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As a homeowner, you must embrace the maintenance cycle if you want to have a functional home. This is essential because a home's infrastructure, including appliances and electronics, degrades over time. For example, with time, people's HVAC systems have deteriorated...

Troubleshooting Your HVAC

Essential HVAC Maintenance For Your System’s Health

Imagine your HVAC system breaking down on a hot summer day or cold winter night. It can lead to a costly repair and the discomfort you and your family will have to go through without a working HVAC system.  The sudden breakdown of an HVAC unit is a nightmare for many....

Why Does My Heat Pump Have Ice, Frost?

Have you ever seen ice or frost on your Heat Pump in the Winter? This can often be normal to see from time to time. Your heat pump is designed to extract heat from outside and transfer it inside.

Why Does My Heat Pump Run All the Time?

If your heat pump runs all the time it may or may not be normal depending on a couple of factors. For example if the heat pump is meeting your temperature setting and the external temperature is less than 30 degrees then your heat pump system is likely functioning properly.

What Causes a Frozen Coil

A frozen coil in your air conditioner or heat pump will be noticed once you start getting warm air coming from your registers. There are many things which can cause warm air instead of cold air to filter into your house. This article will look at many common reasons a coil can freeze.

Upstairs Doesn’t Stay Cool

“My upstairs areas are not staying cool” report many customers. There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to find the problem that so many people experience.
In fact, there can be multiple reasons why multi level homes experience this.

Top does not stay cool

“My upstairs areas don’t stay fresh,” report many clients. There are many factors to consider when trying to find the problem experienced by so many people.
In fact, there may be several reasons why multi-level homes experience this.

Short Cycling Systems

Short cycling can happen with your air conditioning or heat pump system. Your air conditioning or heat pump systems have built in operations which enable them to turn on and off as required to meet your needs.

Common AC Problems

The most common air conditioning problems reported by our customers are contained here along with common results. Checking several things before you call in your HVAC Specialist can save you money and aggravation.

Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioner

Troubleshooting your air conditioner system begins with a few common sense checks. It seems that air conditioning problems show up when the weather becomes very hot. If your air conditioning does not seem to be working, there are several things to rule out before you have to contact a professional. Checking these things first can save you a lot of aggravation and possibly money as well.

Mismatched HVAC Systems

The problem with mismatched HVAC systems is that they are just that…systems. They work and perform best when the components indoors and outdoors match. These multi-component systems were designed to work together and operate most efficiently when they are matched.

Low Refrigerant

A commonly reported issue by customers regarding their underperforming air conditioners is that they are low or out of refrigerant. Many people do not know that refrigerant does not get used up. It exists in sealed coils and does not become “low” unless there is a leak.

Choosing the Best Air Filter for Your Home

Replacing your air filter is one of the small things you can do that can greatly affect the quality of air inside your home. Since many illnesses are associated with airborne contaminants, indoor air quality is a very important consideration.

What Are the Most Common HVAC Problems?

Dirty Coils and Filters can Cost You

You may not even realize your HVAC System has dirty coils and/ or filters. At the very least they can affect the air quality in your home, but they can also cause a strain on your HVAC systems causing them to work harder and use more energy to perform less. If the problem continues unchecked then it can lead to system failure.

HVAC Leaks

HVAC Leaks can be varied since many things are considered “leaks” in an Air Conditioning or Heat Pump system. HVAC Leaks can refer to refrigerant leaks or water accumulations. Water leaks include drain issues, condensation leaks or drainpipe issues. Refrigeration...

Avoid These 8 HVAC Problems With Regular Maintenance

Your furnace and air conditioner are vital components of your home. A malfunctioning HVAC can make your home uncomfortable and even dangerous to your health. However, regularly maintaining your HVAC system and scheduling routine checkups with a certified technician...

Why Does My Heat Pump Have Ice, Frost?

Have you ever seen ice or frost on your Heat Pump in the Winter? This can often be normal to see from time to time. Your heat pump is designed to extract heat from outside and transfer it inside.

Why Does My Heat Pump Run All the Time?

If your heat pump runs all the time it may or may not be normal depending on a couple of factors. For example if the heat pump is meeting your temperature setting and the external temperature is less than 30 degrees then your heat pump system is likely functioning properly.

What Causes a Frozen Coil

A frozen coil in your air conditioner or heat pump will be noticed once you start getting warm air coming from your registers. There are many things which can cause warm air instead of cold air to filter into your house. This article will look at many common reasons a coil can freeze.

Air Conditioner Leak

An Air Conditioner leak can be caused by many things. Water leaks from your air conditioner can cause significant damage to your floors, ceiling, furnishings, and more. Unchecked, it can lead to mold issues as well.
An Air Conditioner leak can be simple slow drips which accumulate or pouring water. Either are signs that your air conditioner leaks and needs attention.

