Tip Top Shape: Running Your A/C For Maximum Efficiency

One of the most important things you can do to keep your air conditioning unit running smoothly and efficiently is to keep up with the proper maintenance of your HVAC ducts and air filters.     There may be a few things that are causing your air filter to become dirty faster than expected, including how you are running and maintaining your HVAC system.

Filter Maintenance

Most HVAC systems suggest the filter should be changed from once a month to every two or three months in order to keep your system running efficiently.    This will depend on a number of factors, such as how often you use your system and how many contaminants you have in the home.

EasyBreezy AC professionals recommend you mark your air filter changes on a calendar in order to keep up with a regular maintenance schedule and ensure you don’t miss any needed changes.

Filter Quality

There are many options available when choosing which type of air filter to use.     Low quality filters tend to be less expensive, so they can be tempting to buy. However, if you are not choosing one of a good quality, it is not likely to last as long before needing to be changed.     

Air filter quality is measured by a MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) – the higher the MERV ranking is, the more efficient it is likely to be.     While low-price filters may be less-expensive, it is important to remember that they will likely last a shorter amount of time before needing to be changed, adding up in cost in the long-run.

In most homes, air filters with a low MERV rating should be changed about every 30 days, so they are only a good option if you intend to keep up with the maintenance schedule.

Leaking Air Ducts

Another issue that could be affecting how quickly your air filters are becoming dirty is when your system has leaking air ducts.     Leaking air ducts cause dust and other airborne contaminants to be pulled into your unit from areas that are used less and are often dirtier than the rest of your home, such as the attic.     Not only does this mean your system’s air filters will become clogged and dirty more quickly, but it also means your system as a whole will run less efficiently and use up more energy.

If you suspect you have leaking air ducts or want to confirm they are intact and functioning efficiently, contact our EasyBreezy Air Duct Specialist to help.

Fan Setting

Your system’s thermostat will provide you with two different fan settings to choose from – “on” and “auto.”    When you choose to set your system’s fan to the “on” setting,  it will run continuously until you turn it off.    When you set it to the “auto” setting, the fan will turn on and off automatically as it cycles through each heating or cooling cycle.     By setting your thermostat to “auto,” your system will be able to run and process through the airborne contaminants coming into your unit more efficiently.

If you have any questions or need to schedule a regular maintenance check, contact our specialists today!

 At EasyBreezy AC, we are committed to helping you keep your HVAC system running at its maximum efficiency
all year long.



Noises That Are Never Good To Hear Your Air Conditioner Making

It is only natural for us to recognize new things about old products, especially appliances, as we use them more frequently and as they age. Many times, these new recognitions are good – such as finding a setting or feature that we never realized the product had because we barely glimpsed through the manual when we first bought it. But sometimes these new recognitions are not as positive as finding a setting or feature that improves the efficiency and productivity of the appliance. Sometimes, as our appliances continue to age, they also continue to start making sounds we have never heard them make before – and unfortunately, new sounds are usually an indicator of new problems. If you have started to recognize your air conditioner making noises you haven’t heard it make in the past, then this post is for you!

Humming Sounds

Out of all the new noises your air conditioning unit can make that indicate a problem, humming is most likely the one that is best to hear. This is because a humming noise is usually an indicator of a small issue that you will probably be able to correct on your own. Hearing a humming noise come from your air conditioning unit is usually an indicator that the system is being affected by excessive dirt, dust, and debris. While this could lead to a more serious issue in the future if left unaddressed, the only thing you will probably need to do in order to correct this problem is to remove the top of the unit and gently wipe the interior of the unit down with a cleaning cloth.

Bubbling Sounds

Bubbling noises coming from your air conditioning unit are usually an indicator that there is a problem with your refrigerant levels. Many people incorrectly assume that their refrigerant levels need to regularly be re-filled or re-charged, however if you are experiencing an issue with your air conditioner’s refrigerant levels being too low it is more likely an indicator of an issue such as a leak somewhere in the unit. To correct this issue, you should contact an experienced air conditioning technician to come find and correct the leak in your system as soon as possible before the problem becomes any worse.

