Those of us who have these HVAC’s at home know the importance of its usage. It tends to protect us not only from chilling blues but scorching heat too. Since they perform dual role it becomes our responsibility to keep these systems fully functional in all seasons be it winters, summers or autumn. We cannot take the liberty to leave them unchecked for months because when the time falls due for their use we run after service contractors which charge handsome amounts for basic servicing. Hence, we must have a professional contractor ready for the purpose who should be just a call away for us and should charge reasonable amounts due to our annual partnerships with them.
Heating and air conditioning contractors, like the rest of us, make mistakes. They make mistakes that hurt performance and efficiency of the HVAC systems they install and maintain. They make mistakes that hurt their customers sometimes. And they make mistakes that hurt their businesses. Not all HVAC contractors work this way, of course, but the majority do. The good ones have successful businesses not only because they do good work for their customers, but they make more money by coming in and cleaning up the mess left by the sloppy contractors.
Following is a checklist to adhere by before selecting a heating system repair and service contractor and entering into contract with them:
1. Not understanding Combustion Safety
Select a contractor who is pro in his work as compared to the money minded ones. The problem is that most HVAC contractors don’t know much about back drafting of combustion appliances. Nor do they test for it. If you hire an HVAC contractor make sure he pays attention to the chimney smoke, as oil burners typically give off smoke when combustion problem arises. And this calls for a prompt repair as they can lead to more serious trouble and become expensive.
2. Burner Run Time Error
Make sure your HVAC contractor knows how an oil burner operates, they require electricity to run so, if the burner is not functioning the primary things to check are the shut off switch, circuit breaker or fuse. If they are on then press the reset button on the primary control once. Never to press reset button more than once as it can cause serious problems. These nitty gritties require professional attention.
3. Cycling Too Frequently
Burners normally cycle on and off numerous times during the day, but if the unit is continually cycling it may be a sign that the controls are not properly adjusted or, the filters have become clogged. Your professional should check your air filters and, depending on the model, replace or clean them if they’ve become clogged.
4. Focusing On ‘The Box’ And Ignoring Air Flow
select a contractor who not only changes the system but also changes the duct, because a professional contractor knows that the existing ductwork, even if it’s relatively new, probably wasn’t sized right, is too leaky, and would lead to more trouble and expense than just starting over.
5. Odor Emission
Oil heat systems should not emit odors. An odor can be a sign of an oil leak or of a combustion problem, both of which should be checked by the professional hired.
6. Each Home Is A New Home
for HVAC contractors each home should be a unique project with specific needs of rate of heat loss and heat gain. They should provide customized service to households they are working with and not follow principle of generalization or rule of thumb.
7. Lower Vs Higher Bidder
it is not necessary that higher bidder assure quality services nor is it necessary that lower bidder is your right choice to save money. The lower bidder will scrape on labor charges and quality of material thereby leaving house owner in loss. Think rationally and pay the right amount as “you will get, what you pay for”.
Thus, HVAC contractors must be chosen wisely, and should be maintained loyally so that they can prove to be useful in hard times to come.