Upstairs Doesn’t Stay Cool

“My upstairs areas are not staying cool” report many customers. There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to find the problem that so many people experience.
In fact, there can be multiple reasons why multi level homes experience this.

Top does not stay cool

“My upstairs areas don’t stay fresh,” report many clients. There are many factors to consider when trying to find the problem experienced by so many people.
In fact, there may be several reasons why multi-level homes experience this.

Coil Care

Coil care for your HVAC system is very important. A coil is a main component of your HVAC System. There is a condenser coil and an evaporator coil. These coils are an integral part of the heat exchange that happens when cooling your air. These coils contain your refrigerant. Many older systems used Freon (R22) while more recent systems use Puron (R410a).

Storms and HVAC

Summer storms can really wreak havoc on your home’s equipment, most of all your HVAC equipment. These storms can pop up at any time and these days seem to do so with increased frequency. This can be very costly to you, but there are several things which can be done to minimize the problem.
We, at Air Doctor Heating and Air perform insurance inspections insurance companies to document the damage which often requires complete replacement of the HVAC systems.

Short Cycling Systems

Short cycling can happen with your air conditioning or heat pump system. Your air conditioning or heat pump systems have built in operations which enable them to turn on and off as required to meet your needs.

Common AC Problems

The most common air conditioning problems reported by our customers are contained here along with common results. Checking several things before you call in your HVAC Specialist can save you money and aggravation.

Low Refrigerant

A commonly reported issue by customers regarding their underperforming air conditioners is that they are low or out of refrigerant. Many people do not know that refrigerant does not get used up. It exists in sealed coils and does not become “low” unless there is a leak.

Heat Gain

Heat Gain can greatly effect how hard your home’s Air Conditioning system has to work. It, therefore, causes you to use more energy and will cost more to operate. Heat Gain can decrease your system’s energy efficiency.

Uneven Temperatures

Uneven temperatures in your home can be very uncomfortable. They can also cause you to always be adjusting your thermostats. Evening out the temperature zone in your home can give you more comfort throughout. Many things can affect the temperatures in your home. Even if your thermostats are set to the same temperature, not every room is the same temperature.

AC Drain Pan

Keep an Eye on Your HVAC Drain

AC Drain PanYour HVAC System needs to drain the condensation water it produces through a drain configured for your HVAC system. The system will naturally produce water in the form of condensation mostly on the evaporator coil inside your home. Condensation forms on the surface of the coil during the cooling process. This is normal and how your system is designed. The condensation is a bigger issue for your system in the Spring and Summer months and requires periodic attention.

HVAC Drainage System

Coil and Drain PanYour HVAC system is designed to properly drain the condensation from the coil to the drain pan and then out of your home through the sewer or septic system. Depending on your system this may involve other devices such as an EZ Trap, Condensate Pump, Wet Switch, Drain Pipes, etc.

When your system is working properly the water which condensates is easily guided from your coil through your drain system to the pan and then out of your home and does not cause any damage.

Improper Drainage

Rusted, Cracked Drain PanRust, Dust, particulates, lint and other debris can collect over time in and around your any part of your coil, pump, drain pan or pipes and cause the condensation not to flow properly or doesn’t allow it to flow at all.

Also, If a pipe becomes dislodged or the pan or pipe(s) crack due to damage or age, then the drainage will leak out. For more information visit: HVAC Leaks

This can allow water to spill out or run off following pipes, walls and flood the nearby areas. This can be very damaging to floors, walls, ceilings and may require costly repairs.

Long standing water can lead to bacteria, algae growth and/ or mold build up which can negatively impact your air quality and your health.

Proper Maintenance

Clogged PipeIt is crucial that your system be regularly checked for proper drainage. Make certain there is no debris, lint, dirt or other obstructions to and from the drain pan. There should be no standing water.

If there are any obstructions they should be removed immediately. Carefully inspect the pipes, drain pan for any leaks, cracks or ill fit.

Every few months it is advised to flush the drain. This can be safely done provided there are no blockages and that the drain is operating properly. A 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water can be flushed down the drain using a funnel. The vinegar will safely kill any microbes clinging to the lining of the drainpipe and dissolve traces of gunk without harming your system, the pipes or septic. Do not use bleach.

IMPORTANT HVAC INSPECTIONS

Tech Cleaning DrainSpring and Fall Maintenance inspections by a Certified HVAC technician is important in order to keep your system running properly according to the manufacturer’s specs.

Most HVAC inspections include checking your drainage system and recommend cleaning when necessary. With an Air Doctor Heating and Air annual maintenance plan, this thorough cleaning is included at no added cost and can be very beneficial to help reduce costly repairs to the drain system. Contact us at Contact Air Doctor Heating and Air or CALL OR TEXT US AT 301-799-7200. Visit our Facebook page: Air Doctor Heating and Air- Facebook Page

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