Leave it to the Experts: 5 Things You Should Let Professionals Repair at Home

Leave it to the Experts

 Not every machine or system that you have at home lends itself well to being fixed by non-experts. Fortunately, for the average home owner, there plenty of things around the home that are something that an individual can fix, leaving you with just a few areas where you should likely step aside for experts. Here are five things that professionals should repair in your home.
Broken Garage Door

It isn’t that common to have garage door problems. When you do and need to mend or replace your overhead garage door, you will need to either have equipment or a crew to help you. In most cases, the problem is mounting and balancing the new door correctly without harming yourself.

Water Heater Problems

Unless it is the case that your pilot light went out and needs to be lit, traditional water heaters should normally be looked at by experts because their training will actually save you time and money. At the same time, having a professional onsite looking at a problem gives you an opportunity to replace your traditional water heater with an on-demand unit that will save you money and give you unlimited hot water.

Air Conditioning Woes

Although it is possible for home owners to change the filters in their air conditioner, when an air conditioner doesn’t work very well or at all, it isn’t likely that you will be able to discover how to fix it by researching it online or getting a book. Turning to experts to diagnose and repair your air conditioner, like Spokane Air Conditioning Repair, is normally a much better option. Not only can they repair mechanical problems quickly, they also know how to design systems and layout ducting so that your cooling needs are taken care of efficiently.

Heater Problems

Most furnaces are not that complex to operate, although they can be daunting to try and repair when they no longer work. In addition to using experts for a broken furnace, using them to ensure that the initial duct that leads from the furnace to the rest of the ducting system is intact is normally a given.

Sewage Line Blockage/Replacement

When your pipes are clogged and traditional methods don’t help, calling a plumber is a good idea because there may be something more significant wrong. You may have a tree root in your sewage line, or your sewage pipe itself may have become unstable. Whatever the reason, it is unreasonable to expect that you will be able to fix that yourself and be able to pass a city inspection. Plumbers are also quite good at diagnosing problems and finding a solution quickly.

Overall, owning a home and being able to handle the maintenance on that home is a source of pride for many Americans. In certain cases, however, for certain types of systems, it always makes more sense to call an expert right away when you have problems.

 

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48 thoughts on “Leave it to the Experts: 5 Things You Should Let Professionals Repair at Home

  1. Recently I encountered a problem my garage door. Its track was not aligned properly and there was a gap between rail and rollers. This made it very difficult to operate. Firstly, I thought of repairing it myself but I couldn’t find the right way. So I made a decision to get it repaired from a professional. And I am glad that I took the right decision because it really needed to be repaired otherwise it could have been dangerous.

  2. Recently I encountered a problem with my garage door. Its track was not aligned properly and there was a gap between rail and rollers. This made it very difficult to operate. Firstly, I thought of repairing it myself but I couldn’t find the right way. So I made a decision to get it repaired from a professional. And I am glad that I took the right decision because it really needed to be repaired otherwise it could have been dangerous.

  3. All of these things should definitely be handled by professionals. I am glad you brought up sewage line blockage because so many people think that it is a simple problem you can fix on your own. There are times that using home methods to unclog a drain are effective, but that is only for minor problems. Calling a professional is safer than possibly making the problem worse.

  4. My husband tried to repair our water heater, and made the repair more expensive. Now that our furnace is broken, I’m insisting on hiring a repairman. My husband is many things… but a handyman is not one of them. And that’s okay, I’m not very handy either!

  5. I will have to show this post to my husband when he gets home, because he always assumes he should do the maintenance and repairs on our home himself. I like that you point out that professionals are able to point out things we can’t, as well as assure that it is done correctly. This is especially true for plumbers like you pointed out. It can make a problem go from bad to worse if not handled by a professional!

  6. Last time my husband tried fixing a plumbing issue on his own, we ended up with two inches of water on the floor by the time a plumber could come fix it. We’ve learned that lesson the hard way! I mean, little things like replacing the float valve in your toilet? Sure, do that yourself. But if you’re thinking about taking a saw to a pipe, you really need to know what you’re doing… and triple check that the water is OFF.

  7. This article makes a lot of really good points! It took me four years, but I finally got my husband to stop trying to fix everything himself. It makes perfect sense, too; it’s literally their full-time job to repair these exact issues. There’s no way you can do it better than they can. Especially the complex equipment like air conditioners, that was the one that finally broke him. It ended up taking us two weeks and four times as much as the professional repair to fix the damage he caused trying to do it himself. It’s almost always better to hire the professionals.

  8. I really liked your post! I’ve been having problems with my heater for some time now, and I thought that I could fix it myself! However, in your post, you mention that I should have a professional do the work instead. Like you, I think that’s a good idea because the person that I hire will have much more knowledge about how furnaces work than I do! They’ll also know if I should repair the furnace, or if I need to replace it instead. I’m going to start looking for a professional right away! Thank you for the information!

  9. I like the point you make about someone who is an expert in furnace repair typically checking the duct work as well. I’m actually worried that there’s a problem with our heating duct work, especially under my living room floor. Would they be able to know right where a problem area is without tearing floors and walls apart?

