Is It Time to Replace Your HVAC System? Look for These Signs

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Most manufacturers and technicians recommend that homeowners replace their HVAC systems when the expected service life ends. Most often, that involves replacing your boiler or furnace every 15 years and your AC unit every 10 years.

However, HVAC systems can be expensive to replace and may run efficiently despite their age, so many homeowners don’t heed this advice. Although age can affect your system, you can also look for other signs to determine when you should replace your unit.  

A HVAC technician should diagnose unit failure, but homeowners can also look for early signs of failure. If you think it’s time to replace your HVAC system, watch for these indicators.  

Heat Pumps

Homeowners should listen for unusual and excessive noises coming from the heat pump. Noise could indicate a broken or missing piece in the system. Additionally, if you notice your energy bill rise while your monthly electric bill stays the same, you may want to replace your heat pump. You can save a lot of money on your monthly energy bill by making sure your system runs efficiently.

Your heat pump may need replacing if you find that it gets stuck exclusively heating or exclusively cooling your home. Sometimes, the repairs to fix some problems cost more than a new heat pump. In these cases, you should just buy a new unit altogether.

You should also call a technician if you see ice forming on the indoor or outdoor coils. A technician can help you determine what repairs your system needs and if you need to replace your heat pump.

Boilers

Your gas boiler contains heat exchangers that transfer heat throughout the system. Any damages to a heat exchanger affect the performance and overall efficiency of your boiler.

If you have a faulty heat exchanger, you need to replace your entire unit. Faulty heat exchangers can lead to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide throughout your home. If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, check your furnace immediately. If you suspect damage, call a professional technician to assess the system.

You can identify faulty equipment from water below the boiler. Water could signify a crack in the chamber that holds the heat exchangers.

Your boiler may also break if your system was exposed to excessive amounts of water, such as in a flood. Look for rust as it is a sign of water damage. Always have a professional inspect your boiler before you decide to replace it.

Furnaces

Like boilers, furnaces contain a heat exchanger chamber. Furnaces can experience the same type of damages and risks as boilers because of these heat exchangers, including the potential of releasing too much carbon monoxide. 

Most damages in furnaces come from overheating, which causes exchangers to crack. You can prevent cracked exchangers by regularly replacing filters. However, they may still crack from old age. 

Other ways to identify heat exchanger problems include exhaust smells, soot near the furnace, or water inside the unit. You may also need to replace your furnace if you find that your rooms are heating unevenly or the air in your home seems dry. As furnaces get older, they release less moisture to condition the air, resulting in dry air.

Air Conditioners

The biggest indicators of a faulty AC unit include unusual noises, foul odors, and loss in efficiency. However, not of all these symptoms warrant the replacement of your entire AC unit. Call a technician if you experience unusual activity with your AC system.

If you find yourself frequently calling a technician to repair your HVAC systems, consider replacing the unit in question. Appliances often run less efficiently as they age, and you may save on utility bills when you invest in a new system. Watch out for the signs above to know when it’s time.

3 Negative Effects of Hard Water on Your Home and Your Health

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When your home has clean and clear water, you may take for granted how much you rely on its quality. You use this water to wash behind your little one’s ears, keep yourself hydrated, water your garden, and run your home plumbing systems.

So when this water becomes compromised, it can turn simple, everyday tasks into enormous chores. One of the most common residential water quality problems is hard water.

In this blog, we explain the cause of hard water and list some of the most common negative impacts hard water has on your home and your health.

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water occurs when high concentrations of minerals accumulate in liquid. The most common culprits are calcium and magnesium, but hard water may include trace amounts of other contaminants as well.

Water can collect these particles at any point in the water cycle. Because the hardness of your home’s water depends on its source, route, and treatment, your home could have very different water than your next-door neighbors or a household two streets over.

Professionals typically measure hardness in parts per million (ppm). As percentage represents a portion taken out of a total of one hundred, ppm represents a portion taken out of one million. Soft water has 60 or less ppm of calcium, magnesium, and other dissolved particles.

Most hard water exhibits between 60 and 180 ppm. However, extremely hard water can have upward of 180 ppm.

What Effects Does Hard Water Have?

When your home uses hard water, you may notice that it behaves differently than soft water would. The minerals in hard water inhibit soapy lather, leave deposits on the surfaces in your home, and influence the taste of your drinking water.

Hard water can have the following negative effects.

