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Save Money with Right HVAC Unit

Who doesn’t love saving money? As one of the most critical and expensive components of household living, your HVAC system is also a place where you can save money if you make a few smart moves.

Is Bigger Better?

Because it will struggle to heat or cool your home, an inadequate HVAC unit can drive up cost. Conversely, a unit that is too large will constantly cycle on and off. This is hard on the unit as well as being inefficient. We recommend that, based on your square footage, you don’t go more than:

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  • 15% over your recommended BTU for air conditioning.
  • 40% over your recommended BTUs for heating.
  • 25% over your recommended combined BTUs for a heat pump.

The Right System

HVAC systems usually consist of a separate furnace and air conditioner, or a heat pump, which combines the two. A heat pump might be your only option if your home is all-electric. Lots of folks with available natural gas or propane still choose heat pumps because of their one-unit simplicity. Heat pumps may cost more per month to run since electricity is usually more expensive than other fuels. It can be even more expensive and inefficient to run a heat pump if you live in climate zones extreme winter or summer temperatures.

Manage That Thermostat

Keeping a consistent temperature throughout the year can bring big savings. For example, you can create 3% savings for every degree over 72 that you set your air conditioner. A smart thermostat can allow you to manage temperature from anywhere and set up automatic settings that are highly efficient.No matter what you buy, or what you already own, we also offer a Planned Maintenance Agreement (PMA) to keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency. For a minimal investment, we can come to your home twice each year. We will clean filters and burners, check coils, motors, amperage, and all other components of your system. You gain peace of mind and lower energy bills. We also give PMA customers a 10% discount on repairs, priority status and never charge them overtime for nights and weekends. Don’t forget that we also offer a wide range of home maintenance and repairs, including home inspection repairs, plumbing, and electrical services! Call the pros at PECO at  864-639-2424 or visit us online to schedule an appointment today. 

Generators: The Answer to Your Power Woes

You’re settled in at home during a stormy night, and suddenly, the power goes out. As you slowly make your way to where you’ve stashed a flashlight, you stub your toe on the corner of a chair. Then, as you finally drag your flashlight out of the drawer, you discover the batteries are dead…

At this point, you might be wishing you had a generator!

Power outages can last hours, days, and even weeks. An outage can force you to go into emergency mode, making it necessary to navigate your home in the dark and figure out creative ways to keep your home warm and your food from spoiling. If you rely on well water, your ability to have fresh, filtered water for drinking, bathing, or heating your house will also be affected. Beyond being inconvenient, power outages can be costly, as anyone who’s lost an entire refrigerator of food can tell you! It’s even worse when it affects your business. For those who rely on electricity to power critical medical equipment, like dialysis machines or oxygen, a power outage can be dangerous.

Having a generator will ensure that you’ll stay comfortable and safe when the power goes out. There are two popular types of generators, and each one has its benefits. When deciding between a portable or whole-home generator, it’s important to consider your power needs. Do you want to keep your entire house up and running? Or are you more concerned with keeping only a few vital electrical devices are powered?

Whole-Home Generators

A whole-home generator (also called a standby generator) is permanently installed on the outside of your home, like a central air conditioning unit. They’re powered by your existing gas or liquid propane fuel supply, so there’s never a need to refuel them manually. A whole-home generator acts like your own personal electrical power source, delivering power directly to your home’s electrical system 24/7. Within just a few seconds of a power outage, the generator will automatically start up and restore your power. This is especially convenient because you don’t have to be home to restore power to your house. Once the power returns, the generator will automatically shut itself off.

Whole-home generators can back up your entire home or only essential equipment. They can be operated safely during any weather conditions and protect your home from dangerous voltage fluctuations when the power is restored. Since this type of generator ties into your electrical system, it must be professionally installed. However, unlike a portable generator, you don’t have to worry about dragging a unit outside or running extension cords through your home. As a bonus, installing a whole-home generator adds value to your home.

