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6 Signs You Require Air Conditioner Service

When the summer heat comes to visit, the only thing on your mind is the air conditioner. If your home is not as cool as you would like or your air conditioner is malfunctioning, do not wait until the last-minute to get Air Conditioner Service. Read on for six indications you should look for to determine if your air conditioner needs repairs. 1. Moisture in All the Wrong Places Moisture is an indication that refrigerant is leaking. Leaking refrigerant poses a serious health threat. Other things moisture indicates is a broken or blocked drain tube. Although a damaged tube is not as serious as leaking refrigerant, the issue needs to be resolved quickly. 2. Lukewarm Air Your air conditioner may produce lukewarm air which is not ideal on a hot, muggy, summer days. You may notice your air conditioner does not produce cold air as it once did. Warm air from an...

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What is Refrigerant and What Does it Do?

Everybody is asking why a Freon recharge is so expensive, it is because Freon is being phased-out as an air conditioner refrigerant so it is only being used to fill leaks but not in the newer systems. R410A is being used in the newer systems as refrigerant which is more eco-friendly and is better for the environment. Certain chemical compounds have a negative effect on the environment, and so many companies are moving away from toxic compounds to greener, non-toxic alternatives. What is Refrigerant? Refrigerant is a chemical compound that is used in air conditioners. It is what makes the forced air cold when it blows out through the vents in your air conditioner. The refrigerant starts out in liquid form and then changes form as it is passed through copper condensing coils where it becomes super cold and evaporates into a chilly mist that gets blown out by your central...

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Improvements in Central Air Conditioners

Heating and cooling systems have come a long way in the past few years. Energy Star and SEER Ratings ensure the products we purchase are efficient and use less energy which is better for us and the environment. Here are a few ways that newer model furnaces and air conditioners are more efficient. SEER Ratings SEER stands for the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating applied to newer, energy-efficient HVAC equipment and other appliances. The higher the rating number is, the better the product performs in terms of energy-savings. Older furnaces and air conditioners were probably rated at a 6 or below, which was alright by older standards. Those standards have now changed and the minimum rating is 13 all the way up to 20. An HVAC system with a rating of 13 or above will work better and more efficient than a system with a lower rating. Energy Star Energy Star is...

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It's About Time to Begin Pre-season Checks and AC Maintenance in Austin

Before the sweltering days of summer hit, be sure to schedule your pre-season maintenance check. Your AC has sat still all winter collecting dust, debris and probably a few insects or bugs that need cleared away before it can be turned on. Here is a list of tasks an HVAC technician does to ensure that your cooling system is clean and ready for use before every cooling season. Thermostat The first thing is checking the thermostat to be sure it is in good working order and is set to cool. If you have a programmable thermostat, they can check to make sure those settings are working as well. System Components The technician will also check the voltage and output of some electrical components and replace ones that are not working. He or she will also tighten any loose connections and secure drain lines and hoses. Condensate Drain This is the little...

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What is a Zoning System and How Can You Benefit from It?

The old saying, “one size fits all”, was never right and shouldn’t apply to every member of the family. No two people are alike or have the same preferences or comfort levels. What is just right for one may be too warm or not warm enough for another, which is why zoning makes perfect sense when it comes to regulating the temperature inside your home. What it is A zoning system is a way to personalize the comfort settings for different rooms. For example, the baby’s nursery may need to be a few degrees warmer than the living room or other rooms in the home. With central air conditioning, the thermostat regulates the temperature for the whole house and keeps it at one set temperature. While this is great for areas that need heat or cooling like living areas, it also means that you are conditioning unused space as well. How...

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