Conventional wisdom says just prior to the summer season starting you should have your central air conditioner looked at by a qualified HVAC contractor to perform a clean & check or air conditioner tune up. While that is sage advice don’t think that the time to act has passed you buy. Listen up, we’re less than a month into summer and even though it’s been extremely hot and you’ve been using your A/C for a couple of months you can still schedule an air conditioning cleaning. (more…)
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If your A/C unit needs to be cleaned and inspected this Spring one of the questions you my be asking yourself is – What if my central air conditioning system uses R-22 refrigerant? Well, existing central air units using R-22 can still use R-22 and be serviced with R-22. You can choose to retrofit your unit to use a substitute, but some changes to your air conditioning system will still need to be made to ensure it will work properly. R-410A is not allowed in retrofits due to its higher working pressures.
New air conditioning systems use R-410A; R-410A is manufactured and sold under various trade names, including GENETRON AZ-20®, SUVA 410A®, Forane® 410A, and Puron®. If you choose to use a substitute refrigerant consult a qualified HVAC company that uses EPA certified repair technicians and installers who know how to properly handle refrigerants.
You may also look to purchase a new air conditioner in the future, new units use R-410A refrigerant which is non-ozone depleting and will save you money due to its increased energy efficiency.
March 21, 2010 we officially began Spring season. As the calendar turns towards April and we begin to enjoy warmer weather and begin opening our windows to fresh Spring air let’s consider our seasonal efforts towards Spring cleaning. Whatever the origins of Spring cleaning are, it is time to get on the ball and start planning for your Spring cleaning projects. This means more than just dusting and cleaning out areas we’ve long neglected. It also means taking care of the items that need maintenance around your house.
One of the items that tend to get neglected is your home cooling system. Because it sits outside and you haven’t turned on your central air conditioner in months you may forget about until you need it. Preventative maintenance is the key to longevity, a simple and affordable Air Conditioning Tune-Up during the Spring will help keep your system running well through the summer. This service includes a cleaning and inspection, which will help minimize and catch potential problems if they exist. In turn, an air conditioning tune up can help lower your energy bills, by ensuring your system is operating at maximum efficiency.
Remember to also change your air conditioner filters on a regular basis, best if done monthly. Want other spring cleaning ideas – consider including a thorough cleaning of the hvac system in your home. Make sure to have your air ducts cleaned as part of your comprehensive cleaning plans. There are many qualified professional heating & air conditioning and air duct cleaning services you can call, ask for or download coupons for the services and save some money as well.
There are many reasons air conditioners fall the first time they’re turned on after a prolonged period of disuse. Dirt, leaves, and other debris often get stuck in vents, preventing proper air flow. Filters can have invisible blockages that aren’t obvious on inspection but still interfere with cooling.
Blockage from debris is the biggest problem regardless of the type of air conditioner. Make sure all outdoor elements are cleaned yearly. Condenser coils on split system central air conditioners (units that are partially indoors and partially outdoors) are particularly prone to collecting unwanted dirt, leaves, and twigs. Terry Townsend, former president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, suggests homeowners have a contractor clean & check the system once in the spring and again in the fall.