Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my air conditioner not working?

Whether your air conditioner is simply not turning on or has another operational issue, there are several solutions than an experienced licensed HVAC specialist may provide. Your motor may simple be out, the compressor may be compromised, you may below or out of R-410A refrigerant or your thermostat may be broken. Any of these or other problems may be the source of your air conditioner malfunctions.

Why is my air conditioner unit blowing hot air?

If your air conditioner is blowing hot air, there are several checks you can make before calling a professional. First, turn off the unit. Then, check to see if the air filter needs to be changed. After replacing the filter and turning the system back on, it may take up to 12 hours to return to normal. If, after this period, hot air is still coming out, you have a more serious issue that only a licensed, professional HVAC specialist should handle.

Why is my air conditioner unit so noisy?

When your air unit is first turned on, it is perfectly normal for it make an above normal amount of noise. This may be due to the oil making its way through the moving parts or the compressor not being under pressure for several seconds. However, after no more than 10 seconds, the noise should stop. If it doesn’t, the noise may be a signal of a more serious problem such as a low refrigerant charge or an over-charge.

How do I know when it's time to replace my system?

By following these simple guidelines, you can estimate whether or not fixing vs. repairing is the right decision. On average the lifetime of:
- an air conditioning unit is 12-15 yrs
- a furnace is 15-20 yrs
- a boiler is 15-20 yrs

However, these are guidelines. If a unit has been repaired several times, or has had higher than average wear, then even if it's before the average lifetime of a typical system, it might make sense to replace it. Some systems can cost just $3,000 to replace, so if you take into account the age of the system plus the cost of a repair at $500, it probably makes more sense just to replace it.

How do I know if my system is working properly?

Is it starting to make noises? Is it cooling and/or heating all areas of the house sufficiently? Have your utility bills gone up for no apparent reason? Has it been taking longer to cool down or heat up the space?

Any of these are signs that you may need service to avert any further serious damage to your system as well as keep your home or business comfortable for the people and pets in it.

What is a SEER rating?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the system is and the less it will cost in the long run to own and operate it.

Do I need a maintenance agreement?

Maintenance agreements are an easy and inexpensive way to protect your home, your family or your business from sudden failure of your system. You always want to be sure that your system is up and running when you need it on that first hot or cold day of each season! With our “Smart Plan” maintenance agreements, you'll enjoy yearly annual season tune-ups and cleaning as well as discounts on parts diagnostics fees as well.

How much does a service agreement (maintenance agreement) cost?

Adam Mechanical offers their a Smart Plan maintenance agreement. Customers have their choice of the Standard or Premium option of the Smart Plan. The Premium option pays 100% all covered repairs for $366.00 annually (includes heating and air conditioning units). The standard option reduces the cost of contracted repairs by 20% for $174.00 annually (includes heating and air conditioning units). Maintenance agreements are a very inexpensive way to protect your systems from sudden failure and discomfort when the seasons change. We do not service oil-fired heating units, therefore, we do not have a service agreement for them.

R410a is the earth friendly "green" coolant

R410a is the earth friendly "green" coolant that replaced Freon.

Are your products guaranteed?

Yes.

Are your services guaranteed?

Yes. We stand by our service and guarantee to get it right.

Do you offer financing?

Yes. Adam Mechanical offers financing for credit-worthy customers. We are also an approved contractor for Pennsylvania's Keystone Help Financing.

How long does it take to install a system?

On average, once the equipment is delivered, an in-house installation will take approximately 3-5 days. Commercial installations may take longer depending upon the size of the system.

How do I know what kind of system I need?

If you are considering installing a central air conditioning or heating system you will want to consider efficiency ratings, cost of system as well as the cost of maintaining it. Remember, central air conditioning and heating systems always increase the value of your home. Email us for details and our experts will be happy to give you a free, professional, no obligation estimate.

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