We’ve installed many whole-home generators and have found Generac to be reliable, high-quality, and affordable generators that fully meet our customers’ energy needs. They offer generators starting at 7.5kW up to 150kW. All models come with Mobile Link Remote Monitoring, which allows you to monitor your generator from anywhere in the world through your mobile device. Generac engines were developed specifically for generators and are designed to provide approximately 3,000 hours of use. With typical use and maintenance, they can last over 15 years, so they’re a great investment. Once the generator is installed, there’s nothing for you to do except schedule yearly maintenance.

Portable Generators

Portable generators are intended as a backup power supply for power outages. They’re a self-contained unit that can be moved, which makes them a convenient option, particularly for people who are renting rather than owning a house. Portable generators cost less than whole-house generators, but they come with limitations. Unlike whole-home generators, they provide limited power and are best used to keep crucial electrical equipment powered, such as lights, refrigerators, or medical equipment.

Portable generators typically operate on gasoline or propane; some models operate on solar power. They must be manually refilled periodically to run and require you to have separate fuel storage. Since gas-powered generators produce carbon monoxide, they shouldn’t be operated in an enclosed area or near windows or doors. A rule of thumb is to keep your portable generator at least 15 feet away from your house. Some models are designed to provide power for up to eight hours, while others are designed to provide days of power. Despite this, it’s not a good idea to keep portable generators running continuously for an extended period of time.

Another consideration with portable generators is that you must be home to use it. So, if you leave for vacation and an extended power outage occurs, you may come home to some surprises – like a fridge full of spoiled food or a flooded basement from a failed sump pump. Portable generators can also be noisy, so depending on where you live, there may be limited hours you’ll be able to use it. They also should not be used in the rain, which could limit use.

Which to Choose?

As we mentioned, the type of generator you choose mainly comes down to use. If you’d like a no-hassle system that automatically turns on and off and can power your entire house, a whole-home generator is the best choice. If you only want to power a few things in your home for a period of time, then a portable generator would probably be sufficient.

At PECO Heating and Cooling, we know generators! With years of experience installing, repairing, and servicing generators, we can help you select one that will fully meet your energy needs. We can also keep it maintained so that it’s always in perfect working order. Contact your Home Service Heroes at PECO today by calling 864-639-2424 or fill out our online form.

Choosing the Right Size HVAC System for Your Home

If you’ve ever looked on the internet for tips on choosing the right size HVAC system for your home, you know it can be confusing! Often there are a number of different calculations and formulas – but how do you know which is the correct one to use? It is best to have an HVAC specialist visit your home as we have found those formulas or calculations can’t take into account your lifestyle and the TRUE energy efficiency in your home.   We have used the Manual J calculation and there are limitations to the software.  Many times we have found it to undersize the appropriate tonnage for a home. 

Some clients enjoy their homes icy cold while others like a typical 72 degrees for summer and the same for winter. Older clients have different needs than those with families and active lifestyles.   Some homes have vaulted ceilings and large windows; ductwork is under or oversized…parameters manual J can’t calculate.

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Can’t You Just Use Square Footage to Choose an HVAC unit?

While there are certain charts out there that will give you a general idea of the best HVAC size, they’re based only on square footage and don’t take the other variables addressed by the Manual J calculation into account. If you were to compare two homes with the same square footage, one may have less energy-efficient windows, more people living in the home, and older insulation – factors which could significantly alter the BTU recommendations. Even though the homes are the same size, they could have completely different energy needs.

A reputable HVAC company will take all these things into consideration, look at your existing system, lifestyle, home age, etc and make suggestions for energy efficiency (i.e. attic insulation), air filtration and more.  Changing any of these parameters can help you save energy passively and perhaps reduce the required tonnage of your system.

Still having trouble deciding which size HVAC system is right for you? Give us a call, and one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians can help you choose the perfect system for your home.

How to Decide Whether to Replace or Repair Your HVAC System

How to Decide Whether to Replace or Repair Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system is malfunctioning; how do you know whether it’s worth repairing or if it should be replaced altogether? While we can certainly give recommendations when we take a look at your HVAC system, here are a few guidelines you can keep in mind to determine which choice is right for you.

