Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Replacement’

Ask an HVAC Contractor: Should I Replace My AC?

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

service-timeThere are a lot of homeowners that have a good working knowledge of how the various systems in their homes work, as well as what the needs of those systems are. Even the most seasoned and hands-on homeowners need some guidance from time to time, though.

One question that you may want to ask a professional HVAC contractor in Capitol Hill is whether or not the time is right for an air conditioning replacement. We’ll help you to shed some light onto the situation so that you can make that decision confidently. 

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R-22 Phaseout: What You Need to Know

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

question-mark-badgeIf you have a basic understanding of how your air conditioner in Washington, D.C. works, then you understand that the refrigerant in your system plays a vital role in the cooling process. Refrigerant is a heat transfer fluid that is evaporated in the indoor coil of your air conditioner. As the refrigerant evaporates, it draws heat out of the air surrounding and passing over the evaporator coil. The heat is released outside as the refrigerant is condensed, and the cycle continues until the desired temperature is met.

What you may not realize, though, is that “refrigerant” is an umbrella term covering many different heat transfer chemical blends. R-22 is one of the most common refrigerants used in air conditioning systems today. It is also being entirely phased out of use and production in accordance with the Clean Air Act of 2010. 2020 will mark the completion of the R-22 phaseout.

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Are You Thinking About an Air Conditioning Replacement?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

AC-unit-outdoorsIf you are thinking about replacing your air conditioner, now is a good time to have the job done. An air conditioner replacement is not something to put off until the last minute. If you do, you run the risk of being caught off-guard by the early arrival of summer heat. When that happens, you may find yourself without air conditioning at all, or perhaps convincing yourself that you can get one more season out of a faltering system.

Naturally, you also don’t want to replace an air conditioner prematurely. After all, a whole-house cooling system is an investment, and you no doubt hope to get the best return possible on that investment. Here are a few tips to help you determine when to schedule an air conditioning replacement in Alexandria, VA.

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AC Replacement: 3 Factors to Consider

Monday, June 27th, 2016

We understand that replacing your air conditioning system is probably not the most exciting way that you can think of to spend your hard earned money. Because no air conditioning system is going to last forever, though, you will eventually find yourself in need of a replacement air conditioner. When should you really start to consider an AC replacement in Capitol Hill?

In the following post, we offer a few tips to help you to determine if the time has come to replace your home cooling system. If you decide that it has, you can count on our staff to do the job right. Contact us with any questions that you may have. 

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Do You Think It’s Time for a New Cooling System?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

When you ponder what you’d do if you had an unlimited supply of cash lying around, you are probably not going to decide that you’d run out and purchase a new home cooling system. Perhaps it’s not the most exciting way in which to spend your hard-earned money, but investing in a replacement air conditioner in Washington, D.C. is a great way in which to ensure that you are able to make it through the most brutally hot time of the year unscathed. We’d say that that is money well-spent. We recommend giving us a call if you think that now may be the right time for an AC replacement. 

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Is This the Year for an AC Replacement?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Much as we’d like to tell you otherwise, there will come a time when your air conditioner will either break down completely, or just not be worth repairing any longer. When that time comes, remember to schedule your air conditioning replacement in Washington, DC with us. Of course, before you can do so, you must first learn to recognize that the time has come for an AC replacement. A complete failure is a pretty obvious sign, naturally, but you ideally will not wait until your system fails entirely before replacing it. Keep the tips below in mind, and contact Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. if you suspect that the time for a replacement air conditioner has arrived.

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When Is the Time Right for an AC Replacement?

Monday, May 25th, 2015

While we fully understand that running out to replace your whole-home cooling system is probably not the most exciting way you can think of in which to spend your money, it is going to be advisable at some point. Even the best air conditioning systems on the market, after all, have finite lifespans. When your system’s is up, you need to work with a skilled, trained professional to ensure that your new air conditioner is precisely what you need to cool your home effectively and reliably.

Of course, it is also a good idea to replace your air conditioning system before it becomes an absolute necessity. After all, you don’t want to go without effective cooling for any duration when the heat of summer is at its peak. Here are a few tips to help you decide if the time is right to schedule your air conditioning replacement in Washington, DC. Contact Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. today if so.

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Consider a Split Air Conditioning System When Replacing Your Old Unit

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Installing a new air conditioner can be a serious undertaking, and you should always consider all of the options before pulling the trigger on a replacement system. Here in Arlington, air conditioning replacement services can discuss all of your options with you, including the installation of an alternative system like a ductless mini-split system. Depending on the circumstances, you may wish to seriously consider a split air conditioning system when replacing your old unit. Here’s a brief discussion of the advantages of such a move.

As suggested by their title, ductless mini-split systems don’t rely on ducts spreading out from a central unit. Instead, they involve the installation of numerous individual units inside your home. Each one is designed to cool off a specific area (usually a single room). That allows you to tailor the temperature in each room as you wish, and to turn off the air in parts of the home you aren’t using. This is far more efficient than a centralized system, and can potentially save you a great deal of money on monthly bills.

The question becomes whether that savings is enough to offset the cost of installing a ductless mini-split unit, and possibly abandoning your existing duct system in the process. That could actually be a benefit if your duct system has run into problems. Installing a new ductless system may be easier and more cost-efficient than trying to repair extensive damage to an existing system, and the flexibility afforded by a ductless system can further sweeten the pot. You might also consider a ductless system if you have a particularly large house, only part of which you use in the day. The ductless system can help you save a great deal on monthly expenses over the years… perhaps even enough to offset the cost of installation.

We’re based in Arlington, air conditioning replacement is our specialty, and we can provide a whole range of options based on your particular circumstances.

If you’re considering a split air conditioning system when replacing your old unit, talk to the experts at Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. Pick up the phone today to make an appointment!

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Alexandria, VA AC Guide: Air Conditioning Replacement Options

Monday, March 11th, 2013

If you’re in the market for air conditioning replacement in Alexandria, VA, there are many different options. You can upgrade to a more efficient AC system, or you can choose to switch to a different system entirely. It all depends upon your cooling needs, your home, and your budget. However, the most important aspect of any air conditioning replacement is the quality of the workmanship. Without professional consultation and installation, your new air conditioner may disappoint you. When you need to talk to a pro about your air conditioning replacement options in Alexandria, VA, call Polar Bear Air Conditioning and Heating.

Let’s look at some of your options for replacing your current AC:

  • Central Air Conditioning. A classic split system is perhaps the most popular kind of AC system. Not only are they cost-effective, but they reduce heat and noise by placing your condenser and compressor in an outdoor unit. This allows your home to cool that much faster. Central air circulates cool air through an extensive system of ductwork and into your living spaces. Whether you already have ductwork, or need an efficient and cost-effective cooling solution, consider a central air conditioning replacement.
  • Heat Pump. A heat pump works similarly to a central AC system, but with one important difference. A heat pump transfers heat outside of your home during the heating season and transfers it indoors during the cooling season. It is a complete cooling and heating package. This can be paired with a digital or wireless thermostat to make sure it keeps your home comfortable no matter what the season.

Remember that how it is installed has a huge impact on how effectively your AC system works. Call Polar Bear Air Conditioning and Heating today for comprehensive Alexandria, VA air conditioning services, including installation, repair, and maintenance.

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