4 HVAC Contractor Warning Signs
We live in a world filled with trustworthy people, but it’s no secret that there are quite a few less-than-reputable employees in the maintenance industry. Some are lazy or greedy, and some just want to take advantage of you. HVAC contractors are no exception to this occurrence.
Luckily, there are reliable companies, but how do you sort the good from the bad? Next time you require Atlanta HVAC services, be sure to be on the lookout for these contractor warning signs.
Ignoring Monoxide Levels
Unfortunately, some contractors do not fully understand how a furnace’s combustion system operates. Either they’re minimally trained or not trained at all.
If something feels off about your handyman, ensure he is thoroughly inspecting your unit for any cracks or leaks allowing gas to escape. After inspection, he should test for harmful gases and measure the system’s depressurization.
Many maintenance workers don’t worry or forget about carbon monoxide. However, if unchecked, you could find yourself with a house full of people poisoned from exposure to carbon monoxide.
One of the most common and easiest ways for a contractor to cut corners is by skipping measurements. They’ll often say things like, “Today’s your lucky day! I just inspected a house built exactly like this.” Then they will shoot off some measurements that sound close, and use those rough estimates to determine the size of your HVAC needs.
Don’t let this happen. Every home is unique. It has different wear and tear, different insulation, different occupancy, and, as a result, different efficiency. Ensure that they take the time to measure your home, and provide the service you deserve.
The Root Issue
Your house is a system. Like your body, one malfunctioning part of a unit can affect multiple aspects of the system. Frequently, if you have multiple issues happen all the sudden, it may all lead back to a singular glitch causing it all.
Trained, experienced technicians have been in hundreds of houses and troubleshoot even more HVAC issues. Make sure they’re taking the time to gather all the necessary information and go through a process of elimination to find the root of the problem.
Sometimes there are multiple independent issues. But if a contractor walks in, and quickly determines you need to fix multiple different systems, he’s probably scamming you, or frankly, being lazy.
A common, less-intentional mistake HVAC contractors make is not considering the proper amount of ventilation a home needs to be up to code. Ventilation should encourage good air circulation and balance out air pressures.
Improper circulation can lead to moisture damage, low air quality, and heightened energy bills. This mistake is sometimes difficult to catch in the act, but if the air in your home starts to feel damp or you see moisture surfacing in areas, contact your service provider about improper ventilation. They should fix the issue for free if it is their mistake.
Trusting services from an HVAC company you don’t know can be an unsettling experience. Be observant of these warning signs next time you have work done in your home. If you want someone you can trust who is available 24/7 for your needs, contact Anytime Heating, Cooling and Plumbing of Marietta or call 770-504-5881 for HVAC services or installation.