Top 5 Most Common AC Questions

Top 5 Most Common AC Questions

Posted by
Ed Miller on Sun, Dec 23, 2012

To keep your AC unit running optimally, it is important to have scheduled routine maintenance performed by a licensed contractor. They can help determine if any issues require a repair or replacement of your AC unit, and can help you maintain its efficiency.

Operating and maintaining a heating and cooling unit can extend its life for many years. A well-maintained AC unit will significantly reduce the amount of energy it takes to produce comfortable air throughout the year. By taking a proactive approach, and performing a scheduled maintenance routine on your unit once or twice every year, will keep it operating smoothly year round. The top five most common AC questions can help you manage and operate your air conditioning unit to generate premium performance. The questions include:

How do I select the best heating cooling contractor?

It is important to always select an air-conditioning company contractor that is fully licensed, bonded, and insured in your community. They will need to have comprehensive knowledge of AC units with the skills and tools to fully assess the AC unit’s electrical, venting, and ductwork systems.

What are the best size, model and brand of AC equipment for my home?

A competent, licensed HVAC contractor can help you determine the best products, sizes, and brand of unit for your home. They will perform a heat loss calculation to determine exactly how large a unit will be required for the size and condition of your home.

Do I really need to replace my unit or can it be repaired?

You might be able to simply repair your unit if it is less than 12 years old and has been properly maintained every year. Additionally, if repairs are less than $400, or if it has a compressor or heat exchanger that is in optimal operating condition, it might be more beneficial to simply repair the unit. However, if your home’s utility costs are high, or the air quality is bad, it might be time to replace the unit. If the air exchanger or compressor is deteriorating, repair costs are over $400, or no maintenance has ever been performed on the unit, it is likely time to replace the air conditioner. Additionally, models older than 12 years have usually outlived their life expectancy.

How do I improve my AC unit efficiency?

Performing routine maintenance annually on your unit can improve its efficiency.

How often do I need to change my filters?

Air filters in a typical home usually need to be cleaned or changed every 3 to 4 weeks.

A scheduled routine maintenance program will find problems with your AC unit before they turn into major issues. Cleaning air filters on a regular basis can minimize air pollutants while increasing the efficiency of the unit.


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