FAQ

FAQ2020-11-09T11:22:53-05:00

Smart Maintenance is a “smart” way to manage your HVAC system. It uses custom sensors to detect up to 80-percent of HVAC issues before they happen.

How much does a new HVAC system cost in Columbia, MD?2020-11-24T12:42:00-05:00

It depends on the system that you purchase and install.  The two most common HVAC installations we provide are as follows:

Split systems are an average of $7,500 to $10,000.

Mini-split (ductless) systems are usually $8,000 to $15,000.

What HVAC services do you offer in Columbia?2020-11-24T12:41:26-05:00

We offer our full range of HVAC, heating, cooling, and plumbing services.  This includes insulation, furnace repairs, general HVAC maintenance, air quality control, and everything else your home needs to be comfortable and efficient!

How does the average temperature and climate of Columbia affect my heating and cooling?2020-11-24T12:40:24-05:00

This is a great question!

Columbia, MD, is located in an area that experiences the full range of seasons and temperatures over a years’ time.  It can have a combination of serious heat in the summer and uncomfortable cold in the winter.  According to The Weather Channel, the average monthly highs and lows for the greater Columbia areas are as follows (all temperatures in Fahrenheit):

January: 41 and 22

February: 45 and 24

March: 44 and 31

April: 66 and 39

May: 75 and 49

June: 83 and 58

July: 87 and 63

August: 85 and 61

September: 79 and 54

October: 68 and 42

November: 56 and 34

December: 45 and 26

What HVAC services do you offer in Silver Spring?2020-11-24T10:15:49-05:00

We offer our full range of HVAC, heating, cooling, and plumbing services.  This includes insulation, furnace repairs, general HVAC maintenance, air quality control, and everything else your home needs to be comfortable and efficient!

How much does a new HVAC system cost in Silver Spring?2020-11-24T10:14:50-05:00

It depends on the system that you purchase and install.  The two most common HVAC installations we provide are as follows:

Split systems are an average of $7,500 to $10,000.

Mini-split (ductless) systems are usually $8,000 to $15,000.

How does the average temperature and climate of Silver Spring affect my heating and cooling?2020-11-24T10:14:21-05:00

This is a great question!

Although Silver Spring is located in a milder climate area, it can have a combination of serious heat in the summer and uncomfortable cold in the winter.  According to The Weather Channel, the average monthly highs and lows for the greater Silver Spring, MD, areas are as follows (all temperatures in Fahrenheit):

January: 42 and 25

February: 46 and 28

March: 55 and 35

April: 66 and 44

May: 75 and 54

June: 84 and 64

July: 89 and 69

August: 87 and 67

September: 80 and 60

October: 69 and 47

November: 57 and 38

December: 47 and 30

How does the average temperature and climate of the Bethesda area affect my heating and cooling?2020-11-23T16:48:47-05:00

This is a great question!

Although Bethesda is located in a more mild climate area, it can have a combination of serious heat in the summer and uncomfortable cold in the winter.  According to Weatherspark, the average monthly highs and lows for the greater Bethesda, MD, areas are as follows (all temperatures in Fahrenheit):

January: 43 & 23

February: 47 and 26

March: 56 and 33

April: 68 and 42

May: 76 and 52

June: 84 and 61

July: 88 and 66

August: 86 and 65

September: 80 and 58

October: 68 and 45

November: 57 and 35

December: 47 and 28

How much does a new HVAC system cost in Bethesda?2020-11-23T16:40:36-05:00

It depends on the system that you purchase and install.  The two most common HVAC installations we provide are as follows:

Split systems are an average of $7,500 to $10,000.

Mini-split (ductless) systems are usually $8,000 to $15,000.

What HVAC services do you offer in Bethesda?2020-11-23T16:38:39-05:00

We offer our full range of HVAC, heating, cooling, and plumbing services.  This includes insulation, furnace repairs, general HVAC maintenance, air quality control, and everything else your home needs to be comfortable and efficient!

Is Your Furnace Making a Loud Banging Noise?2020-11-05T10:40:39-05:00

It’s not uncommon for furnaces to emit strange noises. Normal sounds you may hear are tiny little pops or hums as the furnace runs. However, when your furnace is louder than usual and you start hearing startling noises you have never heard before, then it is time to talk to your HVAC technician about some maintenance and repairs. In addition to the banging and thumping, here are some other furnace noises that you should not ignore.

  • Clicking: A clicking noise is normal when you are turning your furnace on and off. However, if the clicking noise continues this could be an indication that something is faulty with the gas, relay, wiring, ignition or even electrical control.
  • Scraping: Hearing a scraping noise from your furnace means it’s highly likely that the blower wheel is in trouble. The scraping noise can occur because it’s possible that the wheel is loose, fallen or has broken entirely.
  • Rattling: A rattling noise from your furnace could be from something as simple as a loose cover panel or a few loose screws. But rattling noises can also be tricky to diagnose as they can also be an indication of a more significant problem with your furnace such as a malfunction in the furnace’s motor or even a leak in the heat exchanger.
  • Squealing: A squealing sound from your furnace is not a good sign and can be the result of a damaged blower belt or blower motor. Squealing could also be a sign that the bearings need some oil.

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What types of alerts will I receive?2020-10-28T13:54:21-04:00

The smart maintenance system sends alerts in three categories: Caution, Warning, and Urgent.

Caution alerts identify an intermittent system performance issue or a minor inefficiency. These do not require immediate attention, however taking action may help you save money on the operation of your HVAC equipment. For example, we may send you an alert to check or replace your air filter. Changing it, makes your system run better and saves you money.

We issue warning alerts when there’s an issue that could lead to a breakdown or an inefficient system. For example, we’ll warn you if we detect water and your HVAC system turned off.

An urgent alert requires immediate attention. For example, your home’s temperature dropped below freezing.

What type of information does the alert include?2020-10-28T13:51:56-04:00

Every alert includes an explanation of the identified problem as well as a recommended action. Your email alert will also include Minnick’s contact information so you can quickly and conveniently schedule a repair.

When can I expect to receive my Monthly System Report?2020-10-28T13:46:46-04:00

We email reports the second week of every month. If you sign up for a Smart Maintenance service in the middle of the month, you’ll receive your first report in the month following your first full month of service.

What is Smart Maintenance?2020-10-28T14:24:27-04:00

Smart Maintenance is a remote monitoring system that prevents and predicts HVAC issues and protects your comfort. Custom sensors collect and analyze never-before-seen HVAC data. That way, we can prevent breakdowns, extend the life of your system, and save you time and money.

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