Posts Tagged ‘AC Maintenance’

Why Does My AC Run in Short Bursts?

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

As central air conditioners become more and more the standard for homeowner use, an issue like short cycling might be more prevalent than you think! Our summer heat and humidity is nothing to joke about. Issues like short cycling can lower the lifespan of your AC system, causing more expensive repairs and a failing system when you least expect it.

A short cycling AC unit could have a variety of different problems that need addressing. Is your air conditioner oversized or undersized? Do you have a dirty air filter that needs replacing? Don’t try and diagnose a problem as serious as this by yourself, when there are experienced technicians at Comfort Central, Inc. waiting to take your call and repair your system. If you’re in dire need of air conditioning repair in Hendersonville, NC, it might be time to contact a professional. (more…)

Now Is Definitely the Time to Tune Up Your AC!

Monday, April 1st, 2019

outdoor-AC-unitIs it getting really hot out there? Well, no. Not yet, anyway. Before you know it, however, you are going to be feeling the full onslaught of the heat and humidity that summer has to offer—hopefully only outside, though. If you schedule routine air conditioning maintenance in Hendersonville, NC, with our team, your AC is going to be ready for the worst that summer can throw your way. There is no better way in which to keep your system working properly.

AC maintenance is a much more involved process than some homeowners seem to realize. If you think that you can just watch a few online tutorials and then handle the job yourself, think again! You’re going to need a skilled professional to complete this service, every step of the way. Why bother, you may be wondering? Because the benefits of routine maintenance extend beyond “working properly,” as if that’s not reason enough. Read on to learn all about them!

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For Health And Wealth, A Tune Up Is A Worthwhile Investment

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

( North Carolina, Pisgah Forest), March 20, 2013–Air, whether indoor or outdoor, contains pollutants such as dust, dirt, pollen, grease, mold, bacteria or moisture.  As the air moves through your cooling equipment the pollutants adhere to surfaces, greatly impacting your comfort system.  A priority of your Spring To Do List, should be cleaning or replacing your air filters.    However, it is also strongly recommended that you consider having your cooling system professionally tuned up.

According to a study conducted by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E,) a dirty outside unit can increase your monthly electric bill as much as 30%. The unit’s cooling performance is also decreased because it limits the coils ability to transfer heat.  This causes your compressor to work harder, and that generates heat.  On the hottest days, the PG&E study revealed you can lose up to 30% of your cooling capacity as well—leaving you feeling clammy and uncomfortable.

This extra work that the compressor is doing can actually create conditions that reduce the life expectancy of your unit.  Running hot continually affects internal lubrication, leading to acid formation that will eventually compromise the compressor.  And that is a very expensive repair that can be avoided with a little maintenance.

Another significant benefit of maintenance on your cooling system is ensuring your indoor coil and fan are clean and refrigerant levels are optimal.  All three can restrict air flow, causing similar concerns as stated with dirty condenser coils.  Since your indoor coil is a perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria, there’s a health impact too.

Studies by both a Vermont Utility and the California Energy Commission stated that incorrect or improper refrigerant levels were found in 66-75% of systems surveyed.  Refrigerant levels should not be adjusted unless the indoor/outdoor coils and the fan are clean.

Your savings from proper maintenance through lower utility costs, peak equipment efficiency, enhanced reliability, longer system life and improved indoor air quality will exceed the cost of a professional tune up in as little as two months according to a US Department of Energy Study.

When you do your part for yourself, society benefits too.  Summer air conditioning accounts for 60% of peak electricity load.  Power from peak generation typically costs a multiple of base load generation.  When more people keep their cooling equipment in good condition, peak power needs are slashed.  This benefits the environment as well as our wallets.

Comfort Central, Inc. provides Heating, Cooling, Indoor Environmental and Energy Services as well as installations and maintenance for the Western North Carolina Region.  To find out more, or to receive cited sources, please visit www.comfort-central.com.

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