Indoor Air Quality Inspections

American HVAC Service Alliance Takes Off

With our increasingly modifying climate, temperature control is becoming a necessity rather than a luxury. Here to provide every HVAC need is The American HVAC Alliance.

American HVAC AllianceSeptember 6, 2016 Los Angeles, CA– Temperatures are becoming more extreme, and colder winters and hotter summers are the trend. In response, the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry is primed and ready for exponential growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics even places the industry as growing “much faster than average” at a fourteen percent increase annually.(1) For the consumer this means a surplus of new and inexperienced HVAC services are spawning. But there stands one tried and true professional service, The American HVAC Alliance, which is the largest United States network of heating and cooling professionals. They provide enterprise-grade work for any client, no matter their position as a large-scale business or an independent homeowner.

To make the task of finding quality air control easier for the client, The American HVAC Alliance focuses on providing a diverse collection of services. This emphasis allows clients to stick with one company for all their HVAC needs, avoiding the headache of finding separate heating, cooling, and air quality experts. Adding to this breadth of services is a depth of service in each category. For example, The American HVAC Alliance knows that there is no one size fits all solution for interior heating. It is for this reason that they have become experts on the four most effective methods of heating a home: Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Geothermal Heating units and Radiant Heating Panels. The trained staff at The American HVAC Alliance are able to look at a client’s specific situation and recommend the most efficient solution.

Indoor Air Quality InspectionsAnother HVAC service provided by The American HVAC Alliance is unfortunately commonly overlooked: air quality control. All-too-often do clients overemphasize temperature control and skip quality needs. This trend can be devastating as dirty ventilation systems can increase the intensity of an inhabitant’s allergies and asthma and lead to respiratory infection. In turn The American HVAC Alliance provides air quality testing as well as ventilation cleaning services, allowing clients peace of mind. This level of care combined with a wide array of high-quality services from a professional team of HVAC contractors makes The American HVAC Alliance one of the industry’s most revered names.

About The American HVAC Alliance

As an esteemed American company, the American HVAC Alliance conforms to every legally required need. In turn the company is EPA certified to operate, allowing clients a trusted brand. The alliance was founded with a dedication to every client and continues to hold this value. To achieve this level of commitment The American HVAC Alliance provides free quotes and a 24/7 emergency team for any HVAC disaster. Their live responders understand the time pressure of emergencies and will respond swiftly. In this way, when a client picks The American HVAC Alliance a reliable relationship is formed.

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645 W 9th St #110
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Will Overtime Rule Have Negative Impact On HVAC Industry?

Nicole Krawcke recently published an article in which certainly poses some interesting questions about the future of HVAC workers. The whole issue is about a new governement mandated raise in overtime eligibility from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, starting on Dec 1st 2016. This is an increase of more than 50% in overtime pay.

This gives employers a little under 4 months to get their business in order to accomodate the coming changes in overtime pay.

According to naysayers, it will limit apportunities for growth in the industry. (Jon Melchi) Others (Steve Lauten), calls it a career killer.


Earlier this year, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) made waves when it announced the publication of a final rule updating overtime regulations. The new rule raises the salary threshold for overtime eligibility from $455 per week, or $23,660 per year, to $913 per week, or $47,476 per year. As a result, more than 4.2 million salaried workers across the country will now be eligible for overtime pay. Employers have until Dec. 1, when the rule becomes effective, to prepare for the changes.

The rule will also automatically update the salary threshold every three years based on wage growth over time, increasing predictability. Based on wage growth projections, the standard salary threshold is expected to rise to more than $51,000 with the first update on Jan. 1, 2020. Industry leaders predict the mandate will affect employees up and down the entire HVAC supply chain.


Many in the HVACR industry believe the new rule will have a negative impact on business. Jon Melchi, vice president, government affairs and business development, Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), spoke of the rule’s potential ramifications during HARDI’s Congressional Fly-In.

“If you think about the training our manufacturing partners provide, the events they attend, and the high-potential employees that are sent to those events that don’t make that [$47,476], now, guess what? They’re traveling, and that counts as time on the clock, so those costs have just risen,” Melchi noted. “That’s a problem. It’s going to limit opportunities for a lot of people. We commented that $23,660 was too low, so it was time [for an increase], but this was a big jump. This is going to impact a ton of people.

