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Summer 2013

Changing Air Filters Can Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner

If you were to ask an HVAC technician what’s the simplest way to extend the life of your air conditioning system and maintain the system’s efficiency, chances are the answer will be to change the air filters regularly. Having clean, quality air filters in your AC system is an invaluable part of maintaining not only efficiency, but also the quality of the air inside your home.


Air filters help to filter out pollutants, impurities and allergens from the air in your home. While you should change filters at least every few months, there are many factors that can affect how often you should change your air filters. Pets and indoor air quality are a major concern. You may not realize how much pollen and pet dander can get clogged in the air filters of your AC system, even after 60 days of use. Even if you don’t have pets, and clean your home regularly, you should still change your air filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can always call us if you have questions or aren’t sure how often to change your air filters.


In addition to efficiency and air quality, routinely cleaning or changing filters can help extend the life of your system. Airflow is important to the operation of the entire system. When the system has to work harder to function in a normal capacity, all the components are put under additional strain. This leads to unnecessary wear and tear on your compressor, capacitor and other important parts of your AC system. In the long run, the simple procedure of changing out an inexpensive air filter can save you a lot of headaches.


Hopefully this information has given you a basic understanding of and an appreciation for the importance of the filters inside your air conditioning system. If you still have questions or want to have your AC system checked out, call one of our HVAC technician’s today. They will provide you with any further information you need.

 

 

Most common AC repairs in the summer

The summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. However, we all like to come inside and enjoy the cool air from our AC. All the use your air conditioning system gets during the summer can cause it to break down. There are a few common repairs that tend to happen with AC systems. Check out this quick list of a few of them.  If you’re having any problems with your air conditioning system make sure you call your local air conditioning repair contractor immediately.


Air Conditioning Blowing Warm Air
Does your air conditioning system just blow hot air into your home? This problem is, unfortunately, very common. It can sometimes be caused by a bad thermostat in your home that is telling your AC that you don’t need any more cooling. However, the problem can sometimes be much worse. It could bet that your AC’s compressor isn’t working well or that the fan motor is broken. All of these issues require the services of a professional air conditioning technician.


Not Enough Cooling
This is another common problem with air conditioning systems: your AC is blowing cool air but not enough of it. This can be frustrating because only certain portions of your home might be getting cool but not the rest. Broken thermostats could be the cause of this issue as well. But in many cases this issue is caused by a clogged air filter or a bad fan motor. If the fan motor is the problem it means that the fan isn’t turning fast enough to push the air through your home. A clogged air filter would be restricting the flow of air into your home.


Unusual Noises
Strange air conditioning noises is a very common issue that homeowners have. When your air conditioning system starts to break down it can sometimes make a new noise. Squealing, gurgling and hissing are all very common noises that homeowners should listen for. Squealing is usually a sign that your fan’s belt is old and needs to be replaced. Hissing indicates a refrigerant leak and gurgling can sometimes indicate that you have low refrigerant in your system.


Clogged Air Filter

Probably the most common cause or air conditioning issues is a clogged air filter. Your air conditioning system likely has an air filter located somewhere near the return air vent. This air filter is there to keep dirt, dust and debris from damaging the moving parts of your AC. If the filter isn’t changed regularly it can get clogged and restrict the flow of air through your air conditioning system. This will lead to a number of different problems including not enough cooling, inefficient operation, increased wear and tear and many other problems.


When you need air conditioning repairs make sure that you call your local contractor. Your air conditioning system is a critical part of your home’s comfort and any services that you need should be handled by a pro.