  10. This is some really great information for any homeowner. Too many people think they can do everything themselves, but there are plenty of repairs that you really ought to hire a professional for. I learned from experience to agree with your last point, about not being able to pass a city inspection on DIY plumbing jobs. Thanks so much for writing!

  11. I’m surprised that hiring a professional can actually save you money when fixing a water heater. I’d feel much more comfortable with a professional dealing with it anyway, since I don’t know that much about how to fix it, but it’s not often that professional work is cheaper than DIY work. If my water heater has any problems in the future, I’ll follow your advice and go professional right away, so the problem can either be fixed, or the water heater could be replaced with a new unit that is more efficient and productive. Thanks.

  12. I think you are right that the training you would have to undergo in order to fix your own water heater is just not a good investment. Plus, Even after my training, I wouldn’t have the expertise of a professional. Thus, hiring a professional handyman would definitely help prevent future problems.

  13. I agree to let the professionals handle garage door issues. We live in a neighborhood where break ins are more common then I would like, and we store a lot of valuables in our garage. I don’t want to risk having issues, because I simply don’t trust myself.

  14. When our air conditioning unit started making strange noises, I tried to take a look at it. It seemed like more than a filter issue and it was. We ended up needing to replace it. I had no idea where to begin and agree that getting a professional is the right way to go for AC issues.

  15. I would agree letting a professional handle garage door issues. I learned my lesson cutting my hand trying to adjust a railing and getting stitches. We store a lot of valuable things in our garage and it is worth it to get help when keeping your home secure.

  16. I think it is important to have a plumber or professional come out to fix the problems that a lot of people have in their home. It would only make sense because they are going to make your problems easier. Unless you like to do everything yourself, you should make sure to have the professionals help you out.

  17. Amazing Post.
    A plumber that is licensed can easily repair, install and upgrade your plumbing. You also have the benefit of hiring someone with experience being able to detect the best course of action for your plumbing problems.

  18. Air conditioning becomes really important during the summer months, and I appreciated the advice in this article to hire an expert to repair your air conditioner. I didn’t even realize that the filters in the air conditioner needed to be changed, so this information was really helpful. This article gave me a good idea of when to hire professionals to make repairs at home.

  19. I’m glad to see an article like this.. My home is screaming for a redo. I’d love to try my hand at doing some of the upgrades myself and save a ton of money in the process, but I’m sure some projects are better left to the professionals.

    1. Every house or office has different construction materials needed as their structure, use and base work is different. Talk and discuss this matter with your constructor. If you’re planning to buy your material online then make sure that the website and company are legitimate and they have a good reputation as well.

  20. Awesome post! I agree with all of the repairs you say to leave to a professional! I cannot imagine trying to do any of those by myself! Super informative and great examples of projects that should not be done as diy’s!

  21. Nice post. I would definitely agree on using a pro for any heating/cooling issues. Whenever you’ve got air (hot or cold) flowing through vents or ducts or chimneys in your house, you’re opening yourself up to a whole host of problems from environmental toxins including mold, dust, pollen, smoke and other irritants. It’s just one of those things where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, you know?

  22. Awesome post.

    Owning a home can be a dream come true, but the world of home ownership is more than just relaxing weekends on the deck and intimate evenings in front of the fireplace. It requires a commitment to keeping your private oasis safe and running smoothly.

  23. In extreme cases, these can cause expensive damage to floors and belongings. To stop a small leak from turning into a big one, take a look at your pipes periodically to check for rust or white lime deposits that may indicate a leak is starting.

    1. Plumbing experts also service sewer systems, which can include cleaning and repairing lines, pumping septic tanks, and clearing out obstructions. Preventative drain and sewer care and timely repairs keep commercial plumbing systems operating smoothly.

  24. If you can repair these things at home, it really can save some money, but it’s important to know your limits and not try to fix something you aren’t prepared for. In that case you can be out of a ton of money. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Spending time scrounging for change to finance your repairs or shopping around for deals on the materials you need to repair your home will slow down the process. Avoid stress by setting aside enough money for routine home maintenance at the beginning of the year.

  25. i will have to show this post to my husband when he gets home, because he always assumes he should do the maintenance and repairs on our home himself. I like that you point out that professionals are able to point out things we can’t, as well as assure that it is done correctly. This is especially true for plumbers like you pointed out. It can make a problem go from bad to worse if not handled by a professional!

  26. The colors you choose for your living room will affect how guests feel in the space. Colors can energize or relax the space, depending on how intense they are and how warm or cool they are.

  27. Great post, Professional plumbing service provider has the ability to solve all kinds of plumbing issues to repairing the leaky faucets in your home. Professional plumbing service provider gives you a thorough inspection without taking up too much time.Thanks for sharing.

  28. I really appreciate your blog on why to hire a professional & qualified plumber. I will also recommend your blog to my friends who are looking for this type of information.Thanks for sharing….

  29. I have a bad thing habit of trying to fix everything that breaks in my home. However, you have some good tips for choosing what pros need to fix. Our water heater has just started acting up, and I thought I’d work on it. But, if hiring a pro will save me time and money, I think I’ll do that.

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