A common AC mistake committed by most homeowners is not scheduling their AC maintenance at the start of the summer season. They assume, since the air conditioner was working fine last summer, it will continue to do so. Seldom do they realize that the problem may have started brewing last season, and...
One thing that all Florida residents can do to keep their homes suitably warm (in winters) and cool (in summers) is to get regular maintenance done of their HVAC units. In an ideal scenario, it should be done every 6 months, so twice a year. The most appropriate time is just before the start of summers and winters, respectively. To save some work for yourself, what you can do is find a local HVAC company and sign an HVAC preventive maintenance contract with them. An annual contract is best as it will give you a chance to access the company and judge whether you are satisfied with their service delivery or not. If you are happy, you can go for an extended contract or look for another more suitable option.
What Is HVAC Preventive maintenance?
HVAC preventive maintenance is the top to bottom and inside out maintenance of your HVAC unit or air conditioner to ensure peak performance and trouble-free operations. It entails superficial functions like cleaning the unit and tightening nuts and bolts. It also includes duct cleaning, topping the refrigerant to the appropriate level, cleaning the coils, changing the filters, etc. In a few words, HVAC preventive maintenance is all about thorough servicing of your heating and cooling unit along with its ventilation. Some services are free as part of the contract, and for others, you pay an additional amount.
Are HVAC Preventive Maintenance Contracts Worthwhile?
Usually, homeowners are a little skeptical about purchasing an HVAC preventive maintenance contract. The primary reason for their concern is: Cost. An HVAC service contract can value anywhere between $150 to $500 annually.
If your HVAC unit is still new and under the manufacturer’s warranty, this additional expense does not seem worthwhile. Be that as it may, the manufacturer still demands routine maintenance for the warranty to remain in effect. It is quite possible that the service contract may cost more than the cost of repairs and service put together. Regardless of any repairs not done, you will still have to pay the contract price each year. An ideal solution would be to purchase a service only contract and pay for repairs additionally as and when they arise.
Benefits Of HVAC Preventive Maintenance Contract
The key benefits of HVAC preventive maintenance can be summarized in the following points –
1) Extends The Life Of Your HVAC Unit – Your HVAC unit gets dirty and repeated use results in wear and tear of various components. When you fail to address these concerns, the unit operates under tremendous pressure. As a result, it will malfunction quite often, and in the end, give up altogether. If you take good care of your HVAC unit through regular maintenance, the likelihood of any such occurrence diminishes considerably. Periodic maintenance will give the unit a new lease of life so you can enjoy its usefulness for a more extended period.
2) Keeps Warranty Intact – The warranty of your HVAC unit remain intact only if you take the trouble to get it serviced periodically. Failing to do so will revoke the warranty. Manufacturers insist on getting the maintenance of each unit done so that they perform better and give as little problem as possible. In the absence of maintenance, the problems will just multiply for which the manufacturer will not take any responsibility. If you did not get your HVAC unit serviced, you propagated the problem. In this case, the manufacturer cannot be blamed and held liable for repairs.
3) Safety Of Your Home – Especially in winters, you do not want the disaster of burst pipes to cause water damage in your home. If the heating is proper, you will never have to lose sleep on such trivial matters even when you are away on vacation. In your absence, your HVAC unit will see to the safety of your home. In the same manner, any loose wiring will be caught during maintenance and tightened. This will remove fire threat due to short circuit. The HVAC also improves the air quality inside the home and gives you lesser cause for concern from a health perspective. Its periodic maintenance also does away with the fear of carbon monoxide poisoning.
4) Ensures Best Performance – Maintenance sees to it that your what HVAC works to the best of its capability at all times. During maintenance, it is tuned, tightened, and cleaned to make sure nothing causes hindrance in its optimal working. It translates to smooth operations, lesser power consumption, lesser electricity bill, and comfortable temperature inside the home always.
5) Lesser Repairs – A well-maintained HVAC unit will give less trouble as compared to one in which maintenance is completely overlooked. The reason being, maintenance forces the homeowner to take care of the issues at the earliest before they become significant problems. For a far lesser cost, a small problem can be resolved before it escalates into an expensive repair or replacement.
Research HVAC Contracts Before Buying
First and foremost, validate whether there is any saving in signing the HVAC preventive maintenance contract. It is quite possible that the cheaper option is to pay for routine maintenance from your pocket without any contract. If you do decide that the better option is an HVAC maintenance contract, see to it whether it includes emergency repairs. Also, read the fine print for additional terms and conditions which could have an impact on the contract.
Food For Thought
No matter what course of action you decide upon, make sure that the company who handles your HVAC is reliable and trustworthy. Your service contract is as good as the company that backs it. On the same note, an independent contractor is also as good as the number of satisfied customers he has. Consider the financial benefits of the two and choose the one which gives you the best value for money. HVAC preventive maintenance contract may be the answer to all your recent HVAC woes. Don’t just rule it out because it is a little costly.
Life would be so much easier if someone were to give you a checklist of things you need to do in order to maintain your divine abode. Taking care of it all the year-round may seem like a daunting task, but it is something that you have to do diligently. Your home is your sanctuary, a place that is your own, a place you come back to at the end of each day.
Taking good care of it will not only increase its lifespan but also prevent small issues from becoming big and costly concerns. So, we decided its time for some divine intervention (Ahem! More like Aztil AC intervention). In an endeavor to make your life easy, here’s a seasonal home maintenance checklist, especially for you. It’s even more helpful to those who reside in Florida.
Home Maintenance Checklist
You have made the right decision to take care of your life’s most significant investment proactively. The checklist below will help you stay on top of all the jobs that you need to attend to in order to preserve the value of your home. For ease of convenience, we shall break down this checklist in two portions –
1. Seasonal home maintenance checklist.
2. Periodic home maintenance checklist.
Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
Season to season the cleaning and maintenance requirements keep on changing. Here is a list of jobs you need to complete for each season –
1) HVAC servicing should be a top priority. Your central air conditioner split AC, or window AC needs to be serviced by a trained professional so that it is all set to run with maximum efficiency and minimum problems in the coming summers. If you wait until summers to get this job done, you may have to wait longer due to the high demand for HVAC technicians during that time.
2) Clean the gutters and drainage. You can’t wait for the rainy season to start before cleaning them. By then, blocked drains and gutters will cause serious troubles in the form of damp of ceiling and walls. In turn, this will result in mold formation.
3) Replant your garden. If you want to get landscaping done or replace a few plants and sow a few new seeds in empty patches, now is the time to do so.
4) Clean windows and screens so that there are no remnants of any winter debris. If anything needs repairing, it should be done now.
5) Inspect the foundation for any cracks. These need to be filled before the advent of the rainy season.
1) Get the heavy laundry done. For example, if you want to wash your carpets and other upholstery, now is the time to do so. The hot summer sun will aid in their drying and also kill bacteria.
2)Air out your home because a better opportunity will not present itself. It means open those closed windows, clean the chimney, and vacuum the ducts.
3) Don’t forget your clothes dryer. It needs to be cleaned. Suck out the lint with a vacuum cleaner and check for any blockages if the exhaust is minimal.
4) Check the garage sensors while the sun is still out.
1) Trim the foliage and clean the drains to keep your landscaping clean and pristine.
2) Check all the sliding doors and windows for smooth and slick operations.
3) Drain the hoses and store them properly.
1) Clean that garage for some necessary activity and to catch some sun. Get rid of all the unwanted stuff and organize all that remains.
2) Repair the cracks in the foundation before the spring thaw.
Periodic Home Maintenance Checklist
You can also perform the home maintenance jobs on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual basis.
1) Change AC filters every month. If you can’t change them, clean them rigorously with a brush and water until all dust and debris are removed.
2) Flush the toilets that are not in use. This will keep them in proper working order.
3) Run water through sinks which are not used often.
4) Clean the electric chimney in the kitchen.
5) Mow the grass in front yard and backyard.
6) Check the level of salt. If required, add more. Also, make sure that no error code is displayed. In case it displays an error, get it rectified immediately.
7) Check water softener.
1) Check the drains on the outside to ensure there is no standing water. Clean all such things like leaves, twigs, stones, and other debris that can clog them.
2) Lubricate all doors and windows so that they open and close smoothly. Include the garage door as well.
3) Trim the trees, hedges, and other foliage which is growing out of proportion.
4) Clean the gutters and all the weep holes to ensure proper and efficient water drainage.
Semi-Annual Job List
1) Clean and disinfect all the appliances in the house, especially the refrigerator, dryer, water tank, etc.
2) Deep clean the carpets, curtains, sofa, meshes (on doors and windows) and any other similar items to keep them hygienic and smelling nice.
3) Check for cracks in the foundation and sheetrock, loose tiles and floor. Fix them as soon as possible.
Annual Job Card
1) Get complete maintenance of your HVAC unit done by a trained technician.
2) The tank of your water heater needs to be flushed to prevent sediment buildup and corrosion.
3) Pest control treatment should also be done once a year.
4) Thoroughly clean all the ducts and vents in the house.
We have tried to make the seasonal home maintenance checklist as comprehensive as possible. However, it is by no means an exhaustive list. To suit your requirements, you may add more things to it. Cutting it short is not advisable. It includes the minimum items that you have to check to maintain your house in a tip-top manner. We hope this list meets all your needs and lives up to your expectations.
The compressor is the very heart of an air conditioning system, for that matter any cooling system. Suffice to say without the compressor; there will be no cooling. But how well do you know this heart? In fact, were you aware that a compressor has at least 5 different types? If not, you need to read this article to learn something new. You never know when the information may come handy.
What Does The Compressor Do?
The compressor compresses the refrigerant in the gaseous state, thereby raising its temperature. This temperature increase changes the refrigerant to high-pressure gas. The subsequent high pressure pushes the refrigerant through a pipe, which leads to the outdoor coil. Here the refrigerant dissipates its heat and condenses into a liquid form. The liquid refrigerant continues to travel to the indoor unit, where it evaporates and attains the gaseous state once again. During this process, it absorbs the heat from within your home. The refrigerant then travels back to the compressor, and the cycle starts all over again.
What Forms The Basis Of Different Types Of Compressors?
The primary function of the compressor is to provide the cooling effect. If they all perform the same function, then how are they different? The answer to this question is straightforward. Though the compressor performs the same function, they work in varying ways, which forms the basis of their type.
Types Of Compressors In AC
As stated above, there are mainly 5 types of compressors used in HVAC installations.
1. Reciprocating AC Compressor – With a construction similar to that of an automobile engine, the reciprocating AC compressor is by far the most popular presently. A piston, fitted inside a cylinder, compresses or tightly packs the air by moving up and down. This rotating motion is accomplished by using an electric air conditioning motor. When the piston travels down, it produces a vacuum effect which draws in the refrigerant. When it travels back up, the gas gets compressed and passes into the condenser. This type of air conditioning compressor is extremely efficient, as AC units can house multiple cylinders. Though 2, 4 and 8 cylinder compressors are most commonly used.
