By this time of year, air conditioning is an absolute necessity, especially when the hot Texan sun is at its highest point in the air. If you’re trying to get the most out of your air conditioning this summer, then it’s important to have a clear understanding of how to most effectively use it. It’s also important to debunk some of the myths that may leave you not feeling cool enough or spending too much money to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Myth: You can cool your home faster by setting the thermostat at its lowest setting.
Doing this won’t make your home cool down any faster than if you set the thermostat at your desired temperature. It blows out cold air at the same rate, regardless of the temperature you set, so it will take just as long for you to notice a change in room temperature.
Myth: You can immediately lower your electric bill by purchasing an energy efficient air conditioner.
This myth is partly true because an energy efficient air conditioner can certainly lower your energy bills, but only if it is the right size. If you purchase an Energy Star rated air conditioner that is too big for the space you’re trying to cool, it won’t effectively remove humidity and your space will feel clammy and damp. Likewise, if you buy an air conditioner that is too small, it will struggle to cool the space and use more energy than it should. The most energy efficient air conditioner is a properly sized one, so make sure you know what you need before you consider making a purchase.
Myth: Leaving fans on all the time will help a room stay cool.
Running your ceiling and floor fans when nobody is in the room is a needless waste of energy. Fans don’t actually cool down a room like an air conditioner does. It’s not changing the temperature of the air, but rather blowing it around to create a breeze. Fans cool people, not rooms, so be sure to turn any fans off when you leave a room in your home.
Rejecting these myths will not only help you conserve energy, but it will also allow you to enjoy many months of cool comfort in your home, even during the hottest days of the summer. If you need an AC contractor to perform maintenance on your air conditioner, or it’s time to purchase a replacement, contact AJR Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration today for a free estimate !
We all know that there’s nothing worse than suffering through a hot Texas summer day without air conditioning. While there are a number of problems that can cause an air conditioning unit to perform poorly or fail completely, many are much less subtle than others. When something goes wrong with an air conditioner, most people assume that the problem has to do with the unit itself, however, a low level of refrigerant is a common reason why air conditioners fail to blow cool enough air to make a room comfortable.
Refrigerant is commonly referred to as “Freon”, which is the most common refrigerant brand. It’s an important component in your home’s air conditioner, as it is what is responsible for cooling the hot air that passes through the system. While there’s no way to be certain that your AC unit needs more refrigerant without calling an HVAC professional, the following signs can indicate that your refrigerant needs replenishing.
Unusually high electric bills
You can expect to pay higher electric bills in the summer, as an air conditioner uses a lot of electricity. However, if your electric bills are significantly higher than they were at the same time in years past, your air conditioner may be working on overdrive to compensate for the lack of refrigerant, which will drive up the electric bill.
It takes a long time to cool your home
If it seems like it’s taking your air conditioner a lot longer than it used to to cool down your home, then it may be lacking the sufficient amount of refrigerant. When it doesn’t have enough refrigerant, the air conditioner cannot remove as much heat from the air that passes through the system, which can make for a very uncomfortable environment.
There is ice on the outside of the unit
When an air conditioner is low on refrigerant, the pressure and temperature inside of the evaporator coil drop, which causes it to freeze. When humid air comes in contact with the frozen coil, it forms water beads that turn into ice.
Each of these signs could signal a low level of refrigerant, but they could also indicate a larger problem within the AC system. Whether you think your refrigerant is low or you’re experiencing another type of problem, AJR Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration is here to help. With years of air conditioning repair experience, we’re prepared to tackle any air conditioning problem. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate !
Ask any homeowner if they consider their air conditioner a big investment, and they’ll probably say something like, “Big investment ? More like huge investment ! Every time I think about replacing it, I get the shivers. But then I realize I’m shivering because I’m chilly, and then I realize that my air conditioner is still working, and then everything is okay. Still, I hope I’m prepared whenever this thing decides to quit on me.” It’s true that air conditioners are a huge investment, which is why many homeowners dread the thought having to replace them. While it’s true that air conditioners can sometimes quit without notice, there are often signs that signal impending failure.
The air conditioner has a hard time forcing out air.
If your air conditioner isn’t pushing out air with enough force, it could mean that it’s on its way out. It could also mean that your air ducts are dirty, but if that’s the reason, you would also notice a weak output when your heat is on. If your air ducts have been cleaned recently, then your air conditioner may be showing signs of weakness.
