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Keeping an HVAC system in a state of good repair is essential to comfort and the longevity of the unit.
Investing a service plan is the best way for consumers to avoid an expensive ac repair while ensuring comfort. These preventative maintenance plans offer different levels of service. Many industry experts recommend that consumers sign up for a plan that includes a minimum of two annual visits. During each visit, the HVAC technician will come prepared with a long checklist of items to inspect. Service generally includes cleaning the coil, checking the thermostat, checking and fixing any leaks, recharging the refrigerant if needed, checking for faulty wiring and lubricating parts. The technician will also repair small problems before larger ones develop. Considering that an HVAC system is a costly appliance, a preventative maintenance plan is well-worth the moderate expenditure. In addition, industry studies have shown that these plans increase the longevity of a unit by 30 percent.

Over time, your air condition system may need minor repairs. Minor repairs can include replacing a fan motor, fixing leaks, installing a new thermostat or fixing some faulty wiring. Major repairs generally include the compressor and can range over $1,000. If a compressor needs to be completely replaced, it can cost over $2,000. At this time, it is more cost effective to just replace the HVAC system instead of paying for the air conditioner repair. Even though replacement is costly, you can purchase an Energy Star system that can recoup the upfront costs within several years with the energy cost savings. In addition, the government offers a $1,500 tax credit with the purchase of an Energy Star unit.

The Energy Star units come with high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings (SEER), and there are units on the market with up to 26 SEER. Today, the federal regulation is 13 SEER, but many HVAC contractors will encourage you to purchase a unit with at least a 16 SEER. On average higher SEER units provide as much as 50 percent more savings on energy costs. Keep in mind that when you have a new system installed, it is still important to invest in a service plan to keep the system operating at peak performance.

For expert ac repair in the North Stafford area, Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is one of the best HVAC contractors. The company has a team of highly trained professionals who are ready to deliver quality products and service at a fair price. Brennan's Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Northern Virginia since 1979 and has an outstanding reputation. The company prides itself on being responsive to the needs of its customers and finding the best HVAC solution for their home.