2. Scroll AC Compressor – Also known as a scroll vacuum pump or a scroll pump, this type of compressor has two scrolls. One of these is an immovable scroll and the other a revolving or circling scroll that rotates using the swing link. Due to this motion, the refrigerant pockets amidst the two scrolls are gradually pushed to the middle of the scrolls. When this occurs, there is a decrease in the gas volume. It then passes to the condenser through the center port. The prime benefit of a scroll compressor is that it has lesser moving parts and smaller torque variation as compared to the reciprocating AC compressor. This translates to a comparatively, smoother, and quieter operation. For this very reason as well as their reliability and efficiency, Scroll AC compressors are fast gaining popularity.
3. Screw AC Compressor – The screw air conditioner compressor is very dependable and efficient. It is mostly used in large structures where there is a significantly larger amount of air that needs incessant cooling. Using a pair of helical rotors (male and female), which move from one end to another in a revolving motion inside the cylinder, the refrigerant gas is compressed. Ideally, this kind of compressor is used in HVAC systems that have a capacity of 20 tonnes or more.
4. Rotary AC Compressor – Rotary compressors are of two types. One has slats or vanes which rotate along with the shaft. The other has fixed blades and is part of the unit which houses the compressor. In a single system, the blades can vary in number from anywhere between two to eight. In either type, the gas from the suction line is dragged inside the cylinder via the suction port. Rotary compressors are generally small and silent, so they are widely used in places where noise is a grave concern. The inside of a rotary AC compressor houses a shaft with some blades attached to it. The shaft with blades rotates inside a graduated cylinder. This motion pushes the refrigerant through the cylinder and compresses it at the same time.
5. Centrifugal AC Compressor – Centrifugal AC compressor uses centrifugal force to drag in the coolant or the refrigerant gas. Then it spins the gas rapidly with an impeller or a disk with radial blades to compress it. The pumping efficiency rises with speed. Higher the speed better the pumping efficiency. As such, these compressors are intended to function at high speed. The key benefit of a centrifugal compressor is that it has no valves, pistons or cylinders. The only wearing parts that demand care are the main bearings. These types of compressors are usually used in a large capacity cooling system and hence are earmarked for extra-large HVAC systems. In short, they are most suited to industrial installations.
Which Type Of Compressor Is The Best For Air Conditioners?
If the AC unit is of small capacity, say up to 10KW, a rotary compressor is the best. However, if the AC unit is of medium size capacity, from 10KW to 50KW, scroll compressors are more suited. Ultimately, its a toss between sacrificing a little silence for more reliability and efficiency, or vice-versa.
Innovation is the key to technological advancements. In the arena of AC compressors, great strides have already been made in trying to fulfil the varying demands of the consumers. The result is the different types of compressors in AC. This is nowhere near the end, but a niche has been carved so that people can choose what suits their needs the best. With its own set of pros and cons, each compressor offers something unique to the buyer.
Ultimately the decision regarding which compressor is best suited for your requirements will depend on how clear you are in what you want the most and where you are ready to compromise.
Power outages are a normal occurrence. Usually, by themselves, they are no issue, but sometimes they bring with them some minor to major problems. Electric hot water heater not working after a power outage is one such problematic situation. Depending on what has gone wrong with the water heater, it could either be a minor thing or something as significant as a dead water heater.
Water Heater Takes Time To Heat Water
If you have used up all the hot water while the power was out, you have to give your water heater time to heat more water. It is not an instant heating device. Water heaters operating on gas take around half an hour to 40 mins to heat a tank full of water. An electric heater takes around twice as long. Even after the passage of this time if there is no hot water, you have cause for concern.
Check The Power Supply
The power is back up inside the home, but it’s entirely possible that the power supply to the water heater is still not through. There is a probability that after the outage, only partial power was restored and not complete due to some fault. Maybe your water heater is one of the affected appliances. Using a “circuit tester”, you can check whether your water heater is receiving power or not. If not, you need to figure out why. There are a couple of reasons that could be the cause. These are –
1. Tripped Circuit Breaker – Due to a surge in electricity, when the power came back on, the circuit breaker may have tripped. To rectify, you will have to push the tripped circuit breaker back to “On” position. Once that is done, your water heater should start functioning normally. However, if the circuit keeps tripping, it’s better to ask your local HVAC technician to come and have a look at the problem. Remember the circuit trips only when there is an overload. So, maybe you need to reaccess your electricals and wiring.
2. Cut Or Burnt Wires – While the power was out, a small animal or rodent could have chewed the wiring leading to the water heater. Similarly, the wire may have been cut by mistake or burnt due to overheating. Whatever be the case, the power came back on, but since the wires were damaged, the water heater could not function. You will need to figure out where the wires were cut, chewed or burnt and replace them. Since this job needs to be performed correctly due to its hazardous nature, let your plumber or electrician deal with it.
3. Faulty Switchboard – The fault could also lay in the switchboard from where the water heater is powered. Maybe the earthing is not proper, or it has a loose connection. If you have some basic idea of electricals, this is something you can check on your own. In case you have any misgivings, it’s best to call your electrician.
4. Plug Problems – Just like a faulty switchboard, the plug that connects the water heater to the power supply source too could have loose connections. Open the plug and tighten all wires. If any wire is hanging free, put it in its correct position and tighten the screws. Your water heater should be all set to take care of your household demands for hot water.
All the above are possibilities when the water heater is not receiving power. If, however, its power supply is on, you need to look at a few additional things such as –
1. Thermostat Malfunction – The thermostat of the water heater could have malfunctioned; the power outage was just an excuse. Try resetting the thermostat by first bringing it down to zero. Wait for a couple of minutes and take it to the desired temperature. Hopefully, your water heater not working after power outage should be resolved. If this does not work, the chances are that you may have to replace the thermostat itself. Call your local plumber, to check it out and replace it, if required.
2. Low/High Voltage – Your water heater needs a certain minimum voltage to operate. Most residential water heaters operate at 220/240 volts and some at 110/120 volts. If the voltage is less than the minimum or higher than the maximum, as a safety feature, it will shut down or not function. If your water heater is not getting adequate voltage, it is probably because there is a problem with the electrical system of your home. You need to get this checked immediately by a trusted and qualified electrician. Once the voltage is back to normal, your water heater will resume functioning on its own.
3. Burnt Heating Elements – Quite possibly, the heating elements of your water heater have all burnt out. This is usually a gradual process and happens as your water heater gets older. You can try replacing the burnt elements to extend the life of your aging water heater. To be honest, if your water heater is more than a decade old. it is recommended to buy a new one.
4. Tripped Reset Button – Another possibility is that your water heater’s reset button has tripped. A faulty thermostat, shorted heating element, and loose wiring may be the cause of this trip. Until you correct this trip your water heater will not work. This reset button is usually red in colour, and when it trips, it pops out. You have to push it back in.
A power outage on its own will never harm a water heater. However, when the power comes back, a sudden voltage surge can fry the water heater. This will happen only if the circuit breaker does not work. It is thus essential to make sure that the electrical system of your home is reliable and trustworthy. Other than that, your local plumber or plumbing company should be able to take care of any water heater problems. Do not ever tinker with your water heater on your own. It is not a toy you can play with.
A few minutes into your nice, warm, and relaxing shower, you feel the water turning cooler. By the time 10 mins are up, you are completely out of hot water. There goes your dream of letting the hot water soothe your sore and tense muscles. It’s like a splash of cold reality. Sadly, for many of you, it might seem like an everyday occurrence. For others, it might be something you would want to prevent. No matter which category you fall in, you would not wish to run out of hot water when you want it the most.
Have you ever wondered why your hot water runs out after 10 mins while earlier it used to last longer? The truth of the matter is that there are just two plausible causes of it.
1. Increased consumption of hot water.
2. Something is wrong with the water heater.
Increased Consumption Of Hot Water
Hot water is used not just for bathing, but also for washing clothes and dishes. We tend to use it in the bathroom sink for shaving, brushing, washing face, etc. In addition to that, your family size may have increased, thereby increasing the hot water consumption.
What we are trying to say is that there is a high possibility that you have outgrown your current water heater capacity. What you need to do is take stock of how much hot water you are consuming daily and the capacity and efficiency of the water heater to fulfil that demand. If you think that the consumption is more than what the heater tank can hold –
1. You need to upgrade to a water heater with a bigger tank capacity.
2. Refrain from wasting and unnecessarily using hot water.
Something Wrong With The Water Heater
Your water heater is a piece of machinery built of various parts and components. The possibility of it breaking down cannot be discarded. So, what are those things that can go wrong with the water heater such that hot water runs out after 10 mins?
1. Sediment Buildup – Mixed in water are solid particles of minerals, sand, and other debris. Though they are very small in size, over a period of time, they tend to accumulate and form a layer. The thicker the layer, the more space of the tank it occupies and lesser becomes the capacity to hold water. Not only that but sediment buildup also decreases the efficiency of the water heater. It does not heat the water as much as it used to earlier.
The Solution – Make sure that there is a filter in your water heater to catch all impurities. A good water filter will only capture those substances which harm the heater. After that, flush your water heater. In order to flush it, you will first have to empty the tank and thoroughly clean it with fresh water. You can follow the heater manufacturers guide and do the job yourself, or you can call your local plumbing service to do the job for you.
2. Faulty Thermostat – The thermostat mounted on the wall, which controls the temperature of your home isn’t the only thermostat that you need to worry about. Your water heater also has one. Just like your AC thermostat this thermostat too can develop faults.
The Solution – Before doing anything else try resetting the thermostat of your water heater. If that does not work, increase its temperature, for all you know it was the temperature which was set incorrectly. However, if neither of these two tricks works, you might want to call your plumber because your thermostat might need to be replaced.
3. Worn Out Parts – As mentioned at the beginning of this section, your water heater consists of many parts. As it ages, the parts become worn out or get damaged due to constant use. The most common part that gets damaged is the “Dip Tube”. When it gets worn down, it leads to the mixing of cold and hot water. So, you feel as if the hot water runs out after 10 mins.
The Solution – A damaged dip tube has to be replaced. There is no other solution. However, if your water heater is more than 10 years old, it’s probably time to replace it. In an old water heater, sooner or later other parts will also start going bad. So, instead of replacing each damaged part, it’s more economical to buy a new water heater.
4. Heating Element Burned Out – Every water heater has elements which heat up to make the water hot. Constant use can burn these elements. When that happens, water does not heat properly.
The Solution – The only solution to this problem is to ask your plumber to replace the heating elements. Ideally, heating element spoils only in old heaters. If your new heater has this problem, it needs to be checked out.
5. Leaks – Leaks in the tank of the heater as well as the pipeline can also result in less hot water. Usually, leaks would occur due to corrosion or pipes bursting when they freeze. In either case, all the hot water does not reach inside the house for your consumption. Some of it gets wasted as it flows out of the cracks and leaks.
The Solution – You need to find the points of leaks and seal them. If needed, change the damaged part completely. Depending on how comfortable you are handling this job yourself, either you can do it or ask a professional plumber to do it for you.
In The End
Just like your air conditioner, your water heater also requires maintenance. It works day in and day out to provide hot water for you and your family. Taking care of it is essential. If, in spite of regular maintenance, you are facing hot water scarcity, its time to call in the professionals. They are the best judge and will give you apt advice. At your end, see to it that there is no wastage of water. It is a life-saving commodity and should be handled with care.
