Have HVAC Questions? We Have Answers.

It can be difficult to know who to trust when you have HVAC questions and you have little working knowledge of air conditioning units or HVAC systems and have common HVAC emergencies.  I mean, what does HVAC even stand for anyway?  We will discuss this answer below.

Women, especially, can be unsure of who they can trust with their AC repair, just the same as when they need car repairs.  It’s not just women, but everyone can be in a quandary as to who to trust, who to turn to, especially when in emergency need of AC repairs.  We have, therefore, prepared the guide below just to offer some basic information.

First, what does HVAC stand for?  It stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.  HVAC systems are responsible for controlling temperature, humidity, air filtering, and air flow of a home or business.

What are some common HVAC emergencies where a professional should be called?

The thermostat is an essential part to an HVAC system.  If it is acting up, not reading correctly, etc., that could mean your system is in trouble.

If your air conditioner keeps running and never seems to shut off, it could be low on or out of refrigerant.  This could mean that your refrigerant (the liquid in the piping inside the air conditioner) needs to be re-charged.

An air conditioner’s filters need to be changed on a regular basis; otherwise, they will get dirty and clog up, leading to the inability of the air conditioner to function properly.

The air conditioner’s motor and compressor are hooked to a fuse, through which electricity runs.  Electricity of course, runs your air conditioner.  Changing a fuse in an HVAC system is not a simple task, and a professional should be called.

Why is proper HVAC maintenance always recommended?

Preventative HVAC maintenance is just as important as regular check-ups for your vehicles.  It is a good investment because it can save you from having to spend money on unnecessary emergency repairs later.  Air filters need to be changed, belts and hoses need to be checked, and refrigerant levels need to be watched.  Whatever amount you spend on HVAC maintenance twice a year will most likely be a tenth of what you would have to spend on emergency AC repairs in the middle of July or August, typically the hottest times of the year and when air conditioning units are more likely to break down due to the stress placed on them.

How long do air conditioners last?

Today’s air conditioners will generally last 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance performed each year.  Take care of them, and they will take care of you.  When you purchase an air conditioning unit, you should ensure it is the right size for your needs.  Air conditioners that are too big for the space they are cooling tend to “short cycle,” which means they turn on and off quickly, which will invite more wear and tear, and they will likely see a shorter life span.

Why is my air conditioner leaking water?

It could be that the drain line has clogged and overflowed.  This occurs most often if regular maintenance hasn’t been performed because the drain lines get clogged up with dirt, and then the water has nowhere else to go.

Another reason could be that a drain line has gotten accidentally disconnected.  This sometimes happens if the original installation was not done properly.

Water leaking could also be caused by a low refrigerant charge, dirty filters, or if there was no air vent installed in the drain line.  It could also be caused by duct work that was not insulated properly at the time.

What does dual zone HVAC mean?

The technology behind a dual zone HVAC system is meant to allow homeowners to cool different rooms of a home at different temperatures.  This could be a good solution if some of the areas in your home are not used, or used infrequently.  Therefore, you could regulate the temperatures in different zones as needed, which can also save energy and money.

Get your AC tuned up now!  There is no better time than right now to get started on performing proper maintenance on your HVAC system.  Doing so will lead to fewer problems in the future and hopefully fix any issues before they have a chance to cause a problem.

We hope we answered some of your HVAC questions. If you have more questions, please contact us at R&R Refrigeration today at 480-900-2178 .