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Maintaining Your Home Heating/Cooling System

Summer is around the corner, and you know it’s going to hot this year. As a homeowner, you also know that it’s time to clean up the central air conditioning system before the temperature starts to rise. Most homeowners do annual maintenance of their heating and cooling systems to ensure optimum functioning, but breakdowns are common. As with all electrical appliances, central AC systems last for about a decade before they start to deteriorate. Over time, they will need to be replaced either totally or in part. So how do you determine whether your air conditioner needs replacement? Are there any warning signs?

Let’s find out.

Age: Electrical appliances have a limited lifespan. Most cooling or heating devices last anywhere from 10-17 years if they are replaced and repaired regularly. However, even with regular repair, most appliances lose their energy efficiency. You end up paying more to keep your home cool, and it’s far better to invest in a new device. The older the system, the more the repairs that are required, and the more you spend on repairs and loss of energy efficiency.

Coil condition: An AC unit cools due to its coils. Over time, these coils get dirty and clogged, and their cooling efficiency decreases. Eventually, the coils freeze and need replacement. You should know though that replacing coils is expensive. Your HVAC technician will advise on whether to replace the coils or just invest in a new system.

Gas leaks: Refrigerant present in the AC is responsible for the cooling effect. However, leaks are common when the system is old or shut down for the winter. In this case, when you turn on your cooling system, the machine will work, but you will notice that the cooling is absent or subpar. AC technicians will replace the refrigerant after detecting and sealing the leak. In some cases, it may be necessary to replace the entire tank due to irreversible damage.

Overworked spare parts: Breakdowns due to deterioration are common in every appliance. Usually, capacitors and contractors are replaced regularly to ensure that the AC works well. If you have regular service and maintenance contracts for your central AC, your technician will check and replace these parts every year or as required.

Power: Electrical wiring deteriorates over time and can affect the circuit breaker. This normally occurs due to aging, or it can be due to poor installation procedures. We recommend checking the wiring every year before turning your home AC unit on.

Thermostat issues: This is probably the most common problem seen with home heating and cooling systems. A defective thermostat can put a tremendous load on the system resulting in increased energy bills and poor cooling/heating in the house. It will also confuse the heating and cooling system resulting in local units turning on/off when not required.

Detecting the issue

As you can see, there can be several reasons why your central AC or heating unit is not running properly. Before turning on the unit or system, we recommend you hire a professional who will check it every year. Get the unit cleaned and inspected as well. Make sure that the circuit breaker is up and working and there are no electrical issues with the system. Make sure that you can change the furnace filters once in three months to keep them clean. If you have a little technical knowledge, you can do this yourself. But we prefer calling a technician who has the time and knowledge to deal with the system. Having a professional on the job also means that the maintenance is covered with a warranty and you can call them in again if you have issues with the system. A trained technician will also advise you on whether to continue repairing and maintaining the system or whether it is time to invest in a new unit.

But should you replace the system?

This is a legitimate question. Home heating and cooling systems are expensive, and you may have to shell out anywhere from $3000 to $10,000 to install a new unit. However, there are reasons why your technician will advise you to do so, and we’ve listed a few reasons here.

• Efficiency: As the heating and cooling system ages, energy efficiency decreases. This means you are paying more to repair the system, and you are paying higher energy bills as well. The average lifespan for an AC unit is about 10-17 years. Modern units are much more energy-efficient, and they come with multiple features that make them even more affordable. For example, older units had SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of 10. Modern units now have ratings set at 13 or higher, resulting in lower energy bills. As a rule of thumb, choose units that have the highest SEER rating possible.

• Interior changes: If you have changed the interior of your home, its time to invest in a new system. For example, adding a new wing, a new room, additional insulation, a new roof, etc. will all require an evaluation or upgradation of your existing home heating/cooling system. Make sure you hire a contractor who will check your home and recommend the right system for your requirements.

• Cost: Units and systems are expensive. But think of them as one-off investments that will pay off in the form of lower energy bills. We recommend hiring a contractor or getting in touch with multiple contractors to get competitive quotes. Don’t forget to compare features and offers before you finalize the deal.

As you can see, having a good heating or cooling system can be one of the most important aspects of a comfortable home. However, it can be confusing and time-consuming to find the right system for your home needs. For additional help, you can get in touch with us at Enercare. We offer a range of quality installation options, professional help, competitive quotes, and trained technicians. Please do get in touch with us through our website or our email id and our team will reach out to you as quickly as possible.

How To Maintain Your Central Air Conditioner

Prior to the arrival of spring and the warmer weather that accompanies it, there’s a problem that many people overlook — namely, giving their central air conditioner a clean. Lots of homeowners have no idea how to do this, so these people are the main audience for this article. Over the following paragraphs, we will offer some guidance concerning air conditioner cleaning and maintenance. Firstly though, let us quickly explain the reasons why you ought to keep your air conditioner clean.

Why A Clean Air Conditioner is Beneficial

An air conditioner is built to circulate cool air through your home. As with other technological devices, it is vital to maintain it. If it is not used for a number of months over the winter, it might malfunction, so this is why you should test it prior to using it in the summer and spring. This problem should be taken seriously because looking after your air conditioner will save you money and time, and prevent it from causing you headaches.

