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Have you got a furnace repair problem in Fort Worth?
If you do, unless it’s brand new, you’ve probably dealt with at least one HVAC repair scenario. Those of you with older systems know the frustration of steadily climbing bills, repair nightmares, and the steady anxiety of knowing your system isn’t in great shape.
Before you start thinking about replacing the whole system, read this article. We’re going to talk about simple tips and tricks you can use to boost your heating capacity and stave off costly furnace repair.
With the winter chill already bearing down on us, and colder months ahead, now is a great time to be giving your furnace the attention it so desperately needs.
With that said, let’s talk about how you can help yourself – and how we can make it easier for you.
1.Furnace maintenance & Tune-ups.
Every HVAC repairman in the nation is used to harping on this, and for good reason! Heating system repair is far more common in systems that don’t get tuned up annually.
Preventive maintenance isn’t a myth. This isn’t a case of fixing something that isn’t broken. It’s about staving off disaster before it strikes.
Here’s an important thing to remember:
There is no such thing as an insignificant problem. Little problems are the foundation of bigger problems. So even if you’ve only got one little thing wrong, odds are it’s going to get worse.
So, the most common tune-up questions are:
- Do I need one?
- Annually? Right you are.
- Could I do it myself? Not unless you’re an HVAC technician.
- Is it worth the money?
Tune-ups aren’t expensive, either – but neglecting to schedule them can be. Keeping a service appointment is easy. We’ll call you when the date is approaching. Let us take the pressure off.
Work with the furnace repair specialists at Metro Energy Savers today to maintain your system at peak efficiency.
2.Owner furnace maintenance.
Forced-air systems (what most of you have) require their owners to undertake a few simple tasks once in a while. They’re not tricky, but they’re important, and most owners forget.
Forgetting can get awfully pricey.
With forced-air heat, the most important task to stay on top of is filter changes. Your system is equipped with an air filter to trap particulates and make sure that the air circulating throughout your home doesn’t contain dust, mold, pollen, and other unwanted pollutants.
Your manufacturer provides filter specifications and a proper replacement schedule. If you can’t find yours, we can help you figure that out.
Once you do know, stay on top of it. Nothing causes furnaces and heating system breakdowns more often than dirty filters.
That’s because as they get dirty, it gets harder and harder for air to move through the filter. Your blower (the indoor part of a split system that circulates air through the ducts in your home) has to work harder to compensate.
That leads eventually to cycling issues, overheating, and reduced efficiency. It also means that the air that does circulate won’t be filtered, which can be dangerous to inhabitants with asthma, allergies, or respiratory conditions.
Put simply: change those filters.
3.Upgrade your thermostat.
And my head, I’d be a-scratchin’
While my thoughts are busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain
If you’re on top of your filter schedule and you’ve got us doing tune-ups annually or seasonally, the next step is to look for system upgrades. Our personal favorite is the thermostat upgrade.
Smarter = more efficient.
It’s that simple. Programmable thermostats are the brains of the operation. Every year, thermostats get smarter, too – so even if yours is programmable, you might benefit from an update to an even smarter one.
They’re useful because they help you avoid waste. They heat your home when it wants to be heated, and they put the system into a lower-consumption mode when it doesn’t.
Modern thermostats take it a step further than the programmable brains of a decade ago by adding things like wi-fi, smartphone pairing, and adaptive learning. Many can even be paired with smart home assistants like the Amazon Echo, Facebook Portal, or Google Smart Home.
You don’t need every bell and whistle. But you should pick the ones that make sense to you and use them.
If your furnace has a brain, it’s going to be smarter about using resources. That helps your bottom line.
The most neglected part of a system is usually the ductwork.
Out of sight, out of mind.
And yet, 90% of all homes are experiencing what we would call “significant” heat loss, meaning as much as 20-30% of the energy going to waste. Those hidden ducts, over time, develop leaks.
Ducts also get dirty, despite your best efforts to avoid it.
