Frequently Asked Questions

Proper maintenance on your air conditioning unit can prolong the life of your system.

The following are a list of the frequently asked questions about your AC unit to help you determine how to get the most out of your system.

How often should I change my filter?2018-08-18T16:11:37+00:00

Generally, a one-inch filter lasts 30 days to 90 days. The circumstances depend on your home, if you have pets, an older home, allergies or dust, then you may have to change the filter more frequently.

What is SEER?2018-08-18T16:43:38+00:00

Seer stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the seer the higher the higher the miles per gallon and energy efficiency of your HVAC unit.

The air is blowing hot, what should I check?2018-08-18T16:45:54+00:00

There are a few common causes that are easy to fix when your air conditioner is blowing hot. First, check that your thermostat isn’t set to its heat setting and that the fan is switched “on.” Then, check your outside unit. If it looks clogged with dirt, leaves, or other debris, it could be affecting the cold air that it produces. The unit may also have lost power either at the breaker or because on an emergency shutoff switch.

What is the difference between a compressor and a condenser?2018-08-18T16:49:15+00:00

A condenser is the piece of outdoor equipment. The compressor is the part within the condenser which pumps refrigerant through the system.

What is the average life expectancy of equipment?2018-08-18T16:50:18+00:00

Most systems have a lifetime of 10 to 20 years. As your equipment gets older, it’s efficiency can decrease dramatically. You may notice that it gets noisier and needs repairs more often. When a unit begins to show it’s age, you have two choices. You can overhaul the system or replace it. Because heating and cooling technologies improve over time, a new system designed with newer, more energy-efficient equipment makes sense, especially if your system is 10 or more years old. We can estimate the cost of a new system as well as a payback schedule that will show you how newer technology will pay you back in lower energy usage.

Would installing a programmable thermostat really save me money?2018-08-18T17:03:15+00:00

Getting a programmable thermostat will save you money. Programmable thermostats are designed to auto adjust the temperature throughout the day, which can save you between 15 to 25% on cooling costs. When you get your thermostat installed, make sure it is not placed in an area where the temperatures can easily fluctuate.

How often should I put Freon in my unit?2018-08-18T17:03:55+00:00

You should never really have to put Freon in your unit; it’s a sealed system. If you’re putting Freon in your unit, it’s leaking somewhere.

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