Smells of burning plastic coming from the air conditioner are not unheard of. When something works continuously for hours at end, it’s normal for them to suffer wear and tear. It is quite a common occurrence and can be easily remedied. So if your air conditioner smells like burning plastic, this post is just for you. But before we begin with the reasons lets understand a few basics.
What Does Burning Plastic Smell Like
Burning plastic smell is very distinctive. Unlike the smell of mold and mildew, which smells like dirty socks, the burning plastic smell is pungent and unpleasing. Depending on the intensity of the heat, the smell can be light or strong and hard to ignore. No matter what, whenever you notice this smell take immediate action.
Is Burning Plastic Smell Dangerous For Health?
When plastics burn, they release harmful chemicals into the air. These chemicals can cause difficulty in breathing and other respiratory disorders. Additionally, some of them are potentially carcinogenic. So, Yes, the burning plastic smell is dangerous for health.
Can The Burning Plastic Smell Be Ignored If Its Light
Even if the burning plastic smell is not very strong, it is in your best interests to not ignore it. Not only is it hazardous to health, but it is also an indication of a potential fire hazard. It should be dealt with immediately without any delays.
Reasons Why Your Air Conditioner Smells Like Burning Plastic
The most likely reasons why your air conditioner smells like burning plastic are –
1.Dust Burning Off – In most parts of Florida, there is no need to switch on the “Heating Mode” of AC. During a cold front, when suddenly the need arises, you may observe a burning smell. This smell originates because the AC is burning off the accumulated dust. In a few minutes, this smell will go away on its own. If this smell is coming in the “Cooling Mode”, you need to immediately shut down the AC.
2. Broken Capacitor – A capacitor is that part of the AC which helps the motor run. If for some reason, like a power surge or a short circuit, the capacitor spoils it puts pressure on the motor causing it to overheat. When the motor overheats, it gives off a burning plastic smell due to proximity to other plastic components.
3. Overheating Motor – The fan that throws hot and cold air throughout your home needs a motor to work. The bearings of this motor get worn out due to extended use and overheat the motor producing burning plastic smell. This is a normal occurrence and nothing to be alarmed about. Lubricating the bearings of the motor will fix the issue. If you are comfortable handling this on your own, you can do it yourself. Else, ask an HVAC technician to come and do the needful.
4. Tear Or Break In Fan Belt – Many air conditioners have a fan which is driven by a rubber belt. Often due to continuous use and temperature variations, the belt develops tears or breaks completely. In either case, it causes overheating and produces an unpleasant odor. If this is the case, turn off your AC and call an HVAC technician to replace the belt. This job is a little technical as the belt has to be adequately tight, so we recommend professional help.
5. Electrical Fault – An electrical problem may also result in your air conditioner smelling like burning plastic. Usually, there is a plastic coating on wires. In case of an electrical problem, this plastic covering melts and produces the foul odor. To figure out the problem, all the circuits in the AC need to be checked. This job is best performed by a trained repair technician who deals in air conditioners.
6. Clogged Filters – A dirty air filter impedes the free flow of air into your air conditioner, thereby putting unnecessary stress on the mechanism. This strain is especially borne by the motors, causing them to overheat and producing the burning plastic odor. Cleaning the air filters at regular intervals will prevent this from occurring.
7. Recirculating Fire Smell – A very important aspect of an air conditioner is that it recirculates air. It picks up air from within the house and recirculates it back into the house. The possibility is quite strong that there is a fire somewhere in the house and your AC has picked up that smell. If that be the case, look for smoke or the actual fire. If its nothing big and you can put it out yourself, do the needful. Else immediately vacate the home and call the fire station or 911.
How To Prevent AC From Smelling Like Burning Plastic
Time and again, stress has been put on the importance of regular AC maintenance. Your air conditioner smells like burning plastic; the chances are that you skipped on maintenance. As a result, your system was neither properly cleaned nor checked for loose wire connections and other minor problems which get covered under maintenance.
Our Point Of View
We are of the opinion; one should never take undue chances. The smell of burning plastic indicates towards the fact the something is heating beyond an acceptable level. It could either cause a fire or spoil an important component of your AC. The moment you notice this smell, switch off your AC and ask an AC technician to come and thoroughly check out your air conditioner.
Your AC is but a machine which consists of many parts. Due to constant running, one or more parts may suffer damage. This damage usually will come to the forefront in the form of some abnormality. It could be an abnormal smell, a decline in efficiency, or a tripping circuit. It may not necessarily indicate towards a big problem buy leaving things unattended could culminate to it. Regular maintenance of your AC along with prompt addressal of issues will go a long way in increasing its lifespan.
Only when both the indoor and outdoor unit of your split AC work does your home achieve the desired temperature. When either of the units shut down, your air conditioner will fail to do its job.
In winters maybe this will not cause you much trepidation but in summers it will jangle your nerves and set you on tenterhooks. In most cases, you will see that the outside AC unit is not running but inside is. When this happens, the air that blows into your home is not cool, just normal room temperature air.
How To Know Outside AC Unit Not Running
There are two indicators which point towards something being wrong with the outside unit of your split AC. These are –
1. No Sound At All – No matter how silently your AC operates, there is still a little hum that it produces, especially when the compressor kicks in. If your AC fails to produce any sound at all, even when the compressor is supposed to start, it means that something may be wrong with the unit that is installed outside.
2. Warm Air Blowing Into The Room – If in summers, the air that blows into the room is warm or at room temperature, it could indicate a problem with the outdoor AC unit. Typically, in warm weather, your AC should blow air, which is cool to lower the temperature and make it pleasant.
Reasons Why Outside AC Unit Nor Running But Inside Is
There could be a couple of reasons behind why the outside AC unit is not running but inside is. Some of these can indeed be addressed by the homeowner themselves, and for others, a trained AC technician is the only answer.
1. Accidentally Unit Switched Off – Typically, near the outdoor AC unit, there is an on and off switch. Somebody may have accidentally turned it to off position. When this happens, the outdoor unit will not work because the power supply to it is switched off. You just need to bring the switch back to on position.
2.Tripped Circuit Breaker – For this, you will have to open the circuit box to check if the circuit breaker for the outside unit has tripped. In case it has, you need to flip it back to on. However, if the breaker keeps on tripping frequently, the problem needs to be checked thoroughly so that your AC does not suffer any major damage.
3. Incorrect Thermostat Setting – The thermostat setting could go wrong for two reasons. The first being, somebody set the temperature higher than the room temperature. In this scenario, the outdoor unit will not start since the compressor is not needed for cooling the room. The second situation is when the thermostat develops a fault. If this is the problem, you will first have to ask the AC technician to confirm your diagnosis. Once he agrees, the thermostat will need to be replaced with a new one.
4. Clogged Drain Line – As a safety feature, the outdoor unit of some air conditioners stop working if their drain line is clogged. To remedy the problem unclog the drain pipe. Either you can do this yourself your you can ask your AC technician to do the same for you.
5. Broken Compressor – Only a trained HVAC technician can tell you if the compressor of your AC is broken. If it’s a minor issue, he may carry out repairs as deemed fit. In extreme cases, he will advise you to either buy a new compressor or a new outdoor unit. In either of the extreme cases, ask for a second opinion from a trained professional to confirm the problem.
6. Old AC – An AC which is more than 10 to 12 years old may develop faults due to massive wear and tear. In old air conditioners, it is not advisable to carry out repairs as they will just give temporary relief until the next problem crops up. Outside AC unit not running but inside is may be how the problem has manifested itself in your aged air conditioner. It’s time to retire it and buy a new one.
Try Resetting Your Air Conditioner
Your AC is but a machine which may decide to act weird at times. Outside AC unit not running but inside is may possibly be one way in which it decides to act up. A simple way to test this theory is by resetting your air conditioner. In some air conditioners, there is a “reset” switch. This switch is usually close to the outdoor unit. Try pushing this reset button; it may possibly start your outdoor unit. However, if your AC does not have this “reset” button, you can try turning off your AC at the thermostat. After turning it off, wait for at least 5 minutes and turn it back on again. If even then the outdoor unit fails to start, call for a professional AC maintenance specialist.
What We Think
Time and again, through various blog posts, we have laid stress on the point that not all of us have the basic know-how to repair air conditioners. Moreover, an AC is a piece of expensive machinery without which life is unthinkable these days. So, why take chances with it. If there is a problem, it is best to call a person who is trained and equipped to handle it. Your half baked knowledge may land you in more financial trouble than you thought.
In The End
Outside AC unit not running does not mean the death of your AC. It is an indication that a problem exists. If you want a complete analysis of the problem book an appointment with your local HVAC company. If you reside in Palm Springs, Florida, look us up. We are trained professionals who deal with all kinds of HVAC problems and provide 24/7 emergency services.
Modern technology is so sophisticated that one does not even realize its everyday presence. Look at the air conditioners of today; they operate silently and tirelessly to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
Everything is hunky dory unless they start acting weird or making noises. Any noise in an otherwise calm home can be distracting and disturbing to your peaceful life.
The most common noise that an air conditioner makes is the hissing sound. So, what is this hissing sound from AC and how to fix it? Well, tax yourself no more as this post will cover all that you need to know about the problem.
What Does Hissing Sound Like
When you let out air from a small opening, the sound that is produced is the hissing sound. As a child, you must have noticed how a leaky cycle valve made a sound as air was let out of it. It came out in a hiss. This is the sound that you are most likely to hear from your air conditioner.
Are All Hissing Sounds An Indicator Of A Problem
All hissing sounds coming from the AC do not indicate an issue. If the sound goes away in a few seconds, it is nothing to be worried about. On the other hand, if the sound is continuous, you need to be on the lookout for a potential problem.
What Is The Hissing Sound From AC
The hissing sound from AC could indicate to a couple of things that may need to be fixed.
1. Leak In Refrigerant Line – A gas leak or a refrigerant leak mostly occurs in air conditioners which are old and those in which maintenance has not been given priority. In old air conditioners, the coils which contain the refrigerant corrode over a period of time and develop cracks. Under high pressure, the gaseous refrigerant escapes from these cracks with a hissing sound. In the case of ACs seasonal maintenance has been overlooked, the refrigerant coils may freeze and in extreme cases even burst. This causes the refrigerant to come out with a hissing sound.
2. Leaky Internal Valve – There is a valve in the compressor which controls the pressure of the refrigerant. Often this valve develops a fault and starts to leak. When this internal compressor valve starts to leak, it produces a hissing sound.
3. High Pressure In Compressor – The AC compressor may malfunction due to very high pressure inside it. This can produce hissing, shrieking, or groaning sounds. If you hear any of these sounds immediately shut down the AC and call your local HVAC technician without wasting any time. Since the compressor is the most expensive component of your AC, it would be foolhardy to let this matter slide.
How To Fix The Hissing Sound From AC
Once you know where the problem lies, fixing the hissing sound coming from AC is not too complicated. Yes, it may be something that you cannot do on your own, but remember your AC is a piece of expensive machinery which is best left to the experts.
