HVAC System Revitalization Package

At Simply the Best Heating & Cooling, we make it a priority to save you money when it comes to your home cooling and heating system. Because of that goal, we’ve put together a few different packages to help get your older system running the way you want it to. 

Not everyone has the money or desire to install a new AC unit when something goes wrong and companies that push you towards that option aren’t looking out for your best interest.

Any heating or cooling system can be repaired, the biggest thing to consider is cost.

HVAC System Revitalization Package

Introducing our HVAC System Revitalization Package. This package is designed for older systems that need a little help. If you’ve been having problems with your current system but it isn’t old enough for a full replacement yet, consider what this package has to offer.

We designed it based on common failings of HVAC systems and it includes the following:

  • Blower capacitor for heating - This provides a steady supply of electricity to the furnace fan motors
  • Dual capacitor for cooling (Compressor & Condenser Fan Motor) - This provides a steady electrical current to the AC fans
  • Contactor - This keeps the power flowing to your AC’s most important parts
  • Compressor Start Assist - This helps your AC compressor start up to 10 times faster

Revitalize your HVAC system with our comprehensive package. Give us a call today to learn if this package is right for you and for up to date pricing.

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Capacitors are an essential part of your HVAC system. One of the most common causes of HVAC breakdowns is a failed capacitor. But what is a capacitor and what does it do?

What is a capacitor on an HVAC system?

Capacitors store up electricity, similar to a rechargeable battery, so that they can supply a small burst of energy to the motor.

The difference between start vs. run capacitors

A start capacitor provides the extra voltage needed to get the compressor or motor started. A run capacitor provides energy to keep them running.

Why do capacitors go bad?

Capacitors are sensitive to heat. Overheating generally comes from the sun, especially on rooftop units, or by electrical overheating. Power surges can also cause a capacitor to fail. Finally, age is a large cause of capacitors failing.

Average lifespan of an HVAC capacitor?

Capacitors have a limited lifespan but a number of factors can cause them to wear out quicker. If your air conditioner cycles more rapidly than average, your capacitor is undersized, or it’s built from problematic parts, the estimated lifespan can be greatly reduced.

Download our What Is A Capacitor pdf

ac_contactor_stb.pngWhat Is An Air Conditioner Contactor?

The contactor has an important job!

What is a contactor?

A contactor is the switch that turns on the outdoor AC unit. When your thermostat calls for cooling, it electrically activates the contactor.

What are the symptoms that might occur with a bad contactor?

One of the most classic signs a contactor has gone bad is a loud “chattering” type of noise coming from your outside condenser unit.

Another is if your outdoor unit doesn’t turn off, even if you turn off the cooling system at the thermostat. Both these symptoms may have other root causes and an electrical evaluation is needed to determine if a contactor is bad.

Sometimes when a contactor goes bad, the outdoor unit won’t turn on and the air coming out of the vents won’t be cold. Other times the outdoor unit won’t turn off and the indoor coils can freeze with potential water damage as the coils thaw.

What happens when an AC contactor goes bad?

When an AC contactor goes bad, the unit will not be able to cool the home and will continue to run even when the thermostat is turned off. If the contactor is bad, it will not send electricity to refrigerate the air, but it will probably still power the unit as a whole temporarily.

How long do AC contactors last?

The average lifespan of a good contactor can be anywhere from 5-20 years. During a maintenance service, the technician will check the contactor to make sure it is working properly.

Download our What Is A Contactor pdf

compressor_start_assist_stb.pngWhat Is An HVAC Compressor Start Assist?

Does your Air Conditioner need a compressor start assist?

More strain is placed upon the system during startup than any other time. The longer the system takes to start, the more wear and tear can happen to your equipment. A compressor start assist reduces the time it takes for the compressor to start and eases the strain on the system.

Did you know it takes 4 to 8 times more electrical current to start your central AC unit than is required to run it? The excess heat generated during startup is damaging to your central air conditioning system compressor. A compressor start assist can benefit you if:

  • You want to extend the life of your HVAC system
  • Your air conditioning system is aging
  • You have a home generator
  • You have low voltage or inconsistent voltage
  • Lights dim when your AC unit starts
  • Your Compressor won’t start consistently
  • Your AC system has a fixed orifice metering device
  • You have multiple AC units running at once
  • Your air conditioner trips a breaker on startup
  • You have long refrigerant line sets

A Compressor Start Assist is designed to give your air conditioning compressor an electrical boost on startup.

What does a Compressor Start Assist do?

The Compressor Start Assist adds a start capacitor to help overcome the mechanical inertia during startup. Once the system is started, the Compressor Start Assist disengages and the system operates normally.

How does an HVAC Compressor Start Assist work?

The electrical boost of a Compressor Start Assist provides greater starting torque and reduces the duration of inrush current to the single-phase compressor.

Download our What Is A Compressor Start Assist pdf

Want to get your system back in to shape? Give us a call for pricing or schedule an appointment online.