Air Conditioning Installation
During our hot and humid Washington, D.C. summers, nothing is more valuable than air conditioning. When you need a new cooling system, the HVAC experts at CroppMetcalfe will be here to help meet all of your air conditioning needs.
How do I know it's time to replace my AC?
There are a few questions homeowners should ask themselves to determine whether or not their air conditioner needs to be replaced:
1. How old is the air conditioner?
If your HVAC system is over 10 years old, it may need to be replaced. Most air conditioners today last between 10 and 15 years, however, well-maintained systems may last even longer.
If you’re unsure of the age of your air conditioning system, look for an inspection sticker on the HVAC unit or check the serial number, as the first four digits often represent the year and week the unit was manufactured.
2. Does the air conditioner run properly?
Do you frequently need to call in a repairman to remedy HVAC problems? Over time, paying to fix recurring issues may not be worth the money when you compare the cost of repairs to the cost of a new air conditioner.
Signs of air conditioning issues include:
If you notice any of the above signs of a dysfunctional air conditioning system, it’s best to call in a professional to determine a cause. Common air conditioning problems include:
- Clogged AC Filters
- Old/Worn-Out Blower Motor
- Electrical Issues
- Refrigerant Leak
- Frozen Evaporator Coil
- Damaged Compressor
While some of these problems can be resolved rather quickly and easily, more complicated issues may require you to upgrade your home cooling system.
What factors should I consider when selecting an air conditioner?
In order to determine which air conditioner is right for your home, you have to consider the following factors:
1. Type of AC Unit
The first thing you need to do when selecting a new air conditioner is consider your home’s cooling needs. Are you looking to overhaul your entire HVAC system, or are you looking to supply additional cooling to individual rooms? Common types of cooling systems include central air conditioning, individual AC units (like window air conditioners) and portable air conditioners, to name a few.
Budget is typically the most important factor homeowners consider when selecting a new air conditioner. While it may be tempting to go for the cheapest available option, an air conditioner at a slightly higher price point could help cut costs in the long run by reducing energy consumption and cooling your space more efficiently.
The size of your home will determine the amount of power required to cool each room efficiently. Ensuring you select an air conditioner with the correct dimensions and specifications in mind will make a huge difference in the lifespan and efficiency of your AC unit. Too small and your air conditioner will have to run continuously in order to generate enough power to effectively cool your space, leading to higher energy costs. Too large and your air conditioner will switch on and off too frequently, leading to greater wear and tear on its internal components.
4. Existing Ductwork
In addition to the size of your home, the layout and the condition of your ductwork system will also affect which air conditioner will work best for your home. Even with an extremely efficient air conditioner, your home will not cool properly unless your air ducts are in good shape. Before installing a new air conditioner, a professional should inspect your home’s air ducts and repair any leaks if needed.
You can also opt to forego the traditional HVAC system for a ductless split — a cooling system composed of multiple indoor units and a central outdoor unit without the need for a duct system to connect them.
Read more: What is a ductless air conditioner?
5. Energy Efficiency
Not all air conditioners are made equal. The energy efficiency rating (EER) of your air conditioner signals the unit’s energy consumption level and will affect how much money you’ll end up spending on your monthly utility bills. Ratings range on a scale from 8 to 11.5 — the higher the rating, the more energy efficient the air conditioner is, which can save homeowners money in the long run.
Certain brands and models of air conditioners are longer lasting than others, and may require fewer repairs over time. In addition to conducting online research, you should consult an HVAC professional for an expert opinion on the best products on the market — with the best warranties — to find the right air conditioner for your home’s needs.
What are the benefits of CroppMetcalfe installing my AC?
If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, trust CroppMetcalfe to help you find the solution that works best for you and your family. We provide expert air conditioning installation and advice on how to keep your cooling system maintained for prime efficiency, safety and comfort.
CroppMetcalfe also offers HVAC service agreements to guarantee peace of mind for our customers. With our Bronze, Silver and Gold HVAC Service Agreements, homeowners can expect:
- Priority Emergency Service
- Planned Maintenance Inspections
- Discounts on Repairs
- Labor Coverage for Diagnostics and Repairs
- Replacement Parts*
Call 1-800-462-7677 to speak with one of our HVAC experts or contact us online to schedule your air conditioning installation.
What locations does CroppMetcalfe provide air conditioning installation for?
CroppMetcalfe provides air conditioning installation services to the entire D.C. metro area including:
… and more!