A working air conditioner removes the heat from your home by sucking in hot indoor air through the ventilation system and passing the hot air over cooled evaporator coils. The evaporator coils are usually inside your home, installed near your furnace and kept cool using refrigerant gas. Heat is transferred to the condenser coils (located in the AC box outside of your home), through a chemical reaction when the refrigerant gas is compressed by the compressor, pulling heat out of the refrigerant. Once the refrigerant is cool, it is sent into your home to cool the evaporator coils used to cool the indoor air.
When a component in the AC process is underperforming or malfunctioning, your home won’t get cold in an energy-efficient, cost-conscious way. But not to worry, we’re here to help.
How Does Enercare Make Home Cooling Easier?
A broken or older air conditioning system in the home may need to be replaced or maintained to provide quality comfort.
Enercare will help you maintain a cool and comfortable home. We do this by providing high-quality and energy-efficient indoor cooling equipment.
If you’re in need of a new AC unit, get in touch with us. Our Energy Management Consultants will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of your home’s air conditioning needs. You can also read our buyer's guide to air conditioners to learn more about the AC buying process.
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What AC Products Does Enercare Offer?
When it comes to replacing your AC unit, you’re in control of what features to choose, such as the air conditioner’s energy-efficiency, performance guarantees, rebates and manufacturer warranties. But there are some factors that are out of your control and must be considered, like the size of your home and building code requirements.
That’s why Enercare performs an individual assessment of each customer’s home to ensure the AC unit is the right fit and model to meet individual cooling needs. And with the Enercare Advantage™ AC rental program, your cooling equipment is always maintained and protected, long after installation of your new air conditioner is complete.
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What’s a Protection Plan For AC Units?
Unexpected and inconvenient breakdowns can happen, especially as your cooling equipment begins to age. Tune-ups can help identify potential problems before they become costly breakdowns. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular service and ensure your air conditioner is protected.
Enercare Advantage™ and Enercare’s Cooling Protection Plan gives you full coverage on parts and labour for maintenance and repairs. With same day service,** you will have access to more than 700 highly trained and licensed Enercare technicians if an issue arises.
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What’s a Maintenance Plan For AC Units?
Cooling equipment that has operated for fewer than seven years is at a low risk of breaking down; however, just like a vehicle, regular maintenance is important to help increase the lifespan of your equipment and reduce your monthly energy bills.
With an Enercare Cooling Maintenance Plan, our TSSA certified and licensed technicians will inspect your cooling equipment for hazardous debris, refrigerant leaks and efficiency. Afterwards, the technician will provide you with an exclusive HomeCare Report that gives an expert assessment of the equipment, and recommendations to keep it running safely and efficiently.
A maintenance plan includes:
- Annual maintenance by a licensed Enercare technician
- Up to a 21-point inspection
How Do I Know If My AC Needs Repairs And Who Should I Contact?
For complete peace of mind, call Enercare. We’ll inspect your equipment and ensure your equipment is running quickly, safely and efficiently.
The average price range of a typical new high-efficiency central air conditioner in Ontario ranges from $3,500 to $6,000. This price includes standard installation from a fully-insured, licensed company, at least a one year warranty and all required licenses for installation.
The cost of an air conditioner is dependent on four factors:
- Environmental choices, including energy efficiency, sound output, air filtration sizes (which depend on allergies or other sensitivities), and comfort-enhancing options.
- Personal choices including extended warranties, maintenance plans and guarantees.
- Technical requirements, including the size of your home, floor plan, number of stories, existing ductwork and BTU load.
- Code requirements including safety, licensing and building code requirements.
Your air conditioner’s age is a key indicator when deciding on an AC replacement. The average lifecycle of equipment is 15 years. But age is not the only factor to consider. Other reasons you may need to replace your air conditioner include safety, frequency of breakdowns, installation quality, and improper sizing.
Every home is unique and a number of factors impact the air conditioner size needed, including the size and age of your home, air flow, how many windows you have, insulation, and specific homeowner requirements. To make sure you get the air conditioner size that best suits your needs, it’s critical to have a professional visit your home to complete an evaluation to calculate heat gain and air flow. Incorrect sizing of an air conditioner may cause a shortened life of the equipment, higher utility costs and diminished comfort because the home isn’t cooling down or dehumidifying correctly.
Yes, if you have a central air conditioner. The air conditioner works with the furnace fan to transfer cool air throughout the home. We recommend that you change or clean your furnace filter every one-to-three months.
Most central air conditioning systems are made up of two parts or what is called a split system. The outdoor unit contains a condenser coil, compressor, fan and electrical components. The indoor portion sits on top of the natural gas or propane furnace and is called the evaporator coil or “A” coil. The purpose of an air conditioner is to remove the heat and humidity from the home’s air to make it cooler.
- A central air conditioning system will start up when the attached thermostat senses that the temperature has increased above a preset level.
- The liquid refrigerant inside the evaporator coil converts to gas and as the warm humid indoor air passes over it, it absorbs the heat and removes the humidity which cools the air.
- The furnace’s blower fan then circulates the chilled air up through the home’s ductwork and out into the various living areas.
- Meanwhile, the refrigerant gas travels outside the house through a copper pipe (line set) to the compressor. The compressor pressurizes the gas and moves the refrigerant through the condenser coil. As the condenser fan pulls cool air through the condenser coil it changes the refrigerant back to liquid form thus continuing the refrigeration cycle.
- The humidity that was pulled from the air turns into condensation which is removed from the evaporator coil via the condensate drain line.
- The heated air in the home circulates through the cold air returns and back into the system to be cooled down and dehumidified again.