Benefits Of Replacing Your Old Air Conditioner Before Summer

When it involves heating and AC replacement, the question is, does one still repair and maintain an aging heating and cooling system? How should a home or business owner decide if they a should take on the one time expense of AC replacement?

This call may be a difficult one because it involves an evaluation of the cost of existing maintenance prices at the expense of replacement. There are probably a variety of things to think about, but the end decision comes right down to making the choice that works best for you.

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To learn additional information regarding the advantages of AC replacement and for assistance comparing the benefits and cons of AC Replacement vs. AC Repair as it applies to your specific scenario, contact the professionals at HVAC Philly today. As heating & air conditioning experts serving the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Montgomery County PA areas, we will assist you in comparing your choices and choose the selection that works best for you.

How Replacing Your Old Air Conditioner Before Summer Will Benefit You:

At HVAC Philly, we have worked with many customers in areas like the Fox Chase, and Bustleton neighborhoods of Philadelphia, providing air conditioning repair and replacement services. This experience gave HVAC Philly first-hand knowledge seeing the key benefits of replacing an older existing AC unit.

1. AC Replacement Reduces Maintenance And Repair Costs

It is a given undeniable fact that aging AC units do not operate as efficiently as new ones. For this reason, savings is one of the most significant decisions for AC replacement. Even the most well maintained and adequately used units have the potential to start breaking down and overworking with age. It just simply the cost of age. Wear and tear is inevitable.

At some point, you will see that the cost of repair and maintenance are going to increase enough to force you to NEED a replacement steadily. New heating & cooling units can operate at optimum potential and can be less vulnerable to breaking down or having issues. Keep in mind as well, that, new Air Conditioners usually have warranties, which can keep repair prices low or non-existent for many years even if issues do occur.

2. AC Replacement Improves Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency is also a significant advantage of AC replacement. Newer models of AC units utilize advances in technology that permit them to supply higher cooling while using less energy. AC replacement will give you more opportunity to take advantage of those newer technologies.

In addition to reduced energy consumption and prices, higher efficiency also will help you lower your environmental footprint. It will be vital for those businesses and buildings that get are trying to transition to a company that is more environmentally friendly.

3. AC Replacement ends up in higher Cooling
Air conditioner units are designed to ensure that all areas are maintaining a relaxed and comfortable temperature. Aging AC units have a harder time keeping the right humidity and temperature for comfort. If you are experiencing inconsistent cooling, it is clear that there’s a necessity for AC replacement to create the right environment in your home.

So now that you have decided to replace your Air Conditioner learn why it is best to replace it BEFORE summer.

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Lower Prices
Off season is the best time to find significant savings. Peak season the demand is higher and so will be the cost.

Better Workmanship
As most indoor sections of our equipment are in close, hot areas, it can take a toll on technicians when working in 130-degree heat. Even the most professional and experienced technicians have difficulty in those conditions

Manufacturer’s Rebates
Most manufactures rebates start March 1 and end May 31. Again, selling systems in the summer is not a problem. However, trading systems in the offseason is a struggle.

Proactive
The hotter it is, the more likely your unit will fail. If your AC unit is old, you do NOT want to wait until it breaks to replace in the middle of a heat wave.

Lower Utility Bills
By replacing your system before summer starts your cooling bills will be lower all summer and from that point forward.

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If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

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When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

It’s springtime in Philadelphia. As we enter April, the warm spring days will slowly turn to hot summer ones, and our air conditioners will be working in full force.

Since the weather isn’t quite warm enough for air conditioning yet, now is the perfect time to make sure your A/C unit is ready for spring. In some cases though, it’s much more cost effective to replace your air conditioner instead of getting it repaired. Let’s explore when to replace your air conditioner.

How Old is Your A/C?

Age is one of the first indicators that it’s time to replace your air conditioner. Old air conditioners are much less efficient than new ones due to dated technology and years of wear and tear. Even the best-maintained air conditioners lose efficiency as they age.

replace your air conditionerIf your air conditioner needs a to be repaired, and you aren’t sure whether or not you should just replace it, you can use the “5000 test” to decide. Simply multiply the cost of the repair by the age of your air conditioner. If the outcome is more than $5000, then you should replace your air conditioner.

For example, say your air conditioner is 9 years old, and you get a quote for a $400 repair.  When you multiply (9 Years) x ($400), you get $3,600, so you’ll be fine with a repair for now.

Let’s look at another case. If you have an 12 year old air conditioner, and you need a $500 repair, you’ll get $6000 and should look into finding a replacement.

