Monday, June 15, 2015

Why your air conditioner freezes up in the summer time...

Why Your Your City Home's A/C Freezes Up In Summer

Summer’s here, at least for the most part. Here is an average scenario with the homeowner that either: 
1) Doesn't perform the proper maintenance or:
2) The system was not properly charged or installed initially.
They’re sitting in their house, minding their own business, having a bowl of popcorn and watching Netflix, when all of a sudden – that distant awful feeling of having the outside temperature control the inside comfort in your home. They glance over to see the dog panting and wondering what the heck is going on.  If you are familiar with this, you could have experienced a A/C freeze up.  And as only those that have experienced it know, it is absolutely no fun! In a flash: Anxiety, stress, and that “how much will this cost?” feeling. How did this happen, why doesn't the air conditioner work, did it break, do I have a leak?  Your service experts at Any Climate Mechanical can offer you hope.
How Air Conditioners Freeze
The evaporator coil is the component of a central A/C unit that actually freezes. This component of the air conditioner transfers (evaporates) heat from the inside to the outside of your your city area home. The two main reasons why the evaporator coil may freeze:
1. Airflow restriction, or
2. Insufficient refrigerant
Either way, the ending effect is that the air conditioner's evaporator coil cannot operate to properly transfer heat, and in essence 'overcools' itself. The net effect of this super-cooling is condensation (that's water formation), and finally ice forms from that condensation as it cools below the freezing point. Yep, the A/C transformed into an old-school icebox.
What Should You Do When Your A/C Freezes?
1. Turn the unit completely off at the thermostat, and don’t try to thaw the system by increasing the temperature at the thermostat. Just make sure the A/C system is completely OFF.
2. Confirm that there is nothing restricting the airflow to the system. Replace the furnace or air handler's filter along with any return air filters. Open all the registers completely and ensure that they are not obstructed by furniture or drapes.
3. Call the Service Experts at  Any Climate Mechanical,  the air conditioning system needs to be inspected by a NATE-certified professional to ensure there are no refrigerant leaks or damage to the equipment. Simply call and schedule a service with us and we, or call to talk to a live body right away.
Your technician will diagnose the situation and how to avoid the issue from occurring in the future. If a leak is present (and that is rare, but possible), the leak has to be repaired or the unit will probably freeze again.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Summertime is right around the Corner

This summer it might just be the right time for you to go for it and upgrade or replacement your old air conditioner. If your air conditioner is more than ten (10) years old, and not running as efficiently as you think it should, schedule an A/C tune up before it get’s too hot. If the system is simply not turning on you need to have an A/C repair technician come out to inspect and diagnose the problem. From there, they will give you recommendation on repair.
Be aware of the electric consumption of your air conditioner. should your utility bills be too high after ten (10) years of persistent usage it may simply need a tune up. Depending on the quality of the Air Conditioner brand you have currently installed, it may be time to consider upgrading to a newer, more energy efficient model.
There are several contractor guidelines when hiring any home improvement specialist. You should consider the same type of guidelines while hiring an AC contractor.
Below are (6) key tips being taken from the AC consumer guide
Keep them in  mind should you need to replace your old air conditioner.
You want to replace your old air conditioner. But, is that all you need? Don’t just get settled with an easy replacement of your air conditioner. You need to consider the entire system efficiency and not just to take care of your AC unit, replace the furnace and air handler as-well. The outside AC unit with its condenser and compressor should also be taken into account with the same kind of replacement after every 10 – 15  years.
  1. Duct Work Inspection is Key – By repairing, resealing and reworking air ducts connected to your HVAC system, you can definitely boost up the efficiency. Before recommending a particular air conditioner, the AC contractor should consider duct efficiency, size, shape and orientation of your home. The contractor must also take into account the amount of insulation, windows and number of people in the house. If you are receiving a quote on a new air conditioner and the contractor doesn’t inspect the duct work thoroughly, you may want to get a second opinion.
  2. Make sure your new air conditioner is sized properly – The recent improvements in air conditioner efficiency give homeowners a choice for people to buy fewer tons of cooling power for their usage. In some cases the A/C unit your home was built with is not properly sized compared to today's standard. However, the problem is often not going to be solved by increasing your air conditioner size.
  3. Brand Matters – If you are looking for a lower priced air conditioner, you must be careful not to sacrifice quality of the system. A low bid is from someone who hasn’t probably analyzed your ducts and also who might not include a decent guarantee above the manufacturers.  One must consider bid based on complete analysis, what we call an apples to apples comparison.  At Any Climate Mechanical, we offer multiple options in our American Standard equipment.  As a customer care dealer, we have had extensive training on how to make your home, office or space the most comfortable.
  4. Understand SEER ratings –  Always ask for Energy Department’s SEER ratings. Air conditioners including the Energy Star label have Energy Efficiency Ratio’s ranging from  13 seer – 21 seer. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the air conditioners and thus less costly to operate. In general, air conditioners with ratings somewhere in the middle will probably work fine and also will pay you back in energy savings.
  5. Financing Options – We have a few options available for financing.  We will also assist you in obtaining your rebates that are available.
Thus, always look for an experienced, well trained, registered with the state and fully bonded and insured contractors. An HVAC contractor with such qualities are bound to deliver the best  replacement services when it comes to your Air conditioner replacement. Any Climate Mechanical is happy to provide you with a FREE, no obligation, in home estimate for any HVAC replacement or energy efficient home upgrade including, tankless water heaters, heat pumps, and ductless units for those hard to heat/cool bonus rooms..