Your cooling and heating systems affect the comfort of your home. Unless something traumatic happens, like the furnace going out during a cold snap or your air conditioning going out during a heat wave, you probably don’t give your HVAC system a second thought. However, there are several reasons why you should give an HVAC professional a call. Here is a look at four times you should consult an HVAC technician.
1. Routine Maintenance: Make it a Regular Thing
As was previously stated, you do not often think about your heating and cooling systems. However, it is important to have your system undergo routine checkups and maintenance.
2. Call a Pro When You are Purchasing a New System
Generally, a heating or cooling system is designed to last between 15 and 20 years. Should you have an older system, you might want to consult a technician for an assessment of its condition. An HVAC professional can help you select the best and most efficient system for your home. For instance, if you are considering an air conditioning system, a technician can help you choose between a ducted or ductless system, based on your home’s configuration. Alternatively, a professional can help you select and install the best furnace based on criteria such as your home’s square footage and your environment.
3. Home Renovations That Need a New HVAC
When you are renovating or remodeling your home, calling in an HVAC technician can ensure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. A technician can help you decide if you need to insulate your attic or even re-configure your duct work. Home renovations can make it simple to install or modify your systems, since you may already have the walls and crawl spaces easily accessible.
4. It Stopped Working
The most important time you need to contact an HVAC technician is when your system stops working, and you have no idea why. If you try to fix it yourself, you may cause more damage that can be more expensive to repair.
If you experience any of the following issues, you should contact a technician immediately:
A heat pump stuck in defrost mode
An indoor fan on the HVAC unit that will not stop running
Your outdoor unit is making strange, loud sounds
A water leak in your indoor unit
A unit that will not shut off unless manually tripped via a circuit breaker
A pilot light that will not stay lit
Other issues that should be addressed by a technician include component issues such as
A broken thermostat
Broken or old compressors
Blocked oil filter
Broken reversing valve
Overall, one of the best things you can do to save money and frustration is to prevent these problems from occurring through regular maintenance check-ups. These annual visits from your HVAC technician can often catch problems before they become major. Additionally, by tuning up your system, you can ensure that it is running at peak efficiency, which will save you money.