Getting Your Heater Ready for Winter

Temperatures are beginning to drop and nights are getting cooler. Before the cold weather arrives you need to make sure that your furnace is working, efficient and safe. You don’t want to wait until that first cold front and find that it isn’t working.

Your best bet is to call a local HVAC professional to come out and inspect your furnace. They can make sure that everything is operational ahead of time.

There are some things you can check and do yourself.

1) Change your filters regularly. I know you hear this all of the time, but it really is important. Clogged filters can cause costly damage to your system. And consider upgrading to a pleated or HEPA filter.

2) Keep the area around the furnace clear of debris and clutter. You don’t want anything to catch fire. You also want to make sure that nothing has fell or is sitting on your air ducts and return vents.

3) Clean your air vents and ducts.

3) If you have a gas system, have it filled up when it’s warm. It’s likely cheaper than during the middle of the winter.

4) Make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors. These are important for everyone’s safety.

5) Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat so it will automatically lower the temperature in the house while you are sleeping.

Contact A/C Max for any of your HVAC needs at (832) 752-4445. AC Max is a full service residential air conditioning & heating company proudly serving the northern Houston area including Montgomery, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Magnolia, Waller, Hockley, Conroe, Lake Conroe, Pinehurst, Dobbin, Plantersville and The Woodlands Texas. We are a family owned and operated company with years of experience servicing and installing AC and Heating systems.

Is my A/C the right size?

When you are planning on having a new air conditioner installed people often wonder – what size A/C unit do I need?

Choosing the correct size is important to getting the best energy efficiency. Many people buy an air conditioner that is too large, thinking it will cool better. However, an oversized air conditioner is actually less effective and wastes energy. Air conditioners remove heat and humidity from the air. If the unit is too large, it will cool the room quickly, but only remove some of the humidity. This will leave the room with a damp, clammy feeling. A properly sized unt iwill remove the humidity and cool the room.

Since choosing the right size air conditoner system for your home can be difficult, you can always contact our HVAC specialists to help you make sure you are getting the correct size unit.

Calculate the square footage of your home

Air conditioners are often rated based on the amount of space they can cool efficiently, so the first thing you need to do is determine the total square footage of your home.

Calculate the Cooling Capacity

Once you have figured out the square footage of your home, you can calculate the cooling capacity that you need. If the total area is between 2,000 – 2,500 square feet, you will need an A/C unit with a BTU rating of 34,000 (or 3 ton). We can help you pick the right air conditioner system if needed.

Once you choose the right sized air conditoner, contact A/C Max at (832) 752-4445 to help you purchase the unit and have it properly installed.

Why is my Air Conditioner leaking water?

Finding water leaking from your air conditioner can be alarming. When the A/C unit is running and dehumidifying the air it can cause condensation, especially in humid climates. But when there is pooling or leaking water, there’s usually an issue that needs to be looked at. 

If you check your system and run through these troubleshooting list you might be able to find the cause of the leak. It may be necessary to have an HVAC professional fix the problem or you may be able to fix it yourself.

  1. Not Installed Properly – If your air conditioner hasn’t been installed properly, it can leak water. If unit is not level water may begin to pool. First check to see if unit is level. If that isn’t the issue, look for any closed vents in the house. Sometimes that extra pressure can cause the valves to leak.
  2. Drain line is clogged – On your system, there is a drain line to remove excess water from your unit. This can get clogged with dirt or debris. Check and see if this is the problem. If there is blockage, clear it out so the water can drain properly.
  3. Condenser Pump broken –  You may have a broken condenser pump. You can check this by pouring water in the drain pan to see if it can properly pump out the excess water. If not, check for power to the pump. If the pump has power, it is likely the motor or condenser itself. For this repair you should consult with a licensed HVAC contractor.

Leaking water isn’t the worst thing that can go wrong with your Air Conditioner, but it’s definelty something you want to take care of. Your AC unit is not running at top efficiency and you could also have water damage to your home if the leaking water isn’t stopped.

Call A/C Max at (832) 752-4445 if you are having issues and you would like us to inspect your unit.

 

 

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    In a Nutshell

    Seasoned techs ensure safety and optimize operation during inspection and tune-up

    The Fine Print

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Troubleshooting a noisy air conditioner

There can be many reasons for noise from an A/C unit. Noises shouldn’t be overlooked and are usually a sign something that has gone wrong or about to go wrong.

Ignoring it can allow the problem to worsen to the point where it can’t be fixed, or where it could be very costly. Sometimes an air conditioning unit is beyond repair by the time it starts being noisy. But most of the time the unit will need only minor work done in order to start working quietly again.

Below are some of the more common causes of noise in an air conditioner unit. 

First question……. where is the noise coming from?

Air Handler Noises: The air handler is the unit located on the inside of your house in your attic.

