Air Conditioning and Cooling Services
Air Tech has been providing affordable air conditioning services to customers in the New River Valley for over 15 years. We’re known for our personal, friendly service and our low prices—in fact, we offer a low-price guarantee so that you know you’re getting the best deal in the area when you work with us!
Not only do we have great prices, we also offer financing so that you can get a new air conditioner now and pay later!
We service all major brands of air conditioners, including Trane, Carrier, American Standard, Howe, York, Ducane, Mitsubishi, Armstrong, AmeriStar, and more. If they build it, we can fix it.
Continue reading for a detailed description of all our air conditioning services including repairs, change-outs, and HVAC maintenance plans, as well as answers to all your frequently asked questions about air conditioning.
"Great service when we needed a whole new system, and reasonable prices. The employees are on time, polite, and professional."--B McGhee
Air Conditioning Change-Outs
Air Tech is your local air conditioning change-out specialist! If your old unit just isn’t cutting it anymore, or if it’s frequently breaking down and leaving you stuck in the heat, give us a call and we’ll have a new, state-of-the art unit installed in no time.
Changing an older air conditioning unit for a newer model can reduce energy costs by 20-40%, even for a unit that is only ten years old. For units that were built in the 1970s, the cost reduction could be up to 50%.
The exact price of replacing your particular unit might vary depending on circumstances like location of the unit, existing ductwork, etc.
Don’t forget about our low-price guarantee, that gives you the peace of mind knowing that you are getting the best possible price when you use Air Tech.
If you’re building a new home, Air Tech can build your central air conditioning system from the ground up. We’ll get all the ductwork installed, advise you on the most efficient type of system for your home size and situation, and make sure that you aren’t paying one penny more than what’s necessary to keep you and your family comfortable.
There’s a lot of different options when it comes to what type of air conditioner to install in a new home, and choosing the right one can be overwhelming. The following infographic from the Department of Energy helps break down the different options (click to enlarge):
(Infographic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.)
Air Conditioning Repair
Nothing is worse than having your air conditioner stop working on a hot summer day! But don’t worry, Air Tech can fix all the common problems that cause air conditioners to break down or not work properly, including:
- Frozen coils
- Water leaking from the unit
- Refrigerant leaks
- Bad smells when air conditioner is turned on
- Compressor or fan failure
- Duct failure or leak
Call us today to make an appointment for our technicians to come out and inspect your air conditioner, determine what the problem is, and give you a free estimate for how much it would cost to repair.
Air Conditioning Maintenance
Regular preventative maintenance of your air conditioner is essential to keeping it running properly, reducing your energy costs, and extending the life of your unit.
At the very least, we recommend getting your unit serviced once a year, and changing your filters once a quarter (unless you have a HEPA filter, which only needs to be changed once every six months or so).
Our air conditioning service plans take care of all the routine tasks needed to keep your unit in top shape, including:
- Flushing the drain
- Add Clorox tablets to the drain for mold prevention
- Check Freon levels
- Clean the coils
- Inspection of the unit
Performing these tasks regularly will not only help keep your unit running, they will also help detect major problems before they occur, potentially avoiding costly repairs.
This is especially important for units installed in an attic, where leaks could spill up to 10 gallons of water a day into your ceiling, onto your hardwood floors, onto your electrical wiring, etc. Don’t risk serious damage to your home that could have been prevented by a simple routine check-up—sign up for a maintenance plan today!
Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners
Ductless mini-split air conditioning units, sometimes referred to as simply mini-splits, are growing in popularity and are great options for small apartments, multi-family homes, room additions, and other situations in which installing ductwork for central air conditioning is not practical or cost-effective.
Mini-splits use an indoor air-handling unit combined with an outdoor compressor/condenser. The indoor and outdoor units are connected by a conduit that houses a power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain.
The indoor unit is installed in the room which is to be air conditioned. Many models can have up to four indoor units connected to one outdoor unit—perfect for situations in which the temperature of different areas of a building needs to be controlled separately.
Some of the main advantages of mini-split air conditioners include:
- Small size
- Ability to set different temperatures for different rooms
- Easier installation
- More flexible design options
- Better for home security (i.e., no holes in the wall providing possible entry points for burglars)
Some of the disadvantages include:
- Possible higher energy costs vs window air conditioners depending on circumstances
- Units must be sized correctly by the installer for best efficiency
- Some people may not like the appearance of the indoor units, which also take up some space (although less obtrusive than window air conditioners)
Since mini-splits have not been around as long as other types of air conditioners, not all HVAC contractors have the training and experience to work with these units.
Also, some contractors hesitate to recommend them because they require less maintenance that central air conditioners, meaning less opportunity for the contractors to make money.
Air Tech will not hesitate to recommend a mini-split unit if we think that is the best option for you, and we have all the training needed to install these units properly.
A HEPA filter, or high efficiency particulate air filter, removes particles 0.3 microns or larger from the air, including mold spores, bacteria, and 99.97% of all particles. They are the gold standard in air filtration, and are used in most medical facilities.
Other than better air quality, the other advantage to using a HEPA filter is that they need to be replaced much less frequently than regular filters—even as little as once per year if you keep your home clean.
Most residential air conditioning installations can’t accommodate HEPA filters without a little modification, but Air Tech can retrofit your system so that those filters can work with it. Once you have the filter installed, you’ll not only notice a difference in your air quality, but you’ll also save up to $150 a year on air filters.
Air Conditioning Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some of the questions we frequently get asked about air conditioners.
How often do I need to change the filter on my air conditioner?
You should change the filter on your air conditioner once a month in most cases, unless you have a HEPA filter, which only needs to be changed once every 6-12 months.
Why isn’t my air conditioner working?
There are many things that could keep an air conditioner from working properly, including frozen coils, refrigerant leaks, or malfunctioning compressors or fans. It could even be a combination of several problems. Our technicians will be able to tell you what the problem is after they have inspected your unit.
When should I stop repairing an old air conditioner that keeps breaking and just buy a new air conditioner?
There are many ways to answer this question, but one way to answer it would be to say that if you are currently spending more money to keep an old air conditioner running than what the payments would cost for a new air conditioner (if you were to finance a purchase of a new air conditioner), then you’re probably better off replacing your unit.
Also keep in mind that new air conditioners are much more efficient than older models, especially if you purchase an Energy Star-certified unit. This would help you save money on your electric bill.
What does Energy-Star certified mean?
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. Products with this symbol have met EPA standards for quality, performance, and savings. You can learn more about the program here.
How cold should I set my air conditioner?
The answer to that depends on what temperature you’re comfortable at and how much you’re willing to spend on your energy bill, but for most people a comfortable temperature is around 75 degrees