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Lennox Air Conditioning – To Repair or Replace

Deciding whether to repair or replace an existing Lennox air conditioning unit can be difficult, particularly when you are concerned about the costs. However, you are more likely to be dealing with more costly issues when you put off the need to either repair or replace.

An experienced air conditioning contractor or technician can help you determine the most appropriate and cost-effective solution, so try not to sort things out by yourself.

A well-functioning air conditioner is essential to keeping your home cool whenever you need to, and it contributes to the quality of indoor air. Proper use and regular maintenance will keep your cooling system functional for a long period. However, repairs can be inevitable, particularly when you have an 8-10 year old Lennox AC unit.

When your HVAC system is no longer as effective and you’ve been constantly dealing with problems, then maybe it’s time for you to replace the unit. Have your air conditioner checked first by a professional to determine the exact causes of failure and whether some quick fixes can be applied.

AC repair may be an affordable solution, but it might not be the best option when thinking about long-term use. When you have to take care of repairs that would cost 50% or more of the value of your unit, replacement seems like a more practical route. Compare the pros and cons of having your unit repaired or replaced, especially in terms of convenience and costs.

Why Opt For Professional Air Conditioning Repair

Your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system is a crucial element affecting the level of comfort and amount of energy consumption in your home. Hence, you ought to make sure that your heating and air conditioning units are working the way that they should be. When the time comes for you to have your AC repaired or replaced, it’s always a wiser idea to go for the services of professional technicians.

It’s even more essential that you hire the services of a credible AC repair and maintenance company when you have two or more units in your household. Your units may need immediate repair or replacement of vital parts that only the certified technicians can conveniently provide, mainly when they are affiliated with trusted manufacturers. Bad things could happen to your appliances that could be costly and stressful when you resort to do-it-yourself repair tricks.

It doesn’t matter whether you have the best or the most expensive air conditioning system when you don’t actually make it a point that proper and regular maintenance is implemented. Even the most reliable systems can break down, especially when you live in areas with extreme weather patterns forcing you to maximize the usage of your HVAC units. Air conditioning repair and maintenance companies can ensure a well-performing unit before and after change of seasons.

What to Do When Your AC Won’t Cool Your Home

The primary function of your air conditioning unit is to maintain a cool indoor environment during hot days. If it stops giving off cool air, your home will lose its comfort and the intense heat both indoor and outdoor may lead to heat stroke. Here are some of the reasons why your AC won’t cool your home. Upon identifying them, you will know the right troubleshooting techniques.

Frozen Condenser Coil

Essentially, freezing condenser coils may be a result, not a cause, of your device’s failure to produce cool air. When the duct is dirty or blocked, cool air returns to the system and starts freezing the coil. However, the frozen coils eventually lock the passage of cool air until nothing comes out of your AC. Thaw your frozen coils and eliminate whatever it is that’s blocking the air passage.

Improperly Set Thermostat

A thermostat is a device that switches a home’s AC on or off when needed. It controls the cool air being released by your devices according to your preferred setting. When your AC doesn’t cool down your home enough, check if your thermostat is properly set.

Inappropriate Size

An AC’s capacity is measured by its size. The larger the space to cool, the larger the unit should be. If your home is not getting sufficient cool from your AC despite setting it to maximum coolness, chances are it’s not big enough for your home. You can decide to distribute the cool air only to select rooms in the house.

Signs that You Need Professional AC Repair

Just because it is winter, doesn’t mean you should take your broken home air conditioning for granted. Do not wait for the cold season to end before having your unit fixed. Otherwise, the damage might worsen until you can no longer save it for summer, and the only option left is to replace it. Here are some indicators that you need professional air conditioning repair right away.

If your air conditioning unit doesn’t give off as much cool air as it used to, either the refrigerant has been used up or the passage of cool air has been blocked by hardened dust particles. Air conditioning repair professionals are the ones who can refill refrigerant and clean the system better. Do not take the risk of doing either task on your own to prevent further damage to the system.

Carefully listening to the sound created by your unit when it’s on is a simple test you should practice. If a strange noise you’ve never heard before suddenly comes out, probably the belts or the blower’s bearings are already worn out. They must be replaced before the wear and tear gets larger.

Before calling a professional, make sure that you’ve performed basic troubleshooting first. Some problems may be fixed by simple cleaning and restarting. This will save you time and money. Call a professional only if you’ve exhausted all your methods and there’s no good result.

Basic Maintenance Tips for Water Heating Units

As the old adage goes, “prevention is much better than cure.” So in essence, the best way to fix any problems with water heaters is to prevent them from occurring in the first place through regular maintenance. The job is hardly as simple as it sounds, though, since the first step in conducting regular maintenance is to drain the contents of the heater’s water tank, which can be time-consuming and difficult to do.

Since water heaters all come in various shapes and sizes, there are also numerous ways to drain them completely, so it may be best for people to read their unit’s instruction manual for a step-by-step process. As tedious as it sounds, this initial step is very important, as it will reveal any sediments in the water tank. These deposits usually cause the unit’s burner to perform less efficiently since they settle at the bottom and absorb most of the heat.

Insufficient heat may also be caused by a faulty gas system (for gas-based water heaters) or circuit breaker (for electric heaters), so it is also important to have these things regularly maintained. If the heating unit incorporates an anode rod, the rod should be replaced immediately if it is badly rusted. Otherwise, hot water will corrode the inner layers of the heating unit, which would cause it to fall apart over time.

