Any work related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is best left to the hands of a licensed technician. There are some minor maintenance chores you can perform on your own, such as simple cleaning and filter changing. But when it comes to major repairs and more importantly, unit replacement, you shouldn’t let your love for DIY (do-it-yourself) get the better of you and make you think you can do everything on your own.
Unless you are a licensed HVAC technician, you should comply with the laws that the State of Utah implements when it comes to furnace replacement and other HVAC-related work. Whipple Service Champions notes that there are plenty of good reasons for these strict regulations, the most important of which is safety.
In The Beehive State, the government only awards a license to applicants who’ve been performing HVAC installation, repair, or maintenance works for at least years for the last 10 years. Not just any experience, though; they need to have been under the supervision of a licensed HVAC contractor. Before they can take the licensee examination, they have to meet the continuing education requirements.
The safety risks
Seeing that space heaters, ventilation devices, and air conditioners consist of numerous parts, there is always a risk of injuries that may arise from electrocution. But this is just one of the occupational hazards. Falls, as well as cuts and other injuries, are a few of the dangers that may occur due to lack of proper knowledge and incorrect use of necessary tools and equipment.
It takes more than just having the basic knowledge to become a licensed and professional HVAC contractor. All these requirements are primarily for the safety of the workers, and the people they serve, including you. Always ask for a license when dealing with a potential HVAC contractor in your location.