1. Fixing Leaking Coils – Ideally, only a trained technician should handle this job primarily because they can effectively detect all sources of leak and close them properly. Also, only they can tell you whether the leaks are worth fixing or you need to replace the coils. Besides, when a trained technician fixes the refrigerant leak, he will also test its effectiveness, and only once he is satisfied will he top up the refrigerant to the prescribed level. These are certain things which you may not be equipped to handle.
2. Fixing Faulty Compressor Valve – The only way to fix this problem is by replacing the faulty valve with a new one. Again, as this is something for which you will have to open up the compressor unit, it is best handled by trained personnel.
3. Fixing High Pressure In Compressor – In order to fix the high-pressure problem, it is necessary to understand its root cause. This is one thing which only a trained HVAC technician can identify. So your only option is to switch off the AC and call your HVAC company for help. While the problem persists, do not use your AC as it could kill your compressor completely.
When Is Hissing Sound Not A Problem
As mentioned in the very beginning, all hissing sounds need not be alarming. Sometimes it may be a normal sound which your AC produces in the course of its operation. If that is the case, the hissing sound will be short and small. It is very normal for the expansion valve to make this kind of noise. When the refrigerant gas present in the valve expands, it makes the hissing sound. Nothing to worry about here.
Sometimes the ductwork may also produce the hissing sound, but this will only happen at the start of a new cycle. If you find this sound irritating, just open up your air registers a little more. However, if the hissing sound is constant and high, you have to look for its cause. In some cases, the hissing sound may turn into a screeching or whining sound as well. Now you need to be worried and get your AC technician pronto.
Our Final Thoughts
Any sound which your AC was not making in the beginning but has now started to produce needs to be checked out. There is always a reason why suddenly your AC is making strange noises. If it is an unknown sound, it could indicate a problem brewing in the AC.
The best course of action is to book an appointment for your local HVAC expert to come and check out things for you. The bottom line is that you do not ignore any abnormal sounds from your AC. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away; it will only compound the issue resulting in high repair costs. In the worst case scenario, it may kill your AC entirely.
In the heat of summers, the worst thing that could happen to you is an AC that does not work properly. Instead of relaxing is nice and cool air you find yourself bearing the brunt of warm air. This happens when the AC fan is running, but the compressor does not kick in. Considering how often your air conditioner runs, it isn’t surprising that something has gone wrong with the compressor. This does not translate to a death sentence for your AC. So don’t panic. Your AC compressor is not working, but the fan is running, so the situation is not too dire. Through the medium of this article, we shall help you understand why this could be happening.
AC Compressor Not Working But AC Fan Is Running
You may be wondering why the AC fan is running even when the compressor is not working. Often the problem is simple enough, and you can deal with it yourself. In some rare cases, you may require an HVAC technician to come and have a look at it.
1. Incorrect Thermostat Setting Or Faulty Thermostat – Somebody may have, by mistake, changed the thermostat settings. You expected the compressor to work to cool the room, but the thermostat read the room as already cool enough. So there was no need for the compressor to start. If that is the case, all you need to do is change the thermostat to the correct setting. If the thermostat is faulty, which your AC technician can tell you, the only option is to replace it.
2. Dirty Coil And Filters – Dirty condenser coils and air filters can put undue pressure on the compressor, causing it to overheat. At such times, the compressor shuts down automatically. If you fail to clean the air filters and the condenser coil your compressor may actually go belly up. Instead of waiting for that to happen, clean the condenser coils, and change the air filters, remove all obstructions and blockages in the vents so that air flows freely.
3. Unit Not Receiving Power – If you have a split AC, there is a possibility that the outside unit which houses the compressor is not getting power. The fan is working because the inside unit faces no such problem. For this, you need to have some knowledge about the electricals. You will have to examine the wiring that connects the two units. You also need to check the circuit breaker for a trip and also whether there is a blown fuse or not. If you are unable to do these things on your own, call an AC technician to check things out for you.
4. Capacitor And Relay Problems – AC Capacitor and relay are critical to supplying power to the compressor. A majority of the times these are what cause the compressor problems. Good news is that they happen to be cheap and so will not tax your pockets unnecessarily. However, replacing them is a little tricky, and so you may want a qualified technician to deal with them.
5. Dead Compressor – When little problems are left unattended, they blow out of proportions and cause major damage. One such damage that can be caused by an overheating unit and a faulty capacitor is a dead compressor. When the compressor is dead, your only option is to replace it with a new one as no repairs can be carried out. A compressor change should only be handled by an HVAC expert.
6. Mismatch Between Indoor And Outdoor Unit – In split AC you cannot just replace the complete unit (indoor or outdoor), on your whims and fancies, if there is a problem. The two units are matched to each other. If recently you have replaced either of your units, and the compressor is not working, it may indicate to the fact that the two units are not matched. This is an expensive mistake. You may want to consult your HVAC company for knowing your options.
7. A Decade Old Unit – Your AC may be really old and already past its useful, productive life. With age, internal components deteriorate due to wear and tear. AC compressor not working but fan is running, may happen to be one of the ways in which the problem manifests itself. If your unit is old, its best to buy a new one to avoid future problems.
What Happens When The AC Compressor Malfunctions
When there is an AC compressor failure, you may face one or more of these situations –
- Strange noises coming from the outdoor unit.
- Shaking in the outdoor unit when it starts.
- Compressor fails to start altogether.
- Warm air coming from the air conditioner.
- Your AC keeps tripping the circuit breaker.
Can AC Compressor Be Repaired
In some cases, the AC compressor can be repaired. However, this is one call which is best left to the experts in the field. Remember, the compressor is the very heart of your air conditioner. Sometimes a bad heart can be repaired, but at other times the only way to save the complete mechanism is through a heart transplant. Try to understand why your AC technician is advising you to replace the compressor instead of repairing it. If doubts persist, you can take the opinion of another technician from a different company.
Maintenance Can Solve Most Issues
Overlooking maintenance may seem to save you a few dollars, but the fact remains that it is necessary to keep your AC in good working condition. During maintenance itself, many things which damage the compressor get addressed. An expensive repair at a later on date or a relatively cheap annual maintenance, the choice is yours to make.
In The End
AC compressor not working but fan is running, this may cause you some discomfort and concern. But the best course of action is to get an HVAC expert to check the problem for you. Even if the issue is small, your AC would have got a complete checkup to prevent any more further concerns. Don’t wait for an issue to escalate, at the first sight of it book an appointment with an HVAC expert.
Every home either has a central air conditioner or a split AC. So a majority of us are not new to odors emanating from the air conditioning vents. But that does not mean you have to live with these smells and get used to them. Odors are maddening and can arise due to multiple reasons. Once you find its cause, you can accordingly take corrective action. Today, let us concentrate our efforts in finding out how to fix odor coming from air conditioning vents. Before we begin, let’s first try to understand a little more about these odors.
Why Does The AC Smell Bad?
A common illness that, surprisingly, a large number of air conditioners suffer from is the “Dirty Sock Syndrome”. This is no laughing matter. Imagine you come back home after a hard day of work and you are greeted with the repulsive dirt socks smell. Well! Wouldn’t that sour your mood? Dirty sock syndrome is when your AC gives out a foul moldy smell. This odor arises from the build-up of bacteria and mold on the evaporator coil.
Another odor coming from air conditioning vents could be that of heating or burning wires. This odor is quite distinctive, and it is caused by loose cables or a short-circuited board.
If there is a rotten egg smell coming from your AC, it could be caused by a dead animal decaying in your air duct. In winters, small animals may find their way into the vents and make a home. If they die in the same place, the AC carries that smell and throws it inside your house.
How To Fix Odor Coming From Air Conditioning Vents
As is clear from above, there are a number of reasons for the awful odor coming from your air conditioning vents. To fix the problem, there are several things which you could do.
1. Clean The AC – There are many parts of AC which you can clean yourself, like, the air filters and ducts. All you need is a brush, rag and a wet/dry vacuum cleaner with a long hose attachment. Cleaning the filters and ducts will ensure that there is no bacterial build-up. You can also see to it that there is no standing water in the drip pan and the drain line. Damp areas in the air conditioner propagate mold formation.
2. Install Duct Filters – Cleaning the duct filters every day is not possible. You can only do so once in a while. For all the other times, installing duct filter pads in the AC vents will help control the odor issue to a large extent. These filters are hypoallergic and are easily available at many home improvement stores.
3. Seasonal Maintenance – Through the course of seasonal maintenance, the AC is given a thorough cleaning and tuned up for maximum efficiency. This takes care of deep cleaning of the AC to kill bacteria and germs along with any other small animals who would have found their way into your HVAC system. It also takes care of loose nuts, bolts, and wires. These are tightened so that they do not cause sparking at a later on date. Ignoring seasonal maintenance to save a few dollars is not sensible.
4. Odor Control Methods – In some seasons, especially the monsoons, the moldy smell is perpetually present everywhere. This is mainly because everything becomes wet and promotes mold and mildew formation. Your AC may simply be picking up this odor and circulating within the house. So it is not necessary that the issue is in the AC. In the wet and damp season, you can look for artificial odor control methods. Burning an incense stick, switching on the air purifier, placing baking soda directly inside the air duct, placing potpourri of dried aromatic herbs strategically around the house are some ways to control the odor.
5. Call For Professional Help – Once you have done all that you can to control the odor and yet it persists, it’s time to call for some professional help. It is best to get help from HVAC experts because they can get into the nook and crannies of your HVAC system and clean and disinfect it top to bottom. Getting help from the experts is advisable when-
6. You find a dead animal or rodent inside your duct. Since it has started decaying, it could cause health hazards. So, thorough cleaning and disinfecting become a necessity.
7. You can see significant mold growth inside various parts of your AC.
8. Dust and debris have severely clogged the AC.
9. You suspect that there is a leakage in your ducts. This will need to be dealt with by professionals as your AC would have to be uncovered to fix all the leaks.
Whom To Hire For Professional Help
Whenever you are looking for someone to handle your air conditioner problems, keep in mind that there will be genuine companies as well as those who are looking for some easy cash. Always hire an HVAC company that can provide you with all the credentials. If in doubt, look up their reviews online. Most importantly get estimates from more than one company to make the best choice. When they claim there is a problem with the air conditioner ask for evidence. These few tips will assist you in choosing your HVAC expert correctly.
Odor coming from air conditioning vents may or may not be a big problem. The chances are that the former will hold true rather than the latter. Do a basic checkup at your end first before calling in the big guns. Even after your efforts if the odor does not go away, get help from the experts. They will help quickly resolve your problem and bring the good smells back in your home. If you live in Palm Springs, Florida and are looking for help with your air conditioner, give us a call at +1-888-729-8452. We are available 24/7 for all emergency services.
Air conditioners work day in and day out to keep our homes nice, cool and comfy. It is not unheard of for them to act up once in a while. They are machines after all, which will suffer wear and tear due to constant use. A common problem faced by many homeowners is that of Freon leak. But how will you come to know that your AC is leaking Freon? Usually, to confirm this analysis, you will need your AC technician to come and verify it. No matter what, never take Freon leak lightly because it will give rise to efficiency and health issues.
What Is Freon?