A pretty easy (and not super pricey) fix is to have all of those professionally sealed. We say professionally because some homeowners are tempted to grab duct tape and do this themselves.
Two problems with that:
- Duct tape is the wrong tool for the job, as it doesn’t do a good job of preventing temperature exchange. You want professional HVAC tape, and where possible, aerosol sealant. That requires professional application, but it’s quick and affordable.
- Sealing the leaks is only part of the job. You also want to have a pro check and make sure that you’ve got the right amount of ductwork for your system, and that they’re clean all the way through.
Homes with attics and crawl spaces have to take extra care to insulate their ductwork. Uninsulated spaces are where most heat loss occurs because heat escaping into occupied rooms isn’t as much of a concern.
Heating Repair Fort Worth – Get Your Estimate
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Are you making costly heating repair mistakes and damaging your furnace or HVAC system? You might be! Read on to find out for sure!
Did you know:
Your HVAC system probably represents the single largest cash investment inside your home. Bigger than all other appliances, bigger even than some kitchen remodels –
But it’s okay.
It’s a big, scary machine, and there’s a lot of advice flying around online and among friends, a lot of “hacks” and tips to help your system work.
Some of them are great. Some of them are not. This article is about those tips that are doing nothing, or worse, doing harm. As you’re scrolling, remember that your pals at Metro Energy Savers are here to help you save money.
Heating Myth Number One: Setting the thermostat higher will heat the house faster.
Even in homes with programmable or smart thermostats, we see this one. You come home, and it’s a bit chillier than you like, so you kick the thermostat up ten degrees so it will “hurry up” and get three or four degrees warmer.
Sounds good, right?
But it’s complete nonsense.
Your furnace isn’t a dimmer switch; it’s an on/off switch. Multi-stage compressors allow it to function as a three-way light bulb, but it’s still either on or off. Setting a higher temperature isn’t going to help. Period.
If you want your house to be seventy degrees, set your thermostat to seventy and wait. It’s better for your system, and for your comfort. Changing settings frequently or asking HVAC equipment to work too hard is a good way to cause problems.
Heating Myth Number Two: Turn the system off if you’re not going to be there.
This one is prevalent, and we get why: the notion that when something’s off, it isn’t costing you makes perfect sense.
Unfortunately, this one doesn’t have any more truth to it than the first. While it’s technically accurate that you’re not burning fuel when the system is off, you run into trouble when you turn it on again.
Here’s the thing:
Starting the system takes more energy – by a lot – than running it on low.
It takes your furnace about twenty minutes to hit peak efficiency. During that time, it’s using more energy than it should. Further, cycling things on and off to try to save money will inevitably lead to more wear and tear.
Instead of turning your system off, look into modes that save power. Running it at lower settings allows it to remain efficient. Utilizing a two-stage or variable compressor takes that to the next level, as well.
(That’s an option for furnace installation, not for furnace repair, but it’s something to keep in mind.)
Heating Myth Number Three: Use space heaters to supplement a weak heater to save money.
This is a dangerous myth. Most contractors will turn suddenly quite serious when confronted with this one because space heaters should not be used regularly in the home.
They’re meant to warm workshops, garages, workspaces, semi-enclosed spaces, etc. Once in a while, using one in a pinch to warm you on a bitter winter evening is alright.
But if your furnace isn’t doing the job it’s designed for, your answer should be a call to Metro Energy Savers, not a trip to a department store to grab a cheap space heater.
Let’s carry it further, too:
Space heaters aren’t cheap to run. They’re cheap to manufacture.
They use a fair amount of electricity, and they dry out the air. Their efficiency rating is below even the most outdated (working) natural gas furnaces. So running one for hours at a time will run your bill up in the same way that running a window unit air conditioner would.
And one more thing:
Space heaters are responsible for a large number of house fires every year. People forget to keep them three feet away from walls and curtains, and the fire is the unfortunate result.
