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Air Conditioners-Repair or Replace?

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Air Conditioners-Repair or Replace?

Air Conditioners-Repair or Replace? The ultimate question when it comes to your old AC Unit. There are many factors to consider.

Age of the unit.

Your old AC Unit is most likely a 10 SEER Unit, or basically rates as a 10 on the seasonal energy efficiency ratio scale. Well in the energy efficiency world, a 10 is not the best. A New 13 SEER ac unit can be as much as 42% more efficient as a 10 SEER. If your AC Is a really old 6 SEER Unit-A new basic 13 SEER ac unit can be as much as 72% more efficient-WOW!!! Efficiency differences are calculated with a couple of different factors, energy consumption, meaning how much actual electricity does the ac unit consume, and cooling output, or how much net cooling is actually outputted by the unit.


Has your old ac unit had many repairs done to it in its life? Most ac units do not have many parts, typically only a handful. Air Conditioner Start components are average parts that usually last around 7-10 years, where as the compressor inside is the heart of the ac unit, that in today’s age, if the compressor goes, replacement of the ac unit should be highly considered. Other parts, such as condenser coil, expansion valves and evaporator coil typically will last the lifetime of the unit,however,over the past few years we have seen expansion valves prematurely failing more often.


The refrigerant, or sometimes referred to as Freon, plays an important role in the decision to repair or replace the ac unit. Refrigerant #22, (the old stuff) was introduced as a temporary replacement to the best refrigerant of all time, R #12, in the early 1970’s. We had to find a different refrigerant to replace R #12 due to its concentration of chlorine, and chlorine’s effect on the ozone layer. R #22 was brought in as a temporary replacement to R #12 because although it still contains chlorine, its effect on the atmosphere only last 21 years, sounds like a long time, but R #12 is 100 years, big difference. In 2006, the government put an end to new ac units containing R #22, and the switch was made to R #410. R #410 does not contain chlorine and dissipates in the atmosphere almost immediately. What does all this mean when it comes to AC Replacement or Repair?? MONEY!! R #22 is at an all time high as far as cost goes, and it doesn’t seem to be going down anytime soon. If you need new refrigerant and your unit contains R #22, you could be spending 20% to 30% of the cost of a completely new ac unit just to replenish your R #22. Also if your unit contains R #22, then your unit is at least 10 years old which means start components, if not replaced already will soon go, and the other ac components we spoke about earlier are also prone to failure.

Condition of The AC Unit

The Obvious. If you have never had your air conditioner tune-up done, or it has been in a poorly operating state for many years, the internal compressor windings could be weak, and you are on your way to a major ac unit repair. Once it begins, Acid will begin to form inside the ac unit compressor and it is all downhill from there. The acid will continue to build and eventually will cause the compressor to burn out.  A Compressor burnout means having a well trained technician spend extensive time and money to clean the acid out and replace the compressor. Unfortunately, the acid can never be 100% removed and requires installing special filters inside the ac unit,which if are not replaced shortly after the installation of a new ac compressor, then will get the acid into the new unit and the degradation process will begin all over again.

Original Installation.

Was your original air conditioner installed correctly? We have replaced air conditioners that were 20+ years old, and we have replaced air conditioners that were less than 5 years old. A bad air conditioner installation will shorten the life of an ac unit dramatically. There are certain steps in the proper installation of an ac unit that are often skipped by many hvac contractors in an attempt to save money, but unfortunately those steps are crucial to the long life of the unit. Back in the day with the old ac units, sometimes those skipped steps did not hinder operation to much, but the new stuff just will not work properly if not done. Moisture, refrigerant leaks, and improper airflow could cut the expected life of the ac unit by 100%

In Short , There are may factors to consider in the decision to repair or replace your ac unit. Questions, Call us at 585-366-0557 and we wil be happy to help.

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Why Choose Us?

Our People-On time

Our People, We care. From the folks in the office to the HVAC Techs that are in the field. We care about your home, your comfort, and your family’s well being.-We are Highly Trained Heating and Cooling Experts

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Friendly Service from a Licensed, Trained HVAC Technician
  • Honest
  • Dedicated
  • Focused

We treat our customers as a priority. We want your heating and air conditioning system to operate as it should. We want your water heater to provide the hot water you need when you need it.

Our Warranties

We Back Our Systems with a 100% Money Back Guarantee

  • 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • 2 Year Warranty on all Repairs
  • No Lemon Guarantee
  • Temperature Variance Guarantee

We want you to tell your friends about us. The dedicated and focused staff at High Performance Heating and Air Conditioning will be there when you need us. 24 -7 Emergency Service!

Peace of Mind

At High Performance Heating and Air Conditioning, we give you peace of mind from the time you schedule your appointment, to the time our trucks are pulling out of your driveway. Even after the job, we still provide follow up calls to ensure that you are 100% satisfied and everything is up to your expectations and your new equipment is registered and under warranty. Our highly trained HVAC technicians strive to provide the best overall customer service experience possible. Read some of our reviews and you’ll see why we are Rochester, NY’s superior HVAC company. Call us today and schedule that gas furnace tune-up or furnace replacement and start saving big bucks today!

