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Common Questions Homeowners Ask About Central Air Conditioning

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

homeowner question air conditioning systemOne of the most complex systems in your home is likely its central air conditioning system. Homeowners replace their home comfort system around once in their lives, so they are not familiar with the process.  The biggest question homeowners often wonder is if and when to replace their current systems, along with questions relating to the process, like:

  • When is it time to replace? A cooling system lasts from 12 to 15 years with routine maintenance. As these systems age, they tend to lose efficiency, and even if they're still functioning without breakdowns, it can make sense to replace it with a system with lower energy consumption
  • How do I get started? The first step in selecting an HVAC contractor for a system replacement or annual maintenance is to interview contractors in the local area. Those with NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification have proven their exceptional knowledge, technical skills and customer satisfaction. 
  • What's involved in the selection process? If you are going to stay in your home for a while or if you have significant complaints with the way your current system performs, it is likely best to evaluate the integrity of your home envelope by having a Home Performance (energy) Audit done for your residence.  
    • Next ,the contractor needs to conduct a load calculation of your home using Manual J software or equivalent manufacturer standard for sizing central air conditioning systems accurately. Without this analysis, you could install the wrong size that will decrease longevity, reduce comfort and increase energy consumption.
    • The final step is to choose the features you'd like in the system. Often upgraded systems have higher efficiency ratings that reduce cooling costs and increase comfort. New technology in these systems includes quiet motors, variable-speed operation and dual-speed compressors, all of which improve energy efficiency and better cooling throughout your home.  Look for strong warranties and guarantees to protect your investment in this important home system.  
  • What does the installation process include? Starting the installation process with a thorough ductwork inspection and analysis for its capacity will assure you that you'll get optimal efficiency from the system. Once the old equipment is removed, the new components will be put into place. It's crucial for the installation team to double check the refrigerant level before finishing the job, since refrigerant levels also drive its energy efficiency.

The pros at P.K. Wadsworth are NATE-certified and can help you through the decision to repair or replace your air conditioning equipment. Contact us today to learn more. We've provided HVAC services for the greater Cleveland area for more than 77 years.

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: air conditioning system, air conditioner repair, air conditioner replacement, central air conditioning

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