Many people simply ignore HVAC system problems until it is too late. When that happens, repairs will suddenly be extremely important. Finding the right contractor to install a new heating or cooling unit, or to fix an existing unit, can be difficult — the tips here are designed to ensure you have no issues with the process.

When you call an HVAC tech for help, you may be able to figure out what you need them to do before calling. It can be hard for a contractor to give you a price estimate over the phone if they have not seen your current system. It’s helpful to know how to describe any issues that crop up. Make an effort to gather all information you need before making the phone call.


TIP! Check out the system that you have before you call a professional. Get information on the make and model, plus if you have information on the history of maintenance, that will help, too.


Many homeowners forget to oil their condenser at least once per year, but it is required for your HVAC system’s efficiency. These ports are typically covered with caps made of metal or rubber. Choose an oil graded SAE-20, it is non-detergent and lightweight. Place about 10 drops into each of the ports, taking care that it does not overfill. Of course, you can hire an HVAC expert to help with routine maintenance.

You want to put the outdoor compressor device in a shaded area. The cooler air entering the unit will require less work to get to the proper temperature.


TIP! If your HVAC is giving you problems, tour your home before calling a technician. Pay attention to which areas of the house are warm and which ones are cool.


Seasonal System Checks

Have the HVAC system checked twice a year at the least. The best times to have the system checked is spring and fall, so you are sure everything is running at peak performance before the heating and cooling seasons. Even if everything seems okay, it doesn’t hurt to check things out.

In order to keep energy costs down, make sure heating and cooling systems are serviced at least once per year. During the visit, the contractor will oil parts, inspect the motor and the freon levels. Small problems can occur in any of these areas and lead to serious issues if ignored for too long.

To help you pick a good HVAC contractor, carefully search for information that offers honest reviews about the companies that you might be looking to hire. Look at review sites and check with the BBB — you’ll make a better decision on the HVAC company that’s best for you.


TIP! Know what work you want done before you select an HVAC contractor. This is necessary so that they can give you a quote before doing any work.

If your existing system needs to be replaced or repaired, you now know what to avoid and what you should look for. Use these tips to ensure that your HVAC system is running as it should, and when your system fails, don’t forget to give the experts here at JDL HVAC a call! We proudly provide service throughout Odenton, Laurel, Severna Park and the surrounding area.