Before you call HVAC professional contractor make sure that you can’t fix the problem yourself. Here are some tips for quick simple fixes for simple problems with your HVAC system:
HVAC system does not work.
A lack of electric power might cause whole system to fail. Your heat pump, air condition unit, or even you gas furnace will not run without electric power. Before you call the expert check your circuit breakers and all fuses in the main electrical panel to make sure that your HVAC system has power. Also check power switch for your furnace and make sure that is in “on” position.
Weak airflow coming out from the vents.
Check your filter! If your filter is clogged airflow in the system might be very weak. Your air conditioner, heat pump or furnace is using filter to remove dust and airborne particles from the house. Filter is located in the blower unit and clogs naturally, so you should check it every month, especially if you have pets at home. You should replace disposable filter or clean washable one with water and let it dry before you re-install it again. With dirty filter your HVAC system will work continuously and consume more energy in order to maintain desired temperature. Remember, that in the long run, it is less expensive to change your filter more often than spend money unnecessarily for raised utility bills.
When it is worth to call professional?
Many minor heating and cooling system problems lead to more serious and more expensive ones. Without regular maintenance you may need to replace your HVAC equipment much earlier than normal. By scheduling routine system checkups with HVAC contractor many small system problems will not go unnoticed. Almost fifty percent of the emergency service calls could be avoided through regular maintenance. Technician during regular maintenance visit, before the summer, will check all the electrical connections, filter and gas levels in AC unit. Also will clean your air conditioner. Before the fall will inspect your furnace, check filter and clean gas burners in your furnace if necessary. Especially routine safety gas checks are important every year, because many people in the US die from carbon monoxide poisoning. All manufacturers recommend doing preventative maintenance at least twice a year.
Finding good HVAC contractor.
If you are looking to hire HVAC contractor to install new equipment keep in mind that the cheaper equipment or job will not necessarily save you money. If installed equipment is a low quality one or does not have the right size for your house it will lead to inefficiencies that will result in high monthly utility bills and more repair work later. We get many phone calls from people asking to fix problems after installations done by lousy contractors. Some of the repairs are very costly. Do not call the company because they are advertising everywhere and you remember the name it might not be the best pick for you. You should do the research first and check reviews written by other people before you hire anybody.