Monday, July 6, 2020

4 Signs That Show Your Air Conditioner Needs Service

Just like any other appliance in your home, an air conditioner needs to be serviced often. Despite the age and model of your air conditioner, it needs to be serviced and maintained before it gets too late and make you incur more cost in the future. The problem, however, is that most home and office owners don't know when to have a service provider to service your air conditioner. Here are the signs that your air conditioner needs service.

1. Reduced Airflow
A reduction in air that flows from your AC might be a need to raise the alarm. You can gauge this from previous experiences with it and feel whether the airflow has reduced. Chances could be that the filters are blocked or clogged. If this is not the case, the compressors need to be checked or need replacement.

2. Blowing Hot Air Instead of Cold
That sounds ridiculous! Right? You obviously wouldn't want a situation where you need some cold breeze because it's hot and all you get is more heat. So if your AC regularly starts pumping in warm air, you should consult your air conditioner service provider and ask them to service it.

3. Increased Energy Bills
Whenever your air conditioner is faulty, it becomes inefficient, and that translates to increased energy bills. You don't have to wait for further warnings from the air con. You might feel like the room still maintains its level of coolness, but the truth is that the air conditioner is struggling to maintain the temperature. You would require to have it checked and lower your energy bills.

4. Strange Noise and odor
If your air conditioner is operating in good condition, it should be almost quiet with no smell at all. If it makes some noise, it could be because of some mechanical problems and the odor would mean some moisture that has dried up in the filters. Having the conditioner serviced would effectively eliminate all these problems.

To have your conditioner well serviced and maintained, contact us, and we will be glad to assist you.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

3 Common Air Conditioning Mistakes Homeowners Should Avoid

When the weather warms up, you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable at all times. However, if you're like most homeowners, you likely end up making a few mistakes when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system. Here are a few of the most common mistakes people make with their units and how you can avoid them in the future.

Not Changing the Filters

No matter how large or small your air conditioner is, you'll need to change out the filters at regularly. Air conditioner filters keep dirt, allergens, and debris from making it inside your home. As a result, they can get clogged quickly, especially if you're running the system all day, every day. Over time, these clogs put strain on your unit and may lead to more frequent repairs. Change your filters at least once every three months and inspect them every month if you're using your system daily.

Not Scheduling Regular Tune-Ups

It's not uncommon for homeowners to only think of their HVAC system when something's broken. However, when it comes to keeping your AC unit working efficiently, you'll want to schedule annual preventative maintenance appointments with your technician. This helps keep your air conditioner in good shape and reduces the risk of unexpected repairs during the warmest part of the year. Schedule a tune-up for your AC at least once per year.

Ignoring High Energy Bills

During the heat of the summer, you expect your energy bills to increase. However, if they're higher than normal, don't assume that it's due to your AC use. When an air conditioner is failing, it becomes less efficient and has to work harder to maintain the temperature you set on the thermostat. If you notice higher-than-normal energy bills, schedule an inspection with your HVAC technician. They'll be able to make sure your unit is working properly and address any minor repair issues that may impact the unit's efficiency.

Ready to get your air conditioner ready for everything the summer heat can bring? Contact us today and schedule a tune-up with one of our experienced technicians.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Begin Your Spring Cleaning With an Air Conditioning Tuneup

As warmer weather arrives, many homeowners start to think about spring cleaning. One important part of spring cleaning that is often overlooked is your HVAC system. Maintaining your air conditioner should be part of your spring cleaning schedule. A properly-functioning air conditioner is a critical part of keeping your home comfortable. These basic maintenance tasks will help your air conditioner keep your home cool throughout the spring and summer.

Replace your air filters. Replacing the air filters on a regular basis is one of the most important HVAC maintenance tasks. Dirty air filters increase energy costs and lead to poor indoor air quality in your home, which can become a health hazard. You should replace your air filters once a month.

Clean the unit's condenser coils and evaporator coils. Coils that are dirty lower the system's ability to keep your home cool. This will cause your unit to run longer and lead to higher cooling costs.  Clean your coils to keep your unit performing its best.

Check your air conditioner's refrigerant level. If you don't have the correct amount of refrigerant, your system will run less efficiently. This will increase your energy costs and shorten the life of your unit.

Clean the ductwork. Your ductwork should be cleaned and tested for leaks. Leaks in your ductwork reduce the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Your air conditioner has to run longer to keep up with the air that leaks out. 

Schedule an air conditioning tuneup. A preventive check now can save you a lot of trouble later. Don't wait until the heat of summer to find out that your air conditioner isn't working properly. Make an appointment for an HVAC inspection. Your technician will check your HVAC system and ensure that it's running at optimal levels.  

Does your air conditioner need attention this spring? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Friday, March 27, 2020

How to Tell If Your Thermostat is Not Properly Calibrated

Is your home feeling a little off temperature? While this can be a sign of something wrong with your HVAC system, your thermostat could also be the culprit. Over time and with regular use, your thermostat can fall out of calibration and misread the temperature. This means it can begin to read the temperature incorrectly, resulting in your home not getting as hot or as cool as you want it to be.