In general, an air conditioner is good for around 13-15 years. Any longer, and you’ll be seriously wasting money.  If you’re wondering how much you can save with a new air conditioner, give us a call today. We’ll help you figure out whether or not a new air conditioner is right for you.

Consider the Efficiencynew air conditioner philadelphia

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a measure of how much energy your air conditioner needs to provide a unit of cooling.  The required SEER for air conditioners was 10 until 2006. Now, the requirement is 13, which means 30% less electricity consumed and paid for.

Now, it’s common to see models with a SEER of 16! That means 60% less energy consumption cost than a standard air conditioner from 2006. These units are more expensive, but again, we can help you determine exactly how much you’ll save and if you should buy a new air conditioner.

Don’t Forget the Ducts

When most people think of an A/C replacement, they’re thinking of the mechanical A/C unit that does the cooling, but it’s just as important to consider your ductwork.  Leaky ducts can lose up to 30% of cool air before it can do anything!  The best air conditioner in the world won’t make a significant difference if you’re losing all the cool air it outputs through your duct work.

The same goes for general insulation in your house. A leaky house puts necessary strain on your A/C system.  An HVAC technician can also examine your ductwork and general insulation to ensure there are no weak spots. Just make sure you pick the right one.

If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call today at 215-725-6111! We have over 20 years of experience and offer unparalleled service. Most importantly, we are HVAC technicians, NOT salesmen. We want the best for our customers and will never try to sell you unnecessary repairs or replacements.

Advice For Air Conditioning Thermostat Installation

If you are getting your new ducted air conditioning system installed you will most likely need to decide where you will be wanting your air conditioner controller installed. HVAC Philly who serve the greater Philadelphia area, including Holland,PA and Glenside, PA, provide some helpful tips below on air conditioning controllers (Thermostats).

images (1)The first question to ask is, should you have only one air conditioning controller for your system or would it be best to have more than one? If you have a multi story home with two or more floors, it would be wise to really have more than just a single controller. With only a single air conditioner thermostat, you will be continuously going up and down the stairs to adjust the temperature and settings on the controller.  At first it may not be a big  deal but eventually it will get tiresome to manage.

It is common for most people to make the decision to put an air conditioning controller in their main living area and a second controller in their master bedroom. The controller in the main living area makes it handy during the daytime and having the controller in the master bedroom permits the homeowner to have control of the system during the night time. Some homes have the master bedroom and the living areas are on the same level, in this case you may even want to install a third controller to put on the other level.

Single story homes could also benefit from having two thermostats (one in the living area and one in the master bedroom). It is less expensive and takes less effort to have this done at time of installation rather than having to reschedule another time to have the installers come back to retrofit the second.  This is why it is important to go over these details with your HVAC professional to avoid extra cost. The cost should be no more than an extra couple hundred dollars for a second, worth the consideration.

Where exactly should you place your air conditioning controller? The best and most convenient place would be to ask the controller to be placed at your light switch height. Installing the controller near other switches and controls (like security controllers or light switches) make it easier to operate than having controllers placed throughout your living room, or master bedroom. A central location makes sense aesthetically and for convenience as well. If possible, try to place the controller in an inconspicuous location. Commonly the controller will need to go on an outside wall (or cavity wall) to be able to get the wire back up to the roof space. Be sure to speak with the electrician on the day of install as he will be able to give you the best advice as to where the controller/s can and should be located.

Keeping this advice in your mind, you should have no problems placing your main controller in a great location. Remember to try to install in an inconspicuous location. Also try to have several controller locations in mind in case the electrician cannot install the controller in your first preference.

HVAC Philly has over 20 years experience in the HVAC industry. Please visit our site www.hvacphilly.com or call 215-725-6111 for more information on air conditioning brands, air conditioning prices and more.

Common Air Conditioning Problems

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AC Repair in Bucks County and Cheltenham PA

The most common air conditioning Repair that HVAC Philly technicians work to repair in their Bucks County and Cheltenham,PA service areas are due to improper operation.

Although this may seem obvious, if  your air conditioner is on, be sure to close your home’s windows and outside doors. It’s easy to get lost in the summer weather coming inside and out from the warm weather, shutting the door or closing the window somehow get lost in the shuffle. When you forget to close the door or shut the windows it can not only hurt your pocket but also your air conditioning unit when it has to work twice as hard, to no avail.

For a single room air conditioner, make sure to isolate the room or a group of connected rooms as much as possible from the rest of your home.

