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With Summer Approaching, Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for the Heat Wave?

With Summer Approaching, Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for the Heat Wave?

Fewer than 500,000 people lived in and around the Gulf coast before A/C was invented. Thankfully, air conditioning has made living in these hot, humid, and unforgiving states a reality. Those who have lived there for generations will attest to the importance of A/C upkeep and cost management.

Making sure your air conditioner is ready will prevent expensive repairs. Preventative maintenance is something that you can do before the summer heat arrives. You will save money and time from having to diagnose problems when they happen.

Here are 10 tips on keeping your AC cool and your temperament cooler.

1. Change the Filter

This one is a no-brainer for homeowners with central heat and air. The filter is the lungs of your air conditioner. If you allow it to build up with dust, dirt, and debris, it will make it work harder to cool the house. 

If it gets too bad, your coils will start to get dirty, which traps condensation, leading to them freezing up. Change your filter monthly if you’re using standard fiberglass filters. We recommend investing in more eco-friendly and efficient HEPA filters. 

2. Remove Outside Debris

The outdoor condenser unit can get dirty, damaged, and filled with obstructions quickly. Even if your yard doesn’t have any trees, leaves will find their way into your condenser. As your unit becomes blocked by debris, it runs harder and hotter, causing higher energy usage. 

If things get really bad, you’ll eventually run into parts failing (solenoids are especially susceptible) and potential electrical fire hazard. Do a thorough job of clearing out leaves, twigs, and caked-on dirt with a low-pressure water hose. 

3. Clear Your Vents

This tip is great for overall air quality and cooling efficiency. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Start by opening your supply vents in each room. 

Make sure none of them are completely closed, as it creates unnecessary pressure on the ducts. This leads to cool air leaking into the attic or underflooring, wasting energy. The added pressure also causes the air handler to work harder.

Clean these vents and watch for potential obstructions, like drapes, rugs, and etc.

4. Clean the Drainage

As the months get hotter, your AC unit “sweats” more. This excess condensation should collect outside and evaporate. That is, as long as there is nothing clogging the drain line. 

You should do regular maintenance on the outside drain to make sure leaves and mud aren’t building up. If your drain does become backed up, water will begin collecting inside your AC closet. There’s a small container that will fill and trigger a switch to automatically shut off the unit.

Use a wet-dry vacuum to suck up any debris on the outside drain and on the inside drain pipe.

5. Check the Refrigerant

While we do not recommend anyone to change their refrigerant, you can check if it’s running low. On the outside condenser unit, there are two copper pipes. The largest of the two is surrounded by insulation, but it should feel cold.

If it doesn’t, then it is running low on coolant. For those with commercial air conditioners, you’re best off having an HVAC professional come to service the coolant.

Locate the two copper lines that run to the condenser unit and identify the larger line, which might have insulation around it. The line should feel cold to the touch or sweat when the A/C runs. If the line feels warm after running the air conditioner, call an HVAC specialist to add coolant.

6. Cover for Winter

Unexpected snowfall can really do a number on your outdoor unit. The snow itself can cause rust and electrical damage if you don’t use a heat pump. AC covers are pretty cheap and easy to install. 

These covers are vital for preventing outside debris from falling into the vents. If you can’t find any covers, a sturdy tarp or piece of plywood will also do.

7. Digital Thermostat

Upgrade your thermostat to a digital, programmable thermostat. This upgrade will save you the most time and money during the summer. If possible, choose a smart thermostat, like the Nest. 

Independent studies have shown a 10-15% reduction on the average bill. That means it pays for itself in less than a year for most people. With a smart thermostat, your air conditioner is ready to adapt to your needs.

8. Brush the Fins

After taking a water hose to the outside AC unit, you’ll need to do a bit of detailing. Find a soft brush, like an old toothbrush or tile brush, and go over the fins. These small metal filters are easily bent, so watch the pressure and angle of your brush strokes.

9. Level Concrete Foundation

With all the debris out of the way, don’t forget the foundation. The concrete slab should be visible all the way around. Clear any growth from around it. 

