Some homeowners will be ill-prepared to pay for emergency HVAC repair. Such an emergency can come when least expected and 25 percent of Americans have not allotted the savings needed to cover the costs of such a repair. With colder temperatures sweeping many parts of the United States, no one needs an issue with their HVAC system. So, it’s good to know what some signs are and what to look for when having problems with your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit.
What Are Some HVAC Emergencies?
HVAC home emergencies are at the top of the list in the HomeServe Biannual State of the Home Survey. The top HVAC problem is either an issue with the heating or air conditioning system. In such a situation, 1 in 5 homeowners are forced to repair or replace the HVAC system. This type of emergency is closely followed by plumbing issues. A significant number of American households also report problems with a water heater that resulted in repair or replacement.
Those who have to get a new HVAC system may be dishing out between $2,000 and $5,000, depending on which brand they will select. Homeowners getting a new furnace, electronic baseboard heaters or other components will likely be spending around $1,000, depending on the area. HVAC labor costs should be factored in and is generally the highest of the costs when it comes to repair or replacement.
When the weather warms up, homeowners generally turn to their AC units to keep them cool and comfortable. Homeowners trying to get ahead of their regularly scheduled maintenance may want to use the off-season to make necessary repairs. Common air conditioner problems include:
- Sensor problems
- Improper drainage
- Refrigerant leaks
- Electrical control failure
Faulty installation and not maintaining an HVAC unit can lead to these issues and more. An emergency can often be avoided with attention to the various components of a system throughout the year.
What Are Some Benefits of HVAC Repair?
Homeowners often have to contend with rising energy costs. Repairing or replacement of an HVAC system can make a home more energy efficient and reduce long-term heating and cooling costs. Homeowners may also take steps to lower their energy bills by regularly changing HVAC unit filters and making adjustments to the thermostat. Occupants of older homes may want to check the ductwork to see if there are ways to improve energy efficiency, as older, leaking ducts may allow for a 50 percent or more loss of energy. New programmable thermostats are now available and may be adjusted remotely via a smartphone. A contractor will be able to advise on the tips and technologies available that may be used to lower a homeowner’s energy bill.
Homeowners may want to budget for regular maintenance and repair of their HVAC. The national average for repairing a furnace is $284, while cleaning ducts and vents are priced around $364. Making a planned and scheduled appointment may reduce costs for a homeowner as an emergency visit is generally more expensive for the them.