Some other common problems with existing air conditioners result, unfortunately, from faulty installation, poor service procedures, and meager maintenance. Incorrect installation of a central air conditioner can result in leaky ducts and low airflow. Many times, the refrigerant charge (the amount of refrigerant in the system) does not match the manufacturer’s specifications. If proper refrigerant charging is not performed during installation, the performance and efficiency of the unit is flawed. Inadequate service technicians usually fail to find refrigerant charging problems or,indeed, aggravate existing problems by adding refrigerant to a system that is already full. Learn what to ask for when hiring a technician to maintain your air conditioner.

Air conditioner manufacturers generally make rugged, high quality products. If your air conditioner fails, begin by checking any fuses or circuit breakers. Let the unit cool down for about five minutes before resetting any breakers. If a central air conditioner’s compressor stops on a hot day, the high-pressure limit switch may have tripped; reset it by pushing the button, located in the compressor’s access panel.

REFRIGERANT LEAKS

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. If it leaks, directly adding refrigerant is not a solution. A qualified technician should fix any leak, check the adjustment, and then charge the system with the appropriate amount of refrigerant. Recognize that the action and competence of your air conditioner is highest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specification, and is not undercharged nor overcharged. Refrigerant leaks can also be damaging to the environment.

INADEQUATE MAINTENANCE

If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.

ELECTRIC CONTROL FAILURE

The compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently, as is common when a system is oversized. Because corrosion of wire and terminals is also a problem in many systems, electrical connections and contacts should be checked during a professional service call.

SENSOR PROBLEMS

Home air conditioners feature a thermostat sensor, located behind the control panel, which measures the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. If the sensor is knocked out of position, the air conditioner could cycle constantly or behave erratically. The sensor should be near the coil but not touching it; adjust its position by carefully bending the wire that holds it in place.

DRAINAGE PROBLEMS

When it’s humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged and is draining properly. Room air conditioners may not drain properly if not mounted level.

For any further questions or concerns contact HVAC Philly today online at http://www.hvacphilly.com or by phone 215-725-6111

 

 

Bucks County: Why Local Heater Repair is Best

When you need heater repair, the seemingly endless choices for contractors and HVAC companies can be overwhelming. How can you be sure that you’re getting the best price for the best service?

There are factors to consider when finding the right HVAC company, but your best choice will always be local heater repair. No one knows Bucks County better than HVAC Philly, and we’ll tell you why going with local heating repair is better than hiring one of the out-of-town guys.

You Get What You Pay For

 Some non-local companies may try to entice you to use their services by offering prices that seem to good to be true. The saying “You Get What You Pay For” definitely applies here. Be wary of companies or contractors who try to undercut local heater repair companies. The price might be tempting, but often times you are going to get lower quality service that will cost you more in the long run.

The Local Guys Know the Neighborhood

Bucks County PA New Hope There are many quaint towns in Bucks County, and no one knows their intricacies and quirks like a local heater repair company. When you use local heater repair, you can get trusted testimonials from fellow neighbors. Many times, homes in your area share similar qualities due to the landscape and similar home builds. A local heater repair company will no doubt have experience dealing with problems similar to yours and can provide better quality service because of it.

Local Heater Repair Companies Have Been Around the Block

 Nothing beats years of experience, and HVAC Philly has over 20 of them! Watch out for new companies that come through promising great service and low prices. If they have less than 3-5 years of experience, there’s a good chance they’ll make rookie mistakes when servicing your heater. In 20 years, we’ve seen it all. We know what works and what doesn’t. There’s no substitute for years of experience, which is why you really can’t beat local heater repair.

Local Companies are Insured and Licensed

Requirements for licensing and certification vary by state. When you use a local company, you can be sure they’ll adhere to your state’s licensing requirements. Don’t forget to ask about liability insurance. A company that gives you the runaround on the type of insurance they have should be avoided at all costs.

If you live in Bucks, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County and need expert, trusted HVAC service. Call the professionals at HVAC Philly at 215-725-6111. With over 20 years of experience servicing the Greater Philadelphia Area, you’ll get quick, professional service that will keep you happy well into the warm days of spring.

Stay warm, my friends.

HVAC Specialist in Bucks County, PA

Bucks County residents are experiencing the same fluctuation in temperatures as the rest of the nation. From freezing temperatures to cold rainy days we are really giving our heating systems a run for their money. The question is whom do we turn to for our HVAC needs this winter?

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HVAC Repair Bucks County PA

Bucks County residents are experiencing the same fluctuation in temperatures as the rest of the nation.  From freezing temperatures to cold rainy days we are really giving our heating systems a run for their money.  The question is whom do we turn to for our HVAC needs this winter?

From furnace repair, heating system installation, to HVAC maintenance here are some helpful tips to choose the best HVAC specialist in the Bucks County, PA area.

Look for these essential qualities before making your choice.

