Replacing Your Air Conditioner – When Is It Time To Say Goodbye?

Written by Mark Maxon on . Posted in Blog, Heating and Air Conditioning

The warm summer months are upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about the air conditioning system in your home. Is your air conditioner in good enough shape to get you through the summer comfortably? How can you tell if it’s not? Is it better to simply repair your current system or replace it altogether?

Is It Time To Say Goodbye?

Probably the most obvious evidence that it’ time to replace your HVAC system is irregularity in temperature and lack of temperature control. If you’re uncomfortable, something needs to be done. Many factors could cause irregularities such as one or more rooms being extremely cool while others get no cool air, including problems with ducts and air flow, but it may be caused by an aging or malfunctioning air conditioning system. If your system is outdated or malfunctioning, the solution calls for more than just air conditioning repair: it’s probably time for a new HVAC unit. You must note that generally, air conditioning systems are not made to last more than ten years; beyond that point, you are better off replacing the system than attempting to repair it.

Older air conditioners also tend to be inefficient when compared to newer models. SEER ratings are an industry wide standard measuring HVAC efficiency, and new models are required to have a SEER rating of at least 13. If you have an older model with a low SEER rating (below 13), replacing your system will help you save money simply from an efficiency standpoint; you won’t have to run your air conditioning as long or as high as you currently do.

Another indicator of the need for a new A/C unit is constant problems and repairs. The more your system breaks down, the more expensive the repairs get; you will save yourself time, money, and hassle by replacing the air conditioning system early on in the process. When you see a recurring pattern of problems and repairs, it’s time to consider replacing your air conditioning; the repairs will only get more frequent and more expensive.

Not all HVAC companies and air conditioning installers are created equal. With ten years of experience, CTR is a leading air conditioning company in Utah. You can trust us to accurately assess your current air conditioning system and to help you choose and install a new one, if necessary.

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The Dangers Of Ignoring Your Air Conditioner

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Bad luck, Murphy’s Law, bad karma—whatever you want to call it, it’s just a fact. If your air conditioner is going to go out, it will probably go out on the hottest day of the year! That is why it is so important to have a trusted and proved air conditioning company you can turn to when you need them. Whether you are looking for air conditioning installers or air conditioning repair services, knowing you are covered will give you peace of mind and consistent comfort at home.

Small Causes Can Lead to Small Problems

Even with a brand new system, problems can arise; some problems start with the air conditioning installers themselves. Inexperienced or careless installers sometimes leave behind leaky duct work that diminishes the air flow and strains the system. They can also fail to properly charge the refrigerant coolant according to manufacturer specifications. Poor service and shabby repairs, especially when it comes to the refrigerant charge, cause problems as well. But the most common cause of air conditioning problems is the homeowner. Improper operation and inadequate maintenance will bring down an AC unit system in no time. Few people take time to read the operating manual, and many fail to provide basic routine maintenance for their system.

Small Problems Can Lead to Bigger Problems

Maintenance really is the key to keeping an AC system, as well as the homeowner, healthy. Ignoring even the smallest problem will not make it go away; in fact, a small problem can quickly lead to some pretty expensive and usually quite inconvenient air conditioning repairs, not to mention higher utility bills. There are several signs a homeowner can look for that would indicate a sick or struggling unit:

● Clogged air filters or decreased air flow
● Strange noises or frequent cycling of the system
● A moldy odor or ice on the unit or its piping
● A tripped breaker or an outdoor fan that doesn’t come on

Some fixes are rather inexpensive, such as changing out the air filters every one to three months. This alone keeps dust from building up in the system, which can lead to clogged pipes and mold growth. Other problems really do require an air conditioning company with the knowledge and skill to correctly diagnose and fix them. You don’t want to wait until the whole system fails to take action. You’ll definitely be sweating then.

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Energy Efficient Air Conditioners

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Everybody wants their home to be a place of comfort and refreshment during the scorching summer heat. The trick to staying cool during the warmer months for an affordable price lies in the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. If your house is being cooled by an old unit, or if your energy bill is simply too high to afford daily comfort, it may be time to contact your local HVAC company. You may be surprised how much an energy efficient air conditioner can impact your comfort and your wallet.

Benefits of Energy Efficient Air Conditioners

One of the most obvious benefits to making the change to an energy efficient air conditioning unit is the money you will save each month on your energy bill. One way to ensure that your cost is minimized is to have the right sized unit. Contrary to popular belief, bigger is not always better. If an air conditioning unit is too large, then it will cool the space too quickly and shut off before it has time to dehumidify the house, leaving the house cold and clammy. In addition, the starting, stopping, and restarting of the AC unit wastes electricity and puts unwanted strain on the compressor. Your local air conditioning company in Utah can help determine the appropriate size unit for your house based on several factors such as the size of your house, local climate, window size, and even shade offered from nearby trees.

