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Signs Your AC Is Going To Breakdown

As we approach the last few weeks of summer, many have cooler weather on the brain. However, air conditioning season is not over quite yet! It is important to ensure your air conditioner is working properly before the season ends. In this article, we will discuss common warning signs that indicate your AC is about to break down.

Warning Signals

Your air conditioner will often show signs it is about to go out, so it is important to pay attention to the following signs to avoid a breakdown!

  • Unusual Smells
  • Decreased Airflow
  • Lack Of Cool Air
  • High Humidity
  • Decline In Air Quality

Unusual Smells

Like any other operating machine, an uncommon smell coming out of your AC unit might indicate there is an underlying issue present.

Burning smell: Possible mechanical or wiring issues
Rotten egg smell: Possible gas leak
Moldy smell: Possible clogged drain line or dirty coils

Your air conditioner may produce other smells, but most of them indicate your unit has a problem that needs to be addressed!

Decreased Airflow

A good way to determine if there is weak air flow is to stand underneath all of your home’s vents and measure the strength of the air flow. Low air flow might indicate there is a problem with the air filters. It is possible that one or more air filters have been clogged by dust particles or pet dandruff, which prevents air from blowing through the vents efficiently. Most HVAC technicians recommend that homeowners change their air filters approximately every 3 months. Other causes of low air flow include:

  • Pressure imbalance
  • Obstructed condenser unit
  • Blocked or leaky ducts
  • Thermostat issues

Lack Of Cool Air

Is your thermostat set to cooling mode, but no cool air is being blown out? Oftentimes, a refrigerant leak is to blame for. A refrigerant leak occurs when tiny holes appear in the coils of your AC due to intense pressure. If you suspect this may be the cause, listen closely for any unusual hissing, or in more serious cases, gurgling noises. Your best bet would be to contact one of our experienced technicians right away, due to a simple leak possibly leading to a costly breakdown.

High Humidity

Humidity in Mission is at its peak in the summer seasons and can be uncomfortable if levels are high in your home. Your air conditioner works to reduce humidity as well as cool your home. If you notice your home is muggy and uncomfortable, it could be a sign your air conditioner needs repair because it is struggling to remove humidity. One cause of raised levels are frozen AC coils. This means the refrigerant within the coil cannot absorb heat to reduce the air temperature and remove moisture from the air because of the ice and frost on the coil surface. When this happens, it is recommended for homeowners to turn their AC completely off for a couple of hours. Turning all your ceiling fans on and closing your shades will provide some relief from the heat. You should also avoid leaving any doors or windows open because this will allow the cool air to escape from your home.

Decline In Air Quality

Have you noticed the indoor air quality decline during the summer months? Maybe the air feels heavy, or maybe your allergies are acting up out of nowhere. This can indicate that your ducts need to be cleaned or that your compressor or capacitor is malfunctioning. Our technicians offer thorough duct cleaning services that will improve your home’s indoor air quality by:

  • Eliminating mold, fungal spores and mildew
  • Helping reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies
  • Improving HVAC efficiency

Contact The Pros At Rep-Air!

If you suspect there is a problem with your AC, don’t panic. We got you covered! Give us a call at 1-833-487-2653 with any questions or ask for additional tips on what steps to take next. We are here to keep you cool and comfortable for the rest of the summer!

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AC Tips This Summer

The warmest days in Mission are here, and you shouldn’t be worried if your AC will make it through the rest of summer. Your air conditioner is likely working overtime to keep up with the warm temperatures, so it is important to ensure its health. This blog will provide effective AC summer tips all homeowners should be aware of when overcoming a heat wave.

Keep Cool With These AC Tips!

Below are 5 AC tips to help your air conditioner this summer.

– Schedule an AC tune-up
– Set your thermostat to the right temperature
– Consider installing a smart thermostat
– Shade the condenser
– Weatherize the windows and doors

Schedule A Tune-Up

Your air conditioner should be serviced twice a year to prevent costly repairs and breakdowns. Your Rep-Air technician can ensure your system is working properly, so you aren’t stranded in the heat. We encourage homeowners to schedule AC tune-ups in the fall and spring to prepare for the drastic temperatures each season brings.