“You’ve got to convince [Congress] that this impacts your business; you have to tell them why and what it’s going to do to you,” he continued. “I think this is one of those rare opportunities where there may be some groundswell. Don’t think that delaying this until Dec. 1 [after the election] wasn’t done on purpose. The thing I love about our members is that you always send your staff to learn new things, and this is going to restrict that. The funny thing is, what do we hear about millennials all the time? They want flexibility. The fact is, they want more options, and this does nothing but restrict such options.”

Marianne O’Leary, human resources director at Meier Supply Co. Inc., said the new rule will force companies like Meier Supply to set limits on which employees may travel to attend training and development sessions when those events occur outside a normal 40-hour workweek.

“In the past, with more employees classified as exempt, the travel time was not an issue,” she said. “Now, we must compensate a new group of hourly personnel at the overtime premium rate. These additional labor costs will add up for all employers and may impact their bottom lines significantly. For small employers, it may even be cost-prohibitive, and such training and development activities will go away all together for those impacted. This is a negative for employees and employers.”

The rule will also change how Meier Supply manages its stores during the busy season, O’Leary noted. “Throughout the year, we have always been concerned about labor cost and minimizing unnecessary overtime. We have managed our labor costs partly by having the right mix of hourly and salaried personnel at each store. Now, with more employees eligible for overtime, it will definitely impact our bottom line. While we cannot yet quantify the additional cost, it will ultimately force us to modify product prices, which will impact our customers and the consumer in the end.

“There is also the intangible cost of negatively impacting employee morale,” she continued. “We believe there are employees who place value in being in salaried positions. These employees have been the ones who we rely on to do whatever it takes [including working longer hours] to service our customers. Under the new overtime rules, they must now punch a time clock and closely manage their hours so as not to incur unintentional overtime. This may ultimately result in them feeling they are taking a step backwards in their careers.”

Susan Kirkland, president of Packard Inc., agreed that switching a salaried employee to hourly could have a negative effect.

“This rule is bad simply because the limits have been set unreasonably high,” Kirkland said. “Where it is at now is too low, and I do agree there is an adjustment that needs to be made, but $47,476 is too high. In our company, I like to have a mix of seasoned managers as well as new managers in training. The ones coming up out of college do not necessarily start out at $50,000. I can’t start them out at a high rate and spend money to train them. If I have to make the choice of taking these young managers and increasing them to a level I don’t think is appropriate in their salaried positions or moving them to an hourly rate, I’m going to have to make them hourly. And, if I make them hourly, I won’t send them to educational and training opportunities because it will cost too much. Also, bumping a young manager back to hourly sends a negative message. I don’t think that’s a positive way to encourage our young managers getting started in the industry.”

Kirkland noted that out of Packard’s 74 employees, the new overtime rule will only impact four individuals. “I can justify bumping up three of them, but the other one I can’t, and I’m probably going to lose that employee because that person won’t feel it’s fair being put back on the clock. The millennial mindset says I should be able to arrive when I want, leave when I want, and not be held accountable to a time clock. So, having to go from a salary to an hourly rate is just a negative connotation in millennials’ minds; they feel as if they’re taking a step back in their careers if they have to revert to punching a time clock.”

The new rule will also impact how HVAC businesses hire new employees, Kirkland said.

“Most of the businesses in our industry are considered small businesses,” she said. “We have 74 employees, and we’re growing really quickly. I have one pot of money to spend on employee retention and benefits, and if the government continues to say, ‘You have to pay your people more, I’m going to tell you where to start them at, and I’m going to tell you where their health insurance needs to be or I’m going to penalize you,’ that really makes me think about the number of people I hire on a full-time basis. In the past, when an individual came to me and I recognized they had Packard DNA and talent, if I didn’t have an open position, I would create one for them because I wanted them on my team. I can’t do that today because there’s so much mandated overhead in the hiring process. Industrywide, I don’t think employee retention numbers will remain as high as they currently are.”


Steve Lauten, current ACCA chairman and president of Total Air & Heat Co. in Plano, Texas, said the overtime rule is being referred to as a ‘career killer’ for small businesses.

