When You Need a Dependable HVAC Contractor
When your need heating furnace installation or heating furnace repair, there’s a good chance you need it fast. It gets cold in our Indiana winters, and a poorly operating or completely defunct furnace can drive up your energy bills and even pose a threat to the health and safety of you and your family.
Still, in your haste to get the HVAC problem attended to, you shouldn’t neglect the need to secure the services of a trusted HVAC contractor. Some, after all, are more skilled, professional, and even honest than others. You want someone who will do quality work at a fair price. Here are some pointers to guide you in the selection process:
Basic Attributes of a Trusted HVAC Contractor
Any reputable, professional heating furnace repair service should provide the following:
- Fair, competitive prices to suit any budget
- Same-day service (24/7 365 days a year if there’s an emergency) for heating furnace repair and boiler repair
- Fast furnace installation
- Expert technicians
- An excellent selection of all the top models for installation
- All makes and models serviced
- Work is guaranteed
Coming at it from a slightly different perspective, a reputable professional HVAC contractor should be able to provide all the following services:
- Furnace repair
- Thermal heating
- Geothermal heating
- Electric heating
- Hot water heating
- Forced air heating
That said, let’s look at the qualities of a fully reputable and professional HVAC contractor a little more deeply.
Your Trusted HVAC Contractor: The Prices
A reputable HVAC contractor will give you an estimate before starting work and won’t ask for any money before you have a complete understanding of how much the final bill is likely to be (and why.) Don’t agree to sign anything until you have a thorough understanding of what you’re authorizing, when the work will be finished, how the HVAC contractor bills, and other pertinent information.
The technician will provide a thorough and honest review of all options to help you decide on one that fits your budget and provides a dependable, effective answer to your heating furnace needs.
Your Trusted HVAC Contractor: The Workers
The technicians should be highly trained, experienced, licensed, bonded, and insured. They should have their backgrounds checked and be drug tested. They should have the expertise to analyze and address any problem. When they show up at your home, they should present a neat appearance and be in clean uniforms with clear identification. Their vehicles should likewise be well marked, and their appearance should attest to the fact that they’re well cared for.
Your Trusted HVAC Contractor: Selection
As noted above, a professional HVAC service should be able to install, service, and repair all the various types of furnace and boiler. There are multiple types of each.
Household furnaces can be powered by gas, electricity, wood, coal, wood, or even fuel oil. The two most basic types are combustion and condensation. Combustion furnaces burn fuel to produce heat and need an exhaust. Condensation furnaces recycle heat by extracting it from the exhaust gases.
Here are some other types of furnace:
- Thermal heating
- Wall, floor, or pipeless furnace
- Central war-air furnace
- Industrial furnace
- Metallurgical furnace
- Steam or hot water system
- Heat pump reverse cycle system
- Geothermal heating
- Incinerating furnace
Here are some further notes on furnaces:
You can reasonably expect a furnace to last 15 years or more. Some heat exchanges are even warrantied for 20 years. A 2007 study by the National Association of Home Builders found that forced-air system furnace lasted 15 to 20 years.
These estimates, however, are predicated on the idea that the furnaces are properly serviced and maintained. Periodic maintenance is necessary to keep them working properly, especially when they hit the 10-year mark. That’s when you’re likely to see more frequent repairs and your energy bills creeping up, particularly if you’ve neglected regular maintenance hitherto.
When heating furnace repair does become necessary, professionals often see one of more of the following issues:
- The furnace is badly in need of general maintenance. As noted previously, this can result in a loss of efficiency, higher energy bills, and other problems.
- Dirty or clogged filters. Filers need to be changed on a regular basis, or problems result.
- Thermostat malfunction. If the thermostat isn’t working properly, the furnace can’t either.
- Igniter problems. Sometimes the pilot light or ignition control module malfunctions. When this happens, the problem is sometimes as simple as cleaning dirty areas with a wire brush. Other times, of course, the problem truly does require the services of a knowledgeable technician.
- Air flow problems. If air isn’t flowing properly, the problem can be in the bearings, fan motor, or belts and result in under heating, over heating, poor heating control, or poor pressure recirculation.
Although seasonal maintenance is essential, there are things you yourself can do to save money on your heating bills. Here’s a list of those:
- Wear layers. Obviously, you’re not going to walk around the house in a parka, but layers of clothing keep you warmer, and you won’t need as much heat from the furnace.
- Use your ceiling fans to circulate warm air to maximum advantage.
- Change your air filters Make sure they’re clean.
- Install a programmable thermostat and program it to make energy-saving adjustments. For example, it makes sense to keep the house cooler at times when you’re not home anyway.
- Check the insulation throughout your home. Where there are trouble spots, put in more.
The newer the furnace, the more energy efficient it’s likely to be, and the more it’s likely to save you on utility bills. For this reason, some people replace older heating furnaces even if the systems are still working. Of course, every person’s situation is unique, and you’ll need to balance lower utility bills and fewer repair bills against the cost of a new furnace. The experts at 24-7 Plumbing can help you make the decision that’s right for you.
Boilers are apparatuses or containers used for heating water. They can be high- or low-pressure and “steam boilers” or “hot water boilers.” Beyond this, there are two basic types, “fire-tube” and “water-tube.” Boilers can be involved in various aspects of the home including central heating and water heating.
The study cited above found that residential boilers can last 15 to 20 years. Just as with furnaces, proper maintenance is crucial. Also like furnaces, as boilers age, they tend to require repair more often, so if you’ve got an old one, you may want to consider replacing it. Boilers typically cost from $4000 to $8000.
Your Trusted HVAC Contractor: References and Reviews
A reputable air conditioning service can supply reference and will have good reviews on file with the Better Business Bureau or on Angle’s List.
Final Tips on Finding a Trusted HVAC Contractor
Never be shy about asking questions, and be wary of any HVAC service that fails to meet the standards outlined above. Also, trust your gut. If you get a bad feeling at any point, from your first phone contact forward, if you think you’re being pressured, your questions and concerns aren’t being addressed, or the person you’re talking to is more interested in scoring money than helping you, you should look elsewhere for an HVAC contractor.
At 24-7 Plumbing, we’re confident that we meet and even exceed these standards. If you need heating furnace installation, furnace maintenance, or furnace repair in Westfield IN (or in the neighboring communities of Indianapolis, Noblesville, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, McCoordsville, Hamilton County, etc.), we invite you to give us a call.