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Why Your Air Conditioning System is Icing Up

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Are you wondering why there is ice on your AC’s coils? An iced-up system is not a good thing, it means that there is something wrong with the operation of your AC. Your evaporator coil resides in the indoor air handler, and it circulates a very cold liquid refrigerant that cools with the warm indoor air.  There are numerous reasons why your indoor coils are icing up, and in today’s post, we focus only a handful of the most prominent. At Air Conditioning Experts, we strive to keep our customers well informed so that they can identify problems or maintenance needs before they become major repairs or premature replacements. Give us a call today if you’re in need of air conditioning services in Atlanta.

  • Low refrigerant: During installation, your AC was charged with a certain amount of refrigerant. In theory, this “charge” should remain the same throughout the entire life of the AC, but there are a number of factors that can make your refrigerant levels drop. Even a microscopic puncture in your coils or elsewhere in the system can reduce energy efficiency and performance. One of the side effects of having low refrigerant occurs when your indoor coils ice up.
  • Clogged air filter: Another frequent cause of ice on your coils comes as a result of a clogged air filter. Your air filter is designed to prevent the accumulation of dust and debris on system components such as the coils. But if the filter itself becomes clogged with the debris, then you may have an airflow problem. When the cold air builds up inside the air handler, then it can result in those coils becoming iced over.
  • Duct damage: Damage to your ductwork can also cause your coils to ice over. For example, if your ducts become crimped so that airflow is blocked, then this problem can result.

Call Air Conditioning Experts today if your air conditioning system is icing up.  We offer 24 hour AC repairs to the Atlanta area.

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Air Conditioning FAQ 3: AC Installation Steps

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Having a new air conditioning system installed in you your home is a big decision. Here at Air Conditioning Experts, we often get asked about how the process actually works and wanted to shed some light on exactly what steps need to take place. If you need Atlanta air conditioning installation make sure ha you work with a professional contractor. The process will likely go a lot smoother if you do.

No matter what kind of air conditioning system you need to have installed, it is usually best to have it done by a professional contractor.  Here is a quick explanation of the process and how it works.

  • Finding the right sized AC – One of the first and most important steps in the air conditioning installation process is to find the right-sized system. If you get an AC unit that is too small or too large it could cause serious issues of your home’s comfort.
  • Efficiency rating – Most air conditioning system are given a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating which lets you know how efficient the system is. The SEER rating is determined by measuring how much cooling the unit delivers over a season and how much energy it consumes to do so. More efficient air conditioners tend to me more expensive though, so you have to make sure your new system fits both your energy and budget requirements.
  • Installing the unit – Finally, after making sure that you have the right system for your home, that it meets your cooling needs and your budget, then comes the actual installation. Most air conditioning systems are “split” which means that they have an indoor unit that is connected to your ductwork and an outdoor condensing unit. We’ll install both systems, hook them up to your home’s electrical system and then test them to make sure that they’re working well.

When you need air conditioning installation service in Atlanta, just call Air Conditioning Experts. We are dedicated to your complete satisfaction and to the quality of work that we do.

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Does This Sound Mean It’s Time for Air Conditioning Repair?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

You should expect a certain amount of sound from your air conditioning system. After all, it’s a mechanical system with various moving parts and types of airflow. Many homeowners throughout our service area wonder about whether their air conditioners are making the right sounds or whether they should be worried. However, sounds are notoriously subjective and really require in-person diagnosis to understand what might be going on. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you notice a loud or unexpected shift in the sound of your AC, chances are that there’s something wrong with its operation. If you’re in need of air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA, don’t hesitate to call Air Conditioning Experts today.

Let’s look at a few of the most common sounds:

  • Hissing: If it sounds like there is an air leak in your ductwork, then there may indeed be a small crack, hole, or loose connection somewhere. This can happen over the years and you may need to have them sealed or otherwise repaired to cut down on energy loss. But if you hear it coming from the indoor or outdoor unit, then it may be an indication of a refrigerant leak. This is the primary cause of low refrigerant, which can lead to inadequate cooling and system damages.
  • Banging: A loud banging sound can be annoying. But beyond the inconvenient noise, it can also indicate a problem causing physical damage to your AC. There could be a bent fan blade in your blower, or some other loose component that is moving around within the housing.
  • Grinding: If you notice a grinding sound, then it is probably something in the compressor or blower motor. If the bearings are dry inside a motor, then they lack the lubrication necessary to reduce friction and thermal stress.
  • Rattling: A rattling sound can indicate an issue with a loose panel or some other loosened component that needs fastening.

There are numerous sounds your AC can make during its operation, but make sure you get any strange or unusual ones checked out as soon as possible. If you’re in need of air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA, don’t hesitate to call Air Conditioning Experts today.

 

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Having Air Conditioning and Indoor Air Quality Issues?