1) Company has a good reputation

It pays to seek out contractor with consistently good reviews. Check out potential contractors on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. The BBB is good third party that rates businesses on an A+ to F scale.

2) Contractor surveys your home, then estimates cost.

A contractor should always come out to your place to survey your home (this includes checking your air ducts for leaks) before they make any definite estimations. Anyone who tries to give you estimations over the phone before checking your home might be trying to give you a low estimation over the phone and then raise the price when they come to your home.

3) They will not discourage you from buying higher efficiency equipment.

Contractors who don’t stay up to date with the latest HVAC technology might discourage you from buying higher efficiency equipment because they don’t know how to install it. A quality contractor will always be able to install the latest energy efficient models and can explain to you how much money those models can save you.

HVAC Philly currently works with the following brands:

Aaon, Air Temp, American Standard, Bryant, Carrier, ClimateMaster, Comfort-Aire, Cool Air, Daikin, Fedders, Florida Heat Pump, Fujitsu, Friedrich, Goodman, Ice Air, Icecap, Islandaire, LG, Lennox, Luxaire, McQuay, Mitsubishi, Rheem, RUUD, Skil aire, Skymark, Totaline, Trane, Unitary, United Cool Air, York

4) Contractor is properly certified and licensed.

An HVAC company should be willing and able to provide licensing and certification information upon request.  This way you know you are hiring someone who is knowledgable, efficient, and qualified to provide your Bucks County home with the proper HVAC needs and repairs.

Contact HVAC Philly today online or at 215-725-6111 for questions or to schedule your estimate.

Maintenance Tips for a Happy Furnace

At HVAC Philly we want to provide you with a few easy maintenance tips to extend the life of your furnace and its efficiency.

Fall Furnace Maintenance Tips

School is almost back in session, and Fall is right around the corner.  The chilly nights in Philadelphia and Bucks County will be here before you know it, and we’ll all be longing for the sweet summer heat once again.  When the cold months arrive, it’ll be time to fire up the furnaces to keep our homes nice and toasty. When’s the last time you performed any maintenance on your furnace?  A typical furnace lasts anywhere from 13 to 20 years, but as your furnace ages, it loses efficiency and costs more to heat your home.  Older furnaces can be dangerous too.  If cracks form in the heat exchanger, there is a risk of a carbon monoxide leak that is not only deadly, but will be costly to fix as well.  At HVAC Philly we want to provide you with a few easy maintenance tips to extend the life of your furnace and its efficiency.  Our experienced HVAC technicians are experts in furnace, boiler, and heat pump repair, maintenance, and installation.  Call 215-725-6111 for a free estimate, and read on for our furnace maintenance tips to keep your furnace running at the top of its game.

Safety First

Before you perform any maintenance on your furnace, it’s crucial to make sure you aren’t putting yourself in danger.  Start by checking for black soot around the furnace.  If you find any, contact a HVAC Philly technician as this could indicate a serious carbon monoxide problem.  If not, look at the flames in the burner to verify that there is a constant blue flame.  A flickering orange flame could indicate that something other than natural gas is burning.  Next, smell for any gas leaks.  Natural gas is odorless, but gas companies add a rotten egg smell to it so you can identify any leaks.  If you detect this rotten egg smell, leave your house immediately and call a HVAC Philly technician.  Do not try to fix anything yourself.  Once you’ve gone through an inspection of your furnace, you’re ready to shut off the power system and circuits connected to your furnace so you can begin maintenance.

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Replacing your furnace’s filter is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your furnace running smoothly.  The filter prevents dirt and other debris from entering the furnace. When you buy a filter, it will list a recommended amount of time in between replacements.  These times generally vary from 1 to 3 months.  Make sure the filter is facing the right way when you put it in.

Keep it Clean

Even with an air filter, dust and debris can get into your furnace.  You can use a dust brush, damp cloth, and vacuum to clean different parts of your furnace and reduce damages to the system.  The blower, pulleys, and belts, which are beyond the panels that cover the air filter, can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Furnace ducts in forced-air furnaces also often get dirty and can be cleaned by a vacuum.  Finally check your vents, clear any debris with a large brush, and vacuum the waste out.

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If you feel like your heating system isn’t working to its full potential, you could have a problem with your thermostat.  Often, old thermostats stop working and need to be replaced. If you feel like your thermostat isn’t working or need help with your furnace inspection or maintenance, call a HVAC Philly technician to come take a look at it.  Our technicians will do a thorough inspection of your heating system and can perform maintenance that will save you money in the long run.  Remember it’s much cheaper to maintain a furnace than it is to repair a broken one.