Why You Should Hire A Pro to Maintain Your HVAC Systems

Even if you don’t think about it very often, you can’t help but admit that your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems are a staple to you living comfortably in your home. When the furnace breaks down at the height of winter, or your AC stops cooling on a balmy summer’s day, you feel the loss. It’s uncomfortable and, depending on the circumstances of your home and where you live, could actually be detrimental to your health.

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Not only do our HVAC systems keep our homes and offices comfortable all year long, but they also help keep our air healthier. This is a must for people with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions, but everyone benefits from breathing in higher-quality air.

 
Since your HVAC systems serve such a vital role in your home or workspace, it’s important that they be maintained adequately to ensure proper functionality for years to come. For this purpose, we highly recommend recruiting the assistance of a professional HVAC repair and maintenance company.
 

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How to Make Sure Your Air Conditioner Is Working Before the Summer

Living in Central Florida, Air Conditioning is a BIG deal for us! I mean, it was a big deal before, but now it’s an even BIGGER deal since we have two toddlers running around. Because, in case you weren’t aware, when a toddler gets overheated, it makes for a VERY CRANKY ATTITUDE. 

So when we bought our current home, we were happy to know that the air conditioner passed the inspection and there were no issues. Fast forward to Easter weekend this year, when we had to have a new unit installed after the compressor blew up. Even though we knew it had to be done, it was still a kick in the gut to bite the bullet and pay for it!

So when James Memije, the co-owner at AccuServ Heating and Air Conditioning in Toronto, Ontario, Canada contacted me about sharing a post here on air conditioning maintenance, I was all about it! He’s got some great tips to share – keep on reading!

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So we’ve just about “hit” summer. We haven’t had too much hot weather yet, but there was the occasional heat spike during the spring that has you worried your AC won’t be able to keep up during the hot days of July and August.

A battle planned is already a battle half won, and preparation here is key. Being proactive and checking your air conditioner will give you the peace of mind that it’s ready for the onslaught of high temperatures. So how exactly do you know if your AC is ready?

Turn it On

One simple test you can do yourself is just to try turning it on. Many homeowners don’t realize their AC isn’t even working until there’s sweat on their foreheads. They flip the switch and then… nothing! Giving it a test run during cooler temperatures (not too cool or you’ll damage the system, above 60°F is ideal) will help you detect a dead AC unit early and make the fix before the real heat moves in.

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Superheat and Subcool

Now that you’ve completed this basic test, more in-depth tests will have to be conducted by a trained air conditioner professional. These tests will give you a better picture of the AC’s overall health.

One of the first tests an AC technician will perform is a “Superheat and Subcool” calculation. No, these are not comic book heroes, even though names sound perfect for the next Marvel movie. In a nutshell, these calculations allow the technician to confirm the AC is operating at the correct pressures and temperatures. If any of these numbers are off, you may have developed a refrigerant leak, blockage or another refrigerant flow issue.

Without this test, your AC may slowly be failing, which you won’t realize till the hot weather hits!

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Heated Debates – The Benefits of Gas Heaters Vs. Electric

So you might be wondering: why on earth would I post an entry during SPRING about HEAT?

Well, about a month ago we had a little issue at our house. The air conditioner stopped working.

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Let me just say that if the air conditioning stops working in a home in FLORIDA, that’s a cause for concern. Some of our temps have already reached 90 degrees this year, and with no air conditioning to keep the house cool, well. That’s just uncalled for!

As we all know, keeping your home heated during the winter and cool in the summer can translate into high utility bills. A good way to combat the high cost of energy is by properly re-insulating your home routinely. Other ways include a number of energy-saving programs that ask you to sacrifice energy use during peak times of the day in exchange for a lower power bill. And of course, you can always replace old equipment with new energy-efficient devices.

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In the end we had to have a brand new system installed. And one of the reasons why we couldn’t fix the current system instead of replacing everything was due to the type of gas it was running on.

However, in the midst of this discussion is the one related to the benefits of gas heaters versus electric ones. While both have their caveats, experts almost always agree that gas heating is almost always a better choice. In fact, most gas heater services in Melbourne support the use of gas heaters over electric for most homes. Why?

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Start Spring Cleaning with an HVAC Conditioning Check!

Earlier this year, we dropped quite a bit of money on a very large home purchase. A very large home purchase that will keep my pregnant-with-twins-in-the-heat-of-summer self COOL. Can you guess what we purchased?

That’s right – a beautiful shiny brand new air conditioner! 

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Now, here in Florida, an air conditioner is definitely a necessity. In Florida, we’re reaching the 90’s already, and it doesn’t take much to start feeling pretty durn HOT. And this year, I told my husband that a new air conditioner was just as much an investment in HIS happiness as it was in mine…you ladies understand how that works!

So, out came the 14-year-old air conditioning unit (that really wasn’t even big enough to efficiently cool the square footage of our home) and in went a bigger and better system. I can testify that it’s already SO much better – I can now stand over my stove and cook scrumptious things while feeling the AC blow on the back of my neck. It’s heaven, I tell you, pregnant or not!

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Safety Instructions for Air Conditioning Repairs – A Guest Post!

I know it’s getting a bit cooler now, but a few short weeks ago here in Florida, we had some big air conditioning troubles at our house. And if there’s anywhere you DON’T want to have air conditioning problems, it’s definitely FLORIDA!

We tried a few different things (in our total inexperience with air conditioners) and nothing worked. We  finally called a local company to come out and repair it for us.

So when Jake Hyet contacted me regarding a guest post on fixing your OWN air conditioner, I thought it was a fantastic idea! Let’s see what secrets he has for us…

When you find yourself having trouble with your air conditioning, your first thought is to call for the repairman to come out and make air conditioning repairs.  However, you just might be able to identify and fix certain problems yourself and do it safely, too.  Here are some steps to take to safely repair your air conditioner before you call in a repairman:

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The Air Conditioner Doesn’t Turn On

1.  First check to be sure that the thermostat is set to “cool.”

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