HVAC TIps DIY

 Water is not draining properly

If you have water leaking outside over a window and the air conditioner is not running more than likely you have a safety float switch. A safety float switch is a device that shuts off the air conditioner when the emergency drain pan fills up with water.

What is a safety float switch? A safety float switch is a device that is located in the emergency drain pan, the metal pan directly under the air conditioning evaporator coil. In most cases the primary condensate drain line is clogged up and water is draining out of the evaporator coil through the overflow plug.

Why does this happen? This tends to happen when the air conditioning evaporator coil is dirty. The dirt and debris that collect on the evaporator coil start to get loose from the fins and eventually fall out. When it does fall out it goes in the drain and begins to settle, then more dirt debris come about and it begins to collect together. 

Also sometimes when the water is not draining out of the primary drain fast enough it builds up and starts coming out of the secondary. This could be due to many things, unit not level, improper or double P trap, partially clogged drain line, among other things.

What can I do to repair it myself?

You will need to 4 things: an air compressor and 2 (¾) inch PVC couplings, along with PVC primer and glue, and PVC pipe cutters

Before you cut the PVC line get a bucket to hold the water that is about to come out. Make sure you can place the bucket as close to the PVC where you are about to cut 

Now what you need to do is cut the PVC pipe before and after the P-trap. Sometimes the P-trap clogs up as well. Then you blow it out with the air compressor both ways and the P-trap itself.

 Before you blow the line

Look for the sink that the air conditioner condensate drains into and cover it with a old towel. Close the drain so no water goes in or out.

Once you have blown the drain line

Pour about 2 to 3 gallons of water down the pipe to test and make sure that the water is draining

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 Two things you will need to do when water washing your ac condenser:

First make sure to turn off your ac breakers powering your ac condenser most often located on the wall by the outdoor ac condenser or heat pump condenser.
Second you will need a water hose, and always remember once you have the water hose ready beginning by rinsing the ac condenser coil try to stay 4-10 inches away from condenser coil so that you don’t damage your ac condenser coil. Rinse off all sides until satisfied and restore power back .

 ac filters

When buying ac filters it is always best to buy a pleated ac filter. Just make sure that the grooves are set apart and not bunched in and that it is a one month ac filter. In our practice we have learned that using the monthly ac filter will keep your ac coil clean.

Check for sufficient airflow.
Make sure air filters are clean and that all supply-air and return-air grilles are open and unobstructed. Best place to start is at the vent that you know blows the hardest.

Once you have located the vent that YOU KNOW blows the hardest, check to see if there is any air coming through your vent. If you do not have any air coming out of the vent and the air conditioner is on outside, then your indoor blower may not be operating. If this is the case, you should contact us immediately to come out and inspect 972-530-1349

If you have little air flow coming out of the vent then the next thing we check is the filters in each of your system components (where applicable). If any of your filters are dirty, consult your manual to clean or replace it. Or call us to do this for you.

Check around your outdoor unit. If there are any leaves, hedges or property walls butting up against it, your system may have frozen up due to a dirty coil. Make sure your outdoor unit has 1' of clearance all around it.

A high pitched sound often, although not always, indicates a lack of return air. Make sure your return and supply vents are open and free of any blockages including furniture.

Other noises (e.g., rattling, humming, thumping or scraping sounds) could be a sign of undersized or flimsy duct work, clogged filter or wear and tear on your system’s internal components. If you hear an unusual sound, call your local dealer for service.

Imagine you have four old, worn-out tires on your car and you decide you only want to replace two of them. You can still drive your car, but you’ll soon be disappointed with the inconsistent handling and the poor mileage you get. The unmatched tires simply aren’t capable of the same level of performance. You could have these same kinds of problems with comfort and efficiency if the components of your central air conditioning or heat pump system are not properly matched.

 

 When a bargain’s not a bargain.

If you don’t replace your indoor unit, you won’t be getting what you paid for. In fact, your system could be up to 15% less efficient than stated - and you’ll be less comfortable, too. That's why simply replacing just the outdoor unit isn't a bargain in the long run.

Replacing the outdoor unit but leaving the old indoor unit may offer you the lowest price, but it won’t give you the best value. At best, when your air conditioning or heat pump components don’t match, you’ll be sacrificing comfort. The system may still "work," but it won’t perform up to the promised energy efficiency. Over time, this will also cost you more money. At worst, when the components aren’t matched, it could create undue stress on your cooling system, resulting in unnecessary, premature failure.

