FAQs: HVAC Repair & Maintenance

Different furnace and AC units have entered the market, for commercial and residential areas. Companies have discontinued older series to upgrade their brands. You may have questions as an HVAC specialist. We invite you to take a look at the following FAQ for HVAC repair and maintenance queries.

Heating And Cooling Repair Questions

We put together a list of the questions that we're asked most often at Furnace Part Source about our client's HVAC systems.

How Often Should An HVAC System Be Serviced?

Do a full checkup every six months. Residential HVAC units should be professionally serviced once per year.Cleaning the system regularly is important, especially if you're suffering from any kind of respiratory allergies.It would need to be shut off and put into a safe state before any of this work was done to it.

How Long Do HVAC Systems Typically Last?

On average, a furnace or air conditioner should at least last 15 years. Some commercial units are rated for around 25 years of use. Those who live in mild climates might find that their systems last much longer if they're not used as often.

Likewise, excessive use can wear even a professional HVAC system out much faster. Retail and industrial operations may find that their enterprise-level HVAC devices have a tendency to wear out quickly because of the necessity to leave them on at all times.

How Often To Change HVAC Filter?

Newair filters should usually be installed at least once every 90 days. Some air filters have to be replaced more often, especially if you use your HVAC system quite a bit. Most manufacturers state how often they have to be replaced on the packaging.

How Much Do HVAC Systems Cost?

Some reports claim that the average cost of a new furnace is around $4,500 and an air conditioner can cost anywhere from $2,000-6,000 depending on how large of a house it's designed to work with.

Which HVAC Systems Qualify For A Tax Credit?

Heat pumps with a minimum of 12.5 EER and 8.5 HSPF can qualify for a $300 tax credit. Minimum 16 SEER split AC systems can receive a similar credit, though packaged systems only need to meet a 12 EER and 14 SEER measurements.

New water heaters that meet minimum guidelines are also eligible for such a credit. Gas and propane furnaces that feature 95% or better AFUE metrics can carry a $150 credit. Circulating air fans that don't use more than 2% of the total energy requirement of any HVAC system may also qualify for up to $50 in federal tax credits.

What Is A Split System HVAC?

Split HVAC systems feature a set of both heating and cooling units that are connected all together in one single module that goes outside. Packaged HVAC systems, by comparison, consist of the more traditional separate air conditioner and furnace modules. Some manufacturers refer to split HVAC technology with terms like whole home comfort system, but these are essentially the same thing.

How Can I Lower My Energy Bills?

Replace or implement insulation throughout the house. Insulation will preserve heat and cool air within a home.

Scan your windows for any leaks within the seals or gaps. During winter, warm air can escape easily through such cracks, and cool air in the summer can do the same. Some states prone to natural disasters may require you to bring your homes up to code, including sturdier windows that can withstand storm damage.

Does HVAC System Size Affect Performance? 

It does, but bigger doesn’t always mean better. Size is directly related to the property that will be heated, cooled, or both; it does not translate into energy efficiency. Thus, you may overpay for an overpowered machine in a relatively small space.

Evaluate the square footage that you plan to heat or cool. Choose the right circulation system. Some spaces may work better with centralized airflow. Other houses may do better with decentralized heating and cooling units. A compact heater or space cooler may do the job for tiny houses, especially in tropical areas. 

How Can I Improve Air Quality In My Home Or Business?

Maintain a regular schedule and stock of air conditioning or furnace filters. Replace your air filters regularly, as they clog with dirt and grime. If you have pets, vacuum for dander and brush them regularly, even if they are a breed that doesn’t shed. For indoor house plants, try to keep them away from air vents where pollen may circulate.

Can You Clean Your Ducts?

You can, though we recommend purchasing the right tools for it, such as vacuum hose attachments and brushes, if you do not wish to rely on an HVAC specialist. If cleaning your ducts, make sure to cut the power before using a vacuum, though you can start by using air blasts to break up any dust blocks or clogs.  

Get Your HVAC Technician Questions Answered At Furnace Part Source

Furnace Part Source knows how important HVAC maintenance and repair is for heating and cooling systems. We have the newest components for airflow and replacing older systems.

Whenever you run into further questions, feel free to contact us online. Let Furnace Part Source lead the way for HVAC replacement.