Your home’s central heating and air conditioning unit, or HVAC, is a key element in your home’s energy consumption and comfort level. For these reasons, it is important to have your home’s system routinely serviced by a professional technician. It is recommended that your it should be serviced by a qualified technician once every one or two years, depending upon your region’s climate and your home’s size, age, etc.
It is important to choose a qualified, dependable heating and air specialist to perform any required maintenance of your HVAC system. Having an experienced service technician evaluate its performance is the only way to ensure that your central heating and air conditioning is running efficiently and safely. Keeping your home’s system properly maintained will extend your equipment’s life and improve the capacity the system can handle. Here are a few things to be sure that your hired service technician should perform.
Any qualified service technician should thoroughly inspect your complete HVAC system. A comprehensive inspection should be made of all elements including cooling coils, primary and secondary drains, blower components, condenser coils, electrical connections, heat exchanger and burners, all safety controls, heat anticipator settings, as well as your system’s thermostat and all its included components. After inspection of all these elements, the technician should replace, repair, tighten, adjust, and/or clean any of these components as needed.
A standard scheduled professional maintenance should also include the cleaning or replacement of any air filters found in your home. The technician should lubricate all moving parts incorporated in your home’s HVAC system, as well. Freon should also be added by the technician when deemed necessary. If needed, your unit’s airflow should be adjusted to ensure efficient temperature rise or decrease. All debris should also be removed from your outdoor condenser unit.
While the heating and air service professional is at your home, he or she should monitor the amperage and voltage draw on all motors, air conditioning and heating cycles, flue draft, and air conditioning operating pressures to ensure proper refrigerant charge.
It is important to have a professional service technician perform scheduled maintenance on your home’s system. Qualified A/C techs require the necessary tools, skills, and experience to keep your home’s A/C running efficiently, avoiding costly repairs in the future.
How To Find A Good HVAC Company
Your HVAC system is one of the most expensive items within your household. Actually, next to the house itself, your HVAC system is probably your single largest investment within the household. So why is it that when it breaks down, the first thing you want to do is take your chances by blindly poking around in the phonebook? You should want to protect your investment, and not just let any fly-by-night HVAC company or contractor go poking around in your system. Just like any other industry, there are great HVAC companies and there are bad ones. Here are a few simple tips that you can use to find one of the "good" companies.
First, ask your friends and neighbors who they would recommend for HVAC services. Word of mouth is by far the most powerful tool you can use when searching for any type of services. We ask for testimonials with medications, products, why not services, right? In fact, many companies design their entire marketing strategy around attracting new business through referrals. Think about it... the only way to get somebody to refer their friends and family to your business is to provide excellent customer service. You can't go wrong with getting a referral from a friend.
Next, check the Better Business Bureau. Look for how many complaints a company has received. Bear in mind that pretty much every company in the world has a couple of complaints from those hard to please customers, but if a company has an exorbitant amount of complaints, that should be your first clue to run for the hills! You can also check online review sites such as Yelp or Google Places to see what customers have been saying about their service. These resources can often be the most easily accessible. If there aren't reviews on these sites, many times they have a rating system that will tell you how others have rated their service.
Lastly, look for how long the companies have been in business. To be in business for a long time requires a certain amount of stability and customer satisfaction, and most companies who've been in business for a while will proudly display this information on their marketing products.
These tips should hopefully save you time and grief when searching for an HVAC expert. It's wiser to spend the time researching and choosing the right company the first time, than picking a random company and having to call in a second company to fix their errors. Remember, proper care and repair of your HVAC systems will save you money in the long run.