School’s Back in Session. Is it Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

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While Mother Nature begins the process of winding down, the start of the school year brings its own sense of energy and activity. Chances are, with new schedules and commitments, and temperatures beginning to dip, you aren’t wondering if it is time to replace your air conditioner. But, here’s why you should.

More availability.

In the cooler months, demand for air conditioner installation drops significantly. With fewer buyers to work with and schedule, professionals have more time to spend with you and answer your questions. As a result, you can be sure you are getting the best equipment for your needs and that it is installed properly. Scheduling at your convenience is much easier. You can even schedule installation in advance, giving your installer the opportunity to make specific recommendations for your home that maximize efficiency and performance unique to your home.

Better pricing.

Buying now can save you money. Lower demand means HVAC companies are likely to offer lower prices on their services. Manufacturer rebates typically pop up in the fall as well.

The luxury of time.

So often we make major purchases in emergency situations – something breaks when we need it most and we don’t have time to do proper research. By addressing your air conditioning needs in the off season, you give yourself the luxury of time to research your options and make an informed decision, rather than rushing into a purchase that may not be right for you simply because you need something.

Temps can remain high.

Even in September, temperatures can be in the 90s. While you may already be thinking about the cooler weather that’s coming, you could very well still be using your A/C. If it is not working properly and you are anticipating needing a new one next year, you can address those needs now and have a functioning system while you still need it this year.

Avoid repair costs.

Repairing an older air conditioner to get you through the end of the season may not make economic sense. With all the advantages of shopping for a new unit now, you could be wasting money by paying for repairs now, and waiting until spring or summer to buy a new unit.

If your air conditioner is not cooling your house properly, your HVAC professional can determine the cause, and advise you on replacing your system.

The experts at Rheem Pro Partner are ready to help. Call us today!

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Air Conditioner

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An air conditioner provides comfort and safety and can add value to your home. Choosing a new one is an important decision that requires some thought and attention. For starters, here are 6 common mistakes to avoid in order to ensure that you get many years of excellent performance. You’ll save money, time and grief in the process.

1. Buying the Wrong Size Air Conditioner

Buying a unit that is too big or too small will end up costing you money, and likely will not provide the level of cooling you need. A unit that is too small will work unnecessarily hard and still not be able to cool your home properly. A unit that is too big won’t provide uniform temperatures throughout your home. Both will operate inefficiently, cycling often and driving up your utility costs.

2. Putting the AC in the Wrong Place

Hiding your air conditioner behind plants or shrubs may be aesthetically pleasing, but it can clog the condenser coils, make the AC less efficient, and hinder ventilation. Many of today’s models are designed to be more visually appealing. If you do need to camouflage yours, however, be sure that any shrubs or plants are at least 2 feet away from the unit, and are regularly trimmed to prevent debris from getting into the condenser. Have your unit professionally serviced every year to clean out any dirt and debris that may collect inside.

3. Missing Rebate Opportunities

Manufacturers typically offer rebates that can mean significant savings on your A/C purchase. Those rebates often come during the fall, when most customers aren’t shopping. Don’t miss out on this opportunity by waiting until spring or summer to research your purchase. Great deals are available now!

4. Not Getting More than One Estimate

Not all air conditioners are the same. Prices, options, installation costs, service agreements and permits vary. Not all HVAC companies are the same either. Experience, reputation, reliability and training vary. Get multiple quotes and ask lots of questions to be sure you are making an accurate comparison.

5. Pursuing the Lowest Price

When comparing air conditioners, purchase price doesn’t tell the whole story. Energy bills are an ongoing cost of operation, and sacrificing efficiency for a lower upfront cost could end up costing you more. Ongoing maintenance issues are another consideration. Paying more for reliability and durability can save big over the life of the product. Similarly, skimping on the cost of installation by hiring the wrong contractor can lead to product failure and the need to replace the unit sooner. An air conditioner is a long-term investment in your home. It makes good economic sense to purchase the most efficient one you can afford, even if it costs a little more.

6. Not Getting A Written Guarantee

A written guarantee is your assurance that the company you purchase from stands by its products and services. Be sure to secure your investment with no-hassle, no-questions-asked protection against breakdowns. A true guarantee includes a Performance Guarantee, an Investment Guarantee and a true 100% Satisfaction Guarantee – in writing. Be sure to read it carefully, to know if there are any exclusions.

Bonus Tip:  Do your homework!

Start with a reliable, reputable HVAC company with a strong track record of excellence. You can count on your Rheem Pro Partner for excellent products and services. Contact us today for more information.

