Now that summer is finally here, you’ve probably cranked up the AC and are ready to stay cool all season. We’re right there with you.
But not everything goes smoothly all the time, and eventually you are going to have air conditioner questions that you need answered before the weather gets blistering hot. We’ve heard a lot of those questions, and we’ve got the answers..
1. Why Is My Air Conditioner Making That Noise?
It’s the last thing you want to hear when it’s 30-plus degrees Celsius outside and you’ve run out of ice cubes for your drinks. There’s some sort of weird sound coming from your air conditioner that you’ve never heard before.
There are several reasons your air conditioner is making noise. It all depends on the noise. Is it a banging sound? There may be a loose or broken part. Is it buzzing? There may be some debris that needs to be cleaned out.
If you hear any unusual sounds coming from your air conditioner, have a professional diagnose the problem and make the repairs.
2. Am I Using My Air Conditioner Too Much?
Your air conditioner is yours to use as much as you want or are able to. If you are worried about using too much energy and hiking up your electricity bill, there are some ways to control how much you use your AC. For example, use your programmable thermostat so that your air conditioner isn’t running when no one is home.
Savings Tip: There are things you can do to help keep your house cool without constantly using your air conditioner. We have some money-saving tips to work with your air conditioner.
3. Is My Air Conditioner Getting Too Old?
This is one of the air conditioner questions we get a lot. People just aren’t sure when they should replace their cooling systems.
If your air conditioner is over ten years old, we recommend considering a replacement. Air conditioner technology has jumped forward and is more efficient than ever. Investing in a new cooling system now may give you savings in the future.
If you realize it’s time to have a new air conditioner installed, our team of trained professionals will do it safely and correctly the first time.
Savings Tip: Updating your air conditioner can qualify you for rebates. We can help you take advantage of them.
4. Should I Get Someone to Check Out My Air Conditioner Before Using It?
If you haven’t used your air conditioner since last September, it’s a good idea to get it serviced by a professional.
Not only will this catch any problems early on, but it will give your air conditioner the love it needs to keep working well for a long time. That’s the power of regular maintenance.
5. Do Air Conditioners Affect the Humidity Level in My Home?
Yes they do. They are dehumidifiers in everything but the name. Air conditioners were invented by Willis Carrier in 1902 specifically for the purpose of reducing the moisture in the air, and luckily they also lower the temperature.
6. How Do I Clean My Air Conditioner?
Your air conditioner has a lot of working parts that should be checked by a professional, but there are some things you can clean yourself, including:
- The condenser unit
- The air filter
- The coils
Before cleaning, make sure both your outside and inside units are turned off.
To clean your condenser unit, first ensure the power is off so you don’t get a shock. Remove the covering and use a fine brush to gently remove dirt and debris. Be careful - they’re very fragile! Use a mixture of water and mild detergent to carefully remove buildup from the coils.
Replace your furnace’s air filter regularly to remove pet hair and dust. It’s the “air handler” on your furnace that moves the cool air around your home.
If you are unsure of what is what, or would rather have someone else handle it, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Savings Tip: A clean air conditioner could save you money.
7. Does Size Matter?
One of the air conditioner questions we get asked all the time is; does size matter? Yes, but not in the way you may think.
People think that the bigger the air conditioner, the more cooling power it will have. This is not necessarily true. It’s not about getting the biggest system in the store; it’s about finding a properly sized system for your home.
If you get a system that is too big, it will constantly cycle on and off, and never properly cool down your space. Too small, and it will never be able to handle the square footage of your home. Like Goldilocks, you need the air conditioner size that is just right.
There are several factors to consider when picking out an air conditioner that will be the correct size for your home. How big is your home? Does it get a lot of sun exposure? How high are the ceilings? We consider this and more before recommending an air conditioner.
8. How Do I Know If My Air Conditioner Is Working Properly?
There are some simple ways to identify if your air conditioner has a problem or not.
- Is it making an unusual noise?
- Is it cooling the house down?
- Is it taking longer to cool down your home than usual?
- Have you noticed an increase in your energy bill, but use your air conditioner the same amount as always?
Any of these could indicate that your air conditioner is in need of some TLC.
9. Where Should I Go If I Need a New Air Conditioner?
We’re glad you asked. We carry a variety of air conditioner brands that are reliable and efficient. No matter the home, we can provide the option that will work. We guarantee it.
We’ll Take Care of It
It is our job to make sure that your air conditioner serves your needs. Whether you’re looking for an installation or a repair job, we can take care of it. We want to help make your summer a cool one.