What to do When You Can’t Take the Heat — Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

The sizzle of summer is underway in the greater Atlanta metro area. In homes across the region, from the picturesque southern suburbs of Peachtree City in Fayette County, stretching towards the outer towns of Carroll County like Villa Rica, the mercury is rising. It’s the time of year when many families start to crank up their air conditioning.

That said, some may be in for a rude awakening when their AC system seems a bit fidgety and they have to decide what makes more sense, to repair it, or to replace the system whole. Here are a couple questions to ask yourself as you aim to save money and stay cool this summer:

Question One: How old is your central AC?

When it comes to the bigger purchases in life, people expect a certain degree of longevity. A parent may watch as their family minivan ages alongside their children, and there may be a sense of nostalgia when the time comes to trade it out.

When it comes to an air conditioner, another big-ticket purchase, age should also play a meaningful role in what you should expect your system to deliver. The rule of thumb for central air conditioning is easy to remember: a solid system should last a decade. Not only is this decade rule important because older systems are less efficient, but because over the course of ten years, the new systems offered can greatly outpace those from previous years. For example, the sleek and modern systems from Trane are among the most energy efficient on the market today.

Question Two: Is your air conditioner performing up to snuff?

Owners of a central air conditioning system can use the age of their system as a basic benchmark for its expected efficiency. That said, performance doesn’t always flow with the years like one expects it to. Unfortunately, an AC that is sputtering along often goes untouched and eventually breaks down. Given how hot the summers in Georgia are, that can be a problem. If your system’s performance has depreciated beyond repair, it may be time to finally consider a replacement.  

Question Three: How much would repairing your AC cost?

As your air conditioner starts to age, and its performance enters its twilight, a final question comes into play: just how much is this going to cost? It’s not always an easy question to answer, and it requires an honest quote from a trusted name in the HVAC industry. That said, if your mind is set on going the repairs route, just know this, the next fix will probably come sooner than the first did. The marginal costs of repairing a broken AC can add up, and this is something to be wary of. Believe it or not, the cost friendly answer to a broken AC is often replacing it and installing a new system.

At Anchor Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re proud of the air conditioning units we offer. Exclusively supplying Trane systems, we’re confident in their products, as well as, our time-tested installation of systems that far exceed expectations. So if you’re starting to feel the heat, it’s time to consider calling in our expert team!

Questions? Anchor Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help. Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 to learn more and to get a quote for replacement or repair.

Why Would I Put in a Mini-Split vs. a Central AC?

As temperatures here in the greater Atlanta area continue rising, you might be wondering about how you’ll keep your home comfortable this summer. With advancements in heating and cooling technology, you have many options on how to air condition your home.

Which option is right for keeping you comfortable — a central air conditioner or a heat pump? Here are several factors to take into consideration:

Centralized vs. Zoned-In Comfort

A traditional central air conditioner delivers cooled air throughout your entire home, which depending on the size of your house can be a difficult task. It will also require you to keep your whole home at one temperature, using energy to cool rooms which you might not be using.

A ductless mini-split heat pump on the other hand only cools its immediate area which generally consists of one or two rooms. This means that if you have a large home, you might need several to cover the entire space. However, you’ll be more able to target which region you want air conditioned. Mini-splits offer a more tailored comfort solution and help to reduce your energy bills.

Summer vs. Year-Round Solution

Central air conditioners are only useful during hot weather, since they’re sole function is cooling. So you’ll need another system specifically for heating. Mini-splits are capable of both air conditioning and heating. Not only will you be able to use them in the summer to keep your home cool, but you’ll benefit during the winter when you want to stay warm.

If you want to only maintain one system, versus having to take care of both a central air conditioner and a furnace or boiler, a mini-split may be the solution for you.

Fixed vs. Flexible

In order to deliver cooled air throughout your home, central air conditioning systems use ductwork. If your home doesn’t currently have ducts, installing them can be an invasive and costly process. Ductless mini-splits don’t rely on ductwork, allowing them to be installed quickly and easily.

Stay Cool & Comfortable with Air Conditioning from Anchor

It’s important that your home is comfortable during the heat, so regardless of whether if you’re interested in a central air conditioner or a heat pump, our team at Anchor can help. We’ll work with you to find the right solution for your needs and budget so you can stay cool this summer.

Which air conditioning solution is right for your home? Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 to learn more and schedule a consultation today.

Financing Your New Home Cooling System

Homeowners in the Atlanta area are preparing for the hot summer weather that’s right around the corner, and for many of us, this means taking a closer look at our cooling systems. It may be as simple as performing routine maintenance to ensure emergency breakdown doesn’t occur, but it may also be the time to admit that a new air conditioning system is needed—especially if the current unit is over ten years old.

At Anchor, we know that paying for new HVAC equipment can be a challenge, which is why we offer financing options to help make the process easier.

