Is Your AC Ready For Summer?

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3 Tips To Cooler Central Air Conditioning

Is your central air conditioning failing to battle the heat and keep you cool inside? If you turn down the thermostat to 75 degrees, is the air conditioner able to cool down to that temperature or does it work all day slowly getting there? We have three tips to cooler central air conditioning in your home, and two of them are do-it-yourself.

1. Call in an HVAC service tech once a year

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If you want your air conditioner to keep your house cool for many summers to come, the best thing you can do is have an HVAC service tech test the unit every spring, clean and adjust it. They are best equipped to go over everything that could be preventing your conditioning from blowing the coolest air possible. To save money, sign up for an annual HVAC maintenance contract to service both your air conditioner and your furnace. This is the gold standard, but if you want to do it yourself there are two things you can do.

2. Clean return air vents and replace filters

HVAC techs constantly recommend changing your air filters regularly and they’re not just making this up to sell more filters. Replace an air filter and you can see for yourself how dirty it is from trapping dust and debris. The more clogged the filter, the less air flow and the less cool your air conditioning will be. During months of high usage, replace filters monthly. Be sure you know where your return air filters are located—sometimes there’s only one alongside the furnace, but there can also be a filter at each return air vent. While you’re checking those return air vents, be sure to vacuum them thoroughly to remove all dust.

3. Clean the condenser coils on the outdoor air conditioner

Go outside to your air conditioning unit and make sure it is free of obstructions such as grass, weeds, vines and globs of leaves and debris. Though a professional HVAC service tech can do this better, you can clean the condenser coils. First turn off the power to the unit. Next, get yourself a bottle of dish detergent, ideally one that is about 80 to 90% empty. Fill it with water to make a soapy solution. Then squirt this soapy solution on the outside front of the air conditioner. You should be squirting through some kind of vents or caging to the condenser coils. On most units these are visible on three sides. Get them soapy and after a few minutes of soaking time, use a garden hose to spray the soap away. You’ll see dirty water and debris flow away from the unit. Give it an hour to dry up before restoring the power.

Important!

Whenever you are working around any part of your HVAC system, always use caution and turn off the device first.

Summary

If your air conditioner still can’t keep up and cool your house after you’ve replaced the filters and cleaned the condenser coils, call an HVAC service tech to do an a/c inspection to determine the problem. On the other hand, an annual HVAC service contract will keep your air conditioning running well and you’ll just need to replace air filters regularly.

7 Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Save Money on Air Conditioning

When summer days get hotter, air conditioning can be so awesome! It feels so good to escape the heat and cool down in the comfort of your home. At least it feels good and cool until the first skyrocketing energy bill comes in. Then things really heat up! How can you keep your house cool but also save money on the cost to cool it? We’ve checked with the energy experts and HVAC technicians, and found seven tips to help you stay cool and save money on air conditioning.

  1. Set your thermostat to a reasonably good temperature. Before setting your thermostat to 72 degrees because that’s room temperature, keep in mind that we tend to dress in lighter clothes during the summer. Try slowly raising the temperature in the range of 73 to 79 degrees to see what’s comfortable for your house. The U.S. Department of Energy specifies 78 degrees as the ideal compromise—cool enough and saving you money. Every degree you go up from 72 saves you three to five percent on your air conditioning energy costs.
  2. Raise the temperature whenever you leave home. Whenever nobody will be home for two or more hours, you can save energy by raising the temperature by seven to ten degrees. The Department of Energy says doing this consistently will save you as much as 10 percent on cooling costs.
  3. Save money at night. When you sleep, your core body temperature lowers. So you may be able to raise the temperature a bit at night, especially if you use lighter sleepwear and lighter bed coverings.
  4. Switch to a smart thermostat. You can program a smart thermostat to raise the temperature ten degrees during the day when everyone is at work and then lower it 30 minutes before the first person returns home. Some smart thermostats have even more advanced features to help you truly optimize the temperature setting to save you the most money.
  5. Seal up the leaks. The older your home, the more likely cold air is seeping outside. Install new weatherstripping and caulk around doors and windows. We recommend getting a home energy audit from your utility provider to find all these leaks and to find the best things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
  6. Replace older air conditioning units with energy-efficient models. Just like newer furnaces, today’s air conditioners really do work much more efficiently than older ones. If you fear you’re paying too much to keep your house cool, it would be worth asking an HVAC salesperson about your options.
  7. Call an HVAC technician to tune-up your air conditioning unit. Regular inspection and maintenance is vital to keeping your air conditioner working at its best. If you suspect that it’s not cooling properly, a technician will be able to determine whether there’s a problem other than it’s a really hot summer.

Follow these tips and you’ll save money while keep your house reasonably cool this summer, and call the team at One Source Home Service today to schedule your next A/C service!

