Frequently Asked Questions

1Q: How long will it take to get ROI on a new system?
A: You can expect to hit a break-even point in about 5-14 years. If you are replacing a very old and inefficient system with a brand new, highly efficient system, the break-even happens sooner.
2Q: How often should I change the filter?
A: For grocery store fiberglass filters, once per month. For 2-inch pleated filters, every 3 months. For 5-inch (Space-Gard) filters, about every 6-8 months. For super-high efficiency filters, like the Trane CleanEffects™, whole house filter systems need to be maintained as little as once a year. For those who have pets or seasonal allergies, you may want to consider changing your filter every month to alleviate any allergens.
3Q: What could be the problem if my AC blows cool but not cold air?
A: Your condenser may be dirty so your condenser coils may need to be cleaned by a Batjer professional. Upon cleaning, heat is transferred out of your home much more efficiently.
4Q: What is SEER?
A: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) is a measurement of how much energy will be used to heat or cool your home. The minimum allowed SEER rating on a new system is 13 SEER. Let’s say your old unit, when installed, was an 8 SEER and Batjer installs a 16 SEER. You can expect to use 50% less energy for the same amount of heating or cooling.
5Q: Will a programmable thermostat reduce my energy bill?
A: Yes, programmable thermostats can reduce the energy used for air conditioning or heating by 5 to 30%. Programmable thermostats save money by turning the air conditioner to a higher setting (or heater to a lower setting) when no one is present in the house. Find out more here.
6Q: Why is my air conditioner blowing no cold air and the outside line from the unit is icing over?
A: There is either insufficient freon for the size of the system, indicating a leak, or the pump is wearing to the point where it can no longer provide sufficient compression for the gas. In either case, a trained Batjer technician is required.
7Q: How long will my air conditioner last?
A: If you own a central air conditioning unit manufactured within the last 5 years, you can expect it to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. With routine maintenance and cleaning, you may be able to extend the life of your unit by another 5 years.
8Q: Is one air conditioner enough to cool my entire house?
A: In most cases, one air conditioning unit is enough to cool the entire inside of a home. If you would like more details about which size unit would perform best based on your home’s square footage, schedule an estimate with one of our contractors.
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