A space heater has its place in the world. They do a specific job quite well.
But that job is not heating your home.
Heating Myth Number Four: If you have leaky ductwork, grab your duct tape.
We love duct tape. It’s great for all kinds of things. There are whole websites devoted to the creative use of everyone’s favorite wonder-tool. But, unfortunately, there is one shocking bubble to burst when it comes to duct tape:
It’s pretty terrible at sealing ducts.
Why is it called that, then? Funny story.
It was designed by Johnson & Johnson during World War II, to help keep moisture out of ammo cases. The original rolls were the same drab green like everything else in the army. Johnson & Johnson never named their product.
20 years later, the stuff was going by “duct tape,” because back then, it was commonly used to wrap ductwork. Over the years since then, however, it’s been rendered obsolete by HVAC tape, which is a premium product that can withstand high heat. You’ll recognize it by it’s distinctive “foil” look, similar to emergency thermal blankets. It seals against moisture, vapor, and heat loss or temperature exchange.
Heating Myth Number Five: Save money – use your fireplace.
We hate to be the bearer of even more bad news, but your fireplace is not a big money saver. It’s a big, beautiful, roaring, ambient, romantic, cozy, completely inefficient and outdated heating source.
This isn’t the Colonial era, guys. Use your fireplace, sure – but be aware that its purpose is more aesthetic than functional these days.
First, because you have to buy firewood, in most cases, unless you live in a rural area with lots of lands and don’t mind slinging an ax or hauling deadfall.
Second, your chimney carries an awful lot of heat out with the smoke. That means that a fair amount of your money is soaring to join the clouds.
Stay tuned for even more myths in future posts – and reach out to the experts at Metro Energy Saver today to learn how you can save money!
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Read on to learn money-saving tips for heating repair in Arlington
To some folks, the idea of a Texas winter doesn’t sound too scary.
And sure, Arlington and Fort Worth don’t see the same kind of snow as Boston and Bangor. But it drops below freezing in this part of the world, and it does snow from time to time.
That means furnace repair matters as much here as it does anywhere else. Texans have to pay as much attention to the needs of their HVAC equipment as everyone else.
So what do you do if your furnace isn’t blowing warm air through your home?
For starters, you consider calling us and getting on a maintenance schedule to prevent this kind of thing in the first place.
But no amount of maintenance will eliminate the possibility of malfunction. So when your furnace is leaving you cold, here’s what you need to know:
What causes a furnace or heating system to blow cold air?
As furnace malfunctions go, blowing cold air is quite noticeable. The silver lining is that it won’t go unnoticed for very long – which can hasten your repair schedule.
On the other hand, a lot of different things can cause your heater to behave this way. So even though you definitely have a problem, the solution isn’t going to present itself as easily.
The number of potential culprits also makes cold air a tricky problem to diagnose. That’s why you should be thinking about calling for a free inspection and a no-obligation estimate from Metro Energy Savers.
In this article, however, we will cover a few of the likeliest causes, so you have some idea of what you’re dealing with.
- Thermostat error.
Welcome to your best-case scenario.
If your thermostat – which is the brain of your system – isn’t sending the correct signals, your furnace will misbehave. That could mean that it’s blowing cold air because it’s being told to, not because it can’t generate heat.
User error would be welcome if slightly embarrassing cause. So start there. Make sure your thermostat is set to AUTO or HEAT, and that the temperature is set correctly (and to your preference between Fahrenheit and Celsius). If your system gets kicked into FAN mode, you’re not going to feel any warmer.
If your settings are right on the money, your thermostat might be on the fritz. Make sure it’s located correctly in your home, not near a cold draft or a particularly sunny window, which could throw off the temperature reading.
Most modern thermostats will allow for a reset to try and kick things back into gear. But even if your thermostat is beyond saving, you’re not going to break the bank on a replacement.
Is your cold air problem only in parts of the house?