Worry about aesthetics later, you need to make sure your AC unit is level and sitting unobstructed. If it isn’t level, you’ll need to adjust the slab, add fillers, or replace it altogether. You’re more prone to clogs and debris with an uneven concrete foundation.

10. Check for Gaps

Often overlooked, this last step involves making your home as leak-proof as possible. Older homes are especially bad with keeping the climate in your house stable. Look at window frames, doorways, and attic entryways.

You’ll need to seal any gaps with insulation, caulking, rubber flaps, and etc.

Find Out if Your Air Conditioner is Ready

We know it’s a lot to check off on this maintenance list. Making sure your air conditioner is ready every year takes time and experience. Some of these activities are best left to the professionals.

At Fast AC Service, we handle all maintenance, repair, and install jobs, big or small. We work with commercial and residential clients to ensure safe and efficient HVAC servicing. Contact us today if you’re having any problems or need a more reliable AC when the heatwave hits.

The Most Common HVAC Problems

The Most Common HVAC Problems

Many homeowners are not aware that their HVAC systems require annual inspections and tune-ups. Skimping on these services increases the likelihood that your HVAC system will have trouble operating. HVAC problems also might occur as your system nears the end of its 15 to 25-year lifespan.

Is your home experiencing uneven heating or cooling, or is your unit making strange sounds? Troubleshooting HVAC problems can help you determine if you can repair it on your own. If not, you should rely on a professional team of HVAC service technicians to do the job for you.

Here are the most common HVAC problems homeowners face, and what you can do to handle them.

1. The Condenser Unit is Blocked

HVAC airflow problems typically occur when the condenser unit is blocked, jammed, or otherwise obstructed. This device is located outside your home and uses a motorized fan to move air throughout the system.

But since this unit is located outside, it’s one of the most vulnerable components of any HVAC system.

If your HVAC is struggling to regulate the temperature of your home, your best bet is to check the condenser unit. Look for leaves, dirt, and other debris that may be blocking the device. During winter, it’s a good idea to check the unit for ice buildup, which can also jam the condenser’s airflow.

2. Has Your Air Filter Been Replaced?

Did you know that your HVAC’s filter is a necessary component? Most people maintain their HVAC filters because it improves the air quality of their home. However, the filter plays an important role in preventing your system from clogging.

An air filter should be replaced every one to three months, depending on your model and allergies. If you forget to replace the filter or choose not to, air contaminants will damage your system and restrict airflow.

3. Liquids Are Leaking From the HVAC

When your air conditioning unit isn’t blowing cold air, the first thing you should do is look for leaks. Refrigerants are an important component inside your device, responsible for chilling the air inside your home. As the liquid refrigerant leaks from your unit, its cooling performance will gradually decline.

But your AC may be leaking more than refrigerant. Water condenses in the system as part of the heating or cooling process. Normally this water is drained, but the lines are susceptible to cracks or clogs. If you spot a leak in your system and noticed reduced AC airflow, you should contact an HVAC technician.

4. Maybe It’s the Thermostat

Remember that your HVAC doesn’t work alone. When your system is running at odd times — or not at all — your thermostat may be the culprit. A typical thermostat has a lifespan of about ten years, so it’ll likely need a replacement before your HVAC system.

If the timing of your heater or AC is on the fritz, but the airflow and air temperature seem to be fine, take a look at your thermostat. The problem may be that your thermostat needs its batteries replaced. Change the temperature setting of your thermostat to see if it’s properly activating your HVAC system.

5. Your Condenser Coil is Filthy

A condenser coil resides within your outdoor condenser unit. This piece is responsible for dissipating heat from your home. Just like the unit itself, dirt and grime can gather on the coil and impact its performance. This is especially troubling since the condenser coil will run dangerously hot.

You can clean the condenser coil by disconnecting your condenser unit from the power and disabling your HVAC system. Once done, you can hose it off. Since this could damage your system, it’s best to leave the work to a trained HVAC professional.

