Is My AC Low on Freon?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air conditioningAir conditioners are fantastic at keeping a home cool. Unlike fans, air conditioning adjusts to maintain a home at a precise temperature. Throughout the summer, people trust that their AC will be there to keep their house cool. That is, as long as the air conditioner has the proper level of freon. How do can one tell when an air conditioner is running low on freon? We are going to examine some of the signs today.

AC Isn’t Keeping The Room/House Cold

There are two main reasons that an air conditioner might not be keeping a home or room cold. One reason is that the unit is the wrong size for the overall area to be cooled. But, if the AC unit usually works fine for cooling the area, but now it is not then it probably lacks freon. Then It is time to call a technician to check the freon levels. If the freon levels are fine, then the technician can check the rest of the unit for problems.

When the temperature in a room doesn’t feel right, compare the temperature on which the air conditioner is set with the actual room temperature. This check is an excellent way to verify if the AC unit is keeping the area regulated.

Ice Is Building Up On the AC Unit

A specific part of the AC unit, called the evaporator coil, handles the chilling of air. That means this is the only part of the unit that could build up condensation during normal operation. If ice is noticed building up around the air conditioner unit, it is running low on freon. Replace the freon before continuing to run the system. Water leaking into the wrong part of the AC unit can cause a short circuit.

Electric Bills Are Going Up

When an air conditioner unit is low on freon, it has to work harder to keep the air cold. That means that it requires additional electricity. There can be a lot of reasons that an electric bill might go up, but when troubleshooting the problem, place check freon level to the list.

While an air conditioner is capable of running without the freon topped off, it should be filled as soon as possible. Many people start to notice the lack of freon when it starts to hurt their wallets. At the same time, running the risk of a unit breaking down when the freon is low will cost more in the long run because a service call to have the freon level checked is much less expensive than replacing a unit.

If you have a question about your air conditioning unit contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

What Temperature Should I Set My Air Conditioning While On Vacation?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air conditioningThe summer vacation is the ideal time to give residential air conditioning units a break. In fact, it is pointless and expensive to have the central air conditioner running if no one is present at the house. The one exception is if the pets are left at home, in this case, the air conditioner must not be completely turned off. Instead, the air conditioning unit should be but can be set at a higher temperature than usual.

By setting the thermostat to a warmer temperature, you can cut your electricity bill. Raising the temperature by one degree, cuts about 3% off the electricity bill. However, just because a higher setting will cut a monthly utility bill, a homeowner should not increase the temperature too much. Remember air conditioning does not only regulate the temperature in your home it also controls the humidity level. When the atmosphere within the home becomes exceptionally humid and hot, microorganisms and mildew can thrive making the indoor air unhealthy.

When the temperature is too high within the house, appliances like refrigerators can start to emit moisture and run harder to stay cool. Also when you return from vacation, cooling down the home to a comfortable temperature, the air conditioning unit will have to work hard thus eliminating some of the savings.

Therefore, the temperature should be raised about 4 degrees above the comfortable temperature the homeowners generally use. For instance, if the normal temperature is 72, increase it to about 76 before everyone leaves the house. With such a setting, the house will maintain an adequate temperature (which is not too hot) and still save some electricity. However, if there are pets in the house and the family is leaving for several days adequate measures must be taken. That means the pets should be sent to a care center or ask a friend or a relative to look them after. Even when the pets are left at the house for about a few days, the best practice is to ask the veterinarian about the best temperature setting according to the type and size of the animal.

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How to Lower the Humidity in Your Home

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air conditioning repairHumidity inside the house can be pretty annoying. Constant moisture can cause various health issues, ruin the interior’s appearance and may even weaken the home’s structure. Therefore, it is imperative to take all possible measures to control the humidity in the house. According to experts, indoor humidity level should stay within a range of 30 – 50%.  When the level is above that there are some things you can try before calling for air conditioning repair.