It’s Worth the Cost of Repairs if:

  • If your system is less than 10 years old. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that the typical HVAC system is expected to last about 10-15 years. If your unit is less than 10 years old does or does not have manufacturer’s parts warranty, it’s most likely more cost-efficient to have it repaired. Over 10 years old? You’ll most likely want to have it replaced to save on repeated service calls.
  • Your ductwork is the issue. Many times, issues with your HVAC system can be caused by problems with your ducts. It’s estimated that about 10-30% of your HVAC system’s air leaks out before it reaches the interior of your home, so having your ducts checked for any leaks or gaps can save you money on energy costs and help your system run more efficiently.
  • You’ve had regular maintenance performed on your HVAC unit. If you’ve kept up with regular maintenance on your HVAC system, this can reduce demand service calls and save on your power bill monthly. Regularly cleaning the unit of dust, pollen, animal hair, dirt, and debris should ensure that your unit doesn’t fail before it’s time. We recommend having your HVAC system serviced twice a year; spring and fall are a great time to get your system ready for your heavier heating and cooling needs during the summer and winter months.

It’s Worth the Cost of Replacing if:

  • Your unit is over 10 – 15 years old. As mentioned above, at this age, your unit is nearing the end of its lifespan, and that means the chances of it having repeated need for repairs goes up. As the components in your HVAC begin to age and malfunction, it’s generally cheaper to simply replace the entire unit than to pay for repairs every season.
  • You notice higher energy bills when you use your HVAC. As HVAC units age, they become less energy efficient and must work harder to keep your home heated and cooled. If you notice that your energy bills have been rising, it may be worth replacing your older unit entirely.
  • Your HVAC system isn’t keeping your home comfortable. If your system isn’t able to keep up with the demands of your home and you’re continuously noticing that rooms aren’t as comfortable as they should be, it may be time to replace your HVAC unit.

Are you still having trouble deciding whether you need a repair or replacement? You can do a quick calculation to see what would be more cost-effective. Contact us for an estimate for HVAC repair, and then multiply that number by the age of your system in years. Then, check that price against the price of a new unit. If it’s more than the cost of a new unit, then it’s best to replace it. If it’s less, and the system is under 10 years old, it’s probably best to repair it. If you’re still unsure, our skilled technicians can provide expert advice on whether your unit should be replaced versus repaired. Give us a call and we’ll come out and take a look!

Lennox Sponsors HGTV’s 2019 Smart Home!

We regularly work with Lennox smart home products, so we’re very excited to see that Lennox is sponsoring HGTV’s 2019 Smart Home in the Dallas suburb of Roanoke TX! Using some of the most innovative smart technology, HGTV’s smart home showcases how automated HVAC systems can deliver unsurpassed comfort and convenience. Learn more about some of the high-quality HVAC products used in the home below!

XC25 Air Conditioner

The XC25 is one of the finest air conditioning units that Lennox makes. It’s incredibly energy efficient and has been designated as one of the most efficient Energy Star certified products of 2019 with an efficiency rating of up to 26.00 SEER, allowing you save hundreds of dollars on electricity costs yearly. The XC25 can easily be combined with solar roof modules for even more drastic cuts to your utility bill. As a nice addition, it also has SilentComfort technology that reduces sound levels to 50% quieter than that of a standard air conditioner.

SLP98V Gas Furnace

The SLP98V has Precise Comfort technology that allows it to keep the temperature distributed evenly throughout your home at the exact temperature you like. Say goodbye to cold spots around the home! It has an industry-leading energy efficiency of up to 98.7% AFUE, as has also been named one of Energy Star’s most efficient products of 2019. Like the XC25, it also boasts the SilentComfort technology and is up to 10x quieter than competitive models. With AirFlex technology, you can adjust the airflow in your home to best match your lifestyle and home design. It can also be paired with the iComfort S30 Ultra Smart Thermostat for the most precise comfort.

iComfort S30 Ultra Smart Thermostat

The iComfort only needs to be programmed once, and then you’ll never have to think about it again! With adaptive technology, it adjusts the temperature within your home according to your schedule. It actively monitors your HVAC systems and can alert you to any issues that may arise, as well as when it’s time for routine things like a filter replacement. Keep track of your system’s operation and performance with it’s daily and hourly reports via the web portal, or simply check out the monthly report that’s automatically emailed to you. It’s compatible with Google Home, Alexa, and the Apple Home Kit.

