There are plenty of things in life that are worth holding onto. Unfortunately, the same can't quite be said about the average central A/C system. Although it's normal to expect years of reliable service, many homeowners make the mistake of holding onto their A/C systems for far longer than they should. Keeping an A/C system for too long often becomes a costly and time-consuming mistake. If you're holding onto your old central A/C system, then consider these 5 reasons for letting go of your old unit.
Wouldn't it be nice if air conditioners were to evolve into ultra-efficient, problem-solving machines? Although it might seem like an idea straight out of a science-fiction novel, some manufacturers are experimenting with components capable of resolving age-old HVAC issues. Here are two up-and-coming air conditioning features that could prevent common problems so that you don't have to spend as much time troubleshooting your air conditioner: 1: Antimicrobial Copper Components Copper might just seem like another metal, but believe it or not, it is capable of destroying invisible pathogens.
If your home has a separate air conditioning unit, then chances are it won't see much use throughout the winter. Unfortunately, a dormant air conditioner can make for a rather cozy place for rodents, birds and other small creatures to seek refuge in as temperatures drop. Nesting critters can leave behind chewed insulation, damaged wiring and a host of other unpleasant and rather expensive surprises. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your A/C critter-free throughout the winter:
Even though the term heat pump is often used generically, homeowners who are considering the installation of a heat pump should be aware that there are actually several different types of heat pumps available. Heat pumps operate by moving heat from one area to another, depending upon the season. For instance, in summer a heat pump removes heat from inside the home and releases it outdoors, while in winter, the action is reversed.
An oil furnace requires a primed fuel pump to keep the fuel flowing to the burner. If the fuel pump in your furnace loses that prime, it means that the burner isn't receiving oil the way that it should be. There are a few common reasons for a furnace fuel pump to lose prime, and you'll need to identify the cause in order to correct it before you prime the pump.
A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.