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Air Conditioning Repair Questions

How much does an AC Repair usually cost?

Small, quick fixes can be as low as $300. However, the cost can vary greatly depending on the size of the unit, and the extent of the repairs needs. No matter what the final price may be, White Sands offers financing options to help take the load off your pocketbook. Call us at (850) 400-3669 for more information.

Can you repair an AC coil leak?

If your evaporator coil is leaking, there is a temporary fix. Adding sealant and refrigerant to your system may keep it working for a bit longer, but eventually you are going to have to replace your evaporator coils. This Forbes article provides a cost analysis and breakdown of repairing or replacing your evaporator coils: https://www.forbes.com/home-improvement/hvac/ac-coil-replacement-cost/

Can you claim an AC repair on taxes?

Yes, in certain circumstances you can claim air conditioning (AC) repair on taxes. For example, if the AC unit is used to cool the taxpayer’s home office, and is used solely for business activities, then the repair costs can be claimed as a tax deduction. You may also qualify for Federal tax credits for updating your HVAC system, see https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits

AC Installation Questions

Will an AC unit upstairs cool downstairs?

If you're trying to evenly and efficiently cool a multi-level home, you may want to get your home's ventilation checked. Learn more at this article from the U.S. Department of Energy: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/ventilation-systems-cooling

How do I install an AC in an upper window?

If you are looking for a way to cool a single room upstairs, check out mini-split AC systems. Unlike window units, mini splits are safer to install on upper floors as they simply mount on the wall. Learn more about mini-split systems here: https://www.bryant.com/en/us/before-you-buy/ductless-systems/

How long does an AC install take?

AC installations takes between 4 and 8 hours. Times will vary depending on the size of the unit and weather. This article from energysaver.gov gives you a break down of what a normal install entails. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/central-air-conditioning

Heat Pump Repair Questions

Why is my heat pump fan running continuously?

Your heat pump's fan running continuously is most likely due to a clogged air filter or the thermostat being improperly set.   If the air filter is clogged, it can restrict airflow and cause the fan to run more often than necessary. https://www.consumerreports.org/furnace-filters-air-conditioner-filters-air-filters/best-air-filters-for-furnace-and-central-ac-a7407356325/

When to replace my heat pump system?

A couple of signs that you need to replace your system are, if your heat pump seems to run constantly, your heat pump needs frequent repairs, your utility bills keep creeping up, and your system is older than 10 years. https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/heating_cooling/replace

Will a heat pump work without freon?

Freon is an essential refrigerant that helps with the heat transfer process in a heat pump. It absorbs and releases heat to move warm air from one area to another. Without Freon, the heat pump would not be able to do this job efficiently. A reminder, refrigerants can be dangerous. https://www.epa.gov/snap/refrigerant-safety

Heat Pump Installation Questions

Is a heat pump installed inside or outside?

Generally, heat pumps are installed inside the home or building, but there are some cases where an outdoor installation may be more beneficial.  Some of the main factors to consider when deciding include: climate, space availability, and energy efficiency. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/air-source-heat-pumps

Will heat pumps work in cold weather?

The answer is yes, heat pumps can work even in cold temperatures as long as the pump is properly insulated and maintained. Heat pumps use a refrigerant to transfer heat from one area to another, so the heat pump can take cold air from outside and transfer it inside as warm air. This page tells you all the different types of heat pumps. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/heat-pump-systems

Should I install a heat pump?

Installing a heat pump is an excellent way to save money on energy costs and make your home more comfortable. Heat pumps are efficient, reliable, and easy to install. They are a great alternative to traditional heating systems, as they provide efficient heat transfer at lower costs. https://www.bryant.com/en/us/products/heat-pumps/

Ductless Mini Split Repair Questions

Can you replace mini split compressor?

Replacing a compressor is expensive and old air conditioners are more likely to need this replacement, so it's cheaper in the long run to get a new AC. Additionally, starting anew will save you power and money in the future as opposed to continuing to put funds into an obsolete system. https://www.energystar.gov/productfinder/product/certified-mini-split-air-conditioners/results

How much does it cost to repair a mini-split?

Usually, repairing a ductless mini-split AC costs more than fixing other types of units. This is because ductless mini-splits don't require ductwork to cool a room; instead, repairs are typically made to other parts, such as the air handle or circuit board. https://www.energystar.gov/productfinder/product/certified-mini-split-heat-pumps/results

Are mini-splits worth the money?

The answer is yes! By installing a mini-split system, you will reap many benefits that are unavailable with traditional central air systems. For example, your energy bills will be lower, installation is simpler and easier, plus you can heat AND cool areas of your home as needed. https://www.energystar.gov/products/ductless_heating_cooling

Ductless Mini Split Installation Questions

Can a mini-split be installed in the ceiling?

Yes, a mini-split can be installed in the ceiling. It is important to make sure that you have the space to install the indoor and outdoor units and that there is an opening in the roof for the tubing. The mini-split can also be installed in a closet, attic, or garage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioning#Mini-split_and_multi-split_systems

What are the mini-split installation requirements?

