Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for April, 2015

Could Your Ducts Cause Problems for Your AC?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

It may seem as though the ducts in your home would be the least of your troubles when it comes to problems with the air conditioner. Air conditioning systems contain complex electrical and mechanical components, many of which can become worn down and require repair or replacement at some point. The ductwork, on the other hand, is simple. Ducts provide a path directly from the air handler to the rooms in your home—no complex parts required.

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How to Make Your Older Air Conditioning System Run More Efficiently

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Most homeowners in our area are very familiar with the fact that summer bills can be quite high. Running an air conditioner is costly, as your air conditioning system has a lot of parts that require electricity to operate. And if you have an older air conditioning system, it can use up even more energy because the parts are often worn down and outdated. If you’re worried about the cost of monthly cooling this summer, check out some of our tips for improving the efficiency of your unit.

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3 Common Water Heater Repairs

Monday, April 13th, 2015

When your water heater breaks down, you want service fast. You don’t have days to sit around and wait for repairs, which is why many homeowners attempt to fix the water heater on their own. Sure, there are various guides and manuals out there to help homeowners feel more confident about diagnosing a water heating issue. But if you attempt these repairs without the help of a trained professional, you risk one very serious possibility: being without hot water for even longer. Here are three common water heater repairs which go more smoothly if done by a professional with the proper tools and expertise.

  • Flushing the Tank – “Hard water” is an issue that affects the majority of plumbing systems in the United States, but it shouldn’t pose any threat to the members of your household. However, the minerals left behind by hard water may begin to fill up a tank, reducing the volume inside and increasing pressure levels. When you hear a loud banging noise, call a professional right away. It could indicate a tank that simply needs to be flushed of mineral deposits.
  • Replacing the Anode Rod – The anode rod of your water heater is a simple part that serves no real mechanical value. However, this small rod is vital in maintaining the life of your water heater. This part is made of magnesium or aluminum, elements which are more corrosive than the steel tank. This means the rod will corrode before the steel tank does, but it must be replaced from time to time for optimal value.
  • Replacing the Dip Tube – The dip tube is the portion of your unit that allows cold water to flow into the tank, leading all the way down to the bottom where the burner (or electric heating element) is located. If this cracks, cold water can mix with the hot water, so replacement is generally necessary at this point.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. for superb water heater services in Atlanta, GA. 

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3 Reasons to Get a Heat Pump for Your AC Replacement in Atlanta

Monday, April 13th, 2015

You have a lot of options when it comes to replacing your older air conditioning system, one of which can both cool and heat a home efficiently and with just as much power as any other forced-air AC or heating system: the heat pump. Heat pumps are essentially air conditioners that can run in reverse. While conventional air conditioners only remove heat from the home and move it outside, heat pumps can move heat indoors as well. Here are 3 great reasons to consider these very effective units for your next AC (and heating) installation or replacement.

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Now Is the Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, April 6th, 2015

An air conditioning system certainly will not wait until the weather is ideal before breaking down. In fact, in many cases, air conditioning units are most likely to break down on the hottest of days. Air conditioning systems run into trouble when the parts become overworked, which is a definite possibility if your unit has dirty, loose, or broken parts which are forced to run at full capacity on a hot day. Regular air conditioning maintenance helps to prevent AC failure, so you have peace of mind running your unit throughout the year.

The steps of maintenance

A maintenance visit involves a comprehensive inspection of the most important components of your HVAC system, a thorough cleaning of some of the parts, and some minor adjustments (though major repairs may need to be scheduled for a later date).

  • Inspection – After a thorough inspection, a technician will let you know whether anything needs immediate repair, so that you’re not inconvenienced by a sudden breakdown later down the road.
  • Cleaning – Cleaning the components of an air conditioning system can help to improve efficiency and prevent repairs. For example, a dirty coil may inhibit heat exchange, which can force the mechanical components to become overworked, but professionals know to clean these with every maintenance visit.
  • Adjustment – Some of the components need a quick adjustment before your air conditioning technician leaves. This may include tightening electrical connections, straightening bent coils, and screwing in loose parts.

The important of annual service

If you don’t schedule annual air conditioning maintenance service before the heating season is in full swing, you may find yourself with a number of problems on your hands. For one, you’re likely spending far more on monthly energy costs than is necessary. Furthermore, maintenance can extend the life of your unit and prevent the need for repairs over the year.

Don’t wait any longer to prepare your air conditioner for the hotter weather ahead. Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. for air conditioning maintenance in the Atlanta, GA area, and ask about enrolling in our Comfort Club maintenance program.

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