Air Conditioning Repair in Arkansas
Living in Arkansas means you understand firsthand just how hot it can be during the warmer months. With temperatures often soaring close to 100 degrees, there's nothing that feels better than coming home to a cool house at the end of a long workday. What you must remember, though, is that your air conditioning unit is made of many parts, and from time to time there will be maintenance and air conditioning that need to be performed.
Taking care of your air conditioner the right way isn't as difficult as you might think. And even when something goes wrong with it, it's usually a quick, inexpensive fix as long as you've had regular maintenance performed on the unit. The number one tip you can follow to extend the longevity of your air conditioner is to have it inspected twice a year -- once during the spring and once during the fall. We handle air conditioning repair in Arkansas with the best, so here is some information to help maintain the unit.
What does a well-maintained air conditioning unit do?
- Maintains a comfortable environment in your home, with low levels of humidity
- Provides a constant state of ventilation
- Removes foreign bodies from the air in your home, including micro-organisms and dust
- Helps heat rooms during the winter
You might think it is odd that your air conditioning unit can be used to heat your home during cooler months, but in all actuality it can. By turning up the temperature to at least 76 degrees and having it operate on a low-fan speed, your unit can help push heat throughout the home more efficiently than just using a furnace by itself. If you have a central heating and air unit, you most likely won't be able to run both units at the same time, but if you have separate units, then you should definitely take advantage of this efficient way of heating your home.
Understanding the complexity of air conditioners
People tend to have far more issues with their air conditioning units than their furnaces. The size of the unit that your home needs will depend on the size of your home itself. If you are cooling more than 2,500 square feet, you may need more than one unit.
Two main factors that affect the performance of your air conditioning unit:
Air conditioning units are manufactured to hold a certain amount of refrigerant according to the size of the units themselves. They are also created so that a constant state of air flow is maintained over the coils. However, when either of these factors changes, the unit will have problems.
- Low refrigerant leads to less power, especially when it tries to maintain a high load. Having a large number of people in your house, or a large number of heat-producing appliances, will influence your unit's capability to keep the home cool.
- If the coils do not have a constant state of air flow over them, then heat coming through the air conditioner won't be properly cooled; this problem becomes greater when the temperatures are exceedingly hot outside.
Does changing the filter really matter?
You've probably heard more than a dozen times that it's imperative to change your air filter on a regular basis. Truth is, you've heard this so much because it's absolutely true. The filter is usually located in the return grille on your unit or possibly somewhere in the duct system itself. Filters tend to be fuzzy in appearance as well as to the touch. The goal of a filter is to remove particles that are found in the air inside your home; this not only makes the air healthier to breathe, but it also keeps the unit clean.
The longer an air filter is used, the dirtier it will become with particles, which oddly increases the efficiency of the filter. However, once the filter becomes too full, it loses its ability to collect more particles, thus being why it needs to be changed at least once every one to two months when the air conditioner is being used. If you fail to change the filter when needed, this reduces air flow in your home, and your unit will not be able to perform at optimal efficiency and effectiveness. More importantly is the fact that if you don't change the filter, it can actually do the opposite of what it is intended to do, which is to remove particles; this means a dirty filter can act as a source of air pollution. If you don't know how to change your filter, that's no problem. We can change it for you.
Common issues with air conditioners
If there becomes a leakage in the ducts, this can result in a 20 to 40 percent reduction in the amount of energy your air conditioner is able to put forth. There are many ways to insulate and repair ducts, and it's imperative that you let one of our professional air conditioner technicians handle all duct repairs for you.
Other issues that you might run into include damaged coils, refrigerant leaks, sensor problems, and electronic control failure. Almost all air conditioner problems can be fixed inexpensively as long as they are identified quickly. The longer you let an issue go unrepaired, the more costly it is to fix it. And while you might be tempted to fix an air conditioner problem yourself, it's usually best to leave it in the hands of a professional, especially issues relating to electronic failure.
Extending the life of your air conditioner
You want your air conditioning unit to last as long as possible, of course, and it all starts with taking care of it the right way. If you have questions that you would like to have answered, please don't hesitate to contact us. One of our highly-trained technicians is standing by to answer your inquiry. We also have technicians who can come to your home, assess the problem, and fix it on the spot.
Contact us today to learn more about taking care of your air conditioner the right way. Feel free to call us, or if you want, fill out the contact form on this page and we'll get back with you within the next 24 hours.