In Utah, you know how essential a good air conditioning system is to your home. Manwill Plumbing and Heating offers a range of residential and light commercial air conditioner services and installations throughout the Greater Salt Lake area. Our team of technicians provide prompt and efficient services during all seasons of the year.
What to know
If you need help with your home’s air conditioning system, you should trust our experts. Manwill Plumbing and Heating has a team of installation and repair technicians that can help you understand all of the ins and outs of your air conditioning system. As well as knowledgeable, honest sales staff to help you understand and choose the latest options for replacing your old air conditioner.
Central air conditioning is used in nearly nine out of ten new homes, and an increasing number of people are replacing their old evaporative coolers to central air as well. Today’s modern air conditioning systems are quieter, cleaner, easier to maintain and have much lower operating costs than those found just ten years ago. In looking at what’s new, two factors matter most when purchasing an air conditioner – S.E.E.R. rating and cooling capacity.
S.E.E.R. stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the S.E.E.R. rating, the lower your operating costs. Each SEER point higher will equate to approximately 7-8% lower operating cost than the prior SEER number. Your operating costs could be higher or lower depending on what S.E.E.R air conditioner you choose and what temperature you set. You may be surprised at how low your monthly operating costs could be with a new high efficient air conditioner.
Cooling capacities are rated in tons of cooling. Nope, the air conditioner doesn’t weigh that much! One ton of cooling is equivalent to removing 12,000 BTU’s of heat from your house in one hour. It may sound confusing, but the sales representatives at Manwill can help you understand which capacity your home needs. To ensure the proper size, we take into consideration the direction your house faces, insulation values in the walls and attic, type of windows, color of your home, duct size and furnace blower size. We use these factors to determine the proper tonnage or volume to cool your home adequately when the temperature gets hot.
There are two types of refrigerants most widely used in our industry. The first is R-22. R-22 has been the refrigerant of choice by many manufacturers for the past 40 years, but the federal government now has a mandatory phase-out plan for the production of R-22, ending production in the year 2020. As a result, a new refrigerant named R-410a is currently what is being used in our market.
We encourage our customers to purchase a system that accommodates the R-410a. R-22 system will soon be obsolete. But finally, the most important thing is to ensure yourself a good, tight and leak-free system by having your system installed by our EPA-certified technicians.
The purpose of the condenser is to house the compressor, condenser fan, and condenser coils. Most condensers are approximately 36″ to 48″ in dimension and will be placed outdoors in a well-ventilated area. The fan on the condenser is designed to remove the heat from the hot refrigerant gases and allow the refrigerant gas to condense to a liquid form. Keeping vines and shrubs from blocking airflow through the condenser will help maintain lower operating costs.
The compressor is the heart of the air-conditioning system. Located in the condenser, its purpose is to compress the returning refrigerant, build up higher pressure and send the refrigerant back to the evaporator coil in your ductwork to do it’s cooling. The two most common compressors are the scroll and reciprocating compressors.
Homeowners have used the reciprocating compressor for more than 60 years. These compressors comprises of a piston, crankshaft, piston rod, intake, and exhaust valves and is powered by an electric motor. Many consider the reciprocating compressor as the ‘old reliable’ in the industry.
The scroll compressor is unique in that it’s continually compressing refrigerant versus the reciprocating compressor which needs to withdraw the piston for the next compression stroke. The scroll has fewer moving parts and operates very smooth. An electric motor also powers it. The scroll compressor has been widely used in our industry since 1982. It has proven to be VERY reliable and VERY efficient.
Protection devices are components designed to protect your air conditioning compressor. The compressor being the heart of the system, it is costly to replace. When checking into a new system ask if these devices are included.
Filter Dryer: Designed to filter out contaminants or moisture that may enter the refrigerant system during installation or servicing.
High and/or Low Pressure Switch: Designed to sense the refrigerant pressures and protect the compressor against undue stress caused by excessively high or damaging low refrigerant pressures.
Time Delay Relay: This switch is designed to prevent the short cycling of the compressor. If a compressor is allowed to turn off and be immediately turned back on it is subject to extreme stress, such as power outage. A time delay relay ensures the compressor will remain off for at least 5-7 minutes before restarting. Most modern thermostats also have a time delay built into them.
Air Conditioning Maintenance
To keep your air conditioner in good working order, you need to take steps to maintain it properly. Without proper maintenance, you could experience inefficient cooling, high energy bills, and even premature system failure. Proper support includes replacing your filters and annual maintenance by our HVAC technicians. Having a professional perform routine maintenance ensures a worry free season without break downs.
Lennox Air Conditioner
Lennox air conditioners provide remarkably consistent cooling. Review our wide selection of Lennox air conditioners to meet your home’s needs.
Trane Air Conditioners
Trane air conditioners work efficiently to keep your home cool and comfortable all year long. For help choosing your Trane AC unit, contact the experts at Manwill.
More About Cooling
The best air conditioning system is the kind you don’t have to think or worry about all year long. Fortunately, all of our technicians are qualified to help you with our wide range of services. When you need a new air conditioner or a repair to your current one, Manwill is here to help. Our maintenance and repair team offers a range of services including air conditioner replacement, repair, service and maintenance. Working with us you will find everything you need to get your air conditioner up and running in no time.