HVAC repairs involve troubleshooting, testing, and repairing or replacing components of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. They are typically performed by certified professional contractors or skilled tradespeople. These technicians work in residential projects (including homes, villas, cottages, apartments, and buildings), commercial projects (malls, offices, factories, hotels, resorts, and stations) and even outdoor settings. The work is physically demanding, requiring lifting heavy equipment, working in tight spaces, climbing on roofs, and handling tools and chemicals. The job is also dangerous, with the risk of electrocution and exposure to harmful dust and mold.
HVAC system issues are often complex and require specialized training to diagnose and repair correctly. As such, they can be quite expensive to correct, especially if they happen to occur during the summer heat wave or the winter cold snap. The good news is that regular maintenance can help prevent many problems before they happen, saving you money in both repair costs and energy bills.
Common HVAC Problems
The most common HVAC repairs are related to a lack of cooling or heating, which usually occurs when the air filter is dirty, or the furnace has stopped working altogether. Other issues include a whistling or hissing sound coming from your AC unit, an imbalance in temperature between rooms, and higher-than-normal energy bills. If you notice any of these issues, call a pro right away for a diagnosis and repair.
Other HVAC problems may be more serious, such as a gas leak or water leak from your heater or AC. These issues should be considered urgently and need to be repaired immediately as they pose a danger to your family's safety. Look for signs of a gas leak, such as a hissing sound or the smell of sulfur or rotten eggs. Also watch for signs of a water leak, like puddles around your HVAC unit or in your home's basement.
Performing routine HVAC maintenance is the best way to prevent most repair needs, but if you do encounter an issue, it's important to know who to call. An honest, licensed, and insured contractor will give you a fair price and guarantee their work. They will also offer upfront explanations of their fees and pricing, so you can make an informed decision. And they will never charge overtime, nights, weekends, or holidays.