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Why is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water Inside?

Posted by Economy Air Heating & AC, LLC on June 23, 2017 at 1:55 PM

One of the most common questions we are asked is, "Why is my air conditioner leaking water inside my home?" There are many reasons why this could be happening and we will discuss some of them, but first it is important to turn your thermostat to OFF to prevent any damage to the electrical components of your system and water damage to your home.

 

Why does water form in my air conditioners inside unit?

 

Part of the systems job is to pull humidity out of the air. The systems blower pulls the hot air through the return and blows the warm air over the cold evaporator coil to cool the air down. This causes condensation to form on the coil. The moisture them drips into the coils drain pan and down a PVC condensate drain line that leads out your home.

 

Here are a few reasons that can cause water to leak into your home:

 

Clogged condensate drain line

 

A clogged condensate drain line is the most common cause for water leaking from your air conditioning system inside your home. If the drain line gets clogged with dust, dirt, sludge, mold, bugs, etc, that water backs up into your home. In that case, you will need to unclog it or have a professional come and unclog it. There are multiple unclogging methods, like using a wet/dry vac on the condensate line. But if you want to ensure the line is cleaned out it is best to have a professional come and clean out the blockage.

 

Dirty air filter

 

A dirty air filter blocks airflow. When that happens, the evaporator coil gets too cold and freezes over. When it melts, it drips an excess amount of water that the pan may not be able to handle. Check your air filter to see if it’s dirty and change it if needed.

 

Low refrigerant

 

Similar to a dirty air filter, low refrigerant will cause the evaporator coil to freeze over. When the coil melts, water overflows the drain pan.

 

Damaged / Rusted drain pan

 

The drain pan may be damaged or rusted through, so water just leaks through. If this is the case you’ll need have your drain pan replaced.

 

These are just a few of many issues.

 

Need immediate help? Contact us online or call us at 334-524-5328 to schedule an appointment today.

Changing Your HVAC Air Filter

Posted by Economy Air Heating & AC, LLC on June 10, 2017 at 9:35 AM

Why is it important to change your air filter?

As a homeowner it is important to keep up with your regular home maintenance. One of them being changing the air filter for your HVAC system regularly. When your air filter is dirty it can cause the system to be overworked and inefficient, which can result in problems and expenses. A system that has a dirty filter can suffer from pressure drop, which can lead to reduced air flow resulting in no air infiltration at all. Any of these conditions can cause your system to work harder trying to keep your home cool or warm. And any mechanical component that has to work harder to run efficiently puts undue stress on the system, which can lead to premature failure, resulting in repair or replacement. Changing your filter is simple and inexpensive, and can help prevent costly repairs. 

What type of air filter should I use?

There are many different types of HVAC filters. Most are disposable and either pleated or non-pleated. They are made with a wide range of filter media, including fiberglass, polyester, paper, and synthetic non-woven materials designed to trap as much airborne debris as possible. It’s important to use the appropriate filter for your system, using the wrong filter that doesn’t fit the unit properly can create the same types of problems as having a dirty filter. Your HVAC technician can tell you the appropriate filter to use and show you where the filter goes and how to remove the old one and install a new one. Your unit may also have an affixed label with directions for easy filter replacement.

How Often should I change the air filter?

You should change your air filter at least every three months, but possibly more often. In many cases air filters will need to be changed once a month, especially if you run your system six months a year to year round, you have pets, you smoke inside, you have allergies or respiratory condition, you have a fireplace, etc. 

Homeowners who take care of the easy task of changing their HVAC filter can help prevent system downtime and avoidable expenses, as well as keep their families living and breathing comfortably.

 


HVAC Tips to Save on Your Energy Bill

Posted by Economy Air Heating & AC, LLC on February 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Is your energy bill higher than you would like it to be? Try these HVAC tips to help save you money!

Adjust your thermostat.

Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter, 68 degrees or below is the recommended setting to get the best energy savings. By doing this your heating system will operate less and use much less energy. Also, consider turning your thermostat down 5 degrees when you’re sleeping or away from home. If you do not have a programmable thermostat consider having one installed to adjust your home’s temperature settings automatically.

 

Don’t forget to change your filters!

Replace or clean your systems filter once a month or as recommended by a professional. Dirty filters reduce airflow, causing your unit to work harder and consume more energy.

 

Have your system tuned-up twice a year.

It is important to have a system tune-up/maintenance every spring and fall by a professional. Proper maintenance is key to energy savings, comfort, and longevity of your system.

 

Check your systems airflow.

Make sure your registers are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes. Have your ductwork checked by a professional to assure it is properly sealed and insulated. A systems ductwork is often a big energy waster. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your system by as much as 20 percent or more!


Insulate and Weatherize your home.

Make sure your home is insulated. The easiest and least expensive way to insulate your home is to add insulation in the attic, also in unfinished basement walls and crawlspaces. When insulation is installed correctly, there is typically a 20% savings on HVAC costs. Weatherizing your home can save you up to 10% on heating and cooling costs. So, be sure to seal up holes by weather-stripping doors and sealing window gaps.


Replace your older system.

If you have an older unit that has not been properly maintained, invest in a new model. Older systems are costly to repair and costly to operate. The replacement costs may seem daunting at first, but in the long run, they are well worth it. 


More Money Saving Tips:

  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your thermostat.
  • Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but do not block airflow. This can yield substantial savings on your electricity bill.
  • Whole house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.
  • Switch to cooler, energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, which use about 66% less energy than standard bulbs.

 



 



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