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- What Are the Most Common AC Issues?
- Common AC issues can leave you stuck in the heat on the hottest day of summer if you don’t address them. Schedule an AC inspection or repair if you notice any of the following.
- Poor air circulation
- A malfunctioning compressor
- Leaking refrigerant
- A faulty thermostat
- Electrical and wiring issues
- A blocked condensate drain
- What Are the Signs That Your Central AC System Is Not the Right Fit for Your Home?
- Proper sizing is crucial for your AC. An oversized or undersized system will deliver poor energy efficiency. The system is also more likely to demand frequent repairs.
Some of the typical signs your AC system is either too small or too large for your home include:
- The AC cycles often or runs continuously: This probably means your AC is either too large or too small for your home. Frequent cycling or continuous running creates a strain on your system and increases your energy consumption.
- Hot and cold spots: A properly sized cooling system will deliver even cooling throughout your home. If the unit is too large or too small, the air won’t circulate properly to the further reaches.
- The home is humid: Your AC cools your home and also dehumidifies the air naturally. If you have an improperly sized system, it can’t dehumidify properly, leaving your home feeling uncomfortable, sticky, and stuffy.
- What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Installing a Ductless Mini-Split System?
- When you need more concentrated heating or cooling in individual spaces or rooms, a mini-split system does the job well. Before investing in a mini-split system, consider the advantages and disadvantages below.
- Flexibility in placement
- Easy installation
- Improved heating and cooling
- Better energy efficiency
- No need to install ductwork
- Improper placement or installation can cause short cycling
- The presence of the air handler in the house can be aesthetically unappealing
- Installing a mini-split costs more than a traditional split system
- What Are the Factors to Consider When Buying a New AC?
- Because purchasing an AC is a huge investment, it’s a good idea to do your research and know what to look for. Or better yet, seek the opinion of an HVAC professional who will consider several factors to determine the proper AC for you. Consider the following factors for choosing the most suitable AC system.
- Cooling capacity
- Energy efficiency
- Noise level
- Air quality
- Installation and maintenance
- Additional features
- What Are the Tasks Performed During AC Maintenance?
- For the most part, a professional HVAC technician should perform AC maintenance. However, you can always clean or replace your unit’s air filter on your own. Changing your air filter regularly improves AC performance and airflow.
With that out of the way, tasks typically performed by your HVAC technician during maintenance include:
- Checking your condenser and evaporator coils to ensure they’re clean and unobstructed
- Checking all electrical connections and tightening them where necessary
- Cleaning or replacing the air filter if needed
- Checking that the thermostat is working as it should and recalibrating it if needed
- Cleaning the condensate pan and drain
- Checking the refrigerant level to make sure it didn’t drop
- Inspecting the ductwork
- When Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?
- Ideally, you should replace your AC before your current system fails and forces you to make a rush replacement decision. Fortunately, several signs indicate it’s time to start thinking about a new cooling system: If your unit is more than 10 years old, it frequently needs repairs, it’s not keeping up with your needs, or you notice a significant increase in your costs to run it. In some cases, a simple repair will suffice, but if it’s no longer practical or safe to put more money into your old unit, replacement is your best option.
- What Can I Do To Make My Air Conditioner More Energy-Efficient?
- Here are a few simple ways to minimize your cooling costs and lower your energy usage.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat, so your AC doesn’t run continuously when you’re away from home
- Do regular maintenance and filter changes
- Make sure all air vents are open and unrestricted
- Use ceiling fans so you can turn your thermostat up a few degrees and still feel cool and comfortable
If you have any questions regarding your air conditioning system, call Pro Service Mechanical. We are your one-stop-shop for all your cooling needs. Call our friendly team today at (306) 230-2442 to learn more about our services and schedule service in Saskatoon, SK.