1. Appliance Inefficiency

Over time, hard water minerals build up inside your home’s pipes, faucets, and appliances. This buildup contributes to clogs and reduces overall appliance efficiency. In some cases, you may notice an increase in your water or power bills because your appliances have to work harder to perform the same tasks with hard water than they would with soft water.

You may also notice low water pressure related to hard water buildup, especially in your bathroom faucets.

2. Dull Skin and Hair

Hard water doesn’t just leave residue in your plumbing—it can also leave its mark on your skin, hair, and nails. If you frequently or primarily bathe in hard water, you may initially notice that your soaps and shampoos do not lather well.

Over time, you may also notice a film called soap curd on your hair or skin. This can lead to dull-looking hair and skin irritation, including exacerbation of eczema and other skin conditions.

3. Unclean Surfaces

Soap curd caused by hard water can leave more than your hair feeling dirty. You may also see soap curd collect in your sinks and tub, on your dishes, and on your linens.

If you have hard water in your home, you may experience difficulty whenever you try to clean an item with water.

 

In rare but serious cases, particularly hard water can contribute to acute health problems like diarrhea, fatigue, and vomiting. If you experience these symptoms, address them with your doctor.

 

If you struggle with hard water in your home, contact your trusted plumbing expert. Installation of a localized or whole-system water softener can save you time and money you would otherwise waste combating this problem.

Hard water can compromise the people and possessions you care about most. Take steps to ensure that your water stays clean, clear, and reliable.

For more information on your home’s plumbing and HVAC systems, read our other blog posts.

4 Things to Know When Buying a Replacement Furnace

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It’s that time of year when family and friends gather together under the same roof. But any Christmas cheer you might experience could quickly hit a bump in the road if your furnace stops working.

As we’ve said in previous posts, the best time to shop for a replacement furnace is before your old one breathes its last breath. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to make an informed decision. Your new furnace is an investment for the future, so it’s a big decision to make—but it’s also one you need to make quickly during this chilly season.

To ensure you make the right choice on your next furnace, you should know at least four things beforehand.

1. The Age of Your Current Furnace

Modern models are made to last far longer than older types. If your model is fairly recent, you might simply need a repair and not a replacement. To find the age of your current furnace, try the following steps:

  • If available, use the original owner’s manual to check the year on your furnace.
  • Consider calling the furnace manufacturer, usually listed somewhere on the unit.
  • Search your unit for a label listing the model number, which will help you determine its age.
  • Talk to your local HVAC provider to discover the age of your current unit.

If your current furnace is more than 10 to 15 years old, it likely has antiquated technology that costs you energy bills each month, so consider replacing it instead of repairing it. The average lifespan of a well-maintained modern furnace ranges from 20 to 30 years.

2. The Difference Between Standard- and High-Efficiency Units

Within the past ten years, the Department of Energy has updated efficiency requirements for heating and cooling appliances.

The difference between standard- and high-efficiency units depends on the amount of energy each unit converts into actual heat. For instance, standard units convert approximately 80% of fuel energy into heat for your home.

High-efficiency (HE) units, on the other hand, may convert up to 97% of fuel energy into heat. Many HE units convert 90-97% of fuel energy into heat, depending on the model. Thus, high-efficiency units use less fuel to create the same amount of heat.

The benefits of a high-efficiency unit come in several forms:

  • HE units use less fuel for the same result.
  • HE units are more environmentally friendly.
  • HE units reduce monthly utility costs.
  • HE units often make less noise.

The initial price of one of these units is much higher than standard-efficiency models, but certain tax credits, rebates, and local incentives may help to lower the expense. However, there are other factors that contribute to your energy costs, including the two listed below.

3. The Cost of Fuel in Your Area

Just like any other commodity, the cost of fuel varies over time and between areas. To get an idea of average costs for your home, take a look at the past year’s average monthly cost. Call or contact your utility provider online to access past records and bills.

The type of fuel you use makes a difference, too. Below are the four common types of furnace fuel:

  • Gas
  • Oil
  • Propane
  • Electricity

Although some fuel types excel in certain climates, others work equally as well depending on your home’s size, the weather, and the type of unit you have.

4. Your Home’s Heating Load

Homes vary in square footage as well as in design. The amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home is called your heating load, and it often affects energy costs more than your fuel or even furnace type.

While an energy-efficient heating unit helps, ensuring that your home remains energy efficient remains important, too. To ensure that both your new furnace and home work together for optimal energy savings, consult with your local HVAC provider.

4 Ways to Save Water This Winter

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During the summer, you might go the extra mile to conserve water. Droughts and high temperatures have a visible effect on your environment, turning the grass and leaves brown and dry.

