Other Common Air-Conditioner Problems
Other Common Air-Conditioner Problems
Here are eight reasons your air
conditioner might not be working as well as it used to, from the
experts at Consumer Reports.
Your filter is dirty. A clogged filter restricts airflow through the unit, decreasing its efficiency and reducing the ability to effectively cool the air. If you haven’t cleaned the filter in your room air conditioner recently, do it now. Filters on central AC units should be changed at least once a month, especially if your system is running constantly or if you have pets.
Warm air is leaking in. Check the seal around your window unit to make sure hot air isn’t getting in (or cold air isn't seeping out). If so, reseal around your unit with weatherstripping.
“Most new window units come with insulation panels to place over the plastic adjustable side panels,” says Chris Regan, CR’s senior air-conditioner tester. “But to maximize efficiency, you’ll still need to use weatherstripping around the perimeter of the unit. And always use the manufacturer’s installation and safety hardware.”
The TV is too close to the AC. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near the thermostat that controls your central air or near a window unit. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
The registers are dirty or blocked. If you have a forced-air heating and cooling system, regularly vacuum the registers to remove any dust buildup. Make sure that furniture and other objects aren't blocking the airflow through your registers.
The thermostat is on the wrong setting. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure you programmed it so your home is at a comfortable temperature when you’re there and a bit higher when you’re not. Keep in mind that for every degree yo raise the temperature, you’ll save 3 percent on your air-conditioning costs.
Window units, of course, don’t offer the whole-house control of a central system. If you’re depending on one window unit to cool a large space, you’ll have to experiment with the thermostat setting because the temperature will vary depending on where you are in the room.
It’s too sunny inside. If your room AC unit is in a sunny window, it’ll have to work harder to cool your space. And if the thermostat for your central system is in a sunny spot, it will register the wrong temperature. Your best bet? Keep your shades and curtains drawn all day during the heat of the summer.
Plants are crowding the compressor. The outdoor compressor for central air needs adequate airflow to work correctly, so make sure there’s at least 2 to 3 feet of space between the unit and any plants or structures. There should also be 5 feet of clearance between the top of the unit and any trees above.
You forgot an annual checkup. An inspection by an HVAC technician can catch any serious problems before they get worse and leave you hot and bothered at the peak of summer. The technician will check all the moving parts as well as the refrigerant and recharge the system if necessary.
Read the entire article at: https://www.consumerreports.org/air-conditioners/troubleshooting-air-conditioner-problems/
Common Air Conditioner Problems
Common Air Conditioner Problems
According to energy.gov the top air conditioner problems are:
If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. If it leaks, simply adding refrigerant is not a solution. A trained technician should fix any leak, test the repair, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. Remember that the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is greatest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer's specification, and is neither undercharged nor overcharged. Refrigerant leaks can also be harmful to the environment.
If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.
Electric Control Failure
The compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently, as is common when a system is oversized. Because corrosion of wire and terminals is also a problem in many systems, electrical connections and contacts should be checked during a professional service call.
When it's humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it isn't clogged and is draining properly.
Read the entire article at: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/common-air-conditioner-problems
What should I expect for an AC tuneup
What should I expect for an AC tuneup
Regular maintenance for your air conditioning unit is very important. It can help avoid breakdowns, improve inefficiency, lower your electric bill and increase the lifespan of your system. All great ways of saving money.
Here are some of the basic things any AC maintenance should do.
- Comprehensive inspection and cleaning of condenser coils
- Inspect & adjust electrical fittings
- Check rotation & balance of fan blades
- Check and adjust refrigerant levels
- Inspect & clean drain lines
- Replace or clean air filter
- Test all motors, controls & safety switches
- Check or adjust settings on fan motor
- Measure electrical consumption on all motors & compressors
- Give estimated SEER rating(Energy Consumption)
- Visually inspect duct system
- Test temperature split.(Air temp IN Vs air temp OUT)
- Discuss comfort level & levels of each room
- Verify breaker sizes
Change your air filter now!
Change your air filter now!
A clean air filter can reduce you energy consumption and improve your AC performance.
Depending on the type of filter and how often your AC operates you should replace your AC filter every 1-3 months and in some cases even more often especially if you have pets.
