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Signs There is a Problem With Your Air Conditioner

feature-image-8_3It is the height of summer, and it is now, more than ever, that you really need your air conditioner to be performing well. You air conditioner keeps you cool during the day, lets you rest during hot summer evenings, and eliminates that sticky, muggy feeling that goes along with many North Carolina days. But the summer is also the time when many air conditioners that are nearing their end decide to finally die, leaving their owners with a hot and sweaty house. How can you know if there is something wrong with your air conditioner, and if it is time to replace it? Read on to find out more, and who to call if you find yourself in need of some cool air.

Age

If your air conditioner is already 10 years old (or older) you should keep an eye on it for any signs of failure. A well-maintained air conditioner lasts about 15 years, but if you are facing expensive repairs after 10 years, it may make more sense to replace rather than repair. A newer air conditioner will be more efficient as well, so replacement is something to consider even if you are not experiencing any functionality issues. If you have moved into a new home, make sure you find out how old the air conditioning unit is so you will know around when it should need to be replaced. Keeping your eye on an older unit can help you spot potential problems before you are stranded in your hot house in the middle of the summer.

Humidity Problems

While you may think that all an air conditioning unit does is keep your home cool, think again! Your air conditioner also removes humidity from the air, keeping your home not only cool, but dry and comfortable. If you are noticing excess humidity in your home, you may need to have your unit looked at.

Noise

Yes, there will be some noise when an air conditioning unit is operating, but it will be minimal. The blowing air, and the noise of the condenser are normal sounds, but if you are noticing other noises you should have your air conditioner looked at. Squealing, scraping, and grinding are all sounds that indicate there is some sort of problem. If there are loose pieces you want to get your unit looked at right away to avoid further damage.

Smells

Normally, you won’t ever smell anything from your air conditioner while it is on. If you are smelling anything funny when you are using your unit, it could be the wire insulation has burned out. If you smell something musty or mildewy, it probably means that mold is somewhere in the unit or even the ductwork. You want to have everything looked at to ensure that the air in your home is clean and free from all harmful mold. Mold, mildew, and even excessive dust can all cause health issues, and are not something you want blowing into your home.

Thermostat

If your air conditioner is working, but is not quite right, it could just be the thermostat to blame. If your air conditioner blows cool air, but doesn’t run for long enough, the thermostat may need to be replaced. Consider yourself lucky if this is the only fix you need—a thermostat is much less expensive than replacing the whole unit. If you always need to set the desired temperature over or under your target range, your thermostat may be the culprit and needs to be replaced.

Freon

If your older air conditioner runs on R22 Freon, you should look into having it replaced. R22 Freon is being phased out and replaced with the more environmentally friendly R410a Freon. Older units cannot use the newer refrigerant, and will need to be replaced when they have problems. If you see any moisture leaking around your HVAC system, or even ice on any of the parts, it could mean that  toxic Freon is leaking out and needs to be addressed immediately. Also, the cost of R22 Freon is rising exponentially, and a recharge could end up costing you so much that a replacement would be better.

Frequent Repairs

If you are frequently needing to repair your air conditioner, it may be time for a new one. Repairs can add up and end up costing you as much as a new unit! Evaluate if you are repairing the same issues over and over and whether a new air conditioner might be the best choice.

Rising Electric Bill

If your electric bill seems to be steadily increasing, or you have seen a large jump in your bills while you are running your air conditioner, your unit may be to blame. Air conditioners that are not efficient will cost you more money, and you will see that every month on your utility bill. If you want to keep your bills low, a newer, more efficient, air conditioner is the answer.

Not Enough Air

Maybe the air coming out of your vents is cold, but there just isn’t enough of it. Weak air flow doesn’t cool your home properly, and indicates that there is a problem with your compressor or with your ducts. If you have issues with not enough air coming through your vents, it might be time to get a new air conditioner.

Your Home Isn’t Comfortable

Probably the number one issue that will lead you to consider a new air conditioning unit is when your home is no longer comfortable in hot weather. If you have warm air blowing out of your vents your air conditioner is not doing its job and probably needs replacement. If your air conditioner runs all day and your home is still not comfortable, it is not performing where it should be. The purpose of your air conditioner is to keep your home cool, remove humidity from the air, and to make your home enjoyable year round. Consider a new air conditioning unit to make your home comfortable and cool.

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If you are experiencing any of these issues, and think that a new HVAC system may be in your future, Comfort Specialties in Greenville is here to assist you! This is the season when you need your air conditioner the most—don’t settle for a unit that doesn’t do the job. Call us today to get started!

Should You Replace or Repair Your HVAC System?

