You may not have heard of short-cycling, but you may have noticed it in your house. It’s when your air conditioning system turns on and off more often than normal. Your air conditioner’s cooling cycle is the process of it turning on at a request from the thermostat, running until it registers the house has reached the thermostat setting, then shutting down until the thermostat makes a request again. Most AC cycles last for 15 minutes or more, and if you keep the thermostat at the same setting during the day, the cycles should have a steady pattern.
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If you’re asking this question, then you’re doing a good job of paying attention to the behavior of your home’s heating system. Detecting early indications of malfunctions in a heater is essential to ensuring you arrange for repairs to fix the problem when it’s still small and to avoid potential health hazards. Odd sounds, strange smells, high bills—all are warnings you may need professional service for your furnace in Starke, FL.
If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner this season, you have many different options available to you. Each type of air conditioning system has its own advantages, suited to a different set of individual circumstances. Before you make a decision on which system you should install, though, you should closely examine the advantages of each. Let’s take a look at three of the advantages associated with installing a ductless mini split.
You may not think about the refrigerant in your air conditioner very often (or at all.) However, it’s still a very important part of keeping your system running properly. In fact, without refrigerant, your air conditioner wouldn’t be able to absorb heat and vent it out of your home.
Refrigerant is not actually a name for a specific fluid, though. Instead, it’s a blanket term for a number of different materials that are used for the same general purpose. For many decades, the most common type of refrigerant in use was Freon. In fact, this is still the name most people come up with when you ask them what refrigerant is. However, Freon has a number of problems associated with it that have led to it being phased out of use in air conditioners over the years. Now, Freon is all-but-gone from the field, which is part of the reason that you should replace your air conditioner if it uses the fluid. Learn more about why you should install a new system if your old one uses Freon, by reading below.
Climate control systems are expensive, for the most part. They’re also necessary for a lot of people, which means that the name of the game is to get the best return on investment possible. The way to do that is to make it last for as long as you can, and to replace it before it suddenly dies on you. If you’re using a ductless system, you should know that the average one lasts about 10-15 years. You can use that range as a guide, but the best way to tell whether you need a new ductless system is to keep watch for certain warning signs.
How often do you replace your thermostat? Is it as often as you replace the other parts of your heating or air conditioning system? If not, you may actually be unknowingly decreasing the effectiveness of your climate control systems. It’s important that you upgrade your thermostat at least as often as your heating and air conditioning systems. Read on to find out why.
Your furnace is going to be under a lot of strain over the next couple of months, which means that problems will be more likely to occur. It’s important that you know the warning signs that your furnace is developing a problem. One of the easiest ways to tell that your furnace is having issues is to listen for any strange noises coming from it.
As we get closer to winter, you’re going to start using your furnace for longer and longer hours on a daily basis. More use means more wear and tear on the system, which means more chances for problems to occur. One of the most dangerous problems that can happen to your furnace is called short cycling. Read on to find out where short cycling comes from, and why you need to call for repairs if it starts happening to your furnace.
It may be boiling outside now, but it’s going to start cooling off in the next couple months. It’s important that you make sure your heating system is in good condition, in preparation for the coming heating season. Maintenance is part of that, but it’s not the whole story. Duct sealing is an important part of keeping your heating system in the best possible operating condition. Let’s take a look at how duct sealing works, and how it can benefit you this year.
As you use your heat pump to keep cool this summer, you may notice ice forming on the inside part of the system. If you see this, do not ignore it. Heat pump ice may seem like an indication that the system is cooling your home properly, but it isn’t. In fact, heat pump ice is an indication that the system is experiencing a serious problem that needs to be corrected. Let’s take a look at why heat pump ice happens, and what it can do to your system.