DIY Heating Repairs vs. Professional Services: What You Need to Know

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Big Ed replacing a inducer motor on a Goodman furnace

In Chicago, the ease of ordering parts online has led many homeowners to attempt DIY repairs on their heating systems to save money. While this may seem cost-effective, there are critical factors to consider before you dive into fixing your furnace.

The Risks of DIY Furnace Repairs
Many DIYers rely on YouTube tutorials for guidance, but these videos often fail to cover critical safety checks. Issues like carbon monoxide leaks or electrical hazards can pose serious risks that might not be apparent to the average homeowner. The reality is that modern furnaces, particularly those built from 2003 onwards, are complex systems that benefit significantly from professional handling.

The Lifespan of Your Furnace
It’s worth noting that the average furnace in the Chicagoland area has an operational life of about 15 years, assuming routine maintenance like filter changes and occasional tune-ups. While older models from the ’80s and ’90s were built to last longer, today’s furnaces are more sophisticated and require expert attention to maintain their functionality and safety.

Why Professional Service Matters
Hiring a professional not only ensures the job is done right but also provides a warranty on the repairs—a safeguard you lose when you go the DIY route. If a mistake is made during a DIY repair, you have no recourse, and the consequences can be severe, even fatal.

I recently encountered a situation where a homeowner had used a different company for a new furnace installation because they offered a lower price. However, when problems arose, the company was unreachable, highlighting the risks of choosing less reputable providers.

Our Commitment to You
At Around The Town Heating and Air Conditioning, we prioritize reliability and customer loyalty. We stand behind our work, correcting any issues if repairs don’t hold up, ensuring our customers’ heating systems operate safely and efficiently.


While DIY can be tempting, heating system repairs often require professional expertise, especially for modern units. For reliable service and peace of mind, consider professional HVAC contractors who stand by their work and value their relationship with customers.

Remember, when it comes to something as crucial as your home’s heating, it’s wise to trust the professionals. Call us today for dependable service and expert advice.

Thank you,
Big Ed

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