Summer is here, and that means it’s time to embrace the heat outdoors.
But while we are in our homes, we all want to be as comfortable as
possible, and that means having a properly-working air conditioner. Katy
Maddock from Manwill Plumbing and Heating visited Studio 5 to share
everything we need to know about air conditioners, and what we can do to
maintain ours so that we stay comfortable all summer long.
About this time of year, we start to see ads for air conditioning tune-ups.
According to Manwill, tune-ups can add years to the life of your air
conditioner, plus it can prevent problems from occurring in the future.
“At Manwill, our service technicians perform a full checklist of items during
a tune-up,” says Maddock. “That can include checking refrigerant levels,
cleaning or replacing filters and checking the amp draw on the compressor
and condenser fan.”
There are two problems that most commonly affect the performance of an
air conditioning unit. First, dirty furnace filters. The furnace filter also
filters the air for air conditioning. A dirty filter causes the air conditioner to
ice up, and when that happens, you don’t get any cool air in the home. The
second issue is that there is something blocking the air flow around the
outside unit, such as dense shrubbery or leaving the cover over the unit.
Most air conditioners last about 15 to 20 years on average. Some things
that cut down on the life of an air conditioner are lack of maintenance,
refrigerant leaks, power surges and the unit being too large for the home,
which will cause it to short cycle (turn on and off too often). Having a
properly-sized air conditioning system in the home is very important.
When looking to purchase a new air conditioner, it is crucial to find a
reputable company to install the equipment. A recent national consumer
magazine mentioned how important the installation process is, and not all
companies or installers are equal. Next, the person who gives you the bid
should take measurements to confirm the proper size of the air
conditioner. SEER ratings should also be considered. SEER ratings are
efficiency ratings. The higher the SEER rating the lower the operating cost.
For example, a 13 SEER is low efficiency and will cost less to purchase, but
more operate. A 21 SEER is super high efficiency and will cost more to
purchase, but your monthly operating expense will be very low.
Maddock is the sales consultant at Manwill Plumbing and Heating. It is her
job to come out to your home, take a look at everything, take the proper
measurements and give you an offer that’s best for you and at the best
“I love working with people. I have a great job and work at the best place.
So of course, when you need a new air conditioner or an air conditioning
tune-up, I hope you call us,” says Maddock.
For Studio 5 Viewers only, we are offering a $69 air conditioning service.
Call us to schedule an appointment today!
Manwill Plumbing and Heating is located at 385 E. 3900 S. in Salt Lake City.
For more information, call (801)262-4671, or visit www.manwill.net.