If so, ductwork could be to blame. If your thermostat is the brain, your ducts are the circulatory system, carrying the air where it needs to go. If a duct has developed a leak or been knocked loose somehow, it can’t perform properly.
Usually, when that happens, you’ll only get cold air in rooms that are after the leaky section of the duct in the home’s airflow.
Fixing and replacing ducts is simple enough for the professionals. As furnace repair prices go, this one isn’t necessarily a killer, unless it’s an extreme case. When it comes to ductwork, a lot of the expense is tied to work hours.
And even in cases of serious duct repair, it’s going to be cheaper than replacing a damaged or malfunctioning system in most cases.
Heating Repair Arlington: What if it’s something with my actual furnace?
- Air filters
Whether you’re in Arlington or the Arctic, air filters are a necessary component of a good heating and cooling system.
By far the most common source of issues is dirty air filters. They’re easy to neglect and extremely important. If your furnace is blowing cold air, you can swap these and see if it helps.
Failure to clean or replace air filters leads to poor airflow. When airflow is restricted in that way, the furnace can begin to short cycle or overheat. Furnaces have a lot of safety controls built-in, so before they can overheat, they’ll most likely simply shut down.
However, with many furnaces, the blower will continue to operate. They’ll just be blowing lukewarm and progressively cooler air.
Your fix is a breeze, though: swapping the filters and restarting the system. That could really be all it takes.
- Pilot light and igniter
If your pilot light goes out or your ignition stops functioning, your furnace won’t generate any heat. With older furnaces, this can be dangerous. Most carbon monoxide leaks start this way.
Modern furnaces often have a safety shutoff to prevent gas leaks, but if your pilot or ignition is down, call our emergency line immediately. We’ll get on the scene as fast as possible, confirm your safety, and work to restore your heat.
- Condensate drain
Modern furnaces are very efficient. They have drain lines to remove all the moisture and water created during the heating process. This helps keep your house from becoming far too humid and discourages mold.
When that drain line is clogged, it usually triggers a shutoff that prevents your burners from lighting. Your system will blow cold air if that’s the case.
Any furnace repair technician from Metro Energy Savers can clear your condensate line and empty your drain for you. It’s a standard part of our tune-up service. It’s good to have this handled quickly, though, before trouble mounts!
Furnace Repair Troubleshooting
We respect the DIY spirit, but please keep in mind that furnaces deal with high voltage and combustibles. It’s not something we recommend for an untrained homeowner.
For anything more complex than filter changes and thermostat troubleshooting, it’s best to get a professional’s advice.
If you’re in Arlington, Fort Worth, or anywhere else in the Mid-Cities area, give us a call. We can handle all of your heating repair needs.
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Summer is coming to an end, autumn is approaching and winter is looming in the distance. As a homeowner, you begin to look at how to prepare for the change in seasons. You check your doors and windows, and shut down and empty your sprinkler lines. You clean the gutters in preparation for falling leaves and seeds. Your furnace gets a new filter, and the thermostat a new battery. You wrap exposed outdoor water lines. Everything is looking good. Then you turn to your outside air conditioner. It seems so vulnerable, out in the elements, so you decide maybe you should cover it. Or should you?
Designed for the Job
An external air conditioner unit is factory designed to be an outdoor, all-weather device. While it is in operation, it’s important that nothing covers it or impedes airflow around it. The transfer of heat from inside the home to the outside requires this unit to radiate energy into the atmosphere, and blocking any passages can cause serious complications. After summer is over and the unit is shut down, there are some special circumstances to consider.
During the off-season, any dirt or dust that gathers in an air conditioner unit will simply wash away with the rains and snow. Keeping the unit open to the weather actually helps eliminate problems, and elements of the weather help keep the unit clean.
The air conditioner is designed to operate in all weather conditions, including heavy rain. The internal workings are already protected against water, and as the rain comes in it has a designated path to drain back out the bottom, keeping from gathering moisture inside. No additional cover or protection is necessary, even in winter conditions.