You can control and monitor your system with your smartphone (Android and Apple compatible) and with the Smart Away mode, your thermostat can detect your location using your phone’s GPS to adjust your HVAC system to be more energy efficient when you’re not at home. You can also balance the temperature and humidity using the “Feels Like” feature to create the temperature you want to feel. It’s also a great choice for allergy sufferers; the iComfort’s Allergen Defender will monitor the air quality and pollen levels in your area according to zip code and automatically turns on the fan to clear your home’s air when levels are high.

iHarmony Zoning System

The iHarmony Zoning system allows for room to room temperature control for iComfort integrated equipment. Used in combination with other Lennox equipment, you can redirect airflow to have heating and cooling wherever you’d like it in your home. It can also help you use less energy and cut costs by up to 35% when used with a programmable thermostat. The iHarmony allows every family member to have the ultimate comfortable space and can be controlled remotely with your smartphone.

Lennox MPB Mini-Split Heat Pump

The MPB is an ideal option for small spaces and add-on rooms where it isn’t practical to extend or install ductwork. It’s incredibly energy efficient with efficiency ratings of up to 24.50 SEER and 11.50 HSPF and has inverter technology that adjusts motor speeds based on outdoor weather and temperature conditions. The MPB is also very quiet, allowing you to enjoy optimal comfort without additional noise.

Pure Air S Air Purification System

Unlike many air purification systems, the Pure Air S filters out particles, germs, and odors, giving you the ability to combat the 3 main household air contaminants. The Pure Air S removes 99.9% of mold, spores, pollen, dust and pet dander, as well as 90% of flu and cold viruses, infectious bacteria and other microorganisms down to 0.01 microns. In addition, it removes approximately 50% of household odors and volatile organic compounds from sources like cooking fumes, pets, cleaning supplies, paint and more. Its smart features allow it to monitor the life of the filter as well as its purifying UVA light, so you don’t have to! When it’s time for a replacement, it will send a notification to your iComfort thermostat. The Pure Air S system doesn’t produce any ozone byproduct and actively works to reduce ozone, giving your home the healthiest, freshest air possible.

Want to learn more about any of these great smart home products, or would like to have them installed in your home? Give us a call today and we’d be happy to discuss the best products for your heating and cooling needs.

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Get Smart About Thermostats!

Smart thermostats are great for so many reasons; they add convenience, comfort, and energy efficiency to any home. If you’ve considered adding one to your household, you may have discovered there are a lot of options available. How do you choose the right one? We’ve compiled a list of four of our favorite thermostats that we personally install in our clients’ homes. They have amazing functionality, look attractive, and offer all the features you’d hope to see in a smart thermostat.

Lennox iComfort E30

The E30 is our top choice for smart thermostats. It’s innovatively designed, offers great features, and makes it easy to save money on energy bills without having to sacrifice your comfort. The E30 has a “Feels Like” setting, which takes the temperature and humidity into account, allowing you to have your home feel exactly how you like it. It’s a great option for those with asthma or seasonal allergies; it has the ability to monitor the air quality and allergens in your zip code and will turn on the system’s fan to keep your home’s air clean. If you have a whole-home humidifier, the E30 can be set-up to work with it to keep your home’s air moisture level optimal. You can control your home’s temperature from anywhere with a smartphone; it’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo, or Echo Dot

In terms of energy efficiency, the E30 offers a number of innovative features. It features a Smart Away mode that works with your smartphone’s location to adjust your home’s temperature based on whether or not you’re at home, and Schedule IQ technology that adjusts temperature settings to match changes in your routine. A convenient One-Touch away mode allows you to override your regular programming schedule with a single touch, setting back your heating and cooling set points to help you save energy; it’s Smooth Setback Recovery setting allows you to automatically adjust your heating and cooling start time to keep your house at the exact temperature you like. Additionally, the E30 provides handy performance reports that show you the history of your system’s operation and performance.

