Fixing Your AC

14 Jun

AC_repairWith the summer heat upon us it’s an excellent time to get your air conditioning system checked and evaluated for efficiency. Air conditioning your home can be expensive, but if you keep it in good repair and  follow a few simple tricks to give it a boost, you won’t have to break the bank to feel comfortable.

It’s especially crucial to have a working air conditioner in a place like Marietta, Georgia. The high temperatures can quickly wear out your cooling system and the humidity makes alternative cooling systems like swamp coolers a no-no.

How to check your AC’s efficiency

If your air conditioner is over a decade old, it may only be half as efficient as a newer unit. You can perform a quick check of your air conditioner’s efficiency each year to know when it’s time to get it serviced or replaced.

To measure the efficiency, you will need a household thermometer (preferably one you use to measure the temperature of the air, not one used for measuring a person’s body temperature). First, you will measure the temperature of the discharge air at the register (vent). You may have to wait for the AC to kick on before you measure. Hold the thermometer next to the register for a few minutes to get an accurate temperature reading.

Then, measure the temperature of the air at the return-air grill. Once again, keep your thermometer there for a few minutes to make sure you get a good reading. Air conditioner experts say the difference between the two temperatures you measured should be about 14 to 20 degrees.

If the difference between the two temperatures you measured is greater than 20 degrees, you may have a problem. There could be something blocking the air flow in your unit.

What to do next

Air conditioning repair Marietta (especially in a hotspot like Marietta) is a good idea. Your AC may not be working efficiently because it is low on refrigerant. It could also be something more serious like a leak. Or, your older AC unit may simply need a tune up. It’s worth it to get it checked out so you’re not paying for an inefficient AC unit that doesn’t cool your house.

If you’ve still got cooling problems and you know your AC unit is not to blame, start looking around your home for air leaks. Sometimes easy fixes like adding weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors will greatly improve your homes ability to keep the cool air in. Low-quality windows can also be a major source of cool air loss. Making sure your home is insulated properly and your AC is running efficiently will pay off in the long run.

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