Matched Systems Mean Maximum Satisfaction.

When you consider the sacrifices and the added costs of repairing or replacing these unmatched units, installing a matched system the first time around makes good sense. You’ll get higher efficiencies, greater reliability and more comfort. And that’s a real bargain.

 Thermostats

Thermostats, help your heating and cooling equipment maintain the optimal temperature setting with the upmost energy efficiency. Today’s electronic models are a vast departure from earlier mechanical styles. Microprocessors allow you to program your home temperatures to suit your lifestyle, so you can keep things comfortable while you’re home and automatically set back your temperatures to save energy when you’re away or sleeping

 Important safety precautions when maintaining you HVAC System

1• Disconnect all electrical power to the unit before removing access panels to perform maintenance.

Please note that there may be more than one power connection switch.

2• Although Carrier takes special care to prevent sharp edges in the construction of our equipment, it’s best to be very careful when you handle parts or reach into units.

Routine Maintenance

CHECK THE AIR FILTER IN YOUR FURNACE OR FAN COIL EVERY 3 TO 4 WEEKS. A dirty filter will cause excessive strain on your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump. Replace your filter when necessary, or clean it if you have the reusable type. (If you have a reusable filter, make sure it’s completely dry before you re-install it.) The pre filter and collection cells of an electronic air cleaner should be cleaned at least two or three times per year.

CLEAN DUST OFF OF YOUR INDOOR COIL. With a vacuum cleaner and soft-brush attachment, you can remove any dust from the top and underside of the coil. Make sure you only do this when the coil is dry. If you can’t get the coil clean this way, call your dealer for service.

KEEP YOUR OUTDOOR CONDENSING UNIT FREE OF DEBRIS. If you keep grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery and debris away from your outdoor unit, it should only require minimal care to operate properly. Check the base pan (under the unit) occasionally and remove debris, to help the unit drain correctly.,

If the outdoor coil becomes dirty, use a brush or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean the surface. To clean dirt that is deep in the coil, contact your dealer.

MAKE SURE YOUR OUTDOOR UNIT STAYS IN A LEVEL POSITION. If the support for your split-system outdoor unit shifts or settles and the unit is no longer level, re-level it promptly to make sure moisture drains properly out of the unit. If you notice that water or ice collects beneath the unit, arrange for it to be drained away from the equipment.

INSPECT YOUR FURNACE’S COMBUSTION AREA AND VENT SYSTEM BEFORE EACH HEATING SEASON. If you find dirt, soot or rust, your system may not operate properly or at its peak efficiency. Call your HVAC Company and do not operate your furnace until it is professionally inspected and/or repaired.

HAVE OIL-FIRED BOILERS INSPECTED ANNUALLY. Call your HVAC Contractor dealer before each heating season to replace your oil filter cartridge and conduct a thorough inspection of the unit’s operation.

CLEAN YOUR HUMIDIFIER AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY HEATING SEASON. Review your owner’s manual for the proper procedure to clean the external and internal components of your unit. The evaporator pad should also be replaced before each heating season. If the water in your area is hard or has high mineral content, you may need to clean or service your humidifier more frequently.

CLEAN THE CORE AND AIR FILTERS ON A VENTILATOR AT LEAST EVERY THREE MONTHS. You can vacuum the core of an energy recovery ventilator as long as it is dry and the outdoor temperature is between 60 F (16 C) and 75 F (24 C). Heat recovery ventilator cores can be soaked for three hours in a solution of warm water and mild soap and then rinsed. Ventilator air filters are washable: just use a vacuum to remove the heaviest accumulation of dust and then wash them in lukewarm water. Replace them after they are completely dry.

Before You Request A "Service Call":

Check the disconnect switches (indoor and outdoor if you have a split breaker system). Make sure that all circuit breakers are ON and that no fuses have tripped.

Places to check for disconnect breakers:

Check in the main breaker panel of your home, most breaker panels are in the garage. Others maybe an outside panel located at the exterior of the home or inside a closet space.

Main breaker not tripped:

Now if the main breaker is not tripped, then we need to go out to the air conditioner unit outside. Once you see the air conditioner there should be a disconnect box located on the wall of the exterior of the home. Check and see if there is a breaker inside of the disconnect box, if there is one reset and turn on the unit.

