Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection
It's that time of year – the time when you begin to rely on the air conditioning unit in your home to keep you comfortable on the hot, muggy days. If your air conditioning unit isn't working properly, there's a few things that you can check before you call in the professionals. Here, you'll learn what those things are.
Check the Thermostat
Before you do anything, check your thermostat. So many homeowners have called for help when their heating and cooling system malfunctions when the only problem was that their thermostat was set improperly or the batteries were low or dead.
Now that the warmer weather is underway and you aren't using your furnace any longer, it is time to start doing some routine spring maintenance on your unit. This time of year, the maintenance is all about ensuring your furnace is ready to go when the weather turns cold again. It also helps to prepare your unit when you need to turn the air conditioner on, as the two overlap to a certain degree.
During the summer months, most people are glad of having a central heating and cooling system. When the weather is hot, you can cool down with an air conditioning unit much quicker than fans. It is uncommon to hear complaints about an air conditioning unit that is cooling the house, but there are times where issues may arise. if you notice that your house is much more chilly than you set the temperature to be, this could represent a problem.
If you are planning to install an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), then you should know that the entire design of the system (sizing and placement of air ducts and registers, among others) is just as important as the type of the installed system. Here are some examples of poor placement of air registers during your heating and air conditioning installation:
Return and Supply Registers Near Each Other
In an efficient register design, fresh air delivered by the supply register is supposed to circulate around a room for sometime before getting pulled back by the return register (after it gets stale).
When winter starts moving in, you want to make sure that your house is going to be warm. No one wants to spend all winter without heat, bundled up in blankets and 17 layers of clothes. That means that you are going to have to do some things to make sure that your furnace is going to work when you want it to and that you are going to get the heat that you want when you want it.
I almost always have my air conditioner inspected every spring before I start using it in the summer. However, last year I decided to skip the inspection. Everything had been OK for the last couple of years, so I assumed that it would be fine this year as well. Why not save a few dollars and skip the annual check up, just this once?
Of course, this was the year that my air conditioner decided to break down. It ran for a few days, but it never really seemed to get cool enough to bring the indoor temperature down. Then it started making a loud noise, right before shutting off completely. By that time, the AC repair company was swamped like it always is when the weather is warm, and I had to wait days for an appointment. Next year, I will definitely be getting that yearly inspection first.
It's that time of year – the time when you begin t …
Now that the warmer weather is underway and you ar …
During the summer months, most people are glad of …
If you are planning to install an HVAC (heating, v …
When winter starts moving in, you want to make sur …