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Whether you need cooling equipment repaired or replaced, speaking knowledgeably with an HVAC service Atlanta company will help it to meet your needs, and prevent you from saying yes to things you should say no to. To increase your knowledge of AC repair and replacement, we answer some commonly asked questions of Atlanta HVAC companies concerning air conditioning equipment and repair.

1. My air conditioner won’t come on: what could be the problem?

If your AC compressor won’t kick on, you may need to replace it. But a non-functioning compressor could also result from the following easy to fix problems: a blown fuse or tripped breaker switch, a wrongly set thermostat, a faulty thermostat, or service switches and controls that need to be turned on or reset. Mention these possibilities to an HVAC technician before you accept replacement equipment.

2. My home doesn’t cool well anymore: what could be the problem?

If your home’s cooling capacity is decreasing, you may need new cooling equipment. But a loss of cooling capacity could also result from one of the following easy to fix problems: leaky ductwork, a clogged air filter, low Freon in the compressor, improperly set registers, or a faulty thermostat. Mention these possibilities to an HVAC technician before you accept replacement equipment.

3. My compressor keeps kicking off: what could be the problem?

If your compressor kicks off soon after it kicks on, you may need a new compressor. However, a clogged condensing coil could also cause your compressor to behave this way. Mention this possibility to an HVAC technician before you accept a new compressor.

4. If I need a new air conditioner, which type should I get?

The type of unit you get will be largely determined by your home’s size, cooling needs, and energy characteristics. However, you should opt for an energy efficient model of whichever type of unit you need. Its SEER rating determines a conditioner’s energy efficiency. A SEER rating above 10 is good, and a rating of 14 or higher is ideal.

5. Is a heat pump a good replacement for an air conditioner?

A geothermal heat pump can offer as much efficiency as an efficient central AC unit. But it’s true value is its versatility: in the winter, it serves as a furnace, offering 30%-40% more efficiency than oil, gas and electric furnaces. However, most pumps don’t provide sufficient heat when the outside temperature falls below 30 degrees.   

6. How much should a heat pump or an air conditioner cost?

The cost of heat pumps is generally $7,000-$12,000, with large, high efficiency models costing the most. Central AC units usually cost $3,000-$6,000, with large, high efficiency units costing the most.