Intelligent Air Services Blog: Archive for September, 2014

3 Common End-of-Summer AC Repairs

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Unfortunately, air conditioners can break down at any time of year, especially toward the end of summer. You’ve most likely gotten a lot of use out of your unit this year, which means that the parts of your AC may be slowly beginning to wear away. And when this happens, your AC has to work harder, which means you’re paying more on your energy bills. And any component of your air conditioning system could fail without warning, which is why it’s important to call for repairs as soon as possible.

Common Problems at the End of Summer

Many homeowners don’t know how serious a problem with their air conditioner could be. To help you understand the potential severity of damaged components, here are a few of the most common problems air conditioners develop at the end of the cooling season.

  • Low Refrigerant: Low levels of refrigerant may have to do with how your unit was installed. Upon installation, a technician should take care to measure out the exact amount of refrigerant for your unit. However, sometimes this is done incorrectly, and may need to be recharged. Often, low refrigerant is due to leaks that must be sealed to keep any more from leaking out of your unit. This can cause reduced cooling and, possibly, compressor damage.
  • Frozen Evaporator Coil: Low refrigerant may also cause the indoor evaporator coil to freeze, or this could be due to low airflow. As warm air from your home blows over the cool evaporator coil, refrigerant is able to absorb heat. However, if there is not enough airflow, the coil may freeze, reducing its ability to absorb heat. Other components will have to work harder to compensate, which could cause irreparable damage.
  • Compressor Trouble: Another repair need technicians see at the end of summer is compressor damage. Unfortunately, the compressor is subject to a lot of wear, especially with little maintenance. Often, the only solution is to replace this portion of your air conditioner, which is why it’s important to have a professional look at your system once a year for a tune up.

For professional, dependable maintenance or repairs, or if you have questions about air conditioning service in Austin, TX, call Intelligent Air Services today!

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Ways You Can Update Your Air Conditioning System

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Your air conditioning system does a lot, and you can capitalize on its work by adding an upgrade. Upgrades can help address a number of your needs, like improving indoor air quality. The specialists at Intelligent Air Services are here to help improve your indoor comfort in any way possible, and upgrading your air conditioning can help achieve this.

Types of Upgrades Available for Your Cooling System

There are several types of upgrades available for whole-home use: 

Dehumidifiers

Why add a dehumidifier to your air conditioner? Doesn’t your air conditioner already dehumidify the air? While your air conditioner does dehumidify the air, periods of excessive humidity can make it difficult for your air conditioner to perform at its normal level. This can compromise your indoor comfort and put additional strain on your system. A whole-home dehumidifier removes the excess moisture in the air before it can circulate through your system, improving the air and reducing the stress on your system.

Zone Control System

How many times have you heard complaints about the temperature in your home? It’s hard to meet everyone’s cooling needs with a single thermostat. A great way to eliminate this problem and have better energy efficiency is by installing a zone control system. With a zone control system, you can separate your home into heating and cooling zones that are individually temperature-controlled, allowing you to customize your cooling and use only the cooling you need.

Air Cleaners

Are you concerned about your indoor air quality? There are a number of whole-home products available that can help you improve your indoor air, including air filters, electronic air cleaners and UV germicidal lighting. Your air conditioner comes with a standard air filter, but this filter is not for improving your indoor air. With a whole-home air cleaner, you can improve the air and your health with a simple upgrade.

Upgrades to your air conditioning system can help with energy efficiency, air quality and more. If you are interested in finding out what an upgrade can do for you, call Intelligent Air Services today and schedule air conditioning service in Austin, TX with one of our experts.

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How Does Fall Maintenance Help My AC?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

It may not feel like fall where we are, but the temperatures will soon be cooling down, providing a great opportunity to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning. Your AC has been working hard on a full-time basis for several months; it is only natural that some components may be worn out or in need of adjustment. Scheduling maintenance during the fall means you’ll finish the cooling season with an AC that operates well. And when you schedule maintenance with an Intelligent Air Services technician, you can count on a better, more reliable performance from your system.

What Happens During a Routine Maintenance Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a routine maintenance appointment with Intelligent Air Services:

  1. Check operating pressures
  2. Check voltage and amperage to all motors with meter
  3. Check air temperature drop across evaporator
  4. Check for adequate refrigerant charge
  5. Check evaporator superheat
  6. Check blower assembly
  7. Check pressure switch cut off settings
  8. Check electrical lock out circuits
  9. Check starting contactor contacts
  10. Check all wiring and connections
  11. Check thermostat operations
  12. Clean and replace filter if provided by customer

What Are the Benefits of Fall Maintenance?

There are several important benefits to scheduling fall maintenance:

  • Increases energy efficiency – a dirty or malfunctioning system is one that is under stress; a system under stress needs extra power to reach the set temperature in your home. When a technician performs maintenance, he/she will thoroughly clean, adjust and lubricate your system as needed, which helps your air conditioner run optimally.
  • Helps prevent repairs – because your system is closely inspected during maintenance, existing and developing problems are detected, allowing for their repair before they can grow into large, costly problems.
  • Extends lifespan of the system – keeping your system in good working order helps reduce premature aging, extending the life of the system.

Fall offers the perfect opportunity to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning in Austin, TX. Call Intelligent Air Services today and make an appointment with one of our experts.

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Common Condenser Problems

Friday, September 5th, 2014

The outside condenser unit of your air conditioner is fairly large and complex, so it’s no wonder that problems may occur from time to time. If the outside portion of your air conditioning system shuts down, makes strange noises, or if you don’t feel enough cool air in your home, you’re not alone.

Here Are Some of the Most Common Problems That May Occur With the Condenser

Fan Problems

Because of the location of the condenser unit, it’s more susceptible to damage from the elements than the inside portion of your AC. One of the components most likely to be affected by the weather and other outside factors is the large condenser fan. Debris may become lodged in the fan motor, or the fan blades may become loose or damaged. Large objects or vegetation may also restrict airflow to the unit, interfering with the heat exchange process. Be sure to keep this unit clear of any obstructions that may block airflow or damage the fan.

Dirty Coil

Another problem that may occur with the outdoor unit is a dirty condenser coil. Inside of the house, refrigerant absorbs heat from the air. As it moves to the condenser coil, it gives off heat, releasing it into the air with the help of the condenser fan. But if the condenser fan is too dirty, this process may become difficult. Heat may not dissipate as easily, and you may feel warm air from your air conditioning system. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular maintenance in order to make sure all of the parts of your system are cleaned and adjusted.

Compressor Damage

The compressor is one of the most important components of your air conditioner, as it puts the refrigerant under high pressure and subjects it to very high temperatures so that it can give off heat at the condenser coil and move through the rest of the system. If your compressor fails or is too worn down, your AC will not work at all.

When you need maintenance or repairs, or if you have more questions about air conditioning services in Austin, TX, talk to an expert technician at Intelligent Air Services today!

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