We receive many calls for home ac repair with the complaint, “it doesn’t keep up on hot days.” Often, there is need for an emergency air conditioning repair or home ac replacement. But there are several steps you can take to make it easier for your air conditioner to cool your home. Let’s look at some ways to improve your comfort without raising your utility bill. How to Reduce Your Home AC Repair Costs Using Passive Cooling to Optimize Your AC System’s Performance. Ancient Americans of the Desert Southwest used passive cooling for comfort without the use of electrical power. They built homes into stone canyon walls or with thick earthen walls. These massive structures
In a recent blog post, we spoke of the importance of an AC filter change. But, aside from cleanness, is it really that important? Can a dirty filter really damage my air conditioner, or lead to a costly air conditioning repair? A clogged filter may cause your air conditioner to freeze up. An air conditioner that has received proper maintenance will provide cool air at 55 to 60 oF. However, there are some circumstances that can cause freezing temperatures leading to air conditioning repair. Low Air Flow The cooling from your air conditioner is supposed to go into the air that passes over the coil. If there is not enough air, the coil
One of the signs you are ready for air conditioning replacement is that it no longer cools and dehumidifies. Cooling alone is simple – snow and ice have been used for cooling since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians and tribal peoples of the Mideast and on our continent had strategies for keeping dwellings relatively cool. Early Mechanical Cooling It was in 1851 (that’s right, before the Civil War) that a patent was issued to John Gorrie of New Orleans for an “Improved Process for the Artificial Production of Ice.” For decades, the ice produced by Gorrie’s process was used for industrial cooling and refrigeration. But a need arose that called for new innovation.
Some people wonder why we emphasize filter changes as an important part of air conditioning maintenance and air conditioning service. Here are a few reasons: Filter Changes Save Money Year after year, studies demonstrate that filter changes reduce the cost of air conditioning maintenance and minimize the cost of air conditioning repair. Dust accumulation is a major cause of AC maintenance and repair issues. The right filter, with a scheduled AC maintenance program, will certainly extend the life of air conditioning equipment and prevent unnecessary breakdowns. Filters Remove Some Serious Stuff As children, we wondered at the tiny particles that danced in sunbeams. What a letdown to hear what Wikipedia has
When I go to my local “big box” home-improvement store, I am strangely drawn to the aisle where they sell air conditioning filters. Sometimes I am educated (or amused) by the vast assortment of AC filters. And, I am often distressed as I see people leave the store with an inexpensive filter that will cost them hundreds of dollars in AC repairs in the future. Let’s look at a few things that will help you make the right choice from the dozens available: Begin with a Good Fit Nearly every AC system is designed with a track for the filter. It may be in the blower unit, the ductwork or a grille. The