6. HVAC Problems Come With Strange Noises

An HVAC system is one of the noisiest devices in your home. Thankfully, this means that when HVAC problems occur, you can usually hear them. If anything sounds different about your system, it’s time to troubleshoot the cause.

Squealing often occurs in failing fans and blowers. When belts snap or come loose, you may hear clanking or rattling in the heart of your system. These are some of the most worrying noises that definitely require a professional inspection.

Noises such as hums or whistling tend to be minor HVAC problems, usually related to debris. If you can’t detect the debris or cause, you should also opt for an inspection before the problem becomes worse.

When your HVAC acts up often, it may be time to replace the AC unit completely.

7. Clogged Ductwork Causes Unbalanced Temperatures

Clogged ducts hamper your system’s airflow. It may just be dust buildup, but sometimes insects and other pests make their homes in your ductwork. Cracks in old ducts could also be hampering the effectiveness of your HVAC system.

If the temperature is not consistent across the rooms of your house, your ducts may be to blame. Take a brief look at your ductwork and inspect it for blockages or holes, or have an inspector do the job for you.

8. Reduced Airflow? Could Be the Blower Fan

Responsible for circulating air throughout your ducts, the blower fan is a susceptible piece of equipment. It’s the main reason why you want to keep your air filter maintained.

Even with good air quality, dust can still accumulate on your fan as years go by. Cleaning a blower fan can be hard work, and it’s a job best left to professionals.

When It Comes to Your HVAC, Don’t Wait

Every homeowner encounters HVAC problems from time to time. The damage — and repair costs — will worsen until they’re repaired. If you’re having difficulty troubleshooting or repairing it yourself, trust in your local HVAC professionals.

Our service technicians have been serving the Santa Fe area for over ten years. Contact us by phone or email to set up your HVAC inspection or repair.

Should You Repair or Replace Your AC Unit?

Should You Repair or Replace Your AC Unit?

You’re sitting in your home enjoying a bit of television after a long day at work when your ac starts to make the most peculiar sound. It sounds like it’s struggling to work which may be the case because your unit is about ten years old.

In this scenario, the age coupled with the fact that the unit is quite old is a pretty large indicator that you need to have your unit replaced. If it was a bit younger you may have been able to repair it.

There is a very fine line between being able to simply repair your ac unit and having to get a new one altogether. To help you make the distinction, here are a few tips that may help you decide which one you should do.

1. Benefits of Replacing

Before we get into how to tell if you should replace or repair your unit, we’re going to briefly go over the benefits of each. Here are a few good reasons why you should replace your ac unit even if you could possibly stretch out the life of your old one. 

Warranty

Chances are you’ve already blown through your warranty with your old unit. Getting a new one could be an easy way of sort of resetting your warranty because a new unit, means a new warranty. 

Going Green

In an effort to take a little stress off the ozone layer, newer AC models are created with a more eco-friendly refrigerant than the older ones. So, if you replace your old model you’ll be able to cool your home and save the environment too. It’s a win-win for everyone. 

More Convenience

When your old AC unit breaks down you may have to wait for weeks for parts to come in because well, it’s old. The older any machine gets the harder it is for manufacturers to find parts for it. 

You can cut down on this wait time by upgrading. If you have a newer model, you may have to wait a few days for a part to come in but it won’t be that long. 

2. Benefits of Repairing

While replacing probably sounds great to you right now, there are a few benefits to repairing your unit. The major reasons why you would want to repair instead of replacing is if you need to save a little bit of money or if you want to hold back from buying a new unit because you plan on moving one day. 

Saving Money

Unless you’re having to dish out several hundred dollars a month on repairs for your unit, you may be able to hold off on replacing it. The reason why you would want to hold off is that the upfront cost for a new unit will be expensive. 

If you don’t have that kind of money sitting around in your wallet, go with the repair for now and save cash. 

Are You Moving? 

If you’re planning on selling your home soon, you’re not going to want to pump hundreds of dollars into a new AC unit only to leave. While it may be hard to sell your current home with it having an old AC unit, you’ll probably still be able to find a buyer without having to make the replacement. 

