Any heating repair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about your system. While the HVAC technician is at your house, they can provide you with all sorts of helpful advice. After a heating repair, your first priority is probably going to be enjoying your toasty, warm air. However, don’t forget to ask your technician these important questions.
What Was the Cause of the Problem?
One of the most important questions is simply asking what went wrong. You might not really care about the reason as long as your heater is working again. However, it’s still important to ask. Talking to your technician about the cause does more than just satisfy your curiosity. It also gives you a lot of insight into the state of your heating system. You can learn whether it happened due to manufacturer defects, general wear and tear, or other issues. When you know the cause of the problem, you can take steps to prepare for it again in the future or keep it from happening again. Learning about the cause of the problem can also help you see if there is a warranty in place for the issue.
What’s Your Payment Process Like?
Of course, a good technician will get you to approve the cost of repairs before doing anything, but there are still some things to ask after the repair. If you are paying upfront, remember to ask for a receipt. When paying in installments, take the time to learn how long you have to pay and what forms of payment the company will accept. Check to see if the company puts a warranty on their repairs, and see about any special promotions. You might be able to get a special deal for maintenance or other future service visits after your repairs.
How Did You Fix the Issue?
Usually, a heater repair technician will go over their proposed plan before they even start working on your system. However, do not be afraid to ask them for details after they finish the repairs. Even if the words might sound a little too technical, they still tell you a lot about your HVAC system. A good technician should be dedicated to educating their clients. They should be happy to explain what they were doing so that you can be confident that the problem is truly fixed.
Is This a Repair I Could Do Myself?
In some cases, your heater problem might be a frequent issue that’s likely to pop up again. Take the time to ask your technician if the repair is DIY-friendly. With their professional expertise, they know whether a job requires specialized knowledge and tools. For example, many homeowners can learn how to relight their own pilot light with just a little know-how. Your technician can let you know whether it is worth trying yourself or if you should just go ahead and give them a call when the issue happens again. Depending on how busy the technician is, they might even be willing to give you a few tips.
How Long Will Your Fix Last?
Sometimes, a heating repair is just a short-term fix. For example, if the technician cannot solve the problem until the part comes in, they might make a quick adjustment that will at least give you some warmth for the upcoming weeks. Your repair might also be a short-term solution if your system is old and will be replaced soon. Knowing how long your repair will last can help you make plans for the future. You can figure out whether you should be budgeting for a new system soon or expecting more repairs in a little while.
Are There Any Warning Signs I Should Look Out For?
If your system is likely to run into issues again soon, make sure the technician gives you some tips for what to look out for. Ask about what is likely to break first and what it will look like when the system breaks. This can help avoid confusion later on. Instead of wondering whether the weird smell or annoying noise is really that bad, you’ll know you should instantly call your HVAC company. Asking this question also helps you identify less noticeable problems that would otherwise just quietly cause problems in the background for months. This makes it easier to address issues that could increase your utility bill or damage your whole system.
How Can I Keep This From Happening Again?
After any big repair, one of your main priorities should be prevention. It is rare for an HVAC problem to happen spontaneously. Instead, it most frequently happens due to poor installation, infrequent maintenance, or other types of errors. Your HVAC technician can help give you tips on how to keep the issue from arising again. For example, a simple habit like changing your furnace filter regularly can keep your system from acting up again in the future.
Is My Heater in Good Shape for Its Age?
A heating repair is not the same as a full system inspection. However, the technician will still go over your system and take a close look at how it’s running during the repair. This can give them a lot of insight into how your heater is doing. You can ask them about the condition of your heater to learn whether it will need to be replaced soon. The technician can also let you know if there are any other fixes or little adjustments you should do. When asking about the overall condition of your HVAC system, be sure to bring up the ductwork too. Some technicians might not automatically discuss it when talking about your heater, but it has a big impact on your system’s efficiency. All this information can help you extend your system’s life or go ahead and start planning for your next heater.
When Does My Unit Need More Maintenance?
Even if you’re already on a regular HVAC maintenance schedule, repairs can confuse things. Some people make the mistake of assuming that their repair counts as maintenance even though the technician might have skipped essential maintenance steps like cleaning the coils. Make sure to ask the technician when to schedule your next maintenance. There is a chance that they went ahead and maintained the system, so you might be able to wait a full six months until the next necessary appointment. However, they might advise you to keep on with your regular maintenance schedule instead. That is also a good opportunity to find out about the HVAC company’s maintenance plans or cost-saving promotions.
If you need any heating repairs, turn to Level 9 Heating & Cooling. We’re always happy to answer any of our customers’ questions, so you can stay informed about your heating system. In addition to heating repairs, we also help with installations and maintenance on all sorts of heating and air conditioning systems. We serve Washington, St. Louis, and many surrounding areas and offer 24/7 emergency services. Give us a call today to schedule your service appointment.