Maintaining appropriate humidity levels can deliver several benefits: personal comfort, indoor appearance, prevent mildew, reduce odor in clothing, better air quality, reduce dust mites, etc. Many times people feel uncomfortable not because of the temperature in the house, but the humidity level. High humidity gives a person that sweaty, sticky feeling. Lower the humidity and the thermostat can be higher and still be comfortable.

Some homeowners manage to control humidity levels in their home with the assistance of air conditioners. However, to expect the best out of air conditioning systems there are a few additional tips to follow.

Letting the fan run. If you keep the fan on, the AC unit will add moisture to the air as the air passes a wet coil. Make sure the fan turns off when the AC unit isn’t running.

Vent the clothes dryer to outside. When a clothes dryer is running, the evaporating water is released into the air. By venting the dryer to the outdoors, most of that moist goes outside instead of remaining in the home.

Bathroom and kitchen vents. Both of these rooms in the house are locations of moisture producing activities. Showers and cooking both produce steam. By having vents, the air is circulated and the moisture is removed or at least reduced in these rooms.

Moisture-absorbing plants. There are plants that absorb water directly from the air. Placing these plants in the home helps keep humidity levels in check. These plants include Boston fern, English ivy, reed palm and peace lily.

Repair broken air ducts. A broken or separated air duct will leak moisture back into the home instead of circulating it outdoors.

Install a whole house de-humidifier. Homes located in tropical or highly humid climates may need to install a de-humidifier to keep from overtaxing the AC system.
Reducing the humidity in the home not only makes for a more comfortable summer, but also may save some money on the energy bill.

If none of these tips help the humidity level in your home, you may need to call for air conditioning repair. In the Philadelphia area contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Why Won’t My A/C Turn Off

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air conditioning repairIn general, most people don’t tolerate excessive heat and annoyingly sticky sweat during summer. Things can be more annoying if your AC unit runs without stopping. Therefore, it is always better to consider Air Conditioning Repair before you approach the summer. Otherwise, the upcoming summer will not be a pleasant experience for you. Well, here are possible reasons why your AC won’t turn off.

Wrong Size Unit

Installing equipment that is too small to handle the job can be the most common reason for your AC to run continuously. Before opting for an Air Conditioning Repair, you have to check if you have the appropriate size. If your AC is too small compared to the capacity of the home, it will have to work pretty hard to cool the air. Constant operation of the AC unit might lead to breakdowns. Likewise, if the size of the ducts you have used don’t complement the size of the AC unit, it will deliver improper airflow.

Change the Air Filter

Before calling for Air Conditioning Repair, you should check if the air filter facilitates good air flow. If the AC unit has a dirty filter, you will probably be non-stop running of the equipment. If the unit is allowed to continue to operate with a clogged air filter, an Air Conditioning Repair is on the way!

Poor Insulation or Air Leaks

If your home is not sealed correctly or it has insufficient insulation, it can make your AC to work harder. When heated air continually enters the house and cold air exits through these leaks, the AC will have to work fiercely to maintain the interior temperature. Therefore, you may have to repair those leaks and revamp your insulation before a requirement for Air Conditioning Repair occurs.

AC unit is Old

If your AC unit is old, it may not be able to comply with the requirements of the house. Malfunctioning sensors and non-working parts can leave your AC unit switched on continuously. Even if you don’t need an Air Conditioning Repair straightaway, this AC unit might cost you a lot regarding utility bills.

Make sure that you end up with the right kind of Air Conditioning Repair professional to get the job done correctly. Be sure to check if the potential service provider has a good history in the respective field.

For all your air conditioning repair needs contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Does Your Heating System Need Repair?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling heating repairMost of us take our heating systems for granted. After all, they mainly operate in the background, heating our homes through pipes and tubes that remain unseen. However, as with any mechanical system, it can break down, and that’s when you’ll need to call in the professionals for heating repair. There are countless different reasons why you might need heating repair. It could be due to a common problem that’s easy to diagnose and fix, or it might be something a bit more complicated.

