When it comes to regular HVAC maintenance, many homeowners want to do as much as they can on their own. However, there are certain aspects of HVAC system maintenance that must be performed by a trained and experienced technician.
When's the last time you scheduled a preventive maintenance tune-up for your home's central air conditioning system? If you can't remember, or it's been more than a year, you should schedule an A/C maintenance visit as soon as possible. Your system has likely lost efficiency and may be under-performing, while small problems that haven't been addressed may be developing into larger ones. Most HVAC experts recommend annual service on your central A/C and semi-annual service for heat pumps.
While it might seem as if a central A/C runs itself with minimal interference from the homeowner or the home's occupants, that isn't the case. There are some basic rules in order to get optimum efficiency and performance out of your cooling system. Much of this involves being aware of the following things to avoid doing to your A/C.
While A/C service technicians are dispatched to homes for many different reasons, frozen evaporator coils have to be close to the top of the list. When the evaporator coil freezes up in the inside component of your central A/C, your system won't cool your home, and may stop working altogether. If the coil keeps freezing up, it could cause long-term damage to your air conditioner. Keep reading for ways to resolve the issue.
The best air conditioning units are the strong, silent types. The fewer air conditioner sounds you hear, the better -- aside from the standard sounds associated with start-up, air circulation and shutdown. If you're hearing any of the following sounds coming from your air conditioner, it's a good idea to cease using it and schedule a service visit.
Before the cooling season gets into full swing, schedule preventative HVAC maintenance to lower your energy bills and reduce the risk of an expensive repair. All HVAC equipment needs annual service from a licensed HVAC professional to keep it running at its peak performance for as long as possible.
An evaporator coil inspection may reveal the hidden secret behind your air conditioner’s poor cooling performance and/or high operating costs. “Hidden” is the right word because, in most cases, the A/C evaporator coil is sealed inside the air handler and not readily accessible to the homeowner. However, a qualified HVAC technician has the expertise and tools to access the sealed compartment and perform an evaporator coil inspection. Here’s why it’s necessary.
If it's next to impossible to set the thermostat just right to please everyone in your home, maybe you need more than one thermostat. Maybe you would even like to have different temperatures in different parts of the home at the same time. If total comfort control throughout your home has sparked your interest, keep reading to learn what installing a zoned heating system can do for your comfort and energy bills.
Have you noticed an unpleasant odor creeping through your home recently? It could be coming from your high efficiency HVAC system. Though they’re great systems that can save your thousands of dollars, high efficiency systems can sometimes suffer from one aptly-named condition -- dirty sock syndrome.
Keeping yourself safe from carbon monoxide exposure involves doing what you can to reduce and eliminate carbon monoxide (CO) from your home. In order to do this, you need to understand where carbon monoxide comes from, and how to properly deal with it in a way that stops any existing leaks, and prevents new ones from occurring.
Keeping your Fort Wayne area home's heat pump A/C working properly is critical for maintaining a comfortable home in the hot summer months. If your heat pump won't cool your home, you will want it working correctly as soon as possible. Try these quick troubleshooting tips to help get your heat pump A/C back on track:
Unless you live in an old farmhouse full of leaks and drafts, shutting a room to save energy is likely to backfire. A study done by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that closing off registers in select rooms actually was more likely to increase energy use in energy-efficient homes. How is that possible?
If you are like most homeowners, you don't have a lot of experience purchasing a home furnace. You know it's important to choose the correct furnace size, one that matches your needs, but you don't know how to do it. When you're sizing a furnace for your home, keep these important ideas in mind, and definitely take advantage of the expertise of a qualified HVAC technician.
Having a maintenance agreement with a dependable contractor keeps your A/C working in the best possible condition with optimum efficiency. Scheduled maintenance also can identify small problems before they become large and expensive. In particular, regular inspections of your A/C can spot a potential problem that may still be under warranty before the warranty expires, saving you costly repairs. In extreme weather changes, such as a heat wave or unexpected cold snap, contractors receive many calls for services. You can stay ahead of the game with a maintenance agreement.
If you're planning an air conditioner installation for your Fort Wayne area home, you've likely familiarized yourself with cooling efficiency ratings such as SEER and EER, and fully expect your new air conditioner to achieve its rated efficiency level. However, the truth is that certain conditions in the field can undermine the efficiency that an A/C can deliver in laboratory conditions. Here are four factors that must be addressed correctly during air conditioner installation in order to achieve optimum performance and efficiency.
Keeping your energy costs down during the cooling season in the Fort Wayne area could be as easy as keeping your air conditioner clean and well maintained. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that half of your energy bill goes toward cooling and heating your home. The federal agency also reports that a regular tune-up can cut operating costs by as much as 25 percent.
HVAC odors can be alarming, and while they sometimes signal the presence of a serious underlying problem, that's not always the case. Here is an overview of the five most common HVAC-related odors, their typical causes, and the recommended courses of action:
In homes and businesses where ductwork isn’t the ideal choice, there’s always the option to install a ductless mini-split. Such systems provide a convenient, cost-effective way to heat and cool areas of your home where ductwork isn’t feasible. Plus, ductless mini-split maintenance is often simple and affordable.