If your HVAC system is performing poorly or has a history of breakdowns, you might be asking yourself a question: Would my money be better spent if I hired a contractor to perform residential air conditioner service or if I invested in a whole new system?
On one hand, certified and professional heating and cooling technicians can sometimes whip malfunctioning equipment back into shape, and new, high-efficiency equipment costs more up front. This is often the best place to get started in answering the question "is it time to replace my older system?" Make sure to use a company that has technicians that are certified by NATE or North American Technician Excellence, so that you get a tech that has proven his capabilities through independent verification.
If it turns out that your system is old and perhaps inefficient or becoming unreliable, a new system can generate energy savings for years to come -- and often ends up costing less in the long term when you factor in repair bills along with energy use. Residential air conditioner service can help resolve a number of A/C issues. Call a technician if you experience:
WHEN TO CALL AN AC TECHNICIAN
- Rooms that won’t stay cool.
- Rising utility bills.
- Accumulated dirt and debris leading to reduced performance and energy loss.
- Insufficient output of cool air.
- A noisy system.
- Refrigerant leaks.
However, residential air conditioner service can only do so much for some systems. If you’ve been investing in regular maintenance, but your cooling bills are still unreasonably high and you're still frequently calling for service, investing in newer equipment could be a smart choice.
High-efficiency HVAC systems use less energy than older systems, and are much easier on the environment -- and your finances. If your central A/C unit is more than 12 years old, swapping it out for a high-efficiency model could slash your cooling costs by 30 percent, according to the federal government's Energy Star program.
One thing to keep in mind when shopping for a high-efficiency A/C: Air conditioner efficiency is rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). A SEER rating between 16 and 23 denotes a high-efficiency system that gets great “miles per gallon.” It converts the majority of fuel it consumes into usable cool air for your home.
To schedule residential air conditioner service or learn more about modern, high-efficiency equipment, contact P.K. Wadsworth. We’ve been proud to provide residential air conditioner service to the Cleveland area since 1936.
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