What are the top reasons to call an HVAC contractor? From furnace repair to new installations, take a look at the most common reasons to contact a pro.
Wear and Tear Issues
How often do you schedule checkups and cleaning services for your heating system? If you can't remember the last time your heater had a pre- or post-season check or if the answer to this question is "never," it's time to call a contractor.
Wear and tear from normal everyday use can put a strain on a heating system or an air conditioner. The more you use the system, the more it will wear down. Over time, this can lead to damage, clogs, or system failures — especially if you skip routine maintenance services. While routine inspections and cleaning services won't stop all wear-and-tear-related issues, they can help to prevent problems or reduce the risks of premature breakdowns.
The specific issues wear and tear can cause range from a blower breakdown to pilot light failure. Normal daily use can affect any component of your HVAC system. This makes it almost impossible for you to predict which parts will have wear and tear issues. A qualified contractor can evaluate the system and look for components that show the first signs of wear. The pro can then recommend a heater repair or air conditioning repair right away.
Is your thermostat an older model? Thermostat errors can trick your heating system into working when it shouldn't or failing to work when it should. This can leave you with excessively high winter-time utility bills or an uncomfortably cold home.
Not only could an older thermostat cause heating budget or interior comfort issues, but it could also make it difficult to control the indoor temperature. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a seven to ten-degree change in the temperature setting for at least eight hours each day could save you up to 10 percent on your heating costs.
An old manual thermostat can make this type of change a challenge. But a new programmable or smart thermostat allows you to set the temperature ahead of time. Smart thermostats also allow you to make changes from almost anywhere. This means you can lower the temperature when you leave home and bump it back up before you return.
New System Installation
Did your heater stop working? Is the system old and inefficient? Poor or no heating, high energy bills, and years of wear are some of the most common reasons to replace a system. HVAC installation is never a DIY job. Failure to install a heater and the other parts of the system correctly could lead to damage, injury, or create a serious hazard in your home.