“This is just another tax on my small business that ultimately will impact my customers because, at the end of the day, the costs of doing business are passed on,” Lauten said. “However, what matters more to me than the additional paperwork/tracking and accounting work is the cost to the workers. In order for HVAC contractors to avoid the costly overtime pay, managers may get moved from their salaried positions to hourly jobs, will need to keep time cards, and may be prohibited from working overtime. This will be a burden on businesses that depend on managers and supervisors to work, when needed, in exchange for flexibility and other benefits. Worker morale will likely take a severe hit, as well. Low- to mid-level managers making less than the $47,476 oftentimes enjoy perks, such as flexibility of hours and health insurance benefits. Fewer salaried managerial positions would signal to employees that there is little opportunity for growth at that company. The DOL failed to understand the real-world impacts of this rule. An increase in overtime eligibility does not mean an increase in overtime pay. Whether we are talking about HVAC contractors or distributers, this impacts the careers and morale of employees.”

Total Air & Heat had very few salaried employees last year who were below the wage threshold, and for those who were, Lauten switched them to an hourly rate based on their current wages in preparation for this rule.

“Washington far too often forgets the rest of the country is very different than Washington, D.C., and urban areas,” Lauten noted. “The average median annual household income in the great state of Texas is just a few thousand dollars more than this new minimum wage. It’s unbelievable to me that Washington has the audacity to set a national minimum wage standard that almost equals the household average.”

Meanwhile, Butch Welsch, owner of Welsch Heating & Cooling Co. in St. Louis, believes the new overtime rule won’t have a significant impact on his company or the industry in general.

“To begin, a high percentage of those employed in our industry are hourly employees, and this overtime law does not impact them,” Welsch said. “An employer is still required to pay time and a half for all hours over 40 worked in a week, as has previously been the case. That’s the way it has been, and this does not change that process. Additionally, there are a number of exemptions that eliminate several groups of employees, such as sales personnel, administrative personnel, company officers, etc., from being affected by the regulations. Any one company may have one or two employees who fail to quality for the exemption, and they would be affected. If that is the case, the contractor could just pay the employee hourly, including time and a half for overtime hours, and regulate the total cost involved by regulating the number of hours that employee works each week.”

In the meantime we have heard nothing from the HVAC workers themselves defending the new rule.

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Your HVAC Should Be Working For You

Many people wonder about the HVAC unit but are afraid to tackle this weighty subject. You shouldn’t let this hold you back, though. The following article offers great suggestions for you to follow to help make this easier.

When purchasing a new HVAC system for your home, be sure it is energy efficient. These days, most new HVAC systems are energy efficient there is a energy star label on the equipment. To be sure your utility costs do not go through the roof, choose equipment that is energy efficient.

Be sure to learn about all of the requirements your state has legislated regarding licencing and insurance if you must hire someone to help you out with your HVAC system. If they meet these requirements before you hire them, you need to be able to ask anyone you plan to hire.

Be aware of the type of system that is installed in your home prior to calling a contractor to fix it. Know the brand name and model number. It is also helpful to have the maintenance history. This makes sure your contractor will be sufficiently prepared.

If you’ve been having trouble with an HVAC system, look around your home before calling in people to help. Jot down the rooms that are hot and the ones that are cold. That knowledge can help the technician figure out what is going on.

Look for discounts wherever possible. HVAC systems can be rather costly, so you’ll want to seek out whatever discounts and deals that may be out there. When shopping around, ask about any current specials running, and look for discounts that are related to ENERGY STAR compliance. Both can save you a lot of cash.

Clean your permanent air filters or replace disposable ones every single month. An electrostatic is the best option on the market today if you have the choice. Before you change the filter as it should never be run without a filter in place, be sure to turn off your unit.

Look to your neighbors and family to get recommendations of good HVAC specialists. Likely there’s someone you know who’s already done a ton of research. Use this knowledge to help get you the best specialist you can. This can save you many hours of research time and money too.

Boost energy efficiency by putting your condenser unit in the shade. When the air conditioner pulls in cooler air, it won’t have to do much more to cool it and that will save you a lot of money on energy bills.

When you are no longer using your outdoor air conditioning unit, be sure to protect it with a tight cover. This will keep it free of debris, frost and snow so that you’ll have a working unit when the spring comes and you are ready to uncover it and use it again.

