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Because they pair well with forced-air central heating, most homes with central air-conditioning use split-system air conditioners. A split air-conditioning system consists of an indoor and outdoor unit that are linked by refrigerant lines. The evaporation coils are located inside near the air handler and furnace. They’re responsible for removing heat from your home’s air. The condenser and condensation coils are located outside and shed the heat that was absorbed from your home’s air into the exterior air.

A split air-conditioning system is usually installed all at once, but if just the indoor or outdoor portion ends up broken beyond repair, you may be tempted to save money by replacing just one of the units. Although this can be done in some cases, it’s usually a poor decision.

Your air-conditioning may be prone to premature breakdown and operate inefficiently if the indoor and outdoor units aren’t well matched. New minimum efficiency standards went into effect in 2006, so newer units are more efficient than older units. Pairing an inefficient unit with an efficient counterpart will result in significantly lower overall efficiency and increase the likelihood of breakdowns.

Another change in air conditioning that’s been going on is the phasing out of the old refrigerant (R-22) and replacing it with a new, more environmentally-friendly refrigerant. Since the inside and outside portion of the split air-conditioning system are part of the same refrigerant system, they need to be designed for the same refrigerant. Running air conditioning components with the wrong refrigerant will lead to early failure and inefficient operation.

It may be acceptable to replace just the broken unit if you have a newer air conditioner and can find a suitable match for the replacement. You’ll want to consult an experienced HVAC contractor.

For help with your split air-conditioning system, contact the pros at Griffith Energy Services. We proudly serve Chantilly, McLean and other cities throughout northern Virginia.

Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services
888-474-3391

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