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Regular Maintenance Helps Keep Heating and Cooling Units Functioning Longer

Your heating and/or cooling unit plays a very important role in the comfort of your home. The quick changes in weather and the anticipated shifts in seasons can have serious effects on your health and comfort. This equipment provides you a way of adjusting to seasonal changes comfortably.

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Make Sure Your Myrtle Beach HVAC System Is In Perfect Comfort Shape

Weather conditions can change drastically during any time of the year. While some areas might receive less cold weather, others will receive the worst of colder conditions. This is why you should always have your Myrtle Beach HVAC system in excellent shape to keep the family warm when colder weather prevails.

Heat And Air Technician Checklist during a Service Call

Get your Myrtle Beach HVAC system in excellent shape to keep the family warm this winter.

You should leave it to the professionals at Brown & Reaves Services, Inc., to perform a variety of procedures to determine if your Myrtle Beach HVAC system is functioning correctly. A heat pump only requires yearly maintenance. Your service technician will check the belts to see if they are worn out or need replacement. He will replace the filters if they are extremely dirty. All moving parts will be oiled and wiring inspected for any burned or frayed exterior surfaces.

Furnace filters should be changed every two months for a gas-fired furnace. The technician will replace them as part of his maintenance and will show you how to change them. He will inspect the flue and clean it. Part of the maintenance call involves checking the air duct system to make sure it is functioning as installed.

For an oil-fired burner, the technician will change the fuel filter and clean the flue, along with cleaning and adjusting the fuel jets. Any parts of all types of furnaces will be replaced if they aren’t functioning as intended. If a furnace can’t be repaired for your Myrtle Beach HVAC system, your heating pros will always recommend replacement with an energy efficient system.

Purchasing A New Heat System

If your present furnace is more than 20 years old, consider opting for a new energy efficient unit. The majority of heating and air contractors specialize in the installation of new furnaces. Make sure the company you choose has the professionals that can do the job satisfactorily.

You will want a Myrtle Beach HVAC system that can perform at least to the one being removed from the home. With continued technological advances in central heating appliances, most of them outperform their original counterparts.

Call Brown and Reaves Services today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form to schedule a service call to make sure your Myrtle Beach HVAC system is ready for the winter months.

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Regular Filter Replacement Helps Maintain Your HVAC System

One of the best things a homeowner can do to keep their HVAC system running efficiently is to change the heat pump filters regularly. This can extend the life of the system while providing healthy indoor air and energy saving costs at the same time.

Extend the Life of the Heat Pump

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HVAC Maintenance Tips for Myrtle Beach Homes

Heating and cooling amounts to almost half of your annual utility costs. Here in the South, the AC system is running constantly for a great part of the year. Proper HVAC maintenance will make your home more energy efficient and cut down on that electric bill, which is why it should be a priority for every Myrtle Beach homeowner.

HVAC Maintenance Musts

You should schedule an annual HVAC maintenance checkup with a local professional. A certified pro will inspect the wiring and mechanisms of your unit making sure everything works at its highest efficiency.

HVAC Maintenance begins with making sure you change your air filter

Your HVAC technician will also ask how long ago you changed your air filters. During very cold and very hot weather your AC system is working the hardest. Dust and dirt get through your home’s air intakes and get trapped by the filter. In the summer and winter, you should change your filter every month to make sure the air inside your house is clean and safe. Due to very comfortable temperatures, fall in Myrtle Beach is the time of a year when you could change air filters every 3 months.

Duct maintenance is crucial to prevent heated or cooled air from escaping. Examine the ducts in your house (or ask a professional to do it)  for peeling duct tape or loose fittings around seams. According to Energy.gov, sealing the ducts can save you up to 20% in energy costs.

You can cut an estimated 15% off of your utility bill by installing a programmable thermostat. With this kind of device you can create a heating and cooling schedule depending on whether you’re awake, asleep or out of the house.

If you’re looking for a professional to conduct your HVAC maintenance in Myrtle Beach, contact Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. using our convenient form or call us today at 843-497-9867.

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Home Inspection of the HVAC System

Are you planning to buy a home in the beautiful Myrtle Beach area? Looking at our local housing market in the fall is a wonderful experience because of the pleasant weather. There is no need to use AC in a house. However, with no AC running how can you be sure the HVAC system works properly? Before you purchase a house you should most definitely consider a home inspection of the HVAC system at the property.

