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3 Reasons to Upgrade Your HVAC Unit

When you’re a homeowner, you depend on having a well-functioning HVAC unit. It’s the kind of thing that you don’t pay much attention to until it malfunctions, leaving your home sweltering and your wallet hurting.

While we specialize in keeping our customers’ systems running properly—through our same-day visits and stellar maintenance plans—there are times when it becomes obvious that a customer needs to consider upgrading their unit. Here are three of those biggest tell-tale signs:

Constant Mechanical Issues

Does your system seem to break down every year? You may have the best mechanics in the world, but the cost of constantly repairing your unit will eventually add up to what you would have spent on a brand new unit if you’d made the upgrade years ago.

Increased Energy Efficiency

If you can hear your rusty old unit starting up from inside the house, then you’re probably spending way too much money on your energy bills. When you invest in a new, energy-efficient HVAC unit, you’ll be amazed to see how your energy bills get lower each month! While there may be some initial sticker shock—and there my not be! See our next point—we almost always find that our customers are pleased to see how much money they save once they make an upgrade.

Affordability

Between Bryant Rebate Season and our flexible financing options, we always have a cost-lowering solution for our customers. We really believe in the Bryant products that we sell, and if it seems like the best option for your home, we may recommend that you make an upgrade. But we won’t stop there. We’ll make every effort to make sure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck! We’ll direct you towards the unit that should carry you through the next few decades.

If your unit is pointing you to any one of these reasons to upgrade, go ahead and give us a call. We’re ready to send one of our technicians to inspect your unit today!

Can Dirty Air Filters Cause A House Fire?

The simple answer? Yes.

It’s one of the main reasons that we constantly remind our customers to change their air filters. Dirty air filters not only negatively impact your home’s air quality, but they also inhibit your system’s ability to perform. If you’ve allowed your air filters to get severely clogged, you could be blocking air flow completely. This will result in your furnace working too hard—yes, even in the spring and summer months, your furnace works hard to keep your air cool—and can eventually cause system failure.

Even worse than system failure—which could cost you thousands in either repair or replacement costs—is an overheated motor. An overheated motor can start a domino effect of bad reactions. Does your furnace have faulty wiring? If so, the overheated motor (or a rise in voltage) could spark a fire. Are there flammable objects around your furnace? Those could also catch fire. Trust us—there are lots of opportunities for things to go terribly wrong, but that’s what our experts look out for on our regular maintenance visits.

Another way a fire could start? When your furnace is working hard to pull air through, the dirty air filter could eventually get sucked back into the system. When this happens, air flow is compromised and you’re at serious risk of a fire starting at the furnace level. And, bad news, the smoke from the fire will travel through your ventilation system quite easily.

We don’t mean to scare you. We only mean to remind you that your home is running on a sophisticated system, and that system needs to be maintained regularly. The cheapest and easiest way you can do that is to keep those air filters clean!

If you’d like a thorough inspection of your home’s unit, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re ready to send one of our technicians to your house today!

When is it time to call in the professionals?

Doesn’t it seem like your HVAC system always stops working right when you need it most? If that’s happened to you, you’ve probably done one of two things: Called an HVAC professional or headed to Home Depot to try to fix the problem yourself (we’d love to hear your stories, good or bad about DIY HVAC). There’s nothing wrong with being a do it yourself go-getter, and we encourage our clients to be knowledgeable of HVAC system maintenance so they can spot any major issues forming before they actually become major issues.

proSo If you find your system not working properly, check out the following items or call us!

  1. When did you last replace your filter? This is the easiest, most obvious, and most inexpensive step you can take if you feel like your HVAC system isn’t performing at peak efficiency. If your filter is stopped-up, it can decrease air flow and cause your system to shut off into ‘safe-mode’, which will continue to circulate air, but do nothing to alter the temperature.
  2. Is your thermostat accurate? If you aren’t sure, get a cheap thermostat and compare the readings. If not, calibrate your thermostat.  If your thermostat appears to be working, play with your temperature a little. Adjust it by 10 degrees and see if it actually cools off or heats up. If it does, you have an inefficiency issue.
  3. Have you blown a fuse? Sometimes the issue has nothing to do with the HVAC system. A blown fuse is most common during hot summer – peak usage- months. This fix could be as simple as resetting the fuse, but if the issue continues you’re looking at another inefficiency issue if your system keeps working too hard to heat or cool your home.

If that’s the case, it’s time to call in the professionals. Full-service HVAC companies, like BNG, are up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies for HVAC repair and maintenance, and regular maintenance for your HVAC systems is the key to preventing any of the issues above. Other than not having your system working exactly when you need it, if your HVAC system isn’t working efficiently, you’re wasting money and energy. If you’re worried about the cost of an HVAC professional, attempting to repair larger issues yourself could end up causing more damage (and you’d still have to call a professional anyway).

By all means, educate yourself about HVAC systems. It’s useful knowledge and can save you some time and trouble. But, if you feel at any point a DIY would be dangerous, or you’re getting in over your head, do not hesitate to call HVAC professionals, like us at BNG, to come take a look. With winter approaching and furnaces shaking off the dust after a long, hot summer, now is a good time to schedule your furnace maintenance and pick up a few tips from the pros.