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6 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner

How to Know You’ve Reached The Tipping Point On AC Repairs

Even the most well-maintained air conditioner will reach the end of its lifecycle at some point. Like a car, there comes a time when sinking more money in for repairs each season is actually more costly than investing in a full replacement. A new unit with a manufacturer’s warranty, and in many cases attractive energy tax credits, may be the way to go. 

Here are 6 signs that it may be time for a full AC system upgrade.

  1. Frequent breakdowns. We love to see our customers, but if we are out to your house for more than just seasonal system maintenance each year due to frequent breakdowns, a replacement AC unit should be considered. We would rather see the money you do invest in your HVAC system going toward a new unit under warranty that will provide comfort in your home for much less cost and much higher energy efficiency.


  1. Air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Chances are if you are experiencing frequent breakdowns, your system is more than ten years old. A properly maintained air conditioner can be expected to last about 15 years. If it’s been under the care of One Hour Heating and Air, you may get a few years past the average lifecycle. If your system has been in your home for more than a decade and you haven’t done seasonal tuneups or maintenance, call us today for a comprehensive inspection to fully assess the health of your AC unit. 


  1. Air conditioner is inefficient. If your air conditioner has a low SEER rating, it can cost you a lot of money to operate it. Currently, newly manufactured air conditioners must have a SEER rating of at least 13. If your air conditioner’s SEER rating is below 13, you can cut back on your energy costs by replacing it with a new, more efficient unit.


  1. You’re facing expensive repairs. This goes hand-in-hand with all the other points. If the repairs you face now are more than 20% of the cost of a new unit, and you’ve experienced other repairs within the last year or two, it makes more financial sense to replace your AC unit. Chances are the expensive repair you’re facing today will lead to another sooner rather than later. 


  1. Air conditioner uses R22 Freon. Freon is being phased out by the federal government in order to conserve energy nationwide. As a result, the costs of Freon are rising exponentially. If your air conditioner uses Freon, you’ll have to replace it eventually in order to switch over to the new refrigerant (R410-A). If you’re having major problems with your air conditioner, especially if they involve the need for more Freon, it’s probably a good time to replace your unit. 


  1. Your home isn’t comfortable. The previous five signs lead to this; do you have a hard time keeping your home cool and comfortable? The bottom line is that you are paying each month for the power to run your AC system and if it is not operating at peak efficiency, you are losing money with every utility payment. You are also losing out on the full benefit of cool, climate controlled air during the warmer months of the year. If you’ve already spent a notable amount on repairs and this has not improved your home’s comfort level, then now is the time to make a change. 


One Hour Heating and Air can provide a free consultation on the AC system that will work best for your home’s size and usage demands. We can also provide financing options that will make this important investment easier to handle. 

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Got Geothermal Heat & Air Conditioning? We Do!

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Geothermal heating and cooling provide all of the comfort of a traditional HVAC system but without the traditional maintenance efforts needed to keep them running in top condition. The principle behind how these systems work is somewhat similar to how tree roots provide energy to leaves and branches. At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning Charlotte, we can provide you with geothermal heating and air conditioning that will give you with long-term, reliable performance.

How Geothermal Heating and Geothermal Cooling Work

Geothermal heat and geothermal air take advantage of the fact that while the surface temperature of the ground outside your home may fluctuate, deep underground the temperatures don’t change nearly as dramatically. A mere four to six feet under the ground, the temperature remains fairly constant 12 months a year. Geothermal systems typically consist of an indoor handling unit and buried pipes, using what is known as an “earth loop” to heat and cool your home. Fluid inside the pipes absorb stored heat in the colder months and carry that heat indoors. The inside handler then compresses the heat to raise the temperature and distributes it throughout a home. During the warmer months, the process works in reverse.

Benefits of Geothermal Heat and Air Conditioning Systems

These are just a few of the reasons that you should consider geothermal heat and air conditioning systems for your home.

  1. Geothermal systems use a fraction of the electricity needed by traditional HVAC systems.
  2. The earth loops don’t require a great deal of space. In fact, in some cases they only take up a few square feet of property.
  3. Geothermal systems run very quietly and can last for several decades.
  4. They are powerful enough to handle multiple loads at the same time, so they can heat your water, your pool and your home simultaneously.
  5. Federal and local tax incentives, in conjunction with new installation practices, are helping to make geothermal systems comparable in price with traditional HVAC systems.