Key Features of Energy Efficient Air Conditioners

There are several features that you will want to make sure are present in your new air conditioning unit to provide maximum efficiency. A high quality air conditioning unit is no doubt an investment, but it is sure to be one that pays for itself over time. It is crucial that you know what characteristics will make it a valuable investment.

● Quiet compressor with a sound blanket
● High Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)
● Right size AC unit (measured in British Thermal Units to Watt Hours)
● Scroll compressor
● Good metal cabinet for coil protection

Make it Last

Now that you have decided to upgrade your cooling system, and join in on the life of affordable luxury, you need to determine to protect your investment. Make sure to have your HVAC specialist conduct routine maintenance checks to ensure that your machine is running efficiently. This will give you added comfort and peace of mind.

 

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5 “Must-Haves” When Choosing a Heating and Air Conditioning Company

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Whenever you have to find a company for air conditioning repair or furnace repair, it is important that you choose the right company. There are many companies to choose from, all claiming to be the best. However it’s up to you determine who is actually the best among all the competition, then approach them for their services. This article offers you some of the tips that you need to keep in mind before approaching any company for their services regarding heating and air conditioning.
1. First and foremost, the company that you are choosing should be focused on satisfying their customers by providing the best in everything, especially the quality. Quality is the most important feature to look out for whenever you’re in need of a company that has to provide you with air conditioner installation or furnace installation.

2. The second most important feature that you should look for in the company that you are opting for is that they should treat their customers in a fair and honest way. There are many companies which put on a façade of being the best but internally its aim is to cheat people and make money out of their need. There have been fraudulent cases as well with this regard. Hence it is better to have good background knowledge about the company you are choosing. Gephardt Approved is a way of seeing what companies are honest and fair in everything they do.

3. The company that you are opting for should be reachable at any time. They also need to be easily accessible. Some companies even have an emergency service line available. Also, check to see whether the company has a website or not. Most companies today have a web page where you can leave a message for them, find their hours, or even their emergency phone number. This information is usually crucial when deciding what company to call.

4. The company that you are wanting to choose should give the best service at a reasonable price. Most of the time, the price depends on the type of service you are wanting from the company. Sometimes there are disparities, but it’s mostly due to the different services required of the company. Keeping this in mind, you have to judge whether the payment for the services they are providing for you are reasonable or not.

5. Last but not the least, a good company always provides good guidance to its customers regarding the problems they are facing. Since the company has experience of dealing with all problems, they can advise the customers better, even after the company is done doing their initial job. Great companies are always willing to give you advice to prevent future problems from occurring.

Therefore these are some of the five most important elements when choosing a heating and air conditioning company.

Testimonials

  • Kathy K.

    “Today my outside air conditioning unit went out while inside it was blowing hot air. The heat in the house got up to 85 degrees in the evening, what would it be in the middle of a hot summer day. Kris Keller was here within the hour and had it fixed in no time at all. It’s only been an hour since he left but it’s already down to 78 degrees in here. I’m loving the feel of the cool air. THANK YOU!”

  • Ray W.

    This is a company you can count on! Purchased my heater several months ago last night at 10:50pm we realized it was not working. I called them expecting to leave a message that our furnace was not working to my surprise the phone was answered by a person who was very helpful in getting my information and scheduling someone to come the next day and on top of that they showed up early and got us up and running, our service guy (Chris) was very informative on what caused our issue; by the way it was human error nothing was wrong with the operation of our furnace. We found this company at the home show last year, they have gained our respect and loyalty for years to come.

  • Kevin L.

    We called ctr after a friend recommended them. our ac compressor had bit the dust in St George. Kris the owner came down in just 2 days and had us a new upgraded unit and saved us 200 over others we called. they were very professional and left our house clean :). thanks for the great job and the quick response!

  • Sherrie A.

    CTR recently installed a new furnace for me. There were very professional and did a great job! That’s my review.

  • Fred B.

    My recent experience with CTR was great! My AC was down and out for days. CTR replaced the Heater/AC problem in only 5 hours. Well appreciated.

  • M. S.

    I purchased a home where the central AC unit wasn’t even connected to the house. Called various HVAC companies in the middle of summer; many could not make it for a couple of days, others quoted a fee just to come to my home to look at the unit. I contacted CTR, and not only they were there the same day, they did not charge a trip fee.

    Kris and his crew connected the central air conditioner to my home, charged it and even stayed late into the evening to ensure the my AC was working as it should.

    I was very impressed with their quick response time and willingness to go above and beyond! I have recommended CTR Heating and Air to others and will continue to do so.

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