Freon is the refrigerant or coolant used in air conditioners to cool the air. Modern-day refrigerants like R-410A (Hydrofluorocarbons) are better than what was being produced earlier (Chlorofluorocarbons), but they are still not wholly environment-friendly.
Why Does Freon Leak Need To Be Taken Seriously?
No matter which class of Freon your AC contains, it is not entirely safe for both the environment and your health. They still result in global warming though not to the same extent. What is not safe for the environment is not safe for mankind as well. Other than that, refrigerant leak dramatically reduces the efficiency of the AC, thereby reducing the cooling effect and increasing the power consumption. Your room will now take longer to cool, and there will be a steep rise in your electricity bills.
Is Your AC Freon Leak?
How to identify an AC leaking Freon? If you are not sure whether your AC is leaking Freon, look for one or more of the below symptoms.
1. Warm Air Coming From AC – The very first sign of a refrigerant leak is that your AC will start blowing warm air into the room even when you have set the temperature to be comfortably cool. This warm air is, in fact, a relative comparison because the air may seem warm in comparison to how cool it used to be earlier for the same temperature setting.
2. Loss In Cooling Efficiency – When there is a refrigerant leak, the room will take much longer to cool, and even then it will not be as expected. Typically, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the air and cools it down. In case of a leak, heat absorption is not adequate due to which the efficiency of the air conditioner falls.
3. Sounds Emanating From The Indoor Unit – Holes and cracks in the coil which hold the refrigerant often result in hissing and gurgling sounds. The bigger the crack, the louder the noise. However, every noise is not an indicator of a AC Freon leak. Your AC could be making noise due to some other problem as well.
4. Frozen Coils – When there is a drop in the refrigerant circulating in the AC, the coils inside are unable to absorb the heat from the air. In the absence of sufficient heat, the condensation freezes on the coils. At times, this frozen condensation melts and drips on to the floor causing wet spots and water puddles. Frozen coils may seem like a small issue, but if left untreated, it can escalate to compressor failure.
5. Steep Rise In Electricity Bills – As stated above, the time it takes to cool down a room increases in case of an AC leaking Freon. The longer it takes to cool the room, the more power the air conditioner consumes. There happens to be a direct relation between the two. This leads to the conclusion that your electricity bill is bound to increase. If you compare two bills, last years and current years, and see that there is an inconsistent increase in the current bill, it could be an indicator of your AC leaking Freon.
What To Do If You Suspect Refrigerant Leak?
A refrigerant leak should never be taken lightly because it could have detrimental effects on your health as well as those of your family members. It can cause nausea, dizziness, and trouble in breathing. If at any point you suspect that your AC is leaking Freon contact your local HVAC company immediately.
Fixing Refrigerant Leak
The above symptoms may be indicators of AC Freon leak but not always necessarily so. These symptoms could arise due to a number of other factors as well. Before jumping to any conclusions yourself, get advice from an HVAC expert. Based on their findings, you will either get a confirmation of what you suspect, or they could point you in the right direction.
Once you are sure “AC leaking Freon” is the culprit you need to decide whether refilling the refrigerant and repairing the point of leak is your chosen course of action. Ideally, if your AC is more than a decade old and uses R-22 refrigerant, the best course of action would be to buy a new AC. If your AC is new, you can go ahead with repairs on the coil so that there are no further leaks and top up the refrigerant to the recommended level.
Who Should Carry Out The Repairs
Your AC is an expensive piece of equipment and needs to be handled with care. It is recommended that you do not carry out any repairs on your own. This is basically to ensure that instead of mitigating the problem, you do not propagate it. Remember, professional help is just a call away. These professionals are not only qualified but also have the right equipment to resolve all your HVAC problems.
Finding out whether your AC is leaking Freon is not a big issue. But do get a certified professional to confirm your findings. It is mainly because what you think to be a refrigerant leak could also be something else. Remember your safety, and that of your family should take precedence over all others, and that is why we provide emergency help 24/7 for any suspected refrigerant leaks in Palm Springs, Florida.
Your AC was not working fine, and the technician identified a problem with the evaporator coil. He gave you two choices to replace the coil or buy a new AC. This dilemma has financial ramifications, and obviously, you would want to go with the less cheap one. But is that really the right option? Let us try and understand whether you should replace evaporator coil or whole AC unit.
Evaporator Coil – What Is It?
The thing that keeps the temperature regulated inside your home, all around the year, is the evaporator coil. It is filled with refrigerant, which in hot summer months helps cool the air.
While during the cold winter months, its heat exchanging capability warms up the air and makes the environment comfortable.
During the rainy season, it works as a dehumidifier as well and draws out moisture from the air. Basically, the evaporator coil is an essential part of your AC or the HVAC unit.
Why Does Evaporator Coil Malfunction?
There are a plethora of reasons which can make the evaporator coil go bad. Some of these are avoidable, while others are not in your hands.
- In trying to save a few dollars, homeowners often ignore the importance of regular maintenance. Lack of maintenance compounds even small issues and can result in the evaporator coil malfunction.
- Usually, you should change the filter in the HVAC unit every 30-40 days. A dirty filter will also damage the coil.
- Sometimes issues with the condenser coil lead to the failure of the evaporator coil. Therefore, it is necessary to keep the condenser coil clean.
- Even incompatible refrigerant filled inside the evaporator coil can cause it to breakdown.
- Older the AC unit, higher are the chances of evaporator coil malfunction. With constant temperature changes, the tubes expand and contract, which makes them weak over a period of time. Hence, the chances of evaporator coil breakdown increase if the AC is old.
Why Does Evaporator Coil Need To Be Replaced?
Erosion causes the coils of the evaporator unit to weaken. In a weak state, the coil develops holes and cracks due to which the refrigerant leaks. If the points of leakage cannot be sealed completely, the evaporator coil needs to be replaced. Rather than sealing the cracks, a more cost-effective option is to replace the coil.
Replace Evaporator Coil Or Whole AC Unit
Replacing the whole AC unit is any day a costlier option than just replacing the evaporator coil. But sometimes it is wiser to make this more expensive investment. There are 3 main scenarios under which you should replace your AC unit with a brand new one.
1. Your AC Is More Than 10 Years Old – The efficiency of an AC unit is at its best for the first 10 to 12 years of its life. So if your air conditioner is nearing this deadline, it is better to buy a new one. At least you will not be working with a machine which is on the verge of a breakdown after every few days.
Changing the evaporator coil in such a case will put stress on the unit, and its efficiency of performance will decline steeply and lead to further troubles.
2. Obsolete Evaporator Coil – All ACs have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. Under ideal conditions, this rating should be anywhere between 13 to 21.
However, the federal minimum SEER is 14. If your air conditioner is old, the chances are that its SEER rating will be below the minimum requirement. So if your unit is 12-SEER the coils for that model are now obsolete. So much so that they aren’t made anymore.
If you still go ahead and replace the evaporator coil, there will be a mismatch in the indoor and outdoor unit. Hence, buying a new AC is better.
3. R-22 Refrigerant Is Used – R-22 is a refrigerant which is not being produced anymore. Since it is a form of chlorofluorocarbon, it harms the environment and therefore, has been phased out by almost all the countries.
With a complete ban on its production, it is not only hard to procure but also very expensive. Also, in the years to come, it will become impossible to get it anymore. If your unit uses R-22 refrigerant and the evaporator coil has sprung a leak, the HVAC expert will advise you to buy a new AC.
How To Avoid Damage To The Evaporator Coil?
Waiting for the damage to happen and then taking corrective action is not a sensible move.
Smartness would lie in ensuring that the evaporator coil does not suffer undue stress. For this, you need to get regular maintenance of your HVAC unit done by experts. Also, pay heed to their advice and do not try to do repairs on your own.
Your AC is an expensive piece of machinery so refrain from tinkering with it. A $150 maintenance charge will save you from $1500 repairs.
The above discussion would have given you a fair idea of the importance of the evaporator coil in your AC. It would also have enlightened you about when to replace evaporator coil or whole unit.
Chances are you would get drawn to the option which costs you less. If that is the case, convince yourself whether you are making the right decision or not keeping in mind the age of your AC, its SEER rating, and the type of refrigerant used. When in doubt, always ask for professional help.
You can easily book an appointment with us or your local HVAC technician and get their expert opinion regarding what is the best option for you. It is not necessary that you will have to buy a new AC. A proper inspection of the existing unit is the only way to ensure that you cover all your bases while making the final decision.
Refrigerant or the gas in AC is what gives it the cooling capability. In its absence, your air conditioner will work just like a regular heavy duty fan closed in a big box.
Most homeowners pay no attention to the kind of refrigerant used in their ACs. The fault is not theirs. A customers attention automatically draws towards those factors which either have a price attached to it or lead to energy efficiency. Ignorance of the importance of refrigerant makes us overlook it time and again.
The refrigerant used in AC nowadays plays a crucial role in the working and efficiency of the unit. Therefore, overlooking it is not a smart move. Through the medium of this article, we shall enlighten you about what is refrigerant, the importance of refrigerant, and also the kind of refrigerant used in AC nowadays. When you make your next purchase, you will not make the same mistake twice.
What Is A Refrigerant?
A refrigerant is a chemical used in the cooling mechanism of an appliance like an air conditioner or refrigerator. It acts as the carrier which undergoes a phase transformation from liquid to gas and then back to liquid again in the refrigeration cycle.
How Does Refrigerant Work?
Inside the AC there are copper coils which hold the refrigerant. When air at room temperature passes over these coils the refrigerant, with the help of the compressor, changes from liquid to gas and becomes extremely cold.
This cold refrigerant absorbs the heat from the air and cools it down. When the compressor switches off, the phase transformation reverses, and the refrigerant once again comes back to its original liquid state.
Importance Of The Refrigerant
From the above discussion, it is evident that without the refrigerant, there can be no cooling. And therein lies the importance of the refrigerant. Other than that, a majority of us already know that the refrigerants until recently consisted mostly of the CFCs or the Chlorofluorocarbons. CFCs are known to cause global warming and also deplete the ozone layer.
Therefore, having knowledge about the type of refrigerant used in your AC is to your benefit. You can kill two birds with a single stone –
- Take care of your family by using a safe refrigerant.
- Fulfill your environmental duty.
Types Of Refrigerants Used in AC Nowadays
The types of refrigerants used in AC nowadays can be broadly categorized under 4 main heads.
1. CFCs or Chlorofluorocarbons – Due to the environmental nuisance (greenhouse effect) caused by CFCs and as per the directives of the government air conditioner manufacturers in most countries have phased out these refrigerants. However, that does not mean they are completely out of circulation.
The production of CFCs was completely stopped in 1994. R12 by DuPont was the most commonly used CFC in the past. It was produced under the brand name “Freon”.
2. HCFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons) – Towards the end of 1990s HCFCs replaced the CFCs. If the choice was between better of the two evils, HCFCs had a slight edge. They are slightly better than the CFCs but contain chlorine, which is again harmful to the environment. In most countries, even today HCFCs are used.
The most commonly used HCFC is R-22. Plans are underway to phase them out, but there is still a long way to go before that happens. According to the EPA’s phaseout schedule and the Montreal Protocol, in the United States of America, the importing and production of R-22 will stop entirely by 2020. This is a progressive step in the right direction.
