Heating and Cooling FAQs for New Homeowners

Most homeowners have an air conditioner and a furnace/boiler installed in their homes to help with maintaining a comfortable environment for their families. These appliances are complex, and we realize that you may have some questions about the systems.

Below are some FAQs about heating and cooling appliances.

Q: How expensive is a new air conditioner or furnace/boiler?
A: The price of a new heating or cooling system depends on a variety of factors, including the brand, the size of the unit, and whether or not new ductwork will need to be installed to replace existing materials that are worn out. Additionally, you will need to factor in the costs associated with the delivery and installation of the unit by a professional.

Q: What are some of the common warning signs of a problem with an air conditioner?
A: Homeowners who have had repairs to their cooling system will often report the following issues: unit is making strange noises when running, puddles are seen forming around the base of the outdoor unit, the air conditioner isn’t coming on at all or comes on and shuts off randomly, or the unit just isn’t cooling the home in all rooms or on all levels like it once did.

Q: What are some of the common warning signs of a problem with a furnace or boiler?
A: You will know that you likely have a problem if you notice any of the following in your home: unit doesn’t come on at all when adjusting the thermostat to a warmer temperature, unit is making loud bangs or clicking sounds when running, or the home just doesn’t feel as warm as it should – even with the unit running normally.

Q: What size air conditioner or furnace/boiler do I need for my home?
A: This is something that is better left to the professionals to determine. There are many factors that go into choosing the right size heating or cooling unit, and you will want to be sure that you have the proper size installed. If the unit is too big or small, it could cause a lot of issues with inefficiency, and the unit may wear out or break down long before it is supposed to.

Q: Is regular maintenance recommended for my heating and cooling systems?
A: Yes! It is recommended that you have a yearly inspection performed on both your air conditioner and your furnace/boiler. During a maintenance check, professionals will be able to clean the system and rid it of built-up dirt and dust. Also, during the appointment, the technicians are sometimes able to detect potential problems early on and get them taken care of before the appliance experiences a total breakdown.

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