Why have maintenance service of my Air Conditioner?
Having annual preseason checkups for your cooling system helps keep air conditioning and heating systems operating at peak performance. Maintaining equipment prevents unnecessary problems and extra costs. Scheduling for service is easier than during busy peak seasons. Consider having your cooling systems checked in the winter or spring and heating systems in the fall.
How long can we expect our A/C unit to last?
In general, you can expect about a 15-year life span for most A/Cs. A poorly designed and installed system may only last 6 or 7 years, while a system that is properly sized, designed, installed and has been well maintained can last well over 20 years.
Why is changing the air filter so important?
If you have ever scheduled a service call for an Air Conditioner problem, you may have noticed that one of the very first things a trained technician does is check the condition of the air filter. It is not recommended to wait until a filter is completely clogged or blocks all light through it. A dirty filter can be the cause behind a long list of A/C problems such as:
- The blower motor can be strained due to restricted airflow, reducing its life.
- Blower fan and compressor run longer to offset restricted airflow using more electricity and increasing utility bills.
- Indoor air quality is reduced as an obstructed filter no longer efficiently removes airborne particulates including pollen, mold spores and dust mites.
- Dirty filters often serve as a breeding ground for microorganisms & bacteria that contaminate indoor air. Often indoor allergies are worsended.
- When your Air filter is clogged, a condition called air bypass results which allows unfiltered air to circulate continuously through your ductwork. Accumulations of dust inside your ducts may require eventual duct cleaning in order to restore healthy air quality.
What is involved in replacing an old system?
Aside from the placement of the new equipment, We will inspect several items and make a determination of whether or not these items need to be supplied, replaced or often reused reducing installation costs. Some of the items include: ductwork, insulation, refrigerant piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat, condensate piping, flue piping, flue terminations, chimney liner, slabs, filters, driers, registers, grills, drain pans and evaporator coil. Overall functionality is examined to be sure anything that contributed to the issues of the older system are eliminated. Little things like the angle of drainage lines may have no real expense for the installation although are of extreme importance in operation.
What is the SEER rating for Air Conditioners?
SEER is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Higher the SEER ratings mean greater efficiency. Since January 2006, the federal government mandated that all new central air conditioning equipment be at least SEER-13, but there is equipment available rated as high as SEER-18 and even SEER-23.
Is duct cleaning necessary?
To find out if your ducts need cleaning, pull off some supply and return registers and take a look. If a new system is being installed, you might want to consider a duct cleaning at the same time, because chances are the new blower will be more powerful than the old one and will stir up a lot of dust.
As the supply ducts blow air into the rooms, return ducts inhale airborne dust and suck it back into the blower. As moisture is added to this mixture and you’ve got a breeding ground for allergy-inducing molds, mites, and bacteria. Many filters commonly used today can’t keep dust and debris from streaming into the air, and over time, sizable accumulations can form — think dust bunnies, but bigger.
A clean heating & cooling system offers such benefits as cleaner indoor air, longer equipment life, and lower energy costs. Clean systems can also perform more efficiently, which may decrease energy costs, and last longer, reducing the need for costly replacement or repairs. Cleaning has little effect on air quality, primarily because most indoor dust drifts in from the outdoors. But it does get rid of the stuff that mold and bacteria grow on, and that means less of it gets airborne, a boon to allergy sufferers.