Set Your Thermostat To The Right Temperature

If you raise your home’s temperature when your home is vacant during the day, it will likely lower your cooling bill. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), you can save 5 to 15% on your cooling costs by maintaining your house at 85°F for eight hours each day during the peak cooling season. Of course, few people are willing to trade in their comfort to save a few bucks, so using a programmable thermostat could be a smart investment.

Consider Installing A Smart Thermostat

Smart or programmable thermostats allow you to remotely control the temperature of your home through a mobile device. These thermostats give you access to your home’s heating and cooling system and enable you to program the temperature of your house on an automated basis, making your house as comfortable as possible during the day and night. In recent years, smart thermostats have increased in popularity due to their many advantages which include:

  • Learning patterns: Their technology levels have the ability to incorporate learning algorithms that help you set the most efficient temperature depending on your schedule.
  • Saving you time: They’re easy to use and allow you to control your home’s temperature even when you’re out and about!
  • Saving you money on electricity bills: They give your HVAC system a break by providing you with the option to cool your home only while you’re in it.

Shade The Condenser

The condenser is the outdoor component of your air conditioner which either collects or releases heat depending on the time of the year. A simple way to prevent your condenser from overworking would be to cover it from direct sunlight. Creating a favorable environment for your condenser will prevent it from overheating and working harder than it should. To shade your condenser, you might want to consider planting a tree or two to block direct sunlight, but make sure to leave enough space for air circulation.

Weatherize Windows and Doors

Inspecting your home for possible leaks can save you a great amount of trouble in the future. Small cracks on your doors and windows may seem harmless, but they actually contribute to cool air flowing out of your home and making your air conditioner work harder.

Contact The Pros At Rep-Air!

Believe us when we say that we know how frustrating battling a heat wave might be. Don’t worry, we got you covered! Give us a call at 833-487-2653 with any questions or ask for additional tips on how to ensure your AC continues to run efficiently. We are here to keep you cool and comfortable this summer!

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Not Blowing Cold Air?

Days are heating up here in Mission, BC, and you need to have a reliable air conditioner to combat the heat. Your air conditioner works harder in the summer months to keep up with the harsh temperature summer brings. An underlying issue and an overworked air conditioner is a recipe for a breakdown or repair. In this blog, we have listed potential reasons to explain why your air conditioner is not blowing cold air.

AC Blowing Warm Air?

Below are 5 of the most common problems that may explain why your AC is acting up. Give us a call to help repair your air conditioner and ensure your comfort again!

  • Thermostat Issues
  • Leaking Refrigerant
  • Dirty Or Clogged Air Filter
  • Dirty Condenser
  • Broken Compressor

1. Thermostat Issues

If your air conditioner is not blowing cold air, first check your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is up and running. If it is, check if it’s set correctly. It should be set in the “cool” setting and read your desired temperature. If your thermostat seems to be working properly and in the correct settings, it may be a communication issue.

2. Leaking Refrigerant

Refrigerant is a chemical compound that helps your air conditioner cool down air by absorbing the heat from the inside of your home and pumping it outside. When a leak is present, the refrigerant is unable to absorb that heat, stopping or decreasing the amount of warm air that is pumped out of your home. A leak can occur through:

  • Age-related wear and tear
  • Formicary corrosion, which is when the Formaldehyde gas used by the refrigerant creates holes in the copper tubes of your AC

A leak shouldn’t be taken lightly as it could cause more issues with your unit. If you notice or suspect that your refrigerant is leaking, contact your Rep-Air technician for a quick and affordable fix.

3. Dirty Or Clogged Air Filter

As most homeowners know, changing your air filter is essential to air conditioner efficiency and should be done regularly. Failing to do so can cause a clogged air filter, which restricts the airflow in your home. Below are factors that contribute to a clogged air filter:

  • Dust particles
  • Pet dandruff
  • Certain cooking or beauty products fumes
  • Indoor moisture

Ensure your home has a clean air filter if your unit is blowing warm air.

