The air conditioner is one of the most useful pieces of household equipment to have in your home. As the Summer heats up, your unit maintains the ideal home temperature, keeping you cool and refreshed.
Unfortunately, like all other household equipment, AC units have expiration dates. You can expect the average air conditioner to last 10-15 years. In addition to using more electricity, an AC that has passed its shelf life can pose health and safety risks. If your AC is on its last legs, it makes sense to replace the system.
Before you start your project, take the necessary steps to ensure seamless installation. To help you make informed choices, we have compiled a list of some questions that you should be asking air conditioner repair companies in Walnut Creek.
What Size AC Do I Need?
The importance of choosing the right-sized unit cannot be overstated. An undersized unit will consume more energy and struggle to cool your home. Running an undersized unit will require it to run continuously, causing it to fail prematurely while driving up your electricity bill and repair costs.
An oversized unit will use more electricity and is more prone to short cycle often and overheat. If you use an oversized unit, you can end up having hot spots throughout your home. Short cycling puts excess stress on the system, so an oversized unit can also begin to fail early.
To determine the heating and cooling load of your house, your contractor will perform the Manual J Load or J Load calculation. It takes into account several factors such as the number and type of windows, building materials, insulation levels, and locational and directional orientation.
Can the Current Ductwork Be Used or Should I Replace It?
Ducts carry conditioned air from the AC unit through your home and also remove warm, stale air from your home. Over time, ducts develop leaks from overt damage. Before you replace an existing system, check the ductwork for leaks.
Here are some telltale signs your ducts are leaking air:
➢ Your AC struggles to keep your home cool
➢ Certain areas in your home are always hot even when you blast your AC
➢ Your energy bill is skyrocketing
➢ Your home is always dusty
Some other common duct problems include improper insulation and poor design. Over time, air ducts collect dirt and dust. Though ductwork has a lifespan of 20-25 years, it can begin to deteriorate after 15 years.
Damaged ducts can put excess wear and tear on your unit, causing it to work harder. Have your technician inspect your ductwork. If your ducts are too old or damaged beyond repair, your technician will recommend replacing it and provide you with an action plan.
Questions to Ask Your Technician
Is Your Business Bonded and Insured?
Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. If you choose an uninsured contractor and someone on their team meets with an accident and gets injured while on your property, you can be held liable for injuries.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure they have workers’ compensation. When you hire an insured business and an unfortunate accident leaves someone on your contractor’s team with an injury, the policy will cover their treatment costs.
Look for a contractor that has purchased a surety bond. A surety bond protects the third-party that is hiring the business from any possible losses that result from theft, damage, incomplete work or any other problems or risks that result from the incompetence of the contractor.
What Does My Warranty Cover?
Most contractors offer labor warranties. A labor warranty covers the labor cost associated with repairing a defective part. If your contractor offers a labor warranty and your unit develops a problem due to faulty installation or any other fault of the contractor, the professional will repair your unit free of charge.
Different contractors offer different types of warranties. Some contractors offer their customers options to purchase extended warranties. When it comes to warranties, do not assume anything. Ask your contractor what your warranty covers and be sure to get everything in writing. Understand what will void your warranty.
What Type of Maintenance Services Do You Offer?
The different types of maintenance are preventive maintenance and corrective maintenance.
The goal of preventive maintenance is to diagnose and fix cooling issues before they occur. Contractors that offer preventive maintenance services carry out regular inspections to help avoid larger issues before they grow. During a session, the contractor checks for signs of wear and tear after which they will replaces or repairs any damaged parts.
Corrective maintenance is initiated when a potential problem is detected during a tune-up session. For example, if during a scheduled maintenance check, your contractor notices that a coil is not working the way it should, they will schedule corrective maintenance for a future date.
Ask your contractor what type of maintenance services they offer so you know what to expect.
Connolly Heating and Air Conditioning is a reputable AC contractor in Walnut Creek. We are your go-to team for air conditioning repair and all other heating & cooling issues. Whether you own a window AC, a split AC or a central AC, we can help you get the most out of it. To schedule an appointment, call (925) 288-1408.