3 Key Parts That Keep Your AC’s Condensing Unit Functioning

Posted by on Sep 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Key Parts That Keep Your AC’s Condensing Unit Functioning

Your home’s central air conditioner is a multi-part unit that includes the interior air handler within your furnace and an exterior condensing unit, which is where the cooling process starts. The condensing unit is also where many cooling-system problems trace back to, since the unit has so many vital components. Here are three key parts that keep your air conditioner’s condensing unit functioning and how problems there can thwart your entire system. If you do suspect a problem, contact an air-conditioning repair company such as LSM-Lee’s Sheet Metal Ltd as soon as possible. Compressor The compressor is the motor that starts up and powers the condensing unit. The fuel in the motor is a gas chemical called refrigerant. When the compressor fires up, that part pushes out gas refrigerant into the nearby condenser coils in order to kick off the cooling process. If the compressor fails to push out refrigerant, your system isn’t going to function at all. Problems with the compressor are typically electrical issues. If you don’t hear your condensing unit kick on at all when you turn down the thermostat, the compressor might be the culprit. The fix is often just to replace the compressor, and this is a job you want to leave up to the professionals. Installing a new compressor incorrectly can cause irreparable damage to your central air-conditioning system and leave you with more problems than when you started. Condenser Coils The condenser coils receive the gas refrigerant from the compressor and then work some phase-change magic to change that refrigerant into a liquid. The refrigerant needs to become a liquid in order to move through lines into your house, where the liquid enters evaporator coils and provides the cooling needed to make your home comfortable. If dirt clogs the surface of the coils, the phase change won’t carry out correctly, and you can lose efficiency in your system. You can clean the coils yourself by carefully spraying a hose from the inside of the condensing unit. Make sure you turn off all electricity to the unit first. Bends or breaks in the coils can also interfere with the phase change and potentially cause a loss of refrigerant. Call an HVAC technician to completely replace the coils. Motorized Fan Condenser coils become hot during the phase-change process. A motorized fan points at the coils to keep the surface from becoming too hot. This would interfere with the phase change but also risk causing the unit to overheat. If the condensing unit senses overheating conditions, the unit will shut itself off as a safety mechanism. Stand near your condensing unit and listen for the sounds of the fan as the system runs. If you don’t hear the fan at all, the motor might need...

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Common Ventilation Problems And Solutions

Posted by on Apr 26th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Ventilation Problems And Solutions

Your ventilation plays a critical role in circulating air throughout your home and ensuring that your heating and air conditioning work properly. Therefore, even a small problem with your ventilation can have far-reaching ramifications on your comfort and the air quality of your home. Fortunately, most problems with your ventilation can be fixed (or at least diagnosed) if you know exactly what you are looking for. To help you out with that, here are some common ventilation problems and the associated solutions: Excessive Dust First of all, you might have too much dust in your ventilation system. While the dust could potentially be anywhere, it often gathers near the entrances and exits of the system, meaning that you will usually be able to easily reach the dust in question. The first place that you want to check is your furnace (if you have been having problems while the heater is running) or your air conditioner (if you have been having problems while the AC is running). There will be a filter that you can easily remove and clean, although you might need to dig a little deeper to reach your AC’s filter. Make sure to note if you have a permanent or disposable filter since you don’t want to end up throwing away a permanent filter on accident. If you didn’t find a ton of dust in either of those locations, then you will want to take a look at the vent covers in each room. Be careful not to have the fan running when you open up those vent covers because that could end up blowing a ton of dust into the room. Cleaning the dust off of your vent covers can also improve the air quality in your home since you won’t be dealing with dust particles blowing around every time you turn on the heater or AC. If you don’t want to clean out the dust yourself, you could look into duct cleaning by Homeplus Duct Cleaning or another similar company. Blockages On the other hand, you might be dealing with a blockage in your ventilation, which can be a lot harder to locate and fix. If the blockage is deep in the air ducts, then you probably won’t be able to actually reach it even in the best case scenario. Instead, it’s a good idea to call a professional to clean out your ventilation. They use specialized hoses to reach deep into your vents, which means that they can do the job much faster than you, and perhaps more importantly, they can do it without causing a ton of collateral...

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What Are The Differences Between Standard And High Efficiency Boilers?

Posted by on Feb 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are The Differences Between Standard And High Efficiency Boilers?