Testing to see if your thermostat has fallen out of calibration is something a homeowner can easily do themselves. All you need is a thermometer that you can placed right next to the thermostat. If the thermometer and the thermostat don't match up in their reading, then the thermostat has fallen out of calibration. This means that your home can either be too cool or too hot for you, likely burning up energy bills as well as making you feel uncomfortable.

To recalibrate your thermostat, you will want to call an HVAC technician. While it is possible to do it yourself, you will want your thermostat thoroughly inspected. Your HVAC technician will check to make sure the calibration issue is from natural use and not from a problem. They can also make sure the inner workings of the thermostat are cleaned as well, something that doesn't get done too often. In some cases, calibration issues can be a sign that your thermostat is on its way out. In these instances, they can make quick work of installing a new one.

If your old thermostat has fallen out of calibration and needs replaced, we highly recommend replacing it with a programmable model. This makes it easier to control the temperature when you are in the house and when you are out. This will help cut even more off your energy bills. Contact us today for more information!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Do You Have an Air Conditioning Unit or a Heat Pump?

When most people think about a way to heat a home, one of the last things they will think about is an air conditioning unit. However, it is important to know that an air conditioning unit can do more for a home than you may think. An air conditioning unit is typically designed to keep a home at a comfortable temperature, regardless of what the weather conditions may be outside.

When a homeowner switches the settings between heating and cooling modes, your home will be able to stay on top of all the weather-related changes that are taking place throughout the year. While we all understand that an allocated heating system does what it is supposed to do, heat a home. However, an air conditioning unit can provide a home with so much more. However, even if a cooling element does not exist, the unit can still serve as a reasonable heating option.

Do you know if the heating/cooling apparatus outside of your home is an air conditioner or a heat pump? Discovering this important information can save you a significant amount of money when it comes to energy bills and service calls. However, we understand that it is not easy to determine if the device is, in fact, an air conditioner or a heat pump just by standing outside and looking at it.

A heat pump and an air conditioner look very similar, but one can identify if the device is an air conditioning unit or a heat pump in the following ways:
Switching your system to the heat setting and checking if the device outside turns on as well
Find the unit's model number and search the model number online
Look through the top of your condensing unit and look for a brass pipe that is horizontally shaped

When an air conditioning unit is compared to an electric heater, we will discover that an air conditioning unit will not consume as much energy as the heating unit. When an air conditioning unit is placed in the heating setting, the heat will be pumped from the outside in. An air conditioning unit can serve as a form of heating, but the efficiency can greatly depend on the temperatures outdoors.

If you have questions about your air conditioning unit or your heat pump, please do not hesitate to contact our team!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Why is My Heating Pump Blowing Cold Air?

If your heating pump is set to heat your home, then there is no circumstance under which it should be blowing cold air into your home. Unlike a furnace that may have a bit of a warmup time, heat pumps maintain a steady temperature and heat your home more gradually. So, if there is cold air coming out, it could be a problem. If you believe your heat pump is having issues, then any of the below could be causing the issue:

  • You're Not Used to It – If you have a new heat pump and have never been exposed to them before, it can be a bit of a change. Instead of blasting out rather hot air like a furnace, a heat pump produces relatively lower temperature air. It is still warm, but it is not on the same level as a furnace. You may think something is wrong, but it is just a more gradual heating experience.
  • Faulty Reversing Valve – The reversing valve is what switches your heat pump from heating to cooling. If your heat pump is blowing cold air, it could be stuck on cooling and will require a professional HVAC service to repair it.
  • The Heat Pump is Frozen – Heat pumps are prone to freezing over on particularly cool days, so much so that they come with their own defrost function. However, if you constantly must run the defrost to get your heat pump running again, you may want to consider alternative heating for those super cold days.
  • Maintenance is Needed – Like a furnace, a heat pump will suffer from a lack of regular maintenance, and often in a more tangible way. Debris can build up in or around the heat pump that restricts air flow. The pressure changes can then cause freezing which will result in much cooler air being produced.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions and/or service needs that you may have. Our team of HVAC professionals is here to help.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Why Your Furnace is Leaking Water

Furnaces provide heat to our homes, and they are not something we think of working hand-in-hand with water. However, while it doesn't use water to heat our homes, water can be a byproduct of regular use in your furnace. Despite this, it is not normal to see water pooling around your furnace or leaking from it.

The water produced by your furnace should be safely ferried away to a nearby drain. However, if your furnace appears to have sprung a leak, there are a few common causes that can be checked. The first should be where the furnace drains. If the drain area has become blocked with debris, it may result in a worrysome puddle. Unfortunately, this is really the only problem that you can investigate and potentially fix yourself. Other causes of leaking in a furnace will want to be left to an HVAC technician who can quickly find the problem and will be able to fix it without harming the furnace.

If the drain checks out, it may mean the pipes leading to the drain are clogged up. As these are located inside the furnace, an HVAC technician will need to investigate it. Usually, you can tell where a clog is happening by where the water is leaking from.

Unfortunately, one of the most problematic causes of a furnace leaking is when it is caused by faulty parts. For example, one of the signs of a cracked heat exchanger can be leaking water. This can be expensive to fix, and if left unrepaired can be dangerous for your home. However, a faulty condenser pump could cause the same issue, which is a more affordable repair.

Both problems needs to be addressed by a professional HVAC technician to ensure that the repair is done correctly. For 24/7 emergency service, we encourage you to contact us today.