3. HFCs (Hydrofluorocarbons) – HFCs is a set of refrigerants which does not contain chlorine. Not that these are perfectly safe and completely environment-friendly, but at least they do not cause depletion of the ozone layer. Another thing that works in their favor is that these are more energy efficient.
R-410A is the most commonly available HFC these days. Another prominently used HFC in air conditioners is R-32. It is considered better than R-410A as it causes slightly less global warming. However, wheels have started churning in phasing out these as well. The idea is to discover a refrigerant which causes no harm to the environment.
4. HCs or Hydrocarbons – The most environmentally safe refrigerants that exist in the market today are “R-290” and “R-600A”. These hydrocarbons, are also known by their chemical names “Propane” for R-290 and “Iso-Butane” for R-600A. These are totally halogen-free, cause no ozone layer depletion, and are minimal in terms of global warming potential.
The good thing is that they have high-energy efficiency. What works against them is the fact that they are highly flammable. Nonetheless, they are the greenest refrigerants available in the market today.
Manufacturers claim that the safety standard in the appliances is so high that it is safe to use these hydrocarbons as refrigerants.
What Is The Refrigerant In My Home AC?
All reputed companies mention the kind of refrigerant used in their air conditioners. This information is usually printed on a sticker which can be seen either on the evaporator or the compressor. Additionally, you can find this information in the AC manual as well. If for some reason you still cannot find it, you can visit the company website and find the information.
What To Do When Your Refrigerant Is Banned?
If the refrigerant in your AC is banned, the best option is to replace your AC. Although you can still find the same refrigerant, the chances are that in the near future its supply will cease altogether. Moreover what is bad is everyone is bad for your family as well. There is no point in taking chances with their well-being.
Next time when you purchase a new AC. Don’t just blindly follow others. Be vigilant and use the above knowledge to make the right decision. Refrigerant is an important part of your AC, and hence it demands your complete attention. Your right and informed decision will make this world a better place for the coming generations. The future is yours to shape.
Florida, with its abundance of sun, sand, and surf, is truly a summer paradise. This place faces extreme heat and humidity along with a wet season with frequent rain showers. But that is not all weather wise, Floridians have to face their share of hurricanes and tropical storms as well.
Imagine how much a house has to bear in such extreme conditions. They face a healthy dose of salt spray (if located on the coast) in addition to heat, humidity, and high winds. More than the walls itself, it is the roof that bears the brunt of natures fury and changing moods.
Constant exposure to natures elements can degrade the roofing materials. If due attention is not paid the damage can extend to the underlying structure of the roof as well.
According to the Florida Divison of Emergency Management, the age of the roof plays a determining role in its ability to resist damage. The newer the roof, the higher its capability to withstand damage. But, just because your roof is a couple of years old, it does not mean you have to change it.
The roofing materials have a lifespan. Usually, this lifespan is determined by the warranty extended towards it. Even then, under extenuating circumstances, the warranty does not equate the lifespan. So, how long does a roof last in Florida? To answer this question, continue reading this post.
How Long Does A Roof Last In Florida?
The most commonly used roofing material in the whole of the United States, including Florida, are asphalt shingles. They come with a warranty of almost 20 to 30 years. However, their lifespan in Florida is not the same. It is mainly because of the extreme weather conditions.
- Asphalt Roof – As per the IACHI or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, high-quality architectural shingles are more durable with a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. On the other hand, the more commonly used 3-tab asphalt shingles will last a mere 10 to 12 years.However, due to persistent demand for better roofing materials, there have been changes in the market and all for the better. Nowadays, roof shingles are graded. They go from Class A (resisting wind speeds up to 60 mph) to Class H (resisting wind speeds up to 150 mph).
- Slate Roofs And Wood Shakes – For Florida homeowners, good news comes in the form of slate roofs and wood shakes. According to IACHI, their life expectancy is even better, making them more durable.Slate roofs are known to last for more than 50 years while wood shakes approximately 25 years. If installed properly, they both have very good wind resistance. However, the fact remains that slate is expensive and can damage easily on impact, while wood shakes are susceptible to rotting and require constant maintenance against other environmental elements.
- Metal Roof – The life expectancy of a metal roof is slightly better than asphalt. As per IACHI, in Florida metal roof will last for anywhere between 17 to 20 years. Amongst metals, aluminum, and zinc roofs are known to have higher and better wind resistance. They can resist wind speeds between 110 to 160 mph.These are also known for better resistance to damage by impact. The reason behind the metal roof gaining popularity is that they require minimum maintenance.
- Clay Tiles – The best option comes in the form of clay tiles. However, these too are not entirely foolproof. Clay tiles have a lifespan of anywhere between 50 to 100 years and come with a warranty of almost 30 years.When installed correctly these too can withstand wind speed of nearly 100 mph. But clay tiles are also prone to impact damage and can crack easily if walked upon. Good news is that they are pretty much resistant to UV exposure and damage from salt spray.
Which Roof Is Best For Hot And Humid Climate?
As we already know, Florida has a hot and humid climate, so the roof that you choose should repel heat and at the same time keep the inside of the house cool. Light shades of asphalt shingles and clay tiles are best suited for this purpose. Considering that these two have fairly good wind resistance, it all boils down to what suits your pockets the most.
Right Roof Lowers Energy Costs
In summers the most significant expenditure is the electricity bill. This is mainly because the air conditioner runs continuously for hours at end to keep the home cool and comfortable.
The right kind of roof will help keep your electricity bills in check. By repelling heat and UV rays, the asphalt shingles and clay tiles prevent the house from heating up uncomfortably. When no additional heat is absorbed by the home, the air conditioner has to work far less to maintain a cool atmosphere inside.
If you are willing to spend a little extra, you can go for roofing materials that have a high solar reflectance. The higher the reflectance, the better it is. The surface temperature of reflective roofs is nearly 30% less. Also, adding a layer of insulation makes it even better.
The Final Verdict
A roof lasts longer if the owner takes good care of it. Timely inspections, repairs, and keeping the gutters clean go a long way in increasing their life expectancy.
If you need a new roof, the choice of the roof should always depend on the weather and topography of the area. With the advances made in roofing materials, there is always something that suits the specific needs of a given area. Important is to research all the options available at your disposal and consider their pros and cons. After that, it’s more about deciding what suits your requirements and budget the best.
If you live in a hot area, you need to think of a roofing material which will suitably complement your HVAC system. The two cannot work at cross purpose. With the right roofing material, you can bring down the cooling costs dramatically.
The compressor is the most important part of the air conditioner. It also happens to be the most expensive. When your AC isn’t working, and the culprit is a faulty compressor, the first thing that pops in your mind is, “Should I replace it or buy a new AC?”. A straightforward answer to this question is not quite possible.
However, our guide will help make the decision simple. The right choice always depends on the situation and your ability to shell out money. So, should you replace the compressor or the whole unit? Let’s see what’s the right choice for you.
What Choices Do You Really Have?
Very few of us are actually aware that the choices at our disposal are not just two. It’s not a fight or flight kind of situation. You actually have 4 choices when the AC compressor conks out.
- Replace just the compressor.
- Replace the entire outside unit or the condensing unit.
- Replace the condensing unit along with the evaporator coil.
- Buy a new AC.
Guide To Decide Whether To Replace Compressor Or Whole Unit
- Age Of Air Conditioner – If your air conditioner is anywhere between 15-20 years old, it is best to buy a new one. The reason being that getting its spare parts will be very difficult because of technological obsolescence. Also, the technology since then has evolved and become better and more energy efficient. So your purchase decision will quickly be set off with the savings in the electricity bill.
- Take Second Opinion Before Accepting Compressor Is Actually Dead – As customers, we believe that the contractor will always give us the most feasible and viable solution. The fact remains that there are many rip-offs who want to make easy money. Hence, even if there is some life left in the compressor and in some extreme cases when the fault does not even lie in the compressor, they will advise you to replace it or buy a new AC. Why do they do that? Simply to earn more in the form of commissions and additional installation charges. So, don’t jump the gun.Ask a reputed HVAC company for their opinion after a complete inspection of the AC unit. If you are not sold on the technician’s verdict, you can ask his senior or the field supervisor to confirm or negate the findings. Ideally, this should not cost you anything extra.
- Figure Out The Warranty Terms & Conditions – It would be sheer good luck to find out that the compressor is still under warranty. If that is the case, you do not have to pay for a new compressor. You just pay the labor cost, and the company replaces the AC compressor free of charge. A technician from your regular HVAC company will be able to tell you whether the compressor is still covered under warranty.
- Compare The Cost Of Replacing Compressor and Cost Of New AC – Sometimes it is not just the compressor that needs to be replaced. As mentioned in the section above, you may have to replace the entire condensing unit or the condensing unit along with the evaporator coil. Whatever be the case, you need to take into account the total costs involved in this replacement along with labor cost and installation charges. Compare the same with the price of a new AC and its installation. Consider the price difference to see what suits your pocket the best. If the difference is not much, it is wise to buy a new air conditioner.
What We Suggest
1. Replace your air conditioners compressor only if one or more of the following terms are met –
- The compressor is still under warranty such that you only need to pay for the labor cost.
- No other major components of your AC have already failed or are likely to fail in the near future.
- The inside unit was replaced recently.
- Budget is tight, and you can’t be extravagant.
2. Buy a new air conditioner only if one or more of these terms are met –
- Your AC is really old (more than 15 years).
- More than one component is at risk of failure or has failed already.
- Money is not an issue.
Is It Advisable To Replace Only The Outdoor Unit?
Your air conditioner consists of two main units – the indoor unit (evaporator unit) and the outdoor unit (condensing unit). These two units are a match made in heaven and supplement each other. Since they are two parts of a matched system replacing one but not the other can cause some serious problems. These could be –
- No Warranty – Mismatched systems can cause problems. Therefore, the manufacturer may exercise the right of not extending a warranty if you replace the condenser unit but not the evaporator unit.
- Premature Failure – Mismatched units can cause uncalled for pressure on one or both the units. This can cause premature failure of either or both the units.
- Decrease In Efficiency – The new unit is bound to be more efficient than the older unit. It will feel like tying an old car to a racing car. Hence, efficiency is bound to decrease for sure.
So What Should You Really Do?
Times are changing. Economies are again rising after the recession. The paying capacity of the masses is becoming better. Therefore, purchase and repair decisions are becoming easier to answer. They are even willing to pay extra to get an extended warranty. In all this, what you really want as a customer is honest opinions and good service.
To replace the compressor or whole unit is indeed a confusing decision. Hopefully, what we have discussed above will make the task a little easier. Remember to always ask for a second opinion for Air Conditioner Problems And Solutions and always make an informed decision. It is not necessary that the more expensive option is always the right option. Money is hard earned, spend it wisely.
5 Common Air Conditioner Problems And Solutions In the hot summer months, air conditioners work overtime to keep homes cool. Your air conditioner is your lifeline to a comfortable stay at home. Always remember machines need care and maintenance to work properly. Your AC is no different. If you want it to work efficiently, you need to invest in its upkeep and maintenance. An AC which doesn’t work properly makes life miserable and unbearable. In worse situations, it may even force you to live elsewhere until the problem is resolved. Today let’s learn about 5 common air conditioner problems and solutions. Hopefully, next time, when the AC acts up, you will be able to take care of things and prevent the situation from going out of hands.
