Your HVAC system is an integral part of making your home comfortable, it controls the temperature, it heats your water and makes your home bearable. When your HVAC system goes it can not only be uncomfortable but if the heat goes in the winter it can be dangerous to you and your family. Not to mention no hot water for bathing can be less than pleasant. That being the case every homeowner should know how to avoid an expensive HVAC emergency.
Preventing an Emergency Call
If you never want to pay the going rate for an HVAC contractor to come to your house after hours then you should make regular maintenance a big part of your routine. Commercial and residential property owners should have the system filters replaced regularly, make sure the coils are kept clean and the system gets a checkup at least once a year. Your HVAC system should only ever be looked at by a licensed contractor.
It is easy to overlook maintenance when you have other things on your mind, many homeowners don’t give their furnace a second thought until something goes wrong. Inevitably your HVAC system will break down at the least convenient time and the rate for repair is always more expensive after hours. If you have commercial or rental property then your tenants will not be impressed.
Only Work with a Licensed Contractor
Whether you are having regular maintenance or you need repairs done on your HVAC system you absolutely need to make sure that they are qualified for the job. Furnaces, central air or a boiler system are all complicated pieces of equipment and not just anyone can repair them. The chemicals that are used in cooling and refrigeration are dangerous to handle, they have to be disposed of properly if necessary. If you don’t know what you are doing then you can end up doing more harm than good.
It is far cheaper in the long run to get an expert to come and get the repair done right the first time. Every homeowner should have the number of a reputable HVAC company on standby in the event something goes wrong. They should be reputable and have at least a few years of experience under their belt. Another thing you should note is that if your furnace is worked on by someone that is not qualified you could end up voiding your warranty. Preventative maintenance goes a long way in avoiding expensive emergency calls.