An emergency HVAC repair is not just inconvenient; it can be a big expense. No one needs the stress of looking for extra money in their budget. Luckily, there are ways to prevent emergency service calls. But when you take proper care of your heating and air conditioning system, you can avoid trouble with your unit before it becomes more serious.

Regular maintenance

Look, it’s no secret that regular maintenance will prevent an emergency HVAC repair. Just like you regularly service your vehicle, having your heating and cooling system looked at twice a year by a professional will head off any major problems. Not only will a technician check for any issues, but they will also perform preventative maintenance. For example, they will oil motors, flush your drain line, and wash off your condenser’s coils. Think of it this way: you can proactively schedule a visit by a technician at a time when it is convenient for you. Or, you can scramble to call a contractor when your HVAC breaks down – when everyone in your home is uncomfortable and in the middle of any plans you have. Which would you prefer?

Also, there are a lot of tasks you can do yourself to keep your HVAC running smoothly. You can change your air filters, check for debris around your condensing unit, and empty any drain pans.

Take it easy on your HVAC

A great way to avoid an emergency HVAC repair is to use it less. Now, we aren’t suggesting turning off your system completely. It is there for your comfort, after all! But take a look at how much pressure you are putting on your air conditioning and heating system. Are you keeping your AC running even when you’re not home? Do you crank the temperatures below 70F on the hottest day of the year? Consider laying off the AC when you don’t need it. Think of your HVAC like a car: the more often you use it, the more miles it has on it. So, if you put a lot of wear and tear on your system, it’s more likely to need repair or replacement sooner.

Another way to reduce the pressure on your HVAC is by making your home more comfortable in other ways. Turn your air conditioner up a degree or two, and then turn on ceiling fans to make up the difference in comfort. Also, try closing blinds and curtains around your home to keep the outdoor climate from affecting your indoor comfort. Finally, in the summer, give some thought to other devices in your home that produce heat. For example, stoves, ovens, and clothes dryers. Try to use these devices sparingly and if you must use them, keep any doors closed so that surrounding rooms stay comfortable.

Notice something off? Get a professional opinion

If you observe something that isn’t right with your heater or AC, don’t ignore it. Although it may seem like a pain, your best bet is to get a professional opinion. Just like symptoms of a medical problem, it’s better to get it checked out than let it go for months on end. Disregarding a sign that your HVAC isn’t working could result in a last-minute emergency HVAC repair. You can avoid the frustration of a repair simply by getting a professional’s opinion. Here are some indicators that there may be a bigger problem:

  • Noises coming from the unit that you haven’t heard before
  • Pooling of water near your handler
  • Your system is running constantly and never shuts off
  • Your system turns on and off frequently, only running for a few minutes at a time

Sometimes, a contractor will be able to diagnose the problem over the phone without a visit. This is a simple step that can put your mind at ease.

Have an HVAC emergency? Call us for repair.

When your heater or air conditioner goes down, you don’t want to spend time researching companies. Your home will get uncomfortable quickly. We’re here for you with 24-hour service available. We pick up the phone every time, and we never keep customers waiting. So, keep our information handy just in case. Sheldon's Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can be reached 951-780-9882 or, feel free to reach us via our contact form.

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