Types of Cooling Systems

One of the biggest points of confusion for those who are in the market for new cooling equipment is in relation to which type of system to choose from. There are three common options available—window units, central air and mini-split heat pumps.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning utilizes ductwork to carry cooled air to each room throughout the home. In most homes, this translates to much better efficiency than what might be found when trying to cool rooms with simple window units. Central air systems can experience issues, however, most of which occur due to leaky ductwork or from years of extensive wear and tear.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps

Mini-split heat pumps are some of the most efficient HVAC systems available on the market today, allowing you to lower your monthly energy costs. Mini-splits are comprised of an indoor air handling unit that connects via a conduit to an outdoor compressor, all without the need for ductwork.

These systems can both cool and heat your home, making them a perfect option year-round. While heat pumps can be a whole-home solution, they can also be used in conjunction with your central air conditioner to supplement certain areas or rooms in your home, and to lower a central AC’s load.

Financing Options for Your New Air Conditioner

Looking to finance a new cooling system? Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning offers financing from Wells Fargo Financial National Bank. Click here to apply now and stay cool this summer. Additionally, our EZ-PAY Program service plan allows you to receive routine maintenance for your HVAC equipment for a low monthly fee, so you’ll be able to keep your air conditioner running smoothly for longer!

Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 today to learn more about financing your new air conditioning system!

Beat the Heat With An A/C Tune-Up

Spring is heating up here in the Atlanta area, and according to The Weather Channel, there’s a great deal of potential for a warmer than average spring in the south this year. With your AC having been dormant all winter long, now’s the time to ensure that it’s ready to handle the unseasonably hot weather ahead. If you don’t know where to start, you’re not alone.

So, how can you get your cooling system ready to take on the spring weather? An early bird AC tune-up is the best course of action, and the team at Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help.

Why Schedule an AC Tune-up?

Your cooling system is a piece of equipment just like any other. It’s not unlike your car in that it needs to be maintained on a regular basis in order to operate at peak performance, year-after-year. Even the best cooling systems can suffer from emergency breakdown over time, as wear and tear can result in numerous issues that can affect functionality.

For this and many other reasons, we recommend scheduling regular AC tune-ups to ensure that your cooling system is always operating the way that it should be. An AC tune-up will not only keep your home comfortable during the spring and summer months, but will also help keep your energy bills from going through the roof. Perhaps most importantly, a tune-up will reduce the chances that any type of safety issue might occur as a result of a failing AC—paramount to your family’s well-being.

Anchor: Your AC Tune-up Experts

At Anchor, we place a great deal of focus on preventative maintenance when it comes to our customers’ cooling systems. When you schedule an AC tune-up, an Anchor team member will survey the health of your cooling system from top to bottom, identifying any potential issues and making note of what they find.

They’ll take steps to make it easier for your AC to do its job, such as lubricating parts, tightening connections, cleaning filters and more. If a problem is suspected, your tune-up specialist will walk you through what’s happening and offer advice as to how you should move forward for best results.

In the end, you can expect a more comfortable home environment, lower energy bills, and peace of mind for you and your family.

Schedule a Spring Tune-up Today!

The warm weather of spring is only going to keep getting hotter, which means you can’t afford to simply sit back and do nothing. When you sign up for our EZ-Pay Program, for a low monthly cost, you’ll receive an annual tune-up and maintenance visit for both your cooling and heating system. EZ-Pay is a simple way to remember to schedule your tune-ups, save money, and gain peace of mind year-round.

Don’t wait for summer—contact us today to schedule your spring tune-up.

Peace of Mind with a Comfort Agreement: E-Z Pay

With winter finally over, the hot Atlanta summer isn’t far away. It’s one of the reasons that so many people use spring as a time to improve home performance, paying particular attention to their air conditioning units. HVAC maintenance is something that often goes overlooked, but anyone who has ever experienced an emergency breakdown on one of the hottest days of the year knows just how important it actually is.

Looking to ensure a comfortable home this summer without breaking the bank? Anchor’s E-Z Pay program is the solution.

Why AC Preventative Maintenance Matters

Let’s face it—most people don’t pay attention to how well their air conditioner is operating — that is, until it finally dies on them (and usually on the worst possible day). This is something that no one wants to deal with and one of the main reasons to consider preventative maintenance.

Even if your HVAC system was top-of-line when first purchased, it will require regular check-ups to operate at peak performance. Otherwise, issues will begin to present themselves—just like with a car or truck.

The benefits of AC preventative maintenance are undeniable, including:

  • Reduced energy bills
  • Boosted home comfort
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Reduced risk of emergency breakdown
  • A safer home environment

How E-Z Pay Can Help

Many of our customers are understandably concerned about sticking to a tight budget, which can make finding wiggle room for home upgrades easier said than done. This is one of the main reasons why we’ve created E-Z Pay, our program for helping you to save serious money while staying comfortable throughout the entire year. For a low monthly cost, you’ll receive regular maintenance that will result in longer systems life and less need for repairs.

Most homeowners find that E-Z pay takes the guesswork out of the scenario. You won’t have to worry about saving up for repairs or taking note of when your AC is in need of maintenance—everything will play out the way it’s supposed to, and your AC will continue to function at peak performance for years to come.

The hot summer sun will be beating down on Atlanta sooner than later, and now’s the time to ensure that you’re prepared. Not sure where to start? The team at Anchor AC can help.

Contact us today to learn more about our E-Z Pay program or to schedule AC maintenance.