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HELP! It’s Hot and My AC is not Working

AC Troubleshooting

The hot weather sneaking up faster than you expected in some parts of the America, your air conditioning unit might not be ready to go quite yet. In a desperate attempt to escape the heat, you may have powered on your air conditioner anyway only to notice one of many frustrating problems. Air conditioning units in need of service will not cool or filter air properly. Luckily, many AC unit issues are easily repaired by simple maintenance tasks, such as replacing the air filter, cleaning the lines or an annual checkup.

Why does my AC smell?

Does the air coming out of your AC unit smell musty or moldy? If so, the air filter may be filled with dust, pollen and other debris. If the filter is not changed soon enough, these contaminants cause mold to grow on the surface of the air filter. You can easily restore the air quality flowing through your home by replacing your dirty air filter with a brand new one. Since pollen counts vary in each region, check your AC filter monthly to find the best replacement interval.

My AC is not blowing cold air

Are you not feeling cold air from your air conditioning? If you notice that your air conditioning ducts are not producing the normal blast of cold air, you must find a fix fast to prevent damage to your AC unit. Your air conditioner operates best when the blower can constantly push cooled air through the ducts. Otherwise, the chilled air remains in the system, causing the internal components to freeze and stop working. The most common causes of weak airflow are a clogged air filter or faulty fan switch. If a filter change does not instantly fix the problem, you may need additional diagnostic tests performed by a licensed HVAC professional.

I think my AC has a leak

Does your air conditioner unit constantly leak water while it is running? If so, the AC drain lines could be clogged. With regular AC use, dirt and debris fill up these lines, eventually causing a total blockage. When this happens, the water flows back through the lines and overflows the drain pan. Fixing this problem involves a thorough cleaning of the drain lines to remove the debris causing the blockage. You will also need to dry the drain pan to prevent mildew growth inside the AC unit.

Obtaining HVAC Services

As you start preparing your air conditioner for the summer, reflect on your repair abilities to determine if the services would be best handled by a professional. Although changing an AC filter is usually a fairly straightforward task, additional diagnostic tests can help you avoid overlooking problems before the heat of the summer arrives. Otherwise, you could end up waiting in the summer heat for your service professional to repair your AC unit.


Best Temperature for your AC

Best temperature for your AC during summer!

You want to be comfortable this summer without spending a lot of money on air conditioning? While maintenance tasks such as changing the air conditioner filter and hiring a professional to tune up the AC unit make a difference, something as simple as the temperature setting plays a huge part in how much you pay to air condition your home. Follow these tips to achieve the perfect balance between energy savings and home comfort.

Daytime Air Conditioning Temperature

While you ultimately must decide what temperature you feel comfortable at, the US Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 78 degrees on summer days. At this temperature, you can feel completely comfortable if you dress for the season and run the ceiling fan to create a wind chill effect. When air moves quickly over your skin, it makes you feel up to 4 degrees cooler, meaning a 78-degree room with a fan running feels as comfortable as a 74-degree room with no airflow.

When you’re gone all day, you have the potential to save even more if you set the temperature 7 to 10 degrees higher. The DOE estimates that keeping your home at 85 degrees for eight hours a day during peak cooling times can save you 5 to 15 percent on your cooling bills.

Nighttime Air Conditioning Temperature

Setting your thermostat at night during the summer is a bit trickier. If you can sleep soundly in a warm room, Energy Star recommends setting the temperature 4 degrees higher than your daytime setting. However, many people prefer sleeping in a cool room, which may result in turning the thermostat down rather than up at night.

Opening the windows while you sleep is a good solution if you live in a cool climate. Then, closing the windows in the morning before it gets hot traps cool air inside and gives your air conditioner a head start.

Programmable Thermostat and Zoning

To prevent arriving at a hot house when you get off work, install a programmable thermostat and set it correctly. An automatic setback when you leave each morning prevents you from forgetting to turn the temperature up, and automatic recovery 30 minutes before you arrive home allows you to enjoy energy savings without sacrificing comfort.

Zoning is also useful for keeping the bedrooms in your home cool at night without cooling the entire house. With zoning, you control the temperature in individual areas of your home with multiple thermostats. When you zone the bedrooms separately from the living area, you ensure you stay cool and comfortable while keeping your energy bills low.

Thermostat settings aren’t the only things that need attention when preparing your air conditioner for summer, now is also the time to replace the AC filter for more efficient air conditioning.


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6 Telltale Signs Your AC Is Overworked

Who enjoys sweltering in the summer heat? If you want to ensure that your air conditioner continues to blow cool air in the depth of the summer months we layout 6 smart ways to tell if your AC unit is overworked.

Your AC might be overworked if…

Improper Settings are on your thermostat

You can help your air conditioning unit work efficiently by keeping the thermostat set at a steady temperature. For the best efficiency, you should set the dial to a temperature that feels comfortable, but not too cold. The Department of Energy suggests that having a fan on and setting the temperature at 78 degrees is the perfect energy- saving method. Otherwise, the AC unit would have to kick on and off repeatedly all day to keep the temperatures low.

