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As the temperature rises during the summer months, you need a reliable air conditioning system to keep your home cool. An air conditioning system that is low on refrigerant is a common issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Since your air conditioning units do not consume the refrigerant, the only reason you need more refrigerant is when it starts to leak.

When adding refrigerant to your air conditioning unit becomes more frequent, it is a sign that your AC system has problems. It might have to do with putting extra stress on your compressor or there is excessive condensation in your indoor coil. If these problems are left unaddressed, they can lead to early air conditioning system replacement. A leaking system must be corrected early to prevent bigger problems. There are three signs you need to watch out for that will help you identify if your AC system has refrigerant issues:

1. It blows warm air.

Your refrigerant is low if it blows warm air. The leak can be significant but if you are not home to make an observation, the leaks may freeze over. It is only when your refrigerant starts to drop so low that you will find out that it is not producing any cold air. You need to call an HVAC contractor to have the problem checked as early as possible. The contractor will conduct an initial inspection and provide you with the right solution to the leak.

2. Ice starts to form.

For your AC to function efficiently, it should have a proper amount of refrigerant and airflow. These two important factors will prevent the coil from freezing over. If the unit lacks pressure to ensure that the temperature is above freezing, the problem will impact your refrigerant.

You may not be aware of the problem until the ice begins to form on the outdoor system. If there is no air coming out of the unit’s registers,  this is also a sign that there is a problem with your refrigerant. The ice starts forming inside your unit. When the evaporator coil starts freezing over, the unit will be blocked from blowing cool air. This will result in producing more ice causing your evaporator coil to become a solid block of ice. The blockage slows proper airflow.

The ice travels the unit’s refrigerant lines. It will work its way to your outdoor unit where ice will form eventually. Once you see ice forming on your refrigerant lines, you need to check your air filter immediately. It might not be always an issue with your refrigerant. The freezing might only be caused by a dirty filter. You will find out whether it is your filter or refrigerant that is causing the problem by shutting down your unit. Thaw the ice naturally and change your filter. If your unit continues to freeze, the problem has to do with your refrigerant.

3. The unit has long run times.

While in most cases, long run times can determine the efficiency of your unit, an AC system that constantly runs could mean that you have a leak. You need to call an HVAC contractor to inspect your unit. An air conditioning system that starts to run all the time is a sign that you have a leaky refrigerant.

Contact a dependable HVAC contractor today to schedule maintenance.

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The most common advice you’ll hear from experts when buying an air conditioner is to buy a high-quality unit so it will last longer. There’s no doubt that this advice rings true because air conditioners only get better as years go by so long as it undergoes regular maintenance. However, you can’t deny there will come a time when your air conditioning system will show signs of inefficiency. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a good unit, but because you’ve owned it for more than a decade, it’s normal for the system to fail. Read more “How Long Should Your Air Conditioner Last?”

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When your heating system suddenly stops working, you’re left with two choices: repair or replace. The costs associated with repairing your heating system depends on the issue of your system. If it is a minor issue, you might consider repair as a practical option. In cases when the heating system is beyond repair, replacing it might be the best thing to do. So how would you know you are making the right decision? You need to look at the complete picture.
Read more “Should You Replace Or Repair Your Heating System?”

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Air conditioners are a great way to neutralize Florida’s high humidity. Despite the scorching heat, you can still feel comfortable, thanks to the cool air that your air conditioning unit produces. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, not even your air conditioner. Once it starts to fail, you know something needs to be done before you and your family start to melt like ice cubes. It is common for homeowners to be unaware of the signs. More often than not, the unit gets replaced only after it breaks down. Don’t let yourself or your family suffer from poor quality air.  Pay attention to the following signs so you will know when it is time to replace your air conditioner. Read more “Tell-Tale Signs Your Air Conditioning Unit Needs Replacement”

The Impact Of Poor Air Quality And What You Can Do About It
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The quality of the air you inhale at home is a significant contributor to your overall health. Your body needs fresh oxygen so it can function normally, but when you have poor air quality, expect your body to become an allergy magnet. Your living environment should be a safer place for you and your family. How can this be possible without keeping your indoor air quality in check? You may not notice it, but failing to maintain a clean living environment will eventually take a toll on your health.
Read more “The Impact Of Poor Air Quality And What You Can Do About It”

5 Air Conditioner Parts That Need TLC
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5 Air Conditioner Parts That Need TLC

When you’re living in a place that needs a constant flow of cool air because of the sweltering heat, ensuring that your air conditioning unit is in working condition is a must. These days, an air conditioner is no longer a want but a need. When it breaks down during summer months, you and your family members have to endure the weather.

Regular maintenance shouldn’t take a backseat because it keeps your unit in great condition. It also prevents untimely replacement, which is common in unmaintained units. Here are the essential parts of your air conditioner that need regular attention: Read more “5 Air Conditioner Parts That Need TLC”

Want Your Cooling System To Operate Efficiently Buy The Right Thermostats
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If you have a cooling or heating system at home, a thermostat is undoubtedly a familiar term to you. It is often associated with your home’s temperature, but when it fails, comfort seems to be elusive. Whether you gain or lose heat inside your home, your body will feel the difference. Being the core component of your heating or cooling system, you need to buy the right thermostat for your home to maintain a comfortable temperature. Here is what you need to know about thermostats: Read more “Want Your Cooling System To Operate Efficiently? Buy The Right Thermostats”

High Energy Bills? It Could Be Your Leaking Ductwork
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A cooling system is essential to beat the hot weather of Central Florida. However, you can be leaking money when your air conditioning unit is not working as it should. There can be many reasons your A/C unit is inefficient – one of which is due to leaky ductwork. Although this problem can lead to more significant issues with your unit, many homeowners are surprisingly unaware that there is a problem with their ductwork. The leaking might be due to the condensation on your ducts, a common problem in the South, where humidity levels are usually high. Read more “High Energy Bills? It Could Be Your Leaking Ductwork”

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As the months go by and the temperature starts to rise, you may be looking forward to many fun outdoor activities. The best part about those activities though is being able to go home to relax in cool air conditioning.

To ensure that you’re able to do so, the AC has to be in good working order. The best way to achieve this is by doing periodic AC preventive maintenance to keep things running smoothly.

Keep reading for tips on keeping your AC blowing cold all summer long Read more “AC Preventive Maintenance Checklist to Avoid Summer Emergencies”