But during the winter, you might not feel as concerned about water. After all, you can see the water around you covering the world in layer after layer of snow and ice.

However, water conservation remains just as important in winter as it does in summer. What you do in the colder months can establish good habits for the rest of the year.

Not sure where to start? Try these simple tips and tricks to save water.

1. Limit Your Bath Time

On a cold day, few things feel better than soaking in a warm bath or standing under a steamy shower. However, the average bath uses as much as 40 gallons of water, and a 10-minute shower could use as much as 20 gallons of water (more if you have a high-powered shower head).

To limit your water usage, make the swap to showers rather than baths, and set a timer on your showers. A quick five-minute shower will give you enough time to wash off without wasting water.

If you want to take your conservation efforts further, rinse yourself briefly and then turn the water off. Lather your entire body with soap, and then use the water to rinse off the suds.

2. Scrape Dishes Rather Than Rinsing

During the holidays, you and your family members likely gather together to enjoy large meals. From Thanksgiving dinner to Christmas breakfast, these feasts provide plenty of opportunity to socialize and catch up on each other’s lives.

But after you’ve finished the last of the pie or turkey, you may find a large number of dishes waiting near the sink. Instead of rinsing each dish before you run it through the dishwasher, take the time to scrape leftover food into the garbage bin.

Don’t have a dishwasher? Consider installing an Energy Star appliance. But if you can’t afford a new dishwasher right now, fill the sink or a plastic tub with washing water instead of running the faucet.

3. Leave Your Faucets Dripping at Night

You know that a dripping sink can waste hundreds of gallons over the summer. You may have even heard that a leaky tap can lose as much as 3,000 gallons in a year. So, understandably, letting your faucets drip at night might sound counterproductive.

But when the temperatures drop, any standing water left in your pipes is likely to freeze. And when water freezes, it expands and cracks your pipes. If your pipes burst, you may soon have thousands of gallons of water rushing into your home.

If you let your faucets drip at night, the flowing water won’t have a chance to freeze. And to take your water conservation to the next level, you can simply place a plastic bin or bucket in the sink to catch the leftover drips. Use the drip bucket to water your indoor plants or perform a few household chores.

4. Hire a Plumber to Check for Leaks

Do you ever hear your toilet running by itself? If so, it likely has a leak. If your toilet continues to run after flushing, it could easily waste as much as 15 gallons per day. And if you have any other leaks throughout the house, you can bet that your utility bills will soon increase to match the extra usage.

This winter, hire a plumber to check your toilets, shower heads, faucets, and pipes for leaks and make repairs as necessary. During his or her visit, ask your plumber to perform a water analysis and evaluation on your plumbing. Your plumber may recommend upgrading your plumbing for greener alternatives.

 

When you follow these simple tips, you can do your part to protect the environment this winter.  

Heater Broken? 5 Ways to Stay Warm Until the Repairman Comes

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Snow and ice can seem like a winter wonderland from the safe haven of your warm, cozy home. But when your heater stops working, the weather can turn visions of sugarplums into a freezing cold nightmare.

In addition to the discomfort you feel when you lose heat, your furnishings and fixtures could also suffer from the cold—or get ruined entirely.

If your heater can’t take the freezing temperatures anymore, don’t worry. We’ll help you stay comfortable indoors without heating until your friendly neighborhood repairman shows up. Read on for five tips to help you warm up in the meantime.

1. Cover Windows and Doors

Even the smallest crack in your caulking can cause you to lose heat–fast. If you have gaps in your window panes or a couple inches of wiggle room between your door and your threshold, block these openings before the hot air escapes.

For visible holes, use a rag or dishtowel to block airflow from the outside. For smaller nooks and crannies, caulking can seal up the openings. Window coverings, like blinds or curtains, may also add an extra layer to help insulate your home from the cold.

When your heat comes back on, you can also use these techniques to save on your energy bill.

2. Generate Heat With Your Appliances

You don’t need a space heater to energize a lukewarm room in the winter. Even if your central air system malfunctions, you can use everyday appliances to heat up the surrounding air.

When disaster strikes your home, get creative. Turn on the dryer and heat up your winter sweaters. Blow dry your hair, or use the appliance to warm up cold hands and feet.

3. Close off Unused Rooms

Try to keep the heat circulating through the rooms you use most often.  Close off any doors that lead to your attic (since hot air rises), and seal off your basement (where cold air currently resides). Your body heat, combined with a few devices listed above, will heat a small area much faster than a large one.

