3 Tricks to Avoid Emergency HVAC Repairs

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, 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 either 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 is 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 to turn 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 really 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, its 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 your 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 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 and Air can be reached at 877-411-9888 or, feel free to reach us via our contact form.

Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Now that warmer weather is here in Riverside, CA it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for the summer. Once it’s hotter outside, the last thing you want to happen is for your HVAC to start having issues. An air conditioner that operates properly is essential to keeping cool! That’s why we created this simple Spring HVAC Maintenance checklist so that you can put your mind at ease.

1. Replace your air filter

This may seem like the most obvious piece of advice, but it’s the most important! In the Spring while allergens are abundant, it’s extra important to make sure you have a clean filter running in your air handler or furnace. Plus, a clean filter will ensure your system runs efficiently.

2. Remove debris

Turn your thermostat to the off position and head outside to pay your air conditioner a visit. Remove any debris you find on or around the air conditioner. After that, check the space around the unit. There should be 2-3 feet of clearance around your unit for best performance. If there are any shrubs or bushes, trim them back to make sure your AC gets proper airflow.

3. Clean your air vents

Another important maintenance tip for your HVAC this Spring is to clean your air vents. Dust can build up on air vents over time which gives it a dirty look. But more importantly, that dust becomes a part of the air you breath. A vacuum cleaner with an extender rod can be used to clean off an air vent. As another option, you can use an old rag dampened with warm water to wipe away any dust.

4. Schedule a seasonal tune-up

People often skip this important step. A seasonal tune-up is critical to the long-term health of your air conditioning system. Given the expense of a new HVAC system, it’s important to make sure your unit stays operational as long as possible. Plus: residents of Riverside and surrounding areas can get a rebate from our local utility – making your tune-up even more affordable and worthwhile.

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Above all, we believe our customers come first. That’s why at Sheldon’s we provide tools like this Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist. We want to make sure you live comfortably in your home with a heating and cooling system you love. If you’re going for extra credit this Spring, check out even more HVAC maintenance tips.

We are committed to providing quality services at the right price. If you need help with your home’s HVAC, give us a call at 877-411-9888.