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Home Comfort, in Rochester, NY

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Ever experience where your spouse is to cold and you’re too hot? Or your spouse is to hot and your freezing. Well, we can make sure your home is as comfortable as possible. The right combination of heating and cooling, will bring you and your family a level of comfort like never before. Especially in Rochester, New York; one of the few cities in the world where you can personally experience all four seasons in one day.

So, save yourself the hassle and call High Performance Heating & Cooling today. (585) 3-HAROLD, or visit www.HappyHaroldHeating.com

And since we are moving into the summer season (Hopefully Rochester ) let me just tell you some information on our cooling service!

We at High Performance are fully certified and highly trained! With our professional installers years of experience installing cooling equipment and receive daily training to stay up to date on the latest. They’ll treat your house and possessions with the utmost respect. Their first priority? Your cooling comfort.

High Performance is recognized for efficiently completing our work without leaving any loopholes behind. Before we even begin working, we’ll give you full estimates with no hidden charges.

So remember Rochester, Temperature not right day or night, call HAROLD! (585) 3-HAROLD.

Winter’s Last Strike!

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We are sorry it is still winter #Rochester, but we can help. For the most part this was a very easy winter on us upstate New York residents. Unfortunately winter last a little longer here. We promise you that soon we will be talking about air conditioners, but for the moment lets cover heating, hopefully the last time this winter.

Harold and we are at your service for repairs, tune-ups, and installation for furnaces. Even if winter is almost over, why not take advantage our teams quality service right now! Put your furnace worries at rest for next year all together, and be covered now until spring really gets here. In fact, visit www.happyharoldheating.com for today’s coupon with our services. Then give us a call at (585) 3-HAROLD, and well be on our way!

When it comes to Heating, we and Harold cannot be beat! Based on years of experience, we have the most qualified furnace service team out there. Our team fully understands the concepts that make your heating equipment function correctly, so we install and maintain heating equipment of any brand.

Also, don’t forget, at High Performance, we are the boiler experts. Call HAROLD today to find out about all the different options with Boilers. We guarantee we will find you the best possible fit for your needs.

Harold will offer the best service and care for your water boiler that you will ever need. Whether it is boiler installation, boiler repair, boiler maintenance or boiler cleaning; we ensure quality performance in addition to precision and accuracy when working on your Boiler in Rochester, NY. Oh! And by the way we guarantee your boiler repair for a full Year! Call High Performance Heating and Cooling at (585) 3-HAROLD today, and we promise will be talking about sunshine, baseball season, and air conditioners soon #Rochester!

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Who is Happy Harold and what does he have to do with HVAC? Well, imagine a hot summer Saturday. You have just had a terribly long week at work and the air conditioning unit gives out. Your spouse is asleep, and the kids are running around like crazy. You just wanted one day to yourself, to relax and enjoy life. Just shout “HAROLD!”
It could also be a cold winter night, and you’re having a furnace emergency at the worst possible time. Shout “HAROLD.” The Boiler gives out, shout “HAROLD.” You want to understand more and compare different types of water heaters. Shout, or maybe just say nicely, “Harold.” I think you see my point.
The thing is Harold will come to your rescue when you him, and Harold leads the “High Performance Heating & Cooling” Team.
Not only do we offer you the best expertise on boilers for the region, but we help answer any questions you might have regarding HVAC; to help you come up with the best decision regarding what you may need. Just tweet your questions to @HighPerHVAC or call us at (585) 3-HAROLD.

Remember, the next time your furnace needs repaired, your air conditioner needs replacing, or your questions need answering, Call HAROLD, and the High Performance Team will be there to help.
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Happy Harold Says

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Happy Harold Says


Happy Harolds Question: Why is my upstairs hotter than my downstairs?

Question Brought To You By: Christine From Greece

Happy Harolds Answer To Christine:

Happy Harold

Hello there Christine! I’m delighted to receive your question and would be very happy to answer it! But before I do, let me just congratulate you on being the first selected in Happy Harold Says’ ( A weekly Blog Q & A). There are many reasons why your upstairs is much more warmer than your downstairs. One of the main reasons many houses unfortunately suffer from having a warmer second floor is because the house isn’t properly balanced. Having a properly balanced house will ensure that the air flow isn’t interrupted and can make it to the rooms it’s needed the most.
The age of your house can play a huge factor as well. If there are a lot of holes or leaks that air can travel through, it affects the air flow of the house. Which in return brings it right back to balancing. If your cold air ducts are out of balance it’s not going to properly pull away enough air. Same with your supply ducts, if balance and air flow is off balance, your supply ducts won’t be supplying enough cold air to cool down your second floor.
There are different ways to combat these problems, especially if your house wasn’t built with cold air returns. You always could have cold air ducts installed into your home, but if you’d like to go a little less home improvement, we’d recommend having a bigger Air Conditioning Unit installed, along with properly balancing your original duct work by professionally trained technicians that test for air velocity, aspiration, humidity.  That way our technicians can force more air into your upstairs and cool down rooms that normally would be much warmer.
Due to the unique nature of every house the best thing to do is have one Harold’s weekly trained, professional technicians come to your home at your convenience, and check out all the possible aspects that are affecting the proper air flow of your home. The weekly training Harolds technicians go through is rigorous and intensive, keeping them up to date on the latest techniques, so they can give you a detailed report and history of your HVAC equipment and also educate you on what HVAC equipment best matches your home needs. You’ll find no salesmen here. Only educating technicians! Give us a call today and we’ll ensure that you are fully comfortable in your home, with work performed by fully trained and certified technicians that we would be proud to have in our own home. 585-336-0557