Four reasons why:
- Save money. A clean air filter can reduce the load on your fan motor and consume less energy. It may be the quickest way to save some money on your electric bill.
- Improve air quality. A clean air filter can improve the air quality in your home. It may help alleviate allergies for you and could have a larger impact on children.
- An ounce of prevention. A clean air filter can keep your ducts and AC unit cleaner longer.
- Green is good. A clean air filter can decrease your carbon footprint. Consume less energy, save money and it's easy too.
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12 Tips For A Safe And Healthy Summer
Make It Your Best Summer Ever!
- Reduce strenuous activity or outdoor chores during peak heat times. According to The Old Farmers Almanac, heat continues to build after 12noon and continues to rise until around 4pm or later.
- Get into the habit of carrying a water bottle with you and drink regularly. Add a lemon, lime, kiwi, or cucumber slice to boost a little flavor!
- Too much salt can cause dehydration, stay within a daily recommended amount.
- Outside with the kids? Consider keeping some popsicles on hand.
- Snack on fresh fruit and veggies. Fresh produce has a very high water content, oranges, apples, watermelon, zucchini slices, pineapple, just to name a few.
- Dress for the hot and humid weather, wear lighter clothing.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages to hydrate, they can make you more dehydrated.
- Limit your intake of caffeine, like coffee, tea and soda.
- Keep your skin moist with a damp or wet cloth.
- Seek air conditioning when ever possible. 15 to 30 minute intervals can help your body tremendously.
- Whether you feel thirsty or not, drink water frequently. Doctors say that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated... so we can't say it enough, keep drinking your water!
- In addition to staying cool & hydrated, remember to wear sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
Never, never leave children, adults or pets in a closed automobile, even for a few minutes! If the temperature outside is 95 degrees, the temperature inside the auto can reach up to 135 degrees F. Leaving the windows partially open has little effect on the maximum temperature inside the car! Make your summer a safe and perfect one.
We look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful and safe summer.
Is your home ready for summer?
- If you have a birdbath, keep it clean with regular water changes.
- Remove debris near gutters and out door condensers.
- Fill-in sunken areas of your yard.
- Switch out your outdoor patio lighting to yellow bug lights.
- Use a homemade or natural insect repellent.
- Turn on ceiling fans and/or place portable fans around your seating area on deck or patio.
- Plant lemongrass in gardens or in pots around deck. (lemongrass contains citronella)
- Wear lighter color clothing for two reasons, 1) to stay cooler, and 2) Mosquitoes are more attracted to dark colors.
3 steps to better indoor air quality and lower utility bills
- Energy efficient products for every budget
- A variety of units to fit the needs and size of your home.
- Energy savings that take comfort and temperature control to a whole new level.
Let's think about products that operate with energy efficiency to help you breath cleaner air, remove the hot and cool spots from room to room while you control the thermostat settings that make this all happen. Today's smart AC technology is designed for maximum efficiency that allows your family to enjoy the highest level of comfort while lowering your energy use and electric bills. How, you say?
Q: How about a kitchen that's never too hot?
A: You can control comfort levels in multiple areas of your home keeping everyone happy. Ask us about programmable and intelligent control thermostats.
Q: What about a baby's room that gets cool at night?
A: We understand that you like to sleep in a colder bedroom with the ceiling fan on high but your baby needs more moderate temperatures surrounding his or her crib. Ask us about our Aeroseal duct repair technology to help manage temperature setting throughout your home so everyone sleeps safe and sound.
Q: How can I breathe fresh air without opening my windows?
A: Kenmark's Aeroseal technology seals the holes in your ductwork to reduce dust and humidity, along with fumes and other odors. It reduces air pollution and allows for improved air quality. And it improves the efficiency of your AC system, which in turn saves you money.
Q: What size SEER rating unit should I have for my 3-bedroom 3-bath home?
A: Ask our specialists to provide a recommendation and detailed information to help you choose the right AC unit for your budget, family lifestyle and square footage of livable space. We pride ourselves on expert advice while giving you the AC you want, and having it your way. "Energy efficient" SEER units are rated from 13 SEER up to 25.5 SEER. Find out which unit is best for you.
Q: Can I control the indoor temperate of my home while I'm away or hosting a pool party or outdoor BBQ?
