San Diego Plumbing Service Answers Top 5 Air Conditioning Issues
Summer 2014 baked San Diego and 2015 is promising to out-do it.
Our previous post, Hot Summer Ahead: Get Air Conditioner Tuned Up Now goes into detail about what meteorologists are forecasting for those of us in Southern California. When home and business owners get air conditioners tuned up and serviced before temperatures break 100°, they will sail through summer confident they have reliable refuge from the heat. These answers to the top five air conditioning issues help you prepare.
How can I control energy costs while using the air conditioning?
- Avoid pushing the thermostat down below 50°. Homeowners do this to get the house cool fast, but it simply wastes energy.
- Shut vents to all rooms used infrequently or not at all.
- Do not run the air conditioner for days without a break. If the coils ice up, air will not flow through them. The house gets hot and people try to reduce the temperature more. If your AC is running more than half the day, the coils could ice over, damaging the unit.
Is Air Conditioning Unhealthy?
Some may be concerned about an air conditioner leaking Freon, the refrigerant used to cool the air. As a “noble” gas, Freon is actually quite stable. Its bad reputation comes from its propensity to destroy oxygen molecules; hence the concern for the ozone layer. The small amount of Freon escaping a leaking air conditioner cannot threaten the oxygen availability in a home, nor is it poisonous.
The only way an air conditioner can introduce harmful agents is when, due to insufficient cleaning and maintenance, mold and fungus grows, sending spores into the atmosphere. Regular air conditioning maintenance keeps these agent outs and catches minor repair problems before they become too severe.
We would like to make the case that air conditioning can be considered healthy. How? It allows us to relax in our homes, reducing stress. It filters our air, relieving allergy and asthma symptoms.
How can I get the air conditioner to smell better?
If your air conditioner smells, it probably contains mold and bacteria and needs to be cleaned. Clean your air conditioner by taking it apart and using appropriate cleaners or call us at 619-472-2112 to get the job done right.
Do I need to tune up my air conditioner if it is working fine?
YES! Please read our previous post, “Spring Air Conditioning and HVAC Coupons By San Diego Plumbing Company” to read just 10 of the dozens of points we check. Briefly, the air conditioning unit contains many moving parts that become invaded by water, dirt, grease . . . even mice!
What is the latest in air conditioner technology?
While researchers and manufacturers are working on technology that depends on sound waves (!) and solar panels, we have not seen anything that has been tested thoroughly enough to recommend.
Time to Get Your Air Conditioner in Premium Condition
Perry Plumbing is a San Diego plumbing service that guarantees personal service, 24/7 availability and up front pricing. Our quick air conditioning/ HVAC tune up finds little problems before they turn into big, expensive ones. Call us at 619-472-2112 or schedule an appointment for air conditioning tune up here before temperatures rise further. Our spring HVAC tune up discount helps you save!