Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection
Living in a hot climate without air conditioning in your home can be miserable and bad for you if you have health problems, and luckily there are options to combat the heat. If your home has ductwork in it, tying a central AC system to it will be fairly simple, but what about a home that does not have any ductwork? If your home has boiler heat and does not have central AC, it probably does not have ductwork.
When shopping around for an air conditioning unit, you know that there are many factors to consider. Instead of getting overwhelmed with what to look for, here are four simple ways of knowing that you're on your way to a quality HVAC installation.
A central heating and air unit should be sized right for your home. But despite the fact that HVAC systems are sized by the ton, this isn't actually a reflection of how much they weigh.
Living in a remote or rural area can provide a number of advantages over urban living, particularly for those who desire solitude or privacy. However, when winter storms hit, you may find yourself facing an extended period of time without electricity as crews work hard to restore power to the homes in your area. Even with a backup generator to help keep essential appliances running during these times, operating an old or inefficient heating system can create a tremendous strain on your power source.
If your central air conditioning system makes noises or doesn't operate properly in the summer or winter, check the outdoor unit for issues. Unlike the indoor air handler, the outdoor unit is exposed to animals, bad weather and other hazards. These things can cause many problems with the unit's fan, condenser coil and refrigerant lines, such as rust, corrosion and blockages. Before you spend the summer or winter in discomfort, follow the information and tip below to help solve your central AC's problems.
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.
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