Residential Heating and Cooling
It’s easy to take residential heating and cooling for granted. You flip a switch, press a button or even whip out your smart phone and soon your home is the perfect temperature. Summer days are suddenly nice and cool, and on winter nights, you are warm and cozy in bed. Unfortunately, residential cooling and heating systems only provide these benefits when they are in good shape. As they age, and if they are not properly maintained, those benefits begin to dwindle.
For the most part, HVAC units are robust and can last up to 20 years without any big problems, especially if they are well-maintained. However, when they do act up, here are some of the most common issues that need to be addressed:
When these issues arise, it can be tempting to fix them yourself to save money. However, if you make a mistake and worsen the problem, that repair bill will be even higher when you finally call the professionals. To ensure the job gets done right the first time, work with contractors who are bonded, licensed and insured. Another great benefit of this is that should anything go wrong on the job, you won’t be held liable.
HVAC Unit Replacement
Sometimes an HVAC system isn’t quite broken, but it may be taking longer than usual to heat or cool the house. Your energy bill may also begin to reflect this. At this point, it may be time to upgrade or replace your HVAC unit. Here are just a few common indicators that this is the case: