Your central air conditioner puts in a lot of work to get you through the cooling season and, left to its own devices, it’s bound to run into trouble. Filters, coils, fins, and other components require regular central air maintenance, and if you want to get a decade or more of use out of your system, you’ll need to stay on top of that maintenance.
Neglecting your air conditioner will lead to an increase in energy use and a decline in performance; in other words, you’ll be paying more money for less cooling. It’s therefore important to schedule regular central air service, with AC maintenance every 1-2 years depending on how old your central air unit is.
Central Air Installation
With over 40 locations Hurley & David central air installation services throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Northn Connecticut.
We offer a wide range of central air conditioner options, including high-efficiency models and smart thermostats to optimize energy savings. Whether you need a central air conditioner installed in a new home or need to replace your current one, Hurley & David’s team of licensed and experienced HVAC technicians can handle any central air installation project.
We can even provide central air conditioning for apartments and condos, ensuring that all residents can enjoy comfortable indoor temperatures during the hot summer months. Contact Hurley & David today to schedule your central air installation appointment.
Why Choose Hurley & David for your Central Air
Hurley & David is more than just one of many HVAC contractors. Not only are we been in the industry since 1960, but our central air services are also backed up by quality promises. With Hurley & David, you benefit from:
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
- 24/7 Emergency AC services
- Same day service
- On time OR IT’S FREE
- No breakdown guarantee
- Up to 12 year warranties on select HVAC services and products
Whether you are looking for a quick air conditioner replacement or an ongoing partner for your heating and cooling needs, Hurley & David is the local HVAC contractor you need.
Best Practices for Central Air Conditioning Maintenance
Change or Clean Filters
In our five decades in the HVAC industry, we’ve seen that dirty air filters are among the most common causes of maintenance issues. A dirty air filter will slow or block the flow of air through your system, reducing its efficiency and cooling power significantly. Given enough time, that dirty filter can cause cold air to build up inside your central air conditioner, lowering its internal temperature and causing ice to form on the coils. Moreover, the blockage will force your central air conditioner’s other components to work harder than necessary, leading to increase wear and tear.
The good news is that all of these issues are preventable with good air filter maintenance. If your system uses disposable air filters, make sure you replace yours at the beginning of the cooling season and every one to three months thereafter, depending on the type of filter. Be sure to get filters made specifically for your system instead of getting generic ones at a hardware store. If you are not sure, you can always contact Hurley & David for quick and efficient air filter replacement in Springfield MA.
If you have a reusable filter, wash it with water and let it air dry completely before putting it back in the system. Trying to wipe the filter dry can damage it, leading to other maintenance issues. Again, this needs to be done every one to three months depending on the filter. In either case, be sure to shut your air conditioner off while the filter is out. The only thing worse for your system than running with a dirty filter is running with no filter at all.
Coil cleaning and Fin Checks
Over the course of a long cooling season, your central heating and air conditioning evaporator and condenser coils can accumulate a lot of dirt and debris. A clean air filter will stop those components from being soiled too quickly, but they still need to be cleaned on occasion to ensure effective performance.
You can help protect the outdoor condenser coil by removing potential sources of debris from the area. Trim back hedges and bushes for several feet around the outdoor unit, and avoid putting potted plants or other objects above it. Eliminating those sources of debris will allow for better airflow around the condenser, improving efficiency. You can also contact Hurley & David for coil cleaning in Springfield MA and surrounding areas in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
An air conditioner’s aluminum fins are another potential issue because they can easily become bent, blocking airflow. Fortunately, the fix is just as easy. We’ll use a special “fin comb” to realign those fins into nearly original condition.
If you’re still having issues with your air conditioner and don’t know what to do, keep your cool. Our air conditioning technicians can see to any and all of your central air installation or repair needs. Call us today at (413) 200-4203 or email us at [email protected].
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.