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Posted on January 30, 2018

How to Choose Your Air Conditioning Specialist?

What should I look for when selecting an air conditioning contractor?  Since the climate control system you install is only as good as the contractor who installs it, choosing a qualified HVAC contractor is essential to having a home or building that is comfortable in all conditions and will last a long time. Skilled workers will determine the outcome of any major HVAC project, whether that is a completely new install, replacement of existing equipment, or upgrading ductwork and related systems. The best contractors have many years of experience in installing multiple kinds of heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

Home AC Replacement

So you need a new air conditioner and are trying to decide whether or not to try and save some money by having the new unit installed without a detailed analysis of your home's or business's actual cooling needs. This technique is quite common in many areas and many contractors don't see any problem with this method; however if you are looking for improved performance or efficiency, a professional installer should be able to assess your requirements and recommend the best approach before proceeding.

Furnace Service and Repair

Air conditioning is an essential part of any house's climate control.  If the installation is done improperly then there is a chance the system will be too small to be adequate, or too large to be efficient.  When in doubt, seeking a professional's help is always advisable.

How You Know You Need Furnace Repair

Natural Gas Furnace Maintenance This article will help to explain what the different parts of a home Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system are and help you understand what work is being specified on an HVAC repair price list. For the purposes of this example, we will look at the components of an all-electric split heat pump system most typical in home HVAC installations.The heat pump itself is the outdoor portion of the system. It consists primarily of the compressor, condenser coil, and fan. It also houses the reversing valve and electrical contractors. This is where your service technician will hook up his pressure gauges to see if there is the correct amount of refrigerant in your system. If refrigerant is needed, it is installed here through a port. The bottle containing the freon will be weighed by a scale before and after filling your system to determine how much was used, and you would be charged by the pound. If there is a refrigerant leak in the coil it can usually be repaired, but all the refrigerant may have to be pumped out and reinstalled. Sometimes the fins on the condenser coil will be bent up due to hail damage or may be dirty. These can be combed out again or cleaned for little cost. If the fan or compressor do not run, or the reversing valve does not change the system from heating to cooling, it is possible that only a contactor may need to be replaced. These contactors, thankfully, are low cost components. But if a fan motor or compressor needs to be replaced, it can be more expensive. The compressor is the most expensive component and can be several hundred dollars to replace. If the condenser coil is badly damaged or the compressor needs to be replaced, it might be time to consider a new heat pump, particularly if much more energy efficient options are available.Indoors you have the air handler, which consists of the evaporator coils, indoor fan, air filtration system, humidifier, and a plenum for air vents. One of the most expensive repairs here can be for an under-slab plenum that has rusted out; this can sometimes require that part of the slab be demolished and reconstructed. It is unusual that anything goes wrong with the evaporator coils, but sometimes they need to be cleaned, which is an inexpensive operation. If the indoor fan motor needs to be replaced, it can be moderately costly. The air filtration system and humidifier usually only require simple repairs, replacement of filters, floats, small motors, etc. There are also some control electronics including the thermostat; these can range in price from inexpensive to moderately costly. If the heat pump outside needs to be replaced, it is possible that you may want to replace the indoor air handler also if it will help provide you with the energy efficiency of a new system. Hopefully this will help you to have a better idea of what you are looking at next time you get a repair bill for your HVAC system. Don't be afraid to ask questions of your service technician, and if you don't feel comfortable with any aspect of the repair or if it's very expensive, be sure to get a second opinion before going forward.

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