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Considering the heat and humidity of the Atlanta, GA summer, it’s important recognize the relation between air conditioning and indoor air quality. Whatever type of air conditioning you have, you need to ensure that it’s not only performing effectively and efficiently, but that it is also supporting a high level of indoor air quality. We’d like to explore this relation in this post by discussing a few ways your Atlanta, GA air conditioning and indoor air quality issues intersect. 

  • Dehumidification: As you may already know, your AC is a natural dehumidifier. When warm indoor air is brought into the air handler, the heat is absorbed by the cold liquid refrigerant circulating through the evaporator coils. As the air cools, the moisture in the air condenses on the coils. But sometimes this inbuilt dehumidification isn’t enough. A whole-home dehumidification system can integrate directly with your air conditioner so that you can control the relative humidity of your home. Because much of our discomfort is due to humidity, and not just temperature, so you might be able to cut down on your energy costs and increase your comfort with a whole-home dehumidifier.
  • Dust and other debris: It won’t matter how cool the air is in your home if it’s of poor quality. Fortunately, there are aftermarket upgrades that can significantly improve your indoor air quality. If you have lots of dust and other debris circulating through your home, then consider installing a whole-home air cleaner or air purifier. Both mechanical and electronic cleaning systems can keep your indoor air and your AC clean.
  • Airflow:  Good airflow is critical to air conditioning performance and energy efficiency. Over time, however, dust and other debris can build up inside your AC system and the ductwork; in both places, it can cause serious disruption to both the warm indoor air extraction process and the cool air distribution process. Ensuring that your system is routinely cleaned is a great way to prevent airflow issues.

Call Air Conditioning Experts today for Atlanta, GA air conditioning services, from duct cleaning to air conditioning repair and maintenance. 

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Tips for Efficient Air Conditioning in Atlanta

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Homeowners throughout the Atlanta area are always looking for tips to make their home cooling more efficient. While we cannot control the cost of electricity, we can control how much electricity we use. For efficient air conditioning in Atlanta, call Air Conditioning Experts today!

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your AC this summer:

  • Enroll in a maintenance program: It makes sense to let a pro worry about the details of your AC. A maintenance program gives them the opportunity to thoroughly inspect, clean and tune-up your system biannually, so that your heating and cooling systems are fully taken care of. The Comfort Club Membership also includes a 15% discount on parts and labor. Prevention is the best path towards efficient air conditioning, especially considering how much use your Atlanta AC gets during the long cooling season.
  • Clean and replace your air filter: During peak cooling times, you need to change your air filter at least once a month. Not only will this improve your indoor air quality, but it will also allow uninhibited airflow between your air handler and your living space. A clean air filter goes a long way to improving system performance and energy efficiency.
  • Clean and clear: If any vegetation has begun encroaching on your outdoor unit, spring’s great time to clear a space around it so that it can adequately dissipate the heat pulled from the interior of your home. Even the most minor obstruction can cause your system to work harder and reduce efficiency. Speak to a professional for more advice about what you should and should not attempt to clean.

For more information, talk to your local AC tech. For Atlanta air conditioning services, call Air Conditioning Experts today! 

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Why Do You Need Insulation in the Summer in Atlanta?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

We often think of insulation as keeping our homes warm throughout the heating season. That’s true: insulation does keep hot air in, and does significantly improve the energy efficiency of our homes in the winter. But insulation is equally important during the summer months, and many homeowners fail to realize the amount of energy they might save if they make sure their homes are well insulated throughout the year. If you’d like to speak to an insulation expert, call Air Conditioning Experts in Atlanta. We can show you the difference insulation can make for your home.

Forget fiberglass batting and foam panels; one of the best ways to insulate your home to maximize cooling this summer is with either spray foam or blown in insulation. Both are excellent solutions for retrofitting your attic, or adding insulation to poorly insulated walls or ceilings. They don’t require extensive remodeling or major demolition. Spray foam is an adhesive that can fill up any difficult to reach space, and blown-in insulation is flame-retardant recycled cellulose. Insulation keeps cool air in and hot air during the summer. Let’s look at the reasons why you need insulation this summer in Atlanta:

  • Energy-efficiency. By installing new insulation or replacing what’s there with a better material, insulation significantly reduces the amount of energy your system needs to keep cool this summer.
  • Reduced utility bills. Energy efficiency means cost-effectiveness. Not only will your use energy more economically, it will also save you money every day that you cool your home. Don’t throw your hard-earned cash out the window because of faulty insulation or the lack thereof.
  • Reduce condensation. Improving the insulation of your home can actually decrease any condensation problems you may have on your walls and ceilings by controlling the amount of heat transfer that takes place through the exterior of your home.
  • Eco-friendly. Insulation reduces energy costs and therefore saves non-renewable resources. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Still unconvinced? Talk to one of the insulation professionals at Air Conditioning Experts in Atlanta. We can show you in person why insulation is a great way to improve your home cooling system this summer.

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