Colleen Salzman

Air Conditioner Tune Up

Summer is coming and soon enough it will be time to turn on your air conditioner. It is important to have your air conditioner checked out before the Summer heat arrives. It is important to have your unit inspected by a professional HVAC company so you can reduce your energy usage. When there are deficiencies in a unit such as low refrigerant levels, or clogged coils it causes your air conditioner to work harder and uses more utilities.

In addition to reducing utility bills, tune ups on your air conditioner can prevent on untimely breakdowns.There is nothing worse than coming home from work on a hot summer day and discovering you have no air conditioning. When you tune up your air conditioner, the professional technician will be able to notify you of any potential issues with your unit. 90% of the time problems with your air conditioner can be detected by a simple tune up. Technicians will report their findings and recommendations, if any, and you can address the problems without any down time. You will also have time to think about if the repair is the best option for you or if it is more cost effective to purchase a new air conditioner. The more information you have allows you to make an educated decision instead of a rushed one due to extreme temperatures outside.

During the tune up on your air conditioner, the technician will essentially give you an overall health report of your unit. Including potential problems and the expected lifespan of your air conditioning unit. It allows consumers to be prepared as to an idea when they may need a new air conditioning unit. No one likes to have to have an unplanned expense. Getting a tune up on your unit, can help you plan for the future.

Colleen Salzman

Should you repair your AC? Or is it time to replace?

There are many factors when trying to decide if you should repair or replace your air conditioning system.

Repair Cost: If you have had trouble with your air conditioning system, how much will it cost to repair it? Major components such as a failed compressor or a leaking system can be quite costly. Before getting any costly repair work done, I recommend getting an estimate for a new system. Estimates for new systems are free. You can then use a cost comparison for the repair vs a new unit. I also recommend speaking to your trusted technician. If the repair needed on your unit is a minor one and you have had no major issues with the unit, many contractors would recommend preforming the minor repair. It is important to make sure you are educated on the overall condition of your system and the repair that is being suggested to you. Ask your contractor questions about the repair being done. The more you know about your system, the better decisions you can make.

Age: Is your air conditioner towards the upper end of system expectancy? Manufactures state that the average air conditioner lasts between 10-15 years. If your air conditioner is anywhere in end of expectancy age range it would be a good idea to start budgeting for a new unit. Get a tune-up and cleaning done on your air conditioner by a qualified technician in the spring season. As a homeowner, you will be will informed of the health of your system and you will be able to make education decisions on your unit.

For more information about repairing or replacing your air conditioner, contact a qualified HVAC contractor.