Canella Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

“What Can I Do to Protect My Air Conditioner This Winter?”

Monday, October 19th, 2020

air-conditioner-covered-in-iceWith the official start of fall behind us, temperatures are beginning to cool down now. Chances are, you’re using your air conditioning system less and less.

Hopefully that also means you’ve taken the opportunity to schedule your heater maintenance, ensuring that your furnace, heat pump, or boiler is prepared to operate safely and effectively this coming winter. But before we get there, we don’t want you to just completely forget about your air conditioner. While it may not need maintenance again until next spring—assuming you had maintenance done last spring, that is—your cooling system does need some attention before winter hits.

“Winterizing” your air conditioner protects the system. It’s not complicated to do either! Proper care will protect this system from possible damage, it will extend its lifespan, and it will ensure it has no trouble operating when you need it next. Read on to learn more!

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Why Does AC Refrigerant Loss Matter?

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Temperatures may be cooling down, but if your air conditioner has been experiencing trouble, and especially if that air conditioner is a heat pump that will also be used for heating this coming fall and winter, then the time to take care of it is now. One of the most common problems we get called for end up being repairs due to refrigerant loss.

There’s a common misconception about refrigerant in that it is something that depletes from the air conditioner–as gasoline does from a car. On the contrary, your air conditioner has enough refrigerant upon manufacturing and installation to last its entire lifespan. So, if you’re experiencing refrigerant loss it means you have a refrigerant leak. And since your air conditioner needs refrigerant to function, this is obviously a problem. Read on to learn more! 

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“My Ducts Are Leaking Water, What’s Up?”

Monday, September 21st, 2020

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Do your ducts seem to be raining water? First off, we do want to mention that water isn’t used in any part of the cooling process, and if any part of your air conditioner seems to be “leaking water” this is not the case. But what is happening is that there is excess moisture from humidity–something we’re all too familiar with here in Mooresville and the surrounding areas–and that moisture causes condensation to form.

When it does so on your HVAC air ducts, this is known as duct sweating, or in some cases “raining ducts.”

At this point, you might be thinking, “Phew, so it’s not a problem!”

That’s where you are wrong, unfortunately. Excess moisture–humidity–can cause a host of problems, from property damage to unhealthy mold growth. This is true no matter where your ductwork is located and is especially problematic in basements and crawlspace. But, how and why does this condensation occur, and what can be done about it? Read on!

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End-of-Season AC Needs to Be Aware Of

Monday, September 7th, 2020

young-surprised-woman-with-hands-holding-glasses-on-her-faceSummer is long and hot here, that’s for sure. As such, your air conditioner has gone through a lot of work to keep you cool and comfortable, and it still has a while before you can shut it off for fall. Still though, since warmer temps are on their way out this year, if you have an AC system in need of repair, you can wait until next year to address it, right?

Well, you could, but then you would be risking having a malfunctioning or even completely broken down air conditioner that you have to scramble to repair or replace next spring. It’s far better to be on top of your air conditioner repair needs and get them professionally managed now than it is to wait. But how do you know you even need repairs anyway? Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs of a cooling system in disrepair.

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Why Do AC Systems Short-Cycle

Monday, August 24th, 2020

woman-listening-and-holding-hand-to-earLet’s say you’re sitting in your living room, trying to enjoy the comfort of your air conditioner, but it keeps switching on and off in rapid succession. Not only is this an annoying sound, but it’ll make you wonder if something is wrong with your air conditioner as it struggles to keep you cool. And we have some news–something is wrong with your air conditioner.

This phenomenon is known as short-cycling, and it places a lot of wear and tear on your system by forcing it to work inefficiently and ineffectively. This will cause a spike in your energy bills and leave you uncomfortable no matter where you set your thermostat to. To help you out, we’ve uncovered below what exactly short-cycling is, why it occurs, and why it’s bad for your air conditioner. Read on!

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AC Compressor Failure: Repair or Replacement?

Monday, August 10th, 2020

ac-compressorOver the years, as a natural result of wear and tear, you’re going to deal with AC repair needs. Particularly since our air conditioners work so hard in this climate. You’ll likely find yourself needing motor bearings lubricated, fan belts replaced, and maybe even refrigerant and ductwork leaks repairs. Fortunately, though, these are pretty simple fixes, and you’re less likely to run into a problem if you stay on top of your routine AC maintenance, too.

There’s one repair need in particular, however, that’s especially unpleasant to face, and that’s a broken down or damaged compressor. When it comes to most other AC components, replacing the component itself is usually the best option. But this isn’t always the case with a compressor–the heart of your air conditioner. Sometimes it makes more financial sense to replace the whole air conditioning system! Wondering why? Read on.

