During a severe winter storm, you may make preparations to ensure that minimal damage is done to your home. However, during these preparations, you may not think about the central air conditioning unit sitting outside.
Especially if you forgot to cover the condenser on top of the unit, the freezing temperatures, snow, and ice could cause damage to it. Below are a couple of ways that a severe winter storm can damage your home's outdoor central AC unit.
There's nothing more frustrating on a cold winter night than getting a brief blast of warm air from your vents, only for the system to quickly shut down before heating your house. Even worse, your vents may continue to blow cold air, leaving you even colder than before. Unfortunately, these symptoms can signify everything from a relatively minor issue to a much more serious one.
Always check your thermostat first and confirm that your setpoint is several degrees higher than your current indoor temperature.
It's that time of year again when the temperatures start to drop and you likely begin to dread the thought of having to crank up the heat in your home. But before you do, it's important to make sure that your heater is in good working condition. The best way to avoid any problems at all is to have an HVAC professional perform regular maintenance on the unit. There are many benefits of having regular heater maintenance and some may even surprise you.
A central air conditioning system can't function without a properly designed ductwork system. Ductwork can vary substantially between homes, with many different designs and materials. For example, your home may use rigid ductwork or flexible ductwork. Both systems have pros and cons, and each has unique ways of failing.
Unlike the mechanical parts of your air conditioning system, your ductwork typically doesn't wear out over time, which is a good thing since it can be relatively expensive to replace.
If you're going to upgrade your HVAC system, make sure you get the right one. A good HVAC tech can guide in you choosing the right system, but before you buy, there are some factors to consider yourself. If you want to know more, keep reading.
1. Is the System the Correct Size?
Before you buy any system, make sure it's the right size for your home. It may seem like bigger is always better, but if your HVAC system is too big, it cycles too frequently (turning off and on automatically to stabilize the temperature).