Change your air conditioner filter quarterly, or four times a year. This not only keeps the air coming into your home easier and cleaner to breathe, it takes a lot of stress off of your AC unit itself. You get to enjoy health, money savings and reduced energy use altogether at once.

Occasionally, ice will form on your AC. This can also happen on the drain line. If you see this, immediately put your thermostat on the fan setting to turn off your compressor. Call in help if the issue persists.

Make sure things don’t get too hot or cold where your thermostat is. Any electronics or heat sources like lamps or televisions nearby can trick the thermostat into thinking the home is warmer than it actually is. This just means it runs your air conditioning longer than necessary, wasting energy and money.

Check reviews online to find professional help. There are different sites that let customers share experiences of different services. This is a great way to find people you want to work with and those you don’t want to work with.

Installing a whole-house fan can either cool your home without the use of air conditioning or make your air conditioner more efficient. It blows out all of the hot air which collects in your attic, and this air flow draws in cool air from your basement and up into your home.

Do not close your vents. Keep air vents open and unblocked at all times. Many people believe that closing off a vent will save them money on cooling costs. This is not true. It can actually damage your HVAC system. Closing vents can cause your cooling coil to damage and freeze the compressor.

Be careful of sounds in your HVAC. The blades could be hitting an obstruction if the condenser fan begins to make a grating or clicking sound. If blades get bent, don’t try straightening them. You could unbalance them and cause them to hit the condenser coil. This could loosen the motor in the fan. Try replacing the bent blades with new ones. Make sure the new blades can freely rotate without wobbling.

There is a lot to think about when you install an air conditioner unit. For example, a big unit won’t remove humidity while a small unit won’t cool enough. Placing it in the wrong place can make it less efficient, and not insulating your home adequately could render it almost useless.

It isn’t hard to work with the HVAC system when you have the right advice. It is really hard to learn about this without trying the above tips first, so keep that in mind. Start as soon as you can for the best results.

Avoiding Plumbing Problems


Avoiding Complications With Your Plumbing

Sometimes, it may take a fair amount of advice for you to find the best answer to the problem, so these tips provide a good starting point.

You should clean your septic tank every five years for best performance. Although having a septic tank pumped costs money, it will cost a lot more having to clean sewage backup or having to fix or replace a septic tank.

Use filters on all drains to keep foreign debris and objects that might clog the pipes from clogging drains. The bathtub’s strainers need to cleaned out as needed.

Don’t pour oils, grease or fat into your drain. This is especially damaging to garbage disposals because the fats will make the blades go less and slower efficiently.Make certain you dispose of oils in other places other than the sink.

This is because of the iron in your water if your home has well water and you start seeing orange or pink stains. In order to take care of this problem, which is something you can get on your own at a local retailer, or hire someone to go to your home and fix it for you, you will need a water softener.

Efficiency Is Important

You can save lots on energy with efficient shower heads designed for better efficiency. Most households use a lot of the hot water is used in the shower. You can save hundreds each year on your bills if you spend several extra dollars putting in energy-saving shower heads.

If you are seeing water at the bottom of the dishwasher, you may notice that water is constantly draining to the dishwasher. The hose connecting the kitchen sink to your dishwasher needs to go upward before going back down in order for the water of both locations to not mix.

Don’t run the water when you use your garbage disposal is used. It could even cause food to stick to the blades of the disposal, causing damage to the unit.

Try to avoid the use drain cleaners as often as you can. If used too frequently, drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can damage pipes. Have a professional plumber examine the line if you do have a clogged drain.

Those valves that rarely get used but can fuse together. You can prevent them from becoming fused by regularly maintaining them with a penetrating oil, and make sure to turn them once in a while so that they do not start sticking.

You should verify that they hold a valid and look over any bad feedback filed against them. If they are not licensed or have complaints, you don’t want to hire that contractor.

Plumbing Fixtures

When purchasing new plumbing fixtures, give strong consideration to those made of brass. Brass fixtures are beautiful and will last a long time. Brass fixtures are also look a lot nicer than many of the other types of plumbing fixtures that you can purchase. These are sold in most home and hardware improvement stores.