By far the most common issue with heating systems is a problem with the air flow. If the air can’t flow correctly, then the system isn’t able to properly disperse the heat through your house. You might find that the system tends to overheat, or that however much you fiddle with the thermostat, you just can’t get it under control. This lack of control can be annoying, but luckily, it’s an easy heating repair fix. In most cases, it will be a worn-out belt, motor, or bearings. A professional can replace the affected part, and everything should be back to normal again- simple!

Another frequent problem that people have with their heating systems is clogged or dirty air filters. As time goes on, your filters will gradually accumulate plenty of dust and dirt that was floating around in the air. When this builds up, the heating system is no longer able to function efficiently. It needs to work harder to heat the house, so in general, you’ll have to crank the system up- increasing your energy bills. To prevent this you should get into the habit of changing your filters every month, and if something goes wrong, be sure to call in some expert help.

While these two issues aren’t all that difficult to fix, there will be other times when your heating system may suddenly stop working for no apparent reason. After all, these are sophisticated machines, and to the untrained eye, it can be tough to diagnose just what’s gone wrong. However, if you call in a professional for heating repair, you can be sure that the problem will be solved quickly and efficiently- and with Good Deals Heating & Cooling, it’s incredibly affordable, too!

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Which Is Better: Oil or Gas Heating System?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling heating systemAlthough the choice between oil and gas heating systems is an important one, a surprising number of homeowners hardly give it a second thought. Some people stick to ‘gas only’ policy while others believe there is no other option than oil. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each of these furnace types.

Features of Oil Heating Systems

In general, oil-powered heating systems can generate more heat compared to any other sources available today. However, this system demands an on-the-site oil storage tank that needs to be filled with oil. Under general circumstances, cleaning and servicing oil-powered heating systems is an easy task. The service is conducted by the oil delivery company, and the customer needs to get into a service agreement/contract to receive such service. However, the maintenance process of the oil heating systems is relatively extensive; these systems gather dirt and soot significantly. To maintain a smooth operation and assure maximum efficiency, you should clean the chimneys and change the oil filters accordingly.

The overall cost to install an oil heating system may be less compared to the gas heating system installation. On the other hand, the overall efficiency of the oil furnaces is lower compared to the gas alternatives. The overall cost to you will have to spend on oil (fuel) will be higher compared to the gas.

Features of Gas Heating Systems

Compared to the oil-powered heating systems, natural gas heating systems feature better efficiency. In addition to the higher level of effectiveness, gas is an affordable fuel compared to oil. Unlike with oil heating systems, however, it is compulsory that your house is located in an area where a gas supply network is available. When it comes to maintenance, gas furnaces demands significantly less attention compared to oil heating systems. Also, gas furnaces don’t need a service contract to get the occasional maintenance done. One of the most notable drawbacks associated with gas heating is that they generate relatively less heat (per BTU) compared to oil. Heating systems powered with gas are remarkably quiet, and the operation is pretty clean. However, the initial cost to install a gas furnace is higher.

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Is Your HVAC Ductwork Wasting Your Money?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC DuctworkHow do you tell if your HVAC ductwork is leaking your money? You are probably thinking about this right now, and wondering if there are tell-tale signs that you could look for to be sure.

It’s quite a task working in the crawlspace or going up into the attic, or tearing down part of a wall to inspect these ducts. The fact is an inspection may have to be done if you notice an upward creep in your air-conditioning bills.  Over time due to wear and tear from expansion and contraction of the HVAC ductwork; they may crack or become disconnected leading to loss of cold air causing the HVAC system to work harder. You know the outcome of this right? – a hefty energy bill at the end of the month.

