Electric, gas, and oil furnaces and ac units are built to work for a long time. So, when they are not working properly, it is normal to have a lot of questions about what to do next.
Electric and oil furnaces, as well as central air units, are complicated systems that can present many potential dangers – natural gas, toxic refrigerants, etc. That’s why it is recommended that a licensed, experienced professional complete any furnace repair and/or AC repair.
A professional can accurately diagnose a problem and provide options on how to get your system back up and running. Here are some of the common questions about HVAC repairs and the answers to them.
Common Questions Regarding Furnace Repair and AC Repair
When it comes to HVAC systems, many of us do not know a lot about the ins and outs. Here are some of the common questions experienced HVAC professionals are asked by homeowners when helping with an AC repair or a furnace repair.
Do I Need a Repair or Replacement?
It’s not always obvious whether it’s best to repair or replace your central air system or furnace. HVAC units are similar to other mechanical equipment such as cars, washers, dryers, electronics, at some point they will exceed their useful life. Here are a few important questions that will help determine if they can be repaired or if they will need to be replaced.
Replacing an HVAC system with a brand-new model can seem expensive, but in many situations, it is the best value in the long run. Here are some general conditions where it is usually best to replace your HVAC unit:
- Your HVAC system is over 15 years old – The typical lifespan is 15-20 years. If it is acting up near this age, then it might be time to replace it.
- The repair cost is high – If your HVAC repair estimate is going to be close to the cost of a new unit, replacement with a new model will be the better option.
- Energy bills keep rising – If your utility company hasn’t been raising rates but your energy bills keep increasing, your central air or furnace could be the culprit. Replacing it with a more energy-efficient model could help reduce energy bills in the future.
- The unit has problems with efficiency – many older homes built before the 2000s don’t have adequate insulation to handle temperatures today so your system may struggle to function optimally.
- Breakdown frequency is high – If you are making more calls for AC repairs and/or furnace repairs, it is a sign that your system isn’t working as efficiently. Not to mention, those ongoing repairs are going to add up. Investing in a new unit will save you money and eliminate the frustration of having to deal with continuous problems.
My HVAC System Won’t Work. What Now?
There are some simple troubleshooting steps that you can do to potentially resolve your problem. If your system won’t turn on, check to see if your thermostat needs new batteries.
Also, check to see if the system is set to the proper mode. During changes in the season, this is a common mistake many HVAC professionals see.
It may sound obvious, but in order to run, the central air and electric furnace need power. Sometimes the unit is unplugged by mistake, particularly if it’s located in a partially unfinished basement. Make sure that it is getting the proper power it needs. And don’t forget to check the fuse box to make sure the switch hasn’t been tripped.
Sometimes the reason an HVAC system won’t work is because of a clogged air filter. The type of air filter installed will determine how often it should be replaced or cleaned.
Ask your heating and air conditioning specialist for their recommendation for the best filter for your environment. You should inform them if you have pets and ask about seasonal changes. Both of these affect the frequency of filter changes.
Routine checking of your filter is the best step to prevent a clogged air filter that could cause problems with your central air or electric furnace. Changing your air filter routinely will also lower your energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent, according to the EPA.
If none of these troubleshooting steps work, then it’s time to call in an expert. It could be dangerous to try to attempt a furnace repair or AC repair on your own. However, it will be helpful for the professional to learn that you’ve tried these troubleshooting steps and can rule them out.
How Do I Handle Emergency Furnace Repairs and AC Repairs
It is never convenient dealing with a broken-down central air or electric furnace. Problems don’t always happen during business hours when you can call to get help right away. When this happens you can call for emergency service.
Fortunately, some HVAC companies, like Presidential Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc, in Montgomery County, can help with an emergency repair. They will help restore your home so that it is safe and comfortable again.
How Do I Choose the Right HVAC Contractor?
When you suspect you need a furnace repair or AC repair, one of the first questions people ask is who they should call for help. The best place to find this answer is to ask your friends and neighbors who they trust. Ask them about their maintenance contracts.
Research the recommended companies online. Check out their Google Business listing. Read their reviews. Find out what other customers are saying about them and if they would recommend them.
Check their website. How long have they been in business? Are they locally owned and operated with ties to the community? This is an important one if you ever want to speak with the owner.
What awards and accreditations have they earned? Are they certified to safely handle refrigerants and other potentially hazardous materials?
Schedule A Professional to Perform a Furnace Repair or AC Repair
The certified experts at Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Gaithersburg, MD have a reputation for providing great customer service. We are a locally owned company that has been providing service to our customers in Montgomery County and NW Washington, DC, since 1982. Let us help you with your next HVAC need. Schedule your appointment today using our online system or by calling 301.615.2760.