We get it. Nobody likes to spend money. And sometimes, with certain things, you really don’t need to. In the age of Google and YouTube, many homeowners can tackle certain jobs around the home by themselves–yes, maybe even some basic HVAC work. But there are certain repairs that no one should ever attempt themselves, and there are certain situations that require professional attention right away. Learning to tell the difference is important, as is remembering this simple mantra: when in doubt, call a professional. “Wait,” you might be saying, “did they just say I could do this work myself?” But it’s true—with a little common sense and basic hand tools, many homeowners can perform some basic HVAC maintenance (like changing a filter) or repair (like unclogging a drain line). You need working knowledge of the system to a certain extent, and most importantly you need to know what not to touch. After all, many of these systems have live electrical components, spinning fan blades, sharp edges, and freezing cold parts. In addition to all that, you ought to know your system’s history. At Bell Brothers, we keep records of every system we work on, so if something goes wrong we may have a few ideas based on what the history is. We also keep a maintenance schedule and remind our clients when it’s time for routine maintenance work—they don’t even have to call us!