Summer’s not quite over yet, and it’s likely you’ll still need your Albany, NY home’s air conditioning over the next few weeks. Are you getting the most from your AC system? If you’re not as comfortable as you’d like to be, and your energy bills are high, it could signal trouble. Fortunately, however, it is often a common issue causing the problem. The Department of Energy (DOE) discusses some typical AC concerns, and how they can be remedied.
Often, the problem with the air conditioning in your Albany, NY home can be as simple as improper operation. That’s easy enough for anyone to do! Leaving windows and doors open is the biggest culprit. Letting that hot outdoor air in negates your system’s cool air output. Not to mention, it also makes your system work harder to keep your home cool. So make sure you have doors and windows shut before cranking up the AC. And, make sure you have the thermostat set to the appropriate temperature. Sometimes it’s easy enough to think your system isn’t working, only to discover someone has either turned off or changed the temperature on the thermostat.
Of course, sometimes the problem is within your system. Here are a few common mechanical problems that could be causing the AC in your Albany, NY home to perform poorly.
When your system is leaking refrigerant, simply adding more might seem to be a solution. Unfortunately, taking that measure isn’t your best option. A qualified technician can repair the leak and then recharge your system with the correct type of refrigerant. When the amount of refrigerant in your air conditioning system is perfectly charged to manufacturer specifications, your system will not only keep you cooler. It will also perform more efficiently. And, that helps you save money on your energy bills.
Your Albany, NY home’s air conditioning isn’t simply “set it and forget it.” You need to make sure it is properly maintained on a yearly basis. Often, something as simple as a dirty filter can wreak havoc with your AC system. In fact, dirty filters are often responsible for poorly performing, energy sucking systems. That’s because your air conditioning has to work that much harder to circulate air through the grime. To ensure that filters are changed, parts are well-lubricated and refrigerant is at appropriate levels, annual maintenance is a must. Your HVAC technician is best equipped to offer you the maintenance you need.
Many moving parts make up your air conditioning system. Naturally, you can expect some of these parts to wear out over time. Compressor failure, fan failure and corrosion of wires and terminals are problematic. Annual maintenance is important because your technician will look for electrical issues. And, they’ll often be able to fix them before they become larger, more costly air conditioning repairs.
Did you know that the climate type in Albany borders on hot summer/humid continental? That heat and humidity can lead to some drainage concerns when it comes to your home’s AC. If your air conditioning system isn’t working right and it’s particularly humid outside, check your condensate drain. It could be clogged.
As you might imagine, the best remedy for air conditioning concerns in your Albany, NY home is getting proper annual maintenance. Most likely, your technician will spot these common issues before they become large, expensive ones. And, getting annual maintenance just helps your system run better, last longer and maintain higher energy efficiency.
You’ll be glad to know you can trust Family Danz with all your Albany, NY home’s air conditioning needs. From expert installation of quality equipment, to annual maintenance, to professional repairs, we can help. To learn more about how we can assist you, simply call us at (518) 427-8685.