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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.

When Should I Change Out my AC Unit?

When it comes to living in Jacksonville Florida, an air conditioning unit or AC unit is not something you want; it is something you need. The heat and humidity here are too excessive and the amount of time that it is this way is to long-lasting. You need to make sure that your unit is working well and up to date. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and sooner or later you will have to replace your unit; the question is, when should I replace my air conditioning unit? Here are a few things to consider if you are unsure if it is time for you to get a new unit.

How Old Is It?

Age of a unit plays a factor in its usability and reparability. As your unit gets older, it will lose its ability to operate at full capacity, and as such cannot perform its duties to its fullest extent. At the same time, the longer you have a unit, the more likely the parts needed to repair it will go out of stock, meaning, when the parts break there will not be anything available to do an AC Repair.

Costs Going Up

As a unit gets older, it will require more energy than before to perform the same tasks. This will lead to a heightening in your overall electricity bill. Though you may have to spend some money in getting your unit replaced, you will be paying more as the months go on to keep your unit running at the capacity of your liking.

Repair Needs

When it comes to units and moving parts, time is not your friend and will lead to parts breaking and malfunctioning. This issue will never go away, and in fact, will only get worse as time goes on. Now we are not saying that you get a brand-new unit after a part breaks for the first time, but rather if you find yourself continually replacing parts in your AC unit, you may want to consider replacing your unit.

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

Maintaining a Healthy Air Conditioning Unit

With Spring beginning and Summer fast approaching, that means we will be facing some extra hot days ahead. And it is during this time that many a person’s air-conditioner decides to take a nose dive, and stop working. That is apparently because of the added stress the unit is being put through, as it battles the elements to keep you cool and happy. That being said, all is not lost, as you can help ensure your unit does not stop working. Here are some AC maintenance tips to help you keep your unit running happy and healthy.

Outdoor a/c unit

Clean and replace filters

It is pretty obvious, but you need to make sure you keep up with cleaning and replacing your air filters. You should clean or replace your furnace or air-handler filters twice a year or whenever they begin to look clogged with dust. If you do not, air flow will be restricted, reducing efficiency, and you will recirculate dirt into your home.

Clean the Coils

The coils to your A/C are usually located in the main unit outside. This means that they are susceptible to the elements, and all of the rigors that come with them. Your coils should be cleaned around once to twice a year. We would recommend that you call an air-conditioning specialist to come out and clean it, as it involves removing protective parts from the unit.

Clear out Debris

Just as stated, the unit is usually located outdoors; this means loose debris can collect around it. Scoop leaves and debris out of the base of the condenser and, if it has a drain, ensure that the drain is clear. Clean the fan blades with a vacuum and rag. And make sure to cut away and remove any weeds or vines that may obstruct airflow through the condenser unit.

Check the Coolant Lines

A/C technician working on unitMake sure the lines and tubes used are in good shape and have any replaced that look worn out. Also, insulate any tubes in foam sleeves that are in need of it.

Test It

Allow the unit to dry thoroughly and then turn the power to the condenser back on by doing the following: First, turn the thermostat in your home to OFF. Then turn on the power at both the disconnect box and at the main panel. Last, switch the thermostat to COOL.

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

How Often Should you have your AC Inspected?

You should have your AC Inspected.

annual ac inspectionEvery machine whether it is frequently used or not requires inspection. To make sure all the working parts are still on track to continue performing optimally, you should have it regularly checked by a professional specifically.

Your air conditioner is being used every day and going through a lot of punishment in the process. Between the daily wear and tear, the environmental effect of wind and rain over time your unit will be going through a lot regularly.

So with that in mind… Continue reading “How Often Should you have your AC Inspected?”

Air Conditioning Maintenance 101!

Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

air conditioner maintenance Your Air Conditioner is one of the most important machines in your household. Like all great machines, they will require care and maintenance to keep doing what they do best.

When it comes to us, our process is simple.

We Get The Call – Once you call us, you will speak to one of our representatives. From here they will dispatch one of our expertly trained inspectors to arrive at your house.

Our Inspector Arrives – Once the inspector arrives, they will do a default consultation. They will talk you through all the procedures they’re taking to make sure you are getting the service you need.

The Work is Done – From there, we begin working on the Air conditioning unit. We test all of the typical problems that plague a system such as tripped power breaker, frozen coils, and backed up lines. Beyond that, we then make check all of the at-risk parts to ensure they are not on the verge of breaking down.

Finish up – From this point on, our inspector will part ways and give you our card. If you would like to schedule regular maintenance, we can meet every six months to a year, and we also offer comprehensive services.

