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Why Is My Air Conditioner Freezing?

As is the case with Florida in the summer, the heat and humidity of the environment are extreme. With this, the most important thing, next to the electricity powering your home, will be your A/C unit, as anyone knows what a house is like without one running. But, you may notice that when the weather is at its worst is when your unit will give out on you, and freezes up. There are several reasons as to why this is happening, and we would like to go through a couple of reasons as to why.

Low Refrigerant

If you’re A/C system is not functioning correctly, it may affect the refrigerant chlorodifluoromethane or R22, and how it behaves within the system. If the pressure in your system changes, then this could cause the R22 to behave differently. As the house’s moist air makes its way over the evaporator, the air’s moisture will condense and freeze on the system’s coils, and ice will form. This ice will act as an insulator and cause the coils to freeze, and not function. To fix this, you should contact Airsource America so a professional can come out and make the proper repairs.

Poor Airflow

Overused, or clogged up air filters will prevent air from making its way correctly through your unit. This reduction of airflow will lead to your group having to work harder than usual to complete the cooling you want it to. This prevents the right amount of warm air from making its way over your system, and will not be able to stop the condensation forming on the coils from turning to ice.

Dirty Coils

Dirty coils can cause freezing due to the layer of dirt on top of the coils preventing them from absorbing the water fast enough. Bi-annual checkups from your local HVAC professional can keep your A/C’s coils clean.

DamagedBlower Fan

As the internal air cools, it becomes denser and does not travel as quickly. The blower fan helps move cold air by transporting hot air out of your home, which the denser cold air moves to replace. Sometimes your blower fan can break, or become damaged during normal operation. When your blower fan is not functioning correctly, that will lead to a significant change in the airflow inside of your air handler. Too much condensation will build up on the coils, and the water droplets will not evaporate or drain properly. Without the hot air moving over the proper parts, a broken blower fan can also cause a refrigerant line to freeze too.

Natural Ways to Lower Humidity in Your Home

During the summer, we can often find that even though we are in our house, and the A/C is going, that still does not feel quite right. Be it heat permeating the walls or roof, excess U/V rays slipping their way through your windows, or other unforeseeable occurrences, but the feel of your residence is still humid. Now, it may seem like there is nothing you can do to stop this from happening, nothing could be farther from the truth; Air Source America has found a couple of useful tips to help correct this irritating inconvenience and some natural ways to lower humidity in your home.

4 Tips to Help

Shorten Your Showers

Now, we all understand the feeling taking a nice warm, or even hot shower at the end of a long day; it feels like you want to stay in there for as long as you can. That said, this may be a mistake, and it may be adding to your houses’ humidity level. These long showers will add to the moisture build up in your bathroom, and the adjacent rooms.

Cover Your House Plant’s Soil

Houseplants are a great way of improving the air quality of your home, but it can also lead to unnecessary household humidity. Use a layer of rocks to help keep the moisture in the soil. This will stop the moisture from leaving the soil and entering your home’s air.

Ventilate

Proper home ventilation will allow for a stream of new air to pass through your house, leading to the internal atmosphere of the house to be able to be moved around. Flat, stale air leads to more humidity. You may want to consider adding a fan that ducts to the outdoors in your kitchen and bathroom, or you can open the window when taking showers.

Bowls of Kitty Litter or Calcium Chloride

Placing bowls of kitty litter or calcium chloride around your home it can help to draw the moisture out of your home’s air and absorb it. If you decide to employ this method that you replace it every couple of weeks.

Contact Us Today!

Is the air conditioning system in your Jacksonville home or office damaged? Give us a call today at Air Source America to get your AC repair. One of our experts will be available to speak. We will work with you round the clock to get your air conditioning system fixed. An amazing experience awaits you.

How to Prepare Your Home for Summer

How to prepare your home for summer since it has just begun, and already you can feel the effects of this season’s intense temperature changes. With the obvious hear increase, we also are faced with rising humidity levels that make even standing in the shade ineffective for dealing with the discomfort of the environment. With that, you need to make sure your house is ready to face off against these elements, or else be prepared to have your home’s interior become nearly unbearable.

Passive Design Strategies

Worried that battling against the heat will cause your electricity bill to go up because of your A/C unit working extra hard. To help with this, consider setting up sun blockers, such as trees, around certain parts of your house; for best result, plant them in front of windows.

Insulation

Insulation helps regulate the inner temperature of a location, be it to keep it warm or cold. If there are locations within your house that are in need of some or need it replaced, now would be the time to have it installed.

Upgrade your Windows

More than just updating your windows, but you may want also to consider upgrading the type of window you have installed. Impact windows are great at not only preventing potential window damage, but also prevent more UV rays from entering your home than standard windows, and thereby eliminating more heat from getting in.

A/C Inspection

Make sure you’re A/C unit is running to the best of its abilities. This will make sure that not only are you getting the most out of your unit, but that any potential issues that may come up later in the season are handled well beforehand, so you do not have to face your unit taking a sudden nosedive, and leaving you in a sweltering house.

Having your unit operating at maximum proficiency also means that you will not have to use more energy to use it; this means not having to face a higher energy bill during the summer.

