As the winter season rolls around the West Valley, you are likely thinking about the condition of your furnace and HVAC system. You may have already turned on your heater and now realize that it’s making weird noises, producing strange smells, or just not operating like you think it should. If this is the case, now might be the time for you to talk to the experienced HVAC technicians at Sun City Mechanical.
Our team of trained, certified technicians can evaluate the condition of your furnace and help you improve its overall function. After we do any maintenance or repairs, we want you to feel confident that the work done exceeds your expectations. We would like to provide you with some questions that you should ask to ensure that your HVAC system is working as intended and that it will continue to work throughout the winter and summer months.
Some of the questions might apply to your situation. Others might not. But the idea is that the questions we provide can help you get your mind churning, identifying questions you should be concerned about. Our HVAC technicians love answering questions, and we want to ensure that your repair runs smoothly from beginning to end.
Why Did This Problem Happen in the First Place?
This is one of the best questions you can ask an HVAC technician. The best way to prevent a problem from reoccurring is understanding why it happened in the first place and then taking steps to mitigate its reoccurrence.
It’s possible that the cause behind your HVAC repair was preventable. Knowing why the damage happened can help you take steps in the future to prevent the issue from reoccurring. Ask your HVAC technician about anything you could have done to prevent the repair. Did you wait too long to call a professional?
If you keep the maintenance up-to-date, you will often see that the damage was due to normal wear and tear. However, discussing the situation with an HVAC technician can help you determine how long the replaced parts should last and what indications you could look for that would be a sign that the problem is reoccurring. Asking this question allows you to be more proactive in preventing problems down the line and reducing the need for professional HVAC repair assistance.
Where Did the Problem Start?
This is another excellent question to ask. Your HVAC system may seem simple, but it is made up of several complicated components. Your HVAC repair technician can walk you through where in your system the problem occurred.
Sometimes, having a general understanding of why a problem occurred or where it started is good enough. In many cases, though, you want more detailed information to understand the problem. Don’t be shy to press the issue and ask for an in-depth and detailed explanation about where the trouble started. Hopefully, your technician can explain the problem to you without relying too heavily on industry jargon.
Our technicians are trained to include client education as part of the professional HVAC repair. Ask them to walk you through the repair to show you step-by-step what work they did once the project is complete.
How Was the Problem Fixed?
As a homeowner, you deserve to know for sure that the problem has been solved. This means knowing what particular piece was broken, dirty, or worn down. It would help if you also asked why this happened. Was it a manufacturer defect? Or has the part reached the end of its life expectancy? If it was a manufacturer defect, ask about any warranties that might apply to the repair work that is done. Understanding these topics will help you know how the issue was fixed. You will be armed with crucial information that will help you keep your system running smoothly in the future.
Is the Repair Permanent or a Stopgap Measure?
Few things can be as disheartening as thinking that the repair work done on your HVAC system was a permanent fix only to have the problem recur. This can lead you to frantically calling the technicians who did the repair and having them tell you afterward that the work they did was a temporary fix, and the only true solution is having your HVAC system replaced.
Asking whether the repairs are permanent or temporary can help you determine if you want to have the repair done at all. If you know that eventually, regardless of whether you have the repair done or not, you will ultimately need to replace the system, you may opt to replace the system now, saving the money you would have spent on maintenance. On the other hand, you may not have the resources now to replace the damaged unit, but you know that this temporary stopgap measure will keep your unit functioning throughout the winter. You will know that you have a year or more to save money to purchase a new furnace.
Ask your HVAC technicians how long they think the solution will last. They should tell you if you should financially prepare to have more work done soon or if the unit will continue to work for months or years down the line.
What Preventative Measures Should I Take?
Preventative maintenance of your HVAC system is a crucial part of home ownership. It is one thing to know why your unit broke down. It is another thing to know what steps you should take to prevent the problem from reoccurring. Depending on the type of unit you have, the age of the unit, and other factors, you may have to put forth a little more effort to keep the unit maintained. If you know some preventative measures you can take in advance, you will have peace of mind knowing that your unit will probably last you throughout the season.
When Will I Need to Replace My Unit?
Another great question to ask after doing HVAC repairs is how much longer your unit will last. As much as we would love HVAC systems to last indefinitely, they all have a predefined shelf life. A well-maintained furnace may last between 15 and 20 years. Ask our technicians for the estimated lifespan of your unit and have them tell you when they expect that it would be necessary for you to do a complete replacement.
Efficient Heating and Cooling
If you need assistance with your heating or air conditioning units, Sun City Mechanical can help. We have been serving as heating, air conditioning, and plumbing specialists since 2003. We are proud to offer emergency HVAC repairs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have accreditation with the BBB, and our technicians are licensed, certified, and qualified to do the work.
Our services include furnace, heat pump, and air conditioning repair, maintenance, installation, and inspection. Our plumbers can install your reverse osmosis system or water heater and repair any plumbing issues that your home may have.
You deserve to feel comfortable in your home, and we want to help make that a reality. Call Sun City Mechanical of Buckeye, AZ, today. Ask us about the specials and benefits we offer when you sign up for our maintenance program.