What Questions to ask your HVAC Contractor
No one wants to have issues with their HVAC unit. If problems present themselves that means you are working with limited heating and cooling. Your energy bills can go up and replacing your unit with a brand new one can be expensive. But, if you are currently in the market for a new unit or needing repairs, you’ll want to be prepared for working with your HVAC contractor.
HVAC contractors are specialized in helping homeowners find practical solutions to repairing or replacing their units. However, if your knowledge about these systems is limited, there are ways you can inform yourself to make better decisions about where to invest your money. Here are some questions you can ask when you hire a professional HVAC contractor.
What system is best for my needs?
There are a number of makes, models, and types of HVAC units. What your home needs is best addressed after an assessment from your contractor. Notable manufacturers include American Standard, AccuCLean, and Mitsubishi. Energy efficiency is one thing you can count on with a new system. Models today are designed to conserve energy and run seamlessly.
What size system do I need?
Installing the appropriate size will have a major impact on performance. When you choose one that is too small for a large home, you are asking the unit to work twice as hard to pump air. A contractor can do calculations to estimate the size you need accurately.
Do I need to replace all of my equipment?
Saving money is a priority. But, if some parts are older than others, you will want to consider repairing and replacing as much of it as possible. The goal is to end up with a complete network of devices that work seamlessly together. Ask your contractor if there are some parts that can remain before buying a completely new system.
Are there improvements I can make to my home?
Air leaks will compromise performance. Get the most out of your new unit by having your HVAC contractor complete a thorough inspection of your home. They are well-versed in ways to improve efficiency and save you money long term. Fixing these issues will also conserve energy.
Can you check the ductwork?
Obstruction in the ductwork will lead to airflow problems. Your hired professional will understand the components of the HVAC system and have the tools to check the ductwork to ensure that everything is running correctly.
What functionalities would improve my experience?
Technology advancements are making the HVAC user experience more enjoyable. There might be an opportunity to upgrade your unit to one that has more features. Features could include easier programmable settings, remote access, and more. Talk to your contractor to learn the different options and which one would benefit your situation.
Does the unit come with a warranty?
New HVAC systems are expensive. Always inquire about warranties on the off chance you run into issues down the road. If there is a problem, it could be repaired or replaced at no extra cost to you depending on the warranty provided.
What maintenance should I conduct myself?
Homeowners can prolong the life of their unit through regular care. Look for blocked ducts, vents, tripped breakers, blown capacitors, leaks, and that the thermostat is at the correct setting. Changing the filter might be the easiest task and the most beneficial to your system. It will keep the system and air quality at optimal performance levels.
What can I do to make my system energy efficient?
As we already mentioned, buying the appropriate size will go a long way regarding efficiency. If you want more, you can confirm there aren’t leaks in the attic, windows, or doors. You can also control the temperature by programming the temperature to be hotter or cooler when you aren’t at home.
What experience do you have to install/repair/check my HVAC unit?
Knowing your contractor has the experience will make it easier to maintain your unit throughout the year. The more experience under their belt, the better.
At Busy Bee HVAC, we have over a decade working with air conditioning units. We believe in providing our clients with a service that focuses on expertise and quick response time. Our approach is proactive, and we work with you to find the best options for repairing or replacing your HVAC unit.