Whether it’s AC maintenance or a new central AC installation, you can count on Performance Based Heating & Air and our years of experience in serving residents from Valley Springs, CA to Groveland, CA and Angels Camp, CA to Tuolumne, CA. Find a neighborhood that looks like yours, and chances are we’ve helped some homeowners with their home comfort needs.
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When to Call an HVAC Contractor
We understand that not every AC issue requires the help of an experienced professional; however, sometimes, the longer you wait to fix a problem, the worse it gets and the more expensive it is to repair. Here are the tops issues that warrant a call to an AC repair professional.
- Warm Air - If the air coming out of your home’s vents isn’t as cold as it used to be, no matter how much you fiddle with the thermostat, it could be that the compressor is failing. A failing compressor requires immediate repair or replacement.
- Poor Airflow - Weak airflow is a sign that your AC has lost efficiency and is working harder than it should to provide you with cold air. Weak airflow could mean that you have a broken motor or a clogged air filter, which is why it’s best to call in a pro to diagnose the problem quickly.
- Frequent Cycling - It’s normal for your air conditioner to cycle on and off more frequently as the temperatures outside heat up; however if you find that your system continuously cycles on and off, it could mean that it’s time to consider a new air conditioner.
- Water Leaks – Your air conditioner relies on refrigerant to keep your home cool, and it’s common for the system to produce some condensation as it operates. However, if you notice water or fluid accumulating in the house, it’s a sign that there’s a severe malfunction somewhere in the unit.
- Strange Noises – It’s common for your air conditioner to make some ambient noise during operation, but if you suddenly hear grinding or squealing, don’t ignore it and hope it goes away on its own.
Contact Performance Based Heating & Air and ask about our annual AC maintenance plans to ensure your air conditioner is running efficiently.
How to Know When to Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner is acting up, you may be wondering whether it’s worth the expense to repair it or if you should bite the bullet and install a new system. It’s a tough decision, but here are several factors that may make it easier for you.
The first factor to consider is the age of your current air conditioner. The average lifespan of an AC system is between 15 and 20 years, so if your system is in that age range, you’re better off replacing it now rather than trying to get another year out of it.
Another factor to consider is your comfort level. Suppose you’re constantly fiddling with the thermostat to get the right temperature, or you’re never truly satisfied. In that case, it could mean that your system can no longer do its job effectively, which is another reason to replace it. Maybe the system is too old, or maybe your family has outgrown it.
Also, find out whether your air conditioner uses R22 Freon as a refrigerant. The US government has banned R22 as of January 1, 2020, so going forward, you won’t be able to get the refrigerant you need if your system breaks down. Consider switching to a model that uses the new R410A refrigerant, which is safer for the environment and keeps you cool while using only half the energy of your old unit.
Lastly, look back at your repair frequency. If you find that you’re sinking money into your air conditioner every year just to keep it going, it makes more economic sense to put that money you’re spending on repairs towards a new system.
If you’re still on the fence about which way to turn, call one of our experts for a consultation.
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Our Trane HVAC Replacement
While there are many HVAC brands to choose from, we here at Performance Based Heating & Air exclusively install Trane HVAC systems, and here’s why.
Trane is America’s Most Reliable HVAC system, and the company has over 120 years of experience in the industry. They build their HVAC systems to last and run efficiently for as long as possible, which saves you money on your home cooling year after year when using a Trane.
Also, Trane designs, tests, and builds their own parts and engineers them beyond industry standards, making these systems reliable.
Finally, Trane tests their systems under the most extreme conditions. They put their HVAC systems through rigorous 16-weeks of bone-chilling cold and blistering heat, with some units enduring 2,600 hours of continuous testing. The result is that Trane has been named America’s Most Trusted HVAC system five years in a row by Lifestory Research.