Frequently Asked Questions – All Things Air Conditioners
When you’re in the business for as long as us, you start noticing patterns. We practically have phone scripts ready for the following air conditioner questions, so we thought we’d put them in an FAQ section for your convenience.
How much does it cost to replace an air conditioner?
We know this isn’t what you want to hear, but the cost of air conditioner replacement depends on a number of factors, including the power system’s capacity, any required modifications, the efficiency of the model, the type of air conditioner, and any taxes and rebates. Prices in 2021 range widely, from $3,811 to $7,475 on average. The best way to get a straight answer is to contact us and schedule an estimate.
How long do air conditioners typically last?
Well-maintained air conditioners can last 15 to 25 years, according to CNN. Of course, the useable life of the air conditioner depends on type – window units, for example, typically only last 10 years.
How do I know if my air conditioner is working right?
Obviously, if it’s cool in your home and the air conditioner doesn’t sound like a chain-smoking horse that just ran a marathon, the signs are pretty good that it’s operational. There are a few things you can do on your own however to ensure your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency, including:
- Inspecting your air filter for dirt and grime
- Check the circuit breaker in the event of service interruption
- Check the drain line for ice (a sign the unit is leaking refrigerant)
Should you repair or replace your air conditioner?
The answer to this question is going to be different depending on the cost and accuracy of the estimates. Generally, you should replace your AC is the cost to repair it would be more anyway, or if the unit is older and has been giving you frequent, reoccurring problems. For estimates you can feel confident in, contact the Air Experts today.
Can I install my own air conditioner?
As you probably remember from your early twenties, window unit ACs are relatively straightforward to install yourself – but that doesn’t mean things can’t go wrong, or you can’t throw out your back or money down the drain on a hefty mistake. And central air? That’s a whole different story. In general, we think it’s best to leave HVAC to the professionals.
How much does it cost to install central air?
Central air conditioning costs an average of about $5,750 to install, but there are many things that play into the price, including unit type and size, and the condition of your home. You can easily schedule an estimate with us any time if you want to begin exploring this option.
Is air conditioning maintenance a rip off?
In short – no. Definitely not! Annual AC maintenance can greatly increase the life of your unit, improve indoor air quality, and prevent costly and unexpected repairs.
What does air conditioning maintenance actually entail?
We can’t speak for our competitors, but our expert technicians here at the Air Experts conduct a through multi-point AC inspection and tune-up where they’ll:
- Inspect air filters and clean if washable
- Inspect blower motor and wheel
- Oil the motors
- Inspect the indoor coil if accessible
- Clean the p-trap drain and test
- Test safety controls
- Check and test the main contactor, relays, and capacitors
- Test the compressor and starting amps
- Inspect and tighten loose wiring and connections
- Test thermostat for accuracy
- Check airflow
- Inspect duct system for air leaks and mold
- Test refrigerant levels
- Inspect the condenser motor and blade
- Clean the outdoor coil
- Inspect and test the fuses and breakers at the units
- Measure temperature drop
For high-quality AC maintenance services from the team you can trust, contact Air Experts online today!