Buzzing or Clicking Sounds

One of the first indicators of an issue within the electrical system of your air conditioning unit are noises that sound like buzzing or clicking within the unit. A buzzing noise is usually an indicator that there is a loose or frayed wire somewhere within the system that is causing sparks of electricity. These sparks of electricity are the source of the buzzing noise. A clicking noise typically occurs continuously on-and-off and is usually an indicator that there is something preventing the control panel from effectively transmitting electrical signals. When the control panel is not able to effectively transmit an electrical signal, it will continue to try to send the signal until it is successful, which will cause internal switches within the unit to continuously turn on and off and result in a clicking noise continuously running. Any electrical issue with any appliance is a serious concern, but it may have an easy fix available if you contact a professional technician early enough to correct the problem before it causes serious damage.

Squeaking and Squealing Sounds

If your air conditioning unit is making a squeaking or squealing noise, it is most likely an indicator that there is an issue with the fan belt or the motor. An AC unit’s fan belt can be affected by expansion and contraction caused by varying levels in the temperature or levels of humidity throughout different seasons, but issues with a fan belt can usually be repaired by a professional technician. On the other hand, if there is a problem with your AC unit’s motor going bad, you will most likely need to replace the motor in order to correct the issue.

Whistling Sounds

If you hear whistling noises coming from your air conditioning unit while it is running, this is usually an indicator of a problem with the efficiency of the airflow. There are a number of different things that can cause a problem with air flow to occur – ranging from something as simple as a clogged or dirty air filter that needs to be changed to something more serious like leaky ductwork or a broken blower. If cleaning or replacing your current air filter doesn’t stop the whistling noise from occurring, it is best to contact an experienced technician to help you diagnose the source of the noise and correct any underlying issues.

Banging Sounds

If you hear banging noises coming from your air conditioning unit while it is running, this is usually an indicator that something has come loose and is banging around within the system. In the same way that a whistling noise can be caused by many different issues ranging from small to large, the same applies to banging noises within your AC unit. The source of the banging could be as simple as a small screw or bolt that needs to be tightened, or something more serious such as damage to the fan, compressor, or blower. A professional technician will be able to help you find the source of the banging and correct the issue.

If your current air conditioning unit is making any of these serious noises or some other sound you can’t identify, contact the experienced technicians at EasyBreezy A/C today! Our technicians will help diagnose and correct any problems with your AC unit and get it running at its best once again.



Why Do My AC Bills Keep Rising?

Ask anyone what keeps making your AC bills rise and you will likely get the same answer – something along the lines of “your HVAC system is not working as efficiently as it should be.” While this is certainly the quickest and most common answer, it doesn’t actually answer your true question “what is causing your AC system to run so inefficiently that it is causing your bills to keep rising?” The answer to that question isn’t quite as simple. There are many different things that could be going on within your HVAC unit to cause it to run inefficiently. If you suspect your AC system isn’t running as efficiently as it should be, it is extremely important that you hire an experienced technician to inspect and diagnose any problems.

How do I know if my HVAC unit is running inefficiently?

Besides taking into consideration the rising costs of your AC bills, there are other signs which may be present that can alert you to an issue with the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. These signs include:

  • Warm air blowing out of the vents
  • Reduced airflow
  • Strange noises – particularly when starting your AC
  • Your AC is having difficulty keeping up with the job of properly cooling your home
  • Poor indoor air quality

These are just a few of the most common signs that something is going on deeper within your HVAC unit to cause your AC to run inefficiently. Some simple maintenance may be able to be done on your own, but if there is a problem with your unit that goes beyond routine maintenance it is probably time to call a professional.

What is causing my HVAC unit to run inefficiently?

Once you have determined one or multiple signs of AC inefficiency are present, you are likely going to wonder what is causing it. There are a few different things that could be causing your air conditioner to run inefficiently and raise your energy bills, but a few of the most common issues include:

