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5 Common Air Conditioning Questions & Answers

In getting to know more about your HVAC system, it is normal to ask questions. Especially to homeowners who have been working on conserving energy and saving money, it is important to get the right answers to those queries. Leave your confusions behind and seek answers to these common air conditioning questions!

  1. How often should I need my HVAC system maintained or serviced?

Regardless of the brand or type of HVAC system you have, it should be checked by professionals at least once or twice a year. To sustain the system at its optimum efficiency, you have to get in touch with your HVAC contractor for inspection and maintenance. Doing this helps you catch potential signs of breakdowns as early as possible.

  1. Why does my air conditioner freeze up?

There are two possible causes of freezing air conditioning: poor air flow on the evaporator coil and lack of refrigerant. What you need to do first is to turn your A/C off then check the following:

  • Refrigerant level. Low refrigerant level requires professional assistance. It is a complex job to deal so call the experts for solutions.
  • Thermostat setting. If it is set below 70 degrees, do not expect to get the most of your unit.
  • Air filter. See if they are clogged. Change them if necessary.
  • Keep your vents open to allow proper air flow through the evaporator coil.
  1. How can I tell if I should replace my air conditioner?

Want to know if it is time to replace your cooling unit? You should consider factors including the age of the unit, a sudden increase in energy bill, leaking refrigerant and the current cost of repair. If your A/C is 10 years old or above, it is best to buy a new one. The sudden rise in power bills is a sign of wearing or damaged A/C so better to replace it. Refrigerant leakage does no good to your air conditioner so get a new unit now. Check on your HVAC contractor to see if the system is still good for repair. If the repair costs higher, better just shop for a new unit.

  1. What size of air conditioner and HVAC system should I get?

The size should match your home load requirements. A system that is too big cools your home quickly but may trigger mold problems at the end of the day. It may lessen the lifespan of the system as well. Meanwhile, a too small system will take too long to cool your home. To get the right size of HVAC system, call the professionals to inspect your location.

  1. When can I say that my air conditioning unit is broken?

What you need to do first is to look for the signs of A/C breakdown. Common signs of a damaged air conditioner include an underperforming condenser, broken thermostat, odd noises or sound and sudden rise in electric bills.

Got more questions about your air conditioning unit? Give us a call at Harkins Air Conditioning, Heating & Control. Our experts are looking forward to answering all your queries!