Air Conditioners: Everything You Need to Know
New Berlin HVAC Company Helps You Understand Your AC System
Summer is around the corner and it’s time to think about your air conditioning system. Do you need to remove the AC cover? Should you have it professionally inspected and tuned-up before you turn it on? Perhaps it’s time to replace your cooling system with a newer high efficient HVAC system? Capital Heating & Cooling can answer these questions and more for you!
How Does an Air Conditioning System Work?
The traditional residential forced air conditioning system consists of a:
- Compressor and condenser located outside
- Evaporator coil usually as part of your furnace inside
- Ductwork system
These main components work together to move warm air from inside the home to over a cooled indoor coil; blowing the warm air over the cooled coil transfers the heat to the coil, thereby “cooling” the air. The cooled air is expedited through your ductwork system delivering the cooled air to different areas inside your home. Holes, leaks or damage to your ductwork means your freshly cooled air is escaping – on your dime.
Do I Need Air Conditioning Maintenance?
To keep your warrantees active, HVAC manufacturers require you have an annual AC tune-up performed by a professional HVAC Company. Proper maintenance extends the life of your equipment by 8-10 years and reduces breakdowns – which are both favorable for the HVAC manufacturer because it lowers the chance of you submitting a claim. Importantly, yearly cleaning and adjustments from a qualified HVAC professional are critical in terms of your air conditioner performance. Proper maintenance means your cooling system uses less energy to operate which means lower energy bills for you. The cost of annual AC maintenance is far less than the money you’ll save on energy bills and cost of air conditioner repairs.
How Much Does AC Maintenance Cost?
How to Prepare an AC for Spring
Your air conditioning system has been sitting stagnant for almost 9 months. Hopefully you’ve had the outdoor condenser unit cover on to avoid damage by the elements and animal urine. Spring is the ideal time to have a professional HVAC Company clean your AC and make adjustments to ensure it operates safely and efficiently all summer. 90% of HVAC repairs are due to lack of proper maintenance; the cost of AC maintenance is far less than the cost of an emergency air conditioner repair.
Can I remove the AC cover? While you technically can remove the AC cover yourself, this should be included in your annual maintenance visit. The AC cover itself protects the outdoor condenser unit during fall, winter and spring from elements, debris, and even dog urine. Your local HVAC Company will remove the AC cover, clean it, store it if you choose, and replace it when summer is over.
Winterizing Your AC is just as important. Preparing your air conditioning system for winter is just as important; if not shut down properly, it can result in damages over the long cold winter. Shutting down your AC system is recommended for a variety of reasons – including preventing your air conditioner from turning on accidentally during the winter, which could potentially cause water to get into the unit and freeze. A winter AC cover prevents the compressor from getting dirty and wet, which can cause it to rust; replacing an AC compressor is big bucks.
Do I Need A New Air Conditioner?
Residential air conditioning systems typically last 12-15 years before they begin breaking down and operating less efficiently on a regular basis. The lifetime of your air conditioning system depends on how well you’ve taken care of it over the years; proper maintenance can extend the life of your AC by 8-10 years. Some telltale signs that it’s time to upgrade to a new air conditioning system include: strange noises like banging or clanking, repairs are needed to major parts like the blower motor or condenser, energy bills are climbing regardless of how much you use your air, and frequent breakdowns. If you’re experiencing some or all of these signs it’s probably going to be more cost effective to replace your AC system.
Should I Get a High Efficient AC System?
When comparing features and costs if new air conditioning systems, efficiency is something you’ll want to consider. High efficient variable speed air conditioning equipment works smarter to manage the cooling needs of your home or facility compared to a single stage air conditioner. High efficient variable speed AC units automatically adjusts how hard it works based on your home or facility’s cooling needs. A single stage air conditioning system simply turns on and off using the same amount of power whether you need it or not. High efficient AC installation costs more than a single stage but you’ll save more money on your monthly energy bills, quickly recouping the cost difference.
A conventional air conditioning system is a forced air system that works with a duct system, furnace and outdoor condenser unit. This is the most affordable air conditioner to install and replace, so for new construction and upgrades this usually makes most sense. To replace a forced air system with another forced air system is more affordable than converting to geothermal energy, so most choose to stick with the traditional air conditioning system. Top air conditioning manufacturers like Rheem, Bryant, Carrier, Trane and Luxaire are known for dependability. However, it’s important to understand many brands such as Bryant and Carrier are made by the same manufacturer. Even the best equipment will give you problems if it’s not installed correctly. It’s more important to invest your time choosing a local HVAC Company that provides high quality installations and warrantees.
Geothermal energy taps into the earth’s naturally consistent temperature to cool a home or facility. This eco-friendly system is growing rapidly in popularity due to the lower maintenance costs, extended equipment lifespan, and reduced carbon footprint. The only real con for geothermal in our opinion, is the initial investment cost is higher compared to a traditional cooling system. However, tax incentives and rebates are usually available to offset some of the costs. It’s imperative to choose an HVAC Company with experience installing geothermal systems; due to the rising popularity of geothermal energy many HVAC contractors are claiming to “do geothermal” and learn on your dime.
This type of equipment is perfect for spaces with no ductwork, such as new additions, attic offices, rec rooms, etc. Another popular application is to isolate the cooling of frequently used spaces instead of cooling the entire house. A ductless cooling system can consist of one head or multiple heads zoned to customize your needs. The equipment itself is mounted high on an interior wall and is roughly 2×3 feet; in general it’s pretty discreet. Mitsubishi Electric is the most well-known manufacturer of ductless mini-split air conditioning systems.
Capital Heating & Cooling is the Wisconsin HVAC Company that Specializes in Air Conditioning System Services
Whether you’re looking for AC installation in Waukesha, air conditioning maintenance in Milwaukee, or a 24 hour HVAC repair contractor in New Berlin, Capital Heating & Cooling has you covered. For over a decade we’ve provided reputable commercial and residential HVAC service throughout southeastern Wisconsin. We were recently named the top HVAC Company in Waukesha, Milwaukee and Racine counties because of our quality work, guarantees and high level of customer satisfaction.