  • A Refrigerant Leak – Too many people improperly assume that their AC’s refrigerant needs to be regularly refilled or recharged to keep it running efficiently. However, AC refrigerant is not intended to be refilled or recharged. If you are having to replace your AC’s refrigerant, this means only one thing – there must be a leak somewhere causing you to lose your refrigerant. And any leak in your HVAC unit will affect the overall performance of the cooling system. You will most likely be able to detect a refrigerant leak through the existence of ice on your system’s coils or reduced cooling power.
  • Overheating of Your HVAC Unit – If you are having a problem with a part of your HVAC unit overheating, your system’s fan motor is probably to blame. In this scenario, you will likely need to have the unit’s fan motor replaced. If you do not replace the fan motor, the heat it is putting off will likely seep through into the indoor air and thus produce even more heat for your unit to have to remove and cool, which will significantly decrease the overall efficiency of the HVAC system.
  • Damages to Your System’s Ductwork – There are a few different manners in which a damage to your HVAC unit’s ductwork can impact its overall efficiency. Which problem damaged ductwork will cause for you depends on what the damage is and where the damage is located. It is possible for damaged ductwork to cause your system to pull in hot air, which means your system has to work harder to cool the air that is put back out into your home, but it is also possible for damaged ductwork to cause your unit to blow cool air out into unoccupied spaces that don’t need it such as your attic or basement.
  • Problems With Insulation – It is possible your home never had proper insulation installed to begin with, but even if it did, insulation can also deteriorate as time goes on. Proper insulation helps our units keep warmer air indoors throughout Florida’s very short winters, but more importantly, it helps keep the warm air out of our homes during our long, scorching summers. If your home has poor insulation, it requires your HVAC unit to work harder in order to properly maintain a comfortable temperature within your home.
  • Outer Obstructions to Your HVAC Unit – It is important to keep your outdoor HVAC unit clean, clear, and free of clutter. As your AC system pulls the warm air out of your home, it needs to expel this warm air outdoors. But obstructions such as fallen leaves, grass clippings, mulch, and other debris can quickly clog your system and cause the warm air to become stuck inside the system, which can cause additional damage to your unit.

The harder your HVAC unit has to work to continue to do its job of maintaining a comfortable temperature within your home, the more inefficiently the system is going to run and the more expensive your cooling bills will become. As with many things, preventative care and routine maintenance is the best thing you can do to protect your air conditioning system from common issues that can lead to it running inefficiently.

If you have noticed a consistent spike in your energy costs, or if you would like to schedule preventative maintenance, contact the experienced professional technicians at EasyBreezy A/C Services today.



What To Do About Hot And Cold Spots In Your Home

Walking from one room to another shouldn’t cause you to feel like you walked through an invisible wall – with one side much warmer or cooler than the other. Warm and cold spots in a home can be frustrating – your bedroom doesn’t get as cool in the summer or as warm in the winter as your kitchen or living room. Inconsistent temperatures throughout your home may be able to be corrected easily, depending on what is causing them in the first place.

Some of the more common reasons for hot and cold spots in your home are:

Dirty Air Ducts

Over time, dust and debris builds up in your ducts. Often from filters not being changed on time but dirty duct work can also occur from small holes or tears in your ducts or large holes that are repaired that let in excess dust and air debris. The distribution of the dust is often not even throughout your duct work, causing some areas to allow air flow to continue like normal while other sections have limited air flow. The rooms the ducts with limited air flow lead to are often the areas in your home that suffer from hot or cold spots.

The Fix: Be sure to regularly change your air filters – on average every 1 to 3 months. Homes with children or pets should change their air filters more often, typically every month. Another way to prevent hot and cold spots is to have your ducts inspected and cleaned. A duct inspection will catch and air leaks that need repair and a duct cleaning service will remove build up in your ducts – leading to better air flow throughout your home.

Air Leaks

Aside from leaks in your ducts, leaks through windows and doors can also cause a room to become to warm or cold compared to the rest of your home. During the summer months, while your air conditioning is pumping through your home, cool air is escaping through leaks in certain rooms making the room seem warmer than other areas. Comparably, in winter, the warm air is escaping into the outdoors making the room colder than expected.

The Fix: Inspect window edges for any holes in the seal and check around doors for gaps (the bottom of doors is a common culprit). You can DIY repair the seals around windows and replace the weather stripping around the doors and along the bottom. If a window has a bad gap or is loose, you may need to contact a handyman or window installer for more serious repairs.

Air Conditioner Age

As air conditioners age, they become less efficient or their technology is out dated compared to newer models. If they are unable to put out adequate air flow or are not properly warming or cooling the air, then it could be the cause of your hot or cold spots in your home.

