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Top Reasons to Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced Frequently

One household has a half-dozen systems being operated almost all of the time, from electricity to the plumbing. Your air conditioner is another complex system that might be running throughout most of the year here in the South. It may be reliable when temperatures rise, but it’s not a maintenance-free system. In fact, your air conditioning needs to be evaluated and adjusted several times a year. Take a close look at the reasons why you should contact us today.

Why Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced on a Frequent Basis

Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced on a Frequent Basis

One of the best reasons to hire professionals on a frequent basis is better air quality. As you close your windows and turn on the air conditioning, the home becomes a closed system. You breathe in the conditioned air circulating through the ducts. If the system, ducts or filter are dirty, you breathe in these allergens. Improve the home’s air quality by asking your technicians to clean the system at least twice each year.

When contractors clean and adjust your air conditioner, they’re actively preserving its lifespan. Motors, pressurized parts and refrigerant lines will have a clean bill of health, which contributes to a system lasting for more than 10 years in many instances. Dirty and overlooked components can wear down over time, and they can freeze in place at the most inopportune moments.

An air conditioner that works efficiently will cost you less in energy costs. It’s worth the price of hiring a regular A/C technician because the efforts translate into lower electrical bills. The system doesn’t have to work hard as it cools the home because the components are in prime shape.

If you’re concerned about pricing as you contact air conditioner professionals, ask us about our maintenance agreement. This contract allows you to partner with us for a year or more. It documents every common pricing factor and locks in certain rates. Our maintenance agreement can help you afford regular air conditioner maintenance on almost any budget.

If you have any questions about your air conditioner or our maintenance agreement, call Brown & Reaves Services at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible.

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Air Conditioner Maintenance with Clean Coils and Annual Tune-ups

Your air conditioning unit operates on two vital coils, the evaporator and condenser coils, with the help of other parts. The compressor unit drives refrigerant through the A/C system allowing changes in state from gas vapor to liquid. A blower fan draws heat from inside the house to release it in the condenser outside. As refrigerant vapor flows to the condensing coils, a fan that moves air through the finned coils cools the refrigerant vapor and turns it to liquid. At high pressure, the liquid refrigerant then enters the expansion valve which further allows hot vapor air to expand as it passes along the evaporator coil and emerges as a cool liquid mist. A frequent air conditioner maintenance is essential for all these parts to be in the top shape. [Read more…]

Reasons Your Air Conditioner Blows Hot Air

Air Conditioning Maintenance - Why Your Unit May Be Blowing Hot AirWhen you turn on your air conditioner the last thing you want blowing out is hot air. Hot air blowing from your air conditioner is just about as bad as if the community pool was shut down for the summer. Instead of sweating it out in your home, check a few of these easy problems. Know how to avoid them, and when to call a professional.

Air Conditioner Items to Check Before Calling For Help

Dirty Air Filter

Make sure you change out your filter regularly. A dirty filter can clog your air conditioner’s condensing coil with dust and contaminants causing your A/C to freeze up, hence your air conditioner will not be cooling your home properly.

Outside A/C Unit Not Properly Maintained

Go outside and take a look at your outside condenser. Is it dirty or covered with debris? Having a maintenance plan will ensure that your air conditioner is cleaned properly. Making sure that the condensing coils are cleaned regularly is critical in proper cooling function of your air conditioner.

Check Your Thermostat

Check your thermostat and ensure that it is set on cool. If someone accidentally switched it to heat, switch it to cool, and that may just solve your hot air problem.

Low on Refrigerant or Freon

When an air conditioner is blowing hot air, a refrigerant or Freon leak is most likely the culprit. If there isn’t enough Freon in the air conditioner it will tend to freeze up. It is best to leave this up to your local HVAC contractor.

Ensure that your home is cool and comfortable. Having preventative maintenance done on your A/C unit will make a world of difference. Keeping an eye on these items will reduce your need for costly repairs. The last thing you want is a costly repair to your air conditioner, right in the middle of the summer heat. Having preventative maintenance done on your A/C will also improve the longevity of your air conditioner.

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Air Conditioner Freezing Up: What To Do

There’s air conditioner freezing up means no cool airnothing more aggravating than getting home after a long, hot day in the sun and discovering that you have an air conditioner on the fritz. One of the most common air conditioner malfunctions is for a unit to freeze up. Don’t let its name fool you, when your AC freezes, you and your home are left in the heat. You can either open up all of your windows and hope for a breeze, or follow these three steps to getting your air conditioner up and running again.

Check Your Air Conditioner Filter

A dirty filter could be the underlying cause of your air conditioner freezing up. Locate your return vent, unscrew the cover and check your filter. If it’s dirty, simply replace it. It’s an easy process and new filters can be found at almost any home improvement store.


Thaw out your Air Conditioner

To thaw out your AC, you need to take two easy steps. First, switch your thermostat to OFF and your fan to ON. This will start defrosting your coil, found inside your home. Give your unit a few hours to fully defrost.

