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Extend the Life of Your AC Unit

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It’s important for homeowners to understand the life-cycle of an AC unit from installation to long-term maintenance. Taking the time to choose the right air conditioner for your home can go a long way in preventing added repairs and costly replacements down the road.

Choosing Your Unit

Selecting the right size unit is key to finding an AC that works well with your home and runs efficiently. Most people think that buying the biggest air conditioning will offer better cooling. However, using an oversized AC unit is actually less effective and wastes energy. Your AC functions not only to remove heat but also humidity. So while a bigger unit can cool the room quickly, it cannot remove all of the humidity — leaving a damp, clammy atmosphere in the room.

While the size of your home is an important factor in choosing the right AC, there are always other details to consider such as the height of your ceilings and the thickness of your insulation. You also need to make sure that your electrical system can properly power the unit. The air conditioning specialists at Bradley Mechanical in Central Virginia can help you make a perfect selection for your home.

AC Maintenance

Once you have your AC installed, you will need to continuously maintain it — just as you would your car. This can be the difference between a few hundred dollars a year for a tune-up and several thousand dollars on a replacement. A specialist can test your air conditioning to make sure it is maintaining a healthy indoor air quality in your home.

A tune-up should also include a test to make sure your unit is running efficiently. This dictates how well your AC can heat or cool your home and how high your energy bill is. On average, Bradley Mechanical technicians find that business and homeowners are spending 20 percent more than what a properly air-conditioned home or business typically spends on energy costs.

This summer is a great time to have the professionals at Bradley Mechanical come out and service your air conditioning to make sure it stays running during high temperatures. Ongoing upkeep can protect you from and predict any future inefficiencies. Our team can keep you from having a full-system failure or prepare you for when your AC will eventually need replacing.

Repairing Your AC

Air conditioning units can quickly disrupt your life when they decide to unexpectedly malfunction, especially during the summer. Residents of Central Virginia know they can rely on Bradley Mechanical for short-notice service. We’ll look at common components such as the AC’s compressor, condenser coil and unit, fan, coolant line, blower, and more to identify where the trouble is originating from. We pinpoint the source of the problem and solve it — so there won’t be multiple attempts to correct the issue.

The average life expectancy of an air conditioning unit is between 15-25 years. Get the most out of your investment by taking care of it. Call Bradley Mechanical today at 804-748-6728 to schedule your AC tune-up.