The Fix: A new air conditioner can resolve your efficiency problem but since it can be costly to fully replace an air conditioner you can attempt other solutions while you save for a new air conditioner. Check for the above issues to help minimize risks of hot and cold spots caused by other issues. Also, you could try HVAC Zoning, which is the use of multiple thermostats to control the temperature in different areas of your homes. Like in two-story homes, a thermostat is installed upstairs and another downstairs that enables the homeowner to control separate temperature in each level of the home. If your hot and cold spots are severe, then a thermostat in that room may help you better manage the temperature in it.



Factors That Are Affecting Your Home AC Performance

High-efficiency air conditioning systems provide homeowners with many excellent benefits including a comfortable home. But at some point, you observe it is not functioning as it supposed to be. What could be the main reason? Discover what significant factors are that affect the overall performance of your AC unit.

  • Unit Size

Size plays an integral part in the performance of your HVAC. Larger ACs will cool or warm home immediately, while smaller units will have struggle meeting your temperature needs. Not to mention, too large of an air conditioning system can cause it to cycle on and off, eventually wasting valuable energy.

  • Poor Airflow

There are various things that affect the airflow of your unit. Dirty condenser coils, for instance, limit airflow and affect cooling performance. The filter becomes dirty over time as it gets rid of dust and other particles from the air, thereby, minimizing airflow. A condenser unit that is choked up by obstructions, such as leaves, is another issue to tackle. You need to clean the coils at least once every season to eliminate dirt and dust (or have a professional ac repair technician clean them for you).

  • Air Leaks

Cracks around windows and doors as well as damage to the roof or poorly-sealed pipes and ducts can all enable air exchange. This ultimately affects the humidity and temperature of the air in your home and the performance of your air conditioner.

  • Poor Insulation

A poorly performing insulation also affects the efficiency of your AC system. It allows the heat to transfer between the interior spaces of your residential and outdoor air, which increases the temperature and requires ample amount of work from your unit to achieve the right cooling level as per your demand.

  • Duct Conditions

Air ducts supply the air to the rest of your house. So, if they are clogged, leaking, dirty, or in bad condition, the overall efficiency of your air conditioning unit is at stake. Clear out severe buildup and patch holes to ensure your ducts perform their role appropriately. But since ducts are hard to see, allow an HVAC professional to diagnose your ductwork for potential issues.

  • Cooling Load

The amount of area your AC has to cool, the location of the unit, the heat produced inside, and other significant factors combine to make a cooling load for the unit. The higher the cooling load, the harder it is for your air conditioner to cool efficiently.

  • Debris on the Outside Unit

Debris surrounding outside unit are common, affecting the AC’s performance. Make sure the unit is always clean and free from debris. First, vegetation and bushes must not slow down airflow. Allow your unit to have enough room to breathe.

  • Dust in the Air Filters

There are still some homeowners who do not see filter replacement as an important task. This should not be the case, though, because you are only allowing your unit to lose efficiency. Change the filters every month or every 2 months to keep airflow moving and reduce dust.

  • Age of the Air Conditioning Unit

The AC’s age is another obvious reason why the performance of your unit is deteriorating. Models that are twenty years or older are possibly to be less energy efficient. Over time, the HVAC system loses their efficiency as well. The average lifespan of an air conditioner is around 15-20 years.

  • Thermostat Problems

All air conditioning units depend on thermostat setting to determine when your indoor air needs cooling. Insufficient cooling is the main issue here, mainly due to a malfunctioned thermostat or a thermostat that is not properly set. If necessary, the battery.  

  • Maintenance

Your air conditioning system essentially requires routine cleaning and maintenance to work properly. Sure, you can clean the coils and change the filters on your own, but maintaining your unit requires more than just that. There are other tasks that need the assistance and help of a professional HVAC, like ductwork cleaning and checking refrigerant levels.

Air conditioning units are among the prized machines of your home as they contribute a lot to make your home very comfortable to live in. These units conserve more energy, save money, and give better results.



Why Does My Air Conditioner Leak Or Drip Water?

Most of the time, people rarely give their air conditioners much thought until there is a problem and it needs troubleshooting. One common problem with air conditioning unit is they end up leaking water inside. If your air conditioner has this problem, then here is some information you should know about the cause, and how you can fix it.

Humidity in the Air

Humidity is the amount of water in the atmosphere. The function of an air conditioner is to remove the moisture in the air. This then reduces the humidity levels in your home and can be the cause of the water you see “leaking” from your unit.

