When your home needs a repair or a new appliance, you have two choices. You can do it yourself or call a professional. Small jobs such as unclogging a toilet, repairing a minor plumbing issue, or painting a wall are usually straightforward to address on your own, and there are all kinds of DIY videos and books that can guide you through the process.
But when you're facing a major issue such as putting in a new heating and cooling system, you should stop the videos, put down the tools, and call in the pros. Here's a look at the main reasons you should choose professional installation for heating and cooling systems.
1. Eliminates Costs for Tools and Materials
Unless you're a seasoned handyman or an HVAC professional yourself, you probably don't have the tools required to install a heating and cooling system. To install a ductless system, you need torque wrenches, vacuum pumps with lines and adapters, gauges, clamps, levels, drills, and a variety of other tools. You also need conduit, insulating tape, anchors, and other supplies.
Many of these tools and materials are not cheap, and since most people only get a new heating and cooling system every 10 to 20 years, you may never use those tools again. If you have to buy them, that drives up the total cost of your new system. In contrast, installation professionals have all the tools to complete this type of project.
2. Saves Time
In addition to saving you money on supplies, professional installation can also help you save time. When embarking on a DIY project, you have to invest a lot of time into research. Then, you have to shop for supplies and materials. Once you get started, you may find that you have questions, and at that point, you need to stop and revisit the instructional books or materials. Additionally, with a ductless heating and cooling system, the process can take a lot longer if you don't have two people involved.
When you hire a professional, you don't have to spend any time on the project. Professional installers have handled countless similar jobs in the past. They can usually give you an accurate estimate about how long the process should take. They also know which tools and supplies are required for the job, and they come prepared. Additionally, before any works commences, these experts take the right measurements and assess any potential issues, and that helps to ensure the process goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.
3. Gives You Access to Better Prices
When you buy a heating and cooling system on your own, you pay retail rates. In contrast, when you buy HVAC equipment from a professional, they buy the equipment at wholesale prices. They also tend to get better rates because they purchase so much equipment. Often, these professionals pass on some of the savings to their clients.
4. Avoids Mistakes
Unfortunately, when you take a DIY approach, things can and often will go wrong. But, with professional installation, the chances of errors are much lower. HVAC professionals go through extensive training to earn their licenses, and they also must do continuing education to stay updated on new equipment and trends in the industry.
If you invest in a Mitsubishi heating and cooling system and you hire a Diamond Elite installation professional, you get an expert who has had more training than almost anyone else in the industry. To achieve this elite status, these HVAC professionals have to complete in-person and online training modules. They also have to gain a lot of experience in the field and meet numerous other criteria.
5. Protects Yourself from Danger
Hiring a professional to install your system can also protect you from physical danger. When installing a ductless heating and cooling system, you have to work with electricity as well as refrigerant. Both of those elements can be dangerous, and if you make a mistake during the install, you may put your entire home in danger.
6. Keeps Your Warranty Intact
Some systems lose their warranty if they are not installed correctly. Then, if something goes wrong which is usually covered by the warranty, you may end up being stuck paying for the repair on your own. Keep in mind that when you work with a Diamond elite contractor, you actually get an extended warranty when you buy a Mitsubishi system.
7. Helps You Avoid Property Damage
When you're doing an installation on your own, you could accidentally crack a wall or make a hole that's too large. You could wire the system incorrectly, causing electrical damage to the unit itself or miscommunications between the unit and the thermostat. You may not set the unit flush with the wall, leading to long-term inefficiencies and increased energy bills. These are just some of the errors and a selection of the potential property damage that can occur.
Typically, the point of DIY projects is to save a little money, but when you factor in the cost of tools, the physical risk to your body, potential damage to your home, and the possible loss of your warranty, DIY becomes more expensive in the long run. If you are getting a heating and cooling system for your home or commercial space, don't install it on your own. Instead, turn the job over to the pros.
At N.E.T.R., Inc., we are Mitsubishi Diamond Elite installation professionals. We can assess your space to help you identify the best heating-and-cooling system for your needs. Then, we can help you choose and install a system. To learn more about the benefits of ductless heating-and-cooling or to set up a repair, service, or install, contact us today.