3. When Should You Replace Your Unit

Even though you may be able to push back replacing your unit for a little while, there comes a time when you can’t save it anymore. The four key ways to tell you should go with a replacement are your current unit’s age, how often your current one breaks down, if the temperature in your home is uneven, and if there is a lot of noise coming from the unit. 

Age

It is recommended that you replace your AC unit once every ten years. While you can stretch it over the ten-year mark, the older it gets the less energy efficient it is. You’ll be able to shave a lot more off your energy bills if you replace it after it celebrates its big ten. 

Yours Breaks Down Frequently

If you’re not having to spend too much money replacing your unit every few months then you can repair it. If you feel like it’s being repaired more often then it’s cooling your home though, you need to go ahead and replace it. 

At that point, it’s costing you too much money to be efficient on your wallet anymore. So, even though a new one will be a lot of money, it would be worth it. 

Uneven temperatures

Do you often find that some rooms in your home are warmer than others? This is  because your unit is no longer cooling your home evenly. If this is the case then you may want to replace your unit before your whole home turns into a sauna. 

Noise 

If your current unit is making a ton of noise this means that it’s struggling to do its job. After a while, this struggle will show in your energy bill because it’s using a lot of power to cool your home. At this point, you could try and repair it but you’re better off putting it out of its misery. 

Replacing or Repairing Your AC Unit: You Decide

If your current AC unit is struggling to work it may be time to replace it. Sometimes a new system may be too much on your wallet though so you might able to repair it to save a little bit of money if the situation isn’t too bad. Use this guide on replacement and repairs to decide which option is best for you.

Live in the Santa Fe Springs, CA area and need indoor cooling assistance? Contact us and we’ll send one of our local team members your way. 

5 Signs You Need AC Repair in Santa Fe Springs

5 Signs You Need AC Repair in Santa Fe Springs

At 15.98 cents per kWh, Santa Fe Springs’ average residential electricity rate is over 4% more than that of the state. In fact, it’s almost 35% greater than the national average rate of 11.88 cents per kWh!

Granted, California’s residential energy usage is one of the lowest in the country. But that still means you’re paying more for each kilowatt you use.

And you know what? If you’re running a faulty air conditioner, then you’re paying even more.

Now the question is, how do you tell that you need AC repair in Santa Fe Springs?

That’s what we’re here to share with you today, so be sure to keep reading!

1. Weak Air Flow or Air isn’t Cool Enough

If there’s not enough cool air blowing out of your air conditioner’s vents, check the air filter first. You may only be dealing with a filthy air filter that either needs changing or washing. Clogged filters can block your AC’s air flow, so replace or wash them every three months.

If you recently changed your filter though, damaged fan blades may be to blame. These not only cause weak air flow, but can also lead to a faulty condenser. Condenser unit problems are some of the top causes of AC failure, so be sure to get that fan fixed ASAP!

If the problem is that your AC isn’t producing cool enough air, a bad compressor may be the culprit. The compressor is the part of your AC that turns the refrigerant into gas and then back into liquid. It needs to do this in a constant cycle so that you can keep enjoying cool air.

So, if the compressor is on its last legs, it may no longer be able to complete that cycle. Or, it may not even be transforming the refrigerant into gas anymore.

Either way, it’s best to call an HVAC repair pro in Santa Fe Springs to inspect your air conditioner. The experienced technician will determine the exact cause of the airflow issue.

2. Your AC Blows Out Warm Air Instead

A faulty compressor can also lead to your AC producing warm air instead of refreshing, cool air. But a more dangerous cause is a refrigerant leak. Especially if it’s running on the R22 refrigerant, or “Freon” as it’s more well-known for.

Air conditioners manufactured on or before 2015 use Freon, a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC). CFCs are chemicals that deplete the ozone layer, which is why this refrigerant is nearing a phase-out. Come January 01, 2020, production and supply of R22 will stop.

