Your HVAC repair person is an expert in everything related to your heating and cooling system. Treat them as you would any other specialist: Tap into their vast reserve of knowledge, and ask the questions that are on your mind related to your HVAC system. Whether you’re wondering about the efficiency of your unit, or you’re worried about monthly utility costs, or you’re concerned that your system is malfunctioning in any way, bring it up to your HVAC repair person. They’re a resource that’s available to keep your home or your business climate-controlled the right way so that everyone’s happier, more comfortable, and more productive, too. Our list provides questions you can start with. Feel free to customize this list by adding your own questions and concerns that you want addressed.
Can You Tell How Old My Unit Is?
It’s not always evident how old your HVAC system is, especially if you’ve recently moved and the home’s history isn’t clear. Has your heating and cooling system been there since the house was built, or is it newer? What types of issues has the system experienced, and what repairs have been done? The previous homeowner should have notified you of any repairs that were done, or any issues that were present, but this doesn’t always happen. If you don’t know the age of your unit, and you’re wondering if it’s reaching the end of its expected lifespan, ask your HVAC repair person for an estimate. They may be able to give you a pretty close age approximation, and they can certainly let you know if your HVAC equipment needs to be replaced soon.
Does It Need Immediate Attention?
For uninterrupted climate control service from your heating and cooling system, find out what (if anything) needs to be serviced or repaired right away. Especially if your budget is smaller, it’s best to figure out what needs immediate attention for ongoing, reliable service from your HVAC equipment and to take care of these tasks first. Any larger maintenance work can then be scheduled for a later date, giving you the chance to save up for it. Alternately, if major work is needed now, ask about financing and payment plan options.
Is Anything Broken?
If anything in your system is broken or visibly about to break, it needs to be tended to right away. Broken parts mean you’re not getting the heated or cooled air you’re expecting, even if the motors and fans are running. It could also mean that you’re spending too much on heating and cooling, but you aren’t receiving the results you should be getting for the money you’re paying. Small repairs now are better than bigger repairs down the road, so find out what’s broken (if anything) and try to get it fixed sooner rather than later.
Is My System Operating As Efficiently As It Could Be?
Some older units are energy guzzlers. They consume way too much gas or electricity compared to some of the newer models. If your HVAC system is inefficient, you may want to consider getting a newer, more efficient model. Alternately, there may be small tweaks that your HVAC repair person can do to increase your system’s energy efficiency. Don’t be afraid to ask!
What Can I Do To Lower My Monthly Utility Bills?
A few small changes in your habits, schedules, and lifestyle can make a big difference in your energy consumption. Ask what measures you can take to lower your monthly heating and cooling costs. Over time, these savings can really add up.
How Often Should My HVAC System Be Inspected?
That’s a good question, and every HVAC contractor has a slightly different approach to inspections. Check with your repair person to see how often your particular HVAC system should be inspected, and why. A commercial system may require more frequent inspections than a residential one (or vice-versa, depending on the equipment’s age, brand, and setup).
When You Do An Inspection, What Are You Looking For?
Feel free to ask what issues your HVAC repair person is looking for. Most HVAC companies have a standard checklist they start with, which serves as a great springboard, but the configuration, model, and age of your system will dictate where the inspection goes from there. Every unit is different, but common elements exist throughout most systems.
Do You Have Usage Recommendations?
You can keep your indoor environment comfortable and save money at the same time by making small adjustments to your heating or cooling usage. For example, you’ll probably want to turn down your thermostat when nobody’s home; an efficient system can quickly heat up your living spaces when everyone returns, or right before people come back home. There’s no need to be running your heater on high when nobody’s there to enjoy the heat. Changing how you use your furnace or air conditioner can lead to a better-running HVAC system, greater energy efficiency, and lower utility bills, month after month.
Is It Better To Repair Or Replace My System?
The day will come when you will need to make major repairs to your HVAC system, or replace some (or all) of your climate controlling equipment. When that day comes, you’ll want an accurate picture of what the problem is, and what costs are involved with repairing or replacing. If you opt for repairs, ask how long your repair person expects these fixes to last. Always weigh your options carefully; it may be better to bypass repairs and go straight to having a new, more energy efficient system installed. Again, ask a lot of questions before making your final decision.
If It’s Time To Replace, What HVAC Systems, Models, And Brands Do You Recommend?
In today’s marketplace, there are so many different systems and brands to choose from, each offering something a little different in terms of energy ratings and features. Then there are sizes, colors, and costs to consider as well. Your HVAC repair person is a valuable resource in terms of knowing what’s available and being able to make recommendations based on your budget and your preferences.
Do You Have Coupons Or Offer Any Discounts?
Who doesn’t like to save money? Always ask about discounts, coupons, and special offers. In fact, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of asking about discounts with any purchase you make or with any service you’re paying for, regardless of industry.
Can You Provide References?
A reputable HVAC repair person will have solid references, and maybe even some good online testimonials. Do your research; ask for references, and read what other are saying about this company.
Turn To The HVAC Repair Specialists In Southern California
If you live in Southern California, turn to R&R Heating and Cooling for all your HVAC service needs. We specialize in providing top-quality HVAC repair, maintenance, and installation services to residents in the region, including in Irvine, Temecula, Murrieta, Anaheim, and beyond. We specialize in all types of heating and cooling services, including air conditioner maintenance, heating and furnace installation, thermostat repairs, air conditioner installation, and more, including replacing your current AC system with a high-efficiency air conditioning configuration.
If your system is acting up, or you’re not getting the comfortable indoor temperatures you want, give R&R Heating and Cooling a call today.