As the seasons change, so does your comfort and electrical demands. Air conditioning and heating systems are major parts of the modern American household's power bill, and a lot can be done to make sure that you're not being charged for power that barely converts into comfort. To understand what could go wrong, along with ways that electrical and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) professionals can help, here are a few maintenance and repair points.
Bad Wiring Means Easier, Bigger Failure
Buildings with air conditioning systems and other high-demand electrical systems can fail in strange ways, but it's easy to catch the problem. When you notice electrical problems, get an electrician on your side.
Signs of electrical failure include flickering lights, appliances turning on and off, and air conditioning systems shutting down more often than usual. If you're using the energy saving function on your air conditioning, the system may shut off at irregular intervals for various reasons, but this can be tested by placing the system on normal power for a few hours or leaving the lights on to see if they turn off with the air conditioning system.
Major failure usually happens after major electrical damage, such as an electrical strike that manages to damage building wiring. Wear and tear happens to all wiring, but generally isn't a problem until after a decade or two has passed.
It isn't overuse or even normal use by bigger systems such as air conditioning units causing the problem, so don't worry too much about protecting your wiring by avoiding air conditioning. This can cause more problems than it solves, as changes in comfort levels can lead to other changes in the building or your own activities that are just as expensive--or completely ineffective.
Maintenance And Upgrades For Air Conditioning Systems
If there's nothing wrong with your electrical wiring, but you're still consuming far more power than your neighbors with mostly the same electronics in your building, it's time to look at air conditioning filters and ventilation systems.
When the system is clogged, it has to work harder to bring in air and create cooler/warmer air. The less air that enters, the longer the system needs to work for a target temperature. An HVAC professional can either clean out or replace the ductwork that moves air throughout the air conditioning system, or replace the filter.
If you're tired of energy-saver settings turning your system on and off multiple times within a few minutes? Instead of struggling for that perfect, singular temperature number, you could have a home automation system installed that allows wider thresholds of comfort.
Program a set of temperatures such as 75-78 and reduce the number of times that your air conditioning system needs to change. Contact an HVAC and electrical maintenance team to discuss repairs, maintenance, and upgrades for your home or business.
The air conditioning unit outside your home needs to be taken care of if you want it to keep you cool for many summers into the future. During the winter, should the unit be covered? Do you really need to do anything to winterize the unit? Our blog will show you several ways for you to protect your air conditioning unit through the winter. You will learn how to build a cover, determine if you need to do any work to it and much more. Hopefully what you learn here will help you to keep your unit running well for many years.