Honeywell Lyric T6

The Lyric is a great economical option for those who like the fancy features of more expensive thermostats but want to save on costs. While it’s a fraction of the price of others, it offers many of the same features – and it works with everything. The Lyric offers complete connectivity with your mobile device, allowing you to control it from anywhere; multiple smartphones can be linked, giving your whole family the ability for remote temperature control.

With 7-day flexible scheduling, you can program it to work with your schedule throughout the week; if your schedule changes, it’s easy to adjust the setting remotely using the app. The Lyric also features geofencing capabilities and smart alerts that let you know when you need your filter changed. It can be integrated with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT, and Apple HomeKit. It also comes in a Z-Wave version for control and automation of other smart devices within your home.

Emerson Sensi Touch

The Sensi Touch is a little simpler than the previous thermostats, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! It allows you to easily control your home temperature from anywhere using wifi, and it works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKits. It also offers convenient geofencing. Named the “Best Overall” smart thermometer of 2018, it has an attractive HD color touchscreen display with backlighting that makes it easy to use in low light. You can set up smart alerts to let you know when extreme temperature is on the way, or when humidity changes are detected, and it conveniently receives automatic software updates, so you’ll always have access to the latest features as they’re released. The Sensi also sends you usage reports, allowing you to monitor your heating and cooling run times, as well as receive energy saving tips, product news and more.

Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat is aptly named; this thermostat learns and adapts to your schedule – in only one week! The Nest makes it easy to save energy based on your lifestyle and needs. Nest also has voice control capability with Alexa and Google Assistant and can be set up to track your smartphone location, adjusting the temperature of your home to fit your schedule. An independent study showed The Nest was able to save people an average of 10% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills, effectively paying for itself in under two years. Our company has experienced a high failure rate with these thermostats however, the Lennox or Honeywell is the best option. They work with everything and the Honeywell even has a Z-Wave version.

Get Smart About Thermostats!

Now that you know about our favorite smart thermostats, the only question is, which one is right for you? If you’re interested in installing a new smart thermostat or would like to discuss which one would fit your needs best, give us a call! We’re happy to go over the different features in more detail and find the perfect thermostat for you.

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Ethical Considerations in the World of HVAC

Ethics are an important topic in any industry. As a company, behaving ethically is essential from the standpoint of continuing to stay in business. Customers, vendors, or even employees who feel the business is behaving unethically are not likely to stick around. By behaving ethically, a business ensures that they build trust and relationships with those they work with, whether they’re customers or colleagues. Unfortunately, in the world of HVAC, many companies don’t behave as ethically as they should, making customers wary of hiring such services.  We’ve identified a few of the biggest ethics offenses in the HVAC industry that cause customers to lose faith in the service.


Disclosure of Pricing

Many customers like to know how much they can expect to spend on maintenance or repairs. While costs aren’t always completely foreseeable, especially in cases where the problem isn’t clear cut, it’s important to have full disclosure with customers about any increase to the quoted price. Good ethics involves giving customers the chance to decide if they want to incur greater costs. It’s also important to explain what the additional costs are for and why. Too often, services are performed without any discussion of the necessity, leaving some customers feeling like they’re in the dark about what was actually done. No customer wants to deal with bait-and-switches, over-pricing, or lack of communication. These things understandable cause a lack of trust in the company’s services and ultimately made lead to a loss of business.