The sides of an air conditioner unit are almost entirely covered with ventilation slots, which could conceivably allow small rodents to move in. However, since there is no real protection anywhere inside for them to hide, the open design actually keeps them from settling in. Adding a cover over the unit would give them a better shelter, and encourage rather than repel them.
Leaves and Seeds
One serious characteristic of the fall season is the gathering of leaves and seeds. Since the unit’s ventilation slots are also located on the top, some of the debris from trees can make it inside and form masses of moisture, which can corrode the mechanisms. To help keep autumn foliage out, a top can be placed on the unit, covering just a few inches down the sides. This is sufficient to protect the unit without introducing any of the other potential problems.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, adding a full cover to an air conditioner can actually create more problems than it solves. A small bit of protection on the top to repel leaves and seeds can help but should be kept short and still allow full ventilation and water flow through it.
For additional information, or to schedule an appointment for inspecting or servicing your unit, contact Metro Energy Savers today.
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Your AC Needs Regular Care
AC systems sustain wear and tear through use. As a result, AC systems need air conditioning services to remain at their best. First, a regular inspection ensures that potential issues can be caught and corrected before they can turn into something much more serious. Second, regular maintenance ensures that AC systems can continue providing their best performance for a longer period of time than otherwise possible. However, while there are those with the expertise, the experience, and the equipment needed to handle air conditioning repair and other air conditioning-related issues on their own, most people should make sure to call in professional AC specialists.
Why Should You Choose Professional AC Specialists?
Here are 5 reasons to choose professional AC specialists:
Awareness of the Costs
Most people have heard horror stories about contractors who give out inaccurate estimates of their costs, thus causing them to spend much more than what they had been expecting. This isn’t a problem with professional AC specialists who possess the expertise and experience needed to produce an accurate estimate before sticking to it. For proof, look no further than the testimonials of their past customers, which should provide interested individuals everything that they need to know about whether a particular group of professional AC specialists can be trusted or not.
There can be no doubt about the fact that calling in some professional AC specialists for air conditioning repair and other air conditioning services is much more convenient than the DIY option. After all, people who need such services can just make the call and then sit back while their AC unit repair and other air conditioning-related problems are handled by someone who can get the job done right.
One of the most important reasons to choose a professional AC specialist is their reliability compared to their less specialized counterparts. Simply put, a specialist is focused on air conditioning-related problems in a way that others aren’t, thus enabling them to handle a wider range of such problems. Moreover, they possess the skills needed to ensure the desired outcome on a consistent basis, which is critical because a bad job can prove to be both expensive and time-consuming to fix up.
On a related note, a professional AC specialist can get the job done faster than otherwise possible. In part, this is because their expertise and experience enable them to handle the problem in the most efficient manner. However, it should also be noted that they won’t get distracted by other assignments for other home systems. Considering how important a functional AC system can be for a building’s comfort, this is an important consideration.
There is no such thing as a contractor who will provide perfect results 100 percent of the time. However, when a professional AC specialist makes a mistake, the difference is that they are prepared to put in the effort needed to make things right with neither fuss nor hassle. Professionals are committed to the satisfaction of their customers, which is why they are prepared to step up by guaranteeing excellence.
If you are still unsure about hiring a professional AC specialist, you should contact us at Metro Energy Savers at your earliest convenience. We want to make sure that our customers know exactly what they can expect, which is why we are prepared to answer your questions until you are content that you can make the fully-informed decision that is in your best interests.
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Everyone loves air conditioning in the summer. As the temps outside are rising you begin to bring that inside thermostat down, keeping your house cool and comfortable during the hot weather.