  • A buzzing noise can indicate the A/C system’s electrical components may be wearing out and need to be replaced.
  • Hissing noises can be caused by a refrigerant leak.
  • A clicking sound may be from by a bad thermostat which is causing the relays to trip off and on.
  • Clicking might also be caused by an blocked fan blade or debris near the fan blade.

Outdoor A/C Noises – The unit outside of your house is called the condenser.

  • Whistling or a bubbling sound could be from a refrigerant leak.
  • A buzzing noise coming from the motor can be a bad connection or a burned contractor.
  • An rough, loud noise that sounds like a bang when the unit turns on or off could mean the motor is not mounted properly and it allows the motor to move when it turns on or off.
  • Humming usually occurs when the motor is trying to come on, but won’t.
  • Screaming noises are often caused by internal pressure and can be extremely dangerous. If you hear anything like this, shut down the system and immediately have your system checked by a HVAC professional.

If you are hearing noises from your air conditioner and want us to take a look, give us a call to shedule an appointment today. (832) 752-4445 or visit www.ac-max.net for more information.

Why is my Air Conditioner not blowing cold air?

This is a common question we deal with in this Texas heat. “Why isn’t my A/C cooling my house?” We’ll give you some things to troubleshoot the problem.

Is there air coming out of the vents, it’s just not cold?

  1. Check the thermostat. Make sure the fan is set to “AUTO” not “ON”. The “ON” will cause your unit to run even when it’s not cooling.
  2. Check your air filter. If it is dirty, change it if necessary.
  3. Check the outside unit. Is it dirty? Clean it. Is there bushes smothering it? Trim them back.If the outside unit is not running you more than likely need an HVAC professional to take a look.
  4. If none of these tings helped, you may be low on refrigerant. If that’s the case there is probably a leak in your system somewhere. You’ll need to have an HVAC company to help find the leak and fix it.

Is your A/C not blowing any air at all?

  1. Check the temperature on your thermostat. Try setting the temperature at least 5 degrees below the room temperature.
  2. Make sure the thermostat is set to “COOL”. It may seem simple, but it may have accidentally been set to “OFF” or “HEAT”.
  3. Again – check the air filter. When an air filter gets dirty it will block airflow and can cause the unit to freeze up.
  4. Is there electricity going to your air conditioner? Check the service switches that are:
  • By the compressor at the outside unit
  • At the air handler inside the AC unit
  • Circuit breakers at the electrical panel

If any are switched to “OFF” then there may be a problem with your A/C system. You need to call your local HVAC company to some diagnose the problem.

If you’re still not cooling contact A/C Max for repair. We offer Free Quotes on AC and Heating Services. Give us a call today at 832-752-4445 for fast air conditioning & heating service. Our HVAC technicians work in your service area daily so our response time is faster than most! If you are looking for a local family owned air conditioning and heating service company, AC Max is the one to call.

Why is my air conditioner leaking water?

What you need to know to determine what water is normal and when it’s not. Leaking AC units can cause unnecessary and unexpected repairs.

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When not to worry

Depending on the temperature outside, what the thermostat is set to and the amount of water around the system, it could be normal.

  1. If there is a small amount of water  near the condensation drain pipe. This is a common when an air conditioner is working really hard on a especially hot/humid day. Keep an eye on the situation. If the quantity of water increases or persists for more than a few days, you may need to have an HVAC technician take a look at things.
  2. There is a small amount of water around the outdoor unit. This could easily be the result of the system’s normal recycling of water.

When there might be a problem

A large amount of water or water that persists for more than a day is a cause for concern. Only a certified heating and cooling service technician can determine the issue with your air conditioner. Here are some possible causes:

  1. Dirty air filter –  When your air filter is dirty, this restricts airflow to the evaporator coil. It can cause the coils to freeze and cause water to overflow from the drain pan.
  2. Crack in drain pan – A crack in the drain pan will allow water to leak out of the air conditioner.
  3. Clogged drain pipe – An obstruction in the drain pipe can force water to back up and out of the drain pan, getting all over the floor.

What to do

Try replacing the air filter and cleaning the condensate line. If neither of these fixes the leak, the problem may be something else or more extensive and requires the expertise of a professional. If there is a large amount of water, you should take immediate action to prevent a major problem.

Finding an AC that leaks water is not uncommon, but it can represent a problem for the operation and safety of the air conditioning system. At A/C Max we are here to answer your calls about leaking air conditioners and other HVAC issues. Give us a call at (832) 752-4445.

A/C Tune-up & Inspection

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The Deal

  • $35 for an A/C system tune-up and inspection ($65 value)

In a Nutshell

Seasoned techs ensure safety and optimize operation during inspection and tune-up

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per household. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required. Valid only for 1 unit. Valid only within 20 miles of zip code 77356. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Central Air Conditioning: A Quick-Change Act at Home

Take a peek at the principles of central air conditioning to understand just what your technician will be adjusting.

