Service your AC before the Weather heats up

Janey Bishop
Janey Bishop
Published on May 14, 2021

How’s your HVAC system? Specifically, the cooling aspect of it?

Checking your air conditioning system now is a good idea; you’ll have a chance to remedy any problems before the weather starts heating up this summer. Even if all that’s needed is a tune up, the time for action is now.

Why? “The cost to replace an HVAC system averages $7,000, with a typical range of $5,000 to $10,000,” say the pros at homeadvisor.com.

And, as you can imagine, the most expensive time of year for hiring HVAC technicians is when they’re busiest: the summer.  And when the weather in Woodland Hills – Calabasas – West Hills hits 100* the technicians will be swamped and there will be delays for even a service call so have a tune-up NOW.

Be prepared

Check your system for labels that list the model number and capacity if the unit is not on the roof. Finally, run the system for about an hour (if it’s in working condition) and check each room of the home, making note of rooms that don’t appear to be cooling as well as others.

Find contractors to interview

Referrals are always the best way to find a good contractor. Ask neighbors, people you work with, friends and family who they recommend.

Finally, don’t waste time interviewing companies with bad reviews. Check each one on your list by reading the reviews at Yelp and, on Google, search for “HVAC companies” or “air conditioning technicians” in your town and those reviewed by Google appear in three boxes at the top of the search results page.

Finally, head on over to the Better Business Bureau’s website to see if there are complaints against any of the companies on your list.

During the home visit

The experts at energystar.gov suggest that “… the contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system.” This includes checking the duct system for leaks and inspecting your current system’s “… airflow to make sure it meets manufacturers specifications.”

Finally, request that the itemized estimate be in writing and that it should include not only the cost of the work to be performed, but model number of the equipment they will be installing (if you are replacing the system).

Request as well that the estimate include a schedule for the project and any warranty information for equipment to be installed.

Making the final decision

When you finally choose a HVAC contractor, go over the proposal or contract thoroughly, ensuring all of your requests are included.

Summer is almost upon us, so ensure that your home will offer shelter from the heat by fixing air conditioning problems now.

For a free consultation about selling your probate or family home in Woodland Hills, Calabasas, West Hills or the San Fernando Valley      Call Janey Bishop   (818)570-1144     email [email protected]    or watch my videos at https://janeybishop.video/vacant-home or more videos at https://janeybishop.video/Empty-Nest-Downsizing-Playlist

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