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Air Conditioning 101 in Honor of Back-to-School Season

Air Conditioner Basics Every Homeowner Needs to Know 

This month, as kids start to head back to school, why not take some time and learn about the home’s air conditioning system? It’s important for homeowners to have some knowledge about air conditioners that can help them keep their system running longer and catch problems early. Recognizing the signs of a failing system and AC maintenance can prevent the loss of AC service. Read on to learn important information for homeowners to know about air conditioning!

Common Styles of Air Conditioning Systems 

ac unitsThe first step in understanding the cooling system in a home is to know which kind of AC is installed. Two common options for air conditioning are: 

  • Central Air Conditioners: These systems consist of a central unit connected to ductwork that delivers cooled air to the home. If a home has air vents and registers located in the floor, walls, or ceiling that connect to air ducts, then the home has central air conditioning installed. 
  • Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners: Ductless mini split air conditioners are energy-efficient systems perfect for retrofitting homes or adding cooling power to a space without room for air ducts. They use multiple indoor units to deliver cool air in specific zones instead of using ductwork. 

Signs That AC Repairs Are Needed 

Regardless of the style of air conditioner installed in a home, at some point, it will start to fail, and repairs will be needed. Recognizing the signs that an air conditioner is in trouble can prevent problems from getting worse and becoming more costly. The most common signs that an air conditioner needs repair are: 

  • High utility bills
  • Loud grinding noises
  • Unusual odors
  • Poor air quality, including high humidity or excess dust
  • Longer cooling cycles than normal
  • Short cycling
  • Inadequate cooling

Spending money on repairs is never a homeowner’s favorite, but responding to these signs quickly is critical. When air conditioners are left in service when they are failing, the problem can grow and worsen. Repairs can get even more expensive, and the air conditioner may fail completely or require replacement if the problem is left too long. 

AC Maintenance 

ac maintenanceAnnual AC maintenance is an important service for homeowners to schedule, as it will help the air conditioner last longer without needing replacement, prevent problems with the AC, and improve the system’s energy efficiency, reducing energy bills. Some of the things done during seasonal AC maintenance are: 

  • Air filter replacement (should typically be done around every three months)
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Inspect for mechanical problems and check electrical connections
  • Clean dirty AC coils (evaporator and condenser coils)
  • Check the thermostat

With a comprehensive AC maintenance plan, homeowners can enjoy peace of mind that their system is taken care of and lower cooling bills all year. 

About Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has 30 years of experience serving Santa Maria and the surrounding areas. They offer reasonable rates, on-time service, and same-day service. Call them today for air conditioning services in Santa Maria, CA

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