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3 Reasons Your HVAC Could Be On The Fritz

HVAC Problems That Should Be Addressed Quickly

The official first day of spring is right around the corner and before you know it, your HVAC unit will need to switch gears to help keep you cool. When you turn on your A/C for the first time after a long winter, it may be surprising when it doesn’t function as you intended. Today, our home inspection team put together this list of 3 reasons your HVAC could be on the fritz.

1.) The Thermostat Is Not Functioning: You don’t have to deal with uncomfortable temperatures for much longer than necessary or waste money attempting to run a system that isn’t working properly. It may be easy, at first, to put off calling a service specialist when your thermostat breaks. After a while; however, the temperatures will be too much to withstand. Luckily, this problem can be easily solved and isn’t too expensive.

2.) The Filter Is Filthy: Changing the HVAC filter is often one of the top priorities that people tend to forget about as they shuffle about their busy lives. Dirty filters can be deceiving and may cause you to think they’re still functioning just fine, but a dirty filter will eventually cause your system to overwork to produce the desired results. The prices of new filters range from cheap ones that must be changed monthly to more expensive ones that can last double or triple that length of time.

3.) The Refrigerant Is Leaking: The liquid refrigerant, also called Freon, is a very important component for helping to create the cool air that comes into your home. Not only does the air coming out feel too warm when there isn’t enough refrigerant in the system, but it can also cause the HVAC’s condenser to work harder than it should. This can inevitably lead to more problems. If the refrigerant isn’t in the system, it’s a safe bet that it is leaking as it doesn’t just disappear. Again, this fix shouldn’t cost too much to take care of.

These are just a few troubleshooting problems, but there are other things to think about such as keeping the ductwork clear and kink-free, having regular maintenance check-ups by a professional HVAC company and receiving ongoing protection for your unit.

Many heating and cooling companies offer low-priced, preventive maintenance service contracts between $70 and $100. For that price they will clean and service your HVAC unit and replace your air filter.

The cost of replacing an entire air conditioning unit as a result of neglect can have you spending thousands of dollars; therefore, keeping up with regular maintenance could save you some heartache and money in long run.

Need an HVAC professional to help you out? Try one of these trusted sources:

(1) Company Name: Hurst Heat & Air
Contact Name: Robert Hurst
Contact Number: 405-921-5503

(2) Company Name: Air Flow Technologies
Contact Name: Tom Tyler
Contact Number: 405-577-5400

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4 Simple Ways To Keep Your HVAC Healthy

Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

It’s that time again and I felt it important to revisit this subject as I have in the past. Things are about to start getting a little warmer as the weather will inevitably change at the beginning of spring and summer.

If you haven’t started thinking about your central air conditioning unit yet, now is the time to do so.

Just because your A/C functioned flawlessly last spring and summer doesn’t mean that you should ignore maintenance routines, now.

Here are some simple ways to get your A/C ready for the spring and keep it working through the long, warm summer.

To Optimize Air Flow:
• Keep all the areas around the vents clear. This means no furniture, rugs, etc.
• Keep bedroom doors opened.

Minimize Unit Damage:
• Use an eco-friendly pesticide around the exterior of the unit to ward off insects.
• Keep dogs and other pets from urinating on the outside unit.

Keep Unit Clean:
• Keep grass out by turning off A/C fan when mowing the lawn.
• Regularly check for debris and clean it off.

Clean Air And Change Filters:
• Check and change your furnace filter regularly.
• Set the fan mode on the thermostat to “On” to help clean the interior air.

These are just a few quick tips, but there are other things to think about such as keeping the ductwork clear and kink-free, having regular maintenance check-ups by a professional HVAC company and receiving ongoing protection for your unit.

Many heating and cooling companies offer low-priced, preventive maintenance service contracts between $70 and $100. For that price they will clean and service your HVAC unit and replace your air filter.

The cost of replacing an entire air conditioning unit as a result of neglect can have you spending thousands of dollars. Therefore, keeping up with regular maintenance could save you some heartache and money in long run.

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Edmond Home Inspection: Getting A/C Ready For Summer

Tips from the Edmond home inspection source

It’s not unexpected that warmer weather has already started to settle in, but soon the real scorching summer days are going to be here. If you haven’t started thinking about your central air conditioning unit yet, now is the time to do so. Just because your A/C functioned perfectly fine last summer doesn’t mean that zero maintenance will be needed before you start using it this summer. In the course of completing Edmond home inspections, I have seen many filters that were rarely replaced. As someone who has seen A/C problems during many Edmond home inspections, I’m going to offer up some tips to get your A/C ready for the long, warm summer.

Edmond Home Inspection Tip # 1: Air Flow

  • Keep all the areas around the vents clear for maximum air flow. This means no furniture, rugs, etc.
  • I also recommend the “open door method.” By this I mean if it is possible for you to keep bedroom doors opened, the air will flow properly rather than being strained or forced into a closed off area.

Edmond Home Inspection Tip # 2: Pests & Pets

  • Use a pesticide (an eco-friendly product, please) around the exterior of the unit to keep ants and other bugs away.
  • Keep dogs and other pets away from these units. Dogs or other animals urinating on the outside unit can cause damage.

Edmond Home Inspection Tip #3: Keep it clean

  • Be wary about mowing the lawn near the unit while the A/C is running. Blades of grass getting into the system could cause damage. It would be best to shut the thermostat off while mowing.
  • Check the unit and clean off any debris.

Edmond Home Inspection Tip # 4: Change Filters

  • This is so important! Check and change your furnace filter regularly. This area gets ignored, but is important to the efficiency of your unit.
  • Set the fan mode on the thermostat to “On” to help clean the interior air.

These are just a few quick tips, there are other things to think about such as keeping the duct work clear and kink-free, having regular maintenance check-ups and having ongoing protection of your A/C unit. Spending some time to give your unit a once over and following the tips provided could save you some heartache and money in the long run.