Do You Know How to Hire an AC Contractor?
It is the hottest day of the summer and now your air conditioner breaks. It makes sense that you raid conditioner would never break in the winter, but when the temperatures are pushing 100 and the humidity is over 90% is not the time you want to be looking to hire an air conditioning repair person. But hire you must.
If you are faced with the emergency of having to hire an ac contractor with little or no time you still need to think through the process. While a quick internet search may be of some help you need to remember that some of the listings may offer commercial air conditioning repair, but not residential ac repair. With two-thirds of the homes in the U.S. air conditioned, however, it will come as no surprise that plenty of people are in the air conditioning repair business.
The good news is that if you are forced to hire an ac contractor the best air conditioners made and installed today use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling comfort as air conditioning units built in the mid 1970s. This means that if your air conditioner is over 30 years old–first of all you are very lucky, most HVAC units last an average of 12 years– you will begin to earn back some of your costs in lower electrical bills because you now have a more efficient system.
Many of the companies that you work with will, after the repairs have been made, talk to you about how to do ac maintenance, and they may even ask you to create an ac maintenance plans to avoid future emergencies. If you have to hire an ac contractor you need to be prepared for these kinds of questions. Do not think that just because they are asking about future maintenance that they are trying to rip you off. Your home and many other in this country could benefit from a scheduled maintenance HVAC program. Currently,only 42% of homes using central air conditioners
service it even once a year. A scheduled and budgeted maintenance contract will not eliminate all future costs, but some go so far as to eliminate charged service hours.
While having to hire an ac contractor on the hottest day of the summer is never a good thing, it might help you more predictably schedule and maintain your finances and your home’s HVAC system.