My parents insist that I find out if they should pay someone to
inspect their home air conditioning. Their home is now 20 years old
(they have owned it all that time), and the air conditioning is still
working fine. They called one inspector who said they should have it
inspected anyway, just to make sure it won't break down any time
soon. They called another inspector who said that if it is working
fine, then there is no need to inspect it. So should they have it
inspected or not?
On Jun 16, 11:52 am, " email@example.com"
re: My parents insist that I find out...
re: My mom has replaced the filter once or twice herself
My Troll-dar is beeping like crazy.
First, if they *insisted* that you find out, it sounds like you didn't
want to. What son/daughter wouldn't just do the research for them
instead of them having to *insist* that you do it?
Second, I find it hard to believe that an AC unit could move any air
at all with a filter that has only been replaced "once or twice" in 20
years. Some filters look like wool blankets after just a few
months...I can't imagine what a 10 year filter would look like. Mine
would be so thick that I don't I would be able to get it out of the
Don't take offense, I could be wrong, but this smells very troll-ish,
at least to me.
After they told me that the one inspector said that if it's working
fine, then it doesn't need to be inspected, then I thought it must be
true, because why would an inspector turn down business? But they
still wanted me to find out. And so here I am.
Maybe they have cleaned/replaced the filters more than one/twice over
the years. I haven't paid that much attention. But certainly it has
not been inspected more than a few times, if at all, because they are
On Jun 16, 1:47 pm, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
re: because they are very frugal.
Again, no offense, but they may be being "penny wise, pound foolish".
What they've saved in annual or semi-annual inspections may have been
spent in reduced efficiency and higher operating costs.
Do 'em a favor - step up and pay for the inspection. I don't know
where you live, but where I am they range from $50 for the
independents to $75+ for the "Big Names" Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Even before that, pull the filter - if it looks like sheep, replace
it. Filters should be replaced on X-months basis (depending on style)
not an X-years basis.
On Jun 16, 10:34 am, " email@example.com"
Maybe she relpaced the filter once in 20 years, maybe once it was
checked, and the car, has it had an oil change in 20 years or been
checked out. Get to work and get it fully cleaned, both coils, not
just the one outside. My neighbors was like that, the air handler coil
was so bad he removed it to power wash it, it finaly cooled and his
electric and heating bill went down in half. Obviously they need your
You should have your A/C and Heating systems checked every year. I am a
retired HVAC Service Technician and you would be surprised of what I would
find at my customers places.
Do not be surprise, if who ever checks the system finds a number of
problems. One way you can save some money is have the technician show you
what you can do to help clean up the system if you feel you can do it
Two or three years ago when our neighbor was having a new A/C installed,
I asked the installer whether we should get ours checked (we had been in
the house for a year or so and had no idea when the previous owner had
had it checked). He said that if it was working OK to leave it alone. So
all we have done so far is replace the filter regularly, but I was
thinking we should get it checked out this year. before things really
When I had my new furnace/AC installed in December 2005, they fired up
the AC for a few minutes to make sure it worked, then fired up the
furnace and let it run for the winter.
The installer said to call him back in early spring and he would test
the AC again (no charge) before the warm season started. He also gave
the furnace a quick once over at that time.
At that point he said to wait a full summer/winter/summer before
calling him back for an inspection before the 2nd winter. He suggested
that anything more than a semi-annual inspection was probably
overkill, especially for a new unit. $50 every 2 years (until he
raises his price) is fine with me.
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