Five Common Air Conditioning and Service Questions

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During Florida summers it's a complete necessity to make sure your air conditioner is running smoothly, but it's not always easy to know if something's wrong. Air conditioners are complicated systems. A small problem doesn't always mean it's time for a major repair or replacement. These are some common questions you may have about the operation or repair of your air conditioning system.

1. Why Should I Care About Home Humidity?

To cool the air, your air conditioner not only pushes refrigerated air into the room. It also removes the humidity that causes that hot sticky feeling during the summer. If your air conditioning system is the right size for your home, it will extract moisture to help make the air cooler in your home. An air conditioner that is too small won't be able to remove enough moisture from the air. If it's too big, the air conditioner will kick off before running long enough to remove humidity. If your air conditioner was sized and installed by a professional technician and isn't properly reducing humidity, you may need repairs. When your system doesn't properly reduce humidity, it generally uses more energy to cool your home. This means higher energy bills. Excess moisture can also lead to dangerous mold buildup inside the house.

2. When Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?

When determining whether to replace your current air conditioning system, consider how cool your home is staying, the age of your system, and your energy bills. If your system is over 10 years old and requires a lot of repairs, it might be time to consider a new system. If your system isn't keeping your home as cool as it used to and you have high energy bills, a new system could save you money in the long run.

3. What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

To determine what size air conditioning system you need, you must first figure out the size of your home. While it's a common misconception that a bigger system will work better, you'll get the best results with a size that's just right for your home. While you can use an equation to determine approximately what size system you will need, it's best to consult with a qualified technician when making your final decision. An air conditioning specialist will consider all of the factors around your home that might affect how easy it is to keep cool.

4. Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Condensation?

Your air conditioning system pulls moisture from the air, so it's natural for it to build up a little condensation. However, leaks may be a cause for concern. A blocked drainage pipe or frozen evaporator coil may be to blame. Additionally, an improperly installed system may not be level, causing water to spill from the drainage pan. It is important to remember not to attempt to diagnose or repair your air conditioning system while it is plugged in. If you suspect your system needs repairs, contact a qualified technician to safely fix the problem.

5. Does My Air Conditioner Have More than One Filter?

Some air conditioners have more than one filter. Filters may be located within ducts in the walls or ceilings. Filters may also be found in the air conditioner. Since clogged filters severely impact your air conditioner's ability to conserve energy, it's important to learn where all of the filters in your system are located. A preventive maintenance check performed by an air conditioning specialist can help you learn about the filters used in your air conditioning system. If you are concerned about whether your air conditioner is working properly or have questions regarding your system, contact us today. The air conditioning specialists at American Air Cares are prepared to serve all types of AC needs in and around St. Lucie, Indian River, and Martin County Florida.