The Top Air Conditioning Services To Consider Before Mid-Summer

What type of air conditioning services do you need to schedule before the summer gets into full swing? Take a look at the top options homeowners choose and the reasons to select specific AC services right now.

Home Air Conditioning Installation

Is your AC old, energy inefficient, or non-existent? If you're ready to upgrade an existing air conditioner or install a cooling system for the first time, the sooner you schedule this service the better. Don't wait for complete AC failure or for the HVAC technician's schedule to fill up with hot weather repair requests.

Before you select a new AC system, consider:

  • The type of air conditioner you want. Do you want a central system or a mini-split ductless model? Do you have a brand preference? If this is your first experience with air conditioning installation, ask a qualified contractor to help you to make an informed decision.
  • Your home's existing setup. You may want a traditional forced air central AC system. But your home may not have air ducts. This means the existing HVAC setup may not match the air conditioner you want. Again, discuss the possibilities with a qualified contractor to learn more about the right system for your home.
  • Energy efficiency. Qualified Energy Star labeled central air conditioners are nearly 15 percent more efficient than older and non-Energy Star systems, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Look for a system that has a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) number to save on energy-related costs.

A new AC system purchase typically requires more than one service appointment. The first appointment is a consultation with the contractor. The professional can inspect your home/existing setup and recommend products choices. After you choose one air conditioner, you'll need to schedule an installation appointment. If your home needs additional HVAC renovations, such as ductwork, you may need two or more service visits.

Refrigerant Repair or Recharge

Central AC systems use a chemical refrigerant to cool interior spaces. Refrigerant levels can drop over time with excessive wear or with damage. A leak can reduce cooling power, leading to ineffective and inefficient cooling.

If you suspect your AC system has a refrigerant leak:

  • Don't attempt a do-it-yourself repair. Refrigerant is a potentially hazardous substance. Never attempt a DIY repair or recharge. Contact a qualified HVAC contractor for this service as soon as possible.
  • Consider a replacement. Some types of AC damage cost more to repair than to replace. A technician can inspect the entire system and help you to decide which option is best for your home and your budget.
  • Choose the right contractor. Older air conditioners that use HCFC-22 refrigerant require specialized service. Only Section 608 certified technicians should work with this coolant.

HCFC-22 is an ozone-depleting substance that isn't made in or imported into the United States. If your system still uses HCFC-22 , you may want to replace the entire system with one that's eco-friendly.