You have located the breaker and it is tripped. When you try to reset the breaker, the breaker continues to trip. DO NOT TRY IT AGAIN

CAUTION: If this happens you need to stop and contact us! 

If when you try to reset the breaker and it automatically trips and you hear a burning sound snd a snap, you need to stop and contact us NOW! If you continue to do this you can further damage the unit and create an expensive repair.  

If you do not have a breaker tripped at all, than you likely have a voltage problem and need expert advice contact us at 972-530-1349 and schedule a service call 

 

Check for sufficient airflow.

Make sure air filters are clean and that supply-air and return-air grilles are open and unobstructed.

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Check the batteries in your thermostat first

The first thing to check when the air conditioner or heater is not working is the thermostat. This is the most failed component in the air conditioning and heating industry. If you have a digital or programmable thermostat in your home or business, check the batteries in the thermostat. The batteries are supposed to be replaced at least once a year!

Check the settings on your thermostat

If you want air conditioning in your home, make sure the temperature control selector is set below room temperature and the switch is on the COOL Position and the FAN switch is on the AUTO position.

If you want heating, make sure the temperature control selector is set above room temperature and the switch is set to HEAT and the FAN switch is set to AUTO.

The FAN switch should be set at ON for continuous blower operation or AUTO if you want the blower to function only. This only runs the indoor blower motor

 

 

In addition to the routine maintenance you perform, your home comfort system should be inspected at least once a year by a properly trained HVAC service Contractor.

 

Air Conditioner or Heat Pump turns on then turns off

If this is happening then what we need to do is look at the unit and see if the condenser coil is dirty. Then we can inspect for loose wire connections that are going to the inside of the unit from the outside of the wall. If the wires do not look intact,

KEEP YOUR OUTDOOR CONDENSING UNIT FREE OF DEBRIS. If you keep grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery and debris away from your outdoor unit, it should only require minimal care to operate properly. Check the base pan (under the unit) occasionally and remove debris, to help the unit drain correctly.,

MAKE SURE YOUR OUTDOOR UNIT STAYS IN A LEVEL POSITION. If the support for your split-system outdoor unit shifts or settles and the unit is no longer level, re-level it promptly to make sure moisture drains properly out of the unit. If you notice that water or ice collects beneath the unit, arrange for it to be drained away from the equipment.

NEVER USE A PRESSURE WASHER TO CLEAN THE CONDENSER COIL. If you do use this tactic you will create more of a problem for your air conditioner than you are realizing.

If the outdoor coil is dirty, use a water hose with at a regular pressure. To clean dirt that is deep in the condenser coil, Contact us at 972-530-1349 we can do this on the same day and teach you how to do it properly.

The low voltage wiring coming out of the wall and going into the air conditioner is what we are going to look for. If you have a outdoor pet (dog) that just gets into everything, this maybe the problem. If so TURN off the thermostat set the switch to OFF and then start to try to repair the loose wiring, I have run across a lot of service calls because of this problem

 

 

FAQ`s

Q: I need to replace my air conditioner, but my furnace works just fine. Is it true they need to be replaced at the same time?

A: Think of your air conditioner and furnace as part of a total system. That system will work better, longer and more efficiently if all of its components are matched in capacity and efficiency. By the same token, a mismatched system—one that mixes old technology with new—could decrease system performance and overall comfort.
For example, your new air conditioner will be capable of reaching a certain SEER efficiency rating. Because SEER is determined by a complete system combination, if your existing furnace and indoor coil are older or don't match in efficiency and capacity, you might not get the efficiency level you paid for or be able to receive accurate information on what your rating actually is. Plus, an older indoor coil may even be dirty and clogged with particles, meaning more energy will be required to push air through the system.

 

Q: Why are rating numbers important?    

A: Rating numbers indicate the efficiency of heating and air conditioning equipment and are directly related to the amount of energy a specific model uses. The higher the rating, the more efficient the product, and the lower your heating and cooling bills can be. The federal government establishes rating guidelines and sets minimum efficiency levels. For cooling, the rating is SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). For heat pumps, the rating is HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). Gas furnaces are rated with AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency).

 

Q: I thought pollution was outside. Why should I be worried about my indoor air?