A: Absolutely. You can modify the temperature of different zones in your home over the Internet, or via your smartphone or tablet. By staying in control of your home you can experience peace and calm, save money on your energy bill and have lots of summertime fun all at the same time.
Saving money when cold snaps hit Southwest Florida
We want to remind you of some of the key things you can do to minimize utility costs and protect your home and AC system during our on-again and off-again cooler winter season.
- Have a licensed professional check your heating and cooling system annually to ensure that it's working safely and efficiently.
- Set your thermostat as low as comfort permits. We recommend 68 degrees F. Each degree above 68 can add 3-5% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
- Change or clean your air filter regularly - every month.
- Even if you only have minimal use of your fireplace, have your chimney flue inspected. Especially if you've just recently purchased your home.
- Make sure your home is properly insulated. Talk to us about our Aeroseal duct sealing technology!
- Inspect and flush your water heater. Sediment builds up over time compromising its energy efficiency.
- Check the batteries on smoke and heat detectors.
- During the day open your shades or blinds to let the sunshine in.
Kenmark Air's service and repairs department is staffed with the most knowledgeable technicians, trained to provide energy and money saving solutions for your home or business.
We install, maintain & repair a wide range of residential AC systems. Whether you require a new system for a new home or need to replace or repair aging equipment, we're the professionals to help you tailor the right synergy for your home comfort- all year long.
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10 Instant Answers: Save Money on Your Utility Bill
With the fluent warm temperatures and sporadic cold snaps Floridians go through during the fall and winter season, it can be difficult to know exactly how to get the most out of your central air conditioning and heating unit without seeing sudden spikes in your electric bill. No matter how energy-efficient your AC was when it was originally installed, overtime it can lose efficiency when it's not properly maintained.
Here are 10 easy and simple things you can do that will help your unit last for years and save you money at the same time.
- Set your thermostat on the highest comfortable temperature, Energy.gov (http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-programmable-thermostats) suggests 78 degrees. When the house is empty during the day, try turning the thermostat up even higher.
- Clean or replace your filters monthly, or as recommended. A dirty air filter can cause your system to work harder to cool your home, which in turn results in higher electric bills
- Check your outside condenser unit to make sure it isn't clogged by shrubs, tall grass or any debris. It needs space for airflow.
- Use a ceiling fan or portable fan to supplement your air conditioning. A fan can make a room feel at least 3-4 degrees cooler, so you can feel comfortable with your thermostat a few degrees higher and save on cooling costs.
- Consider closing your window coverings during the hotter times of the day to keep the cool air in, and heat from the sun out. Especially if your not home.
For Colder Days:
- Lower your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting. Energy.gov (http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermostats) suggests 68 degrees.
- Continue to clean or change your air filters regularly.
- Again, use ceiling fans to distribute the heated air around a room.
- When entertaining this holiday season, lower the thermostat a degree or two before the guests arrive. With a room full of family and friends, the room will heat up in no time!
- Heat your home with the sun's help. In the morning, open all the blinds and curtains on the east-facing side of the house, while closing those of the west-side. When mid-day roles around, switch the two.
The easiest and most efficient way to keep up with the fluctuating temperatures Floridians deal with is a programmable thermostat. According to Energy Star (http://www.energystar.gov/products/certified-products/detail/programmable_thermostats) you can save about $180 dollars every year in energy costs. To regulate your home's temperature call Kenmark Air (http://www.kenmarkair.com/comfort.asp) to have your programmable thermostat properly installed and programmed to fit your family's schedule.
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7 Tips to Stay Cool This 4th of July Holiday
Between fireworks, backyard celebrations, crowds, and the blazing summer heat, July 4th is one of the hottest outdoor holidays of the year. This year's Southwest Florida forecast is predicting temperatures of up to 90 degrees during the day with a staggering 84% humidity. Whether you're hosting or attending a party this Independence Day, here are a few tips for surviving the extreme heat and outdoor festivities.
- Consider wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Offer up chilled foods like salsas, coleslaw, cucumber salad, and even these "patriotic" ice pops made with fresh fruit.
- Make sure your AC unit is in tip-top shape (it will be working overtime if you plan to have guests in and out of your house all day long).
- Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees, the standard temperature for the summer season. You'll be surprised at how cool your home feels after you've been outside in the hot sun. And, you'll save on your electric bill too.
- For children's activities, consider toy water guns and water balloon games as fun ways to keep the kids cool (and occupied). Remember the old Slip n' Slide? Find one of the many water slide versions to create a mini water park in your own backyard. Fun for kids and adults alike.
- Circulating air is always refreshing, especially during those non-breezy, muggy days. Arrange outdoor fans around your carport, patio, pool, or lanai, or carry around your own battery-operated mini fan. It may not be the tropics, but you'll definitely feel a little cooler.
- Last but not least, keep your body hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially refreshing beverages like lemonade, fresh juices, and H2O.
Happy Independence Day from Kenmark Air! We wish you a fun and safe holiday weekend. Don't forget to apply plenty of sunscreen and opt for an organic bug repellent, like Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellent, to ward off those pesky mosquitos. If you're planning on having an after-dark fireworks display, we encourage you to remember that fireworks can be dangerous and to follow safety guidelines to protect you, your family, and friends. Have a blast and stay cool!
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3. Do your research- When installing a new system, make sure your contractor is certified and trained in the latest HVAC technologies. The Building Performance Institute and Comfort Institute both offer reputable certifications to look for. Also check for recommendations via customer testimonials. Word of mouth is a great reliable source, so use it!
4. Think long term- "Green", energy-efficient units may be more costly upfront, but will undoubtedly lead to lower utility bills over time. Ask us which model and SEER efficiency unit would be the best fit for your home.
5. Audit yourself- Do you find that your home accumulates dust even after cleaning, or that some rooms are warmer than others? It may be wise to invest in a whole-home diagnostic test. Home performance contracting (where professionals conduct a comprehensive assessment of your home) can determine performance levels and identify the roots of any problems.
For money and energy saving tips year-round, stay updated with Kenmark Air's newsletter, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website for seasonal specials! Have a great Father's Day Weekend.
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20 Fun Family Activities To Enjoy Before Heading Into Fall
- Edison-Ford Winter Estate
- Imaginarium Hands on Museum and Aquarium
- Bailey Mathews Shell Museum
- The Shell Factory & Nature Park
- Sanibel Historic Museum
- Koreshan State Historic Museum
- Naples Zoo
- Everglades Wonder Gardens
- Everglades National Park Tours
- Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
- Calusa Spirit Dolphin Watch
- Gulf Coast Kayak Company
- Six Mile Cypress Slough
- Games and Puzzle Nights
- Volunteer Together
- Plant Things
- Cook Together
- Backyard Camping
- Make Up Songs
Protect Your Home and Enjoy Your Summer Vacation
- Turn off the main water supply - A major leak could be catastrophic if there's nobody around to deal with it and there's no downside to turning off the water. It takes no time and can save you thousands of dollars in potential damage.
- Turn up the thermostat, but don't turn off the AC - It's suggested and best to have a programmable thermostat, so you can set and hold the temperature to have the house at around 85 degrees while you're gone in the summer. Don't turn off the air conditioner during your vacation to keep the air circulating so it doesn't have time to condensate.
- Unplug your electronics - If any of your televisions, computers, stereos, and other electronics are plugged directly into the wall rather than into a surge protector, pull the plugs in case a power surge happens while you're away. The Department of Energy estimates that the average U.S. family spends $100 annually to power devices that are turned off or in standby mode
- Light rooms with timers - To make your house appear occupied while you're gone and a less appealing target for burglars put timers on lights in different rooms of the home. The timers turn on and off the lights at different times of the night, as if someone in the house were flipping a switch. Timers are available at any home center for under $20.
- Be a neighbor and ask a neighbor to keep an eye out - Neighbors can play a key role in preventing home thefts. Homeowners on friendly terms with their neighbors are less likely to be victimized by other members of their community. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out and reciprocate when they go away. Don't be a hermit. Get out and interact with your neighbors and be more neighborly.
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- Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
- Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
- Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increase the amount of electricity you use.
- Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
- Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.
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- 67% Poor Airflow
- 53% Coil Dirty or Clogged
- 40% Dirty Filter
- 27% Refrigerant Overcharged
- 27% Refrigerant Undercharged