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Now Is The Time

Ask the Expert: Why NOW is the time to think about your air conditioning system.

While it may still be cold outside, the experts at HB McClure are busy getting ready for warmer weather. An air conditioner may be the last thing on your mind, but here’s why NOW is the time to think about your air conditioning system.

Q: When is the best time to purchase an air conditioner?

A: Sooner rather than later. If you wait too long to purchase a new cooling system you run the risk of it failing when you need it most, forcing you to make a hasty decision. Start your research early to give you enough time to make a planned and well-informed decision instead of waiting until the 4th of July when it is 100° and your unit breaks. Most manufacturers and dealers offer incentives to purchase systems early in the season. HB McClure is currently offering Lennox System Rebates up to $1700 in savings or 6 month deferred 0% financing. Call for more details.

Q: What are the warning signs that an air conditioner is near the end of its life / it’s time for replacement?

A: Does your system need repetitive repairs each season, blow warm air, constantly trip breakers, or is older than 12 years old? These may be warning signs that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Get a free estimate to repair or replace your system from HB McClure to have on hand incase the unit fails. Not sure whether it’s time to repair or replace? Fill out our repair or replace questionnaire for our recommendation. Another way to determine if your system needs to be repaired or replaced is with a scheduled tune-up. Schedule your tune-up in early spring to rest easy knowing that your system is ready for the hot summer days ahead.

Q: What are the most common mistakes homeowners make when choosing a new cooling system?

A: The biggest mistake a homeowner can make is waiting until the system breaks beyond repair which can force homeowners into making a hurried decision that can lead to buyer’s remorse. Another common mistake homeowners make is only looking at price instead of overall best value. Homeowners should consider options that enhance comfort, such as staged or variable capacity units which dehumidify better, or units that improve air quality such as high performance filters, UV lights, duct cleaning and more. These options are better purchased in conjunction with equipment rather than a la carte. Be sure to note whether the contractor is actually measuring your home to ensure that your new system is sized correctly and not just assuming that previously installed equipment was correct.

Q: What should you look for when choosing an HVAC contractor?

A: Enlisting an established professional for your HVAC needs ensures that you’re receiving the best service possible. When deciding between contractors, consider factors such as arriving on time for appointments, returning phone calls within a reasonable time frame, and how long a company has been in business. It’s also important to see if the contractor provides ancillary services such as a FREE replacement estimate, service agreements or warranty enhancements.

With over 100 years of experience in central Pennsylvania, HB McClure delivers quality residential cooling services. We serve homes and businesses in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Dillsburg, Enola, Harrisburg, Hershey, Hummelstown, Mechanicsburg, Middletown, New Cumberland, York, and the surrounding areas. Call us at 717 – 232 – 4328 or request an appointment online.