You may have heard the term “short cycling” used in conjunction with a problematic air conditioner before. It doesn’t sound like a big deal at first glance: an AC that shuts down shortly after turning on, only to turn back on again a few minutes later, then shut down, then turn back on again and so on. Considering the heat we have to deal with in Madisonville, LA every summer, it can be hard to spot something like that so long as the house is cool. In point of fact, however, it’s a serious problem demanding immediate attention.
Professional Heating & Air Blog: Archive for May, 2016
People often assume that air conditioners consumer refrigerant they way a car consumes oil. That’s not the case. Refrigerant actually is supposed to stay at certain set levels dictated by the make and model of your air conditioner. It cycles through an endless loop within the system, first releasing heat outside of your home, then pulling heat from the air within the unit, which can then be blown into your home with a fan. Leaks aren’t supposed to happen, but unfortunately they do. The good news is there’s steps you can take to address the problem the right way.
Summers in Covington, LA mean more than just high heat. They mean high levels of humidity as well, plus a heaping fistful of allergens from pollen and similar sources. If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, you home needs to be a haven from everything Louisiana can throw at you, and the cleaner you can keep your air, the better. there are specific steps you can take to help keep your home clear of allergens. If you’re interested, now is the time to implement them before the summer set in in earnest.
We’re already into May here in Walker, LA and a warm spring is already promising a very hot summer. That means you’re going to need your air conditioner to function at its peak every day. Not only that, but you need it to do so without wasting any unnecessary energy or driving your bills up higher than they should go. Many homeowners harm their own cause on this front with some common misconceptions about how air conditioners work and the best way to make use of them. By clearing up those misconceptions, you can save yourself a lot of cost almost by default.
Whenever an air conditioner breaks down, you have to determine whether the cost is worthy it this time, or whether your system is in need of a full-bore replacement. Usually, you don’t need to ask that question until your existing air conditioner is more than 10 years old, but with summer on the way here in Hammond, LA, an older system may be put to the test sooner than you’d think. Ideally, you should make a determination now before trouble arises, but in the event you face an expensive repair bill, you may need to make the call on short notice. Every case is different, of course, but here’s a few tips to help you make the determination.