If you consider yourself a professional plumber, think about getting an apprentice, there are a lot of amateurs in plumbing, so. An apprentice will be able to help you, and help your business earn more money.

It can be easy to get caught up in your work and forget to take breaks, but overexposure is still extremely dangerous. Copper pipes are the best to expand as hot water to flow through them. Save time by putting together your plumbing problems into the same call. A minor leak can become something big, and harder to contain, if you procrastinate about shutting off water valves.

Some property owners are electing to install flood alarms installed as part of their home plumbing system. Flood alarms work similarly to smoke alarms do.They are powered by batteries and an alarm goes off when the water penetrates them. Flood alarms provide a leak or flood.

Make sure that everybody in your family knows how to turn off the water going into your house, and other important connections. You need everybody to understand how to keep water from overflowing to your floor and causing it damage. If they can shut it off, they will be able to stop the water flow.

It might seem costly to purchase plumbing tools, but doing so could help you save a great deal of money down the road. It is very easy to locate videos that provide step-by-step instructions for making plumbing repairs. You will not have to call a professional plumber for any minor problems you run into if you have gotten professional tools.

You need to use the information that has been provided so that you can make the best decision when it comes to alleviating your plumbing issues. It is important to know what to look for if you are hiring professionals. If you are going to do the work on your own, you have to be knowledgeable of what to do, and how you can save money, likewise. These tips deserve to be used.

Excellent Advice About Hvac That You Will Want To Read

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Are you searching for information about HVAC systems because you have had problems in the past? Maybe you would just like solid tips on how to maintain the one you have? Either way, the following article was written as a guide to help anyone keep their HVAC system running the right way, so continue below.

When your contractor comes to fix your unit or install a new one, he should walk around your home and investigate what’s going on with your current set-up. They should be looking for how much insulation you have, where your windows are and what quality they are and more.

Look for discounts wherever possible. HVAC systems can be rather costly, so you’ll want to seek out whatever discounts and deals that may be out there. When shopping around, ask about any current specials running, and look for discounts that are related to ENERGY STAR compliance. Both can save you a lot of cash.

Do you hear a clicking sound when your fan is turning? This may mean that there is something in the way of the blades of the fan. You must replace it, just unbending it will leave the fan unbalanced and can cause further issues, if it gets so bad that the blade bends.

If your HVAC system needs to be fixed or needs to be replaced, sometimes, it can be hard to figure out. If your bills are too high, it may pay to have it replaced, if your system frequently breaks down, is always turning on or off on its own, or. Otherwise, little things can just be fixed.

Be sure to check your evaporator coil drains frequently when your air conditioner is running. You can find water damage to your walls, floors and ceilings, if this tube backs up. If you end up with mold just use a solution of water and bleach to clean out the tube.

If you want to seriously extend the life of your HVAC system, as well as cut down your overall power bill, install ceiling fans in commonly used warm season rooms. Energy-star certified ceiling fans can sometimes cut your HVAC use in half. However, you won’t physically notice a difference in temperature.

Consider all of your alternatives before installing a central air conditioner. You can only cool certain rooms, use whole-house fans, or even make use of a geothermal system. The more efficient the system you set up, the less you’ll spend on utility bills over time as you use it.

When you buy a new air conditioning unit, don’t let the salesperson talk you into too large of a unit. This will be a waste of money and won’t efficiently cool your home. The longer a system runs, the more efficient it will be when it’s running, so look for one which runs 15 to 30 minutes.

Some air conditioners can ice up. In addition, the drain line sometimes freezes, and people often think that there is a plumbing leak. When you see ice, turn the unit to fan. Switching to the fan setting should start to melt the ice, even though you should leave the repair to a professional.

Whether you have an air conditioner in a window or outside your home, be sure to keep it in the shade. The cooler the air around it, and the cooler the condenser itself, the easier a time it will have of keeping the air inside your home cool as well.

If you want to ensure your air conditioner offers you great performance, keep it dry. Cool area, you’ll find that the efficiency goes up and the unit lasts a long time, if it is located in a dry. You can even buy a water vapor cooler to cool it as it is running.

Before agreeing to have any work done on your HVAC unit, get an estimate. This will help keep you from being surprised by a bill at the end. Any reputable technician should be able to look at your unit, determine the problem and give you an estimate as to how much it will cost to fix it.