Generally, your air conditioner producing water is a good sign – you’ll likely see the water draining out of the back of the AC unit outdoors. However, if water is not draining here, then there might be a problem – like it is draining where it shouldn’t or is clogged in your unit.

Causes Of Leaking Air Conditioners

Air conditioners usually produce water as part of their operating process. It comes out of a specific drain line. However, if the water is coming from somewhere else, then your air conditioner is leaking and will need fixing. Some of the causes of a leaky air conditioner include:

Clogged Drain Lines

Air conditioners produce a lot of water, and they usually discharge it down the drain line. If the line is clogged, the water will end up backed-up inside. A clogged drain line can cause water to leak out of other areas. If your air conditioner is leaking water indoors, the first thing you want to do is unplug it (water and electricity don’t mix). Next, you’ll want to inspect the drain lines and clear out any debris that may be clogging it. If you are the DIY-type, then you can use a shopvac to clean out the drain line. If not, troubleshoot with another possibility below or contact an AC repair company, like EasyBreezy A/C to help you get your air conditioner back to normal.

If you have a really old unit that is still going, it may drain into a pan. Check to ensure the pan has not rusted or damaged as these effects can cause leaking.

Icy Coils

If the water is not draining properly, it can back up over the cooling coils. As a result, the water freezes over the coils. To check for this use, turn off your unit and open the cage to inspect the coils. This can be complicated for homeowners unfamiliar with their AC unit – if so, give us a call to solve your leaking air conditioning issue.

Dirty Air Filter

Now… we put this down here at the bottom, because we know that you regularly change your filters, right?  We have found that dirty filters are the number one cause of water leaks in your air handler. If it has been several months since you changed your air filter, it COULD be the cause of the AC leaking.  When the air conditioning’s air filter is dirty, it inhibits proper air flow over the evaporator coils. As a result, the coil gets too cold and freezes – and when it thaws, it leaks.

Call An Air Conditioning Pro

If you cannot find the source of your leak or your troubleshooting methods have not resolved the AC leaking issue, contact EasyBreezy A/C to fully inspect your unit for the source of your problem. Our skilled and professional AC technicians will help your air conditioner get back to normal.



Why Would An Air-Conditioner Stop Working?

We have come in an age of a constantly moving forward economy. The living conditions that were only for the privileged rich in the 1960s are now considered as the basic necessities for everyone. One such necessity is air conditioning. Today, almost everyone in Florida has an air conditioner system in their homes in order to cope with the blazing hot summers. Failure of an air conditioner can cause a lot of stress and panic for repairs. An air conditioner can stop due to many reasons, as simple as of a fuse tripping off. Other common causes for an air conditioner to stop working include:

  1. Mechanical issues
  2. Air Filters Getting Clogged
  3. Your Refrigerant Is Low
  4. The Unit Has An Old Thermostat

Mechanical issues

An air conditioner has 5 components:

  • Fan
  • Compressor
  • Evaporator Coil
  • Condenser Coil
  • Expansion Valve

There are two units of the AC: One inside the home where the fan blows air through the cooling evaporator coil and cools the house. The compressor, condenser coil, and another fan on the outside vent the warm air. The expansion valve controls the regulation of the refrigerant that moves between the evaporator coil and the condenser coil.

Any issues related to any of this machinery can keep your air conditioner from functioning normally. It is advisable to have a yearly checkup to prevent any of these from becoming faulty and replacing a single component is as costly as purchasing a new air conditioner.

Air Filters Getting Clogged

One of the most common reasons because an air conditioner stops working is because of failure to replace the worn-out air filters on time. A clogged filter obstructs the flow of the cold air and decreases the cooling of your house. So, if you are experiencing even a little less cooling, have your air filters checked before it creates any damage to your air conditioner. It can cause your unit to leak water and also result in a clogged drain line. Here is an article about why your air filters may be getting dirtier faster.

Your Refrigerant Is Low

Cooling can’t happen if the refrigerant is low. The amount of refrigerant in your unit must exactly match with the amount specified by the manufacturer. There are two possibilities why your refrigerant is low – the refrigerant was not added properly when the unit was first installed or more commonly, your unit has developed a leak. Leaks are t reason for low refrigerant about 90 percent of the time. That is why you must have regular checkups of your air conditioners by authorized technicians to check for potential leaks and stop them before they occur.

