At Manwill Plumbing and Heating, we help you through every step of the installation process. From selecting the right brand, efficiency and properly sized equipment. We will assist you in selecting the best options for you and your home. We can also recommend the best thermostat for you and your lifestyle.
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.
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