Atanta HVAC Repair Can Be Less Expensive When You Plan Ahead
The first and most important step to take in seeking repairs is to find out the make, model and age of your current unit(s). This requires a visual inspection on your part. In doing so - you may very well spot your problem right away and not require help from professionals.
Flipped circuit breakers, dirt or debris hindering your system or other external, both inside or outside your home, are factors that may cause your units to malfunction.
After eliminating these easy self-fixes, determine whether or not your system is less than five years old. Systems less than 5 years are covered under manufacturer's warranty. Systems over ten years old are sometimes better off being replaced. They're expensive to repair and replacements come with tax rebates as well as power savings. Very often, new systems pay for themselves within the first year.
If it's determined that you do need a new unit - take your unit's brand name, model number and serial number to the phones! Shopping around as much as possible over the phone will save you hundreds. If a service company insists on coming to your home, they're probably trying to apply high pressure sales. Don't fall for this tactic!
OTHER WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON AIR CONDITIONING...
Clean the air filter regularly
Whether you have central air or a room air conditioner, a dirty filter will reduce its efficiency, making it use more energy and cost more money to do the same job. Check your HVAC system's air filter monthly and expect to change the filter every three months.
Get annual checkups
If you have central air, consider an annual checkup -- once should cover both the heating and the cooling season. A professional should be able to diagnose any inefficiencies before you've wasted money on monthly heating and cooling bills.
Install attic insulation and check your windows/doors for leaks
While attic fans may or may not help significantly to cool your home, attic insulation can help a lot. Insulation keeps cooler air in your home from escaping through the ceiling. Also, any time you strain your system your energy bills will go up and your units will live a much shorter service life.
Search the net for system failures in less than 5 years
If your model unit is known for failures within the warranty period - have it inspected by licensed professionals and replaced under warranty before the 5 years is up.