Inevitably, summer must come to an end. Fall brings crisp, autumn air, and as you open your doors and windows to the breezes our faithful warm-weather friend, the air conditioner, is shut down. To help keep your unit in top condition during the fall season, there are some steps you can take:
Clean the Unit
Once you are finished with the air conditioner for the year, it is a good idea to give it a good cleaning. The outdoor unit consists of coils inside a ventilated cover, which can gather dirt, dust and grime with use. A high-pressure sprayer handle on a garden hose worked around through all the various ventilation openings, can usually blast most of the build-up off of the coils and out of the chassis. Be sure to look down inside for any leaves or other debris, and wash them away as well. Any kind of remaining dirt or build-up will become wet with autumn rains and can cause the chassis and internal elements to corrode.
Test it Out
After a good cleaning has been accomplished, it’s time to check out how well it is working. Turn the AC on in the house, and take a walk outside to the external unit. Listen to the fan, the motor, and the chassis. The electric motor should be running smoothly, without any kind of grinding or rubbing sounds. The fan should be quiet, pumping a steady flow of warm air from inside the unit. The chassis should not indicate any evidence of vibration or loose panels and should appear firmly attached to its base. Any kind of strange sounds may indicate a problem and should be reported to a professional for assistance.
Although it may be tempting to want to cover the external AC unit for the winter, there are several reasons why it’s not a good idea. First, the unit is already designed to operate and exist in all weather conditions, even the cold, snow, and ice. Precipitation actually helps wash away any internal debris and keeps the unit clean and free from obstructions. Second, adding a cover can attract rodents and insects, who are always looking for a well-protected home away from the elements. Finally, blocking the ventilation holes can cause moisture to build up inside, leading to corrosion and other internal damage to the device.
If your unit is exposed to a lot of leaves and seeds from trees, you can place a top on the unit to help keep them out. Leave the sides mostly open for proper ventilation.
If you suspect that your air conditioner unit may have a problem or would like to have it professionally tested, seek help during the off-season so any repairs or adjustments can be completed while it is down. Call Metro Energy Savers for professional, reliable service for your unit.
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Autumn doesn’t just mean leaves change colors and pumpkin spice suddenly becomes in vogue. It also means relief from the sweltering Texan summer. Cooler temperatures mean homeowners can finally stop running their air conditioning unit all day, and maybe even think about turning the heat on.
Here are our five tips to help you manage your HVAC system as we transition into a new season – and even save you some money in the process.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
When seasons change and temperatures fluctuate, it can be hard to set up your home’s heating and cooling. It’s even harder to gauge maximum efficiency – which affects your bill. When you’re gone temperatures can shift drastically from your thermostat’s setting. A smart thermostat can mitigate these problems by regulating heating and cooling while you’re away, so please consider an upgrade.
Location is Everything
You wouldn’t think something as innocuous as the location of your thermostat could lose you money, but you’re wrong. If it’s located somewhere that the temperature might vary significantly compared to the rest of your house, e.g. a window, your cooling or heating may be coming on more often than it needs to. Experienced air conditioning and heating professionals like ourselves can help you determine if your thermostat is in an ideal location.
Fans Can Help
As temperatures fall, running your ceiling fans may be the last thing on your mind, but hear us out! If you run your ceiling fans in reverse, it helps circulate the warm air from your heating system. That means you get more heat out of a lower setting, and that means saving money on heating costs. Who would have thought?
Change Your A/C Filters
Changing your filters regularly can save you money in the long run. As particles collect on the filter, your A/C has to work harder and harder to heat your home. You’ll want to change filters at least once a year, and the transition to cooler temperatures is a perfect time. Smaller filters will need to be changed more often. Our experienced heating system professionals can offer guidelines.
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While durable, your A/C will not last forever. Regular use, age, and an inefficient system can all contribute to deterioration. Fortunately, our A/C services in Arlington, TX can diagnose the problem and execute it accordingly. Here are the biggest signs that you need an A/C replacement.
1. Frequent Breakdowns
If you are constantly calling your repair company to address your A/C breakdowns, it is likely time for a replacement. Repairs may only provide temporary solutions and don’t address the root of the issue. Your A/C might have fundamental issues that spare parts can’t fix. In addition, the cost of repairs can quickly snowball into a problem of its own.
