Frequently Asked Questions
HVAC systems can be complex, but they are essential to your health and comfort throughout the year. Therefore, it’s important to understand how these systems operate so you are aware of potentially dangerous and expensive malfunctions that require immediate attention. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about heating, cooling, and ventilation units and services offered by Above All Mechanical LLC.
You should have your air conditioner serviced twice a year: once in the fall and once in the spring. This is done to ensure that the unit is clean, that its parts are in good condition, and that it’s running as efficiently as possible all year round.
A properly functioning air conditioner is critical to the comfort and health of your family, and it is easily serviced with regular A/C maintenance appointments. You can avoid pricey A/C repairs by spotting minor issues before they become major ones. Knowing the symptoms that your air conditioner is requiring repair or replacement can save you a lot of money and headaches in the future. Here are some of the things to look out for:
- A/C is blowing warm air
- Thermostat is not reading correct temperature
- Little or no air is blowing out of the vents
- Loud noises are coming from the A/C unit
- Having strange odors when the A/C is turned on
- Water leaks around the unit
- Unusually high electric bill
Your HVAC system consumes the most energy in your home. If you’re like most homeowners, you’re looking for ways to enhance air conditioner efficiency and lower your utility bill costs. Here are some ideas to make your air conditioner function more efficiently and cost less over the course of a year:
- Unblock and vacuum your vents
- Close all doors and windows while A/C is on
- Clean around the outdoor condenser unit
- Cover your windows
- Shade your outside condenser
- Clear the drain line
- Change your A/C filter
- Schedule regular, preventative maintenance
A correctly sized air conditioner for your home will run much more efficiently. When your system is either too large or too small, you may experience an unpleasant indoor climate as well as increased energy costs. When selecting which size air conditioning system is ideal for your home, you must first comprehend the various types of air conditioning units and take into account the square footage of your property. Call Above All Mechanical LLC for the most reliable A/C installation services, and our professionals will assess your property and make professional recommendations on the best system for your home.
While every unit is different, and every homeowner has a different notion of when their central air conditioner is damaged beyond repair, it’s safe to say that with adequate maintenance and care, you can anticipate a modern high efficiency air conditioning system to provide 15 to 20 years of cooling.
Even if you have the technical knowledge to install an AC unit, all of the complicated electrical components raise the level of risk for anyone attempting to install an A/C on their own. Additionally, nuanced HVAC experience is required to ensure you purchase the proper unit for the size of your home. As a result, it is strongly advised that you never undertake a comprehensive A/C repair or installation on your own.
If you suspect that something isn’t working properly with your air conditioning unit, you should stop using it immediately. Failure to call in a professional to repair the problem as soon as possible can put your family and home at risk. At Above All Mechanical LLC, we offer 24/7 emergency services so you can rely on us to repair your A/C during any time of day or night.
Some common A/C problems that signify the need for repair include:
- Refrigerant leaks
- Electric control failure
- Sensor problems
- Drainage problems
- Inadequate maintenance
The heat and humidity of Kentucky necessitates the use of a well-maintained air conditioner. If your air conditioner fails to work during the summer, life indoors could be uncomfortable or even deadly. Here are some advantages of routine HVAC maintenance:
- Fewer repairs needed
- Keeps your unit lasting longer
- Improved safety for you and your family
- Lower utility bills
- Better indoor air quality
- Peace of mind
Regular HVAC maintenance extends the life of your unit. A good HVAC unit should last at least ten years, but you can prolong the lifespan to roughly 15 years if you keep up with annual tune-ups. You can also extend the life of your equipment by replacing worn-out parts as needed. Your air conditioner’s fans must be kept clean because dirty fans require the HVAC unit to work harder. This, in turn, puts strain on the motor. An HVAC service specialist will also oil your belts, as worn-out belts can create friction and corrosion. Keeping these lubricated during annual tune-ups will help your belts last longer.
Winters in Kentucky can be bitterly cold, necessitating the use of a properly functioning heating system to keep you and your family warm. You can learn to spot symptoms that you need to arrange a heating repair by paying attention to how your heater operates:
- Cold spots throughout your home
- Strange noises coming from your furnace
- Unusual odors
- Poor indoor air quality
- Furnace is constantly operating or short-cycling
- Cold air coming from registers and vents
A well-maintained furnace should last at least 15 to 20 years, but doing regular maintenance and being attentive with repairs will help it last even longer.
It is advised that you arrange a maintenance service visit with a licensed HVAC technician once a year. This will extend the life of your heating system and ensure that it runs safely and effectively throughout the winter.
When choosing a new heating system for your home or business, it’s important to consider the following factors:
- Energy source or fuel type
- Distribution system
- Overall costs
At Above All Mechanical LLC, our qualified HVAC experts will assess your home and budget to determine which heating system would be best for you. We always offer the most efficient recommendations first to save you as much time and money as possible.
Electric and gas furnaces both require safe installation by a certified HVAC technician. Even if you consider yourself a great handyman, poor installation might cause harm, disease, or death to you and your family.
When problems emerge with your furnace, you are immediately aware of them. Keeping your home warm requires regular maintenance as well as knowledge of the indicators of a furnace malfunction. You can begin right now by learning about the most typical furnace repairs and problems:
- Dirty ductwork
- Old filters
- Faulty starting mechanism
- Malfunctioning heat exchanger
- Thermostat in need of repair
- Tripped circuit breaker
- Unexpected noises
- Gas leaks or odors
Investing in heating system repairs will ensure that the system continues to work properly, but they will not increase efficiency. To improve the energy efficiency of your heating system, you should schedule regular HVAC maintenance for your furnace. If your unit is outdated or is constantly in need of repairs, it may be best to replace your old unit with a new one.
The routine for furnace tune-ups varies depending on the provider chosen. Above All Mechanical LLC provides dependable furnace maintenance services that you can count on all winter. They are as follows:
- Checking on the vent systems for any blockages or leaks
- Heat exchanger examination for signs of separation, cracks, or corrosion
- Checking and cleaning the blower and its components, including removing the blower wheel to ensure that the wheel is free of debris and dirt
- Lubrication of all the moving parts of the motor to reduce friction
- Ensuring that all electrical connections on the furnace are tight and examining all the wirings for signs of corrosion or rust
- Testing the calibration of the thermostat
- Testing the systems startup cycle and ensuring that it’s functioning correctly
- Checking all the belts for signs of cracks or wear and tear
- Checking the air filters in the furnace
Ideally, your furnace should be serviced at least once a year. To elaborate, you should have your furnace serviced at least once a year to spot any problems early and keep your furnace in good working order.
If your furnace is short-cycling or failing to start at all, the first place to look for problems is your thermostat. The thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, and a few easy changes could have it sending the correct signals to your furnace and air conditioner again. Here are some typical thermostat troubleshooting methods that every homeowner should be aware of:
- Reset the thermostat
- Clean out dust and corrosion
- Test the power and wiring
- Adjust the heat anticipator
Programmable and smart thermostats can help you track your energy usage, detect system problems, and tell you when it’s time to change your air filter. This data availability leads to increased energy efficiency, better air quality, and other benefits.
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