Refrigerant leaks also often produce hissing sounds, so if you hear those, call an AC repair pro. Better yet, consider replacing your air conditioner if it’s using Freon.

3. Skyrocketing Electricity Bills

12% of your electricity bill already goes towards AC use, so you wouldn’t want that to jump any higher. The thing is, a broken air conditioner part (like a failing motor) requires more energy to run. In most cases, it’s the unit’s attempt to compensate for its inefficient performance.

Let’s say your AC’s condenser motor is already dying. Since it’s failing, it’ll have a hard time removing heat from inside your home. So, it’ll make up for that inefficiency by running longer, thus consuming more energy.

The longer you put off having your AC repaired, the higher your electricity bills will be. Also, even if the unit is still working, it won’t be long until that motor completely dies. Wait until it does, and you’re looking at even more expensive repair expenses.

4. Powers On and Off

Your air conditioner’s thermostat is much like your system’s brain or command center. It controls the entire unit, telling it to generate cool air at the temperature you set it to. Once the room reaches that temperature, the thermostat will tell the unit to stop cooling.

As the room warms up again, the thermostat kicks back up so that the AC starts generating cooling air once more. So long as you have the air conditioner turned on, it’ll keep repeating this process.

If your thermostat malfunctions, it can’t read the room temperature right. This then leads to shorter cooling cycles, or “short-cycling”. If you run into this problem, you’ll notice your unit powers on or off by itself or it cycles on and off more quickly.

Either way, you’ll feel that the room doesn’t seem to be cool enough or that it warms up too fast. Call an AC repair expert to check your thermostat as it may already need replacement.

5. Foul Smells Coming from the Vents

Does your AC produce foul odors reminiscent to moldy bread or wet socks? This may be due to an overflowing or clogged condenser pan. That sitting water can lead to mold development, thus causing the mold-like smell.

This one’s often an easy fix, as you only need to drain and clean the condenser pan.

But if you smell something burning, turn off the AC right away and call an HVAC technician. That smell may be coming from burning wire insulation, which is a fire hazard. If the wire burns through all the way, you’ll end up with a completely broken AC.

Other Signs You Need AC Repair in Santa Fe Springs

Air conditioners, even the most “quiet” ones, still produce a gentle humming sound. But if you hear odd noises, such as squeals, scraping, and grinding sounds, that’s a different story.

A common culprit behind this is a loose or broken fan belt. The rubber may be rubbing or slapping against other internal parts of the AC. A grinding sound often indicates two metal parts rubbing against each other.

Whichever the cause of the sounds, contact an experienced AC repair technician ASAP. Delays in repairs can cause bigger damages to more sensitive internal parts of the unit.

Get Those AC Problems Fixed ASAP

As soon as you notice any of these symptoms, pick up that phone to request AC repair in Santa Fe Springs. Especially if you smell exhaust-like or burning odors. Not only are they telling signs of a broken AC, but they can also signal poisoning and fire hazards.

If you need immediate HVAC repair services, know that we can help. Don’t hesitate to connect with us now so we can get your AC or furnace back to excellent working order!

7 Signs Your AC Unit Isn’t Cutting it Anymore

7 Signs Your AC Unit Isn’t Cutting it Anymore

Did you know that as of 2016, there are about 1.6 billion air conditioner units in the world, but it’s expected to balloon by 244% by 2050? The demand is great for the industry, as it pushes out better technology to meet the demands of consumers while keeping it in line with the environmental goals of the world.

With that said, the newer models are almost always better than the old ones. Is it time to replace your AC system with a more efficient model or is it still good for repairs? That would depend on what repairs you need to do.

If you need to replace AC compressor, do some calculations first if you’re better off buying a new unit instead. The average cost to replace AC unit may be more expensive than repairs, but it will save you more money in the long run if you encounter the following problems.

1. It’s Past Its Lifespan

An air conditioner’s lifespan is around 10 to 15 years, so if you’ve had it for that long, it may be time to replace it. Even if you’re not seeing major issues on your AC unit, it may still be doing more harm than good.

