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Should You Repair Propane Appliances Yourself?

Written on: November 15, 2021

Spoiler alert: You shouldn’t

propane appliance diy new hampshireIf you’re looking to stretch your dollars, there are lots of ways you can do that.

You can shop sales and clip coupons. You can cook more at home and get less takeout. You can go to thrift shops and tag sales rather than department stores. You can tackle some home projects that you would normally hire someone to do.

Doing home projects can be a great, money-saving idea when it comes to tasks like landscaping, painting, or small fixes. But when it comes to repairing your home’s propane appliances, you need to take a hard pass on doing that yourself.

Repairing propane appliances is a job for a professional like the experienced, skilled technicians at Johnny Prescott. It 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 yourself. You make a mess of it. You will probably have to pay for more repairs than you would have if you had let a professional handle it. Want an even worse scenario? You mess up your furnace so bad that it needs to be replaced. The average cost for a new furnace, including installation, is about $4,700.

Propane safety must come first

If you don’t do it correctly, taking on the repair of a propane appliance yourself may create not only more expenses but also other problems, including endangering yourself and your loved ones.

You could end up causing a propane leak in your home. If that happens, follow the propane safety best practices highlighted here.

One of the most serious hazards is producing a carbon monoxide buildup in your home. Carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless, colorless, and potentially deadly.

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in red blood cells, depriving vital organs like your brain, heart, and lungs of the oxygen they require to function. It can lead to serious harm, permanent injury, or death. Carbon monoxide poisoning most commonly occurs when people are sleeping and thus don’t notice any symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 20,000 people each year end up in the emergency room because of CO poisoning. About 4,000 people are hospitalized and, sadly, 400 people die of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Be smart and safe. Leave repairing your propane appliances to the trained, knowledgeable service technicians at Johnny Prescott. Contact us for equipment installation and service.