Heating, Cooling & Insulation
Jan 23, 2019 1:30 pm
A ceiling or a table fan cannot provide the relief that an air conditioner provides after an extremely hot and sweaty afternoon. However, air conditioners need repair from time to time in order to function properly. The air conditioning unit is one of the most faithful guardians against the stifling humidity and sweltering temperatures.
With time, every air conditioner starts showing the signs of aging and stress, and it is an indication that repair is required. With proper maintenance and service, your air conditioning system will have a long life.
You need to detect the time of your air conditioning service so that there is no need of replacing the system altogether.
Clogged Air Filter
Just because your AC is not being able to function properly, you need not to replace it. It is important to detect the issue first. Many times, it has been observed that there is a problem with the airflow of the unit.
This happens when the air filter of the system is clogged or the ductwork has been damaged. You can solve this problem on your own or hire an air conditioning service expert. For this issue, you will not have to spend a huge amount of money.
Failed Fan Motor
There are times when the problem with your AC is graver than expected. If the motor of the fan fails or a capacitor stops working, there are chances that you will have to bear a huge repair cost.
However, professionals can fix the issue and replacing the fan motor or capacitor will cost less than replacing the entire AC unit.
Replace or Repair the Air Conditioner
If you see that the cost of repairs is increasing, there is no other option but to replace the unit. Professionals will help you to understand if you need to purchase a new system if they fail to install the replacement parts that are compatible with your model.
The factors that should be considered when deciding whether to repair or replace the air-conditioning system include:
● Cost: If the cost of air conditioner repair starts exceeding the cost of replacement, it is wiser to invest in a new system.
● The Frequency of Repairs: Repairing the air conditioner on a daily basis? Then it is obvious that you should consider purchasing a new one as the repeated calls for service would add up the time spent as well as the cost of repairs.
● Performance: Even if you see that your AC starts working normally for a few days after being repaired, you will definitely spot a decline in the performance of the system. You should probably start saving up for a new air conditioning unit.
● Efficiency: When you purchase an energy efficient air conditioner, the electricity bill will not make you gasp and sigh. With time, you might notice that these changes and your air conditioner are not capable of saving the energy anymore. In this case, you should consider replacing the old system and get one that is energy efficient.
These issues are responsible for swaying your decision of holding on to the old air conditioner or opting for a new one. No matter what you do, ensure that you hire experts who can easily understand the issue with your system and give you proper advice on what you should be doing.
Re: Things You Should Know Before Repairing an Air Condition2
Feb 12, 2019 8:27 pm
Below are the five most important things to know about air conditioning maintenance.
1. Why Maintenance is Essential
An air conditioner can be a huge investment so it is important to maintain it the best you can. This ensures its efficiency, saves energy consumption, and results in a far longer lifespan.
2. Annual Checkups
Although there are a few things you should be doing yourself, you must have a professional check-up done on your air conditioner at least once a year. This annual check-up will include things such as safety and efficiency checks, inspecting coolant levels and pressure, calibrating thermostats, etc.
The most important thing you can do in order to properly maintain your air conditioner all year round is to regularly clean or replace its filters. This is because once filters get clogged and dirty, they reduce the efficiency of the air conditioner as well as resulting in your air conditioner consuming up to 15% more energy. Some filters may be cleaned and reused while others must be replaced. It simply depends on the type of filter. Filters need more frequent attention if they are constantly in use, if you live in a dusty area, or if you have pets in the house that shed fur. You can normally find the filter of a central air conditioner somewhere along the return duct’s length. They are commonly found in walls, ceilings, or in the air conditioner itself. If you have a mini-split system then the filter can be found in the grill of the unit in the room.
Another important part of self-maintenance is cleaning the coils of the air conditioner. The condenser and evaporator coils tend to gather quite a bit of dirt over months and years of service. This can be prolonged by regularly cleaning your filters, however it is unavoidable. The dirt and debris that eventually collects around the coils reduce airflow and insulate the coil, thereby diminishing its ability to absorb heat. It is therefore vital that, in addition to the annual checkup on your air conditioner, you should make sure the coils and filters are kept clean.
Check-ups and surprise repair work can quickly add up to be rather expensive. This is why some companies provide a service plan to make sure you receive emergency services as well as annual maintenance visits without it costing you an arm and a leg.
5. Life Span
If you take our advice on air conditioning maintenance, then your average air conditioner should last between 12 to 15 years. This may be less in areas closer to the coast. If your air conditioner is old, inefficient, or in constant need of repair, it may be time to think about getting a replacement. Today’s cooling systems are up to 60% more efficient that those manufactured 10 years ago. So if you are also looking to save on your future utility bills, it may be wise to invest in a new air conditioner rather than enduring another expensive and inconvenient summer.
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