Do you need to service air conditioning units?

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Annual maintenance is recommended by the manufacturers, and installers of the systems. The majority of the maintenance time, will be spent on cleaning the unit. Keeping the unit clean will help keep it running more efficiently, and can increase the life of the unit.

The technician will inspect the unit to insure it's still in good condition, and will look for parts that may be near the end of their life. Replacing parts before they fail, can save you the headache of replacing them when they fail (which will surely be on the hottest day of the year). Replacing part before they fail, can also help prevent damage to other parts of the unit.

Depending on which company does the service, they may actually measure the amount of cooling the system is providing. They may also check for refrigerant leaks in the system, but likely only if the refrigerant level is low. If you have any questions or concerns, they'll likely address those at this time.

While these units can...

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Introduction

An air conditioner, often referred to as AC, is among the most essential equipment that we need to make our lives comfortable. They help keep our houses warm when it is hot so that we are comfortable in it. Also, these gadgets decrease humidity levels so that we do not have to feel sticky. But that is not all they do. They purify air by filtering out smoke particles, mites and odors. Owing to the advancement of technology, air conditioning manufacturers today design ACs that not only have faster cooling rates but which also save up to 60% electricity. Today's air conditioners also come with anti-dust filters, built-in stabilizers as well as auto adjust temperature feature so that you can have good night's sleep. But just like other equipment, air conditioners need to be regularly maintained for them to give peak performance.

Why it is important to service your air conditioner?

There are several reasons why...

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Every person wants to be able to lead a comfortable life. In an age where several conveniences and tools are readily available for consumption, we can quickly elevate the sense of comfort that we get to experience on a regular basis. There are moments when the temperature conditions that surround us become virtually unbearable. The summer season in particular brings forth a heat wave of unimaginable proportions. Fortunately, there are a number of ways for us to deal with this specific situation. The quickest way for you to find a way around your issues with the heat is to acquire an air conditioning unit.

If you’re someone who is about to go off to look for an air conditioning unit for the first time, the options that you encounter may elicit feelings of confusion and uncertainty. There are a number of manufacturers that you can encounter over the course of your search. Before you decide to make a ...

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Winter is fast approaching, bringing with it the cold weather that can wreak havoc on your home’s major systems. Most homeowners in Arizona winterize their homes to protect it from the stresses that cold weather brings, but very few include their air conditioner in their winterizing checklist.

While you tend not to use your air conditioner during the colder months, you still need to make sure it’s ready for the changes in temperature. This way, when things heat up in the spring, you are less likely to run into any issues. Winterizing air conditioning units is one of the most important things that you can do as an Arizona homeowner.

Winterizing is More Important than You Think

Winters in Arizona are typically fairly mild, AC unit winter preparation isn’t high on the list of priorities for most homeowners. However, just because Arizona doesn’t seemingly get that cold, this doesn’t mean that your AC unit won’t be affected by the temperature change. Any drop in...

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A variety of heating and cooling methods are available, and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Your personal situation will dictate the best system for you.

For example, a packaged heating and air-conditioning unit is typically better for you if you need to conserve as much indoors space as possible. For homes with many rooms, however, split heating and cooling units can be a better choice.

Typically, the most common HVAC systems are central packaged heating and cooling, split ductless heating and cooling, or a heat pump.

Central HVAC

A central packaged heating and air-conditioning unit combines the functions of an air conditioner with those of a heater into one...

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Clean it...take it out of the window or out of the wall..take the covers off and clean it very good......at least take the front off and change the filter on the air return side... I take them to the car wash and totally clean them inside and out being careful not to spray water in to the electrical compionents. Put plastic bags of the electrical parts but clean everything else....95% sure you will soon see cold air once again

You can't charge an air conditioner. If you don't know where it goes how are you going to know how to hook up the tank? Where are you going to buy this freon? What kind of "freon" are you going to put in it? Do you have a charging manifold, piercing valve, refrigerant tank, EPA card, and about $350 to buy the tools and refrigerant you would need just to get started? How much are you going to put in? How do you know it needs any "freon"?

Clean it and you will be fine. Wall units rarely leak. They often are neglected when it comes to cleaning and this...

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You don’t need to know how air conditioning units work to appreciate the comfort that they provide during a hot Jacksonville, FL summer. However, a bit of understanding may encourage you to pay more attention to maintenance tasks related to your system. After all, you don’t want to encounter a system malfunction during a summer heat wave.

Common Maintenance Mistakes

There are several areas of maintaining your equipment that can be handled incorrectly. While they may not lead to the immediate demise of your air conditioning unit, they can create subtle problems that cost more money than you realize. Some of the issues you need to consider include:

1. Use of an air filter with appropriate MERV ratings
2. Proper refrigerant levels
3. Belt and motor wear
4. Duct blockage

How Air Conditioning Units Work

An air conditioner includes indoor and outdoor equipment. Your AC unit is a heat exchanger, and airflow and refrigerant are...

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With a diverse population, tropical climate and urbanization, there is a need of AC in almost every part of Singapore. Offices or residential’s, you will see aircon installed even in the subways as the weather is almost hot and humid throughout.

