None of us enjoy making mistakes, especially when it comes to an expensive part of our home like the HVAC system. Unfortunately, homeowners are making simple mistakes with their HVAC system without even knowing it! Some of these will cost you time, some will cost you money and eventually, some will cost you both.
The cost of repairs to your heating and cooling system can vary greatly, depending on the extent of the issue. However, many of these repairs can be prevented with routine HVAC maintenance and prompt attention to any suspected problems. Don’t ignore your HVAC system…PREVENT the possibility of a costly repair by avoiding these costly mistakes:
1. Forgetting/Ignoring Maintenance:
As simple as it may sound, forgetting or ignoring preventive HVAC maintenance is one of the most common heating mistakes that can cost you. This mistake can negatively affect the efficiency and power of your HVAC system. It’s advisable to have an HVAC professional conduct preventive maintenance in the Spring for your AC and during Fall for your heating. Not only will this prepare your system for the upcoming hot and cold seasons but any potential issues can be remedied early. Having a preventative HVAC Maintenance Service Contract helps eliminate the worry.
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2. Ignoring Early Repair Signs:
An HVAC system usually gives warning signs before breaking down. However, some people ignore, or don’t know, these early signs and end up paying a lot more for an extensive repair. Some common signs of an HVAC problem include weak airflow, cold spots in the house, short cycling, strange noises or smells, and high heating or cooling bills. Play it safe and call us at Pro-Tech HVAC Home as soon as you notice any issues with your furnace or air conditioning.
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3. Cranking Up Your Thermostat:
If you think the solution to eliminating cold in your home is by turning the thermostat reading way up, then you’re wrong. Running your heating system at its greatest capacity will lower its efficiency and lifespan. This is because setting your thermostat reading higher causes your system to run longer and harder. We recommend keeping your thermostat between 68 and 72 degrees, turning it up higher during the Summer and lower during the Winter. Or, simply get a programmable thermostat and set your minimum and maximum temperatures for optimal time windows.
4. Forgetting To Regularly Change Air Filters:
Air filters keep the air flowing into your home clean and free of contaminants. Dust, dirt, and other particles are kept out of your home when you have clean air filters, which improves the air quality of your home and makes your HVAC system run more efficiently. Over time, air filters will become clogged with dust, reducing air flow. In order to maintain optimum air flow efficiency, we recommend changing your air filters once a month during the months you use your heating and cooling system the most and once every three months during the months of less frequent HVAC usage.
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5. Undertaking DIY Heating Repairs:
While DIY enthusiasts may have good intentions, some tasks are best left to the professionals. HVAC repair is one of these tasks. HVAC systems operate on gas and electricity, so there is a high safety risk when attempting to repair a furnace or air conditioning system on your own. In addition, a DIYer lacks the skills, expertise, specialized tools and licenses to properly fix HVAC issues and most likely will void the system warranty.
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6. Hiring an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor:
A common mistake people make when it comes to an HVAC repair is hiring an unlicensed contractor to save money. This can result in recurrent problems, worsening of the existing issue, and voiding your HVAC equipment warranties. Hiring an unlicensed and uninsured HVAC contractor can also put you at risk of liability for any injuries sustained by a workman on your property. Always ensure your HVAC contractor is licensed AND insured!
Pro-Tech HVAC Home is Your Top Rated Local HVAC Company!
When it comes to repairs for your furnace or heat pump system, you need to work with a company with a stellar reputation for providing service that is guaranteed to solve your problems once and for all. As Annapolis’ Top Rated Local HVAC contractor, that’s what you get with the furnace and heat pump repair services from Pro-Tech HVAC Home. Our customers rely on us for fast, friendly service at a fair price. Our #1 priority is keeping our Annapolis neighbors COZY all Winter long!
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