Your air conditioning has just broke down and it’s the middle of summer. In Charleston. It’s sweltering.
You reach for the phone to call your HVAC company and you end up waiting, sweating and growing frustrated at not only how long it takes for them to get there, but also how long it’s taking for them to diagnose the issue.
They fix the issue, you pay for the repair and you both move on with your lives.
It costs you a lot of time and many times, a lot of money.
So how can you lower wait times for repair work and, at the same time, reduce the cost of those repairs?
Below are 5 proven ways you can do both for your next service call.
Whether you’re a Lowcountry homeowner, property manager or other commercial property owner, getting to know your system type, manufacturer and its components can save your HVAC company a lot of time when it comes to diagnosing.
Knowing if you have a traditional central air conditioning unit, a ductless mini-split or other system type can quickly help get your HVAC technicians up to speed on what they’ll need to get you back up and running.
Giving your A/C service company a head’s up about system age can also cut down on diagnostic times. Typical systems last between 12-15 years but knowing a bit more precise system age can eliminate some issues and help you avoid some future maintenance costs while they’re fixing the repair.
Most heating and air companies have experience working on all makes and models of air conditioners and may know when a piece of equipment is past due for replacement. Knowing how old the system is helps with that kind of issue so you can avoid further costs down the line.
Just like your vehicle, keeping a service history is a good idea and helps your HVAC company know exactly what repair was done and when it was done.
Having this knowledge may help them quickly diagnose a problem, especially if it’s a recurring issue.
If you’re not happy with your current HVAC company or think you can get a better service or better prices make sure and have a quick look around online to see if other people are having better success with other teams.
Read reviews, scan search results and even ask your friends and neighbors; it’s your system and your choice, so do your due diligence and choose the best HVAC company you can.
Prevention is always the best medicine. That’s why signing up for an HVAC maintenance plan is your best bet on saving time & money on air conditioning service.
An air conditioning maintenance plan allows your system to be checked by professionals at least twice a year to help keep your system running efficiently, and identify any issues before a major breakdown occurs.
Many maintenance plans also come with reduced priced parts and labor, and prioritized scheduling — saving your precious time and hard-earned money.
We hope you have a cool & comfortable summer ahead but in case you need help with your system, be sure to review these 5 steps above and you’ll be well on your way to savings.