2. A/C Lifespan
Your A/C has a lifespan of about 10-15 years. Even if you treat it with the utmost care, the internal system is going to deteriorate no matter what. After 10 years, call for an inspection on your A/C. The maintenance workers will be able to tell you the remaining lifespan and whether a replacement is urgent. It is absolutely critical that you respect the natural lifespan of your A/C and avoid pushing its limit for your safety.
3. Low SEER rating
The SEER rating of an A/C tells you about its efficiency. The higher the SEER rating, the less energy it takes to cool your home to a certain temperature. On the other hand, a low SEER rating results in a large energy expenditure every time you turn on the A/C. By law, newly manufactured air conditioners must have a SEER rating of at least 13. It is a good idea to check the rating of your current A/C, and if it is well below 13, look for a replacement immediately.
4. Poor performance
Have you ever turned your A/C on all the way, and the room still isn’t as cool as you’d like it? That is an example of the poor performance you associate with old A/C’s. If your system isn’t getting the job done, it is natural to look for one that will operate to your liking. Look at the temperature displayed on your A/C and use a thermometer to measure the true temperature of the room. If there is a large disparity, you can conclude that your air conditioner’s performance isn’t up to par.
5. Outdated refrigerants
R22 refrigerants are outlawed in newly manufactured appliances. However, some older models still use this refrigerant, and if yours does, you will want to switch over to the newer R410A refrigerant as soon as possible. It is more efficient, and a few inspectors have deemed that it is more eco-friendly and better for our health. Go online and check the specifications of your system.
Replacing your A/C isn’t always fun, but it’s necessary to keep your home operational. Metro provides air conditioning repair in Arlington, TX and all over the DFW that’ll cover all your HVAC needs. So feel free to check out our A/C replacement services right here.
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The Effect of Hot Days on your AC unit
The AC unit is the device in your home that is supposed to take care of the hot days. However, most AC units are adversely affected by hot days. The heat, airflow, and humidity during a hot day affect the way that the AC unit operates.
The unit operates in two different environments; the temperature within the house and the temperature outside of the house. The units are supposed to keep the inside of the house cool by transferring heat to the outside and also ensuring that the heat is not transferred back in through the AC unit. During the very hot days, a higher level of heat is getting into your house through windows and through the door. The AC unit does double the work on such days because the air outside is hotter and so it has to transfer the heat inside, that is as a result of direct sunlight through the window panes, outside where the level of heat is higher. It is harder because it has to reject air from the outside also. The higher the temperatures on the outside, the harder the AC has to work to keep the house cool. For example, an AC unit in Texas has a very difficult task due to the levels of heat in the State.
The AC unit is also adversely affected by the levels of humidity in the air. When the levels of humidity are quite high, the AC unit tends to do more work because it has to get rid of the dampness in the house. The cooling capacity of the unit comes into play during this time and if it is not at the standard required, then the results will be evident. The room will be very hot and damp because the unit will not be able to function properly and may need an AC unit repair.
Airflow is another factor that affects the way the AC unit operates within your house. The unit is as successful as its ability to circulate air from the house to the outside. When the circulation of the air is blocked then it will not work in the best way possible. Plants that are near the condenser on the outside may be the main source of blockage for the system. If they grow too close to the condenser then it will not work in the best way possible. It is always advisable to have about one foot always around the AC unit. The poor airflow may lead to an increase in the temperatures of the oiling system of the condenser. The heightening of the temperature leads to the faster breaking down of the oil in the oiling system making it less efficient. AC unit repair should be done regularly to ensure that the airflow is in perfect condition to avoid faster oil breakdown rather than the 15 years it was intended to last. The airflow efficiency can be put to test using a very simple technique. A thermometer should be placed almost next to the inlet and the temperature checked. The temperature registered should be the same as that of the air a few feet away.