FAQ’s- Home Air Conditioning & Heating

The most frequently asked question about buying a new HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system for a home can vary depending on individual needs and concerns. However, a common question that many homeowners ask when considering a new HVAC system is:

What size AC unit do I need?
It depends. Proper sizing of an HVAC system is crucial for ensuring optimal performance and energy efficiency. It involves calculating the heating and cooling load requirements based on factors such as the square footage of the home, insulation levels, number of windows, and climate conditions. Many homeowners seek guidance from HVAC professionals or use online calculators to determine the appropriate size of the system to meet their specific needs.
Is it worth replacing evaporator coil?
In certain cases, an evaporator coil can be repaired instead of being replaced. When the tubing becomes frozen, it may indicate a problem with the coolant line, leading to refrigerant back-up. Additionally, issues like dirt or mold buildup on the evaporator coil can impact AC performance, which can be resolved through regular HVAC maintenance visits that include proper cleaning. However, if the coils are leaking, it's typically an indication that replacement is necessary. A leaking coil suggests that the unit has reached an age where proper functioning is no longer viable. The leak is often attributed to erosion resulting from the refrigerant flowing through the coil's tubing over time, necessitating the replacement of the affected tubing. To ensure optimal performance and efficiency of the HVAC system, prompt attention to coil-related issues is recommended. Engaging in regular maintenance and timely replacement, when necessary, will help to extend the life of the system and maintain peak performance levels.
Evaporator Coil Replacement Cost?
The cost of replacing the evaporator coil in a central air conditioner typically ranges from $600 to $2,000. This cost encompasses the price of the coil itself, which varies from $180 to $1,600, and the professional installation, which adds an additional $400 to $1,000. Several key factors play a significant role in determining the overall project cost: • Brand: Air conditioner brands vary in terms of their pricing, with some being more high-end than others, which can influence the total replacement cost. • Style of Coil: The design and construction of the evaporator coil, including whether it's encased or not, can also impact the final price. • Unit Size: The size of your air conditioner directly affects the size of the evaporator coil required for replacement. Larger air conditioners generally have larger coils, resulting in higher replacement costs. By considering these essential factors and consulting with a professional HVAC technician, you can make informed decisions and plan for a successful evaporator coil replacement project within your budget.
What is the most energy-efficient HVAC system available?
Energy efficiency is a significant consideration for homeowners looking to minimize energy consumption and reduce utility costs. They often inquire about the most efficient HVAC options, such as high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings for air conditioners, AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings for furnaces, and ENERGY STAR certified products. Systems with SEER ratings of 20 or higher and HSPF ratings of 10 or higher are considered top-tier in terms of energy efficiency. Energy-efficient HVAC units usually include: variable speed motors, Eco-friendly refrigerants, smart thermostats and improved insulation and sealing.
How much will a new HVAC system cost?
Budget concerns are common, and homeowners want to know the approximate cost of purchasing and installing a new HVAC system. The price can vary based on factors such as system size, brand, energy efficiency rating, additional features, and local market conditions. Obtaining multiple quotes from reputable HVAC contractors can provide a clearer estimate.
What is SEER Rating?
The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a key metric used to gauge the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment. It measures the amount of cooling delivered per electricity dollar spent, relative to other systems. For instance, a 3-ton unit may have a SEER rating of 13, 14, or 15. A higher SEER indicates better efficiency, with ratings typically ranging from 13 to 17 for various units.
Effective January 1, 2023, there is a significant update in the HVAC industry. New AC units produced and sold this year will now be designated with a SEER2 rating, replacing the previous SEER rating system. The shift to SEER2 standards aims to provide a more comprehensive evaluation of how units perform under typical home operating conditions, offering a more accurate representation of real-world performance. Unlike the previous SEER rating, which relied on precise protocols and ideal conditions for measurements, SEER2 standards incorporate updated testing methods that better reflect how units function in everyday scenarios. This advancement in rating systems ensures that consumers can make more informed decisions and expect improved efficiency and performance from their AC units with SEER2 ratings. We look forward to delivering enhanced comfort and energy savings with the latest SEER2 technology.
What financing options does Cooper’s Plumbing & Air Offer?
At Cooper's Plumbing and Air, we've partnered with five reputable companies to offer flexible financing options that suit any budget (deferred Interest & Low Monthly Payments). Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities!
Does Cooper’s Plumbing & Air offer any maintenance or ac service agreements?
Yes. We offer our Cooper Club Program. Hassle-free maintenance to keep your AC & heating systems clean, safe, and efficient. Our maintenance agreement includes, system cleanings, Inspections & testing twice per year, we schedule at your convenience, offer expedited service for emergencies and save 15% on ac and heating repairs.
Should I choose a furnace and air conditioner separately or opt for a packaged unit?
Homeowners often debate whether to purchase individual components, such as a furnace and air conditioner, or choose a packaged unit that combines both in a single system. This decision can depend on factors like available space, installation requirements, efficiency goals, and budget considerations. Seeking professional advice can help determine the most suitable option.
What maintenance and warranty options are available for the HVAC system?
Understanding the maintenance requirements and warranty coverage for a new HVAC system is crucial for its longevity and performance. Homeowners may inquire about recommended maintenance schedules, filter replacements, and available warranty options, including extended warranties for added peace of mind. Remember, while these questions are commonly asked, it's always best to consult with HVAC professionals who can provide personalized advice based on your home's specific requirements and circumstances.

At Cooper's Plumbing & Air we understand how critical a functional heating and cooling system is to our Bainbridge, Georgia customers, that's why we offer FREE 2nd Opinions & FREE In-Home Consultations. Give us a call today at (866) 464-7132!