How to Tell if Your Ductwork is Leaking

Most often than not, homeowners blame their air-conditioning unit for issues arising from a leaky ductwork without actually realizing where the fault lies. Here are some common signs of leaky ductwork;

  • Unusual High Energy Bills – This is the number one sign that something might be wrong with your ducts. As a result of the loss of cold air, the air-conditioning units are over worked leading to higher energy use. So if your utility bill has been going up without an apparent reason, this could be a sure sign that your ductwork has a problem.
  • Rooms Are Hard to Heat or Cool – If you notice some rooms or part of your home is unusually hard to heat or cool, this could also mean that there’s a hole in your ducts that prevents proper ventilation.
  • Stuffy, Dusty Rooms – These two things are a result of poor circulation.  If a room is stuffy, the air is not moving in that room.  If the room is very dusty, dirt and dust may be sucked into the ductwork through holes and then blown out into the room.

Sealing Your HVAC Ductwork

Once you notice signs of leaking from your air-ducts; the first step in getting it fixed would be to invite a professional and qualified HVAC technician to inspect your ducts. This inspection will enable them to assess the quality of your air-ducts, and recommend a possible course of action.

For a complete air sealing solution, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling today to schedule a visit.

Is Your Air Conditioning Contributing to Ozone Depletion?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air conditioning repairFor decades now, a variety of standard household appliances have used chemicals that are harmful to the environment. This practice has been a particular problem with air conditioners. The most common refrigerant, R-22, can do a lot of damage to the ozone if it leaks out into the atmosphere. For that reason, R-22 and other harmful refrigerants are being phased out. If your air conditioning unit uses these refrigerants, then it’s time to take action.

The ozone acts as a layer of sunscreen around the entire planet. Without it, the Earth would be exposed higher levels of ultraviolet rays from the sun, Instead of being absorbed by the ozone layer keeping the stratosphere cool, vastly increasing the effects of global warming. Without the ozone, we would be toast which is why governments all over the world are taking action against products which pose a threat to the ozone.

As of 2020, it will be illegal to manufacture any new air conditioning units using R-22 as a refrigerant. That means any units that rely on R-22 will have to be repaired using recycled parts. Repair costs for these older units will skyrocket, and only get higher as time goes on. A more cost-effective solution is to invest in a new unit now. Not only will you save yourself a small fortune in the long run, but you’ll also be doing your bit to help the environment.

There is a nameplate on all air-conditioning units, which state the type of refrigerant used. Check if yours uses R-22.  If so, start planning to make the switch to a new, more environmentally friendly unit. Many brands are already moving away from these harmful refrigerants, so even before the 2020 cutoff date. R-22 is already illegal in many countries. Make the switch today, and you can keep cool without heating up the planet- a win-win situation for everyone.

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Read This Before Buying Your HVAC Equipment

The HVAC system is vital to any home when it comes to maintaining a comfortable environment. If you want to save money once a new HVAC system is put in place, be sure to pick ENERGY STAR rated products to use. They are very energy efficient so your new system won’t cost you a ton when it comes to your utility bills every month.

Look for sizing calculators based on the air conditioner you have to figure out how big of a unit you need in your home. If you purchase a unit that’s too large, it will not be efficient since it’ll cool the same.

Look at the manual to figure out the manufacturing rates the unit for accurate cooling information. If you have a window air conditioner without a timer, use a regular outlet timer to control when it is on or off. These are the same ones you use for holiday lights, so all you have to do is plug your air conditioner into the timer and set it to cool you during the day.

When looking for a HVAC contractor to install your equipment, always ask for referrals. Many contractors claim that they are the best at what they do, but you should know better. Only trust the opinion of your loved ones and friends. Or if your family hasn’t used any contractor before, ask some co-workers or other credible people in your community for some referrals.

One tip in determining a good HVAC contractor is if they do an evaluation on your home. Any professional contractor will spend time looking at the system you currently have and what the needs are for your home. They will also take a look at your duct system and look for air leaks.

As mentioned earlier, you need to have a great HVAC system in order to feel comfortable in your own home. The best way to get this kind of system is when you are educated on the topic! Talk to us, Good Deals Heating & Cooling, more about HVAC system installation, maintenance and other HVAC repair Philadelphia concerns.