Your HVAC can be a large and fairly complex system so when they break down, most of the time, there is no simple answer. Though there are certain problems which can be handled yourself, it’s usually best to call a professional.
Calling in a Professional
After you call a professional for your HVAC repair, they will inspect your HVAC system and assess the problem. The inspection usually consists of either using a small remote camera to check the ducts and vents for damage or disassembling individual components of the system. If you’ve spotted the problem yourself, the inspection might still take place in order to determine if there is more to the problem. The technician will also check their records for previous maintenance done on your system. He/she will likely propose a date for scheduling future maintenance sessions.
Once the problem has been diagnosed, your HVAC repair plan will be explained to you. The plan may include several options and your technician should explain each in detail. They will also give you advice on the best course of action going forward. Once you give your approval, the repair process usually starts right away. If it is not possible on the same day, a future date will be scheduled. In some cases, the damage can be irreversible. If this is the case, the technician will recommend the parts best suited for replacement.
The final step in the process revolves around a maintenance plan. Routine maintenance increases the functionality and lifespan of your system and many technicians offer the option of scheduling this in advance. You might also receive tips on maintenance that you can do on your own. You will also be instructed on the functionality of any new component installed, such as the thermostat or AC unit.
There are a few things that can be handled by yourself. You can replace the filters, clean the vents, change the thermostat batteries, and clean the areas around the units to improve air flow. Outside of these simple maintenance tasks, HVAC repair should not be handled on your own.
Repairing an HVAC system requires specialized knowledge and tools, dealing with high voltage electricity, and handling refrigerant chemicals. The process itself can be dangerous without proper training and it can also lead to further damage of your system.
Are You Having HVAC Problems?
HVAC maintenance should be performed once or twice a year by a qualified professional. This routine maintenance can help protect your system from damage. A well-maintained system also saves money in two ways. When your system performs at peak efficiency, it needs less energy to function. This translates to savings on your monthly energy bill. A well-maintained system will also extend the life of the system and keep you from having to purchase a whole new HVAC system.
If your HVAC system is not working properly, the best course of action is to call your technician. They can inspect the system and suggest the best solution.