Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning refer to the climate and control systems in your home or commercial property. The task of these systems is to move heated or cool filtered air throughout the building or home to keep you comfortable. Just about every structure in the US has some kind of climate-controlled system.
Any HVAC contractor is working in a business whose service technicians are tasked with installing, maintaining, and repairing those systems. You will need an HVAC contractor if your home or business has an air conditioner. Heat pump or furnace that needs any kind of repair, replacement, or routine maintenance.
Not every HVAC contractor has the same focus or skillset, so be careful who you are selecting. Check out their websites and do your research on their reviews and history before you call to book a service. HVAC contractors are trained in all three areas of Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation. Some technicians choose to narrow their focus on one or several of these three categories.
You may find in your research that some companies specialize in residential HVAC or commercial HVAC contracting. Different contractors might vary their services but all should be able to assist with maintenance, repair and installation. When it comes to installation you may find that some contractors only work with certain companies’ systems and will only be able to sell certain systems to you.
As stated above, HVAC contractors cover a wide range of things they can do for you, so lets break it down.
- Maintenance- This can cover inspection and maintenance services that focus on things like checking the pipes and tube joints for any leaking, testing thermostats, checking and refilling refrigerant levels, testing electric circuits, inspecting fans and motors, cleaning air ducts, troubleshooting various components for optimal efficiency or faults, or changing HVAC air filters.
- Repairs– They can repair work necessary when problems are discovered through a maintenance call or when a customer calls to report a problem. This part of the job can usually require installing, repairing, replacing specific faulty parts on heating or cooling systems to get the heat or air conditioning running again. This is where a majority of the attention is focused on the average HVAC contractor, as repairs are often on a more emergent basis. This happens particularly in the cold of the winter or the extreme heat of the summer.
- Installation- The installation tasks include surveying/inspecting the current system and set up, taking measurements to ensure a new system is a proper size and capacity for the home; carefully de-installing the existing system, being careful to minimize the disturbance of comfort for the occupants of the home or office; connect the new units, which can involve installing ductwork, wiring, tubing, pipes, or electrical supply lines; and a final check after installation to ensure the job is completed and the system is safe and ready for the homeowners to use.
HVAC technicians have a fairly complicated job and it can vary significantly from one place to the next. It is an important role in today’s society and oftentimes goes unnoticed until you need them. The end goal of an HVAC contractor is to get your system running as quickly and smoothly as possible and restore the environmental comfort of your home or office.