With a diverse population, tropical climate and urbanization, there is a need of AC in almost every part of Singapore. Offices or residentials, you will see aircon installed even in the subways as the weather is almost hot and humid throughout.

Singapore experiences tropical climate most time of the year. There is a need for AC units inside houses or flats or offices. This also means, to make you stay inside comfortably the aircons should be running for longer periods. Well-ventilated houses can lessen this high usage to some degree. But, for those living in flats in Singpore, an air-conditioner is a must because the heat gets trapped inside due to the concrete.

Constantly...

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This particular article tackles Trane air conditioners and specially looks at wall air conditioning. It provides guidelines for how to acquire the right wall air conditioning unit for you. After examining it, you will be able to make a much far more informed, intelligent buying evaluation.

Many businesses with smaller buildings consider wall air conditioning units rather then a window or central cooling unit, mainly because they have no windows or because a central cooling unit is too expensive. These types will cool off an entire room and some of the bigger units might cool more than one room. The problem with cooling more than one room is that there is typically only one vent forcing the cooling breeze into the one room so it might be hard to reach other rooms.

These units for cooling rooms are a better choice when it comes to leaving window space free. This is the major advantage over a window style unit. Another difference is that the vents are located in the...

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By Doug Garrett
(this article first appeared in the Austin American Statesman in 1996, but it is still relevant today)

We all know that we can pay our auto mechanics a little now for routine service, or pay them a lot later for a major repair. The same idea holds true for your air conditioner or heat pump. If you don’t service your air conditioner or heat pump regularly, you’ll find yourself uncomfortable and broke.

In this article the term air conditioner will apply to a heat pump or a standard air conditioner. Both benefit equally from annual service tune-ups.

An air conditioner is a very tough piece of equipment. It is engineered to withstand all sorts of abuse and keep on running. This is great in most respects, but it can lead to complacency about maintenance. Like a car, air conditioners need regular tune-ups to run properly.

Without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of it’s original efficiency for each year of operation....

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It’s scary.

When something technical or mechanical breaks, you’re at the mercy of the expert’s advice to figure out what’s wrong and what you need to do to fix it. Who hasn’t had that feeling with a car mechanic when your car breaks down?

But we’re betting you feel the same way if your air conditioner stopped blowing cold air and a contractor told you that it needs a refrigerant charge.

You wonder, “Do I REALLY need a refrigerant / Freon charge, or am I being ripped off?”
It’s a good question! There’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of skepticism when your money is on the line.

Here are 2 signs an A/C contractor may be trying to scam you and charge you for refrigerant when you might not really need it.

1) Contractor says you need more refrigerant without checking A/C unit

Imagine this scenario: You’re sick, go to the doctor and tell him your symptoms. The doctor looks you up and down and says, “Aha, all you need is surgery!” No...

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Central air conditioners have two separate components: the condenser and the evap orator. The condenser unit is usually located outside the house on a concrete slab. The evaporator coil is mounted in the plenum or main duct junction above the furnace.

Most central air conditioners are connected to a home's forced-air distribution system. Thus, the same motor, blower, and ductwork used for heating are used to distribute cool air from the air conditioning system. When a central air conditioner is operating, hot air inside the house flows to the furnace through the return-air duct. The hot air is moved by the blower across the cooled evaporator coil in the plenum and is then delivered through ducts to cool the house. When the air conditioner works but the house doesn't cool, the problem is probably in the distribution system.

Both the evaporator and the condenser are sealed. Therefore, a professional service person should be called for almost any maintenance other than...

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On the interior, warm, humid air from your home’s interior is blown through the evaporator coil. The cold coil absorbs heat from the air, cooling it, before the air is circulated back into your home. The humidity in the air condenses on the cool surface of the evaporator coil as liquid water, dripping into a pan below. From the pan, the water flows into a drain tube which is typically routed into a basement floor drain, utility sink, or outdoors.

Over time, algae and mold can build up and potentially plug the drain, so if the drain is either not flowing or flowing very slowly, it will need to be unplugged. A plugged drain can either cause damage by flooding onto the floor or, if the system is equipped with a drain float, cause the system to stop cooling in order to avoid flooding.

First, find the drain line where it leaves the evaporator coil enclosure. The drain is usually a one-inch PVC pipe (white, grey, or black). Follow it to the end where it drains. Often the...

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Selecting an air conditioner for your home is a big decision. It’s an important investment today. It will play a key role in your home energy expenses for years to come. And when the summer heat is at its worst, you’ll want your family to have the best, most reliable cooling comfort possible. Here are a few things to consider.

What do good central air units have in common?

How can I be sure my Unit is the right size?

Which air conditioners are energy efficient?

Are some air conditioners built better than others?

What should I look for in a contractor?

What do good central air units have in common?

The best ones are efficient, operating on minimal electricity to hold utility bills down. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year when properly maintained. Good systems are quiet, long-lasting and low in service needs.

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How can I be sure my Unit is the right size?

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