Now that the snow has melted and the outdoor temperature is slowly rising, you may be thinking about when you will turn on your air conditioning unit. We spoke to Home Saving Heating & Cooling, a leading HVAC company in Toronto that sells, installs and services furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, water heater tanks and HVAC accessories, about getting your AC ready before it’s too late.
To ensure your comfort during the hot and hazy summer, Tamim Bakhshi of Home Saving Heating & Cooling recommends doing maintenance on your air conditioning unit in the springtime to ensure any issues are fixed. Those who wait until summer to test their air conditioning unit may find themselves stuck without cool air on the hottest day of the year. Regular maintenance on your air conditioning unit involves checking and cleaning the drain system to ensure there are no blockages and running a test to ensure sufficient cool air is being supplied.
A Yearly Checkup for your AC
Bakhshi recommends yearly maintenance on all air conditioning units. “If you don’t do regular maintenance, if there’s any leakage or blockage in the system, you won’t know until it’s too late and you’ll have to pay big dollars to fix it,” says Bakhshi. Regular preventative maintenance will make sure the unit is running smoothly and providing comfortable indoor temperatures all summer long, which will save you money on future repairs and prolong the life of the unit.
Replacing Your AC
Bakhshi recommends replacing units that are over 15 years old since these units are using a coolant called R22 Freon, a low-efficiency, oil-based coolant. New units manufactured within the last ten years run on R410A, a gas coolant that is not only more energy efficient, but environmentally-friendly.
Here are other reasons why you should get your unit replaced ASAP:
- R410A absorbs and releases more heat than R22;
- Your air conditioner will run cooler;
- This reduces the risk of the compressor burning out due to overheating.
But how old is my unit?
To tell the age of your unit, check the nameplate on the outside of the condensing unit that identifies the refrigerant it contains. The physical condition of the outdoor compressor can also be a determinant of your air conditioning unit’s age. A rusty, clogged and noisy outdoor unit is likely running on R22 and should be replaced to ensure optimal efficiency and a consistently cool indoor temperature.
Are you in the market for a new air conditioning unit, or need your existing one repaired? Contact Home Saving Heating & Cooling. They offer emergency services 24/7 and provide free home estimates!
Get your AC looked at before the weather gets too hot and you’re stuck with a broken one!