Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for March, 2013

Common Home AC System Problems in Atlanta

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Here in Atlanta, we know that you probably run your air conditioning system every day. With all of that use it is inevitable that you’ll eventually need air conditioning repairs. At Air Conditioning Experts, we’ve responded to countless calls for air conditioning repairs throughout the Atlanta area. We thought it would be helpful if we put together some of the most common air conditioning repairs that we see. If your air conditioning system is having any kind of problems, make sure you call an Atlanta air conditioning contractor.

No Cooling or Not Enough Cooling

No cooling or not enough cooling is a very common air conditioning repair in Atlanta. It can be caused by a number of different things. One of the most common causes of no cooling is the air filter for your AC system. The air filter is there to keep dust or dirt from getting into the moving parts of your AC system. If it isn’t changed regularly it can restrict the flow of through your AC system.

Insufficient cooling can also be caused by low refrigerant levels, a broken fan or leaking compressor.

Low Refrigerant

Your air conditioning system is a heat pump that cools your home by removing heat from your home. Your indoor fan pulls in warm air from your home. Evaporator coils in the heat pump extract heat from the air and then exhaust it outside through the coils in the compressor.

If your heat pump has low refrigerant it can reduce its ability to provide cooling.

The Fan

Your heat pump has two fans in it. The one inside your home is responsible for pushing the air over the evaporator coils where the heat from the air can be absorbed into the refrigerant inside the coils. The fan in your outside compressor blows air over the condensing coils to extract the heat from the refrigerant. If your fan blades are bent or if the fan motor is broken, it could severely impact its ability to cool your home.

If you need any air conditioning repairs in Atlanta, call the Air Conditioning Experts.

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Why Tune Up Your Home’s Air Conditioner Before Summer?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Even if you love the sunshine and heat of summer, there are times when you just need to cool down and relax. That is why a professional air conditioning installation is so important. Only with a high-quality installation will your air conditioner be able to provide you with the consistent, dependable cooling power you need to beat the heat this summer. If you have not scheduled preventive AC maintenance yet, though, you are putting your comfort and condition of your air conditioning system in Atlanta at risk. Call Air Conditioning Experts today to schedule professional AC maintenance.

You may think that it makes more sense to have your air conditioner serviced after the close of the cooling season. This is simply not the case. While your air conditioner will likely suffer some general wear and tear during the summer, it is really necessary to schedule service prior to the regular use of your air conditioner.

Following the previous cooling season your AC has month after month of sitting and waiting in store for it. You cannot expect it to kick right into high gear after that amount of time. Any issues that developed during use last cooling season will still be there at the start of this one. Just because your air conditioner was running at the end of the summer does not mean it was doing so efficiently.

Scheduling maintenance before summer starts gives your professional maintenance technician the chance to discover and resolve any problems before you really need to depend on your AC. This helps prevent any disruption to your air conditioning service – and comfort – when it is put into heavy rotation. Operating a compromised air conditioning system puts your AC at risk for damage and also leads to higher energy use. The more energy you use, the more you are going to pay in cooling costs.

Contact Air Conditioning Experts today for more information about the importance of scheduling preventive air conditioning tune-ups in Atlanta. Trust us; it is the best way to protect your comfort and the condition of your air conditioner. Do not wind up spending more money for less cooling power. Schedule the services your air conditioner needs today.

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Insulation Tip 1: Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Spray foam insulation is an excellent way to make your home more energy efficient. Spray foam both insulates and seals your home, so call the insulation professionals at Air Conditioning Experts if you would like to know more about adding spray foam to your home.

Here are some of the benefits of spray foam insulation:

Spray foam can easily fill all cracks where you are losing air so that you get a proper seal. This product also offers complete insulation in areas that are hard to reach, which can improve overall home performance. You can save a lot on heating and air conditioning costs by adding insulation and sealing off all air leaks. Spray foam insulation comes in different R-values, so call an HVAC contractor who is knowledgeable about the different varieties.

Spray foam insulation will also stick to a variety of construction materials so that you can install it pretty much anywhere in your home.  Proper insulation and air sealing can also improve indoor air quality in addition to creating energy savings and more home comfort. Most people forget that adding more insulation is also a noise reducer, so you get a quieter, more efficient, and more comfortable home.

Spray foam should only be installed by a certified insulation contractor who has experience with this type of insulation and will install it properly and according to local codes. Feel free to call the Atlanta insulation installers at Air Conditioning Experts to answer your questions you may have about spray foam insulation.

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Atlanta Geothermal Guide: Types of Geothermal Loop Systems

Monday, March 4th, 2013

A geothermal heating and cooling system is a great home comfort option for those homeowners in Atlanta looking to reduce both energy costs and their environmental impact. Geothermal heating and cooling systems use a heat pump in order to keep your home comfortable year round in a very efficient, effective manner. In fact, geothermal systems are often more versatile and reliable than standard types of heat pumps.

This is due to the fact that they draw the heat they utilize from the ground or beneath water on your property, where temperatures are more constant. They are able to do this by using a geothermal loop system. Here is some information about the types of geothermal loop systems that may be used during your geothermal heating and cooling system installation. Call Air Conditioning experts for more information.

Closed Loop Systems

Most geothermal systems will use a closed loop system to circulate an antifreeze solution through the ground or in a body of water on your property. This solution is not used up or disposed of, but rather cycled throughout the closed loop system again and again. This type of loop system may be installed vertically or horizontally.

Horizontal installations are the most common type. They also require a certain amount of usable space on your property, though. Pipes are buried next to one another at staggered depths, and the antifreeze solution is piped through via the loop system, gathering heat. If there is not sufficient space the loops may be tightly coiled, allowing for an installation in smaller amounts of land. However, this runs the risk of overdrawing heat from the ground around the system

Open Loop Systems

In an open loop system water itself is used in place of an antifreeze solution. Once the cycle is completed the water is simply discharged from the system. Obviously this type of installation requires the availability of sufficient water on your property. A trained professional will help you determine if an open loop system is right for your home.

If you have any questions about geothermal heating and cooling system installations or the types of loop systems you may use, call Air Conditioning Experts. We are the geothermal professionals in the Atlanta area. Our technicians can help you heat and cool your home more efficiently and effectively with a geothermal heating and cooling system installation, so call today.

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