heating and AC, plumbing & electric


Is your air conditioner struggling to cool your home? According to Energy Star – a U.S Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, most modern HVAC systems or air conditioners are built to last an average of 15 years, completely dependent on make & model, as well as your climate, how often you run the system, and how often your air conditioner is maintained.

Your air conditioner is something most of us take for granted, and never really give any consideration to until it breaks down & leaves us vulnerable to the elements. When this happens, you’ll rush to find an HVAC company to come to your home, and hope they provide a quick & easy fix. However, sometimes these “quick & easy fixes” can’t actually be completed easily, quickly, or even cheaply.

When this happens, you have a pretty big decision to make: repair or replace your existing air conditioner system? How can you know what the best decision is for you, your home, & your wallet?


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September 29, 2011

With As Much As Northwest Arkansas Homeowners Need Their A/Cs, Preventive Maintenance Should Not Be Ignored

Preventive maintenance of your home’s heating and cooling system is of the utmost importance for homeowners in northwest Arkansas. Regular maintenance will ensure that your air conditioning unit is functioning at its peak efficiency and that it experiences fewer breakdowns.

With As Much As Northwest Arkansas Homeowners Need Their A/Cs, Preventive Maintenance Should Not Be Ignored, Northwest ArkansasOne of the most important preventative maintenance steps is replacing or cleaning the air filter. Over time, air conditioner filters get dirty and clogged. When filters are blocked, they lose efficiency and the system must work harder to achieve the same results. A dirty filter can also affect your air conditioner’s evaporator coil as dirty travels from the filter to the coil, reducing the coil’s efficiency.

Systems use two types of filters: replacement filters and reusable ones. During the cooling season, replace the filter or clean the reusable type once every month or two. For cold weather months, homeowners can replace or clean filters every two to three months.

Many resist preventive maintenance during warmer weather because it means temporarily shutting down your air conditioner. Though the thought seems unbearable, it’s still necessary, particularly if you consider the less optimal option of an air conditioner breakdown when you need it most. With proper maintenance, you are able to control when your unit is shut down and are able to reduce your overall cost of ownership.

If you are unsure about how to maintain your air conditioning unit or are too busy, contact us at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal. We service all brands of equipment and fully guarantee our repairs for one year.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Paschal Heating, Air & Geothermal services Northwest Arkansas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!      

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