4. Enjoy Hot Water

One risk you face during a winter storm is frozen or burst pipes. To prevent this problem and heat up your house at the same time, use your water heater to your advantage.

Keep a steady stream of warm water running through all major pipes to make sure they don’t freeze before the repairman comes.

You can also cope with the lowering temperatures by taking a hot bath or shower. Hot drinks like cocoa or tea will also relax you during this stressful time, and you’ll feel heat generating from your stove as you boil the water. Even rinsing your hands under hot water for a few seconds will spread warmth to your entire body, regardless of your external temperature.

5. Stay Together

If you live with other family members or friends, avoid splitting up into individual rooms and letting the heat dissipate.

Instead of isolating yourselves, huddle together under a blanket on the couch. Not only will you feel closer together, but your combined body heat will also make the waiting period much more bearable.

 

Though none of these solutions will fix your heater, you’ll find that you can have fun and remain safe and comfortable even without a functioning heat system—for a little while, at least.

Remember to call an HVAC professional to fix your heating system and diagnose any potential problems.  With a little ingenuity and professional help, your home will stay the perfect temperature all winter long. For more tips, visit our blog regularly and look through our other blogs pots.

6 Signs You Have Leaky Ductwork

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When you first purchased your current home, you believed that your HVAC system was the most advanced of its kind. It used all the latest technologies. But now that you’ve lived in your home for a while, you have noticed that your heating and cooling bills have steadily inched higher. You have also noticed that your home’s temperature takes longer to control, and it doesn’t stay even.

Most of the time, homeowners blame their furnaces or air conditioners for this problem and replace them. But before you take that step, scrutinize your ductwork. The fault may lie with your duct system instead.

Your air ducts transport heated or cooled air from your appliances to each room in your home. Over time, they may wear out and develop leaks. You’ll know you have leaky ductwork rather than faulty appliances if you notice the signs below.

1. Dust Collects in Ever Larger Quantities Around Your Home

You’ll naturally see dust buildup across your home no matter what you do. However, if your rooms accumulate dust much more quickly than they should, or if another layer of particles covers your items immediately after you dust them, then you might have leaky ducts.

Leaky ductwork pushes more dust into your rooms than functional ductwork. Leaks give dust more places to escape the ventilation and to coat the furniture and décor inside your home.

2. You Have Increasingly Worse Allergy Symptoms Indoors

You can see and touch the dust particles that cover your home’s interior. But what about the particles that float through your air? Leaky ducts contribute to poor indoor air quality, which means more dust, dust mites, allergens, and other contaminants occupy your air. As a result, you’ll have more severe allergy symptoms that will only worsen with time. And duct cleaning will only temporarily fix the problem.

3. Your Energy Bills Rise, but You Haven’t Changed Your Usage

Leaky ducts make your HVAC system less energy efficient. When cold or hot air leaks out through the ductwork, your system has to work harder to keep your home comfortable. As a result, your electricity expenses climb higher, especially during the summer and winter. You will have to seal any leaks before your energy bills return to normal.

4. Some Rooms Feel Stuffy or Have Uneven Temperatures

Your ducts won’t develop leaks evenly. So hot and cold air leaks into some areas and not others, and that uneven air flow creates pockets of different temperatures. These pockets could cover corners or entire rooms or sections depending on a leak’s size.

If one of these pockets sits over your thermostat, your home may never feel as comfortable as you’d like. You might even waste more energy as you try to get the house to your desired temperature.

5. Your Ducts Run Through Areas that Lack Insulation

Attics, basements, crawlspaces, and garages often lack sufficient insulation. So, even though your ductwork may work perfectly, its hot or cold air may still leak out into these non-insulated areas. Make sure your entire HVAC system has insulation to protect it.

6. Ductwork that Appeals Tangled or Crushed

If your ducts sustain physical damage during renovations or natural disasters, they will leak. They may also have sharp edges that turn them into a safety hazard. So don’t hesitate to contact your HVAC professionals for repairs.

Does your HVAC system exhibit any of the signs above? If you think the ducts in your home leak, call your HVAC specialist. He or she can perform a diagnostic to find the leaks, and then he or she will repair them to make your system more reliable and energy efficient than ever.

6 Plumbing Problems You Should Leave to the Professionals

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You consider yourself pretty handy. You like to get stuff done on your own, and you don’t like to depend on others to help you with repair or maintenance tasks. So you replace the light bulbs and shingles, mount new doors or windows, and build garden sheds all on your own.

