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Answers to Your Top HVAC & Electrical Questions
These are some of the most common questions we get. If you don’t find your question here, contact us to get answers from a Phillips Heating & Air Conditioning expert.
How often do HVAC systems need maintenance?
Routine maintenance keeps your warranties valid and your system running at peak efficiency. Here is what we recommend:
- Furnaces – annually
- Air Conditioners – annually
- Heat Pumps– annually
How long does HVAC equipment last?
Most systems have a life expectancy of 15-25 years, but you can help your system run for as long as possible by scheduling regular maintenance. If you start noticing your energy bills rising or you need constant repairs, it’s time to call an expert for an evaluation — especially if your system is more than 10 years old.
Can I add more ceiling lights to a room in my house?
Yes, adding more light fixtures to a room may require additional wiring, but it can almost always be done. An electrician can determine if there is enough amperage in your lighting circuit to support more fixtures or if more power is necessary.
What does HVAC stand for?
HVAC- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
It is a system that provides different types of heating and cooling services to residential and commercial buildings. Its function is to provide thermal comfort, humidity control and acceptable indoor air quality.
How long does an installation take?
Every installation is different and every project presents unique installation challenges, but we aim to have most installations completed in one or two days.
What are the most common reasons for HVAC failure?
Several common reasons are typically found to be the cause when your HVAC system suddenly stops working. Here are a few of the ones that we typically find.
- Installed incorrectly
- Lack of maintenance
- Inexperienced service or repair
- System is outdated
Do I need a home charger for my EV?
For people who want to use their electric vehicle daily, a reliable power source is mandatory. While some public charging options are available, these power sources are less practical than charging at home.
Installing a reliable EV charger at home is the best way to ensure your car can get you from A to B reliably whenever you want.
How do I know if my A/C unit is big enough?
Bigger isn’t always better, its performance and efficiency that count. Your Phillips Heating & Air Conditioning Technician will thoroughly assess your home and comfort requirements to determine the proper size and make the appropriate recommendation.
Why should I purchase a new heating system?
Basically… it can save you a lot of money. A new system compared to 20 years ago can be up to 60% more efficient. By investing in a new unit you can save hundreds of dollars every year for many years to come.
What happens if my furnace breaks on the weekend?
Our technicians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to troubleshoot your emergency HVAC problems. Call 412-431-6563 to talk to an expert at any hour of the day or night.
Do you offer Financing?
Yes, we understand that HVAC issues can be unexpected. Our office staff will help you with your financing questions. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. We would be happy to answer any of your financing concerns, as well as discussing all of your available options!
What is a BTU?
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit – This unit of measure is used to measure cooling or heating capacity; 1 BTU is the amount of heat required to raise (or lower) the temperature of 1 pound of water 1 degree Fahrenheit. There are 12,000 BTU’s in 1 Ton of Cooling.
What about giving me a rough estimate over the phone?
We would love to give you an idea of the costs but is extremely difficult to provide quotes “sight unseen”. It’s especially difficult to diagnose or troubleshoot repair issues over the phone, as there can often be multiple causes/issues.
How noisy is a ductless mini split?
On average, ductless air conditioning units run at about 32 decibels.
To put that into perspective, window units have an average noise level of 50-72 decibels.
When should I call an electrician for my panel upgrade or breaker problem?
If your breaker is tripping and warming up, lights dimming, lights flicker, lights go on and off when you use electrical appliances and air conditioning, you need to call an electrician.
No matter how high or low I set my thermostat, I don't get my house to my desired temperature.
It may be possible that your thermostat is not functioning correctly. However, your heating or cooling system could be in need of some maintenance or may not be properly sized for your home. We recommend contacting us to have your system examined by a licensed HVAC technician.
What size electrical panel do I need?
Decades ago, a 100 amp panel was sufficient for most homes. With the increased number of everyday electronic devices mean that your household needs more power!
Many people choose a 200 amp panel to make sure they have plenty of power.
Is my job too small for you?
No, there is no job too small or too big. From replacing an electrical outlet to installing a whole house HVAC system, we are here to help you.
Pittsburgh’s Best HVAC & Electrical Services
With decades of experience, Phillips Heating & Air Conditioning can be counted on to provide excellent HVAC and Electrical services with fair prices. As a leading Electrical and Heating & Cooling contractor in Pittsburgh, we are able to provide quality residential and light commercial services to our customers in the entire Pittsburgh area.