When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

2 Questions To Ask An HVAC Contractor Before Purchasing A New Central Air Conditioning Unit For Your Home

by Clara Fernandez

With summer quickly approaching, you may have decided that it is time for you to either install a new cooling system or replace the old one in your house. While researching various models and sizes, you may have started to feel overwhelmed about all of the choices and are hesitant to make a decision on your own.

If this is the case, consider contacting a professional to guide you before making your final choice. Below are a couple of questions that you can ask them about specific models to help you get started.

1.  Is the New Cooling System the Correct Size for Your Home's Space? 

The first question you should ask when seeking guidance about a particular central air conditioner model has to do with its size. Is the cooling system the correct size for your home's space?

If the unit is too small for your house, it will run constantly, which will run up your electric bill and wear down the system prematurely. If the unit is too large, it will short-cycle, which will make it hard for the system to cool and dehumidify your home correctly.

When you have a professional help you make the choice, they can accurately measure your home's space and let you know whether a unit is a proper size for it.

2.  Is the Unit Ideal for Your Home's Assessed Load Calculation?

Another question the contractor can answer about the suitability of a particular cooling unit is whether it is appropriate for your home's assessed load calculation. This calculation is something that they can measure for your home to ensure that minor details will not affect the energy output of the unit.

When making this calculation, the HVAC contractor will not only take into account the open space of your home but also the quality of the insulation, the type of roof on the house, and other structures of the house. After the measurements are completed, they can help you decide on a unit that will be ideal for your particular house

Asking the above questions and seeking guidance from a professional before purchasing an A/C unit for your home can help ensure that you select the right one for your household's needs. Along with asking about the size and compatibility with your home's load calculation, they can also speak to you about efficiency ratings. If you have not already done so, contact an HVAC contractor in your area to ask their assistance with picking the air conditioning unit for your home as well as your options for having them install it for you.


About Me

When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

My name is Maura, and I am certified in HVAC installation and repair. I have many clients who call me in a panic because they have turned on their air conditioners and nothing has happened. Your air conditioning technician will get to you as soon as possible, but there are some steps you can take while you are waiting. You might just find that you are able to fix the problem on your own, although you will still want to have a professional assess the situation. In this blog I will take you through some common reasons your air conditioner might not be working and show you some easy temporary solutions.