A refrigerant is a substance that transforms more easily than most from a gas to a liquid and back again. This shape-shifting is what makes modern air conditioning possible. Refrigerant cools the home by traveling through a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator—the last a part of the furnace system inside the house, while the other parts reside in an air-conditioning unit that usually sits outside staring longingly at the family it works for.

It might seem natural to think of air conditioning as a process of blowing cool air into the home, but it might be more easily understood as a matter of carrying off hot air. Fans suck air from the home into the system and draw it across the coils of the evaporator, which house liquid refrigerant. As the refrigerant relieves it of its heat, the furnace’s blower and ducts distribute the now-cooler air throughout the home. Meanwhile, under heat, the refrigerant becomes a vapor that flows into the compressor, which further pressurizes the gas and propels it into the condenser.

Now it’s time to get rid of all that heat. In the condenser, heat is radiated away, helped along by the venting and large surface area of the metal fins on the outside of the unit. This lets the refrigerant cool down and return to liquid form, leaving it ready to flow back inside and pick up another load of the home’s heat.

Since it hit the market in 1932, central air conditioning has not only made it possible to build houses in the hottest regions of the country—it’s actually changed the way those houses are built. High ceilings, eaves, awnings, attics, and front porches were once standard elements of home architecture that provided relief from the stifling summer heat and invited bats to come flap their wings to make breezes. Central air made it both possible and, given the cost of installation, desirable to create simpler one-story homes without these architectural flourishes, leading to a post–World War II boom in sprawling modern developments.

We offer Free Quotes on AC and Heating Services. Give us a call today at 832-752-4445 for fast air conditioning & heating service. Our HVAC technicians work in your service area daily so our response time is quick! If you are looking for a locally owned air conditioning and heating company give us a call.

Helpful Air Conditioner Tips

Air Conditioner Tips

1. Set your thermostat. Your thermostat should be set between 74°F and 76°F. Every 1° lower might increase running costs by up to 15%. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall A/C bill will be.

2. Pre-cool your house. In the middle of summer, pre-cool your house the night before. This is very effective if your house has a high thermal mass such as brick or rock. Pre-Cooling will allow your air conditioner to work at its peek during the cool evening, saving power and wear and tear on the unit. This also allows the air conditioner unit to keep on top of the heat load as the daytime temp warms up.

3. Change your air filter. One of the easiest things to do is change your air filter at least once per month. This ensures your family is breathing clean air and that your AC system is not being overworked. This also helps keep your cooling coils from getting clogged by dirt and dust which reduces the efficiency of your unit, saving money on operating and repair costs.

4. Solar Screens. Install Solar Screens on windows that get direct afternoon sunlight. This will reduce the amount of heat in your home letting your a/c rest more frequently.

5. Reduce the amount of usage by heat generating appliances during the daytime such as stoves, ovens, hair dryers, etc.

6. Clean the coils on your outside unit with a water hose regularly. This allows more air to flow across the coils therefore letting your unit operate more efficiently. This will save money on operating and repair costs.

7. Landscaping. Majority of the heat that accumulates inside your home comes directly from the sun shining on the roof or through the windows. Plant leafy trees or other landscaping around the outside of your home to help shade the area. This could boost your air conditioners efficiency by as much as 10% according to the US Department of Energy.

8. It is pretty common for an air conditioner to freeze up. The air conditioner drain line can also freeze, backup and cause a leak. If this happens, immediately turn off your AC by switching your thermostat to fan mode. As the ice begins to melt, make sure you have proper drainage and call a professional.

9. May need to be replaced. If your air conditioner system is old, consider buying an energy efficient model. Qualified air conditioners are about 15% more efficient than standard models.

Checklist for buying a new Air Conditioner for your Home

When purchasing a new HVAC system for your home, you want to be prepared and know exactly what you are getting. This is a major expense and you want to make sure you are getting the right thing. Below are great questions to ask your trusted HVAC professional before purchasing a new system.

A/C Buyer’s Checklist

  • Determine what type of system you need (i.e. split system, packaged system, mini-split system).
  • Compare the difference in costs between brands and types of systems.
  • Determine the size of the unit needed.
  • Determine the extent of home’s ductwork.
  • Determine the extent of home’s insulation.
  • Understand and select an advanced SEER rated system.
  • Know the warranty details.
  • Learn about air quality features available (i.e. air cleaners and humidifiers).
  • Understand the steps of replacement, haul away and installation.
  • Look for convenience features like quiet operation, zone controls and variable speeds.
  • Consider upgrades to compliment your system (i.e. digital or remote-operated thermostats, zoned-cooling options).

Review this checklist with your HVAC professional and make sure you understand what you are getting. We offer Free Quotes on AC and Heating Services. Give us a call today at 832-752-4445 for fast air conditioning & heating service. Our HVAC technicians work in your service area daily so our response time is quick! If you are looking for a locally owned air conditioning and heating company give us a call.