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AC Repair & Maintenance
In the summer, when the temperatures are soaring, all you want from your air conditioning system is for it to run smoothly whenever you need it. It sounds like a simple request, but since it is working hard during this time to keep your house cool, problems can arise. It’s a good idea to keep your eyes open for small issues or subtle changes in your AC performance, so you can get them fixed up before the problem becomes worse.
WHAT IS THAT LEAKING?
One issue that can happen when your AC is working hard during the summer months is leaking refrigerant. The refrigerant is a liquid that is found inside the evaporator coil, which is part of the air handler unit. The evaporator coil and its refrigerant chill the air that is sent back inside the house to keep you cool, so if that refrigerant is leaking, the air won’t be as cool as it needs to be. Leaking refrigerant usually requires repairs to your evaporator coil, so your system can produce cool air once again.
How Maintenance Reduces Future Damage TO YOUR SYSTEM
If you schedule AC maintenance every year shortly before the summer, the technician will clean your system completely and clear up any minor damage. The visit isn’t free, but it will help save you money down the road in costly repairs. When your AC receives maintenance just before it is to be put to the test in the hot summers, it will run like new and will last longer than if you don’t bother with maintenance at all.
Why Reputable Service is Essential?
Whether you are having repairs, maintenance or a full system replacement, it’s always wise to rely on a reputable company that has ties in the community. Local experts provide peace of mind because you know they are trusted by fellow residents and there is an element of accountability with every job.
AC Installation & Replacement
When you have a new air conditioning system installed in your home, it should provide you with cooling comfort for up to 20 years. There are many things that can happen during that time, but a successful run of service in your home begins with the installation. How the AC system is installed goes a long way toward determining how efficient and effective it will be in the future. It’s easy to skimp and look for deals, but if you need the system replaced in five years, you’re just throwing money out the window.
What Goes Into AC Installation?
Installing an air conditioning system is not a simple job, and it’s always wise to find a reputable company to take care of it for you. There are air handler components like evaporator coils, condensers and compressors, electrical circuitry, gas line connections, building codes and more to consider. Trusting the job to amateurs or trying to do it yourself is only asking for trouble. Professional installers are familiar with different brands, different techniques and troubleshooting in case they encounter problems during the process.
Do I Need AC Repairs?
When you notice issues come up with your AC system it is important to take action quickly so you can avoid a complete replacement. If your system is getting older then replacement might be warranted, but most of the time you can get by with just repairs. If you feel lukewarm air coming from the vents, hear loud noises or smell strange odors, call for repairs before it gets worse.
Prevention via AC Maintenance
If you want to give your AC system the best chance at a long and productive life, you will lean toward prevention techniques and specifically annual AC maintenance. If you have a technician come in and clean your system each year before the cooling season, you will help it to run more efficiently and will prevent smaller issues from getting worse. Yearly maintenance will help your air conditioning last longer.
AC Filter Replacements
When you have problems with your AC filter, the entire system suffers. It will keep rumbling along and you will still feel cool air coming out of your vents, but there are other issues that will crop up that will remind you of what is going on, and why you need a clean AC filter at all times.
How Can a Dirty AC Filter Affect Air Quality?
If you slack off when it comes to changing your AC filter, and many homeowners do, you’ll be creating a scenario where the air quality inside your home isn’t nearly as high as it should be. The AC filter is supposed to trap particles in the air before they get into your air ducts and circulate throughout the house. When that filer is left alone to get dirty and clogged up, some of that dirt and dust will end up inside your living space, lowering the air quality.
Remember to Stick to the Schedule
When you leave your AC filter to get dirty, you will also reduce the efficiency of the entire system because it will have to work harder to get the cool air through the filter and into the house. The key is to have your filter replaced at the right time, which is usually every six months to a year for an AC filter. The real answer is to have it changed whenever it gets dirty, which can vary from house to house, but the six months to a year rule usually works for most.
DIY or We Can Help
Replacing your AC filter is one of those tasks that you can do yourself if you want, but you can also have your local cooling expert come in and do it for you. If you aren’t comfortable or if you don’t think you’ll remember to stick to the schedule, have someone come in and do it for you, so you can keep the air clean and your cooling bills down.
