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Planning Ahead: Add Home Repairs to Your Monthly Budget

Planning Ahead: Add Home Repairs to Your Monthly BudgetIf you’re like many other homeowners, you use a monthly budget to manage recurring expenses such as utility bills, homeowner’s insurance, property taxes, and your mortgage. Planning ahead by adding home repairs to your budget can help you avoid the stress of facing unexpected costs when problems crop up with critically-important household systems your HVAC.

Start Planning With Repair Cost Research

Researching the potential costs of home repairs is important to help you judge how much to add to your budget. The cost of different repairs can vary significantly depending on the issue, but here are two HVAC-related examples as food for thought:

  • The heat exchanger in your furnace develops cracks, or your heat pump’s compressor quits without warning. Replacing a major component like the furnace or investing in new matching cooling components can cost you several thousand dollars.
  • Your A/C stops putting out cold air mid cooling season, and you’re advised that there’s a refrigerant leak. To find and fix the leak, and recharge the cooling system with refrigerant, you may have to pay a few hundred to a thousand dollars or more.

Home Repair-Specific Budgeting Advice

To plan ahead for home repairs, you need to set aside a certain amount each month and let it build up until it’s needed. To determine a reasonable yearly figure to divide by 12, start with an average of 1% of your property’s value and a dollar per square foot of finished living space. Finally, add on 15 percent of this average for each of the following that pertain to your situation:

  • Property age. In general, newer homes require fewer repairs than older ones.
  • Lifetime maintenance. Regardless of age, unexpected repairs won’t crop up as often with a home that’s maintained consistently.
  • Local climate. Homes in Portland can sustain extra wear and damage from our wet weather and seasonal temperature fluctuations.
  • Structure type. You’ll have to pay all of the upkeep on a single-family home compared to a condo where many repair costs are shared.

For more advice about adding HVAC repairs to your monthly budget, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

Why You Shouldn’t Try DIY HVAC Repairs

Why You Shouldn't Try DIY HVAC RepairsWhen your furnace starts acting up on a chilly Portland winter evening, it can be tempting to try to solve the problem yourself rather than wait for a technician to arrive. DIY HVAC repairs might sound practical, but they can end up costing more money and time than calling a pro would have.

Your Health and Safety

The most important reason to let a professional handle your heating and cooling repairs is to protect yourself and your family. While you might not be too concerned about the minor cuts and burns you can get during your DIY HVAC repairs, keep in mind this isn’t the worse that can happen.

Making a mistake around the system’s electrical components can give you a shock that leaves you hospitalized or even dead. An incorrectly performed electrical repair job might look okay at first, but spark a fire in the middle of the night. Damage to a gas furnace can create a potentially deadly carbon monoxide leak.

Practicality and Cost-Effectiveness

Licensed HVAC professionals bring not only years of training and experience, but also an array of tools specifically designed for HVAC repair. All this lets them troubleshoot your system and get the necessary repair work done fast. Better yet, you can be sure the repair work will last. Try to DIY it and you’re likely to spend more of your own time and money for an iffy repair job.

Some components, such as your air conditioner evaporator coils, are quite delicate and it’s easy to cause damage if you’re unaware of how to handle them. A mistake could turn a quick repair into an expensive component replacement job.

Changing your air filters, cleaning your outdoor condenser unit, and even patching a damaged air duct are all simple jobs you can do yourself, but for anything more complex, put your family’s safety first and call a pro.

If you’d rather avoid disastrous DIY HVAC repairs, get in touch with us at Roth Heating & Cooling in the Portland area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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