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Should You Get Your Air Conditioner Replaced?

With summer quickly approaching, many residents in Southern California are eager to get their air conditioners in tip-top condition before the heat wave hits. When the temperature reaches 100+ degrees over summer, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your air conditioner is in excellent condition after the professionals at Air Temperature Specialists run a check-up on it.


What Things Should You Consider About Your Air Conditioner?


Age and Energy Efficiency

With advancing technologies, air conditioners have become a lot more energy efficient compared to their older counterparts. The evolvement of energy conservation can mean the difference of hundreds of dollars more a month to run an older AC unit. Upgrading to a newer model would not only perform better, but would save you money in the long run.


Other Things to Consider

If repairs for your AC unit start to spiral out of control, you could be spending more money on repairs than paying for a brand new system. If your home is still too hot over summer, your AC unit may not be able to perform well for the size of your house, how long the AC is running, etc.


However, if your AC unit is not broken or leaking, you may not need to replace the whole unit. One of our experienced technicians can come out and diagnose any problems with your AC through a series of inspections and tests to determine the best route for repair or replacement. Call our office today at 888-588-1602 to schedule an appointment. Be stress-free and cool over summer!


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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER DRAIN LINE IS CLOGGED

Your air conditioner not only removes heat from your home, it removes humidity as well. During the sticky days of summer, it can take a lot of moisture out of your indoor air -- and all that water has to go somewhere. Ideally, it collects in your air handler’s condensate drip pan, where it flows into a drain tube that leads outside your home. But this tube can become clogged over time, and that can lead to water damage. 

 How Do Clogs Form?

The water that collects in your air handler’s condensate pan contains microscopic bacteria and other tiny particles from the air. As it drips through the drain line, the water leaves behind a residue that can build up to form algae, mold and even wet clumps of dust and dirt.

Since the drain line leads to the outdoors, it’s also possible that clogs can form from that end, as well. If the drain line exits in an especially dusty place, it could be clogged with a dirt clod. And if you haven’t used your air conditioner in a while, it’s possible that insects have built a nest in the opening.

How Do I Know if I Have a Clog?

When your drain line clogs up, what happens next depends on your air handler’s features. Many modern air handlers can detect when the drip pan is too full and respond by shutting down. The most sophisticated models can even send a text message or email when this happens. While this is an inconvenience, it’s better than the drip pan overflowing.

If your air handler doesn’t have this feature, you might not notice a problem until you see water dripping through your ceiling or out of your vents. This means that the drip pan has already overflowed, and you should shut down your air conditioner immediately.

How Do I Clear a Drain Line Clog?

Clearing a drain line requires certain equipment, notably a wet/dry shop vac and possibly an air compressor. If your air handler is located in your attic, it will also require working up there, possibly in a tight space. If you you’re unable to do this or lack the equipment, you should leave this job up to an Air Temperature Specialists HVAC technician -- it’s a quick emergency repair. 888-588-1602

Benefits of a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

1. Eliminate Odors 

One of the main reasons for having an exhaust fan is for odor control. If an unpleasant odor occurs in the bathroom, it can easily be drawn out with the help of an exhaust fan.

As a result, the ventilation system will enable you to keep your bathroom well maintained, while offering a clean atmosphere for the next person.

2. Humidity Reduction

Reducing the humidity in a bathroom is vital for its upkeep. Excessive moisture can wreak havoc on bathroom walls by causing paint and wallpaper to peel. In extreme cases, it can even cause doors to warp!

Most importantly, the humidity can cause mold to accumulate. These spores can grow rapidly and can be difficult to get rid of. Therefore, it is crucial to have bathroom exhaust fans to prevent this from happening.

3. Reduce Airborne Contaminants

Bathrooms are typically cleaned with aggressive chemicals, which can cause a variety of health issues when inhaled. This is a major concern especially for small children, the elderly, or those with current lung conditions.

Additionally, if the bathroom is already experiencing a mold problem, the fan will help to remove the buildup of spores in the air. This, in turn, will also help to slow down the mold's growth rate.

4. Help Eliminate Foggy Mirror Syndrome

Bathroom exhaust fans will help control the moisture and remove water vapor on your mirrors and walls.

WHY IS MY SECOND STORY HOTTER THAN THE GROUND FLOOR?

We all know that hot air rises, and that’s a key factor in a common household HVAC problem: a second story that’s hotter than the first floor. But it’s far from the only factor, and a close examination of your home and HVAC system could help you alleviate this costly and uncomfortable summertime problem. 
Let’s take a look at some of the other major factors that can contribute to this issue: 
Factor #1: Your Air Conditioner Replacing your air conditioner is a major expense, but it’s also an inevitability of home ownership. The average lifespan of a central air conditioning unit is 15 to 20 years, and with every year of use, your system loses a little of its efficiency. If your air conditioner is primed for replacement and you’re sweltering in your second story, it could be that your system just can’t keep up with demand anymore. You should have a thorough inspection from a licensed HVAC technician to be sure, though, because there are other potential causes. 
Factor #2: Your Duct work The farther your air conditioner is from your second floor, the more ductwork it has to pass through to get there. And if that network of ducts is full of gaps and leaks, a lot of that cold air can get lost before it reaches your upstairs rooms. 
Factor #3: Your Attic Attic insulation is an important thermal barrier all year long. It keeps hot air in during the winter and out during the summer. But it can degrade over time.  
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