Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Residential Heating Repair In A Multi-Unit Apartment Complex: How This Is Addressed

Kristin Pierce

When you live in a multi-unit apartment complex, but your heat is not working right, you call the landlord or the property manager. Then one of these professionals calls for residential heating repair. From there, this is typically how the problem is addressed. 

Assessing Your Heating Problem by Asking Other Tenants About Their Heating Problems

If you have not asked neighboring tenants about their heating problems, now is a good time. The landlord/property manager and the HVAC technician will be asking around too, trying to ascertain if the problem is just with your apartment or with multiple apartments in the same block as yours. If some of your closest neighbors are also having problems with their heat, then the furnace that supplies heat to all of your apartments may be the culprit. If no one else is having problems, then the issue might be with your thermostat in your apartment. 

Fixing the Furnace Versus Fixing a Thermostat

The HVAC technician and the landlord/property manager will need to gain access to your apartment and the thermostat. You do not have to be home, but it helps when explaining to the HVAC technician what has been happening. It will give the technician a good idea of what is going on and where to start with the repairs. 

Fixing the furnace will not require more than one additional visit to your apartment. Usually, only one extra visit is needed to turn on your thermostat and make sure the furnace is now working. When the heat starts coming through the vents, the technician knows that the heat in your apartment is now working. 

If the problem is the thermostat in your apartment, then the technician will need to be in your apartment most of the time. He/she will fix or replace the non-functioning thermostat and then test it. Heat should readily come through the vents once the thermostat repair is done. (If you have separate thermostats to control different areas of your apartment, the technician will need to check and repair or replace each one accordingly.)

The Landlord/Property Manager Gets the Bill

The one nice thing about this whole heating repair process when you live in an apartment is that you do not have to worry about the bill. The technician gives the bill to the landlord/property manager. You just continue enjoying the comfortable heat that your apartment now receives and report any future problems to the landlord/property manager. 

For more information, contact a heating repair company like Carrano Air Contracting Inc