Units at that age will have broken down too often, forcing you to turn it in for repairs. At 15 years and beyond, you’re in for more repairs. As such, these repairs could cost you more than a brand new unit.

Furthermore, it won’t be as efficient as the newer models in the market today. Instead of spending money on repairs, you could use it to buy a new one instead that’s more efficient and more advanced.

2. Your Energy Bills are Rising

Your electric bills may be a good indicator if one of your appliances need to go. Check your past bills and see if they’re increasing even though the utility company hasn’t raised their rates. If it is, your air conditioner might be the culprit.

If so, you might need to replace it, especially if it’s old – even if it’s not breaking down on you yet. As mentioned above, old units are not as efficient as the new models. Hence, they consume more energy than the new ones.

3. It’s Not the Right Size Anymore

If you’re noticing that your AC is no longer cooling up the room like it used to, it may be time to replace it. Normal wear and tear and loss of efficiency are the usual reasons why it may not be in its best anymore. However, the increasing temperature in the whole world is also a factor.

If your house is old, you may not have the proper insulation to keep up with the temperatures today. In this case, you should buy an air conditioning unit with a bigger capacity to provide the same cooling effect as your old one years ago, when the outside temperatures are lower.

Make sure to get a contractor in Hacienda Heights who does the right calculations to see which size is right for your home. Some will only replace it with the same unit, assuming your needs haven’t changed.

4. It’s Not Cooling Your Home Enough

If you have a somewhat new unit, however, that should be able to keep up with the temperatures today, the problem may be in the unit itself. It could be due to a broken compressor, damaged vents, and other issues.

Have a professional look at it to pinpoint the exact problem. In most cases, though, you’ll have to repair or replace a part. In such cases, calculate how much it would cost you to go through the repairs. If it has major problems, the cost to replace AC unit might be lower than the cost of repairs.

The contractor would know if it’s more cost-effective for you to replace the whole unit instead.

5. It Still Uses R22 Refrigerant

If your AC is still using R22 refrigerant, you’ll need a replacement for it soon. The government is phasing it out in favor of systems that are healthier for the environment. Freon is detrimental to the ozone layer, and so it will become illegal by 2020.

What it means for homeowners is that by that time, they can no longer turn in their air conditioning unit for repair when the issue is the Freon. When it breaks down and repairing it is no longer legal, they’ll have to purchase a new system altogether.

If you can, however, you may replace your unit now if it’s not beneficial to the environment. You may also have it converted to use a better refrigerant. However, it might cost you less to replace it instead.

6. It’s Producing Unusual Sounds

Are you hearing some mechanical sounds from within every time you turn the AC on? There might be loose parts in there that need only a little fixing, but it could also be a sign of major damage. Grinding, banging, and rattling sounds are signs of a serious issue; you may have to turn it off in the meantime and have a contractor look at it first.

If the issue is a broken motor bearing, the unit will need expensive repairs. There’s also the possibility that the duct system isn’t the right size for your home. In these cases, your contractor will recommend a replacement unit instead.

7. There are Moisture and Leakage

An air conditioner leaks some water while running, and condensation around it is quite normal. If the leaking is a little excessive, though, it might be a sign that there’s a serious problem.

Sometimes, the drain and the pipes are clogging that causes water to spill into the house instead. The reason could also be as simple as a dirty air filter, which can cause the coils to freeze over. When the ice melts, the water in the evaporation pan will overflow.

Still, call a professional to check if it needs some repairs or if the leakage damaged some parts. This might also lead to a replacement AC unit.

When to Replace AC Compressor and When to Buy a New Unit

If you’re thinking about replacing your AC compressor, think twice what would save you more money in the long run. Contact us today and let us help you out in determining which is the right move for your home.

Finding the Best of the Best: How to Choose an HVAC Installation Company in Hacienda Heights

Finding the Best of the Best: How to Choose an HVAC Installation Company in Hacienda Heights

Given that utilities cost the average homeowner a few thousand dollars a year, it’s vital to take your HVAC costs seriously. If you’re in the midst of a new HVAC installation, you need something that’s affordable and efficient to ensure you don’t overpay in the future. Choosing the right Hacienda Heights HVAC service installation company is a challenge but you need to ask the right questions.

