When properly maintained, air conditioners can run efficiently for many years. However, older units are more likely to require air conditioner repair , especially if they haven’t been maintained on an annual basis. As a homeowner, it is important to recognize when your air conditioner can be repaired, or when it is time to replace it with a new unit.
If your electric bill is climbing without any change in your cooling routine, your air conditioner may be consuming energy inefficiently for a multitude of reasons. An inspection by your experienced HVAC technician can help pinpoint the cause.
Short-cycling, when an air conditioner turns on and off frequently, can indicate that your air conditioner has an internal problem or is no longer able to meet the demands of cooling your home. Short-cycling decreases the life of your air conditioner and uses a lot of energy.
Your air conditioner is not able to hold a charge of refrigerant, it may be time to replace it. The refrigerant lines may no longer have the integrity to maintain a charge.
A frozen evaporator coil is a symptom more than an actual problem, and can be the result of frequent short-cycling or inefficiency. Air conditioners of a certain age may simply not be able to handle the workload any longer. Air conditioners that have frozen coils can sometimes operate, but they consume vast amounts of energy and can become damaged further.
Schedule an inspection with your HVAC technician to determine whether your air conditioner can be repaired or if it should be replaced. Contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning of Atlanta at (678) 733-9791 to schedule a service appointment with us.
An energy audit can find sources of energy loss in your home, such as air leaks and thermal bridge, using several tests to evaluate your home’s overall energy performance.
The blower door test is used to identify air leaks around your house. Infrared scanning can locate areas of heat loss or gain as well as insulation or moisture issues. The tests can be performed upon all of your gas appliances. A professional energy auditor will be able to do a walk-through of the home and identify methods which the homeowner can use to improve efficiency, from installing energy-efficient light bulbs to updating their HVAC system.
To learn more about energy audits, contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning at (678) 733-9791 and schedule your audit with us today.
Learn how upgrading your entire HVAC system can offer you the most benefits in comfort and efficiency, and what you stand to gain from having a whole-house comfort check up performed on your home by Estes Heating & Air Conditioning . Contact us at (678) 733-9791 for more information about these topics.
- Take a look at this PDF from the Comfort Institute to understand why your old air ducts may not be compatible with your new air conditioner or furnace.
- Find out how sealing your air ducts can improve their performance and boost your indoor air quality on this page from EnergyStar.gov.
- For more information about improving the indoor air quality in your home , read this article from EPA.gov.
- Understand how leaky ductwork can compromise the efficiency of your entire HVAC system by reading this PDF from Energy.gov.
Many homeowners decide to get new air conditioners for increased comfort, lower energy usage, and finally reduced utility bills. Something they may not realize is that air conditioner replacement alone might not be enough to accomplish these goals. If the ductwork in your home is in poor condition, of an improper size, or simply not compatible with your new air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump, then you will likely run into issues that compromise both your comfort and energy efficiency.
- Leaky ductwork can cost you 20 to 40 percent of your energy bill in a single month. Many leaks are easily repaired by a qualified air conditioning service. You can realize greatly increased efficiency, airflow, and comfort when your ducts are sealed . Sealed air ducts also promote good indoor air quality.
- Your indoor air quality is important to your comfort and health. Leaky ductwork doesn’t just release energy—it accumulates and distributes pollutants throughout your home. These pollutants can aggravate allergies, asthma symptoms, and respiratory problems.
- It is important that the size of your ductwork also matches your new HVAC equipment. When an air conditioning service installs a brand-new system into a new home, airflow and other aspects are painstakingly measured for a custom delivery of climate controlled air. Without this sizing, or when aged or improperly-size ductwork is mated to highly efficient equipment, you will not achieve the ideal airflow and your new equipment may use more energy than is necessary.
Let Estes Heating & Air Conditioning help you determine if you need your air ducts to be sealed in preparation for air conditioner replacement or other new equipment. We can also advise you if you should have brand-new ductwork installed. Visit us online or call us at (678) 733-9791 to schedule a service appointment with one of our representatives.