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How to Clean Your Air Ducts

When it comes to regulating the air quality of one’s home or work environment, it is through the circulation of fresh and clean air from your air conditioning unit that makes this happen. It is because of these units being so extensive and intricate that each part of it has an essential role to play, and any potential obstacle presented to it will, in turn, reduce the efficiency and quality of your location’s atmospheric quality. One such part of your HVAC that is often overlooked is the vents, the part that transports the air into the location’s interior. Now, we are not saying that people forget it when their vents are damaged or clogged, as those are obvious problems that would need immediate repairs, but rather something that people tend to overlook or put off, cleaning out their Ducts.

Let us explain to you why you should clean your air vents, and how best to accomplish this.

Why Clean your Ducts?

As time goes by, more and more air will travel through these vents, and with them all of the dust, debris, and dander that is built up over time. If this is left to sit it will allow for mold and bacteria to build up and grow; this will, in turn, be pumped into your living space, leading to potential illness in those inhabiting the location.

Dirty vents also mean something more obvious, bad smells; which will lead to discomfort in your own home, as no one wants to stay in a smelly house.

How to Clean them

– Remove the vent covers and wash them in soapy water.

– You can then use a cordless vacuum, or tube attachment on your vacuum to suck up the dander and cobwebs stuck to the sides of the Duct.

– You can then scrub the interior with a microfiber cloth with cleaning solution.

– After completion, reattach vent covers and enjoy the fresher air.

Protecting your Air Conditioning Unit During a Hurricane

The next few months are known as summer, a time of outdoor activities, and fun in the sun. This is true for us in Florida as well, but we know of this time of the year as not only a different name. An entirely different season altogether, as we are coming up on “Hurricane Season”. With this knowledge in place comes with it knowing that precautions must be made. This involves boarding windows, having emergency water and batteries on hand, and having potential evacuation measures set up. What sometimes gets overlooked when it comes to hurricane prep is one’s A/C unit, as we usually see it as this hardy metal appliance that is rugged and string. Now it may be constructed to exist in the open environment. It is important to recall that a hurricane is not a normal storm, it is a potentially very destructive force that can flood locations and level homes. With that, here are some tips to take into consideration when it comes to protecting your unit during this hurricane season.

Prepping for the Hurricane

If the hurricane is heading your way here are a couple things to do:

1. Cool it down- Lower your house’s temperature lower than normal. This will help keep your house cooler for longer as you deal with the storm.

2. Shut it down- You want your unit off during the hurricane. If the unit is running, it can suffer compressor damage due to it turning on and off many times because of the continuous loss of power.

During the Storm

One of the more common damaging occurrences that take place is that of a lightning strike frying your unit. Though there is not really a way of preventing lightning from striking your home. Here are the steps you can take in installing a surge protector for your HVAC. — https://www.easyac.net/products/surge-protectors-for-hvac-sytems.html

After the Storm

After the hurricane has moved on, try and turn your unit back on as soon as you can; this will help prevent mold and bacteria build up in it.

Check your system out before you try running it again, as this may cause further damage to your unit. These inspections can include trying to locate any physical damage, if you can smell smoke, locating debris clogging vents, etc.

If you are unsure of what you are looking for, contact the professionals at Air Source America, and let us investigate your unit after such an event.

4 Air Conditioning Issues that You Can Avoid

It is time for the temperature to begin its eventual rise, as Florida becomes an environment of humidity and discomfort. To battle this issue, we have our homes, outfitted with our greatest ally, an air condition unit. That does not mean however that there are not issues that can arise that will not give their ability to provide you with refreshing air pause. Here are 4 air conditioning issues that you can avoid and some common problems that we can help you avoid, so you do not have to worry about your home being overtaken by unbearable heat.

Refrigerant Leaks

For your AC unit to function correctly, the correct amount of the cooling agent refrigerant must be present. When it leaks from your system, you will find the air circulating into your house is warm, leading to discomfort and a rise in your electricity bill thanks to your unit working harder trying to cool down your home. You need to get the leak in your system fixed right away; this is best handled by contacting the professionals.

Faulty Fans

If the unit’s fans are not working correctly, then the group is unable to not only suck in the air needed to circulate back into the house, cooled and ready, but that the other fans will not be able to expel the warm air from the system. With these fans broken, you will also have an accumulation of dust begin to build up, with can lead to further damage to the system. This is another issue that will require you to reach out to an HVAC professional.

Frozen Coils

The evaporator coil is filled with refrigerant, and it absorbs heat from the surrounding air. When this airflow is restricted because of dirt and grime, a bad blower motor, or a blocked return grille, a layer of ice will build up, leading to the coil freezing. Frozen coils will prevent your unit from operating correctly, to the point that it stops working entirely. If you think this is the case, shut down your system and call for a professional to come out to clean your coil.

Drainage Issues

If your unit’s drainage system does not get cleared regularly, it can be backed up or clogged with debris. This clogging can lead to further damage to your house, be it the walls, roof, or floors. Having regular maintenance set up to clean out the drainage system routinely will do wonders in preventing such an event.

When it comes to AC Repair Jacksonville FL, Air Source America has you covered.

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