5 Common Air Conditioner Problems And Solutions
The warm weather is on your head, and this is just the beginning of summer. For every little AC problem, you cannot call a technician because until they arrive, you are stuck. However, most issues that crop up with AC are actually very easy to resolve. So, here is a small troubleshooting guide for knowledge and future reference.
1. AC Does Not Turn On – That’s strange, you flipped the switch, and the AC does not switch on. You were expecting a burst of cool air; instead, you were met with silence. Firstly, don’t panic. The lack of power does not mean that your AC has gone belly up. It’s just a matter of a blown fuse, a tripped circuit, loose wiring, or cut wire. All three of these situations you can handle on your own.
The Solution – If it’s a blown fuse, you need to change it. If it’s a tripped circuit, you need to reset it. Loose wiring would require you to tighten the nuts and bolts around the switch or plug, as the case may be. And, if the wire is cut, you need to replace it with a new unbroken length of wire.
2. Air Not Coming Out Of Air Registers – The AC switched on, the compressor kicked in, but no air is coming out of the air registers. The problem could either be as simple as a tripped breaker on the outside unit of the air conditioner or a problem with the blower belt.
The Solution – In the above scenario, one part of the problem you can handle on your own but for the other, you will have to call an AC or HVAC technician. When the breaker on the outside unit trips, all you need to do is reset it. However, if the problem is the blower belt, it will need to be changed. This aspect of troubleshooting is best handled by professionals. It is mainly because they know how to do it correctly without causing any more issues.
3. AC Is Not Cooling – Everything appears to be working fine, but the room is not cooling. Believe it or not, this is one of the most common problems. It mostly happens because we cheat on maintenance. It could happen due to a multitude of reasons, all of which would ideally be covered if you get regular maintenance work done on the AC.
The cooling efficiency of the AC declines due to dirty and clogged air filters, blockage in condensate drain or low refrigerant level.
The Solution – Let’s start with the simple one first, which is dirty air filters. After removing the dirty air filters, you can scrub them clean with water and brush. If cleaning is not possible, then replace them completely. Next is unblocking the condensate drain. Use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner and suck out the debris which has accumulated inside the drain and caused a blockage. Finally, we come to levelling the refrigerant. This is something which you should let an HVAC expert handle. They know which refrigerant is needed and in what quantity. Also, they have the appropriate tools to open the unit to top up the refrigerant. Most importantly, they can verify why the refrigerant ran low and solve the problem at the root level so that there are no further recurrences.
4. Leaky AC Unit – Leaking water from AC, causing wet spots on the floor and dampness on the walls, spells trouble. Not only is it a health hazard, but can also damage the objects in your home and decrease the effectiveness of your AC. It could be caused by blocked condensate pipe, damaged drain pan or faulty condensate pump.
The Solution – The solution for the first two problems is simple. If the condensate drain is clogged, unclog it with the help of a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. If the drain pan has holes and cracks, seal them with an appropriate sealant. However, if it is beyond repair, change it completely. If the condensate pump is not working, call a technician to have a look and rectify the problem. This is a technical aspect and requires professional help because only they are qualified to take corrective action in the present pump or change it altogether.
5. The Unit Keeps Tripping The Circuit Breaker – If your unit keeps tripping the circuit breaker, it is an indication of loose or broken wiring, a weak breaker, defective capacitor or fault in the grounding of the compressor.
The Solution – Loose wiring will need tightening, and broken wiring will need replacing. A weak breaker and defective capacitor will also need replacement with something stronger, which can bear the operating load of your AC. To ensure proper grounding of the compressor, you will have to call for professional help. Often we try to look for bigger problems where none exist. Before jumping the gun and calling for an AC technician, look for obvious problems. You can tackle more than half of them yourself. If you still fail, only then call for the experts. Not that they cannot handle small problems or consider them beneath them, it’s just that it will save you a few precious dollars. For everything else feel free to call us at 1-888-729-8452. We are experts in everything AC and take pride in resolving your air conditioner problems and solutions.
Water is a precious commodity. So precious that we cannot live without it. That is why it is hard to believe that we humans, in the name of progress and development, have indiscriminately polluted water so much so that it has now become a health hazard. In the United States, water pollution has almost become an epidemic. Polluted water has reached our homes and affecting communities at large. Remember the movie “Erin Brockovich”? That is how bad the situation is in some parts of the country, and yet we remain unaware and ignorant. Despite the steps that have been taken to control the situation, things are still far from satisfactory.
Florida, known for its golden beaches and blue waters, is one of the most polluted states, in terms of water contamination. Thousands of tourists visit the state all the year round completely oblivious to that fact that they are playing with danger. Water contamination in Florida has now reached such levels that it is impacting the people at large.
7 Surprising Facts About Water Contamination In Florida
- 10th Place In Water Pollution – In a report titled “Troubled Waters”, Florida ranks 10th for rampant illegal water pollution incidents. For a state which is frequented by tourists because of the waters itself, this statistic is appalling. According to Jaclyn Lopez, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, the corporate polluters were in violation of the federal rules at least 270 times in the last 21 months . Of the samples taken almost half had twice the legal limit of pollutants.
- Water Pollution Causes To Algal Blooms – Algal blooms appear to be a normal occurrence without any cause for panic. But the fact remains that red algal blooms are indeed deadly for marine life. Due to water contamination in Florida, the algal blooms have resulted in a severe decline of the shellfish population. As such, many fishermen have been rendered jobless.
- One-Fourth Beaches Closed Every Year – Including Florida, and many other coastal areas of the USA, each year around 1/4th of the beaches are shut because of water contamination. Closing the beaches is a big step as it affects the economy. Jobs are hit because tourism suffers; in turn, the quality of life is also adversely impacted.
- Lake Okeechobee Heavily Polluted – Lake Okeechobee is one of the largest lakes in Florida. Unfortunately, it is also the most polluted because chemicals and fertilizers are being dumped into the lake unceremoniously for years. The culprits are the factories and industries located in that area.
- Sewage Treatment Plants Need Upgrading – A major contaminant in water pollution is sewage. Florida’s sewage treatment plants need major upgrading so that they are able to counter the situation more efficiently .
- Groundwater Diminishing – Studies have shown that there has been a drastic decline in the groundwater in Florida. Therefore, the state has been forced to look at alternate sources for meeting the demand. It has become all the more necessary to keep sewage, fertilizers, and chemicals out of public waters.
- Big Companies Biggest Culprits – The real culprits are the big companies who choose to hide their misdeeds behind a heavy curtain of dollars. Finding loopholes in the regulations to get out of their environmental duty has become the norm. Stringent laws with stricter punishment are the only way to control the already worsening situation.
How Can You Help
It is not always the duty of the state or the government to take care of everything. Sometimes small steps from your side go a long way in saving the day. You all live in air-conditioned homes. Have you ever thought of recycling the water which AC produces? Although this water is not potable, there are plenty of uses that it can actually be put to. It will not only reduce your water consumption but in areas, with water shortage, it will provide a secondary source for many activities.
Uses For AC Water
There are many ways in which you can use the AC water. The easiest ones are –
- Water For Plants – The water released by the AC drain pipe can be collected and used to water the plants. You can use it for irrigating your lawn, vegetable garden, and potted plants. Since this water is free of chlorine, it does not harm your plants in any manner.
- Cleaning – You can use the AC water for washing and cleaning the doors and windows of the house, car, patio furniture, and any other similar item. Again, no element of this water will harm any equipment that needs cleaning. So instead of throwing it away or letting it run into the ground, put it to some good use.
- Water Feature – You can even source a small water feature like a fountain, pond, or a small trickling waterfall with the AC water. It will add to the beauty of your surroundings and make your home feel more peaceful and restful.
Benefit Of Using AC Water
During hot summer months, there is a paucity of water. The water bill increases considerably to discourage people from wasting it. Even at such times, our air conditioners run continuously producing condensate. This condensate can provide water for the necessary activities which do not require fresh water. This way, you will be able to manage your water requirements more efficiently and at the same time, not break any laws through wasteful management.
The condensate water from Air Conditioner is not fit for drinking. But that does not mean that it has no other use. Because the AC condensate is neutral, it can be put to all those uses where maintaining the pH balance is not necessary. In times when water pollution is indeed a cause for concern, your AC is giving you a source of water which is relatively clean. So, starting today, instead of letting it go waste, put it to some use. Recycling AC condensate and fixing water dripping from Split AC Indoor unit is a foot forward in the right direction.
It comes as no surprise that the markets today are flooded with products that are far advanced versions of what we used to have earlier. Technological changes have heralded an era of smart, energy efficient, and environment-friendly products. Until a few years back, there was just one type of air conditioner, the conventional one. Now, one hears of the inverter AC, which is a relatively new concept. To err on the side of safety is human nature. So, being skeptical about this new kind of air conditioner is nothing to be embarrassed about.
What is an inverter AC and is it really any good? What are the advantages and disadvantages of an inverter air conditioner? These are a few questions which we shall address today.
What Is Inverter System Technology In Air Conditioners?
Inverter system air conditioners are way ahead of the conventional air conditioners. They were developed to remove temperature fluctuations and electricity wastage. This enhanced technology makes use of adjustable speed to achieve full control over the compressor for optimum performance.
How Do Inverter AC Work?
Inverter AC’s reach the desired temperature swiftly and effectively by starting at full throttle. Once the ideal temperature is reached, the process is repetitively adjusted to retain a comfortable climate without any fluctuations.
To continuously control the temperature, an inverter is used to regulate the speed of the compressor motor. The drive alters the approaching AC current to DC current. After that, through a modulation in an electrical inverter, it produces the desired frequency current. An embedded microcontroller samples the ambient temperature repeatedly and regulates the speed of the compressor accordingly.
Advantages Of Inverter AC
The inverter AC has many benefits. But the most obvious reasons for its popularity are –
- Energy Efficient Operations – In the absence of the compressor constantly turning on and off, there is no power surge or fluctuations. Therefore, inverter air conditioners reduce power consumption by almost 40% annually. They allow maintenance of comfortable temperature even with less energy consumption. Even better is the fact that since it consumes less power, it is incredibly safe for home wiring.
- Cost-Effective – Since the power consumption in the running of inverter AC is low, the bills are also on the lower side. Its energy efficient operations translate to its cost-effectiveness and make your pockets happy.
- Rapid Cooling – Inverter AC is capable of running the compressor at high speed. As a result, it can cool a room faster. The compressor of a conventional AC runs at a fixed speed only, and hence, it takes more time to cool a room.
- Silent Operation – Compared to a traditional AC, the inverter air conditioner runs at low speed. The compressor is also comparatively silent. Therefore, it produces little to no noise inside the home. Its silent operations allow you a sound and comfortable sleep.
- Other Benefits – Lesser known, but equally important, benefits of inverter AC include its capability to run on solar panels, environment-friendly nature because of the use of good quality refrigerants and the fact that its high price is offset with the massive saving in electricity bills.
