Sometimes it seems like our homes are constantly needing some improvement. Just as soon as you get one part of the house just like you want it, something needs tending to in another area. So, for most of us, we’re always on the lookout for the next big thing that’s going to show up – invited or not – on our “home maintenance” to-do list.
Now, when “air conditioning system replacement” comes up on that list, that’s quite a significant situation. Home comfort systems are a sizeable part of your home investment, so it’s never something to take lightly. But when it’s time, three things should be on your evaluation list:
System Age – If your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you could save up to 20 percent on cooling and heating costs if you replaced it with a unit that has earned the Energy Star label.
Repair/Energy Costs – A home comfort system has what’s called “operational” costs. If your system is racking up repair bills and guzzling up your energy dollars, you may be overdue for an efficiency upgrade.
Uncomfortable Environment – A home comfort system is supposed to create a comfortable home environment, right? Well, if you’re not comfortable, take note. Are some rooms too hot or too cold? Does your home have humidity problems?This could be a sign of poor or improper equipment operation.
can provide expert advice on whether now is the best time to replace your air conditioning system.
Summer is officially here and we have many long, hot days are ahead. It is important, though, to recover and stay cool both indoors and outdoors. Here are some tips to stay refreshed and relaxed for little or no money:
1- Stay hydrated: Make sure you drink enough water each day to quench your thirst and keep your body cool. Juices and some electrolyte-based drinks (like Gatorade) often help as well. Drinks like sodas may be refreshing, but they may also dehydrate us if we drink too much. Whatever you choose to drink, make sure to drink the right balance of water and/or other beverages to keep your body happy and healthy
2- Evaluate what you are wearing: Consider wearing lighter colors on very hot days, especially if you will be outdoors for an extended period of time. Darker colors — like navy blue, brown, and black — are definitely great wardrobe staples throughout the year; however, these colors also tend to absorb the rays from the sun. Lighter colors— like white, beige, cream, and pastel colors — actually reflect the sun’s rays away from your body, keeping you cooler overall.
3- Use your ceiling fans: Instead of relying entirely on your air conditioner, save a little energy and money and turn on your ceiling fan once in a while. The cool air is refreshing and will take some of the burden away from your air conditioner. A mini fan is also a great option for your desk at work.
4- Visit Cool Places: Enjoy the free air conditioning at many public areas. Buildings, like museums, community centers, libraries, and movie theaters are often kept at very cool temperatures in the summer and are also a great place to hang out alone or with friends and family.
Take steps to make sure you maximize the opportunities to stay cool. Stay refreshed, hydrated, and safe over the coming months and have a great summer!
What Causes An Air Conditioner to Leak Water?
An air conditioning system's job is twofold. It must both cool the indoor air as well as remove humidity. The removal of humidity is what results in the condensation of water. This water must go somewhere, which is why most air conditioning systems are outfitted with a condensate drain line to dispense the water. There are many processes and problems that could result in leaking water from a central air conditioning system.
Typical AC Functions That Cause Leaking Water
Central air conditioning systems have a built-in dehumidifier. The normal functioning of the dehumidifier condenses water out of the indoor air. This water typically drains out through the condensate line. If the indoor air is quite humid or the condensate line has an obstruction, the water could leak around the indoor portion of the unit.
Air conditioners reuse water during each cycle of the system. Some of the water that is condensed out of the air is sent through the cooling coils and into the bottom of the system where it is used to cool the heating coils. Any excess water drips off the coils. This water will be around the outdoor portion of the unit.
An air conditioner can also leak water if its base was installed unevenly. Most air conditioner compressor units are placed upon a concrete slab outdoors. Uneven settling of the slab could result in excessive water leaking.
When Leaking Water from an Air Conditioner Is a Problem
In some cases, water leaking from the air conditioner represents a mechanical problem. Only an AC repair technician can pinpoint the exact cause of why an air conditioner is leaking water. Some of the most frequent problems that result in abnormal water leaks include:
When a small amount of water is coming off the outdoor system, nothing special needs to be done. However, if it is a large amount of water or water around the indoor evaporator unit, the system might need air conditioner maintenance or a repair.
As Hays Heating and Cooling we are proud to serve as the community's experts in HVAC service, repair and installations since 1948. . When you notice that your air conditioner is leaking water,give our team a call at 913-367-2294 any time for fast, friendly and affordable troubleshooting and repairs.