When it comes to your home’s HVAC system, the air handler is one of the more important components. Air handlers are responsible for distributing the air to the various rooms of your house, so without them the indoor comfort level wouldn’t be anywhere close to what you want it to be. The air handler isn’t just one specific part, but a group of several that all have to work together to make your HVAC system work effectively.
As mentioned above, the air handler helps to distribute the air. When you look at it, the air handler resembles a simple metal box, but it’s what it inside that counts. Inside the box are blowers, coils, dampers, sound attenuators, and filter chambers. Without the air handler and all of it various parts working at peak efficiency, your HVAC system wouldn’t be able to perform the tasks it was meant to do.
What Can Go Wrong?
Over time, or through poor quality installation, your air handler can develop problems that require repair or possibly even replacement. Some examples of air handler issues you may encounter include drain line problems; problems with electrical circuits, a burnt out motor, clogged filters or damaged belts. If the problems are left to grow, your air handler will break down entirely and your HVAC system many require some costly repairs.
What About the DIY Approach?
Don’t waste your time trying to fix an air handler by yourself. If you don’t have experience repairing and installing HVAC systems, the most likely scenario is that you will make the problem worse. You may end up breaking it completely, or your repair might end up being temporary, needing more comprehensive repairs down the road. Just do yourself a favor if you suspect issues with the air handler, and leave it for your local HVAC expert to fix properly.
Ductless Mini Split AC Systems
Standard window unit air conditioners and central air systems are acceptable forms of AC when the hot sun has been beating down on your house all day long, but they each have limitations. Naturally, a window unit is only useful for one small area at a time, and a forced air system cools the entire house at the same time. A newer system called a ductless mini split AC system has many homeowners wanting to switch over because of its design and possibilities.
Ductless Mini Split Basics
When you have a ductless mini split air conditioning system in place, you get to have total AC comfort throughout the house, without the use of traditional air ducts. Ductless utilize air handlers and an external unit to provide cool air to the house. Many homes today are built without regular ductwork, but even if there are ducts, you can have your home modified to use a ductless system.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of a ductless mini split AC system for homeowners is the fact that you have the ability to control the temperature, room by room. Through the use of the air handlers, you can have the AC on in one room and off in another. This allows all the members of your family to feel content and comfortable during the summer, and it allows you to save money by not having to cool the entire house every time you want to use the system.
Reputable Installation Makes All the Difference
When you decide to have a new ductless mini split AC system installed, it’s important to choose a service provider that is reputable and experienced in this type of installation. Having a professional installation company on your side ensures the system is installed correctly and that all the building codes and bylaws are followed in the process. When you have a reputable company take charge, the system will run more efficiently with fewer problems.
Evaporator Coil Services
One of the more important elements of your air conditioning system is the evaporator coil. The AC wouldn’t be AC without it, so it’s important to keep it clean and working well throughout the summer months. Many components of your air conditioning system can affect its performance and it’s always wise to watch for any problems, and you’ll know if the problem is with your evaporator coil.
Why Do I Need an Evaporator Coil?
The reason you need an evaporator coil to make your AC work correctly is that it contains the refrigerant that cools the air before it goes back into your living space. If the refrigerant isn’t there to cool the air as it is drawn from your home, there won’t be any chilled air to go back in.
How to Tell if It’s Broken
If your evaporator coil develops a problem, it’s usually a refrigerant leak. If the refrigerant is leaking from the coil, its ability to cool the air will be affected, and you may start to feel warm or lukewarm air coming from your vents. If you are near the air handler where the evaporator coil is housed, you may see the leaking refrigerant or smell it as it escapes from the coil. It’s important to call for assistance as soon as you see something like this, in order to keep the system running smoothly.
Can I Clean the Coil On My Own?
Your evaporator coil also has the tendency to collect dirt and grime as time goes by, and regular cleaning is recommended. Many homeowners do this cleaning themselves, but be sure you know about all the parts surrounding the coil so you don’t cause any damage that will need repairs. If you schedule routine maintenance for your AC system each year, the technician will clean the coil as part of the service, so self-cleaning and its risks are usually unnecessary.
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