4. Dirty Condenser

The portion of the air conditioner that collects heat is called a condenser. The condenser is located on the outside of your air conditioner, which means it is exposed to outdoor elements. Dirt and debris such as grass clippings and leaves can easily enter and interfere with your system. When the condenser gets dirty, your air conditioner works twice as hard, because it reduces its ability to transfer heat to the outside air. Luckily, a dirty condenser can be easily cleaned with soap and water by gently removing the dirt with a cloth. If your condenser is prone to dirt and you find yourself having to constantly clean it, you might want to invest in a weatherproof cover when it’s not being used.

5. Broken Compressor

The compressor is the heart of your AC system. It transports refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units. Too much or too little refrigerant can lead to a broken compressor, because it creates too much pressure and causes it to strain.

Contact a Rep-Air Technician

We understand how frustrating and uncomfortable it is when your air conditioner is broken. Give us a call at 1-833-487-2653 with any questions regarding your air conditioner blowing warm air. We are here to help keep you cool and comfortable this summer!

7 Ways To Save On Air Conditioning Costs

Did you know that heating and cooling can make up to 50% of your electric bill? The summertime brings the warmest months, which can cause your air conditioner to work overtime and raise your cooling costs. Staying cool and comfortable should not break the bank, so in this article we have provided 7 ways to save on air conditioning costs this summer.

Below are some of our tips and tricks to staying cool and saving money on your utility bill in this summer:

  • Regular AC Maintenance
  • Keep Your Blinds And Curtains Closed
  • Use Ceiling Fans
  • Replace Your Air Filters
  • Switch To LED Light Bulbs
  • Utilize A “Smart” Thermostat
  • Seal Leaks

1. Regular AC Maintenance

Making sure that your air conditioner is working properly is the most important part of ensuring a low utility and repair bill. Scheduling a preventative AC maintenance appointment every spring is necessary to ensure that your AC lives a prolonged life, free of issues. Even though your air conditioner may not have visible issues, a technician is able to point out less-obvious problems that homeowners tend to overlook.

2. Keep Your Blinds And Curtains Closed

Is there a particular area in your home that tends to stay warm no matter how much you crank up the AC? The sun might be to blame, and closing your blinds or curtains can help keep that area cool. Sunlight entering your home adds unnecessary heat gain, which causes your home to warm up and your AC to work harder.

3. Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans have been around for a long time, and chances are your home has more than one installed! Even though your ceiling fan uses electricity to run, it can actually help lower your monthly bills. Turning your fans on can provide some relief from the summer heat by producing a fresh breeze as needed which prevents homeowners from constantly turning down the temperature.

4. Replace Your Air Filters

We recommend replacing your air filters every 90 days to maximize energy efficiency and keep your bills low. Dust particles can accumulate in the filter and block the cool air from coming through, causing your air conditioner to work harder. If you have furry friends at home, consider replacing your filters more often.

5. Switch To LED Bulbs

Switching to LED bulbs can contribute to decreasing the heat levels inside your home, because they produce less heat and use up to 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Although switching to all LED’s around your home might not make a significant difference right away, it will help with electricity bill-related costs in the long-run.

6. Use A “Smart” Thermostat

A programmable or “smart” thermostat is programmed to regulate the temperature of your home based on a series of preset settings that take effect at different times of the day. Installing a “smart” thermostat can help your air conditioner by allowing it to only work hard when needed.

7. Seal Leaks

Any inner and outer cracks in your windows, doors, and walls of your home might be contributing to heat coming in. For smaller air leaks, a cost effective option to seal cracks is by caulking or weather stripping. To ensure you seal leaks properly, consider hiring a professional technician to closely inspect your home and seal any leaks that are making your AC unnecessarily work harder.

Contact The Pros at Rep-Air!

Let us help ensure your air conditioner is running efficiently this summer to help you save on cooling expenses. Give us a call for any air conditioning maintenance, repair, or replacement needs this summer in the Mission, British Columbia area!

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