Charleston HVAC and Plumbing FAQ
ClimateMakers is THE heating and air conditioning authority in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, and the Beaufort/Hilton Head Island area. Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about heating and cooling equipment, energy efficiency, air quality and maintenance below.
Q. What does HVAC stand for?
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
Q. What regular maintenance do heating and air conditioning systems need?
The most important part of HVAC maintenance aspect is maintaining unrestricted air flows. Dust, dirt, and debris are an HVAC system’s worst enemies. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor unit, you must keep all filters clean and heat exchangers and coils free of restrictions.
We recommend that your heating and cooling system be checked and serviced twice a year; ideally a spring and autumn tune-up. Also we recommend that you change your filter regularly, depending on the type of filter you have. This alone can eliminate many of the most common problems that need fixing and can significantly reduce the likelihood of a serious breakdown.
Q. Why do I need to change my filter regularly?
Regular filter replacement helps your heating and cooling system operate at peak levels and improves indoor air quality. It is important to change filters regularly to ensure proper air flow and to keep your home free from dust, allergens and germs. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may require weekly or monthly filter replacements. Your ClimateMakers service or installation technician will recommend the ideal filters and replacement schedules for your unit(s).
Q. How often should I have maintenance done on my air conditioner?
You should have maintenance done on your air conditioning system at least once a year – spring to early summer being the best times. This not only ensures maximum efficiency, it enables us to foresee any possible problems that may occur in the near future.
Q. Is there anything I should check prior to calling for service?
Check to be sure that the air conditioner or furnace is turned on. Check that the breakers and the disconnects are turned on and be sure the thermostat is set correctly. Also make a note of any strange noises or smells.
Q. How much is a new hot water heater?
A standard, electric water heater with a 40 – 50 gallon tank can run anywhere from $150-$1,500, and a gas water heater can run $300 - $600, depending on its energy efficiency. In addition to the cost of the heater, there are also installation fees that run between $200 and $400.