The Unit Has An Old Thermostat

It is common to upgrade an AC unit and not a thermostat – or vice versa. Often times the thermostat is not properly calibrated with the air conditioner. As your thermostat ages, is ability to keep up with your cooling needs can diminish as parts and wires wear out. This is one reason why we, at EasyBreezy A/C, provide a new thermostat with every install.



What To Do When Your Server Room Cooling Fails

In today’s fast-growing technological world, the server room/ data center is considered the backbone of daily organizational operations. Server room hosts their databases, network systems, servers, backup hardware and in some large companies, even the communication system is installed as well. All these devices are constantly operating and produce a great amount of heat for which state of the art cooling systems are installed to keep the steady room temperature in order to ensure the proper function of the server room devices.

In the worst case when cooling system of the server room fails, it could be very costly for the organization if not fixed with in time and it can result in damaging of the hardware installed or even the loss of their precious data. Now when the server room cooling failure occurs there is need to take decisive and swift action.

The right actions in this regard will help the organization keep running longer and also to avoid any further serious failures. In this article, below are few helpful tips that will keep the IT administrators out of a bind if the entire cooling system has a failure.

Call A Professional To Fix

The first and most important step is to know about your maintenance team. The first call you will make should be to your HVAC engineer at EasyBreezy A/C. Make sure to explain the problem in detail so that all necessary (or possible) parts and tools will be brought along for all possible scenarios and causes.

Understand And Anticipate Critical Temperature Values

You should be familiar with the duration for which server room devices will last before the room temperature reaches its critical values. Perform a heat stress test on your current environment in order to understand and anticipate the time for which your server will last before the critical value of operating temperature.

Time To Arrange Portable Cooling System

If you are left with only few hours before the critical values are reached, get ready to make use of your portable cooling system if you own one or make arrangements for renting. These financial sacrifices will save you from costly consequences if you can’t get the temperature back down before the data cooling system technician arrives.

Turn Off Unnecessary Hardware

Some types of servers, like development servers or test servers, consume more power and thus produce more heat. Such servers are not required to run during production and can be turned off to reduce heat production. Any other servers or systems that are not important should be shut off to minimize heat production.

Make Arrangements For An Large Fan

If server room temperature rises, approaching critical temperature values, open the doors to the server room and windows, if there are any. Use (by renting or from your company supplies) any kind of fan to help pull the hot air out of the room. The best way to do this is to face the fan in the doorway, facing out so that it is sucking the warm air from behind it and blowing it out of the room.

Backups And Plan B

Last but not the least, when dealing with cooling system failure in your data room or server room is to make sure that you have your backups prepared and maintained ahead of the time. When these backup systems are set up in advance, it will help you to successfully deal with cooling issues without losing any data or downtime.



DIY AC Solutions

Sometimes, little things can make your air conditioning unit stop working – things that aren’t worth paying an AC repair company to check for or fix. If, however, you check each of these things and they have not solved your problem, then you can call in an AC pro to take it from there!

The following are the simple and yet effective steps to follow to repair air conditioners:

  • Turn The Power Off: No, this isn’t an IT blog, but yes, this can help with your air conditioner too. If your AC is having trouble or won’t kick on, then the first thing you should do is to turn it off at the power source (not the thermostat). After switching off the power, wait a few moments for the system to complete shut down and then resume power. Sometimes a little reboot is all that is needed to get things acting normal again.
  • Fan Motor Must Be Oiled And The Condenser Cleaned: AC failure tends to have common culprits – the fan and the condenser. The fan motor should be lubricated using oil that is specified by the manufacturer. The condenser has to be cleaned with the use of a soft bristled brush to remove all dust that has accumulated. Wear-and-tear is one of the leading causes of AC issues.
  • Check To See That The Air Filters Are Clean: This is one of the most comfortable air conditioner DIY tasks but is often the cause of many problems. Since the air filters are responsible for cleaning the air before it travels through your cooling system, it should be clean. If it is a dirty filter, it will fail to caputer the dust and debris in the air that can easily clogg up your air conditioning system and cause problems. The recommended time frame is replace your air filter (or clean a reusable filter) is every three months. If you live with smokers, in a home prone to dust, have pets or a sensitivity to natural allergens, then you should change your filter every one or two months.
  • Be Sure To Check That The Thermostat Is Appropriately Working: If you have a digital thermostat, working batteries are essential since they power the unit. Most digital units will show in the panel if the batteries are low and even remind you of when to change the air filter. If the thermostat is in the unit itself, as in window units and some ductless systems, check that no obstructions or debris are affecting the sensor.
  • Condenser Coils Have To Be Cleaned, Too: The next step would be to make use of a garden hose to clean the condenser coils. Be sure that the coil guard is removed before being sprayed with water.