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Signs Your AC Is Failing

Monday, July 27th, 2020

old-rusty-ac-outdoor-unitWe have some bad news–air conditioners don’t last forever!

Okay, you probably already knew that. But do you know how long your air conditioner is meant to last? It does depend on a few factors: the system’s manufacturer, the model of air conditioner, and of course how well you care for it. The latter means that you have your system professionally maintained once a year (or twice a year if you have a heat pump) and that you use it as efficiently as possible.

The average lifespan for a well-maintained cooling system is about 10-15 years. Now, that doesn’t mean it can’t last longer than this. But you’ll be doing your home comfort and your utility bills a disservice if you ignore the signs that your aging AC is actually failing and is just about ready to be replaced. But what if you don’t know the signs? That’s what we’re here for.

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Boost Your Cooling Efficiency This Summer with These Tips

Monday, July 13th, 2020

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No matter what type of air conditioning system you have, it’s going to get a workout in the summertime. Fortunately, modern central cooling systems are very durable and are designed to deal with this kind of heat while providing us with effective and efficient cooling.

But what if your system isn’t working as efficiently as it should? Are you paying too much to cool your home? Granted, energy costs certainly rise in the summer—in fact, your HVAC use accounts for about half of all energy use in the home. But if you find yourself paying dramatically more than you were last year, or even more than your neighbors are paying for similar use, then something is causing your system to work inefficiently. So, how can you change that?

Don’t Set Your Thermostat So Low!

No, we aren’t asking you to turn on the heat during the summer. But there’s a good chance that you’re keeping your thermostat set lower than you actually need to. A lower thermostat setting won’t provide you with cooling any faster, it will only keep your compressor running longer. Many homeowners set their AC systems to come on when the temperature rises above 72°F, but the truth is that most people can stay perfectly comfortable at 78°F during the day.

Keep the AC Unobstructed

What we mean is, make sure that nothing is surrounding the outdoor unit of your air conditioner that could potentially restrict airflow. This might include lawn clippings, mulch, tree branches, leaves, and even dirt or grime. Use a low-pressured hose to spray off the condenser unit and you should be in good shape!

Keep the Vents Unobstructed

Just like the outdoor unit, your room vents can get obstructed, particularly if they are near the floor. Make sure you don’t have anything in front of yours like furniture, kids toys, backpacks, etc. You should also make sure they’re not too caked up with dust, as this can also restrict airflow (not to mention it’s terrible for your indoor air quality).

Change Your Air Filter

The air filter within the HVAC cabinet is in place to protect the system and its blower fan from dust and other debris that gets pulled in through the return air ducts. The filter gets congested after 1-3 months, and if it’s not swapped out for a clean filter, the blockage of airflow will force the system to run longer in order to try to reach the desired temperature on your thermostat. This means you’re essentially making your AC work harder to do its job, which is very inefficient.

Schedule Professional AC Maintenance

The aforementioned tips are just a few ways you can boost the efficiency of your air conditioner this season. One last tip we have to share is to make sure you keep up on your maintenance sessions! We typically recommend a tune-up each spring, before you need your air conditioner the most. But it’s more important that you be consistent with maintenance and have it done every year.

For quality air conditioning service in Mooresville, NC, contact Canella Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today.

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Get Yourself a New Thermostat!

Monday, June 15th, 2020

smart-thermostatHomeowners today have an expectation when it comes to their home comfort. They expect it to be reliable, and for their climate control systems to work efficiently. Of course, this means it’s vitally important to trust professionals when it comes to the installation, repair, and maintenance of their heater and air conditioner. It also means following recommendations to ensure you’re doing your part to boost system efficiency.

There are a number of actions you can take to maintain or even increase the efficiency of your air conditioner this summer. For instance, you can make sure to always keeps blinds and curtains closed on south-facing windows during the day so that your air conditioner doesn’t cycle on so early. Another great way to boost system efficiency that not a lot of homeowners think about is to upgrade your thermostat!

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Here’s Why We Recommend a Central AC

Monday, June 1st, 2020

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Have you just been getting by with window units or inefficient portable air conditioners to try to stay cool? Are you ready to see what you’ve been missing out on? Then this is the blog post for you!

We can’t overstate the benefits of taking the plunge and starting to enjoy the comfort that a central air conditioner has to offer. Window units may have their pros—easy installation, zoned cooling—but they really can’t match everything central air conditioning can bring.

Remember though, no central air conditioning system can deliver you the best performance if you don’t have it professionally installed and serviced by a skilled and experienced professional. That’s why you should call on our team! Read on, and don’t sell yourself short anymore on the comfort you deserve.

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