Frequently Asked Questions About Your Heating & Cooling System
FAQs With Our Crew
What is the SEER Rating?
The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) measures the efficiency of your air conditioner. The SEER is the cooling output over a particular season divided by the total energy used in that same period. The higher the SEER, the greater the efficiency level of that cooling system.
Why is the SEER rating on the Energy Guide different from what my dealer quoted?
Each split system cooling unit has a nominal SEER rating. This rating can be increased with the upgrade of the same series indoor unit. The SEER rating of a system is based on the combination of equipment installed in the home. The outdoor equipment (heat pump or air conditioner), as well as the indoor equipment (evaporator coil and furnace, or air handler), play a vital role in the total rating.
Why do I need regular (or preventive) HVAC maintenance?
Your heating and cooling systems work incredibly hard to perform their functions. The constant stopping, starting and general operation can wear down any machine. Proper care and maintenance help to keep these systems in optimum condition and ward off malfunction. By scheduling regular maintenance, you can maximize the life of your heating and cooling units and guard against many common equipment failures. Preventive maintenance inspections performed in spring for your AC and fall for your heater can uncover leaks, rust, rot, soot, frayed wires and corroded electrical contacts. Regular maintenance will ensure maximum efficiency and prevent other problems.
Which equipment requires regular (or preventive) maintenance?
All air conditioning and heating equipment require annual (semiannual if preferred) professional tune-ups. Inspections should include ductwork, thermostats, electrical connections, drain line, drain pans and components. Air conditioning unit inspections should also include and examination of the fan, compressor, indoor coils, outdoor coils and refrigerant lines.
I need help troubleshooting a problem with my equipment.
As your local Trane dealer, JP Brett & Sons Air Conditioning is your troubleshooting expert, and we are glad to help you with any problem you may experience with your HVAC system. In addition, Trane also provides a network of troubleshooting technicians at Trane distribution centers across the country which JP Brett & Sons Air Conditioning will utilize to solve your concern. Should we encounter a situation that requires additional factory help, we will contact our factory supported service manager(s) for assistance.
What are the advantages of a programmable thermostat?
Programmable thermostats are more accurate and efficient than thermostats that contain mercury. With a programmable thermostat, you can program settings in advance so that you can control the temperature at different times of the day. You will never have to worry about remembering to adjust the settings manually.
What type of filter should I use? And how often should I replace it?
Standard filters work to keep your system and its ductwork clean, but they can only do so much to improve indoor air quality. A media air cleaner does a much better job of trapping small particles. It rests between the main return duct and the blower cabinet and will improve dust and particle removal up to seven times more effectively than a standard filter. Upgrading to a pleated media filter will remove everything from dust to airborne viruses from the filtered air. Always choose a filter that matches your blower’s capacity. For optimal efficiency and filtration, we recommend that you replace your disposable filters at least once a month. If you have washable filters, you should clean them once a month during periods of heavy use.
Why can't I find the correct size filter at my local home improvement store for my Trane Brand Equipment?
Filters for your Trane unit are made from different and higher-quality materials than those of the disposable filters found in retail stores. For that reason, replacement filters can be purchased through our office, your Trane Dealer. However, keep in mind that some Trane filters are reusable, and can be washed by hand in cold water.
Where can I get parts for my Trane equipment?
As a Trane dealer, we are the best resource for the correct, current parts for your system, as well as availability and competitive pricing.
What does my warranty cover?
Under the standard factory warranty, Trane covers parts that fail during the warranty period due to a defect in the part. The warranty does not cover labor. All residential Trane equipment that we install when registered with Trane Corporation to ensure your 10-year parts warranty. If you cannot find your warranty certificate, JP Brett & Sons Air Conditioning will also be able to provide you with that information.
What is the life expectancy of my unit?
Dependable Trane products are among the longest lasting heating and cooling products available. For your equipment, many variables affect life expectancy, including, of course, the regularity of routine maintenance.