There are 3 main requirements for installing a mini-split unit. Make sure you have enough space, make sure your area has adequate ventilation, and make sure that the area has a power source for the system. https://www.bryant.com/en/us/before-you-buy/ductless-systems/

How much space do you need to install a mini-split system?

You need to make sure that there is enough space in the area where the mini-split will be installed. Generally, you will need at least 15 to 20 square feet of space for a single-zone system and around 30 to 40 square feet of space for a multi-zone system. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/ductless-mini-split-air-conditioners

Furnace Repair Questions

Can an old furnace be repaired?

Eventually, every furnace will need so many repairs that it's cheaper to just replace the entire unit. If the repair would cost half as much as a new furnace, go ahead and spring for the upgrade. With a brand-new furnace you'll have increased reliability, improved comfort, and lower operating costs. https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/heating_cooling/replace

What causes gas furnaces to stop working?

A common cause of an inefficient furnace is a dirty air filter. Air filters stop dust, dirt and debris like hair; however, when they are not replaced frequently enough, the airflow becomes restricted and can overheat the heat exchanger. https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/heating_cooling

Which furnace should I buy?

There are a lot of different systems to choose from, our HVAC technicians will assess your home and needs and help you make the right choice before you buy. Here are a few different types we offer. https://www.bryant.com/en/us/before-you-buy/system-types/

Furnace Installation Questions

Can a furnace be installed in an attic?

As long as your attic is well insulated, yes you can install a furnace into your attic. We do not recommend trying to do this yourself, give us a call and let our certified HVAC technicians do the job for you! Learn more about furnaces with this article by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Do I need a permit to install a furnace?

When it comes to the installation of a furnace, you may need to get a permit depending on local building regulations and codes. Generally speaking, for new construction and replacement systems, a permit is required. For more information regarding regulations in Escambia County, refer to MyEscambia.com or call White Sands Cooling & Heating for specific inquiries.

Can a homeowner install their own furnace?

Please only allow a professional to install your furnace- electric or gas. If it's not done correctly, you put yourself at risk for injury or even death. I know some of you might be thinking that this is difficult to do ourselves, but if you search online, there are videos of gas line explosions easily found. https://www.greenamerica.org/natural-gas-pipeline-and-infrastructure-explosions-nationwide

HVAC Financing Questions

Are HVAC systems covered by insurance?

Homeowners insurance kicks in for HVAC system damage ONLY if it's due to a fire, severe weather event, or another specific disaster scenario—not normal wear and tear. https://www.policygenius.com/homeowners-insurance/does-homeowners-insurance-cover-ac-units/

Are HVAC systems tax deductible?

The answer to this question is a little complicated because it depends on what type of HVAC system you have and how you use it. Ask your HVAC contractor if the system you are installing or repairing can be a tax-deductible. https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits/heating_ventilating_air_conditioning

Do HVAC companies offer financing?

Yes! We know how costly a repair or replacement can be and no one should have to choose rather to break the bank or be uncomfortable. https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/save_energy_commercial_buildings/finance_projects

HVAC Maintenance Questions

Are HVAC maintenance plans worth it?

HVAC maintenance plans can be a great investment for homeowners. While the upfront cost of an annual plan may seem like a lot, it can save you money in the long run. Regularly scheduled maintenance visits from a professional can help keep your system running efficiently and can prevent costly, unexpected repairs. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/simple-maintenance-saves-costly-furnace-repairreplacement

What do you do for HVAC maintenance?

Regular HVAC maintenance includes checking and cleaning filters, adjusting or replacing belts and fans, lubricating motors, checking refrigerant levels, calibrating controls, and inspecting electrical connections. https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/heating_cooling/maintenance_checklist

How often should HVAC maintenance be performed?

A professional should inspect your HVAC system once a year. Thus, if you have centralized air conditioning or a furnace, make sure to schedule maintenance for each unit annually. On the other hand, if you use a heat pump all year long, then every six months would be sufficient. https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/save_energy_commercial_buildings/ways_save/om_best_practices

Indoor Air Quality Questions

Why is indoor air quality worse than outdoor?

Typical indoor activities such as cooking, cleaning, and smoking can produce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Outdoor air contains fewer pollutants than indoor air because outdoor air is exposed to natural elements that help to break down pollutants. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indoor_air_quality

How can indoor air pollution be prevented?

One of the most important steps homeowners can take is to reduce sources of indoor air pollution. Includes ventilating the house to reduce moisture, and eliminating chemical products like paints, solvents, and cleaning products that produce VOCs.  https://www.bryant.com/en/us/products/ventilators/

How does indoor air quality affect our health?

Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a number of adverse health effects, including respiratory problems, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses. It can also cause headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. https://www.epa.gov/report-environment/indoor-air-quality#:~:text=Health%20effects%20associated%20with%20indoor,%2C%20heart%20disease%2C%20and%20cancer.

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