It should be noted: a typical home inspection, generally recommended for anyone buying a home, does not usually cover a thorough home inspection of the HVAC system. This requires a separate inspection by a trained HVAC Inspector.

Without a properly working air conditioning system in a house, summers in Myrtle Beach may be unbearable. HVAC systems are also the home’s largest consumer of energy so a thorough HVAC inspection could save you money in the long run.

Home Inspection of the HVAC System – Steps Involved

A checklist of items when getting a home inspection of the HVAC system for a home.

A professional performing a detailed home inspection of the HVAC system will most certainly start with the thermostat, checking all of its functions.

Then he will check for loose electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. While at it, he will listen for any squeaks and noises when manually examining moving parts.

Next, he will inspect the condensate drain checking for clogs. Too much condensation buildup causes rust to form on internal parts. A clogged drain may cause mold growth and affect indoor humidity levels.

Air filters should be cleaned or replaced every 90 days. Chances are you may need to purchase new air filters should you decide to buy a property.

A home inspection of the HVAC system should also include checking for gas connections if a house uses gas. A professional inspector will smell for gas leaks near all gas fittings and inspect heat exchangers and burners for cracks.

When the inspection is finished you get a report with a clear description of any issues.

Even if a home inspection doesn’t reveal any major issues we strongly advise to have your HVAC system maintained and cleaned frequently by a professional.

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Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor

Choosing the right HVAC contractor is more important than most people realize.

Here are some tips for helping you choose the right HVAC contractor to service your heating or air conditioning unit

Most of us couldn’t imagine what life would be like without our heating and air conditioning units. This is especially true during the worst of summer and winter when temperatures can make life practically unbearable if you don’t have the help of an air conditioning or heating unit working to make things comfortable. That’s why, if yours suffers any problems or you simply need to have it inspected, you don’t want to waste any time or money on an HVAC contractor who won’t do the best job possible. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to make this process a simple one.

Ask Around

This is probably the easiest way to get a short list of excellent HVAC contractors in your area. Whether you need heating or air conditioning installation, repairs or inspections, no advertisement is better than someone you trust reporting that they had a good experience with the HVAC contractor they used.

Go Online

If you don’t know enough people who have used heating and air conditioning contractors, you’re far from out of luck. Go online and take advantage of the countless review sites out there. Obviously, you don’t know the people leaving the reviews, so take each with a grain of salt.

Ensure They’re Licensed

The necessary credentials will differ by state, but every HVAC contractor who wants to work on your heating or air conditioning unit has to be certified and licensed to work. If they’re not, don’t bother, even if you’re offered a discount to ignore this issue. For one thing, it doesn’t say much for their professionalism if they won’t even take the time to get the proper credentials necessary to work legally. However, it may also reflect that they’re out of the loop in terms of best practices in the industry.

On this same note, never let anyone on your property until they’ve proven they’re insured. Otherwise, if they get hurt or break something, you could be the one held responsible.

Confirm They Know Your Make and Model

Finding the right HVAC contractor means asking about which makes and models a serviceman has experience with. Just like not all mechanics are experienced with working on certain cars, many repairmen simply may not know the type of HVAC system you rely on. Always go with those who have trained on and/or worked on your specific type of unit.

Always Get Estimates

Always get a quote before allowing anyone to work on your unit or install one for you. Preferably, you want it in writing so there’s no confusion later.

When you need heating or air conditioning installation, a serviceman will generally visit your home to take a look at what the process will entail prior to providing you a quote. However, you should expect the same kind of service when you simply want heating or air conditioning service on a preexisting unit. Until they see your unit, don’t take any quotes seriously.

Don’t put off repairs, inspections or installation a minute longer. Using the above advice, get the contractor you need today.

All of the heating and air conditioning contractors at Brown & Reaves Services, Inc., are committed to help our customers maximize the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their heating and cooling equipment. If you’re looking for an HVAC contractor in the Grand Strand area, we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all your heating and cooling emergencies. Simply call us at (843) 497-9867. We’d welcome an opportunity to serve you.

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