4 Hot Tips on Thermostats

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Thermostat technology has advanced greatly in recent years.

Thermostat technologies allow the home or business owner to optimize for comfort, efficiency, convenience, or some balance of the three.

Here are a few tips that relate to thermostats:

  1. Programmable thermostats allow you to keep the home at a temperature that is easier and quicker to cool than if you turn the system completely off while gone. Set your away time on your thermostat to the highest temperature you want to feel when you walk into your home.
  2. Thermostat technology has grown tremendously over the last few years. Units range from the old manual type, to units with daily, weekly, and weekend vs. weekday timers, to units that can be accessed and adjusted over the Internet while you’re away.
  3. Many brands are offering thermostats that you can control from a computer or mobile device while away from home. Be sure to buy one that is compatible with your system.
  4. When you are deciding on a new thermostat, consider how likely you are to actually set up and use advanced features before paying extra money for the latest and greatest technology.

Do you have a favorite thermostat tip? Please share in the comments below.

If your AC needs repair or service, please call us at 562-944-2118 to set up an appointment.

2 Signs that your AC Unit may be low on Freon

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Refrigerant is not consumed in the air conditioning process. If you suspect a leak, you should see if your technician can find it and repair it.

Refrigerant stays constant in your unit. It is not consumed during the air conditioning process. It only needs to be replaced when there is a leak in the system. Getting the ‘freon’ or refrigerant recharged in your system should not be a part of regular maintenance if your system is working properly. Two signs that your unit may be low on freon:

  1. You are not getting the 20 degrees difference between the supply and return air. See our tip on checking to see  if your system is functioning properly for more information on this.
  2. You see oil around the unit.

 

If you suspect that your unit requires a repair, don’t take a chance, give us a call at (562) 944-2118.

6 Steps to Clean your AC Condenser

Clean your condenser annually. For most condensers this is simply a matter of hosing off the condenser unit. The units are a network of metal tubing and fins designed to dissipate the heat that your AC has removed from your house. You can usually find your condenser outside in the backyard. These units are designed to be out in the weather, but dirt collects in them. This cuts down on AC efficiency.

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Clean your condenser annually to ensure better AC performance

To clean your condenser, follow the steps below:

  1. You will need a garden hose, a spray nozzle and a water source.
  2. Turn off electricity to the unit. The disconnect is sight of the unit.
  3. Do not disassemble the unit for cleaning.
  4. Spray the unit vigorously across all the fins but be careful not to spray directly on the motor.
  5. Look for large chunks of spider webs or leaves getting stuck and not coming out. Sometimes spraying water from another angle will break those up so they will wash away.
  6. The unit will dry itself.

This type of cleaning can be done by a trained professional, or you can have your installer or service technician show you how you can do this yourself. Always keep the area around the condenser free of debris so it will have proper airflow.

If your AC needs repair or service, please call us at 562-944-2118 to set up an appointment.

4 Steps to check if your AC unit is functioning properly

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A difference of 20 degrees (F) between your supply and return vents shows proper function

Here are some simple steps to see if your air conditioning is working properly. You will need a thermometer.

  1. The AC unit should be operating for at least 5 minutes prior to testing.
  2. Measure the temperature at the return air vent. This is the place inside your house where the air returns to your AC unit. It is the large vent that sucks IN air, and is usually under the furnace or in a hallway.
  3. Next measure the temperature of the supply vent closest to your AC unit. This is the vent that is blowing air OUT.
  4. A temperature difference between the return air and the supply air of approximately 20 degrees indicates proper functioning for most AC units.

If you find that your system is not operating in this range, schedule a time for us to have a look at your system. (562) 944-2118.