When to Install or Replace an AC Unit?
As a general rule of thumb, your Air Conditioner may be up for replacement if it’s been 10-15 years since it was installed. This, of course, varies depending on the efficiency of the unit and if it was sized correctly for your home, the manufacturer, how it was installed, how repairs were handled, and how consistently it was maintained (new filters, calibration, cleaning, etc.).
You definitely need an HVAC repair tech when you experience the following, but keep in mind that any of these “signs” could also point toward needing a new unit:
- Making unusual noises
- Inconsistent cooling
- Icing up on the coil
- Electric bills
- Moisture leaks
- Oily residue (on unit components)
- Thermostat reads lower than actual temperature
The efficiency of a new unit
AC systems older than just a few years cost more to run, adding up to yearly expenses that might not make sense. Replacing your air conditioning system with a newer high-efficiency unit can reduce your monthly cooling bill by up to 50 percent. Your equipment will “pay for itself” fairly quickly. Meanwhile, you’ll be enjoying better temperature control, a quieter running system, and finally, ideal indoor comfort.
We’ll make sure you get an AC unit or heat pump with a S.E.E.R. rating and output that makes sense for the size of your home, so you’re not paying for energy you can’t use or feeling the heat for a lack of it.
How Long Will It Take to Install My New Central Air-Conditioning Unit?
Once you make the decision to install a new air conditioner or heat pump, we can generally remove the old system, install the new one, connect the electrical and ductwork, test and calibrate the controls, and have the new system going again in a single day.
Getting on our calendar is easy because we have a team of technicians that do this work all day, every day. We show up first thing in the morning and don’t leave until the job is done.
Won't They Leave A Big Mess?
Our HVAC technicians are conscientious about your home. We wear shoe covers when they are indoors. Our trucks are stocked with drop cloths, coveralls (to work in dirty attics, basements and crawlspaces), brooms, dust pans, garbage bags, shop vacs… essentially everything needed to complete the job thoroughly and efficiently.
When we install a new central air system, we remove all the packaging, the old equipment, and any debris created by the job. You’re left with the new unit, instruction manuals, and a cool comfortable home.
We always perform a final walk-through on every job to ensure that we haven’t missed any loose ends.
Brand of AC Equipment We Install
While we are definitely fan favorites of the “Carrier” family of air-conditioners, including their Infinity, Performance, and Comfort Series, we install just about any residential air-conditioning unit, mini-split/ductless system, air handler, and heat pump you can come up with.
We primarily offer Carrier equipment because of their high quality and reliability, but we have other brands available as well.
When we recommend a new AC unit we look at quality, warranty, usability, energy-efficiency, and output that matches the size of the space to be cooled.
What Type of Warranty Comes with My New Cooling System?
Most manufacturers offer a 10-year equipment warranty. We offer a 10-year labor warranty on all our installations, in addition to any limited warranty provided with your equipment or extended warranty offered by the manufacturer. If something about our installation fails (i.e. we installed it poorly) you’re 100 percent covered. Just call and let us know.
But we like call backs about as much as you do, that’s why we send only qualified technicians, inspect all of our work when we’re done, and do a final walk-through with you, our customer, making sure you’re 100 percent happy with the job. But mistakes happen, parts fail, and there are “perfect storms” so if that’s the case, just let us know. We give priority preference to warranty calls with our same-day scheduling, three-hour arrival windows, and 30-minute "heads up" when we’re on our way.
How Are We Uniquely Qualified?
There are a lot of heating & cooling companies in Columbus wanting your attention, especially when you have the least amount of time imaginable! So our promise is simple: If you see a heating & cooling technician in our uniform, he’ll be both state-licensed and NATE-Certified. They are also W-2 employees of our company which means they answer to us for every minute they’re in the field, at your home, and working on your equipment. And believe it or not, we probably require better work performance than even our customers!
Our technicians complete many hours of extensive in-house training, and pass written exams, code testing, and hands-on skill assessments. But their training doesn’t stop there. Mandatory weekly training sessions keep them up-to-date on the latest in heating & cooling trends; the newest innovations; and the city, state and federal heating & cooling guidelines.
While there may be several ways to service an AC unit that are “OK,” we follow an extensive set of “best practices” that we are constantly sharpening so you know you’re getting the best quality workmanship in Columbus.
We Drive Fully-Stocked Service Vans
Our AC service technicians leave the shop ready to perform the planned job. Even if your appointment is just an estimate, if you’re confident with our company, you can go ahead and complete the work while we're on site. Our service vans carry the latest in technology and diagnostic equipment, the best time-tested tools and equipment of our trade, and the AC repair parts we replace most often. We restock daily to make sure the one showing up in front of your house is fully-equipped to handle your project. If you decide to go with a replacement/major installation, our technicians have everything they need to get the work started. In the meantime, we’ll pull your new AC, heat pump, or air handler from our warehouse and send a second team member to deliver it. Regardless of your project, we show up ready to complete the job as efficiently as possible.
We would love to help you with a new central air conditioning system. If you’re ready to have an experienced, licensed HVAC technician look at your AC system, call us at (614) 490-7550 or click the Schedule Now page to get started, and we’ll soon be on our way to restoring your home to cool comfort.