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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

With the coming of spring comes an increased focus on your air conditioning system, and if yours has been in service for a while, the question becomes whether it can handle another Gastonia, NC summer without problems. With proper care, an older centralized system can last for many years beyond the expiration of its warranty, and even if it doesn’t, you may be confident that your system is ready to go. But if it isn’t, then now is the time to ascertain that and plan for a replacement session with a trained technician. Doing so ensures that you have the time to plan the operation at leisure and that the new unit will be ready to go when the hot weather begins in earnest.

Before that happens, however, you need to decide if your old cooling system is ready to handle another summer or not. That usually boils down to two basic components: age and cost. The first plays a large role in determining the second.


All air conditioners and similar cooling systems come with a warranty, which dictates how long the system’s components are covered. As long as the warranty is in effect, you should consider repairing a damaged cooling system rather than replacing it. If it has expired, however, and the costs entailed in keeping the system running are more than you think it’s worth, then replacement may be the best option for you.


Cost tends to mean one of two things. Either the system is costing more for your to run month to month than your budget is prepared to handle, or your system has suffered a breakdown that costs more than you’re willing to pay. That could mean one single repair job that you feel is too expensive, or it could mean multiple repair jobs (usually more than two) in a single twelve-month period.

Contact FSM Heat & Air for quality air conditioning replacement services!

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

We tend to see a lot of air conditioner installation and replacement calls this time of year, which only makes sense. A homeowner may feel that their existing air conditioner is too old to make it through another hot summer season without a serious breakdown. If you’ve decided to replace your old air conditioner with a new one, congratulations.

Doing so will allow you to save a lot of money in monthly bills on improved efficiency and ensure that your summer passes much more smoothly. And with a few weeks to go until summer, you have the time you need to make an informed choice before scheduling as timely installation.

The first and most important decision you should make regarding your new air conditioning system is its power levels: the amount of cooling power it puts out into your home. This is a far trickier equation than you might expect, and requires careful planning to get right. Why are power levels so important to a new air conditioner? Read on for the answers.


You can probably guess that an underpowered air conditioner won’t do the job you need it to. Imagine using a single window-box AC to cool an eight-room house. It will run all day and raise your monthly costs accordingly, all without approaching the ability to adequately cool the space.

Most people respond by looking for the most powerful air conditioner they can find to off-set this, which makes a certain amount of sense. After all, don’t you want your air conditioner to cool the whole home as quickly as possible? It’s an easy argument to accept and it feels logical. Unfortunately, going with an overpowered air conditioner can be almost as bad as going with an underpowered air conditioner.

Air conditioners use a great deal of power to start up and shut down, far more than they do simply running. For that reason, you want your air conditioner to run for at least 15 minutes at a clip is order to gain the maximum benefits. And oversized unit will engage in a process known as short cycling: running for a short amount of time and turning off, only to turn on again a brief time later as the heat of the day warms your home up. That increases the strain on the system and hastens the need for repair calls, as well as costing you a great deal in unnecessarily high cooling bills.


The best air conditioner for your home obeys what we like to call the Goldilocks Rule: neither too large nor too small, but just right. Getting the power levels right means addressing the specifics of your home. A good technician will perform a close inspection of your house before installing the new system. That includes obvious factors like square footage, but also things like sunlight exposure, double-sided windows and the presence of insulation. With those facts in mind, the technician can find the best power levels for your new system.

If you want to install a new air conditioner in your Charlotte, NC home, call FSM Heat & Air today!

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