If you have recently been told its time to replace your HVAC system, you are probably still in shock after seeing the quote. There is no getting around it, replacing your homes HVAC system is not cheap; they are mechanically complex and require a high degree of skill to install properly. Most people call an HVAC contractor because the unit isn’t cooling the home well or evenly, their energy bills are higher than normal or the unit flat out won’t work. While those very well maybe valid reason to replace your unit, many times there are other contributing factors that are causing the issues. Today we would like to go over those potential causes and solutions you can try before taking the plunge on a new unit.

The Slacker

Does your home always feel cold in the winter and warm during the summer months? It may not be your unit that is the issue. One of the biggest culprits of poor performance is dirty ducts. In order for your HVAC system to work properly, the air needs to circulate freely through your home. Dust, dander and other debris are drawn like magnets to your duct system and can collect in amounts that surprises most homeowners. Remember, not all duct cleanings are equal and there are plenty of scams out there. Michael & Son uses industrial strength equipment to ensure you homes ducts are clean and clear.

The Over Achiever

Does it seem like your HVAC unit is constantly running? This may actually be caused by poor insulation and not mechanical issues. Your homes HVAC unit is operated by a thermostat and when the temperature fluctuates erratically, your unit will follow suit. Properly insulating your home and installing energy efficient windows can make a tremendous difference in your energy cost. Also, if you have an attic and do not have a fan installed, the floor directly beneath it will always be warmer than the rest of the home. Installing an attic fan is a quick and inexpensive way to improve your HVAC systems performance. Michael & Son Service offers attic fan installations at a great price.

The Flat liner

Going to power up your HVAC system for the first time during a season change and getting no response might be the worst feeling ever. While that may fall under the category of “first world problems”, the prospect of freezing / sweating while waiting on a huge repair bill is never enjoyable. Before you panic, take a deep breath and check your electrical panel. We can’t tell you how many times our HVAC techs have been called out to a home as a second opinion by someone who’d just been told their system needs to be replaced, only to fix the issue by flipping a fuse in the panel box. Remember, your system needs electricity to function, a poor connection or bad fuse will shut it down completely.

Those are some of the more common issues that lead many people to replace a perfectly serviceable system. Remember, most well maintained HVAC systems can last up to 20 years without giving you any real headaches. Like anything else mechanical, maintenance is the maker and breaker. Michael & Son Services can help you ensure your unit works well and lives up to its potential. Call Michael & Son today for all your home service needs. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to stay up to date on upcoming events, special offers and much more!