How Much Does AC Service Cost?
The cost of your AC repair
or installation depends on the layout of your home and the circumstances involved. For that reason, we cannot provide quotes over the phone. But giving us a call is enough will get you scheduled for HVAC service in the La Mesa and El Cajon area.
How Long Will My AC Unit Last?
While the lifespan of a new AC unit
varies based on make and model, most will last between 10 and 15 years. Some systems, however, can last over 20 years if properly maintained. A lot of this, however, depends on how much you use your air conditioner. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should wait for it to break. Old units are often inefficient and expensive to repair. Being proactive about AC replacement is a great way to save money on your utility bills.
Is there Anything I Should Check Prior to Calling?
Before contacting Pacific Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in the El Cajon
area, go through the basics. Make sure you don’t have a dead thermostat or a tripped breaker. Then, put in a new air filter and make sure you have the system set correctly. If none of these things are to blame, reach out to us for a furnace diagnostics check.
How Do I Know If My Furnace Is Under Warranty?
You'll want to start by finding out when your unit was produced. There's usually a visible production label on the machine—the placement of it varies by brand and model. Once you have that, look up the manufacturer's warranty and see if yours falls within eligible dates. Note that some HVAC companies offer their own no-lemon and installation guarantees that go beyond what the factory offers.
How Often Should I Check My Air Filters?
You'd be amazed how many HVAC problems are caused by someone forgetting to change their air filter. If you use a 1-inch disposable filter, we suggest replacing those monthly. For people with a 4-inch system, two changes a year is often enough.
What Do I Do When My Air Conditioner or Furnace Quits?
If everything else in your home is working fine, it’s time to call El Cajon’s HVAC experts
—Pacific Heating & Air Conditioning. If it’s an emergency, we’ll try our best to schedule service within 24 hours.
What's the Difference Between an Air Conditioner and a Heat Pump?
There's one main difference between these two pieces of cooling equipment. Unlike AC units, which need a furnace to provide year-round customer, heat pumps can both heat and cool a home. Note, however, that they sometimes need to be paired with an electric heater in areas that see temperatures below freezing.
When Should I Have My Furnace or AC Serviced?
In the El Cajon area, we recommend getting your HVAC equipment serviced before the start of each season. In other words, AC maintenance should be done at the beginning of spring while furnace tune-ups are best done in the fall.
What Are EERs and BTUs?
You might hear our HVAC technician use these acronyms and not know what they mean. A BTU—a British Thermal Unit—is a measurement of heat. An Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS), meanwhile, is a guideline used to represent the energy efficiency of an HVAC system.
My Air Conditioning Bills Are High. Is There Something I Can Do?
Aside from replacing your air conditioner with a more efficient one, you can try installing blackout curtains, replacing old insulation, and sealing windows. Installing a whole-house or ceiling fan can also help reduce sticker shock. If you live in the San Diego area, we’re happy to provide a home performance evaluation.
Should I Cover My AC Unit in the Winter?
If you want to avoid leaves and debris inside your AC unit, you can purchase a cover through your brand’s dealer. This is not necessary for heat pumps, however.
Why Can’t You Just Refill My Freon?
Though your AC unit might work after a coolant refill, that’s a band-aid fix for a much larger problem. Because air conditioners are closed systems, any loss in refrigerant means there’s a leak somewhere. With many older systems using environmentally hazardous substances like R-410—which is now banned in new units and only available via reclamation—getting these refills can end up being more expensive than buying a new air conditioner that uses safer, lower-cost refrigerants.