Maintaining and extending the life of an air conditioner is something that any homeowner can do. With regular care, your air conditioner will work well all year-round. Don’t forget to schedule routine, annual maintenance from your local AC technician. At least once a year your AC and heating system should get a once over to check on moving parts, lubrication, and overall functioning to see if parts need replacing or cleaning.



To Repair Or Replace? Comparing Your AC Options

When it comes time to make a major decision about either repairing or replacing your air conditioning unit you often must rely on the advice of professionals and hope that this advice is reliable. Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for less than honest contractors to suggest that an AC unit be replaced when there is really still plenty of life left to it. With the decision of either replacing or repairing your AC unit potentially having major financial consequences, it is important to make sure you are repairing when possible and replacing when the cost of repairs would not be worth it. We get called out to inspect units regularly for a second opinion, so we’ve put together a guide to help you in making the decision to either repair or replace your old air conditioning unit.

Can It Be Repaired?

We often get asked the question “can it be repaired instead of replaced?” Just to be clear, anything can be repaired. But just because it can be repaired doesn’t necessarily mean it should be repaired. Think of your old AC unit just as you would an old car, you want to continue to repair it with minor repairs to get as much life out of it is you can but when the cost of repair begins to exceed the value of just replacing then it is time to part ways.

Consider Your Air Conditioner’s Age

One of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your AC unit is its age. Generally speaking your AC unit should last between 10 and 15 years, but there are a couple of factors that can cause your unit to last shorter or longer. In states like ours where we rely on our AC units much more frequently than northern states it is more common for an AC unit to last between 10 and 13 years. AC units that are regularly maintained also tend to have longer lifespans than those that are not regularly maintained. If your AC unit is more than 10 years old and it breaks down, it may be a good idea to start thinking about replacing your unit before you have to start investing money into one repair after another, but of course there are factors other than age to consider as well.

Consider The Cost To Repair

The next thing you want to consider after considering the age of your unit is the cost or repairing the unit. Of course, it is easy to say not to repair the unit if the cost to repair it won’t be worth the investment, but how do you determine if the cost of repair is worth the investment or not? The reason you need to consider the age of your unit first is because it can also affect whether or not the cost to repair is worth it. A high repair cost on a newer unit is likely to be a better investment than a high repair cost on an older unit. A popular rule used to determine whether the investment is worth it is the $5,000 rule – if the age of your unit multiplied by the cost of the repair is greater than $5,000 then you may want to consider replacing your unit.

Consider The AC Unit Repairs Themselves

How often is your current AC unit needing repairs to be done? If your AC unit is needing frequent repairs, then it might be a sign that it’s time for a new unit. If the unit is breaking down within months of repairs, or even year after year, then it is needing repairs too frequently. Your AC unit should not need repairs completed on it more than once in a two-year period. If your unit does require repairs, rather than general annual maintenance each year, it is likely a sign that your unit will continue to experience more break downs in the future and the cost of those repairs can add up fast, making replacing the unit a much better investment. You should also consider replacing your unit if a major component like the compressor or condenser fails and it is no longer covered under warranty.

Efficiency Of Your AC Unit

The final factor you should consider in deciding whether to repair or replace your AC unit is the efficiency of your current unit. Is your current AC unit running all day? Are your heating and cooling costs increasing? Is your unit just not able to keep every room in your home reasonably comfortable? Newer air conditioning units are designed more efficiently and are better able to handle the demands increasing temperatures and environmental factors place on them. We suggest investing in a newer Energy Star certified efficiency model which can help lower energy costs as well.

If you are unsure whether it is time to repair or replace your current AC unit, or if you just need to have your current unit maintained, contact the professional technicians at EazyBreezy A/C today!



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