Find a way to create shade over your outdoor HVAC unit if you can. This can actually save you money as shaded air being pulled in by the HVAC unit is typically 5 to 6 degrees cooler than air that’s heated by direct sunlight. It’s a smart solution to lowering those energy bills.

When you are looking to buy a new air conditioner, consider your climate. If you live in a hot, dry area, then an evaporative cooler will be your best bet. Opt for a compressor-style unit as it’s the only one which will work if you live in a humid area.

After reading the above article, you should understand the importance of proper maintenance when it comes to HVAC system. If you don’t take good care of your HVAC system, it will break down and end up costing you a fortune. So, remember what you learned, apply the tips, and you will see how long your HVAC system lasts.

Learn What You Need To Know Now About Buying The Best HVAC Equipment

hvac-repair-los-angelesAre you searching for information about HVAC systems because you have had problems in the past? Maybe you would just like solid tips on how to maintain the one you have? Either way, the following article was written as a guide to help anyone keep their HVAC system running the right way, so continue below.

Ask for referrals when hiring someone to install your HVAC system. You cannot simply take their word for it, though someone may seem like they know what they are doing. You should be able to call past customers to get an idea of what to expect from this particular installer.

If you want to keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently, make sure you replace or clean the air filter once a month. Check the owner’s manual on the a/c for instructions on how to clean the filter. Before reinstallling it, never run the unit when the filter is removed and let the filter dry.

Do not be surprised if the HVAC contractor you choose does an evaluation on your home. Any good contractor will spend time looking at the system you currently have and what the needs are for your home. They will also take a look at your duct system and look for air leaks.

Let others know if you do have a good experience with a HVAC product or contractor. Go online and post a review so that people can easily find out what and who brands to trust. At the same time, you can check reviews online to learn more yourself about what’s available.

An HVAC system is a really expensive investment. This is why you should do some browsing before purchasing your system. Try to find a good sale so you can get your system at a discount. Before making a decision, check out a couple of sites. A great site to begin is

When you have an outdoor unit, be sure to keep all plants, trees, flowers and shrubs at least two feet from it. Anything that grows inside it, either above the ground or even roots beneath the soil, can block it up and cause it to break. Give it some breathing room.

In order to avoid having any problems with your air conditioning unit, keep all vegetation at least two feet away from the outdoor unit. The unit should be clear of any vegetation on all sides and above. When you mow the lawn, aim the grass clippings away from the a/c unit. This will prevent grass getting inside the a/c and making it malfunction.

If your evaporator coil, found inside your home, becomes dirty, your unit will lose efficiency. Just pop off the front panel of the furnace and check to see that the coil is dry. Using a brush attachment on a vacuum, gently clean the coil of any dust or other debris.

Be sure to check your evaporator coil drains frequently when your air conditioner is running. If this tube backs up, you can find water damage to your walls, floors and ceilings. If you end up with mold just use a solution of water and bleach to clean out the tube.

Before you allow anyone to start doing work on your HVAC system, always ask for references. Call several of them to make sure that they are legitimate. Many people take the word of the contractor when it comes to customer satisfaction and that can prove to be a mistake in the end.

To reduce the air conditioning’s energy cost, close drapes, shades and blinds that cover windows which face the sun. Also, white shades will reflect the heat away from the house, keeping it cooler and saving you money. It is also recommended that you close the vents in rooms that are not used often. This will ensure that you are not spending money cooling less-used rooms.

To improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, think about placing a radiant barrier in your attic. This blocks heat from entering your home, which lowers how much energy is needed to keep it cool in the warm months. If you install the unit properly, you can even begin to use the attic as a bedroom as it will be so comfortable!

Choose white materials if you are thinking of installing a new roof and want it to also boost the efficiency of your HVAC. They reflect the sun’s heat so that your attic doesn’t get hot, and that means your air conditioner doesn’t have to labor as hard to cool your home.

After reading the above article, you should understand the importance of proper maintenance when it comes to HVAC system. It will break down and end up costing you a fortune if you don’t take good care of your HVAC system. So remember what you learned, apply the tips, and you will see how long your HVAC system lasts.