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What is the SEER Rating?Every Air Conditioning unit is required to have a "SEER Rating" or "Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating" this is a way to...
- What is the SEER Rating?
Every Air Conditioning unit is required to have a "SEER Rating" or "Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating" this is a way to measure how efficient your unit is. In simple terms the higher the SEER rating the less it will cost to run the unit. 20 years ago a 10 SEER unit was the standard, now a 14 SEER unit is the bare minimum. We are seeing SEER ratings as high or even higher then 20 SEER, however the upfront costs on these units are so high it might take many years to make back the difference in upfront costs. So what SEER is the best? That is like saying what car is the best, it all depends on your goals.
- Why is the SEER rating on the Energy Guide different than what my dealer quoted?
I bet you are looking on the Energy guide of your condenser, the outdoor section of your A/C system. That is only one part of your total system, and depending on what Air Handler (the indoor or section in the attic) your condenser is matched with will determine the SEER of your system. A unit might say 14 SEER, but match it with a variable speed Air Handler and you could get an overall rating of 15 SEER.
- Why should I have regular (or preventative) maintenance, and how often should I have it performed? .
Preventative maintenance is done for two major reasons.
1st to make sure your unit is performing at its best. Even if you have a top of the line system, if it is low on refrigerant or has dirty coils it will not perform the way it should. A 16 SEER system that is 1/2 lb low on refrigerant could really be running like it's only a 6 or 8 SEER which would be the same as throwing money out the window. Or a unit with a dirty outdoor coil could be making the compressor work much harder then it was designed, shortening it's life and causing irreversible damage. Even a Porsche can't run right with without the proper amount of oil.
2nd, while we can't predict when or if a unit will break down, their are signs and individual parts we can test and look for that can be adjusted or replaced before they break and leave you with no air at a very inconvenient time. Every year we get bombarded with calls halfway through a holiday weekend, or just before an important party. We would all rather schedule a repair, rather then scramble when we really need it done.
How often should it be done? Typically once a year is sufficient. If you have a new system you should have it serviced after the first year, and if there are no issues you could make it 2 years before the next service but as a system ages it becomes more important to stay on top of it.
- What equipment requires regular (or preventative) maintenance?
All Air Conditioning systems require regular maintenance.
- I need help troubleshooting a problem with my equipment; what do I do?
Give us a call that is what we are here for.
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CreatedThursday, 06 September 2018
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