Most businesses specializing in the repair and upkeep of residential heating, air conditioning, and ventilation equipment offer HVAC repair service. Expectation #1: All HVAC service providers are the same. Reality: A quality HVAC service provider will always tailor services based on your individual needs.
Individual needs, in this case, translate to different pricing and service plans. If you live in a high-end apartment or home, you may be eligible for a discount HVAC service package. If you’re just looking to improve indoor air quality in your home or office, you can usually find HVAC service at a more competitive rate. The price you pay is partially determined by the extent and type of work you need done. For example, if you need extensive HVAC repairs, you may be able to get a more expensive repair quote, but if your HVAC is only needing routine maintenance and service, then you’ll likely pay a flat rate for the work.
Before hiring an HVAC professional to repair your heating and cooling unit, be sure to check his credentials and references. Hiring an air conditioning technician without verifying their skills or experience could result in a costly mistake. As with hiring any professional, be sure to also inquire about HVAC warranty protection. Many homeowners purchase a new HVAC unit, once their current one begins to break down.
Whether you’re dealing with a simple defect or a more serious issue, many HVAC repair technicians can perform a wide range of repairs. There are some HVAC technicians that specialize in only specific makes of air conditioners, such as evaporative cooling, forced-air, and forced-air models. Other technicians work on a national basis and offer a full range of services.
You should also be aware that the costs associated with HVAC repairs and maintenance differ greatly from time to time. Basic repairs, such as replacing worn-out seals and filters, cleaning the blower and fan, replacing faulty thermostats, and spraying fans may not cost very much in total. Professional HVAC contractors, however, offer a wide variety of services, including installation, repairs, servicing, and maintenance for a monthly or annual fee. Some companies charge extra for special jobs, such as installing an entire HVAC system or customizing an existing system to meet your unique needs.
In addition to hiring a licensed professional HVAC contractor to perform the necessary repairs, you should also make other arrangements to improve indoor air quality, such as replacing any faulty windows and sealing up vents and cracks in the walls. Many HVAC problems are easy to identify and fix, but some can’t be detected without specialized equipment such as an air conditioner probe or moisture meter. As you consider upgrading or repairing your heating and cooling system, it’s a good idea to check out your current HVAC units. If you haven’t changed the filters in several years, it’s a good idea to have one installed before starting any HVAC replacement work. A simple water leak will do more damage than you’ll ever know.