Quality and Reliability You Can Trust

If We Can't Fix Your System, You Don't Pay — Period.


Serving Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland, and Mecklenburg Counties


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!

Tags: , ,


Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Most homes in the Gastonia, NC area rely on centralized air conditioning systems to keep cool during the heat of summer. They cool the air in a single location (usually through the use of refrigerant), then blow the air into your home using a series of ducts. The system is inexpensive and does the job quite well, but it’s not right for every home.

Ductless air conditioning systems often make an attractive alternative to the traditional duct models, providing the same comprehensive cooling power for your home without having to rely on ducts to do it. How does it work, and what kind of homes benefit the most from it? Read on for the answers.


Ductless systems utilize a number of smaller units to cool your home instead of one big one. The units are spaced in different locations in the home, each one charged with cooling a single room or section. Each unit can be operated independently of the others, allowing you to raise or lower the temperature in different sections individually.

The obvious benefit of such an approach — beside removing the need for ducts — is the ability to tailor the temperature in each room to suit the tastes of different occupants. It also allows you to shut off the air conditioning in parts of the home that don’t see use during the day, while keeping it running in occupied parts of the home. That can save you a huge amount in monthly energy bills, as well as lowering wear and tear in the system.


Depending on your energy use, any home can benefit from ductless systems. More specifically, larger homes tend to do well with them, especially thought that struggle to cool the space adequately. They also work well for large families who tend to fight over the thermostat settings, and for hospices or boarding homes where individual residents require their own heating and cooling system.

Call FSM Heat & Air today to discuss your options!

Tags: , ,