Air conditioning Maintenance Checklist

maintaining your air conditionerFor the DIY in you, if you feel like you want to perform air conditioning maintenance on your own, this checklist is for you!

o Thermostat Settings are Working

o All Electrical Connections are Tightened

o Lubricate the Moving Parts

o Inspect The Drain

o Check the System Control

o Clean the Evaporator and Conditioning Coils

air conditioner in floridao Check the Refrigerant

o Adjust the Blower Components

o Check the Connections

Always Remember: Inspect, Clean and Change the Air Filters!

Air Source America

If any of that checklist above seemed confusing or you don’t know if you feel comfortable doing certain components of the list, don’t worry. In addition, we offer the best air conditioning maintenance services in town.

If you would like to learn more about our company or our services, please feel free to give us a call. Therefore, we are always ready and willing to help out our neighbors here in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas!

How an AC Tune-Up Makes Things Easier

Think of all the times your air conditioning system or heater has needed repair. This may have only happened to you once or twice or it might happen a lot more often than you care to admit. You have to drop what you’re doing to schedule repairs. You have to spend money you weren’t expecting on repairs that were, most likely, preventable! Continue reading “How an AC Tune-Up Makes Things Easier”

Get Your Ductless AC Ready for Summer with a Maintenance Appointment

The first day of spring is around the corner, and we are already experiencing spring temperatures – it won’t be too long before you need to use your ductless AC. While this is good news, it’s important that your air conditioner is ready for use, and one of the best ways to do that is to schedule maintenance for your ductless AC in Jacksonville.

How Often Should I Schedule?

It’s recommended that air conditioning system are scheduled for maintenance at least once a year; if your ductless AC is a heat pump, then you’ll want to schedule maintenance bi-annually. The ideal times of year for maintenance are spring and fall, but this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. It’s important to have maintenance performed, even if that’s in July or December.

How Does the Technician Get My AC Ready?

Maintenance is a full tune-up of your system, so there are a number of tasks performed during the appointment, including:

  • Thorough inspection of your system
  • Small repair (frayed wiring, loose fan belts)
  • Cleaning
  • Adjustment as needed
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Performance testing

How Does Maintenance Affect My Air Conditioner?

Maintenance has an overwhelmingly positive affect on your ductless air conditioner. First, removing any debris and cleaning off accumulated dust and dirt helps the components and the unit function optimally; when the system functions optimally, it achieves the energy efficiency is was made to, plus it cools your home as expected without having to put forth extra effort. Second, the inspection allows the technician to discover any existing or developing problems so that you can get ahead of repair. Third, maintenance keeps your whole unit in good working order for the season, which helps with overall performance.

The hot temperatures have a way of sneaking up on us, so don’t get left feeling uncomfortable because of a poorly-operating air conditioner.

Call the experts at Air Source America today and schedule your ductless cooling system for maintenance today!

How Often Should My AC Be Tuned-Up?

Most homes in Jacksonville have a central AC to get residents through the hottest days. These systems get quite a bit of use in our area, so it’s not surprising that your unit may need service sometime in the near future. However, air conditioning maintenance can help to delay the possibility of a whole-system breakdown, potentially reducing your monthly energy costs and improving performance, quite substantially in some cases.

So how often should you schedule an AC tune-up? Here at Air Source America, we recommend tuning up your air conditioner with a professional once a year at least. When you join our USA Club, you’ll get twice annual maintenance visits from a trained technician as well as many other benefits on top of it. Schedule your spring AC tune-up today.

Why a Yearly Tune-Up Is Necessary

Here in Jacksonville, we use air conditioning for much of the year. Parts can become worn down fairly quickly, especially when you compare the average use of an AC in our area to how much someone in the Northeast, for example, uses theirs. Parts begin to fall into a state of decline, slowly wearing away until the chances of a breakdown begin to increase. The components may also gather dirt, dust, and debris, all of which can affect performance and efficiency.

During a tune-up, your air conditioner gets a thorough cleaning, as dirty parts can greatly inhibit efficiency, far more than you might expect. Your technician should also adjust some of the primary components and give you an idea of the current condition of your AC. You can decide together whether to schedule repairs for any damaged parts or if it’s almost time for an air conditioning replacement. We recommend scheduling this service in the spring.

Ducted and Ductless Heat Pumps

A heat pump, on the other hand, is a little bit different. Heat pumps are air conditioning systems and heating systems in one, which means that they get quite a bit of use over the year. You may switch it over to heating mode on a particularly cold day, and this involves making use of parts that go unused for most of the year. Check that these, too, are in good shape before the heating season by scheduling twice annual heat pump maintenance.

Call the professionals at Air Source America to schedule your spring AC Tune Up in Jacksonville today!

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