Written on: October 5, 2020
Times are tight and we all want to save a few bucks, right?
We can do that a lot of ways, like clipping coupons, cutting back on takeout, or doing work around the house that you would normally hire out.
While that last one may be a good idea when it comes to jobs like painting or yard work, it is a very, very, very bad idea when it comes to repairing your home’s propane appliances.
Just because you’ve watched some DIY videos on YouTube doesn’t mean you have what it takes to repair your propane appliances. And if you get it wrong … it could endanger your family and home or lead to some big bills.
Repairing propane appliances is a job that requires training and specialized tools. Today’s propane appliances are more advanced in terms of technology, and those electronics can be delicate.
Let’s say you decide to repair your propane furnace. You muck it up. You may end up having to pay for more repairs than you would have if you’d just let a pro handle it the first time. Or, worse, you muck it up so bad the furnace needs to be replaced. The average cost for a new furnace, including installation, is about $4,400.
But expense isn’t the only problem you create if you take on repairing a propane appliance and don’t do it right.
One of the biggest risks is creating a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and potentially lethal.
Carbon monoxide poisoning happens when carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in red blood cells, depriving vital organs like your brain, lungs, and heart of the oxygen they need to function. It can lead to serious injury or death. Carbon monoxide poisoning most commonly occurs when people are sleeping and thus don’t notice any symptoms.
Practice propane safety and leave repairing your propane appliances to trained, knowledgeable service technicians.