If you’re looking to buy a new boiler, then you might be wondering if a high-efficiency boiler is the way to go. There are many differences between a standard boiler and a high-efficiency one. Of course the biggest difference is price, but there are even more factors to consider than that. The Differences in Boiler Features Standard boilers and high-efficiency boilers have some differences in their features. Older boilers use natural currents to generate a discharge of combustion. They also have a pilot light and a heavy heat exchanger. Standard boilers that you can buy today are built with an exhaust to conduct the combustion process with more accuracy. High-efficiency boilers are constructed with closed combustion and double heat exchanges, which adds more precision and efficiency to the heating process. The Differences in Energy Usage One difference in standard boilers and high-efficiency boilers is the way each boiler utilizes the energy it produces. When standard boilers create heat, some of the energy that is generated from the creation of heat is not used and therefore wasted, which also wastes money. High-efficiency heaters are constructed to prevent any heat from escaping to use all the heat created so no energy or heat is wasted. Standard boilers not only waste money by not efficiently using all the heat created, it also wastes fuel. High-efficiency boilers use more of the heat created so less fuel is wasted in the creation of heat. The Differences in Boiler Ratings Each boiler has a rating to help you easily compare the energy usage. This rating system is called AFUE, which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. A boiler’s AFUE is decided based on how much heat it generates and the amount of energy used over the course of a year. According to, standard boilers have a rating of 56 percent to 83 percent. Older boilers will be on the lower end of that scale, while new boilers will be higher. High-efficiency boilers have a rating of 90 percent to 98.5 percent. As you can see that is a significant difference that translates to be more eco-friendly as well as being less expensive to run. As you can see there are many differences between a standard boiler and a high-efficiency one. Anything that is labeled high-efficiency is going to cost more to purchase, which is a significant difference if you are on a budget. The other differences are energy and the expense to run each type of boiler. For more information, contact HVAC Fred’s Plumbing & Heating or a similar...

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Three Ways To Boost The Function Of Your AC Unit

Posted by on Jul 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Boost The Function Of Your AC Unit

An AC unit is a great device for cooling a home, but it won’t be enough on its own. For the best results, you should combine passive and active cooling strategies. Passive cooling describes any step you can take to cool your home that does not require electricity. Active cooling, on the other hand, requires electricity. A combination of cooling strategies should give you the best savings. Passive Cooling One of the biggest challenges that your air conditioning unit has to contend with is heat gain. As the sun beats down on your roof and streams through your windows, it heats up your home, and the hotter your home gets, the harder your AC until has to work to cool it back down. Asphalt will heat up your home faster than other roofing materials. In contrast cool roofs will prevent your home from heating up. You can also use window film to filter out UV rays before they have a chance to drive up your cooling costs.  Not every passive cooling strategy will have to do with upgrading the components of your home. Some strategies are as simple as planting a tree. Through the process of evapotranspiration, trees will cool the air around them. If the outside of your home is cool, the inside of your home should be too because there is less heat transfer through the walls of your home. Furthermore, the hotter it gets outside the less efficient your AC unit is; thus, by helping to reduce the temperature in your yard, trees can help to boost the efficiency of your AC unit. Active Cooling Your AC unit is only one device that you can use to cool your home. If you live in an area that has cool nighttime temperatures, you can use a house fan to cool your home through the evening and night. To install a house fan, you have to cut a hole through your ceiling to the attic. It can the vent hot air out of your home through your attic, and by opening your windows, you can get your house fan to pump in cool air. Thus, in a matter of minutes a house fan can cool your home, and as it uses less electricity than an AC unit, a house fan will help you to save money.  There are many steps that you can take to cool your home. By employing multiple cooling strategies, you can increase your savings. It might cost a little bit of money to use multiple cooling strategies, but the money you save should offset the...

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2 Ways To Boost Your Air-Conditioner’s Efficiency

Posted by on Jun 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Ways To Boost Your Air-Conditioner’s Efficiency

Cooling your home is a significant cost that can absorb an undue amount of your summer budget. That being said, you should know that the cost of cooling a home is not set in stone. In fact, there are steps that you can take to improve the function of your AC unit and thus decrease your cooling costs. Some passive cooling techniques will help to dispel heat before it has a chance to heat up your home, and adding a house fan can help to decrease the load your AC unit has to contend with.  Use Trees to Your Advantage Trees are constantly involved in a process known as evapotranspiration, which releases water vapor into the air. This water vapor absorbs heat from the surrounding air, and this cooler air will then settle down onto your home. Thus, careful placement of trees can help to keep your home cooler than it otherwise would be.  A second advantage of trees is that they create shade. If you position your trees so that their shade falls on your AC unit’s condenser coils, they will help to boost the function of your AC unit. Your condenser coils expel heat from the coolant running through the system. The hotter the coils are, the harder your system has to work to cool the coolant down. Using shade to keep your coils cool will help your system to run more efficiently.  Install a House Fan A house fan is a large fan that you install in your ceiling so that it can extract hot air from your home and vent it out of your home through the attic. Once the outside air starts to cool, you can use a house fan to pull cool air in through your windows even as it pushes hot air out of your home. In this way, a house fan can cool your home in a matter of minutes and keep your home cool through the night while using a fraction of the heat that an AC unit would use. Thus, by running a house fan at night instead of your AC unit, you can save money on your cooling costs.  Don’t rely solely on your AC unit to cool your home. By strategically planting trees and using a house fan during the evening and nighttime hours, you can decrease your cooling costs while improving the comfort in your home. Click here for more information about air...

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Do you remember the first time you realized that you didn't really understand how to use your thermostat? Although it might look simple, controlling the temperature inside of your house can be a complicated ordeal. In addition to mastering settings and figuring out schedules, you might also be faced with complicated codes and user manuals. However, you don't have to let your thermostat get the better of you. On my website, you will find loads of helpful information to take the guesswork out of the process. After you set up your system, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your space.

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