The second step is to locate your air handler and the frozen coil. Due to all of the melting and dripping about to take place, it’s a smart idea to inspect your condensate pan. If it isn’t draining properly, you could wind up with a lot of water damage on your hands. If it is draining properly, you can treat your home to cool and fresh-smelling air by dropping a few condensate pan-cleaning tablets into your pan. This will help in preventing any build up over time and eliminate any odors.


Start Up Your Air Conditioner!

After allowing your air conditioner a reasonable amount of thawing time, switch your thermostat back to COOL. If the air comes out cooler than room temperature, your AC is up and running again.

It’s always smart, however, to call Brown and Reaves Services, let us know what happened and have someone come out to inspect your unit. If the system is freezing (especially if it’s happening over and over), that’s usually a sign that something is wrong, such as a low freon level in your system. If the freon level is low, the coil will freeze. That’s not a “do it yourself” problem you can fix.

Call Brown and Reaves Services for all your summer air conditioner needs. 843-497-9867. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more tips, and grab your 20% off coupon here.

Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer

Summer is right around the corner, and there is no better time than now for preparing your air conditioner for the hot humid weather ahead.

Prepare Your Air Conditioner Now for the Hot Summer AheadTo ensure your comfort all season long, as well as keep costs in check, it’s important to check and service each air conditioner unit or heat pump before the start of hot weather every year. In most cases, it will cost you less to get a preseason checkup on your air conditioner than it will to repair the unit in the sweltering summer heat. Not to mention the discomfort you’ll experience when your system fails to cool your home properly.

While we always recommend a spring check up by our team of professionals, there are a few things you can do yourself to keep your air conditioner running.

General Air Conditioner Items to Check

After fall and winter, your heat pump or air conditioner may have accumulated dirt and debris. Take off the outer casing of the unit (disconnect the power first!) and make sure that no leaves or twigs are lodged inside. If it’s especially dirty, brush away the dirt. Be careful not to damage the coils or bend the delicate fins. You can also remove dirt with a shop vacuum. It’s not a good idea to use your hose to clean it, as you can create mud inside the machine, or get water onto the electrical components.

Air filters are essential to the working of your unit. If the filter is clogged with dirt, air will have a harder time getting through, forcing the compressor to work harder and reducing air flow and energy efficiency. Check yours often, and change them at least once every 60 to 90 days, depending on the type of filter you use.

Check your owner’s manual to see if there are other services you should perform, such as adding lubricating oil, and any bolts or mechanical parts that you should inspect. When you’re done, replace the cover, and check the area for vines and weeds. Carefully restore power to the unit.

When the unit is on again, check for leaks in any duct-work and in seals around doors and windows. You don’t want cooled air to escape from the house, nor do you want hot air leaking in. You should also check the insulation around the coolant lines, and replace it if it is frayed or missing.

If you feel your air conditioner is not performing properly and have done all the recommended DIY servicing, it may be time to call an HVAC professional like Brown and Reaves Services. It’s not wise to work on the compressor or coolant system without training.

Next week, we’ll cover “How to Know When to Call Your HVAC Repairman.”

In the meantime, if you don’t feel up to the task of “Doing it Yourself”… give us a call to schedule your preseason air conditioner or heat pump checkup. 843-497-9867. Be sure to grab your 20% off coupon for our next service call by visiting us on Facebook!

Heat Wave: 5 Ways to Keep Your House Cool

With summer heat baking just about every region in the country, consider these tips for helping you and your house stay cool.

Plant Trees Around Your House

Obviously this is not going to provide you a lot of relief from the heat this year, but in future years, it’s still going to be hot during the summertime. Plant trees strategically so they’ll offer up good shade to your home in the afternoon during the summer. It can make a big difference on your electric bill.

Keep Shades Closed on Sun-Facing Windows

Perhaps it’s obvious that you should keep shades closed on windows facing direct sun, but are you really doing it? This can make a huge difference, especially when you aren’t home, in keeping your place cooler and your energy bills lower. It’s estimated that white blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent.

Keep Your Air Conditioner Clean

This is extremely important. Outdoor units can actually get clogged from weed pollen and other materials that are floating around in our outside air. Spray your unit down to make sure all plant debris is washed away from the unit. Make sure the filters are cleaned or changed monthly.

Chill in the Basement

For those lucky enough to have a basement, it’s always cooler there, and it’s where you should stay when there’s a heat wave. If your basement isn’t finished, consider it one of your next home improvement projects.

Run Dehumidifiers and Fans

Using a combination of air conditioning set a few degrees higher than is normally comfortable, with ceiling fans running, allows you to save a huge amount on your electric bill. Keeping ceiling fans running allows you to set the thermostat higher and still be comfortable. Same actually goes for winter time heating as well, so make sure you purchase and install ceiling fans that are reversable.

If you have other ideas for staying cool during the hot summertime, share them with us. Just click the comment link below and tell us how you stay cool.

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