It’s Possible for Your Air Conditioning System to Overheat

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It might seem ironic that an air conditioning system can overheat because an air conditioning system is supposed to produce cold air. But an air conditioner that is not in optimal condition can get very hot when it runs. When an air conditioner overheats, it can trip the circuit breaker – which can cause it to stop running. There are several possible reasons that an air conditioner can overheat. If you are in need of Grant Ranch, CO ac repair or emergency air conditioner repair, make sure to call Rheem Pro Partner for an appointment. We offer a free estimate on air conditioner repair, and we can fix your system so that it stops overheating every time you try to use it.

While there are several reasons an air conditioning system might overheat, following are some of the most common:

Dirt on coils. It’s possible for the condenser coils in your air conditioning system to get excessively dirty. When the coils are dirty, they are not able to function properly. This can lead to your ac system running too frequently without a break. When this happens, the system can overheat and cause the circuit breaker to trip or the entire system to shut down.

Air filter is full. When an air conditioning system’s air filter is excessively dirty and full, air is not able to flow correctly into and out of the unit. Clear air flow is essential to a air conditioning system. If you notice that your air conditioner is running for extended periods of time without effectively cooling your home, take a look at the system’s air filter. If it’s dirty or looks full of dirt and debris, change the filter. It’s a good idea to change the air filter every month. If you need help changing your air conditioning system’s air filter, call your Grant Ranch, CO ac repair company to schedule a service appointment.

Damaged wires or internal parts. It’s entirely possible for an air conditioning system to have a wire or a part that has gone bad. In such cases, professional air conditioner repair is usually necessary. Unless you feel comfortable performing repairs on an air conditioning system, a repair appointment should be scheduled. Most homeowners cannot repair their central air conditioning system on their own, and they opt for a reputable company to perform the necessary emergency air conditioner repairs.

If your air conditioning system seems to shut off and trip a circuit breaker on a frequent basis, you probably need a Grant Ranch, CO ac repair company to visit your home. It’s advisable to have the problem repaired as soon as you notice it so that you can avoid the need for emergency air conditioner repair on a weekend or holiday. If you are concerned about the cost of air conditioner repairs, call Rheem Pro Partner. We offer a free estimate on air conditioner repair so you know exactly how much the repair will cost before you give us the go-ahead.

Winterize air conditioner units for Winter

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preparing-your-ac-for-winter-2Your AC has served you well this summer so now it’s time to show it some TLC and ease it into a peaceful hibernation. Here are some tips to prepare, preserve and winterize air conditioner units, protect this valuable asset during the winter months:

 

  • Find the air conditioning power circuit near your unit. Open and flip the switch to off. This prevents the unit from turning on during an unusually warm winter day, keeping water out of the unit that could potentially freeze.
  • Wash the unit with a hose to remove bird droppings, dead bugs, dirt and dust. Remove leaves, small branches and grass clippings from the unit. Allow the unit to dry completely.
  • Install foam pipe covers around outdoor exposed pipes. This insulates the pipes and protects them against freezing temperatures. Use duct tape on the foam covers to hold them in place.
  • Cover the unit with a waterproof plastic or vinyl cover. There are covers that are specifically designed for air conditioners, but you can use any plastic or vinyl that completely covers the unit.
  • Make sure the cover is wrapped tightly with vinyl ropes or bungee cords so it stays in place in bad weather.
  • Check your air conditioner occasionally to make sure the cover is secure. Keep snow, ice and debris off the unit.

Mid-Summer Night’s Dreaming of Air Conditioning

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Is it time to replace your air conditioner?Mid-Summer Night’s Dreaming of Air Conditioning

As July nears an end you might think you can sweat it out for the next 60 days and put off replacing that old central air conditioning unit. Besides the all-important comfort level of your home, you may consider replacement now if any of the following conditions exist:

  • According to Consumer Reports every appliance in your home has an expected average lifespan. With central air, the average is 15 years, however according to Energy.gov if your unit is just 10 years old, you could save 20-40% on your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient system. If that’s the case, you might look into financing for a new system that will actually save you money in the long run.
  • Penny wise, pound foolish? As your air conditioner ages it becomes more expensive to maintain with more frequent repairs and service calls. Get a thorough evaluation from a NATE certified Rheem Pro Partner Technician on the health of your unit, again saving you money in the long run.
  • As an air conditioner ages it runs more inefficiently, so in addition to being less efficient to begin with, an older unit will run longer, waste energy and not provide the same level of comfort.

If you’d like more information or to schedule an appointment with a Rheem Pro Partner technician, please contact Rheem Pro Partner today.  Rheem Pro Partner offers professional service to Northern Colorado, including the Denver Metro area and Colorado Springs, as well as Casper and Cheyenne in Wyoming.

Schedule Savings Along With Comfort With a Programmable Thermostat

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