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FAQs: Heating & Cooling

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Other than turning the thermostat up or down, many people don’t know much about their HVAC system. There are many questions people have about their heating and cooling systems that should be addressed. Here are the most frequently asked questions:

Q: Should I Replace My Heating or Cooling System if it’s 10 Years Old?
A: Once your HVAC system reaches the decade mark you must pay closer attention to its performance, as well as routine maintenance. Since heating and cooling systems have become more reliable and efficient in recent years, replacement can wait. The average lifespan of a furnace or heat pump is around 15 years while an air conditioning unit can last anywhere from 10-15 years.

Q:How Can I Tell That My HVAC System Needs Repairs?
A: There are a few tell-tale signs that your equipment needs servicing. First, check your monthly utility bills; if they’re higher than average then they are most likely running inefficiently. Listen to see if either the heating or cooling unit makes loud and unusual noises during its ignition. Be sure to also check the temperature of the air coming into the house. If it’s not cool or warm enough, with respect to the temperature on the thermostat, then you may need to call a technician.

Q: What Can I Do to Prevent Needing Future Repairs?
A: Entire units, parts, or pieces can break down on an HVAC system, but there are things you can do to prevent this from happening often. First things first, change your air filter at the recommended rate; depending on the manufacturer and air filter quality. Always keep the unit clear of any obstacles to allow for optimal airflow around the fixture. Check your vents as well because if one is blocked it can impede air flow, damaging your system.

Knowing the most frequently asked questions about your HVAC system can give you the basic knowledge you need to get those few extra years out of yours. When you need a professional to service your HVAC system, contact the expert technicians at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.