A: We spend about 90 percent of our time every day indoors. Today's efficient, airtight homes are excellent at conserving energy, but that also makes them better at trapping potentially irritating particles inside the home. With the rising number of people who suffer from allergies and asthma, indoor air quality has become more and more important to our general health and well-being.

 

Q: My children have allergies. Is there a way to improve the quality of air inside my home?

A: For people who suffer from allergies, American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning recommends the AccuClean™ Whole-Home Air Filtration System. It can clean up to an astonishing 99.98 percent of allergens from the filtered air that your family breathes. With AccuClean™, the majority of irritating particles, like dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria, will be removed from the filtered air. In fact, AccuClean™ removes 100 times more allergens than the standard 1 inch throwaway filters that come with most systems.

 

Q: How can I control my energy costs?

A: Controlling energy costs starts with your thermostat. You can save about three percent of your heating costs for every degree you lower your thermostat during the winter. And for every degree you raise your thermostat in the summer, you can cut cooling costs up to six percent.* Adding a programmable thermostat can also help you save energy, by allowing you to set different temperature settings depending on the time of day.
Just as important, your system's components should have the highest possible energy efficiency ratings. Make sure your components meet the following minimums:

  • Air conditioners: SEER ratings of 13 or higher.
  • Furnaces: AFUE ratings of 80 or higher.
  • Heat pumps: HSPF ratings of 7 or higher.

Select Trane Heating & Air Conditioning air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps have ratings of up to 20.0SEER, 96.7AFUE and 9.2HSPF, respectively.

Having a matched system at home will also help. Every component in a matched system is designed to be matched in capacity and efficiency. That way you can enjoy the highest system efficiency possible.

Lastly, if you're shopping for a new heating and air conditioning system, consider a high-efficiency variable-speed system. Variable-speed means your system varies its speed depending on your home's heating and cooling requirements. It makes sure you get the amount of heating or cooling you need without wasting energy. Contact your local independent American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning dealer for more energy-saving hints.

*Potential energy savings may vary depending on your personal lifestyle, system settings, equipment maintenance, local climate, actual construction and installation of equipment and duct system.

 

Q: How do I know what size system I need for my home?

One of the first things an American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning dealer will do is conduct a complete energy analysis of your home. By measuring windows and checking insulation, ductwork and building materials, and reviewing a variety of other factors, he can determine the right size system and equipment for your home. He'll even ask you questions about your existing comfort challenges, and make recommendations. Find a dealer near you.

 

Q: How much will my new home comfort system cost?

A: That depends. There are many factors that must be considered. These include:

  • The efficiency of the equipment
  • The size of your home
  • Is the ductwork installed and in good condition?
  • Do you need a thermostat or electronic air cleaner?

In most cases, replacing your whole system, including both indoor and outdoor components, will result in a more efficient, longer-lasting system but will also cost a little more. As a manufacturer of an installed product, we do not establish retail pricing. We sell our products to regional distributors who sell them to local independent American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning dealers, who then install them as complete system to meet the specific comfort needs of homeowners like you.

 

When should I repair older equipment and
when do I need to replace it?

When you’re frustrated with an HVAC equipment break-down, it can be tempting to find the least expensive "quick fix" to get on with your life in relative comfort. That "quick fix" may be the least expensive now, but it may not give you the most value or cost you the least in the long run.,/p>

Paying for air conditioning repairs to an old or inefficient HVAC system often simply prolongs the inevitable. It’s almost like putting a bandage on a serious injury. An older AC system that breaks down once is likely to break down again ... and again. That means more emergency service calls or, worse yet, the risk of damage to your home or to other components of your heating and cooling system.,/p>

There’s also an ongoing cost factor to consider. Restoring your old Air Conditioning system will only bring it back to its current level of energy efficiency. After you’ve recovered from the air conditioning repair bills and the frustration of HVAC system breakdowns, you still won’t save on your energy bills. Even six-year-old AC Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners are considered grossly inefficient by today’s energy efficiency standards. So are most HVAC Furnaces built before 1980. So you could save up to 60% on your energy bills with new high-efficiency HVAC equipment . That’s why installing a new heating and cooling system can actually pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time.

 

Looking at the Big Picture.

When one component of your system breaks down unexpectedly, it’s easy to just focus on repairing or replacing that component. But each part of your system works with the others to boost efficiency and reliability, so it helps to keep the big picture in mind.