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Having issues with your heating, ventilation or air conditioning systems? Are you wondering if you should replace your system or just have it repaired? Having a reliable HVAC system is important, as it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If your system seems to be functioning poorly, something needs to be done. If you want to make the best choice, read on to find out if it is a good time for replacement, or if with some repair you can restore peak function to your system.

If you have a newer unit, chances are repair will be your best option. The Energy Star program recommends that systems over 10 years old should be evaluated for replacement. This doesn’t mean that at exactly 10 years every HVAC system stops working correctly, but after this time your unit may not be as efficient. So if you have a newer system, lean towards repair, but if you have an older unit you might consider replacement.Comfort-Specialists-Infographic

Maintenance

This goes along with the age of the unit, but if you are constantly repairing the same issues on your system, it might need to be completely replaced. If there are multiple breakdowns in a year, the repairs can add up, and a replacement unit might be the best financial choice. You could utilize the 50% rule to try and determine what to do: if the repair is 50% or less than the cost of a new unit, fixing problems might be your best bet.

Severity of Problems

If you are looking at minor issues with your HVAC unit, such as a clogged drain line, or loose ductwork, repair is going to be the most economical option. These problems don’t indicate a deeper problem with your machine, and can oftentimes be remedied by keeping up with regularly scheduled maintenance. If you are looking at a condenser problem, or a blower motor, replacement is probably in order.

Size

The size of your unit should be appropriate for the square footage of your home. A too small heating or cooling system will not adequately maintain the temperature of your home, and will run constantly. This not only doesn’t give you a comfortable home, but it is not energy efficient. If your system is too small, you want to replace it with something that is suitable for your home. If you have the correct size, just repair!

Temperature

Do you feel comfortable in your home through all of the seasons? If so, you probably have a great HVAC system that should last for a long time with regular maintenance. If you are constantly feeling too cold or too hot, this is a sign that your HVAC system is not functioning properly.

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So if you are in Greenville, wondering if you should repair or replace your HVAC system, use these tips! If you have further questions, Comfort Specialties would love to help you, and can assist in any HVAC replacement or repair.

How a Little Ductwork Can Save You a Lot of Money

Comfort-Specialties-FeatureHere at Comfort Specialties, LLC., we’re huge believers in the fact that a little bit of ductwork can go a long way. Think about it for a second–if your ducts aren’t functioning the way they’re supposed to, that’s wasted energy. That means an uptick in your energy bills even though your HVAC unit isn’t working the way it’s supposed to. It’s not a good situation to find yourself in.

And unfortunately, a number of people notice that their HVAC unit isn’t keeping their home as cool as they think it should, so they automatically assume that they need a new one. While this could potentially be the case, the more likely situation is that their HVAC just needs a little bit of work to get it running to the best of its abilities again.

Is Your Ductwork in Good Shape?

Comfort-Specialties-Body2Whether your ducts are leaky, allowing air to escape into unwanted areas of the home, or they’re undersized for your particular HVAC unit, you have a problem that we can solve. If you’d like to increase the quality of your air conditioning and save some money in the process, our team of HVAC experts is here to help.

In fact, calling us in for a bit of ductwork can also increase equipment capacity and performance and result in a higher level of indoor air quality. While it is an often overlooked aspect of homeownership, your ducts actually matter quite a bit.

When you’re in need of help, you can count on us to quickly design or redesign your HVAC ductwork to keep everything flowing the way it’s supposed to. Efficiently flowing air is one of life’s small joys and our team of ductwork pros can help.

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How Our Team of HVAC Pros Can Help

Comfort-Specialties-Body1If you haven’t had your HVAC checked for awhile, now is the time. With summer right around the corner, you’re going to want to stay cool in Greenville. So what are a few of the signs that something could be wrong with your HVAC?

  • Your HVAC unit is making odd noises,
  • Certain rooms are hotter or cooler than others even with vents open,
  • There is a strange odor when the HVAC kicks on,
  • Your AC turns on and off too frequently,
  • Your outdoor AC fan isn’t working,
  • And more.

As we noted above, it’s in your best interest to not wait until something does go wrong, but instead to be proactive. The sooner we catch a potential problem, the more likely you are to save money and enjoy uninterrupted cooling this summer.

Call Us Today

Whether you need new ductwork or an HVAC repair, you can count on our team of easy-to-talk-to technicians to provide you with solutions that work for you. Instead of relying on pushy sales tactics, we’ll simply give it to you straight. After all, our goal is to help save you money and enjoy your home, not gouge you with high pressure tactics.

We want to earn your trust and we’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Contact the team at Comfort Specialties to get a free quote today!

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