Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for March, 2015

Common Ductless AC Repairs

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Ductless air conditioners may look different from traditional ACs, but the truth is that the outside unit for a ductless AC is basically the same as one for a ducted system. Why bring this up? There can be the perception that because ductless systems have a somewhat different structure that they may be more difficult to repair. The truth is that they aren’t, and they may even be somewhat simpler to repair because there’s no complicated ductwork to contend with. However, to ensure that all your AC repairs, ductless or ducted, are handled correctly, it’s important to always call for an expert. The air conditioning specialists at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., can help with all of your ductless AC repairs in Atlanta, so if you are experiencing problems, call us today!

Common Problems

Problems that are common to ductless air conditioners include:

Issues with the Blowers

The indoor blowers contain a small fan, a small set of coils and a small air filter. Should a malfunction develop with any of these components, the blower fan is likely to develop problems. The good thing, however, is that because the blowers are easily accessible, it isn’t hard for a trained technician to diagnose and repair the problem.

Issues with the Condensate Line

Each indoor blower connects to the outdoor unit by a conduit; each conduit contains a power cord, a refrigerant line and a condensate line. These lines are quite long, and sometimes this length can cause the condensate line to be prone to developing clogs. Clogs with the condensate line can lead to a back-up of the draining condensate water, so any clogs will have to be cleared.

Problems with the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit contains the compressor, condenser and condenser fan. Problems can develop with all three components, and should this happen, you’ll see an issue develop with the operation of your system.

Any time you see or hear problems with your ductless AC in Atlanta, it’s time to call an expert for repair.

The professionals at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., are here to help with all of your AC repair needs, so call us today!

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What Is Spray Foam and How Does It Work?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Insulation for homes used to come in one form: the pink or yellow puffy stuff, otherwise known as fiberglass insulation. While this type of insulation is still one of the most commonly used, there are other, newer types of insulation available that can maximize your home’s energy efficiency along with the fiberglass kind. Spray foam is one of the newer types of insulation, and it is quickly gaining in popularity. Spray foam is very different from fiberglass or blown-in insulation, and as such, it behaves and works very differently as well. Because of this, it’s important to hire a trained expert for spray foam installation services in Atlanta, like the professionals at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

What Is Spray Foam?

Spray foam is an adhesive that forms an instant, air-tight, permanent seal to whatever it comes into contact with. Made from polyurethane, spray foam will expand up to 100 times as soon as it hits the air, which is one of the reasons why it’s important to use a professional. There are 3 types of spray foam:

  • Low density – used to fill interior cavities and in attic spaces
  • Medium density – spray foam here is used for continuous coverage indoors and the same areas as low density
  • High density – used for exteriors and roofs

Your insulation expert will know which type to use and how to apply it correctly.

Benefits of Spray Foam

  • Increased energy efficiency – the ability of spray foam to create an air-tight, permanent seal and also insulate hard-to-reach places makes this type of insulation a tremendous tool in helping to increase your home’s overall energy efficiency.
  • Increased comfort – spray foam can help rid your home of drafts, making it feel more comfortable.
  • Creates a solid moisture barrier – moisture can do a great deal of damage to your home; the air-tight seal created by spray foam blocks moisture from coming inside.
  • Doesn’t settle or shrink – once spray foam adheres to your building, it stays put and doesn’t alter as loose-fill and batt insulation can.

Have questions about how spray foam can help your home?

Call the insulation specialists at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today and schedule an appointment for spray foam installation services for your Atlanta home!

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Reasons to Schedule Your Whole-Home Dehumidifier for Maintenance

Friday, March 13th, 2015

It’s no secret that Atlanta is called Hotlanta, and during the summer months, this name is well-earned. Our heat is legendary because our humidity is legendary, and one of the tools many homeowners use to battle the excess humidity is a whole-home dehumidifier. Whole-home humidifiers are added as part of your HVAC system, so they work seamlessly, but like your HVAC system, they do need maintenance to stay in good working order. You shouldn’t have just anyone perform a tune-up on your Atlanta whole-home dehumidifier, and this is where the professionals at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., come in. Our professionals can install, maintain, repair or replace your whole-home dehumidifier, so if it’s been more than 12 months since your dehumidifier was last maintained, call us today!

Why Schedule Maintenance?

Whole-home dehumidifiers work by drawing in air from your return ducts; in the dehumidifier, the air is cooled, and as a result, droplets of water are formed. This water drops into a pan and then drains via a condensate pipe while the newly-dried air is sent to your HVAC system to cycle into your home. There are a number of issues that can develop with dehumidifiers, including:

  • Clogging from dust and dirt
  • Problems with the condensate array
  • Leaking

Water damage can become a serious problem, and the only way to know if your dehumidifier is leaking or dripping water is by checking it – and the best way to check your dehumidifier is by hiring a pro for annual maintenance.

But there are other benefits to annual maintenance besides the prevention of repairs. Dehumidifiers help take some of the workload off your AC, so it’s important to keep your dehumidifier in good working condition. During maintenance your dehumidifier will be cleaned and inspected, and if any problems are discovered, you’ll be alerted to them. Simple clogs can be removed during the inspection and all electrical wires and connections will also be checked. Maintenance for your dehumidifier is a full tune-up that can extend the life of your device.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today and schedule your whole-home dehumidifier in Atlanta for a tune-up!

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Does My Ductless AC Need Maintenance?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Spring is a time for cleaning out the debris and mess from the fall and winter, and this kind of clean-up is also good for your air conditioner. It doesn’t matter what type of AC you have or whether you have a ducted or ductless system; annual maintenance is an important part of your air conditioning system’s upkeep. You may still be a couple of months from using your ductless AC, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to schedule an air conditioning tune-up in Atlanta. In fact, scheduling maintenance now gets you ahead of spring appointments, and the Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., professionals are ready to assist you with all your AC needs.

Why Does My Ductless System Need Maintenance?

Your ductless system operates very similarly to a ducted system in the sense that there is an outdoor unit that contains the compressor and condenser and indoor blowers that blow the cool air. Both the outdoor unit and indoor blowers need to be inspected for potential problems, and they also need to have individual parts cleaned and lubricated to ensure optimal performance. Additionally, each individual blower has an air filter that may need changing and coils that will need to be checked and possibly cleaned. All blowers have a refrigerant line to the outdoor unit and condensate drain pipes, and the refrigerant lines and condensate drain pipes need to be checked for any potential problems. Lastly, your technician will test each blower and its performance to make sure all the blowers are operating as expected for your home.

Why is all this necessary? To gain the benefits maintenance has to offer – better energy efficiency, improved comfort, prevention of repairs and extended life for your system – a professional needs to be thorough with your system.

Spring is just around the corner, and you can get ahead of spring cleaning by scheduling an appointment for a spring tune-up for your air conditioning in Atlanta. Contact us today!

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