Replacing your old furnace with a new higher-efficiency model but leaving your old mechanical thermostat in place, for example, won’t allow you to enjoy all the efficiency advantages the furnace has to offer. Likewise, if you install a new furnace but don’t get a humidifier, the air will seem cooler, forcing you to operate your new system at a higher temperature to be comfortable. Plus, you can often save on installation costs if you have several components of your system (for example, a furnace and an air conditioner) replaced at the same time.

To find out how a new HVAC System could make you more comfortable and reduce your energy costs, contact us at 972.271.1324. You can also e-mail us with your questions at customercare@cjairsolutions.com

Since most of us spend the majority of our time indoors, it makes sense to have an indoor environment that’s healthy and comfortable.

What kind of system do I need to keep my home comfortable?

While your home may have unique needs, the best way to insure your comfort and health is to have your heating and cooling system provide the right balance of heating, air conditioning, air cleaning and humidification. No other single system plays a larger part in how much you enjoy your time at home ... or in how much you pay out to utility companies each month.

 

Hot News, Cool Stuff.

 

For most of us, comfort starts with keeping our home the right temperature, whether that’s toasty warm on bone-chilling winter nights or pleasantly cool in the "Hot days" of summer. Maintaining the perfect temperature is the job of your heating and cooling equipment.

 

 

Today’s heating systems are more efficient and reliable than ever, but heating is still the single largest energy expense in most homes. In northern climates, it may account for up to two-thirds of the energy budget. So it’s important to understand what kind of system will give you both comfort and affordability. The electric heat pump is energy-efficient option that provides year-round heating and cooling. Heat pumps are much more reliable and efficient than they were 10 years ago, and they’re an excellent choice where gas is unavailable or where electricity is the most economical energy option.On those sweltering days of summer, AIR CONDITIONERS provide cooling relief by taking heat from inside your home and moving it outside. In the process, they remove humidity from the air so you feel even cooler. New technology has made today’s air conditioners quieter, more reliable and more efficient than ever before

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Right on the Money.

 

THERMOSTATS help your heating and cooling equipment maintain the optimal temperature setting with the utmost energy efficiency. Today’s electronic models are a vast departure from earlier mechanical styles. Microprocessors allow you to program your home temperatures to suit your lifestyle, so you can keep things comfortable while you’re home and automatically set back your temperatures to save energy when you’re away or sleeping. That keeps you comfortable all the way to the bank.

 

Breathe Easier.

 

Today’s "tighter" homes are built to be more energy-efficient, and many seal in air as effectively as they keep the weather out. That may sound good at first, but it also means that air quickly gets stale. Plus, dust and other pollutants circulate throughout your home, settling on furniture, drapes, your heating and cooling equipment or, worse yet, your lungs. Today’s mechanical and high-efficiency electronic AIR CLEANERS offer trouble-free, low-maintenance cleaning that will remove up to 95% of all airborne particles and make your home environment healthier and more comfortable. A ventilating system can provide up to eight air changes a day and eliminate the unhealthy build-up of gases and contaminants in your home. It’s literally a breath of fresh air.

 

How Dry I Am.

 

Winter takes its toll on your indoor environment. The warm, dry air from your furnace or heat pump can damage wood moldings and furniture and sap your skin of its natural moisture. It even makes you feel colder because your body senses heat as a combination of temperature and humidity. If you add humidity with a HUMIDIFIER, you can actually set your thermostat a few degrees lower. You’ll feel just as warm, but you’ll notice the difference on your utility bills! Plus, you’ll replenish much-needed moisture to your home, making it a healthier, more comfortable place to spend your time.

 

In The Comfort Zone

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn off heating and cooling in a room the same way you can a light switch? You wouldn’t have to waste energy by heating or cooling a room you’re not using. A ZONING SYSTEM is the perfect solution. By putting heating and cooling where you need it most, zoning can enhance your overall comfort and reduce your energy costs by as much as 30%! No matter what climate you live in, you’ll find the best combination of comfort and energy savings with a complete indoor comfort system. Today’s energy-efficient components work together to give you precise temperature control, healthy air and the right level of humidity and the savings on your utility bill might just make you the most comfortable of all.

To find out how zoning could make you more comfortable and reduce your energy costs, contact us at 972-530-1349. You can also e-mail us with your questions at customercare@cjairsolutions.com