Find out more about how going green, using geothermal heating and geothermal cooling, heat pumps, and installing solar heating and cooling can bring you a higher level of comfort and substantial energy savings over the long run.

Give us a call at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Charlotte at 980-354-1307 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

Hot or Cold? Keep Your Home How You Like It With the Nest

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Nest Thermostat

At One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning Charlotte, we stay on top of all the latest advancements in technology so we can continue to bring our customers the best and most efficient HVAC services. One incredibly sophisticated tool we’re very proud to carry is the Nest thermostat. This great piece of equipment actually learns your habits and preferences when it comes to your indoor comfort. nestEventually, it will learn your tendencies so well it will change the temperature for you without you having to touch the dial. If you want to have a nest thermostat in Charlotte installed or you ever need any other type of thermostat service, you’ll always be able to count on our experts.

5 Benefits of the Nest Thermostat

The Nest thermostat offers an unprecedented level of convenience when it comes to controlling your HVAC system. Plus, it’ll look really cool in your home. Here are just some of the benefits that you’ll enjoy once you have one installed as part of your Charlotte thermostat service:

  1. It’s easy to use so you won’t have to worry about any complex programming.
  2. It can save you a great deal of energy – it could cut your heating and cooling bill by as much as 20%.
  3. You can connect your Nest thermostat to your smartphone or tablet so that you can control your HVAC system while you’re away from home.
  4. It lets you know when you are saving energy, and even provides tips to help you save even more.
  5. The device will blend in perfectly with your home’s decor.

It’s important that you let an expert provide you with the thermostat service you need to make sure you get the most out of your new device. We’ll make sure that it is located in the right spot in your home so that your heating and cooling system won’t cycle on and off too many times. That will save wear and tear on your system and extend its lifespan.

Let the professionals with One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning take care of your Nest thermostat installation.

If you need this or any other type of Charlotte thermostat service, give us a call at 980-354-1307 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Carbon Monoxide Safety: What you don’t know can kill you.

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hvac-service-in-charlotteWhat most people know about carbon monoxide is that it is a deadly gas that can exist in your home, and practicing carbon monoxide safety by having a carbon monoxide detector in your home is a good idea. At One Hour Heating and Air in Charlotte, North Carolina we feel it is important that our customers know more about the risk of carbon monoxide gas in your home, understand where it comes from, and how to reduce the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning for your family.

Top 5 HVAC Questions and Answers

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hvac questions and answersWhen it comes to your HVAC, we’re willing to bet you have questions. Of course, the questions themselves aren’t that helpful: you need to have both HVAC questions and answers!

At One Hour Heating and Air, we are devoted to making homeowners’ lives easier and more comfortable. Keep reading to learn more about your HVAC system, including answers to your most burning questions!

How to Find Air Leaks in Your Home to Cut Down on Summer Utility Bills

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finding-air-leaks-around-your-homeSummer is a great time to relax, but there’s just one problem: it’s way too hot outside! You’ll probably spend a lot of time inside trying to stay cool.

However, things like air leaks cut into your cool and drive up your bill, all at the same time. If you’re wondering how to find air leaks in your home, be sure to check out our comprehensive guide below.

5 Signs for When to Replace Your AC Unit

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when to replace ac unitIt’s easy to take your air conditioning system for granted. However, once summer rolls around, this thing will definitely be pulling its weight in keeping you and your family cool.

Or will it? Sometimes, the A/C unit is damaged, overworked, or just too old to do what you need it to do. And just like that, your pleasant summer turns upside down.

Why Is My Upstairs Hot but Downstairs Cold?

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Temperature is one of the most important things to your comfort around the house. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that it’s the single most important thing for homeowners to control. Unfortunately, many homeowners spend their hottest days struggling with uneven temperatures. upstairs hot downstairs cold

Sometimes, it’s hot upstairs and your downstairs is cold. Or maybe you can’t get the temperature “just right.” No matter how you slice it, the bottom line is that you’re no longer comfortable in your own home.

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