3 Signs It’s Time to Find a New HVAC Company

Many homeowners do not start looking for an HVAC company until they experience problems with their current system. When your air conditioner or heater breaks down, you may be tempted to hire the first HVAC company that can send an HVAC technician to your home. However, this can leave you with a less than stellar customer service experience, not to mention a dishonest company may overcharge you or charge you for repairs that you don’t need. If you are unhappy with or unsure about your current HVAC provider, here are a few signs that it may be time to find a new HVAC company:

  1. Your HVAC system appears to be having the same issues over and over again.

Your HVAC unit started making noises or your system just wasn’t running as efficiently as it used to, so you finally break down and call in a professional. The HVAC technician appeared to fix the problem, and after shelling out some cash, you finally have your air conditioner or heater back up and running. At least for awhile… Then you start to notice the same problem is still occurring after just a few days. The technician returns to fix the problem, but again, you find the same problem days later.

This may be a sign that your HVAC technician has not properly diagnosed the problem or he or she is just applying a temporary fix. Whether this is due to the technician’s lack of experience or the fact that they may be trying to scam you, repeat service visits can really start to cost you. If you find that the same problem keeps occurring with your system, this may be a sign that it is time to get a second opinion. Try working with another company who may have more experienced technicians.

  1. Your HVAC company doesn’t explain your repair needs or answer your questions.

Many homeowners prefer to leave the handy work to the experts. However, when it comes to investing in home improvement, it is important that homeowners understand what they are paying for when they call in the professionals. Your HVAC technician should offer to explain any necessary repairs to you. This is important not only for transparency but also a way to educate the homeowner on how their system works.

If your current HVAC company doesn’t offer to explain the repairs that need to be done or if they are unable to answer your HVAC questions, this is a sign that you should probably look elsewhere for services. A reputable HVAC company with experienced technicians should always be able to explain what services or parts you need and answer any questions you have about your current HVAC system.

  1. Your HVAC contractor is not licensed.

It happens to the best of us. Someone recommends a long, lost cousin or friend of the family to help with your broken down AC, and you neglect to check their credentials. Next thing you know, what might have been a simple fix becomes an expensive mess. Even if this recommended HVAC tech appears to know what they’re doing and offer you a great deal, a non-licensed contractor can end up costing you far more in the end.

Always check to make sure that you check to ensure that the HVAC company is licensed. This shows that they have the knowledge and experience to earn their industry license and helps offer some assurance that the job will be done properly.

If you’re ready for a new HVAC company, $25 Dollar Heating & Plumbing is ready to step in and make sure your home comfort needs are taken care of. Contact us today for more information.

Is There Asbestos in My Home?

In the 20th century, asbestos was a popular material for home builders. It has excellent insulating properties, and it’s naturally fire retardant. Unfortunately, it’s also rather dangerous. So much so that it’s been banned in more than 50 countries around the world. For homeowners, it can be pretty stressful to consider. So how do you know when you should be concerned?

The Health Consequences of Asbestos

To understand why it’s dangerous, you must realize the consequences of asbestos exposure. When the fibers enter your lungs, they can embed within the tissue. The damage results in large amounts of scarring and eventually tumors. Asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer can all be caused by the material.

Asbestosis is an inflammation. It affects the tissues of the lungs so strongly that the swelling can result in continual shortness of breath along with coughing and pain. Mesothelioma, on the other hand, is a type of lung cancer. Your lungs are surrounded by a special membrane that keeps them safe and controls input and output for the cells. The membrane is affected by this kind of cancer, depleting the lungs’ condition. Over 100,000 people are killed by these diseases annually.

Gauging The Risk of Asbestos in Your Home

Homes built prior to the 1980s will likely contain asbestos in some form. Many building materials included it, and you may be surprised to know that it could be lurking in your:

•    Ductwork (many old systems feature white tape holding portions together; this fabric is most often found on metal ducts)

•    Floor and ceiling tiles

•    Insulation

•    Roofing and siding

•    Paint

Even if you’ve got examples of each of these, does that mean you’re automatically at risk? Actually, it doesn’t. There is a small chance that even brief exposures could have consequences, but it’s not very likely. Those who are afflicted with one of the big three diseases almost always have extended records of exposure. The most prominent source to blame is asbestos mines and mills. Workers within the facility as well as those in charge of transportation, received the greatest about of exposure. Other industries were affected too, however. Any product that contained asbestos, such as automobiles and ships, exposed workers to contamination.

Even if they weren’t involved directly, people could still be impacted from afar. When family members worked with the substance, they often endangered everyone in the household by unknowingly dispersing fibers from their clothes and hair. Those living near mines or mills faced lots of exposure too.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that everyone will come in contact at some point, and the majority of people are unaffected. Continuous exposure at high levels is what creates the conditions for disaster.

Just in case…

If a suspicious material has you worried, don’t be afraid to call the professionals just in case. At $25 Plumbing, we also specialize in heating and air conditioning. Since old ductwork is the most common source of asbestos in American homes, we have the knowledge you need to keep your family safe. We’re more than happy to replace your outdated system with modern, efficient, and asbestos-free materials.

Stop Mold Growth in Your Business HVAC System

The family of fungi known as mold can seriously damage the quality of indoor air if they establish a foothold and start multiplying. Regrettably, commercial buildings, with their complex HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems, can easily provide near-ideal conditions for the growth and spread of mold. If you own or manage a business, you can take some important steps to help keep your HVAC system mold-free.

Why Is Mold So Bad for Indoor Air?

Mold gains a footing and multiplies whenever it can take advantage of three supporting factors: warmth, dampness and relatively high humidity. During its spread, it shoots out particles known as spores, which can build up to fairly high concentrations in an indoor environment like an office building or commercial property. While some people don’t react badly to the presence of mold, others develop a range of symptoms, which can include eye irritation, breathing difficulties and congestion. In a person with a serious mold allergy or a damaged respiratory system, these symptoms can grow extreme enough to pose a genuine threat to health and well-being.

Commercial HVAC Systems and Mold Infiltration

During warmer parts of the year, the HVAC systems in commercial buildings often provide favorable conditions for the growth and spread of mold. That’s true, in part, because these systems typically contain a number of moisture-rich localized environments. Unfortunately, due to the complexity of commercial HVAC setups, it can be difficult to isolate the presence of mold in specific system components. In addition, mold infiltration can occur in out-of-the-way components that don’t provide easy access for cleanup.

Stopping Growth in Your System

The only way to ensure that your customers and employees don’t suffer from HVAC-related mold exposure is to stop mold from spreading in your system in the first place. This takes diligence in the form of regular, thorough inspections of each susceptible part of your HVAC setup, It also takes a conscious, ongoing determination to keep your system in peak working condition throughout the year. As a rule, it takes an HVAC specialist familiar with commercial units to conduct a proper inspection and perform all required system maintenance.

If you need to stop an active case of mold in your business’ HVAC system, it’s best to call a professional service that employs technicians trained in the proper cleanup and correction of mold infiltrations. Qualified technicians will know how to prevent the further spread of mold while disinfecting all affected system components, removing all contaminated materials and using treatments designed to reduce the chances of future mold growth.

For assistance with mold prevention or suspected mold growth at your place of business, be sure to give us a call. Keep reading the pages of this blog for more tips on ways to keep your commercial HVAC system running smoothly.