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Carney’s 2022 AC FAQ

You’ve got questions about your AC, and we’ve got answers! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from customers that we’ve curated in a handy list so you can have the answers to your queries right at your fingertips.

How Long is My Air Conditioner Supposed to Last?

Most AC units last somewhere between 10 to 15 years. There are a lot of variables that determine the lifespan of your AC. For one, regular maintenance at least once a year will extend it to the 15-year mark and beyond. Another factor is not taking care of repairs as soon as something is going wrong with the unit. 

Can I Go Without Air Conditioning This Summer?

We do not recommend going the summer without AC, especially with the sudden and drastic heat waves that can occur. While you might want to save money, it can end up costing you more. There are serious health concerns for you and your family that come when it gets too hot such as dehydration, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and even fainting.

When Will I Need to Replace My Air Conditioner?

You’ll want to replace your unit before it completely breaks down, leaving you and your family suffering in the heat while you wait for a new one to be installed. Luckily, there are some tell-tale signs that it’s time for a replacement such as your AC unit is over 10 years old, there’s a spike in your energy bill, or you’re constantly calling us out to come out to fix an issue or refill the refrigerant. If one of our experts thinks it’s time for an upgrade, we’ll be sure to let you know and explain why.

How Often Do Air Conditioners Need To Be Serviced?

Our suggestion is quarterly check-ups so you can catch any small issues that turn into big problems later on. Regular maintenance will also extend your AC’s lifespan so you can enjoy it for longer. However, we understand that isn’t feasible for everyone so it should be at least once a year– ideally before summer so you know it’s good and ready before the heat comes along.

What’s the Best Way to Save Money While Using My AC?

We’re all about helping customers keep money in their pockets, so here are a few tips to keep cool this summer without breaking open the piggy bank. 1) Make use of fans to circulate the air and drink plenty of water. 2) Invest in a smart thermostat that will automatically turn off when no one is home and keep it at a perfect temp for you. 3) Ensure all the seals around windows and doors are intact to keep hot air out and cold air in. 

Do I Really Need Professional Services?

Yes! Relying on amateur HVAC techs for repairs or doing it yourself can result in shoddy work that not only makes things worse but will void your warranty and lead to larger problems in the end. An expert has the right tools and know-how to get the job done right the first time.

If you’re in need of AC repairs, upgrades, or installation, there’s only one place to go. Call Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling for comprehensive air conditioning repairs in Montgomery County.

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