As the seasons change, the time is right for an HVAC inspection to ensure the vital components are functioning efficiently and safely. When the technician arrives, you should get involved by asking questions and learning about your HVAC components and basic home maintenance. You should also know what a typical inspection looks like so you know you're getting the best service for your money.
Knowing what questions to ask the HVAC technician helps you make better choices about your home and the expensive appliances involved. Here's a look at why you need this regular inspection — and the important questions to ask your air conditioning contractor when the time comes.
Why Get an HVAC Inspection?
HVAC inspections can extend the lifespan of your expensive system. The technician checks the system's condition by looking at refrigerant levels, drip pans, condensate drains, blower motors and connections. They test the thermostat and inspect the air filters while evaluating airflow through the ducts and systems. If the technician determines your system needs repairs or maintenance, they will recommend a follow-up appointment. You can watch the technician perform the inspection and ask specific HVAC questions.
How to Find Someone to Inspect Your HVAC System
Finding someone to service your HVAC system is as easy as asking your friends, family, social media connections, and colleagues for recommendations. If no one you know has a preferred, local HVAC company, you can check websites like Angi or HomeAdvisor for recommendations from people in your community.
Questions to Ask the HVAC Technician
Having a collection of HVAC questions to ask helps you better prepare for the inspection. This list can help you get started on your inquiry about your HVAC system:
- Should I invest in a smart thermostat?
- What is the best temperature setting to keep my energy bills low?
- Why do I hear a noise when I turn on my furnace or air conditioner?
- Should I get my air ducts cleaned?
- How much life is left in my HVAC system?
- How do I change the filter?
- How can I remove the dust and debris from my home?
- When should I schedule my next service appointment?
Let's dig into each of these a bit more.
Should I invest in a smart thermostat?
Smart thermostats connect to your smartphone so you can control the temperature in your home from anywhere. Before installing one, your technician can tell you the pros and cons.
What is the best temperature setting to keep my energy bills low?
The EPA recommends specific temperature settings during the day and night, but your HVAC technician might have other suggestions based on the climate in your area. The technician can show you how to set your thermostat so you can create an energy-efficient home and lower your bills.
Why do I hear a noise when I turn on my furnace or air conditioner?
Tell your technician if you notice noises when you turn on your furnace or air conditioning system. They can look for problems and help you understand what's wrong. Your HVAC system might need a simple repair, or the technician might show you that it's time for an upgrade.
Should I get my air ducts cleaned?
The inspecting technician can see if your ducts are full of dust and debris. They will tell you honestly if you need an air duct cleaning, based on the build-up in your furnace, air conditioner, and filters. If you haven't had them cleaned in several years, it might be time to hire a cleaning company.
What is the remaining lifespan of my HVAC system?
Unfortunately, home appliances don't last forever. Eventually, you'll need to replace your HVAC system. The technician can give you a rough estimate of the remaining life span of your furnace and air conditioner.
How do I change the filter?
Changing your air filter keeps the air flowing efficiently through your HVAC system. The filters pick up dust and debris, so it doesn't blow around your living spaces instead. Learning how to replace your filter can help extend the life of your HVAC system.
How can I remove the dust and debris from my home?
The air filters in your furnace should collect dust and debris in your home. If the filter isn't doing its job, the technician can give you suggestions, such as cleaning your air ducts or upgrading your filters.
When should I schedule my next service appointment?
HVAC companies recommend inspections and maintenance every six months. After inspecting your HVAC system, the technician will know if you need more frequent maintenance or if you can stick to the six-month rule. Following the technician's advice can extend the life of your system and save you money in the long run.