From our ability to work on all makes and models to our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all work, you can’t go wrong with Staten Island Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, Sewer and Drain Specialists. Only our company is offering two free pounds of freon with every service call if needed.
Below are some of our air conditioning repair services we offer.
The heat pump by design is far more efficient than any other consumer grade HVAC product. While the heat pumps output decreases in the heating mode, as the outdoor ambient temperature falls, the efficiencies are quite high. A balance point calculation should be made by a technician familiar with the products involved. The current product offerings by major HVAC manufacturers include dual-fuel equipment that through modulation, improve overall efficiencies and comfort levels. In that electricity and electric heat is 100% efficient, the proper approach would be to calculate the costs of fuel types available in your area. Where I live, it costs less to heat my home with electric heat as compared to a high efficiency propane fired boiler. Your utility company can give you rates as they apply. Consider that a 100,000 BTU furnace running 10 hours consumes one million BTU’s. Where I live, that 1 million BTU’s can cost me from $24 (propane fired 95% furnace or boiler), $21 (electric heat or heaters), or $8 (heat pump w/ elec. backup). I have a heat pump for obvious reasons. Natural gas is the least expensive fossil fuel, with LPG next and oil being the most expensive. Do the math and your choice is easy.
One of the big cons would be that when the outdoor temp goes below 38 degrees, your indoor unit would use more of the supplemental electric heat. A heat pump becomes less effective as the outdoor temp dips below 42 degrees. Since there is little heat left outside, you cannot reach the desired temp on your thermostat. When this occurs, the indoor electric heat automatically comes on to compensate.
This is not a simple question. Regardless of the fact that you should be a certified technician to purchase R-12 and the other legalities and environmental concerns involved, if your system was properly installed, it should not need additional refrigerant. If the refrigerant level is low, then refrigerant has escaped from the system through a leak that should be repaired before additional refrigerant is added. Leak checking and repair requires specialized equipment and skills as does measuring refrigerant charges, recovering refrigerant, determining the correct charge, and adding the refrigerant. There is the possibility of injury or death from contact with escaping refrigerant or high voltages inside the unit. There is also the large likelihood of damage to your system from over charging the unit. Many people automatically assume that because their system is not cooling to their expectations, it must need more “freon”. Believe it or not, the refrigerant charge is usually not the cause of the problem. There are many, many things that can affect the ability of an A/C system to cool properly. These may include the capacity of the system, the cleanliness of the components, the integrity of the duct work, the personal habits of the users of the system, the weather (heat and humidity), the condition of filters, and the proper functioning of the various components of the system. There are many things a layman can do to improve the performance of an A/C system that do not involve adding refrigerant. These are very important first steps that can be completed prior to calling a qualified service technician. This maintenance will often solve cooling problems and will always reduce the cost of a visit from a service tech. There are many resources on the web that will outline how to perform basic maintenance on your A/C unit. If, after performing basic maintenance and cleaning, you still feel that your refrigerant charge is low, then it is time to place a call to the service tech. Choosing a technician is an important step. Many people so not trust service personnel. While there are certainly dishonest people out there, most technicians are competent and honest. The problem is that many service technicians do not do a good job of communicating with the customer before, during, and after servicing the unit. This lack of communication fosters mistrust with the customer. Techs often do not like to answer questions which is poor business practice. Communication will keep customers loyal and increase business. Techs — learn to appreciate your customer’s questions and take the time to answer their concerns in detail — you will be amazed at the good response you will receive!!! The best advice for cooling problems is: Educate yourself (learn how maintain your unit) Perform regular preventive maintenance (within your capabilities) Locate a competent service person whom you trust and listen to them.
You should at least look at your filter every 30 days and change if necessary. If clean, check at least every 45 days. A filter costs a couple of dollars but it’s the most important thing you can do to save yourself headaches down the road. If you let it go the blower motor works harder shortening its life or your evaporation coil could become your filter, blocking airflow and causing it to start icing up then you will have to pay hundreds. Once a month is standard but if you smoke in your house, have inside pets,or a large amount of traffic in the house, check the filter once a week. Outside environment should be considered as well, dust storms and high pollution areas do affect the filter as well.
The air coming out of your vent should be about 16 to 20 degrees cooler than the air being sucked into your unit through the return. It is usually safe to set the unit to where it blows out at about 55 to 60 degrees. Any cooler than this means the fan is not blowing fast enough and any warmer, the fan is blowing too fast. This will work on all units if sized right.
Your condenser may be dirty and the evaporator coils should be cleaned. There may also be inadequate air flow around the condenser. If there is a leak, your unit may be out of refrigerant or you might have a leak in your duct system. If these aren’t the case, then check to see if the breaker for the outside unit has been tripped.
A programmable thermostat senses the room temperature and controls the HVAC system according to a schedule established by the homeowner. This type of thermostat allows different temperature settings to automatically regulate the HVAC system at different preset times.
Possibly a stuck contact in the outdoor unit, or your indoor fan is overheating and shutting off. Your best bet is to call a professional over to take a look.