and installing it yourself saves you money, but if something goes wrong or if you damage the furnace further during the repair attempt, you could find yourself paying double for a repair that Four Seasons could have gotten right the first time. We like homeowner to be involved in the maintenance and repair of their furnaces and our technicians are always willing to educate you, but the next time you need your furnace worked on, it would be better to play it safe than sorry.