6 Sounds You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Air Conditioning or Furnace

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When summer is coming on, it can be surprising how quickly we adjust the thermostat from giving us a little heat in the morning to take the chill off the house to switching on the air conditioning to combat the afternoon heat. Even if the furnace has been working well throughout the winter, if you start hearing one of these seven sounds, you may have a problem and need to contact an HVAC professional before it turns into an even larger repair bill.

Scraping Sound

A loud scraping noise, a grating metal-on-metal sound, coming from inside your furnace could be a serious problem with the blower wheel. Maybe the wheel is coming apart from the shaft and scraping the casing or in some other way the motor is causing the wheel to scrape the casing. Turn off the air conditioning and/or furnace immediately and call an HVAC service company.

Fast Clicking/ Flicking Sound

Remember that sound when you were a kid and attached a playing card to the spokes of your bicycle wheel? If you hear that kind of fast thwapping sound from your furnace, something might be stuck on one of the blower wheel blades or one the housing around the wheel. While your air conditioning (or heat) may be working just fine, this stuck object is causing resistance and it will cause excessive wear on the motor. Get it cleaned up by a furnace technician.

Squealing Sound

A squealing noise from the blower motor could be caused by a belt wearing out. That’s normally not an expensive repair and best taken care of before the belt stretches further or breaks.

Grinding Or Metal Groaning Sound

A bearing problem in the blower motor will make a dull repetitive groan. Some blower motors have ports for adding lubricant, but some are sealed. Adding lubricant will often eliminate the groaning sound, but you have to use the correct oil, not WD-40. An HVAC company doing an annual maintenance inspection on your air conditioning or heating unit would like do this kind of lubrication.

Rattling Sound

If you hear a rattling sound from your central air conditioning unit outside of the house when the air conditioning is coming on, the hardware around the compressor could be loose. An air conditioning service repair person should be contacted.

Popping Sound Or Banging Sound

If you turn on the furnace for heat and you hear popping sounds or a distinct banging sound (like from a cap gun), the furnace probably has dirty burners that need to be cleaned. The gas is not being ignited right away. Instead it’s building up and then igniting in a mini-explosion. You’ll want to get this serviced by a professional immediately.

Call Colorado Springs HVAC Pros

When operating properly, your HVAC system should be fairly quiet, but if you’re hearing one of these seven sounds you really should contact One Source Home Services in Colorado Springs to come in and repair the problem before it turns into an even bigger problem.

Signs You Should Tune up Your AC

We know that you count on your air conditioner all summer long. After all, it gets hot here, and you need to stay cool to function well and enjoy those warm days. Did you know that a tune up can help keep your AC running efficiently all summer long? You might think it’s a waste of your time and energy, but a simple tune up can help you avoid problems and troubleshoot issues before they cause your air conditioner to stop working altogether. Since we know you don’t want that, here are a few signs that it’s time to give us a call and get a tech to tune up your air conditioning unit in Colorado Springs.

1.  It’s been more than a year since the last tune up.

Air conditioners should be tuned up at least once a year. If you can’t remember the last time a technician looked at yours, or you know when it was and it was quite some time ago, it’s probably time for a tune up now. Your tech will take a look at the unit and let you know if there’s anything that’s not working quite right. He’ll also perform regular cleaning and maintenance, so your unit will run strong all summer long.

2. Your AC never turns off.

Ideally, an air conditioner will run for a while, turn off when your home reaches the desired temperature, then turn back on again later, when things warm up again. If your unit is running all the time, or doesn’t stay off very long, then it isn’t running as well as it should. Give us a call, and we’ll come figure out what has gone wrong. It’s quite possible that some simple, routine maintenance will get things going again soon.

3. Your AC blows lukewarm air.

Maybe the air your unit blows starts out really cold, only to get warmer and warmer the longer the unit runs. Or maybe it starts out lukewarm and stays that way. Either way, a unit that isn’t blowing really cold, all the time, needs some love and care from a technician. Our techs will come out, perform the required maintenance and cleaning, and see if that takes care of the problem. Many times, all you need is a clean filter or a cleaner unit to make your air colder again.

4. Your AC is more than 10 years old.

While being older in and of itself doesn’t mean that your unit needs a tune up, it does mean that it could benefit more from regular tune ups than newer units could. Since older units usually aren’t running as efficiently as newer ones do, cleaning them up and making sure everything is up to the manufacturer’s standards can help them cool your home better. It can also help them last longer, both by minimizing wear and tear and by catching problems before they become catastrophic.

When you’re ready to have your AC tuned up, give us a call. We’ll come out at a convenient time, take a look at your unit, perform any required maintenance, and let you know what we find. We hope to see you soon!

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