Basic Heating & Air Conditioning Services

The term HVAC means heating, ventilation, air conditioning so it mainly deals with heating or cooling systems.

Due to the various types of equipment used for heating and cooling functions, the HVAC industry covers several areas. It is important for homeowners and business owners to know the difference between all of the services to get the right service for their equipment.

There are basically four services for HVAC; HVAC maintenance, HVAC troubleshooting, HVAC repair, and HVAC ductwork.

Properly maintaining your HVAC system will result in a longer service life for your equipment. Occasionally heaters, air conditioners, air handling units, and more need to have parts replaced and need to be cleaned to ensure top performance. Spending on regular HVAC maintenance is a good investment because, in the long run, it will help save you money by avoiding equipment breakdowns which can cost a lot in either repairs or total equipment replacement.

HVAC troubleshooting is a service that consists of fixing problems like inefficient heating or cooling, poor airflow, noisy air vents, and water leaks just to name a few. To prevent any more damage to your equipment, troubleshooting should be performed only by a trained HVAC technician. You can check your area to see exactly what licensing and certifications are required by an HVAC technician. Generally, these certifications include American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHARE), EPA Universal CFC Certified, or locally engineer certified such as a Special to Chief Boilers License issued by either the state or city. The end result of troubleshooting should be higher efficiency rate of any heating, cooling, or ventilation system.

Most HVAC units have the life expectancy of usually 10-20 years. This rate can be vary depending on factors like heavy usage or how well the equipment is maintained by the owner. If the equipment should break down, an assessment needs to be made to see if it is more cost effective to repair the equipment or to replace it with new.

HVAC ductwork is essential to heating, cooling, or ventilation systems. Poor air quality or uncomfortable temperatures can be associated with duct problems. Electric bills can also go up as a result of leaky ducts especially during summer and winter months, so it is vital to pay attention to leaky ducts. It is important to keep ducts clean not only so that your equipment runs more efficiently but also to reduce molds or dust that can upset allergies or other respiratory problems.

Some factors that can increase the buildup of dust or dirt in your ducts are pets, cigarette or cigar smoke, home renovation or remodeling projects, and water contamination or damage to the home and/or HVAC system.

You can tell if your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system needs to be cleaned by first removing the floor or wall register and then use either a small mirror and flashlight or a digital camera to take a picture of the inside of the duct. If they appear dirty, you can clean them yourself or contact a local HVAC company to do it for you.