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Five Steps to Better Installation & Service

They say the devil is in the details, but at Vertex Mechanical we believe that being thorough in our installation and service of your home’s heating or cooling unit can deliver great results. Our commitment to the highest standards of quality and workmanship not only means we do it right the first time, it also translates into significant energy savings for our valued customers.

The next time you are shopping for a new unit or service, be sure to ask the provider if the company is committed to the following practices and policies:

#1 USE OF DIGITAL GAUGES – Studies suggest that 3 out of 4 systems are not properly charged, which can result in 5 to 20 percent lower efficiency. By using digital gauges we can more accurately calculate the charges and in turn provide better service to the unit.

#2 USE OF NITROGEN – According to another study, less than 7% of installers use Nitrogen when brazing refrigerant lines because of the extra time it takes. Not using Nitrogen during this step can cause unwanted abrasion and particles in the system, which can cause blockages and wear and tear of major components.

#3 PRESSURIZED FLUSHING AND AIR REMOVAL ON GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPS – We use a geothermal flush cart with a 3hp pump that allows us to flush systems at the velocity required for proper air removal and system pressurization. Beware of the gravity non-pressurized installs that require homeowners to maintain the fill the system and tend to be more problematic.

#4 WARRANTIES – A quality HVAC provider should be willing to offer both a lifetime workmanship warranty as well as a system replacement warranty. In addition, Vertex offers complimentary maintenance service on the first anniversary of your unit’s installation.

#5 CERTIFICATIONS – Vertex encourages ongoing training for its technicians, allowing us to find the best solution to meet your unique needs. Our company is certified by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, giving us access to the latest advancements in the geothermal industry. We are also certified bore-hole drillers, ensuring proper depths and techniques for your geothermal system. Vertex lead installers and service techs are all NATE (North American Technical Excellence) certified. Only the best technicians achieve this certification, giving you the peace of mind that the job will be done properly.

The next time you are in need of a new heating or cooling unit or are just looking for service on your existing system, be sure to do your homework and find a provider that offers comprehensive installation and service backed by a well-trained technician who gets it right the first time.

Sources: Energy Star, Texas A&M University

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