Everyone enjoys the cool comfort of an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system, but few of them remember the last time the appliance was serviced. This is a shame because failure to have the appliance properly serviced can result in the early death of the HVAC and the need for Air Conditioning Installation Kitsap County. This may seem obvious, but a modern home without a functioning AC can be a difficult place to live in. Most heavily insulated buildings have very little airflow and once the comfort appliance fails, the space becomes stifling.
Replacing an AC is not as simple as it may seem. Modern air conditioner sizes need to be recalculated so that the appliance can properly cool the space. One reason for this is a change in federal laws regarding chemical refrigerants. Any system made before 2006 will need to be replaced because the refrigerant it uses, R-22, has been phased out. Due to the way that the new refrigerant, R-410A, functions it cannot be used in older equipment. This is partly because of the higher pressures required to compress this refrigerant. This means that a 10 year old HVAC that develops a major fault such as a failing condenser could need to be replaced instead of repaired.
Luckily, it is possible to reduce the need for immediate Air Conditioning Installation Kitsap County by having the current model serviced on an annual basis. Routine maintenance involves cleaning the system and checking it for signs of imminent failure. Maintenance should also include testing the refrigerant and verifying its level. A low refrigerant level can strain the condensing unit and cause the system to fail.
If it is time to have the HVAC replaced and the appliance is fairly old, then it may be a good idea to have the air ducts replaced as well. Poor air ducts can lose a lot of cool air and this makes the appliance to work harder. Plus, clean air ducts improve the quality of the air in the building and this makes everyone happy. Learn more about air conditioning installation and maintenance from the experts at Quality Heating Electrical & AC.