Thank You for your question Christine! I hope I have answered your question for you, Please feel free to leave comments for followups or leave a question for next week!

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Save Money Now With Proper Air Conditioning Maintenance

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Save Money Now With Proper Air Conditioning Maintenance


If you haven’t had your Air Conditioning unit serviced before you turn it on for the first time, you might as well just start burning your money instead.

YNN's 7 day forecast for 5/3-5/9 - Get your air conditioner serviced now before the temps get even hotter!

YNN’s 7 day forecast 5/3-5/9

We realize that it’s May 5th and Rochester NY temps can drastically change. For example the past week it was in the 50’s and 60’s and even hit 70’s, this week it’s suppose to be in the high 70’s to mid 80’s all week. With temperatures this high this early, the summer is bound to be a hot one and might possibly already be upon us. Today is suppose to reach 80! Which is a perfect time to utilize your air conditioning unit, preserving the humidity in your home and stay completely comfortable. What most people don’t realize is, you have to get your Air Conditioning unit serviced at least a few weeks before you plan on using it to ensure it’ll be able to run at it’s maximum potential, saving you the most amount of money on your energy bills as possible!

If you just decide one day that it’s hot enough to turn on your air conditioner, and you never had maintenance done on it, it could cost you huge amounts of cash in the long run. It may not be operating as efficiently as it should be, drastically increasing your energy bill. Or it could just be a minor fix, but small minor cheap fixes, can turn into major repairs if left unnoticed. So now not only are your energy bills drastically higher because of lack of maintenance and tune ups. But now you have a part failing inside your air conditioning unit and it could cause your air conditioner to run even less efficiently, if it even runs at all. Costing you even more money. To us, that doesn’t sound like complete home comfort at all. Complete home comfort shouldn’t be an option at all. With regular annual maintenance on your Heating and Cooling systems, you’ll be aware a head of time when you’ll need to have your HVAC systems serviced, repaired or Tuned-up. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’ll be comfortable this summer, while saving the maximum amount possible.

Perhaps your Air Conditioning unit is 15 years old, barley cools your home down, if it even works properly to begin with, and during the hot summer months, it’s causing your energy bills to skyrocket. Having a brand new High Efficiency Air Conditioner installed will give you the biggest return on your investment. Instead  you’ll be paying lower energy bills instead of incredibly high ones. Your home will be the true definition of Complete home comfort. Large Investments can make people very uneasy. They aren’t sure if they have the money. They need a new washer and dryer. But that new washer and dryer wont save you as much on your energy bills as a new Air Conditioner or a new Furnace.  Well Right now, we have a very exclusive special going on, for a brand new Air Conditioning unit installed. (With approved financing.) Also Check out our Air Conditioner page with a very exclusive Air Conditioning Special at the bottom of the page. Don’t wait, call TODAY! Take advantage of these deals while supplies last, don’t get caught this summer without Central Air Conditioning. Stay cool and save money this summer with High Performance heating, where we are more than just a name, but a promise. 585-426-3004

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Heating and Cooling Contractors | Daily Training!

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April 1, 2015

Almost on a constant basis we are seeing the mistakes of heating and cooling contractors, who are installing HVAC systems wrong. Which in turn

causes the home owner to continuously have problems which require repairs. The cost of those repairs can really add up over time. Take for example, this radiant system we encounter was installed completely wrong. To the average heating and cooling contractors, it was installed properly and they would be non the wiser. To us, we could see the mistakes as clear as day, he was having problems with the system not running, all during winter. Now he has to dish out $2,500 to have everything ripped out and installed correctly, by professional highly trained technicians.

heating and cooling contractors installed this radiant system incorrectly.

A Radiant system that was installed improperly.

The trained professionals at High Performance Heating under go rigorous training before they enter the field. After that they receive daily training from the President of High Performance, Matt Nicodemus. Our reviews speak for themselves. We have had numerous clients call us up, telling us how the heating and cooling contractors they previously had at their home either did a total hack job or just completely installed their equipment wrong, so their furnace or boiler would not run properly. Instead of dealing with the head aches that come with having to spend more money to get something repaired that you just paid to have put in. Give High Performance Heating a call 585-426-3004 we install all of your equipment the right way the first time, saving you time and money that can be spent on your family, instead of having to pay another heating and cooling contractor to come and fix the mistakes of the first contractor.

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