Many homeowners often underestimate how vital their thermostat is to the proper heating and cooling of their home. Although a very small component of your HVAC system, it is actually the “brain” of the system and can make or break your cooling and heating efforts.
Many thermostat problems are caused by bad wiring, a faulty model, or poor calibration, but these are not the only reasons that a thermostat causes AC systems to develop repair issues. The location of your thermostat can actually lead to serious problems and discomfort in your home. Keep reading to learn more about bad places to install a thermostat and why each of these spaces presents a problem.
Some of the most common calls we get for air conditioning problems are in regards to a condenser making strange noises or insufficient airflow or cooling power. These are examples of very serious air conditioner problems that should be repaired right away, and are typically quite obvious. There are some not-so-obvious components of your air conditioner, however, that can cause problems too, such as the condensate drain.
We’ve officially entered what is historically the hottest part of the year around these parts. Hopefully, if you are utilizing a heat pump to cool your home then it hasn’t given you any problems. However, if you have noticed troubling symptoms and wonder if your heat pump can handle the rest of this year—let alone the rest of this season—then a replacement heat pump may be necessary. Don’t wait for your heat pump to die on you when you need in the most—instead be aware of these indicators that signal you might need a new heat pump before this year is over.
We’ve written in the past about the importance of routine, professional air conditioning maintenance, and we really cannot stress enough just how important this is. It’s the only way you can ensure that you get the very best performance from your home cooling system. To help you better understand the importance of this service, we’ve shared a brief list below of some of the tasks your HVAC professional will provide when they come to perform your AC maintenance.
Are you in the market for a new air conditioning system this summer? If so, you’ll want to make sure that it’s the right size for your home. No, bigger does not always mean better. You can’t take just any system that physically fits your home and assume that it will work effectively and efficiently just like any other system.
Having an improperly sized air conditioner installed can cause a number of different issues down the road. Keep reading to learn more about sizing your air conditioner and what can happen if it’s either too small or too large.
In order for your air conditioner to perform as it should, there needs to be a precise balance between each of its components. These components all work together to make your home feel cool and comfortable all summer long and beyond.
As a result, each component must remain in good working order. There are a few parts that require specialized attention: one of these being your air conditioner’s compressor. Essentially the “heart” of your system, the compressor is what allows you to receive cool air. But how does it work?
When it comes to choosing a high efficiency HVAC system for your home, you have many options. Heat pumps are among these options and one of the best systems available on the market today. They have the capability to heat or cool a home, and rather than burning fuel like a furnace or a boiler does, they work through a process called heat exchange, moving heat form one place to another by using a small amount of electricity.
However, there is one small disadvantage to heat pumps. We’ll go more into that below, but what’s important to know is that there is a solution: the dual fuel system. Keep reading to learn more about this type of HVAC system and what it can do for you.
An Alternative to the Standard Heat Pump
The main disadvantage of a traditional heat pump is that when temperatures get too low during the winter, it has trouble maintaining its heating efficiency. Since a heat pump has to remove heat form outside and bring it indoors while it’s in heating mode, the lower the outdoor temperature is then the less heat is available for it to use.
A dual fuel system, however, combats this with a small backup heater which uses a different fuel source. Typically this will be a gas furnace. However, propane furnaces are another popular choice—particularly for homes that do not have access to natural gas. When the heat pump starts to lose efficiency, this backup heater will automatically switch on and compensate for the loss of heat.
Heat pumps are so popular because of their energy saving abilities in heating mode. A dual fuel system takes this one step further. Since the backup heating system will only need to run occasionally, it makes the dual fuel system a highly efficient system to use for all of your heating and cooling needs.
To schedule services for your dual fuel system in Allen, TX, contact Oaks Heat & Air today.
Your air conditioning system is tasked with one very important job: to keep your home cool in the summer. So if you see ice developing on the system at all, you may think this is a normal part of the air conditioning process. If a system provides cool air, it’s only natural that it freezes over every now and then, right? Unfortunately, that is a mistake to believe.
The development of ice on your air conditioning system is actually a very negative sign. If you do notice this, then your first call should be to an HVAC professional so you can prevent further damage from occurring. Keep reading to learn why ice is such a big problem.
Your Air Filter Might be Dirty
Your evaporator coil works by absorbing indoor heat into your refrigerant. If the airflow that is traveling over the evaporator coil during this process is interrupted by a dirty air filter, then the coil will get much colder than it otherwise would have.
As your air conditioning system draws heat out of your indoor air, it creates condensation. A dirty air filter interrupts this process and can cause the condensation to freeze on the evaporator coil. This becomes a viscous cycle: the ice wraps around the coil and further obstructs the absorption of heat. Fortunately, however, changing or cleaning the air filter can resolve this problem.
Or You Could Have a Refrigerant Leak
While a dirty air filter is something that can be easily remedied, a refrigerant leak is more serious of a problem. Oftentimes, this is what actually causes an evaporator coil to ice over. When refrigerant leaks from your air conditioning system, the heat absorption process in the evaporator coil is interrupted. The coil gets too cold, and the condensation on the coil will freeze. Also, if you notice ice on the refrigerant lines, this is a good sign that your problem is in fact a leak.
For air conditioning repairs in Plano, TX, contact Oaks Heat & Air today!
Summer is officially here! It’s about time for you to start using your air conditioner on a regular basis, if you haven’t already been using it pretty regularly. Of course, with the increased use comes wear and tear. Therefore, before our weather reaches the hottest temperatures this summer, you’ll want to make sure you’ve schedule professional maintenance services—particularly if you have a heat pump.
Heat pumps are utilized all year long, providing both your heating needs during the winter and cooling needs during the summer. As a result, bi-annual heat pump maintenance is a must. Read below to learn more about why this is the case.
As air conditioning systems age, they begin to develop problems as a result of natural wear and tear. This is true for even the most well-maintained and cared for AC units. You might notice that your repair needs become more and more frequent, or that your air conditioner is making unsettling noises.
If you notice a sound such as hissing or grinding coming from your AC cabinet, this could indicate you need repairs. However, eventually your system will need to be replaced, but how do you know when it is truly time?