HVAC technicians get asked lots of different questions, both prior to and during a service visit. After all, the HVAC system can seem very mysterious given the way it turns on from a thermostat and then belches out warm or cold air on command. Most HVAC techs will do their best to explain things as needed. Here are some of the top HVAC questions we get asked.
Top HVAC Questions
How much will my repair/installation/maintenance cost?
Even though this is the top HVAC question, the answer depends on what’s wrong with your system, what quality system you want installed or whether you have a maintenance contract. With a maintenance contract, you have a better idea what maintenance will cost. For all other issues, including the cost of equipment and labor, we can give you a quote and discuss it with you.
Why does it cost so much to run my HVAC system?
The reason this is among our top five HVAC questions is because homeowners want to save money on their energy bills. Saving on energy starts — naturally — with purchasing and installing efficient equipment, but it also happens when you make your house efficient by fixing air leaks, blocking solar radiation, insulating exterior walls and the attic, and using fans strategically. Changing the air filter regularly will also help save on energy.
Should I upgrade my thermostat?
Homeowners want to know how the next level of thermostat, be it programmable or Wi-Fi, will operate and whether it will save them money.
Why isn’t my unit cooling or heating?
Most often, this is affected as the unit ages. It may be time to talk about replacement if you have an older (at least 10 years old) unit.
Should I repair or replace my HVAC system?
Again, it depends on how old the system is. With a system that’s more than a decade old, you may be better off replacing it rather than continuously paying for repairs.
We’re always happy to answer your top HVAC questions at Detmer and Sons.