Air Conditioning FAQs
How Long Does An Air Conditioner Last?
Each York air conditioner comes with a 10 year limited parts and unit warranty. However, you can expect yours to last considerably longer than that with the proper care.
What Does Proper Care Consist Of?
You’ll want to talk with your local York dealer and learn about the annual maintenance tasks they recommend and can perform for you. Annual maintenance generally includes regular cleaning of the evaporator and condenser coils, changing of the filters and checking for debris within the air conditioning unit.
When these tasks are performed regularly, your air conditioner is sure to last the full 10 years and likely much longer.
What Type of Air Conditioner is Best for My Home?
There are quite a few models of York air conditioners available, so which is the best choice for someone interested in getting the most out of their system? If you’re looking for a compact air conditioner, either the Latitude or LX series are fantastic, while the Affinity offers high level cooling with two stage compression and higher SEER ratings.
There are also packaged options that allow you to both heat and cool your home. Heat pumps and packaged air conditioners offer whole home solutions that provide the best possible energy ratings without costing you a fortune for installation.
Why Should I Consider Replacement?
If your current air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you can be almost sure that it is less energy efficient than those manufactured today. All of York’s current air conditioners are up to 60% more efficient than the best models available only 10 years ago, and that doesn’t take into account efficiency loss due to age.
So, there are two issues here – the cost of running an air conditioner day after day for the entire summer and the cost of having repairs done and maintenance scheduled more often because you use an older model. The sooner you replace your air conditioner, the sooner you can start saving money and because you’ll use less energy every month, you’ll be offsetting the cost of your new more efficient model.
Which is Better – a Heat Pump or Air Conditioner?
Heat pumps are unique in that they provide both heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. So if you live in an area where your heat pump can draw enough heating energy from the air outside in the winter, this hybrid option may be best for you. Keep in mind, however, that when the temperature gets too cold outside, heat pumps are often unable to provide the necessary heat to your home on their own.
So, you will either need a packaged system with electric or gas backup, or a separate furnace to supplement your heat pump during the winter. A standalone air conditioner can be a better option if you only need a limited amount of cooling in the summer.
What Does Regular Maintenance Entail?
Because your air conditioner will be used throughout the summer, you need a system you can rely on to provide steady cooling. That means it needs to be professionally maintained. Proper maintenance includes regular inspection of your ductwork and cooling coils. It also involves removing the grilles and cleaning out any debris or build up that may gather during regular operation. An air conditioner’s evaporator coils in particular can get very dirty.
Most of this work should be done by a experienced York dealer and contractor – however, you should talk to your contractor and learn what regular tasks you can perform on your own to help keep your system running in between visits.