FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
My AC unit is noisy, is that a problem?
More often than not, noise is a problem with any heating or cooling unit. While your AC unit will make some noise, anything more than a gentle whir can be problematic. Here’s why: Your fans should be producing the majority of the noise in your unit. If a fan is out of whack, it’ll shudder, and probably create a racket. That means that your AC isn’t moving air as it should, which means that it is inefficient, and other problems can crop up. So, if you hear a foreign noise from your otherwise quiet AC unit, you’d better get it checked out.
The temperature in my home won’t remain stable… What gives?
We all know that your air conditioner has one simple job: to keep your home comfortable. If you have fluctuating temps throughout your home, then your AC unit isn’t doing that job. Now, that said, fluctuating temperatures could signal a litany of problems. You could have a faulty thermometer or sensor. Your fan may be underperforming. You could have leaky air ducts. Et cetera. If you notice fluctuating temperatures, reach out to us to discover the source of the problem. We will, of course, let you know what the problem is, and we’ll get to work providing an appropriate solution.
When should I replace my air conditioner, and when should I repair it?
While it’s tempting to repair your AC unit every time it malfunctions, it may make more sense to replace it, depending on the cost of the repair, the value of your current AC unit, the cost of a replacement unit, and the difference in efficiency that a new unit will provide. We’ll speak with you to let you know about your options when a repair or a whole-unit replacement are both viable options. At the end of the day, we’re here to save you money and to save your household energy — we’ll let you know what the best solution is for your unique circumstances.
When should I replace my air filter?
In general, you should replace your air filter every 3 to 6 months. That said, if you live in an area that’s particularly dusty, or if your air conditioner is constantly kicking on, you may want to replace it more often. Your air filter serves a few purposes: First of all, it improves the air quality of your home. In addition, a clean filter improves the efficiency of your cooling system. That latter point means that a clean filter will help you to cut down on energy costs, while improving the comfort that you enjoy in your home — so, long story short, it’s better to replace a relatively inexpensive filter than to keep poorly cooled, dirty air pumping through your home.
I need an AC unit repair… Should I consider signing up for a maintenance plan in the future?
This is a bit of a rhetorical question, since we advocate for caring for our clients’ AC units to extend their longevity… But in our honest opinion the answer is yes. Your AC unit is surprisingly complicated. It has a motor, belts, pipes, and electronic components. It’s a tad simpler than your car, but it deserves maintenance nonetheless. We recommend that our clients sign up for a maintenance plan to keep their AC units operating efficiently, and to improve the longevity of their air conditioners. Plus, you’re less likely to end up suffering from heat when your unit would have otherwise broken down.