When a heating system breaks down, homeowners are not always sure what to do next. To stop such a situation from becoming a real disaster, it pays to spend some time getting familiar with the topic. These suggestions will benefit you for years to come.
Before calling anyone to repair your system, know what system you have. You need to know who manufactured the product and the item number. Also, get the maintenance records from your files if you have them. This will help you give the new contractor the necessary information.
Prior to choosing an HVAC customer, try to have an idea of what you want done. It’s hard for these contractors to give phone estimates without seeing the current system you have. If you can’t explain changes you’ve made, the process will be even more difficult. Learn this information to start with.
Clean any debris that accumulates on an external condenser unit. Debris can pile up after a storm, bringing potential damage with it. Overheating may be the result if you don’t.
Make sure your condenser fan is in good working order by wiping down the fan blades and the coils. Turn it off first so you don’t get hurt or break something. Then, pop off its grills, pull the blades out, and begin cleaning the unit and them gently.
When the trees are losing their leaves, your HVAC unit can suffer. When you see nearby trees shedding their leaves, clean the fan grill on your unit constantly. An obstruction, such as a leaf, prevents the maximum amount of cool air from entering the system.
If possible, put your HVAC in a shaded area if it is outside. This will help ensure that the AC is pulling in cooler air, reducing the amount of work it has to do and saving you money.
To help lower cooling costs when not at home, make sure the air conditioner is turned off. By raising the temperature from, for example 78 to 80, your house will be warmer, but only up to 80 before your AC kicks in. If you decide to set the temperature to 82 or 83 or so on, your AC won’t go on until it reaches that temperature. If it’s left on all day, it will fight the heat all day, which uses quite a bit of electricity.
When you want a HVAC contractor who is reliable, you need to spend some time in researching the background and reputation of several potential companies. A good start would be the BBB to see if there are any complaints, then search online for review sites where you can see what actual customers had to say about their experience. Doing all of this will make sure you hire the best company for your HVAC needs.
Usually your HVAC system will stop working during the bitter days of winter season or the sultry days of summer. However, homeowners can avoid this disaster by having the unit serviced twice a year. The tips you learned here can help you to make a great HVAC choice when the time comes.