Disadvantages Of Inverter Air Conditioner
Everything is not rosy when it comes to inverter ACs.The key disadvantages of inverter AC include –
- Bad Insulation Increases Costs – Inverter AC is energy efficient only when the room is properly insulated. In case the insulation in the room is not up to the notch, the power consumption will be high, and as such, your electricity bill will also increase proportionately.
- Expensive Repair & Maintenance – The components that make an inverter AC are expensive. Therefore, its repair and maintenance is a costly service. You need to think about the cost involved in case of any issues, whether your pocket can afford it or not, before making the purchase decision.
- Increase Humidity – If the inverter AC is too powerful for your room, it will run frequent short cycles to maintain the desired room temperature. This will result in the room getting either too hot or too cold rapidly, but without effectively dehumidifying the air. What happens in such cases is that the room achieves the targeted temperature and yet maintains high humidity due to which it does not feel comfortable.
- Costly Purchase – Inverter AC is a new concept. The technology involved is also relatively new. The demand for these air conditioners is still not high in the market. To top it all, it is priced high because of its expensive components. Inverter AC is not a pocket-friendly solution for families who budget their expenses.
Is It Worth Buying An Inverter AC?
Inverter AC is an expensive piece of machinery whose support services are also on the higher side. Compared to the price of a normal AC, the difference is too high.
However, if you think in terms of long term investment this difference is set off in the form of low energy bills. The time that it takes to balance the price difference between these two types of air conditioners is usually two years. So, it is more a question you need to ask yourself – “Can I afford to buy costly equipment today which will actually break even after two years”? If your answer is a resounding “Yes” you can go ahead with the purchase. However, if you answer “No” a conventional AC will also serve the purpose beautifully.
The pros and cons of inverter AC make the choice extremely difficult. Additionally, the expense involved in its upkeep also does not work in its favor. But the fact remains undisputed that they are the most efficient in all other aspects. Be it energy consumption, electricity bills, or efficiency of operations; inverter air conditioners will be hard pressed to ignore. Only time will tell how popular they actually become with the masses.
Until then, it is best to withhold any judgment, but we urge you to know how the air conditioning works and think deeply about the advantages and disadvantages of inverter air conditioners before making any final decision.
“Inside the house, I feel sticky and sweaty all the time, even when my air conditioner or the HVAC unit is always on.” Is this true for you? If yes, this article is just the answer to your troubles. The cause of this sultry and clammy feeling is high humidity. When the humidity inside the house increases, it makes you feel uncomfortable and irritable. A common query that we are constantly hit with is, “Why is my air conditioner not removing humidity?”. Today, we shall try and address this question and let you understand why your ac is unable to dehumidify the air.
How Does AC Remove Humidity
In an ideal scenario, your AC brings down the humidity level by circulating the hot and humid air of your home over the cold and refrigerant filled evaporator coil. Due to this interaction between air and cold coils water vapor present in the air condenses and forms water droplets. These droplets collect in the drain pan from which they are pumped out through the drain line. In other words, the AC sucks out humidity and sends out cool and dry air.
Reasons Behind Air Conditioner Not Removing Humidity
Often you face high humidity levels inside the house. It mostly happens because although the AC is cooling the home, it is still not getting rid of the humidity. The mains reasons behind this malfunction are –
➢ Thermostat Not Set To “Auto” – Most of you will be surprised to know that the thermostat setting controls the blower fan of your air conditioner. When it is set to “Auto”, the blower fan turns on only when the home is hot and needs cooling.
While when set to “On”, the fan works continuously even if the house does not need any cooling. What happens, in the latter case, is that the AC is unable to dehumidify the air efficiently. So, the next logical question would be, “Why is that so?”. The answer is straightforward. When the fan runs continuously, it picks up the condensed water droplets and circulates them back inside the house. Hence, the humidity is almost the status quo.
How To Fix – Fixing the problem is as simple as changing the thermostat setting to “Auto”. Once done, you should ideally have no more problems.
➢ Dirty Air Filters & Evaporator Coil – The air filters prevent the dust and grime from finding their way inside the air conditioner unit. Over a period of time air filters tend to get dirty and prevent the easy passage of air into the unit.
Once these filters are clogged, the evaporator coil becomes vulnerable to getting dirty itself. When dirt starts accumulating on the coil, it forms a layer. This layer of dirt prevents the evaporator coil from cooling the air sufficiently. As such, it fails to suck out the humidity from the air.
How To Fix – To begin with, regularly clean the air filters. At least once a month is advisable. If they are completely clogged and cannot be cleaned, change them as soon as possible. When it comes to cleaning the evaporator coil, that is something to be handled by an HVAC professional only. So book an appointment immediately.
➢ Leaking Ducts – Leaks in the HVAC ductwork could be adding to the humidity inside the home. In homes, usually, the attic houses the HVAC unit and its ducts.
Any leak on the return side of the ducts would mean that your air conditioner is sucking in the hot and humid air from the attic. When that happens, the AC unit is unable to condense all the extra water vapor that is added to the air supply because of the leaking duct. In turn, no matter how long you run the AC, you still feel clammy.
How To Fix – To fix this problem, you need to book an appointment with the HVAC technician. They can identify all sources of leaks and block them most effectively.
➢ Oversized AC – Yes, size does matter. The bigger is not always better. An oversized AC cools your home rapidly. Since when did rapid cooling become a problem? Rapid cooling is definitely a problem because an AC has to function at a fixed pace, which is the right pace. Dehumidification is not a quick process. It takes time for the evaporator coil to suck the moisture out of the air and condense it. However, when rapid cooling happens, the dehumidification cycle suffers and is unable to give optimum output. Therefore, your house appears sufficiently cool but is still humid.
How To Fix – If your AC is brand new and can still be replaced, get a professional AC contractor to let you know the correct size for your home. IF your AC is a couple of years old and can’t be replaced due to financial constraints or because it still has a few years of life left, invest in a whole-home dehumidifier.
When To Call A Professional
Air conditioner not removing humidity even after you have done everything at your end to contain it, i.e., cleaned the air filters, checked for leaks and adjusted the thermostat. And yet nothing seems to give relief. The humidity is still unbearable. It’s time to call a professional for help. They are trained and certified to offer the best advice and render the most appropriate solution.
Living in a humid environment literally sucks. Comfortable living is everybody’s right, so why suffer unbearable living conditions? Why add to the unnecessary problem by extending the discomfort? Give us a call today on our toll-free number 1-888-729-8452 and book an appointment. At Aztil air conditioning is not something we do for a living but something we live to do. Our elite team is available at your service seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Water puddles or droplets inside the house are a cause for concern. Water can damage the woodwork, increase the humidity inside the house, and also cause mold to grow. One needs to take action quickly to kill the root of the problem. One main reason for water inside the house is air conditioners.
“Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water Inside?” This is a very common question that people ask in summers. But there is no one answer to satisfy all. The reasons could be many and varied.
What To Do Before Figuring Out “Why”?
You know that your air conditioner is leaking water inside the house. Before figuring out why this is happening, you need to take these two steps to minimize water damage:
- Immediately turn off the AC unit. It will prevent further dripping of water and also protect your AC from more damage.
- Mop up the water that has dripped to prevent any damage to the ceiling, walls, floors, and other items nearby.
Why AC Produces Moisture?
AC produces moisture; you know that. If you didn’t, the dripping water and wet floor is evidence enough to prove so. But do you know why the air conditioning unit produces moisture? Once you know the answer to this question, you will know where to look for defects.
Every air conditioner consists of an evaporator coil. It is an A-shaped contraption which is filled with extremely cold refrigerant. Air passes over the evaporator coil when the AC is switched on. When warm air comes in contact with the cold refrigerant, its temperature drops until it turns desirably cool.
This temperature change results in condensation due to which moisture is produced. This moisture is collected in the drain pan in the form of water. The drainage pipes, provided in the AC unit, collect the water and releases it directly into the ground or a water collection area.
Why Air Conditioner Leaks Water Inside?
The common reasons due to which your air conditioner could be leaking water inside are:
- Disconnected Drain Line – If the drain line is disconnected, there is no way it can dispose of the water which is formed due to condensation. So, before looking for complicated problems, look for the most obvious ones. A disconnected drain pipe will prevent the flow of water into the drip pan, and as a result, it could start leaking inside.
- Clogged Drain Line – Dust, debris, mold, and insects can cause blockage of the drain pipe. If the drain pipe is blocked, the water will start accumulating inside the AC unit and sooner or later begin dripping inside the house.
- Rusted Pipes – Another reason for air conditioner leaking water inside is rusted pipes. Corrosion can cause cracks or breaks in the pipe. It could also cause an obstruction and clog the pipe. If this is the case, you will have to replace the rusted pipeline.
- Rusted Drain Pan – The drain pan is positioned under the air handler, which is typically in your attic or closet. Due to rusting the drain pan can develop cracks and holes, causing accumulation of water in and around the indoor AC unit. The accumulated water drips down and causes leakage.
- Malfunctioning Condensation Pump – Water is collected into the condenser pan and the condensation pump removes the excess water from it by pumping. If the pump itself is faulty or broken, it will not pump out all the excess water. Some of it will leak inside. Only a professional can check whether the condensation pump is malfunctioning and take corrective action.
- Dirty And Damaged Air Filters – Dirty and damaged air filters block the air flow. As a result, sufficient air does not hit the evaporator coil. The coil then freezes. When it melts, the drain pan is unable to hold the sudden increase in water influx, and it spills over, causing leakage.
- Frozen Coils – As mentioned above the evaporator coil can freeze due to dirty and damaged air filters. However, it can also freeze if the refrigerant level is lower than ideal. Low refrigerant level causes the coil to become very cold, so much so that it freezes. Repeated thawing and freezing makes the drain pan overflow due to which water may leak inside.Again, low refrigerant levels should be handled by professionals only as they can check for leaks in the seal at the same time.
- Lack Of Maintenance – Every machinery demands maintenance to work efficiently. Air conditioners are no different. Lack of adequate maintenance can manifest itself in many forms. One of which may be air conditioner leaking water inside.So, next time when you wonder, “Why is my air conditioner leaking water inside,” think about when was the last time you got a professional to do its maintenance. If the answer is not in a long time, you need to correct this oversight immediately.
- Old Unit – If your AC unit is more than 15 to 20 years old, its time to replace it. Once they are past their useful, productive life, they will malfunction for no rhyme or reason. To keep taking corrective action will be a cost-heavy expense, knowing fully well that something else will go wrong soon.Replacing does not mean to have the same model and make installed once again, albeit a new one. Replacing mean upgrading with something which is more in sync with the technology today.
Formation of water droplets due to condensation is a normal part of air conditioner operations. The concern arises when this water finds its way inside the house and does not dry up quickly enough. All kinds of spillages and leaks are bad for your house as they can cause accidents and health issues. Water dripping from the air conditioner is no different. Most basic checks you can do on your own to find out the reason behind this water leaking inside. But for more complex problems you need professional assistance. If you need help from a West Palm Beach-based HVAC professional, do look us up. Our elite team of professionals is always at your service.