Here are five questions to ask when you’re looking for someone to work with.

1. Do They Offer Emergency Services?

When you’re looking to work with any HVAC installation company, you’re going to be thinking about how great your new system is. It’s easy to be a Pollyanna when you’re getting a new system installed and you don’t expect any problems. However, if you don’t plan for the worse or how an emergency could leave you high and dry, you’d be doing yourself a disservice.

You need to know that the installation company is going to be offering 24/7 emergency services. Even if your HVAC system falls apart on a holiday, you need to ensure that you’re protected. Emergency services need to be provided by even the best HVAC installation company.

Just because they’ve installed an HVAC system that’s state of the art doesn’t mean it’s going to last forever. Problems arise with even the best systems on the planet and when that happens, they should be around the help yo with it. Since they’re the ones who installed it, they know how to fix problems better than anyone else in an ideal world.

2. Are They Certified?

If you’re looking for an HVAC company to handle your needs, you should find one that’s certified and registered with the state. Every technician who comes to install your new system should be certified so that you know that they’re prepared to handle your system. If you get your HVAC installed by someone who isn’t certified, you don’t have any easy way of knowing whether or not they know what they’re doing.

Ask your HVAC installation company about any certification they can provide. If they’re unwilling to show off certifications or try to skirt the question, they might not be the company you want to work with. They should be certified to both install and to repair the kind of system that you’re having put in.

It takes years of experience for mot HVAC specialists to become certified and experienced with any kind of system. These systems are updated and changed constantly, especially with the amount of smart home technology that’s been introduced in recent years. If you’re installing a new system, it’s going to have a lot of features that require an understanding of the future of smart home tech.

Make sure your technician knows how all of those features work and is ready to answer any questions you have.

3. Check The Reviews

In the absence of the old yellow pages that we used to use to find service providers, we’re now pushed to search engines. Thankfully we can find out more than ever about products and services with the help of online reviews. As consumers, we’ve never been more empowered than we are today.

When you’re looking up any kind of company or service provider in your area, by default, search engines are going to offer you some reviews. With the help of online reviews, you get to see what kinds of products and services that companies offer as well as how good they provide them. With detailed reviews, you’ll be able to look for things that pertain to you and the kind of HVAC system you’re about to install.

Read through for terms that look relevant to you and have to do with the kinds of products and services that pertain to you. If you’re looking for a specialized installation or a have a special kind of building you’re installing your new system in, look for details. You should be able to find more information to help you make a smarter decision about the kind of system you’re looking for.

4. Do They Specialize In What You’re Getting?

Every homeowner has their own particularities when they’re seeking a new HVAC system. Every home also sets up its own limits when it comes to the kinds of systems that are easy to install in it. If you have some clue as to what you’re looking to have installed in your home, then you should look to make sure they ‘re good at installing that kind of system.

Ask for details about how they’ve installed systems like that in the past. Find out what they can do differently than other HVAC companies in your region. They should be open and responsive.

If you find your HVAC company difficult to communicate with or that they’re a little squirrely on details, look to someone else. A reputable company is going to do everything in their power to be straightforward and open.

5. Are The Prices Competitive?

At the end of the day, you’re going to be looking for competitive prices. You need a company that provides you with value without having to haggle forever.

You should have a warranty that comes with the new system you’re installing. The price for repair and for service shouldn’t be out of this world. If you’re looking for a system installation that’s within your reach and your budget, ask for a breakdown of the price in advance.

HVAC Installation Shouldn’t Be Overpriced

With the number of competitive companies working in Hacienda Heights, it shouldn’t be hard to find an HVAC installation company to work with. Finding someone who knows what they’re doing is a matter of knowing what you need and then asking the right questions.

If you’re wondering why you should get permits for your next HVAC installation, check out our guide for tips.