HVAC Misdiagnosis or Non-Diagnosis

HVAC systems are highly technical, meaning customers depend on skilled HVAC technicians to properly diagnose any issues they’ve been experiencing. Thorough diagnostics aren’t just for the technician to determine the nature of the problem – they also allow customers to understand what’s going on with their equipment. A good diagnosis should include an easy to understand description of the problem, and the technician should be willing to spend time explaining the issue and address any concerns the customer may have. This not only allows the customer to make a more informed decision regarding their equipment, but it also builds further trust between the customer and the technician.

When dealing with older HVAC systems, it may be necessary to inform customers that the system is at risk of future failure. This can be a difficult conversation with some, as they may feel you’re trying to oversell. It’s important to explain the potential risks however, as the unit may fail in the near future, leading to an angry customer. As with any difficult conversation, clear, open communication will help customers feel more at ease with the information and allow them to make an informed decision.

Other Ethical Issues

If there’s a need to change the product specifications, this should always be discussed and agreed to by the customer – they shouldn’t have to find out after the work is done that the equipment installed isn’t product or level of quality they were expecting. Employees that are work on commission or other types of profit sharing can also cause unethical behavior, as it sends a message that the bottom line is about profit – not customer service.

We’ve identified a few areas that HVAC maintenance can present ethical issues and cause understandable suspicion about having HVAC work done. At PECO, integrity and ethics are at the cornerstone of what we do. We take every measure to make sure that we act ethically with our customers, from the moment they call us to the moment we leave their home. With our skilled and dedicated technicians, our clear cut pricing, and our priority to customer service, you can feel confident any time you give us a call!

The Benefits of Central Heat and Air Units

Choosing to upgrade your home to central heat and air units can be a pretty big commitment. Why fix what isn’t broken, right? Local residential building code in South Carolina requires heating be able to maintain an indoor temperature of 70 degrees. That standard is typically achieved with a furnace and central heating, though other options are available, such as heating by wood stove or potable unit. Air conditioning is not required by building code, but during the hottest months of the year, many homeowners choose to use some sort of cooling unit. The Benefits of Central Heat and Air Units

It’s not uncommon to use portable units, wall units, or window units to maintain heat and cooling in a home. For many people, they find these units to be effective enough for their needs. However, there are most definitely benefits to upgrading to central heat and air units, which we’ll go over below.

Benefits of Central Heating and Cooling

1) More effective heating and cooling throughout the home, hands-down. Potable units may be able to give you some relief, but without a doubt, central air and heat is the most effective heating and cooling you can have in your home. The ductwork moves the air and heat throughout the home to evenly disperse it and ensure uniform heating or cooling in every room. A single unit has a limited range, typically restricted to a single room. It just can’t compare.

2) Central is more energy efficient. When you compare a single central unit to multiple window or portable units throughout a home, you’ll see a notable difference on your energy bill. Portable units draw on electrical power and, depending on how many you use and how frequently, can cause a significant spike in your energy usage. A central unit is a single-source power draw and many are built specifically for energy efficiency.

3) It offers more safety and stability. Portable units will work in the short term, but they’re not necessarily made for consistent use over a number of years. Without proper care and replacement when necessary, they can be a safety risk, raising your risk of electrical short or even fire. Central units are made to a strict manufacturing code that intends for years-long use in a residential home, making them both safer and more reliable.

4) Prevents mold and mildew. Mold and mildew like humid, still air environments. Modern homes aren’t designed for good air flow or air exchanges with the outside. Without central heating and cooling the home can get a stale odor and the mold and mildew can get into cloth furniture, clothing, bedding and more, creating an unhealthy place.

These are only a handful of the benefits of central heat and air. As a general rule, you’ll want to consider saving for the investment and taking the plunge. It’ll save you in the long run by offering more comfort and better energy costs, as well as making your home safer and potentially increasing your resale value. PECO Heating and Cooling is here to help you whenever you make the decision. Please call to ask us about the brands we work with and which energy-efficient units we recommend.

What’s Included in HVAC Service?

