Albers Air Conditioning is a trusted family-owned and operated AC service company that’s served the residents for over 30 years. Our team of experts delivers high-quality AC repairs and installations for both residents and business owners. We’re open seven days a week, so you get the help you need when you need it.
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Signs You Need AC Replacement
Slidell residents know how hot it gets here in summer, which is why the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to fail when you need it most. Fortunately, most AC systems give fair warning when they’re getting long in the tooth. Watch out for the following warning signs that your air conditioner is failing, and call an AC contractor for repair or replacement.
- Poor Airflow: One of the most obvious signs that your air conditioner is failing is if you get weak or inadequate airflow. Poor airflow can be the result of dirty filters or a failing motor.
- Moisture Buildup: It’s not uncommon for your air conditioner to create moisture during operation; however, a system that’s functioning correctly should be able to handle it with few problems. If you notice significant moisture leaking around your air conditioner, it could be a refrigerant leak, which is a health and environmental hazard.
- Strange Noises: All air conditioners make ambient noise during operation, but if yours suddenly starts making sounds you’ve not heard before, such as grinding, popping, or squealing, it’s a sign that something is wrong and requires repair.
- Foul Odors: Like strange sounds, if you begin smelling foul odors coming out of your vents, it means there’s a problem. A smoky odor often means a wiring problem, while a musty odor means you have mold buildup.
- Increased Energy Bills: If you’ve run your air conditioner for years, you have a good idea of what to expect on your utility bills. However, if you notice that your electric bill has spiked, it could mean that your air conditioner is no longer running efficiently and using more energy than normal.
If you notice any of these signs or anything else out of the ordinary with your air conditioner, call one of our experienced technicians for an inspection.
How to Maintain Your Air Conditioner
While HVAC systems are ‘smarter’ than ever, they’re still machines that require routine maintenance to keep them running efficiently and to extend their lifespan. Here are the easiest things you can do to keep your system running well.
- Change or Clean the Filters: Perhaps the simplest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to keep your air filters clean. Clogged, dirty air filters block airflow into the system, which makes it work harder, and increases wear and tear. Also, when airflow is obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may deposit dirt onto the evaporator coil, which impairs its ability to remove heat from the air. Most experts recommend changing or cleaning your filters once a month.
- Clean the Coils: Both your air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils get dirty from usage. Dirt on the coils impedes the system’s ability to remove heat, which means you don’t get the comfort you desire. Check both the outside and inside coils for dirt and clean them if necessary.
- Check the Fins: It’s easy for the evaporator coil fins to bend as your system ages. You can use a tool called a fin comb to straighten any bent fins and keep your system running efficiently.
- Clean the Condensate Drain: When you change your filters, it’s a good idea to run a wire through the unit’s drain channels. When the drain channel becomes clogged, the system loses the ability to remove humidity.
- Call an AC Contractor: It’s also recommended that you call an AC professional for maintenance and a tune-up in the spring so you know your system is in perfect working condition and will provide you with the comfort you want all summer long.
A refrigerant leak is a health and environmental hazard. Call Albers Air Conditioning for expert refrigerant leak repair as soon as you notice a problem.
When You Should Expect a New Air Conditioner Installation
The average HVAC system lasts between 10 and 15 years, and while most people don’t like the thought or the expense of replacing their system, eventually, that’s what you have to do.
With proper maintenance, you can extend your AC’s lifespan to the maximum, but once the system reaches its ‘golden years’ make plans to replace it soon rather than waiting until it fails.
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How to Make Your AC More Efficient
You may not realize it, but your air conditioner can account for up to 12% of your total home energy bill and up to 70% during hot summers. If you’re like most homeowners, you want to do everything you can to save money, and one of the easiest ways is to follow these tips for making your air conditioner run more efficiently.
- Unblock Your Vents: One of the easiest things you can do to improve your air conditioner’s function is to clean the vents by vacuuming and remove any obstructions.
- Keep Doors & Windows Closed: When cold air escapes the house, your air conditioner must work harder to maintain the desired temperature. So, during the hot summer months when you’re likely to be running your AC unit all day, keep your windows and doors closed as much as possible. Also, consider using blackout curtains to limit the amount of sunlight that comes in and heats up the room.
- Fix Leaks in Attic, Doors, & Windows: Like keeping your doors and windows closed, your air conditioner will run more efficiently if you seal the leaks in your attic and around your windows and doors to keep the cold air in.
- Clean the Outside Condenser: Keep the outside unit clean and free from leaves, vegetation, and other debris; this ensures that the system gets the required airflow to operate efficiently.
If you follow these tips, and schedule annual maintenance from a professional AC contractor to keep your unit in top running condition, you will save money on your energy bills and enjoy greater comfort at home.