• 440 N Kansas St. Wichita, KS 67214
  • (316) 409-6689
  • 20+ Years

    of Experience

  • Heating &

    Air Conditioning

  • 20+ Years

    of Experience

  • Heating &

    Air Conditioning

FAQ

There are a number of factors to consider when determining whether to repair or replace an existing system. Depending on the type and age of the unit you currently have installed, you may be able to save a significant amount of money by replacing it with a newer, more energy efficient unit.

Systems manufactured as recently as 8 to 10 years ago are up to 60% less energy efficient than systems on the market today. This means that in many cases a new unit can pay for itself in lower energy costs in a very short time.

If you are facing a large repair on an older system, it might be a good time to replace the unit instead of simply buying a few more years on a system that will eventually need replacing. If financing a new unit, the monthly energy savings can usually offset the majority of the cost of a new system.

The answer depends on a number of factors including the size of your home or office, the condition and configuration of the ductwork, the energy source for your unit, and desired energy efficiency. The experienced professionals at Spiker Heating & Air can help you choose the system that best suits your needs. We can determine the physical requirements of your home or office along with your preferences and desires, to help you choose a unit that will match your needs and control recurring costs. There are many variables when it comes to choosing your new heating and air conditioning system, that’s why we provide Free Estimates on any new system.

Manufacturers provide different guidelines for the life expectancy of their various heating and air conditioning units. On average, a new heating and air conditioning unit should last 10-25 years with routine maintenance conducted in accordance with manufacturers' guidelines.

There are a number of things that you can do yourself to ensure the optimal operation and efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Here are a few:

  • The air filter in your HVAC system should be inspected every 3 to 4 weeks. A dirty filter will cause your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump to work harder than necessary and will decrease the effectiveness as it increases energy consumption.
  • If your indoor coil is accessible you should clean the top and underside using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a soft brush attachment. Make sure the coil is dry before cleaning for maximum effectiveness. If the coil is not completely accessible, you may need to call a professional to perform the cleaning.
  • Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of dirt and debris. You should also check the base pan under the unit to ensure that grass clippings, leaves and other material have not collected to ensure the unit drains properly. You also want to make sure your A/C is weed free around the unit.
  • Make sure your outdoor unit is level. Units may become unlevel due to shifts in the ground beneath the unit resulting in incomplete draining.
  • Annual inspections of your heating & AC unit are advised. If dirt, soot or rust are detected in the unit's combustion or vent system, call a professional to diagnose and repair any problems to ensure the safe and efficient operation of your unit.
  • Humidifiers should be maintained at the beginning of every heating season. You should consult your owner's manual for complete instructions on cleaning in the interior and exterior components. The evaporator pad should be replaced annually. If the water in your area is high in mineral content, you should consider employing a water softening unit or maintain your humidifier more frequently.

The best way to help eliminate indoor odors is to have an indoor air quality product. At Spiker Heating & Air we offer the best and the most advanced indoor air quality products that are on the market today. With today’s technology there are several types to choose from. Our professional technicians are available to help you choose which is right for you, your home, your family, or your business.

No. There are many different types of air filters for your system. Each filter has a MERV rating. This rating states how effective the filter will be. The higher the MERV rating means fewer dust particles and other airborne contaminants can pass through the filter. A professional HVAC technician can help you decide which filter is best for your needs.

When it comes to your air conditioner and furnace, there are a few things you can do to better control your home energy costs.

  • Maintenance: Having regular preventative maintenance done on your air conditioner and furnace can help keep your system running more efficient for longer periods of time.
  • System Efficiency: Having a high efficiency system will also reduce your energy costs. These systems are designed with that in mind.
  • Programmable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat will help reduce your costs in home energy if they are programmed correctly.