If there is one modern-day home amenity that Austin residents could hardly fathom living without, it’s air conditioning. Summertime is here, and the first of what is sure to be many heat waves this season has already come and gone. If it seems to you that your AC unit is overworking in an effort to keep you cool, then you should keep an eye out for signs that your air conditioner needs to be replaced.
Your Home Never Cools
If your air conditioning system runs constantly but your home never truly cools down, then your air conditioner is probably near the end of its life. If the system is relatively new, contact an air conditioning repair professional to see if it can be repaired. If your air conditioner is somewhere around ten years old, however, then you probably need a new unit.
Your Energy Bills Are Too High
Are you spending significantly more to cool your home this summer than you did last? Unless the cost of electricity has skyrocketed in your area, this is a sign that your air conditioner is not operating efficiently. An AC repair professional may be able to rehabilitate your air conditioner, but if you continue to have problems it may make more economic and environmental sense to invest in a new air conditioner.
You Use a Swamp Cooler
Compared with the refreshingly cool air that high-performance central cooling systems can deliver throughout an entire home or office building, evaporative cooling is worthless. If you still depend on a swamp cooler to keep you feeling somewhat comfortable on hot summer days, then you should definitely consult an air conditioning repair expert about having an AC unit installed in your home.
Keeping an eye on your air conditioner’s performance and condition can spare you from having to endure another summertime heat waves without air conditioning. When high energy bills or total failure indicates to you that you need a new air conditioning system, call Texas AC Specialist at (512) 236-5789. We take pride in installing Lennox, Carrier, and Trane air conditioners in Austin, Round Rock, and Georgetown homes.
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Most homes in the U.S. use a central air conditioner to evenly cool the entire building, but mini-split systems are popular alternatives in other parts of the world. These systems are much smaller than central units and are designed to provide cooling to a single room or living space. Mini-split systems may be an ideal situation for your living space if your home has uneven cooling.
In mini-split systems, a blower is mounted high on an inside wall and is then connected through the wall to an outdoor condenser unit. Because these systems are considerably smaller, they are much more energy-efficient and quieter than traditional central air conditioners. There is also no danger or air leakage through duct leaks.
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Even if your air conditioner is working fine for now, it’s worthwhile to have your system inspected before summer hits. During peak usage, minor problems that may not have been noticeable can cause significant problems. Below are a few of the most common reasons to keep up on professional HVAC checkups:
Improve Efficiency Postponing an inspection won’t necessarily cause major problems for your HVAC system right away, but dust and debris can accumulate on the condenser (the housing in your backyard) during the off-seasons, impeding its overall efficiency when you need it most. Some newer HVAC models actually require regular inspections order to maintain the manufacturer warranty.
Fix Minor Issues Even minor air conditioner issues are a big problem on a hot day, and your home can feel like a sauna until you receive professional service. With regular inspections, you can make sure that your system is functioning properly and reduce the possibility of a loose wire, a refrigerant leak, dust accumulation, or other issues developing into a major breakdown.
Prevent Freezing Over It may seem strange that an air conditioner can freeze over on a hot summer day, but it can and will happen if your system isn’t properly maintained. The evaporator coils dehumidify and cool the air as it passes through the unit. Excess moisture normally drains out, but items such as a clogged drain pipe, accumulated dust, poor air flow, and low refrigerant levels can cause moisture to freeze on the coils and potentially damage the compressor.
Keep your energy costs down and your home comfortable with our team of professionals here at Texas Air Conditioning Specialists. We’ve maintained our reputation as a leading HVAC service provider in the Austin area by offering honest prices and superior workmanship. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest home maintenance tips and call (512) 236-5789 today to receive a free, no-obligation estimate.