Professional HVAC repair is something that most homeowners don't do often enough. Since the majority of the HVAC system is out of sight and out of mind, many homeowners never even think to have it serviced until there is something really wrong with it. If you have noticed a marked loss of productivity or increased utility bills, then you probably want to have your system serviced as soon as possible. This article explains what you should know before you call an HVAC professional.
The HVAC business relies heavily on free estimates. That is, they will come to your building and give you a free estimate for pretty much any of their services. The cost of a duct cleaning on one can be much more than the cleaning on another home of the same size. This partly comes down to the exact design of your house and duct system, and how difficult it is going to be to actually access and clean the ducts. Obviously, if your ducts have a severe mold or rust problem, then the cleaning is going to cost more. These free visits usually include a basic assessment of your HVAC system. By just looking at a few of your appliances and running some quick test, HVAC technicians can suggest other possible projects that need to be taken care of.
At the same time, it is important that you are mindful of the performance of your HVAC system. That is, only people living in the home can fully understand the productivity and performance of the system, especially compared to how it used to work in the past. That is, the HVAC technician might tell you that everything looks okay at first. But, if you tell them that the airflow is weaker, and your utility bills are higher, then this might give them a clue of where to look more closely to determine the problem area.
You will likely end up paying for one service or the other. A free estimate doesn't include actually fixing it. That being said, many of the basic HVAC maintenance jobs, like filter replacement, refrigerant recharging, condenser cleaning, and so forth, are simple jobs that each cost less than $100 to perform in most systems. In the end, a well-maintained HVAC system is going to be more efficient and cheaper to run. So, even when you do spend a little bit of money on it, you are ultimately investing in its longterm efficiency and reducing the cost of normal operation.
For more information, contact a company like Polar Aire Heating & Cooling Inc.