HVAC FAQ in Bensalem

Everything You Need to Know about HVAC

Like most people, you probably don’t think about your HVAC system until it has a problem. When you suddenly need service, however, you would want to know almost everything about it. Whether you have a generic HVAC question or you want more information about our services here at Dowd Mechanical, we encourage you to continue reading this page for answers to the most common HVAC questions we’ve gathered from past customers. We’re hoping that you’ll find our answers helpful, especially as you decide on what to do with your HVAC problem moving forward.

For other HVAC questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our highly experienced team at 215.607.6448.

Why is HVAC Maintenance Important?

Like every other mechanical equipment, HVAC systems require maintenance to keep it at optimal performance. It’s the same as driving around in a car that hasn’t been oil changed for years. While it does run, you know it’s just a matter of time before the car breaks down. There are many benefits of HVAC maintenance including catching minor issues before they worsen, increasing energy efficiency, giving you savings, and extending the lifespan of your system.

Can I Perform HVAC Maintenance Myself?

There are some things that you can do on your own to maintain your HVAC system, such as:

  • Check and replace your air filters- Dirty filters can reduce the efficiency of your system as well as your indoor air quality. You might want to set a reminder every 30 to 90 days to inspect your air filters and replace them as needed.
  • Make sure to clean the AC and heating units- Keep your HVAC system, especially the outdoor units, free from debris to prevent blocking the airflow and causing undue strain.
  • Give your system a break- Summer and winter months are when our HVAC systems work doubly hard. You might want to help your equipment catch a break by installing a ceiling fan to help circulate air or lowering the thermostat when you’re not home. These steps not only help extend the lifespan of your system but can also give you energy savings.
  • Keep an eye out for warning signs of potential issues- Whether your HVAC is taking a long time reaching desired temperatures or producing loud, strange noises, it’s important that you take note of these warning signs and call a professional right away. Ignoring these signs can only worsen the problem and cost you more.
When Should I Call for Professional Repair Service?

When your equipment is on the fritz, it is always best to seek help from a professional HVAC tech instead of trying to fix it on your own to prevent worsening the issue or hurting yourself. Dowd Mechanical repairs all types of HVAC system problems, big or small. We also handle all heating and air conditioning system makes and models. We even share some helpful maintenance tips to avoid major problems and increase energy efficiency.

What is Considered an Emergency HVAC Situation?

Our Bensalem HVAC service team always strives to provide rapid response with every service call. However, we also recognize that some HVAC issues just can’t wait. When your system suddenly stopped working during the hottest summer day or the coldest winter night, we send someone your way as soon as possible to fix the problem, especially when there’s young children, pets, or elderly people in your home. We also treat all commercial HVAC issues as urgent.

Will the R-22 Refrigerant Phase-Out Affect Me?

You probably heard that the EPA is phasing out all R-22 refrigerants to protect the Earth’s ozone layer from the significant amount of chlorine this type of refrigerant brings. If you already have an AC that uses R-22, this should not cause you any concern. R-22 refrigerants will continue to be available for the next 10 years or so to accommodate users like you. For those getting new air conditioners, you can be sure that your system now uses the alternate refrigerant, R-410A.

Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?

As we continue to spend the majority of our time indoors, it’s become crucial to ensure that we are breathing good indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality is not just about the presence of dust and dirt in the air, humidity levels and ventilation are also taken into consideration. Whether your allergies are acting up at home or your commercial building is feeling stuffy and humid, Dowd Mechanical can help. We offer a wide range of indoor air quality solutions that can target your particular needs.

What HVAC Brands Do You Service?

Dowd Mechanical is a Trane Comfort Specialist and a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor, which means that we recommend only trusted systems from these proven brands. However, we are trained and experience to handle practically all HVAC system makes and models, so you can definitely rely on us to get your system fixed no matter what brand or system you have at home.

Is There an Additional Charge for After-Hours Calls?

You can rest assured that our after-hours emergency calls come at no extra or overtime charge. At Dowd Mechanical, our job is to help you when your AC or heater is experiencing trouble. We are not here to make a profit out of your misfortune.

Do You Offer Financing?

If you need help financing a replacement AC or heater in Bensalem, get in touch with us right away. Together with Wells Fargo, we offer flexible financing so you can purchase the system you need today and pay later. Visit our financing page today to learn more.

Do You Only Handle Heaters & Air Conditioners?

Aside from our heating and air conditioning repairs, maintenance, and installations, Dowd Mechanical also offers indoor air quality solutions for residential customers. Commercial customers, on the other hand, can request for specialized services such as refrigeration services, ice machine repairs, server room air conditioning, and more.