3 Things to Check before you turn your Heater on

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  1. Is there a smell? When you turn on your heater for the first time, it is normal to smell burning dust. Dust settles on the heating components during the warm months when not un use, so it is expected that it is going to burn off when the unit is turned on and used for the first time in awhile. However, if the smell persists for more than a few hours consider changing the filters. If there is an actual fire or smoke coming from the system, turn it off immediately! Extinguish the flames or get out of the house and call 911.
  2. Inspect your filters. If they look dirty, go ahead and replace them. Replacing filters is an inexpensive and easy way to keep your system running smoothly.
  3. Get a professional to inspect your system. Maybe you just prefer to have a professional HVAC company check things out. Heater is not coming on. Or maybe your heater is working, but you have concerns. Give us a call at (832) 752-4445.

Repairing or Replacing your Evaporator Coil

One of the most important components of your air conditioner system is your evaporator coil. It’s basically what makes cold air.

Evaporator-Coils

What does the evaporator coil do?

First you need to understand what an evaporator coil does and how it functions. The evaporator coil is located inside of your home, next to the air handler or furnace. During this portion of the process, the liquid refrigerant absorbs heat from the air, effectively cooling down the air and raising the temperature of the refrigerant. Then the cool air is distributed through your home through your ducts and the refrigerant (now a gas) is cycled back to your compressor.

Signs of problems with your evaporator coil

  • Warm air coming from vents
  • Air conditioner turns on and off frequently without cooling
  • Hissing, clanging or banging sounds
  • Leaks around indoor unit
  • Air conditioner won’t turn on

Repair VS Replace

Take into consideration the age, effeciency and extent of the problem. There are many benefits of replacing the evaporator coil or even the entire system.

  • If the coil is still under warrany, replacing the coil is the best solution.
  • If the cost to repair the coil is more than 1/3 of the cost to replace it, seriously consider the units age.
  • If the system is more than 7 years old, replacement would be a smart choice.
  • If the system is more than 10 years old, replacement is a better value.
  • Also seriously consider replacement if there are other problems discovered or if the system operates on R22.

If you suspect you have a problem with your evaporator coil, call A/C Max at (832) 752-4445 to schedule an appointment.

Remember to Change Your Air Filter!

We all know that sweltering summer heat is right around the corner. One of the most important things you can do for your air conditioners performance is to CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTER regularly. This will help keep your A/C system running effeciently and can improve the air quality of your home. If you have a million things to remember and changing your air filter isn’t one of them, keep these helpful tips in mind.

  1. Label Filters – When you change your filter write the date on it with a sharpie. That way when you can’t remember when you changed it last you can easily look and see.
  2. Add it to your calendar – Write it down or add a reminder to your phone, tablet or computer.
  3. Store filters somewhere visible – If your filters are stored somewhere you don’t see them very often, you’ll likely forget about them. Put them in your hallway coat closet or in the laundry room where they are visible. Hopefully seeing them will help you to remember.

If you have any questions or need your Air Conditioner serviced, call A/C Max today at (832) 752-4445 to schedule an appointment.

Get ready for the heat!

March is here and we all know that the summer heat and humidity is right around the corner! Get your Air Conditioner ready to go before it get’s HOT. It’s a good idea to have your A/C system checked before it’s 100 degress out and your A/C isn’t working.

1. Turn it on. I know this sounds simple, but even if it’s not that hot out yet, run your air conditioner for a few minutes to make sure it’s working. Remember A/C technicians can make it to your home much quicker in the early spring. Schedules get really full during the middle of the summer.

2. Replace filters. I know you hear this all of the time, but this is the easiest and most important step you can take to maintain your Air Conditioner. A dirty filter will impede air flow and can cause more serious issues with your system if not changed regularly.

3. Check coolant lines. There are refrigerant pipes that run from the evaporator to the condenser outside and are typically covered with insulation. Replace insulation if there is any missing.

4. Keep outdoor unit clean. The condenser should be free and clear of any debris. Plants, bushes, high grass, etc. can clog or damage your unit. Make sure you turn off your unit before cleaning!

5. Replace your old, ineffiecient system. Look for an Energy Star qualified model. This can significantly reduce your utility bills and keep you comfortable. Tip: Installations are usually cheaper during the off season.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a professional HVAC technician to take a look at your air conditioner for you, schedule an appointment with us today. Call us at (832) 752-4445 today!