I live in a warmer climate, and typically only need to run my furnace for a few months out of the year, if at all.
Because of this, I rarely worry about my furnace, as it has always turned on when I needed it to.
Last fall, however, we had an unusually cold weekend, and when I went to turn my furnace on, I only felt cold air coming out of my vents. Naturally, I did what I always do when something breaks, and turned to YouTube. The man in the video made it look easy enough- remove the defective part, replace it with a new one, and the furnace should be working like new. I went to the hardware store and bought the replacement part, and removing the defective part was simple. When I got the new piece in, however, my furnace was still blowing cold air. I spent the rest of the day watching more YouTube videos and buying more HVAC parts, but I couldn’t get my furnace to come back on. That night, my family had to sleep with space heaters on just to stay warm. In the morning, I finally decided to call my local HVAC provider, and ask for help. They were able to send out an HVAC technician quickly, and he had my furnace warming my home in no time. The HVAC technician told me that the best way to prevent that from happening again was to schedule regular inspection and maintenance of my system. Next time something breaks, I will skip the YouTube videos, and call a professional right away.