However, recently you’ve had trouble with more complicated household features, like your plumbing. And while you might think you can handle the repairs, you have a feeling you should exercise caution. After all, you may not have dealt with plumbing problems before, and you don’t want to damage your pipes or the materials around them.

Below, we’ve given you a list of plumbing problems that you should leave to the professionals instead of tackling yourself.

1. Leaking Pipes

You should not repair leaky pipes on your own for several reasons. First, you might have to tear through walls, floors, or ceilings to get to the leak, and you could cause extensive and expensive damage if you don’t have experience. You may also misjudge the leak’s location and end up ripping out more drywall than you intended. A professional would not have this problem.

Second, you may need a welding torch to make repairs, depending on the kind of pipes in your home. Many homes contain copper pipes, which you can’t repair with duct tape or glue. So if you don’t know how to use a blowtorch, call the experts.

Finally, you might not have the tools to adequately dry out the area and prevent mold and mildew growth. So don’t try this repair yourself. Leave it to someone with training and expertise.

2. Frozen or Burst Pipes

If your pipes have frozen, you can’t use a hair dryer or other heat source to thaw them. This is because the ice inside your plumbing expands and cracks the pipes that contain it. Once the ice thaws, you may have a flood on your hands. To prevent this from happening, contact a plumber in your area to handle the thawing process and minimize damage to your property.

You’ll need an emergency plumber if your frozen pipes have already burst and flooded your home. This professional can help you remove the water, dry your belongings, and make the necessary repairs.

3. Large Clogs in Toilets or Trains

As clogs develop, they exert increasing pressure on the plumbing materials around them. If you try to remove these plugs with plungers or drain cleaner fluid, you could damage your pipes and create a leak. If you’ve already plunged your sink or toilet a few times to no avail, leave your plumbing alone and call an expert to assist you.

4. Running Toilets

Sometimes you can fix a running toilet by simply adjusting the flush valve inside the tank. But if your toilet continues to run no matter what you fiddle with, you should repress your creative DIY feelings and let an experienced plumber handle the problem. Your toilet may have an underlying design flaw that you can’t fix on your own.

5. Any Water Heater Issues

You wouldn’t play with fire unless you felt confident doing so. Think of water heater repairs the same way. These appliances contain sensitive heating elements and electrical components that could react dangerously if you handle them the wrong way. Keep yourself and your home safe—call your plumber.

6. Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure could occur for a variety of reasons. It may happen because you have a leak somewhere in your system, or it could manifest because you have a clog deep in your plumbing. In any case, you probably lack the tools and the skills to rectify the problem. So, just as you would for any other problem on this list, let your preferred HVAC company make the repair.

 

The DIY option may seem attractive, especially if you have a tight budget. However, unless you have experience with plumbing, you could do more harm than good, and then you may have a more expensive problem on your hands. Leave the above problems to the professionals so you can keep your life stress-free.

Contractors Trust United to Install HVAC Systems

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Residential Heating & Cooling Installation for New Construction

Some of the most well-known and respected new homebuilders in Kansas City call on United for residential heating and cooling installation. After all, they know the integrity and quality of the new home’s systems reflect on them, not the subcontractor. As a homebuilder you’ve got to have a company you can count on to do the entire job right.

Our professional and downright courteous residential heating and cooling technicians are more than happy to meet with other contractors or the homeowner to answer any questions and resolve any challenges during construction. United has an impressive showroom where your customer can view upgrade options and learn more about high-efficiency and accessory options that are available.

Subcontracting residential heating and cooling requires trust. Trust that our HVAC experts know what they’re doing. Trust that we’re using high quality systems and parts that last. Trust that we’ll stand behind our heating and cooling systems and workmanship. We’ve been earning builders’ trust since we opened our doors and we’ve never disappointed a builder or homeowner because we take heating and cooling installation up a notch, or two…

  • United designs heat loads for an inside temperature of 75° F and an outside temperature of 100° F. These temperature parameters are based at the location of the thermostat
  • All of our thermostats are programmable and installed with all heat pump applications and air conditioners
  • We run our own low voltage wire (10) to both the thermostats and outdoor units to ensure proper thermostat placement. The extra wires make is easier for homeowners to upgrade in the future.
  • While the industry standard for the difference between the indoor temperature and the outdoor temperature is 20º, we calculate a 25º difference
  • In an electric heat pump system all rectangular duct in basement (supply and return) is internally lined to maintain duct temperature per industry standards.
  • Every installation goes through a rigorous quality control check after rough in and finish work are complete

PLUMBING TIPS FOR RENTAL PROPERTIES

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 EASY PLUMBING TIPS EVERY LANDLORD SHOULD BE AWARE OF

One of the oldest jokes about being a landlord is that it’d be a breeze if it weren’t for tenants. Tenants are humans and humans do some pretty silly things sometimes. Maybe they don’t know how to properly take care of plumbing? Perhaps because they’re renting so any repairs aren’t their problem to fix? Either way, there are plumbing tips that landlords can use to be proactive and cut down expensive repairs and plumbing equipment replacements.