Wrong Unit Size

When you purchase a new air conditioner, it is necessary to match its size to the square footage of your home to avoid overworking the system. An improperly sized air conditioner will work to hard and too long as it attempts to cool the space. This will cause it to develop premature wear and damage that often leads to failure of internal parts.

Dirty/ Wrong Size Air Filter

As the AC filter clogs with dirt and debris, the efficiency of the system plummets, causing you to pay extra money for less cooling power. In addition, the air conditioner blower has to work even harder than normal, which can lead to internal damage. For best results, change your filter every one to three months on average, but check it monthly during high pollen counts or excessive dust. In addition, the wrong air filter size can cause your AC unit to be overworked. Always check the make and model of the unit and purchase the correct filters size accordingly. If your old filter does not have labels with the size, grab some tape measure or ruler and see our page on “How to Measure Your Air Filter”.

Clogged Drain Lines

Over time, the drain lines in air conditioners get clogged with debris. Once the drain lines are clogged, the air conditioner cannot adequately remove moisture from the air to cool it to optimal temperatures. As apart of your seasonal cleaning, try to clear out the drain lines to keep your AC unit efficiently producing cool air. If you are unsure of the location of your drain line, consult a HVAC consultation they may be able to show the location of your drain line.

Uninsulated Ducts

If your air conditioner ducts are not properly insulated, the cooled air may rise in temperature before it enters the room. Since wildlife like squirrels and raccoons can remove this material from the ducts, be sure to double check the insulation on a regular basis to avoid accidentally overworking the cooling system.

Closed Vent Flaps

The AC unit utilizes exterior vent flaps to release warm air and moisture left over from the cooling process. When the vent flaps are turned to the closed position, the warm air remains in the case and kicks the system into overdrive. When this happens, you may notice that the air coming out of your interior vents feels warmer than usual.

Reducing Stress On Your Air Conditioning Unit

By paying close attention to the six areas listed above, you can make sure your air conditioning unit produces adequate amounts of icy cool air without causing excessive damage to the internal parts. When you are preparing the air conditioner for summer, for example, you can double check all of these problem areas to ensure your system is ready to go before powering it up full time. You will be rewarded with an AC system that maintains comfortable temperatures in your home without fail.

Preventative care methods like a yearly check –up of your AC unit is more likely to detect any recurring problems.  AC units are very expensive and should lasts an average of 20 years, proper care throughout your ownership will keep your unit in the best shape possible.


Why is my Electric Bill so high? We can help!

Your home needs lighting, heating, cooling, water heating and other amenities to stay comfortable and cozy. All of these items consume energy, but is there a way of saving money on these?

If you’re hoping to keep heating and cooling costs down, there’s one easy thing you can do: choose the right air filter for your AC. Your efforts can lower the energy consumption of your furnace and air conditioner by 5 to 15 percent, according to the US Department of Energy, at the end of a year is a lot of money saved in your pocket.

Choose the Right Air Filter

When choosing a type of air filter for your house, consider the MERV ratings, which indicates how efficient the filter is in removing smaller particles from the air:

  • The lowest efficiency filters are MERV 1-4. These one-inch-thick throwaway filters restrict airflow very little and keep energy costs down, but they only remove the largest airborne particles, letting small particles go through without any effort and re-circulating to the air you breathe.
  • Pleated filters in the MERV 5-8 range remove dust, lint, pollen, dust mites, mold spores and fine powder from the air without substantially blocking airflow. These are great for residential air filtration, but they’re not recommended for people with respiratory issues.
  • High-efficiency filters from MERV 9-16 are better suited to remove allergens and particle matter, and many of these filters can trap bacteria and viruses to help sustain a healthier indoor air quality.
  • The highest efficiency filters from MERV 17-20 are reserved for cleanrooms and electronics manufacturing facilities.

Change the Filter Frequently

Once you have a good filter in place, it’s easy to forget about it. However, you must change it once every 30 to 90 days (or according to the manufacturer’s recommendation) to prevent it from becoming clogged with dust, hair and other debris. When this happens, airflow is restricted and the furnace or air conditioner is forced to work harder, driving up your energy bills.

At the same time, as the filter becomes clogged, bits of debris make their way through the filter. Over time, this can cause the A/C to accumulate a layer of debris, impairing cooling efficiency.

To solve both of these problems, set up an alarm, check your filter monthly and change it when it appears dirty, waiting no longer than three months between changes.

Other Ways to Maximize Heating and Cooling Efficiency

To lower heating and cooling costs even more, follow these tips:

  • Seal air leaks in your ductwork to save upwards of 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills.
  • Keep air vents unblocked by furniture to ensure good circulation.
  • Hire a professional to conduct a routine heating and cooling inspection once a year.

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Air Filter vs Air Purifier

You’ve probably wondered if there’s much difference between an air filter and air purifier. The quick and simple answer to this question is ‘YES’. Although they both work to alleviate contaminants inside your home, they do it in very different ways.

