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Simple Checks Before You Call For Service

With temperatures that can only be described as sweltering, there are few things worse than coming home after a long day to find that your air conditioner is not working. While you may be inclined to immediately call your air conditioner company to come out for an emergency visit, this may not be necessary. Before you make that call, perform these simple checks.

1)      Make sure your unit is on.

While this may seem ridiculous, it’s certainly worth checking. Ensure that the unit is on and that the thermostat is set lower than the current room temperature. In addition, once turned on, make certain your thermostat is working. If the thermostat is broken, it can result in the entire AC malfunctioning.

2)      Check your circuit breakers.

If the breaker has tripped to the off position, your AC unit will not work. You can easily reset it by turning it off and then turning it back on.

3)      Assess your filters.

Your filters are responsible for removing particles in the air. As a result, they can become clogged with dust. This makes your entire unit less efficient, reduces airflow, and increases resistance.  Replace your filter to see if this is the problem.

4)      Check the outside condenser unit.

It’s not unusual for the condenser to get clogged up by dirt, grass, animal hair, and other debris. If this appears to be the problem, make certain all power to the unit is cut off. Spray the fins of the unit with a mixture of water and a mild detergent, such as Dawn, or laundry detergent. Let it sit for approximately five minutes before taking your garden hose and spraying the fins out at a 45 degree angle. Keep doing this until the water is clear and you are sure that all of the grime and dirt has been removed.

5)      Assess the fan blower belt for damage or excessive slack.

This is located on the side of the outside unit. If the belt is broken or frayed, replace the belt (replacements can be purchased at your local hardware store) to get the blower motor operational. If the belt is loose, you may need to tighten it or replace it completely.

6)      Check your Freon levels.

When your Freon levels are low, your unit will not be able to cool your home efficiently. Freon is a noxious gas, so you may prefer to call a technician to add more to the unit. Of course, you can choose to top off the levels yourself, but you must hold a Section 608 or 609 EPA certification to purchase Freon.

Hopefully, one of the above tips will have your air conditioner up and running appropriately in a short period of time. However, if your unit is still not working properly, it’s time to call a certified technician.

 

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As a result of the advances available in technology, our homes are more energy efficient than ever. In recent years, the introduction of smart thermostats has further increased efficiency, allowing homeowners to save upwards of 10 percent of their total energy expenditure. Using its six sensors to track everything from temperature to movement in the home, smart thermostats adjust the home’s temperature based on the schedule it has identified. Using a Wi-Fi signal, it tracks weather conditions and gives you the opportunity to program it from anywhere you have a signal. Let’s look at the benefits of smart thermostats as well as three of the top thermostats currently being manufactured.

 

The Benefits Associated With Smart Thermometers

1. Many systems allow you to program parts of your home separately. This is ideal if you and your family rarely agree on a comfortable temperature.


2. You can control your home’s climate while you are away through an app.


3. It displays your energy consumption in real time. This allows you to see how much you are currently spending and make changes as needed to save money.


4. It can save anywhere from $10 to $30 off your monthly power bill.

 

Honeywell

The Honeywell smart thermostat quickly learns your routine and controls internal temperatures accordingly. In addition, it provides temperature alerts and reminders when filter changes are due, has an upgraded fan to enhance air circulation, features an indoor humidity sensor, and has an easy to use app. With a retail price of $200, it includes a customizable touch screen that can be password locked to prevent others from tampering with your settings.

Lyric

Lyric is the latest smart thermostat manufactured by Honeywell. Featuring a simple design with a clear display and minimal buttons, it is much smaller than other Honeywell thermostats. It includes a proximity sensor that turns the screen on automatically when someone walks near it, otherwise it remains dark to preserve the battery and it informs you when servicing is needed. Like other smart thermostats, the Lyric app gives you the opportunity to control temperatures from anywhere. However, what sets it apart is the ability to connect it to your phone’s GPS, triggering temperature changes when you get close to home. It currently retails for $279.

Nest

Developed by the designer of the Apple iPod and owned by Google, Nest smart thermostats are practical and stylish. Learning from your habits, Nest will recognize patterns and implement them throughout the day. For example, if you turn it up at 8 a.m. daily and turn it down at 5 p.m., you will soon come home and find that it is has done it for you. Retailing for approximately $250, they can be put in an away mode, which allows you to control it from your iPhone or web browser. Smart thermostats have revolutionized how we can control our home’s climate. With numerous benefits and affordable prices, they are a great option for any home.

Find which thermostat is right for you

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When it’s hot outside, there are few things more devastating than returning home after a long day and finding that it’s just as hot inside your house as it is outside. While it’s very likely your first instinct is to call a service repairman and beg them to come out immediately, there are a few things you should do first when you air conditioning system isn’t working. There are some matters that are simple to fix yourself, but others will require a professional.

 

– Check The Thermostat

This is a quick and easy fix that has the tendency not to cross your mind. It’s not unusual for a setting to get changed by accident, particularly in a home with children. Don’t ever skip the step of checking the thermostat, regardless of how sure you are that it has not been altered.

 

– Check The Blowers

The blower is the fan that circulates air throughout your house. To make certain it’s working properly, go to the thermostat and turn the fan switch to “on”. If, after 30 seconds or so, the blower has not come on, you will need to contact a professional. If the blower is working, but there’s little to no air coming from the vents, check your filters, coils, and refrigerant levels.

 

– Check Your Filters And Coils

One of the most common reasons an air conditioner isn’t able to work properly is because the filters and coils are dirty. Make certain that your filters are not clogged with dust, pet fur, and more. If it is, you may choose to clean it out, but your best option is to replace it. (Keep in mind that filters should be changed monthly for the best results.) Also, ensure your coil is not stopped up with leaves or grass clippings. If it is, turn the unit off and clean it out.

 

– Check The Fuse Or Breakers And Outside Disconnect Switch

Occasionally fuses and breakers can get kicked to an off position, so never skip this step. In older homes, it is not unusual for circuits to become overloaded and cut power to everything on the circuit breaker. Make certain everything is in the “on” position before you begin to panic. If there’s an issue with the breaker becoming overloaded, unplug nonessential items to decrease the amount of work that is required.

 

 

– Check Your Refrigerant Levels

This does require that you contact a professional. If your refrigerant levels are low, the pipe that runs from the outside unit to the inside unit will freeze up. It may be as simple a fix as adding more refrigerant, but it could also indicate a possible leak or blockage. In both instances, the repairman will have to pinpoint the exact location and repair the problem before replenishing the refrigerant. Conclusion If your air conditioner unit is not working properly, do not immediately begin to assume that it is in need of costly repairs. Follow the tips above and you may find that your unit can quickly be repaired without the need of outside assistance.

 

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