The air conditioner makes strange, loud noises.
While there’s no such thing as a silent air conditioner, yours shouldn’t be excessively loud. Naturally, the condenser unit outside of your home will sound the familiar hum that so many of us associate with summer, but if it makes very loud, grinding noises, there’s probably something wrong. It could be as simple as a stick caught in the mechanism, but it could also be your air conditioner’s way of saying a slow goodbye.
The air conditioner emits a foul odor.
This is perhaps the most dangerous of the warning signs, as it could be the result of mold, mildew, or other bacteria that could damage your health if you breathe it. Bad smells coming from your air conditioner can either mean that it’s beginning to fail, or that there’s another problem that needs addressing. Whatever the reason, you should always seek help immediately if strange, pungent smells are coming through your vents.
While purchasing and installing a new air conditioner is an expensive endeavor, keeping an eye out for these and other warning signs may give you enough time to budget for a replacement. Additionally, if you catch these signs early enough, you may be able to prolong the life of the air conditioner until you are able to purchase a new one. Whether you need the help of an AC technician, or you’d like to learn about your replacement options, contact AJR Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration today for a free estimate !
Does it feel like you’re living inside of a sauna ? Without the relief of central air conditioning, your house can become so uncomfortable that a sauna might seem preferable. So, you’re probably pretty concerned as to why your air conditioner isn’t doing the job. Well, don’t sweat it, check these common reasons why air conditioners fail and you’ll be one step closer to being comfortable in your own home again.
Check Your Thermostat
While it might seem obvious, even the best of us can overlook a setting on the thermostat. It seems so simple, you might forget to even check. A common mistake is having your thermostat set to “fan,” which will cause it to blow air, seeming like it’s on, but the air won’t be cooled. Set the thermostat to “auto” and see if things start feeling more tolerable.
Is Your Filter Dirty?
A lot of people aren’t aware that air conditioner filters need to be changed once a month. Air filters are designed to collect dust and other undesirable debris, and therefore they tend to get clogged rather quickly. This will cause the air-flow to become blocked, reducing the ability for your system to circulate cool air in your home. You may be paying for the energy that your AC unit is consuming without reaping any of the benefits.
Is Your Outdoor Unit Dirty?
Another way that unwanted dirt can lead to you suddenly living in a giant sauna is your outdoor unit getting blocked with debris. Your outdoor unit can get obstructed by grass, bushes, garbage, tree branches, or really anything you could imagine. It’s recommended that you clean your AC unit at least once a year to keep it working in tip-top shape.
While it is possible to change your filter or clean your outdoor unit yourself, it probably isn’t worth risking any further damage that could be avoided by hiring a professional.
A small mistake, such as purchasing the incorrect filter or damaging components or wires can end up costing you considerably more in repairs. If you’ve already cleaned everything you can on your own and your AC unit is still not working, contact the professionals at AJR Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration.
AJR has been the leading choice for AC maintenance in the Dallas and Fort Worth TX area, and is available 24-7 for all of your HVAC needs.
Air conditioning units never pick a convenient time to require servicing. It often happens in the middle of the night and requires immediate attention to keep your home or business comfortable.
Chances are if your air conditioner breaks, it will likely be during one of the hottest nights of the year. It is important to find reliable emergency service for A/C repair when you need to stay cool.
Look for an A/C repair company who will respond to your emergency service request promptly. Same day service is preferable but companies who will send their technicians to your home within an hour are exceptional.
Find a company whose technicians are ready to fix your trickiest repair problems the first time you call. Also, read their fine print. Don’t choose a company who will charge you exorbitant extra fees for emergency service during off-hours or weekends.
What good is emergency service if it costs you an arm and a leg on top of repair charges ?
Trust your emergency repairs to a company that employs certified, well-trained technicians. The better trained the technicians are, the more quickly they can diagnose your problem and offer efficient solutions.
In the event that repair services won’t be enough and a full replacement of your equipment is necessary, make sure the company offers emergency replacement services. Companies with fully-stocked trucks that carry specialty parts and materials would be extremely helpful in this situation.
Quality customer service and unmatched professionalism from a good company can make you feel comfortable with them being in your home during off-hours.
At the end of the day, you will find the best emergency A/C repair service with a company who strives for excellence in safety, reputation, and customer service. A reputable company will respect your time and genuinely do what it can to help you in your time of need at an affordable cost.