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Why You Shouldn’t DIY Gas Appliance Repair

Written on: May 1, 2023

Leave this job to the professionals at Johnny Prescott

diy appliance repair Pembroke, nh Although there are various DIY projects you can take on around your home, from painting walls to constructing decks and built-in bookcases, repairs of propane appliances must be left in the hands of professionals.

This type of job requires expertise and experience that a novice would likely not possess, no matter how many DIY how-to videos you watch. For this reason, it is important to ensure that work with propane is done by qualified experts like the team of service technicians at Johnny Prescott for both safety and optimal results.

Johnny Prescott can repair your home’s propane heating and water heating systems expertly and safely. We also install them.

A DIY approach to propane appliance repair is a terrible idea, and here are several reasons why.

Safety must come first

When it comes to the repair of gas appliances in your home, hiring an experienced professional is not just advisable; it’s essential. Failing to do so can lead to serious risks, such as propane leaks and other hazardous problems that could put you and your family at risk. The safety of your home and loved ones is more important than any money you might save.

Despite its prominent safety record, propane can be combustible in certain conditions. In a home setting, if there is even a minor leak of propane, it could collect and potentially ignite by sparks that may come from activities such as using the phone, flipping switches, lighting candles or cigarettes, or using appliances.

Every member of your family should know how to respond when they sense propane gas. Additionally, it is essential that you install leak detectors near all your propane appliances so as to guarantee the utmost safety and security in your home.

Propane appliance repairs are done right

Propane appliances are connected to your home’s propane tanks via gas lines. Only a highly trained professional equipped with comprehensive knowledge of gas line systems should ever attempt to tackle any work on them.

Your tank stores highly pressurized propane gas, and a regulator then lowers the pressure for it to be safely sent into your home. The settings for natural gas differ from that of propane, so if the regulator isn’t adjusted correctly it can result in a dangerous gas leak occurring, whether pressure is too high or too low. This is why we are required to do a pressure test after you have a propane runout, and we do an emergency propane delivery.

Not only does the regulator regulate pressure, but it also carefully maintains a blend of propane and air for maximum combustion. If any repairs or modifications are made by someone inexperienced with the system, this blend can be thrown off balance—in some cases resulting in dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide being released into your home.

Taking proper ventilation of your appliances seriously is essential for safety and should never be overlooked. There are various codes that regulate venting practices in diverse settings, and a deficiency of effective air circulation can lead to not only substandard performance but also hazardous carbon monoxide buildup.

DIY can void your warranty

Most propane appliance manufacturers require repairs, installation, and maintenance of their equipment to be handled by trained professionals or else the warranty will likely become nullified. A DIY repair job likely means the expenses for any future repairs are now all your responsibility, including issues which could have been taken care of through the warranty.

Johnny Prescott helps keep your home’s propane appliances running safely and efficiently. Contact us for all your repair and tune-up needs!