Air Conditioning Maintenance Harlingen

Posted in HVAC Contractor Rio Grande Valley on November 14, 2017
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You're a homeowner and determined your home's air conditioning needs fixing or needs to be replaced with a newer, more efficient system. You're all set to get moving. What's the optimal way to get a high quality HVAC contractor who will do a good job for a fair price? What could you look for in an air conditioning contractor to obtain this work? Harlingen 

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When homeowners choose to repair an air conditioning system or replace the unit with a newer one, they're often plagued by worries that their family will swelter while the job is completed.  These concerns are perfectly normal and common among many homeowners looking for HVAC fixes or air conditioner repair specialists.

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Air Cond Services Air conditioning installation, like any other kind of home or commercial building repair, upgrade or retrofit, is a job that is best done when it's done right. An air conditioning installation that is performed skillfully and correctly will ensure that the system works as it's designed and will last as long as possible with minimal ongoing maintenance costs and no surprise repairs.As home and commercial HVAC and cooling systems become more advanced, energy-efficient and cost effective, the demand for air conditioning installation has risen. Because of this, companies other than heating and air conditioning companies are beginning to offer this service as a means of increasing new business. Unfortunately, some of these companies don't even employ a certified refrigeration mechanic. Instead, customers may end up with a plumber or other type of professional putting in a cooling system.Having a plumber or electrician to install an air conditioning or HVAC system would be akin to seeing a veterinarian for an appendectomy. A veterinarian may be very skilled at treating animals and even performing surgeries, but that doesn't make him the best person to remove an appendix from a human being. Unfortunately, many consumers assume that a company which advertises air conditioning installation must be qualified to do so. This is not necessarily the case, since there are no laws in many areas that govern the types of services a company can perform and what qualifications their technicians must have to provide that service.In most Canadian provinces, certified apprentice or journeyman refrigeration mechanics are the only professionals who are trained and qualified to install cooling systems. A certified refrigeration mechanic has completed approximately 25 to 40 weeks of classroom and shop instruction at an accredited institution and met minimum standards of grading. An apprentice has completed a minimum number of on-the-job hours under a qualified supervisor/employer. To achieve journeyman refrigeration mechanic certification a technician must have approximately 8,000 hours of on-the-job experience.While a certified plumber may be a very good one, he has had very different training than a certified refrigeration mechanic. It's possible that whatever knowledge he does have may not have even come from a certified refrigeration mechanic, but from a fellow plumber.How, then, can a consumer know whether or not he is getting air conditioning installation from a company or technician that is qualified? The only way to know for sure is to ask a potential service provider.Consumers must also be prepared to ask the right questions. Don't just ask if a company is qualified to install a cooling system. Ask: * Do you have a certified refrigeration mechanic on staff?* Will my air conditioning installation actually be performed by a refrigeration mechanic or by someone who is not certified?* If my work is going to be done by an apprentice, will he or she be supervised and/or the work inspected by a fully certified technician?* Will my work be guaranteed? If so, what are the terms of the guarantee?A company that employs a certified and experienced refrigeration mechanic (whether an apprentice or journeyman) should be eager to guarantee its work. If you deal with a company that is reluctant to back up its service with a guarantee or discourages you from getting a legal inspection, this should give you cause for second thoughts.

The True Guide to AC Installation

Central AC Service Packaged vs Split SystemPackaged System - The entire air conditioning package is assembled at the factory and arrives in a single cabinet unit that's ready to install on the exterior of the home. It can be situated on a concrete slab at a selected point along the building's foundation, or it can be placed on the roof.The package includes a condenser, a compressor and an evaporator coil. Some include electric heating coils or a natural gas furnace, completely eliminating the need for an indoor heat source.The interior ductwork connects to the Packaged Air Conditioning System through an exterior wall.Pros Simplicity of Design - All of the components are in one cabinet. All that's needed is the interior ductwork. Refrigerant - The Package System arrives fully charged. It's set to run on factory settings for peak efficiency. Installation Cost - This type of air conditioner installation is generally less costly because it's less labor intensive. Space Saving - This is a great choice when there's a lack of indoor space for components. Mobile homes and homes that have only a crawl space, for instance. Cons Exposure to Environment - All of the operating controls and electrical elements are located outdoors. If moisture gets into the system, it can create a number of issues. For instance, rusting can occur much faster. Damage From Animals - The operation of the unit produces heat that attracts wildlife seeking a warm place to nest. Animals can chew through the insulation and wiring. This is most apt to be a potential problem in snowy, rainy climates. Less Efficient - The Packaged AC Systems show far less efficiency; the units typically have a SEER rating in the range of 13-15. Split System - A split AC system consists of 3 primary components. A condenser and compressor are housed in a cabinet unit that typically sits on an exterior slab. An evaporator coil is located in an interior cabinet, usually in the attic or inside a closet. An indoor air handler is usually provided by the furnace or a heat pump to push the conditioned air along the ductwork.Pros Ease of Layout - Split air conditioning systems easily accommodate custom layout design configurations; they can utilize down-flow, up-flow or horizontal flow, as needed. Optimum Energy Efficiency - There's a very wide SEER ratings range (13-25) that allows a greater opportunity to own an optimally energy-efficient air conditioning system. Cons Higher Installation Cost - Split Air Conditioner System installation is more labor intense because it requires both interior and exterior work. Important Note: It's usually the most budget-friendly option if there's already a heating system in place and you're installing a new ac unit or replacing one that's inefficient. Refrigerant - Unlike the Central AC Package Systems, the Split AC Systems can't be charged until all of the lines have been connected. AC System Maintenance

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