PLUMBING TIP #1

Always keep the water heaters’ temperature at the factory setting. It’s common for tenants or residents to turn up the thermostat thinking they’ll get more hot water that way. But it’s not more water they receive; it’s just hotter water. Heating the water to a higher temperature causes the water heater to run more, use more energy and shortens the plumbing equipment’s lifespan. More use creates the need for more maintenance and higher energy bills. Shorter lifespans mean landlords will be paying to replace the water heater much sooner than necessary.

PLUMBING TIP #2

Garbage disposals are the second concern for landlords. Disposals need to be checked often to ensure they’re doing their job, especially since there is no telling what tenants put down the disposal. Garbage disposals shouldn’t just chop up food, but also push debris down the drain properly to avoid blockages and back ups. Simple, regular garbage disposal check ups help landlords avoid expensive drain cleaning service and water damage repair under sinks and floors below.

PLUMBING TIP #3

Last of all comes laundry facility plumbing. Rental property laundry rooms see their fair share of usage, much like commercial facilities. Washer drain hoses must be kept clear or they’ll back up and create a huge, costly plumbing repair. Inspect washer valves for signs of wear and tear, deposits and corrosives. When plumbing valves fail, water can gush or drip down the interior of the wall, which damages sheetrock, ceilings below and more.

Visual inspection of plumbing is easy to do and can save landlords a fortune in repairs. Checking slow running drains for blockages can require a commercial plumber’s expertise and equipment. In order to catch plumbing issues before they cause expensive damage be proactive and schedule routine plumbing check ups with a trusted local plumber.

COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONING CHOICES MADE EASY

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COSTLY MISTAKES MADE WHEN SELECTING A COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONING UNIT

Customers find themselves in the market for a new commercial air conditioning system for many reasons. Maybe your commercial air conditioning unit has failed or on its last leg. Maybe your AC unit has some years on it and it’s costing you a fortune in maintenance and utilities. Maybe you’re making changes in your location or your business that require a different commercial air conditioning solution.

Commercial heating and cooling companies will present air conditioning systems across the price spectrum with features to match. Here’s what you should be aware of when narrowing down your commercial air conditioning options to avoid costly mistakes.

First, if you’re still on the fence between repairing and replacing your commercial AC unit, refrigerant 22 is a factor. This refrigerant is being phased out and commercial air conditioning units that require it will become more expensive to maintain and repair. Refrigerants that replace R22 are being introduced and there is some cost involved with switching to the newer formulations. Retrofitting a commercial air conditioning unit to accept R22 alternatives is less expensive than buying a new unit. If budget is a primary concern, this may be your best option until you’re ready to invest in a higher efficiency commercial air conditioning unit.

Ready to get some commercial air conditioning unit bids? Don’t go with the lowest bidder. The price is attractive, but there are risks and trade offs that could be costly in the end. HVAC companies that make unbelievably low bids also scrimp on materials and labor to keep their costs low. Inexperienced techs perform the commercial air conditioning installation. No money has been spent on training or keeping them current on technology. Low-grade units are used that don’t have excellent performance records. Choose a commercial heating and air conditioning contractor that bids a fair price for experienced labor and quality products—one that’ll be around for a long, long time.

A new commercial air conditioning unit is a sizable investment, and accessories will help you get the most out of it. A variety of controllers, smart thermostats and other devices can help reduce operating costs on top of the better energy efficiency these units deliver. These devices are for new as well as older equipment.

United Heating Cooling & Plumbing technicians based in Grandview MO are continually training on all of the above areas—not just the newest technology, but also on how to keep what you have properly maintained to prolong your unit’s life. Your business’s air conditioning solution is unique so to keep it running in peak condition our commercial maintenance agreements are tailored to your equipment’s age, manufacturer and demands. Choosing the right commercial air conditioning unit along with regular and proper maintenance are the best ways to avoid paying high costs down the road.