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Professional AC Installation in Houston

In Houston, good fortune is defined as a homeowner who has never experienced the pain and suffering of having their AC quit on a sweltering day when everyone is at home. The air-conditioned shopping malls are closed! But unfortunately, most of us have never experienced that type of good luck. Instead, we know what it’s like to feel the heat of a warm July day without AC in our homes. That’s because, at some point, we’ve not heeded the warning signs our AC unit has given us and waited till it broke down, usually at the hottest point during the summer season!

As all appliances age, they become less and less effective at providing their performance when they were new. Air conditioning systems are certainly no exception. While they may be capable of running for twenty years, older AC systems are far less efficient and more likely to fail, the older they get. That’s why it’s so important to listen to your system because it honestly is trying to speak to you. You just have to know what it’s saying.

Signs you need a new air conditioning installed

1. Your AC system is outdated.  

Unless you’re the original owner of your home, you probably don’t answer that question. Most of us will generally ignore our air conditioning systems until there is a problem. Dirty filters, dusty ductwork, and dilapidated drip pans all contribute to using more electricity to cool your home and cause premature wear and tear to your AC unit. 

Your air conditioning system has a useful lifespan of between ten and fifteen years. Any AC system that is older than ten years and needs an expensive repair should probably lead you to decide on a new AC installation. Today’s home and commercial HVAC systems are packed with features that weren’t available as recently as five years ago. Control your new AC system from anywhere in the world with an app installed on your smartphone or tablet. 

2. You’ve made additions to your home.

Have you made renovations to your home, but still have the same air conditioning system? Additional rooms add to the load your AC system has to carry to keep your home cool, making your system less efficient. An air conditioning system that must cool a larger area than it was designed for will use much more electricity than a new AC installation in Houston would use. 

Lack of energy efficiency aside, an undersized HVAC system must work harder from a mechanical standpoint. By having to run longer, with more frequent stop and start cycles, wear and tear occur much more rapidly than an appropriately sized system for your home or business. 

3. Lack of cool air & limited airflow

This is probably the most obvious sign that your current AC is experiencing issues. If you turn on the air and it doesn’t come out cold within a few minutes. This is one of the most obvious signs it’s not operating correctly. The issue could be that it’s the result of clogs in your piping or ductwork. This restricts your airflow and cannot be resolved on its own. No matter what the cause, a lack of airflow is a definite sign that you have a significant problem that must be dealt with.

4. You’re AC system just can’t keep up. 

There’s no getting around it, Houston summers are getting hotter year after year. It can be a real struggle for HVAC systems to work against that heat. Poorly insulated homes, leaky windows, and windows with direct sun exposure are all mortal enemies of your air conditioning system. Suppose you find yourself using window AC units or fans to cool your home. In that case, it’s time to think about a new air conditioning installation from Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning. 

5. Buildup of moisture

All AC units will indeed create moisture in some form. However, those that are operating correctly should be able to handle it without issue. When excess moisture is present, or there is some leaking happening, this might indicate that you have a refrigerant leak somewhere in the unit. In some instances, repairing the leak can be more costly than replacing the unit altogether. This is especially true in older units. That’s why you need to consult with an experienced team such as Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning Services. We’ll be able to give you accurate information about what you should do next.   

What questions should I ask during my AC installation?

You may have selected a new air conditioning system, but your homework is not yet finished. There are still several important questions you need to ask your HVAC technician. 

1. What is the warranty for this service?

You must ask how long the warranty is for your new AC before it’s installed. We can’t stress this enough. Read the fine print! Some warranties will require you to service and maintain the systems regularly to qualify for the warranty. 

2. Are you licensed to install AC systems?

At Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning services, we are licensed to install and fix everything that we touch. However, in some places, technicians are not required to hold state-issued licenses. We highly recommend that you search for a licensed technician since anything could go wrong with your installation. The advantage of working with a technician is that you can claim compensation for any faulty work. With unlicensed technicians, you may have to pay the bill yourself, if things go awry. True, professionals who operate without licenses are less expensive. But ultimately, you get what you pay for. You are taking a considerable risk when you work with them. 

3. Is your company insured?

In addition to licenses, you should find out if the AC installation company carries insurance. An insured company will have security against liability. This will protect you should any damage be done to your home during the installation of your AC unit.

4. Will you send someone to check the installed system?

Typically, air conditioning installers will revisit your home to ensure your newly installed AC system is operating correctly. This is done within 30 days after the initial installation. You must ask your technician if their company performs this type of follow-up customer service. 

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The upshot of installing an air conditioning unit isn’t nearly as easy as many people think. The homeowner must choose a reputable company that can perform the installation professionally. As long as your technicians are educated and experienced in the field, there should be no problem with installing and answering your questions. With over 40 years of experience, Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning services are one of Houston’s most reputable AC installation companies. We can help and answer any of your air conditioning concerns.

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