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A Handy Guide to Increasing Unit Life and Avoiding Frequent AC Repair

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It is safe to say that the HVAC system is the unsung hero in a household, especially if you live in a particularly warm area. No one wants to stay in a hot and humid house, no matter how beautiful and luxurious it is. That is why more and more homeowners are realizing the importance of keeping their air conditioning system functional for as long as they can. And above all, they want to avoid calling for air conditioning repair as much as possible because it can be a very time-consuming process. So what can you do to preserve the longevity of your AC unit and keep repairs at bay? Try these tips.

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE

Perhaps you have heard this advice before, but have you truly known its benefit? Nearly all of the most common causes of HVAC system problems can be detected and prevented by doing regular maintenance. These are the types of small problems that could lead to a big system failure down the road if not fixed promptly. That rattling noise during startup that you dismissed as a coincidence may end up causing a costly unit replacement. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2sIHNOg


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When to Call an AC Contractor to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

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Have you been wondering when the right time to replace the air conditioning unit in your home is? Homeowners are always torn between repairing or replacing their AC’s. Fortunately, there is a way to know which way to go. It turns out there are several things that could indicate that it is better to replace an air conditioning unit than to repair. The following are some of them.

UNIT AGE

The average lifespan of an AC unit is about 10 years. After that, it is highly likely that your unit will not function efficiently anymore. Old AC units can create problems where you are not looking, namely in power consumption. They can use up to twice the amount of electricity that a new AC needs, something that many homeowners miss. To discover this problem early, compare several of your current and last year’s electricity bills. If the trend is going up, your old AC unit might be to blame. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2tizOVa


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4 Subtle Symptoms Your Air Conditioning Unit Needs Professional Help

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Many people bring their air conditioning unit for servicing only after it shows major operational problems, or have become inoperable. By that time, repair could be costly. Imagine the length of time you have to live without air conditioning and what you must ultimately spend for an interim or replacement unit. Fortunately, your AC unit may exhibit some subtle signs to let you know early on that it needs servicing. Let’s see what they are so you know what to watch out for.

THE ROOM CAN’T GET TO SET TEMPERATURE

Did you set the AC temp to 75ºF and yet it still felt like 85ºF 30 minutes later? Most people will simply dismiss this as just a feeling or put the blame to the outside temperature. Though there are many factors as to why your air conditioning unit cannot get to the set temperature, if this situation happens more than once or increases in frequency, it may be time to call for a service or maintenance. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2tidWt5


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Do You Know When You Should Call for Professional AC Repair Services?

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AC repair is not something that you should take lightly. Unless you have the right training and experience, it’s not something you should try doing either. There are components that only licensed professionals are allowed to handle, such as the refrigerant, and you’re more likely to make the problem worse if you were to take the DIY route.

You can, however, do regular maintenance to improve the lifespan of your air conditioner. Here are some tips about what you should do and what to look out for when your unit needs repair.

AIR FILTERS

Air filters help ensure the air quality flowing from the unit into the room. Over time, this can become clogged by dust and dirt, which then makes it difficult for the cool air to pass through. Ideally, the filters should be cleaned out every 30 to 60 days. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2sICzSE


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A Homeowner’s Ultimate Guide to Everyday Air Conditioning Problems

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Most homeowners don’t notice anything wrong with their air conditioning system until it fails to perform when it is needed. Perhaps it is 95°F outside and you need to cool down, but there is just something wrong with the air conditioner. It’s always a good idea to be familiar with your air conditioning unit and some common issues so that you can call professionals if the situation requires.

Dirty Filter

Over time, your air conditioner’s filter will undoubtedly accumulate dirt and debris. Homeowners, however, should never let it get to a point where the system develops a clog. Airflow will be restricted, reducing your air conditioner’s ability to efficiently and effectively cool the air. Usage and indoor conditions play a large part in determining how quickly the filter gets dirty. If the unit runs constantly or if you have pets, it can happen quicker. To avoid this, inspect your filter regularly and replace it at least once a month, especially when it is heavily used. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2rbbB5k


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Change How You Operate Your Air Conditioning to Improve Air Quality

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AC units are supposed to deliver cool, clean air into the home, not trigger your allergy symptoms. The fact is, a poorly maintained AC unit can drive unwanted and harmful pollutants inside your home, triggering uncontrolled coughs and wheezing. A little cleaning goes a long way in preventing these symptoms in the first place.

Air Filter

The air filter is designed to collect contaminants. Failing to keep it clean not only affects air quality, but also makes your unit work harder. Eventually, it leads to higher energy bills. If you notice that the filter is dirty, take it out and give it a complete inspection. Signs of wear and tear necessitate a filter change, while filters still in good condition just need thorough cleaning. Read more on this article. http://bit.ly/2rKb0EX

 


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Severe and Dangerous Problems that Warrant Help from an AC Contractor

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Your AC unit is designed to make your life more enjoyable, which they usually do for the most part. That is, until they stop bringing in cool air or make odd noises throughout the day. You may be more than capable of fixing the simpler problems, but there will be instances when asking for help from an AC contractor is warranted.

Coolant Refills

Inhaling an AC unit’s coolant can lead to many health problems, including poisoning, heart problems, and even death. For this reason, you should always let a certified technician handle this toxic substance. They’ll use special procedures and equipment, including safety goggles and protective masks, to prevent this toxic substance from harming them in any way. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2rb9fDA