Before we cover how to give your air conditioner a clean, it is important to understand why this is necessary. To boost the lifespan of the appliance and make your living space comfortable in the future, you have to maintain your air conditioning unit every now and then. You should hire a professional engineer to visit your property and inspect your unit, to identify minor problems that might have been undetected for a few years. For example, if you book an engineer to clean and repair problems in your device, it will cost roughly $100 to $150. Think about what would happen if you did not clean your air conditioning unit, and some refrigerant leaked out as a result. This is something to avoid.

If you fail to repair it immediately, a small refrigerant leak can become a huge issue, because it will gradually damage the air conditioner’s compressor. This will cost over $1000 to repair. It is crucial to clean the air conditioner’s central unit before the problem gets too big because if you delay until damage occurs, there’s no simple way to resolve this. Moreover, you are risking your cash and the comfort of your loved ones, by neglecting some straightforward maintenance tasks.

Cleaning Your Air Conditioner to Prevent Issues

The majority of air conditioners have a couple of components. There is the outdoor part that consists of the heat condenser and air compressor, usually situated close to your property. Also, there is an indoor component known as the evaporator, which is situated close to the furnace in your home. The information that follows will explain how to give these separate air conditioning units a clean. Let us begin with the outdoor unit. There’s some equipment that you require, prior to cleaning this.

A coil cleaner is the first thing you need. You also need a hoover with a soft brush fixed to it and a water hose. In addition, you will require clothes, gloves, and headgear for eye protection. Before you start to clean, you should turn off your thermostat. Next, you should find where to disconnect the electricity. This air conditioner part can be located on the outer wall of the appliance. Once you have found it, open it then switch the unit off. You should pull out the plug to avoid electrocuting yourself. Take care while doing this, and wear gloves. After this, you can clear any debris and dust from the outdoor air conditioning unit.

Attempt to hoover the appliance, without bending any of its’ fins. Inevitably, there will be lots of grass, leaves, and dust to get rid of. You can use the water hose to do this effectively. Then, spray the coil cleaner on the outdoor air conditioning unit. You can give it a good wash with the water hose too. These tasks will allow you to maintain the outdoor component of your air conditioner. Be sure to follow this advice and clean the outdoor component of your air conditioner once per year. This way, you will not experience any problems with your appliance when you need it most, during the summer.

How to Clean the Indoor Unit

Let us now turn our attention to the air conditioner’s indoor unit. Prior to commencing these cleaning tasks, ensure that you switch off your unit. The equipment to clean the central air conditioner’s indoor unit is the water spray, air-con bag, and coil cleaner. The initial task is to place the air con bag into the lower area of the unit. Prise the front cover open carefully, then begin to remove the air filters.

Once the filters are removed, you should wash these in water then put them to one side so that they can dry. Next, use the water hose to spray the rotary blades and put these to one side as well. Once you have done this, turn your air conditioner off and wait for the water to collect in the air con bag from the inside of the appliance.

How Frequently You Should Clean Your Central Air Conditioner

If an air conditioner is installed in your home, you need it to function properly to cool the air temperature during the summer. As already stated, maintenance is vital to prolonging the lifespan of your unit. If you can not clean it yourself, hire an engineer to do this for you. Another key point is to understand the timeframe for doing the cleaning. Ideally, you should clean and maintain your air conditioner every six months. This way, the appliance will run more efficiently and effectively.

Dust and debris can disrupt the filtration system. If this happens, the appliance will struggle to intake air and will emit less cool air from its’ fans. Be sure to prevent this, by stopping a layer of dust and debris from forming in your air conditioner’s central unit.

DKB Air Conditioning Company

Welcome to Designer Kitchens & Beyond (DKB), Southern California’s premier choice for complete home air conditioning and new HVAC services, from project consultation to completion, for more than 25 years. Since 1987, we have been providing homeowners throughout Southern California with customer-focused service, superior work by experienced artisans, European craftsmanship, top-quality materials, trusted brands, and impeccable attention to detail. Our affordable, comprehensive services save our customers the hassle of coordinating different contractors for different jobs. We provide all the services you need to complete any home air conditioning, from design and building to installation of appliances and putting on the finishing touches.

Our business model is guided by founder Tony Talisse’s more than 25 years of experience in the industry crafting custom air conditioning installs. We offer a full range of superior home HVAC services throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County, including remodeling and constructing indoor spaces, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and family rooms; building exterior additions, such as additional rooms and decks; and new construction. All of our work is done with an eye for quality design and craftsmanship, attention to the input and needs of our customers, and the energy, passion, and artistry necessary to turn your home into a timeless work of art.

We stand behind our work with a two-year warranty and approach every project with integrity: we’ll provide a complete quote of our services at the beginning of your project, as well as clearly define the start and end date in your contract. If changes do need to be made to your design, we will complete them at a reduced rate.

Call us today to speak with one of our air conditioning experts, and learn what DKB can do for your home.