HVAC service includes a full checklist of requirements to ensure that your heating and cooling equipment is working as it should be and to keep it operational. When people hear that an HVAC system requires regular maintenance to operate at peak efficiency, it’s usually not a surprise, but they may be skeptical when they hear the frequency. It’s recommended that filters be replaced at least once every six months or sooner, and routine maintenance is recommended once a year. Is it really necessary to have it that often? What do HVAC technicians do, anyway? We’ll explain. What’s Included in HVAC Service?

A typical HVAC Tune-up service should be performed by a licensed HVAC technician and should include:

  •  Thermostat check and setting adjustment if needed
  •  Electrical checks to ensure connections are secure and readings are where they should be
  •  Checking over the condensation drain for obstructions
  •  Outdoor unit inspection if you have an outdoor unit. The area around it should be clear.
  •  Lubrication checks and replacement if necessary
  •  Examine  air filter if needs replacement to maintain good air flow and quality
  •  Fan inspection to ensure there’s no damage and they’re operating as intended
  •  Examine both indoor and outdoor coils – do they need cleaning – a clean unit runs more efficiently
  • Make recommendations for repairs

These are all the items included in a run-of-the-mill inspection and service appointment, but there are other possible inspections that may be done depending on your particular system. Over time, certain elements may require cleaning or replacement, such as your coils or refrigeration fluid. They may also inspect the ductwork or check joints and connections to ensure that you’re not losing any precious heat or air conditioning due to a leak. All of these checks are designed to help your system operate at its absolute best and ultimately save you money on your energy and gas bills. A faulty system can make those costs creep up very quickly.

If it seems like this is a list that can be put off, tread carefully. All of these elements, particularly your air filters, can gunk up quickly and cause issues with your system, damaging it or decreasing its efficiency. It’s always best to have a professional HVAC tech come out and take a look so you can get the most out of your heating and cooling, prevent unnecessary repairs, and save on your energy costs. Need to set up an appointment? You can call us anytime.

How to Tell When You Need Heating and Cooling Repair Services

Is your place getting too hot or too cold when it shouldn’t be? Or maybe you’re noticing your HVAC system is less effective than it used to be, or your indoor unit is making strange noises. These are a few of the signs that you’re probably due for heating and cooling repair services. Here are all the signs you should keep an eye out for and what they mean.

How to Tell When You Need Heating and Cooling Repair Services


  • It’s been too long since your last service.

Stop and think for a minute. When was the last time your heater or air conditioner received service? Has it been more than a year? Then you’re likely due for routine service or, at the very least, a filter change. Filters should be changed monthly and you should be having regular maintenance once a year. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and regular service appointments keep the repairman at bay!

  • Something smells weird.

If your system is giving off a strange smell when it kicks on or has been running a while, it’s time to have it looked at. Gas smells require immediate attention, of course, but if you notice something that smells like mildew, mold, or rot, there could be an issue with your filter or duct work that needs to be checked.

  • The water’s leaking.

If you spot pools of water coming from your indoor unit, ductwork, or cooling unit, you could be looking at a clogged line or several other problems. Unless you know exactly what’s causing it, you should call a professional for HVAC service.

  • Unusual noises from your indoor unit.

Banging, thumping, whistling, or any other unusual sounds coming from your furnace means that something’s not right. No matter how much you want them to, they won’t just disappear, so you should call for heating and cooling repair services as soon as you can.

  • Your system’s efficiency is severely lacking and your bill is higher than ever.

Have you noticed that you’re getting less heat or cooling than you used to but your bill keeps climbing no matter what? That means something’s wrong. A lack of efficiency can come from any number of things, from a busted fan to broken ductwork. The only way to know for sure is to have someone look at it. You may be hoping to avoid a repair bill, but those electric and gas bills are going to make up the difference faster than you know, trust us.

There are other signs that you’re due for HVAC repair, but these are the big ones. As a general rule, if your system is acting unusual or not doing its job, then you should have it looked at. Don’t forget that regularly scheduled maintenance, too. It’s the best way to avoid many of these problems! You can always call on Peco Heating & Cooling for your repair services.