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FAQs

Do you have a question about your heating and cooling system? Here are some of the answers to the most common questions we’re asked at Maytag HVAC.

How often should I change my furnace filter?

While this really depends on a lot of factors, your filter should be changed at least every few months – maybe even more frequently. It can be scary just how much gunk is filtered out of your indoor air. Make sure, at the very minimum, you take a look at your furnace filter at the beginning of both the heating and cooling seasons.

Does it matter which HVAC system I choose?

While any system may be able to heat and cool your home (if it is working properly), you may be missing out on benefits if you choose one system over the other. For example, a high-efficiency gas furnace installed in a home in the North is going to save the homeowner more than that same unit installed in a home in the South. The best place to turn for system advice is your local heating and cooling contractor.

How do I find a contractor?

If you are looking for a Maytag HVAC contractor, you can start your search with our dealer locator.

Do I need preventative maintenance?

The best way to keep your heating and air conditioning equipment running is to have it looked at regularly by your contractor. You should have your furnace/heating system inspected in the fall. And, you should have your air conditioner/cooling unit checked out in the spring. This is so you catch any problems before they turn into an emergency. Peak heating and cooling seasons are busy times for contractors, and if you have to make an emergency maintenance call you may end up waiting longer than you’d like for your contractor to come out and resolve the issue.

What should I do if my furnace is not heating?

If you turn on your furnace and do not receive warm air, it is not advised that you attempt to fix your own unit. While you can do simple things (like make sure the unit is turned on or that your registers are opened) we encourage you to turn off your equipment and call your local heating and cooling specialist.

What should I do if my air conditioner is not cooling?

While there are a few things you can check (i.e. the unit is turned on, the registers are open, you haven’t blown a fuse, etc.) it is not advised that you attempt to fix your cooling system on your own. If your air conditioner or heat pump is not cooling, turn off your equipment and call your local heat and cooling contractor.

What are the different heating and cooling systems?

There are many different heating and cooling systems that you can choose. Here are some of the different types of residential ducted units that Maytag HVAC offers:

  • Split Systems
    • Air Conditioners
    • Air-Source Heat Pumps
    • Gas Furnaces
    • Air Handlers
    • Evaporator Coils
  • Packaged Systems
    • Air Conditioners
    • Heat Pumps
    • Dual-Fuel Systems (Heat Pump and Gas Furnace)
    • Gas Packs (Air Conditioner and Gas Furnace)

This is at a very basic level. With your new heating and cooling equipment you also want to check out thermostats, indoor air quality systems and air distribution methods (your ductwork).

Air conditioner or heat pump?

Can’t decide whether to go with an air conditioner or heat pump? Although you really can’t go wrong with either, one may be better than the other based on where you live. A heat pump, in addition to cooling your home during the summer, can also use electricity to heat your home. Electric heating power can be good for seasonal transitions and in areas where it costs more to heat your home with gas.

What is a packaged system?

Packaged systems contain all of your heating and cooling components in one unit that sits outside of your home. Typically, you aren’t going to switch between a packaged and a split system. If you are replacing your unit, you should go with the system setup that is already in your home.

What is a split system?

Split systems include an outdoor condenser and either an indoor evaporator coil and furnace OR an air handler. The other type of system, packaged, contains all components in one unit that sits outside of your home. Typically, you aren’t going to switch between a packaged and a split system. If you are replacing your unit, you should go with the system setup that is already in your home.

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