Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioner

Is your AC running all day and not cooling your home?

Are your energy bills increasing steadily?

If your answer was YES to either of the above questions, there is a possibility that the refrigerant in your AC system is running low and needs to be topped up.

The refrigerant works to absorb the heat from the air indoors, before dumping it outside, keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. As refrigerant generally does not run low, the cause may be a leak somewhere in the system which has caused this to happen. This should be assessed by a certified HVAC technician, who will measure the amount of refrigerant in the system and augment it to optimal levels.

Low refrigerant can also have damaging effects as the AC can freeze and the ice that has formed inside blocks the airflow to the vents.

As a result of this blockage, the system must work harder to push the air through. This, in turn, will cause your energy bills to spike dramatically.

To troubleshoot, first, check that your air vents are all fully open and that the airflow is not restricted in any way. Also, check that your air filter is clean and not clogged preventing the flow of air through it.

The second step would be to check that your thermostat is set on Cool and not Heat and that your circuit breakers are all set in the on position.

Lastly, check your outdoor unit is clean and free from debris (soil, leaves, branches) that could prevent the flow of air. It is best to ensure that the area around the condenser is kept clear of debris as this can be very damaging.

Prevention is always better than a cure!

Annual preventative maintenance is a great way to ensure that your system is running smoothly.

After all, summer is just around the corner!

 

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SPRING IS ALMOST HERE!

Every year, when spring is in the air, our thoughts turn to shaking off the winter blues and spring cleaning our homes for a fresh new season. It is important to add your heating and cooling equipment to your spring checklist as preventative maintenance is always better than the cure!

All fall and winter your heating equipment has been keeping you and your family warm and cozy.
Pretty soon it will be time to switch from heating your home to cooling it, it is therefore a good practice to have your heating and cooling (HVAC) equipment checked twice a year in Spring and Fall.
This ensures that everything is working safely and efficiently for the upcoming seasons.

In spring your air conditioning equipment should be checked and tested (run) to make sure all is running smoothly. By doing a test run on a warmer day, you will be able to determine if there are any unusual noises (grinding, banging etc) or unusual odors coming from the vents. You will also be able to see if the cooling system is working optimally and your home is becoming cooler. If you find any issues then you know a maintenance check is required. This will protect your investment and ultimately your home.

In spring your filter should be changed or if you have an electrostatic permanent filter, cleaned to keep the air flow moving well throughout your home. Air duct cleaning is also beneficial as the dust, debris and allergens that have accumulated throughout the fall and winter months can be eradicated.

This helps twofold, firstly it helps the furnace to run more efficiently as it does not have to work so hard to push air through the ventilation system and secondly, as less allergens are then airborne it greatly reduces the allergens which exacerbate your allergy symptoms.

Another part to check is working well is your thermostat. There are quite a few upgrades in thermostats available, from wifi controlled to programmable digital thermostats, so you can just set it and forget it!
You can then customize your temperature settings based on your schedule and your personal needs, after all your home is your sanctuary!

At this time it is also recommended to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector, or install one if you have not done so as yet. This will give you peace of mind which is priceless!.

Schedule your spring maintenance check today @ www.bcwide.ca

Upgrade & Save for Spring!
There are currently available rebates from FortisBC and BC Hydro should you chose to upgrade your equipment to High Efficiency models. This will save both at the time of installation and in your future energy bills, a win win!

Have a safe and wonderful spring season from all of us at BC Wide Home Services Ltd.

Why clean your air ducts?

 

It is estimated that the average home creates approximately 40 pounds of dust every year!
This dust is made up of several things including contaminants such as pet dander, pollen, mold and mildew, which when the air is circulated throughout your home get blown into the air and can become problematic.
With Allergies becoming more prevalent, having the ducts cleaned annually will help to insure cleaner healthier air for you and your loved ones.
Another great reason to have the ducts cleaned is to save money!
As the ducts become clogged, it is increasingly more difficult for the air to circulate around your home, warming or cooling it as the season dictates. Having a clean airway with no dust or debris will insure a more efficient cost effective heating/cooling system in your home. Seeing the cost of your energy bills increasing? Dirty Air vents may be the cause!
For more information on our Air Duct Cleaning Service, please visit our website www.bcwide.ca
or contact us via email: bcwideinfo@shaw.ca or phone 604-473-9690
We look forward to being of service to you!