Pick Your Amana Air Conditioning Unit Carefully!

Any responsible consumer, such as yourself, knows that air conditioning (AC) units are an investment. Buy the wrong one for your house and you’ll end up with a huge power bill in the long run. Aside from that, purchasing a unit from reputable brands like Amana would help you in the future, considering that all ACs encounter performance issues at some point in time. Without excellent customer service, you’d end up paying more money for repairs than you should.

However, there are other things you should consider about your investment, namely the type of your AC as well as its size. Some units are more efficient and practical than others depending on how they’re used. For example, while a single-room AC is suitable for one room, installing five similar ACs to five different rooms may be more costly than installing a central air conditioning system. Meanwhile, a portable air conditioner may not be as efficient as a wall-mounted version, but it can be shared throughout the household and be stored away for later use.

Some units may even have special features and functions, like a sleep mode that regulates the cold at nighttime and prevents bedtime chills. Others have energy-saving switches, which saves power by turning off the AC’s fans whenever the thermostat says that they’re no longer needed.

Trap Heat with Protective Attic Insulation

Homes can potentially get even hotter than the outdoors during summer by containing sweltering temperatures. Heat can permeate the building (usually through the roof) and find its way inside, leaving the interior muggy and uncomfortably warm. Homeowners might be tempted to leave their air conditioning on in order to combat the heat, though this option could lead to higher energy consumption.

The better alternative to resolve this heat problem would be to install proper insulation. Adequate insulation can keep power costs down in the long run. Some skeptical householders might find insulation counterintuitive, since the material is designed to trap and prevent heat from leaving a home. However, insulation can be installed such that it can also turn away outdoor heat from entering a house.

The attic is the perfect place to install protective insulation, since the structure is often exposed to the scorching rays of the sun. An insulation material with an R-value of R-38 will be needed, since homes that experience a lot of warm weather won’t need much of the material to keep the heat indoors. If properly installed, the insulation should keep the heat trapped inside the attic, preventing it from going any further into the house.

Optimal, Primed: Transforming Your Worn HVAC

Responsible for delivering comfort to indoor spaces, HVAC systems work hard to produce precious cooled or warmed air. Although heavily relied upon during extreme summer or winter periods, the appliances can be costly liabilities due to their steep power demands. Homeowners will need to optimize their HVAC systems if they find that they’re spending more than usual for their energy bills.

Poor HVAC performance leads to the system’s increased power consumption, and it’s usually due to a number of hiccups and flaws in the assembly. It goes without saying that householders should get to the bottom of these problems if they wish to restore their HVAC’s efficiency. While regular maintenance can prevent these issues, some of these problems can just emerge from out of the blue, prompting householders to immediately resolve them.

Dirty air filters, leaky ducts, clogged blowers, poor insulation, and compromised parts can lower HVAC efficiency, forcing the system to output less air and expend more energy. While it’s possible for homeowners to replace or clean these components on their own, they might not have the right equipment and experience to do a proper job. It’s probably better to call an expert contractor or technician who can professionally restore the HVAC system back to tiptop shape.

Common Problems of Oil Furnaces

Texan cities like Midland and Odessa are well known throughout the United States as having a rich oil supply. For this reason, locals in these cities, and even other cities like Houston, can definitely depend on oil furnaces for much needed warmth and comfort without having to worry about the oil supply this winter. However, locals may be assured of a steady supply to power their oil furnaces, but they can’t be assured of trouble-free operations.

For one, over time, filters in oil furnaces are prone to dirt and soot buildup, which will then block the flow of warm air. Fortunately, homeowners can quickly solve this problem by removing all traces of dirt and soot from the filters as much as they can. However, if the filters have been used for 90 days or more and the heating system emits a dusty odor, homeowners can benefit from changing them instead of simply cleaning them.

Noise from oil furnaces is another common problem experienced by homeowners. However, homeowners have to distinguish whether the sound that their furnaces produce is a cause for alarm or not. Oil furnaces rarely operate quietly, so a bit of noise is to be expected. However, knocking, clattering, and squealing sounds are indicative of trouble for which only a professional HVAC contractor can properly attend to.

Keeping Residents Healthy This Winter Season

As freezing temperatures are felt throughout Houston this winter, many locals are likely to be focusing on ways to keep their homes warm and comfortable. Things like sealing their windows and purchasing highly efficient heating systems from leading manufacturers like Trane.

However, what some locals may not know is that as they turn up their furnace settings to ensure they are cozy and warm at home, they are making indoor air even drier. Dry indoor air may not sound alarming at first, but it can make a home’s occupants more prone to scaly skin and dry noses.

Having cracking skin and dry nasal passages can increase the chance of catching a disease or infection. Fortunately, people can turn up their heaters as high as they need to without having to worry about their heath, if they allow a Trane humidifier to enter the picture.

A humidifier does not only ensure an ambient moisture level at home, it also protects the home against dust mites, and mold growth, two likely causes for allergies. Homeowners can maximize the efficiency of humidifiers by making sure to use distilled water or demineralized water.

Humidifier water must also be changed frequently to avoid dirt buildup. In addition, unlike heating or cooling systems that can go without cleaning for months, it is recommended that humidifiers be cleaned once every three days.