Having an experienced air conditioning repair company with the experience to solve any AC issue is crucial, especially when your system fails in the middle of summer. At Performance Based Heating & Air, we have over 20 years maintaining, repairing, and installing HVAC systems in Angels Camp. Whether you need a simple AC tune-up or a new AC installation, call the pros at Performance Based Heating & Air.
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When is the Best Time to Schedule AC Maintenance?
We understand that most homeowners don’t think much about air conditioner maintenance or upkeep. In fact, the only time many people concern themselves with their HVAC systems is when there’s a problem. However, like any other machine, your air conditioner will run better and last longer with regular maintenance and tune-ups. So, when is the best time for this?
The best time to have your AC maintained is before you’ll need it for the season, so that means getting your air conditioner tuned up in the spring, so it’s ready to go once summer arrives. The opposite is true for your heater; schedule maintenance during the fall so it will keep you comfortable all winter.
Although you can do things to keep your air conditioner in good working condition, such as keeping the outdoor parts clean and changing the filters regularly, you should schedule a service call with an HVAC professional at least once a year. A professional HVAC technician knows what to look for and can find minor issues before developing major headaches down the road. Also, a pro will test and inspect parts that the average person doesn’t have access to.
To schedule a maintenance service call or a tune-up, call Performance Based Heating & Air today.
When to Call an AC Contractor
How comfortable you are in your Angels Camp home depends largely on your heating and air conditioning. When the air conditioner fails, it can be a miserable few days with high heat and humidity while you’re waiting for a repair. To reduce the risk of total system failure, watch out for these signs that your AC is failing and requires immediate repair.
- Reduced Airflow – If you notice that the airflow coming out of your vents isn’t as strong as it used to be, it means the air isn’t properly circulating throughout the house. Dirty air ducts or a failing compressor may be the cause of this problem.
- Warm Air – If your AC unit is blowing warm air, it could be that the compressor isn’t cooling the air or the system is low on refrigerant.
- Unexpected Sounds – Your HVAC system likely makes a slight humming sound during operation, which is normal. However, if you notice sounds like squealing or grinding, it’s an issue you shouldn’t ignore.
- Odd Odors – Unpleasant odors coming out of the AC vents could mean mold buildup in the ducts or it could be burned out wiring.
The key to avoiding air conditioner failure is to call for repairs at the first sign of trouble. Also, consider contacting an AC contractor for annual maintenance and tune-up to keep your system in top running order.
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When Should You Consider a New Central AC Installation?
As homeowners, we know that sometimes you face difficult financial decisions. Replacing a central air conditioning unit is a major expense and choosing the wrong one can decrease the value of your home. While it’s natural to want to avoid the expense of a new AC unit and repair the old one, sometimes it doesn’t make sense to continue throwing money at a system that’s past its prime.
Modern central air conditioners can last up to 15 years if they’re regularly maintained; however, like any machine, they eventually wear out.
If your system is over ten years old, it’s time to plan on replacing it sooner rather than later.
Also, if you find that you’re repairing your old air conditioner more frequently, you’re better off putting that money you’re spending on repairs towards a new, more reliable unit.
If you have an older AC that uses R-22 Freon, a replacement is on the horizon. Freon stopped being produced in the US on January 1, 2020 because the chemical was found to have negative effects on the environment. Although you can continue to use your system, just know that you won’t be able to recharge the Freon once it’s depleted.
The good news about AC replacement is that it doesn’t have to come as an unexpected purchase. With regular maintenance and inspections from a professional HVAC contractor, you will know when to start planning for an upgrade.
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