The need for HVAC repairs is not uncommon, and as long as we rely so heavily on these systems, there will always be a need for trained technicians to conquer issues and problems that may arise. However, repairs can be a financial burden on home owners and property managers.
We recently read an article that addressed cost saving tips for reducing that financial toll when getting HVAC equipment repaired. There were several methods provided, the aim of which was to keep costs low while getting experienced care.
The author suggested getting multiple price quotes in writing, doing research about the systems in question, knowing in advance whether you’d rather upgrade or replace the system, and to have regular inspections and services done on the units so they are properly maintained. All of these tips are worthwhile.
You should feel confident in the person that you hire to work on your HVAC equipment, though. So, it is important to weigh both the cost of the repair and the reliability of the technician. This person should be equipped with the tools necessary to show you areas of weakness in your system. Handheld temperature sensors, for instance, like the Optris LaserSight LS, which is a tool that can be used to measure temperatures across coils, or at the thermostat. It’s a simple quick check to ensure that coils are clean, filters are allowing proper flow, and room temperature sensors are reading accurately.
We make this point because, when a person does not understand the HVAC system and how it operates, the need for repairs is based entirely on the word of the technician. Evaluations and quotes from multiples companies can help to ensure that you are getting the service that is really and truly necessary, but it is better when you can see the problem for yourself. The sensor can point out problems clearly, which a trained technician will be able to easily explain to you, helping you more easily make decisions about what must be done to keep your space comfortable.