How Does an Air Filter Work?

Air filters for the home are part of your HVAC system. They allow air to re-circulate back through your home after filtering out impurities such as pet dander, dead skin, cigarette smoke, pollen, among others. The air filters help your HVAC system run at peak performance and extend the life of the HVAC unit by keeping dust and dirt from entering the ducts. Over time, the filter will become clogged with the debris that it removes from the air, loosing efficiency. This is why it’s so important to replace your air filter every 30 to 90 days, depending upon the filter type.

A clean air filter has a tremendous impact on the quality of air inside your home. Air filters for allergy season can help alleviate a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and wheezing by catching allergens in the air.

What Does an Air Purifier Do?

A typical air purifier uses the same method for filtration to remove pollutants from the air such as cigarette smoke, pollen, dust, etc.  In this way, it removes the same sort of impurities that home air filters do, and some people use them to specifically remove odors.

There are several types of air purifiers and each work a bit differently. You just have to pick the better fit for your needs. For example, the activated carbon purifier is commonly used to remove odors from the air, but falls short when it comes to removing pollen, dust or other fine particles.

Sources: GAC Services, Air Care Online, My Air Purifier

 


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Myths about Air Filters: BUSTED!

Let’s face it, you’ve postponed purchasing replacement HVAC air filters because you haven’t really realized how important they are for air quality of your home. Your HVAC system works constantly to keep your family warm in winter and cool in summer while improving the quality of the air. Therefore, we have compiled this list to set the record straight of common myths that you have heard or seen circulating about air filters.

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Air Filters Only Minimize Dust – FALSE! While a quality air filter will do a lot to minimize the dust in your home, there is so much more a filter can do! Many filters can reduce the impact of pet dander and help eliminate mildew, viruses and bacteria in your home. If you invest in air filters for allergy season, you can reduce the impact of common allergens the entire family.

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My Filters Don’t Need to Be Changed That Often – FALSE! The experts are correct on this one, you need to change your filter every month. If you typically buy air filters with higher MERV Ratings such as MERV 11 or 13, then it is recommended that your filter changes every THREE months. However, if you have respiratory ailments such as asthma or allergies, monthly air filter changes still apply. This rule is especially strict on smokers and those with indoor pets, regardless of MERV rating.

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I Can Run My Furnace Without a Filter – FALSE! Running your furnace without the filter is a huge no-no! Without a filter, dust, dirt and debris will be allowed to blow freely throughout the home. Furthermore, you don’t want an expensive HVAC bill because this can cause significant damage to your HVAC unit. This practice is quite hazardous and could be costly.

Four

All Filters Are the Same – FALSE! There are different styles and types of filters. The air filter you choose is based on the current conditions of your home. If someone in your home has severe allergies or asthma, it makes sense to choose a filter that is designed to catch allergens. Others have many variations such as odor reduction, fiberglass, deep pleats or washable.

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If the Filter Fits, It Works – FALSE! If you have an HVAC filter that is not a perfect fit, it will not work as well and can lead to problems with your unit. Various brands such as Honeywell and Carrier, works better with filters belonging to that brand or replacements. To ensure you purchase a replacement air filter that fits perfectly, annotate the measurements. If there are no measurements displayed on the filter, you may need to measure your filter.

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There is No Wrong Way to Install Air FiltersFALSE! Arrows are key for installing the air filter the correct way. When installing air filters for the home, check out the arrows that indicate the air flow on your filter and your unit. If there are no arrows on your unit, you may need to refer to your owner’s manual. Installing the filter, the right way will make a big difference in how well the filter operates.

Seven

Air Filters Don’t Help with Allergies or Asthma – FALSE! While an air filter may not be a miracle cure for asthma or severe allergies, a filter can improve symptoms-especially when utilized with other preventative measures. In an article by WebMD, the EPA and the American Lung Association both recommend the use of air filters to reduce allergy or asthma symptoms.

As you can see, there are quite a few myths floating around when it comes to HVAC air filters.

 


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Do I Really Need to Change my Furnace Filter?

YES! Freezing temperatures can make your furnace work harder and without the proper maintenance it can cause the unit to break.

During peak winter months, one of the main causes of failure is a clogged filter. Whether a residential, commercial or industrial furnace, your HVAC system needs the filter changed with more frequency during peak seasons. This is an easy and inexpensive step but a very important one!

Furnace filters can be trusted with catching dust, pet dander, and other airborne bacteria, depending on the efficiency, but when your filter is old a few things happen: your filter gets clogged, your furnace has to work harder to push air through, and what does make it through are particles of the dust and build up. Checking and changing your furnace filter regularly help avoid all of these things.

A clean filter will not only help your furnace continue to operate efficiently but it will also extend its life, improve air quality and help you with allergies and asthma.

Need help getting a new filter for your furnace? Go to Air Filters Delivered. Our business is the air you breathe.