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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:59

4 Reasons To Replace Your Old Air Conditioner

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4 Reasons To Replace Your Old Air Conditioner

4 Reasons To Replace Your Old Air Conditioner

Is your central air conditioner getting on in years? If the unit is more than 10-15 years old and you are considering replacing it with a newer model, you can expect to enjoy many improvements, including: 
  1. Quieter Operation - By optimizing the shape of fan blades and redesigning how compressors work, manufacturers have been able to made air conditioners operation much quieter. 
  2. Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants - Unlike the Freon® coolant used over a decade ago that caused damage to the earth's ozone layer, newer R410A are environmentally friendly and also perform better. 
  3. Reduced Energy Consumption - Years ago it was not uncommon for a central air conditioner to consume 6,000 watts of electricity each hour to cool a typical home. Today, that energy consumption has been reduced to around 1,700 watts an hour, a result of new technologies such as variable speed fans and scroll compressors. 
  4. Increased Comfort - In the past central heating and cooling systems had two fan settings – on and off – not the most efficient and comfortable way to heat and cool a home. Today, variable speed fans allow air conditioners to deliver conditioned air far more precisely. The result is less energy use, lower noise and greater comfort.
Ready to replace your old, inefficient air conditioner?  Call MR Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical. 
 
 

Identifying Air Conditioner Problems Before They Become Major Repairs

Your home's central air conditioner is a power-hungry and complex machine that can fail at any time without warning. However, there are a few simple ways you can identify air conditioner problems that could tip you off to a potential problems before the unit fails completely.   

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Some of the early warning signs of potential air conditioner problems are:

Excessive Noise

One of the most common complaints we hear is that the air conditioner is making a wailing noise. Left unchecked, the minor annoyance can quickly grow deafening when the unit is operating at full capacity. Loud noises such as these are generally caused by a fan belt becoming dislodged over time. Your technician will check the bearings in the motor, as they may require lubrication or replacement.

Frozen AC Coils

Another issue that often arises is frozen coils. Frozen coils and ice can impede the operation of the unit, creating blockage in the circulation of Freon and air. Heat pumps often contain heating elements to reduce this problem, but sometimes the unit doesn’t cycle quickly enough. Recalibrating the unit can eliminate this problem.

Precipitation

An air conditioner that is leaking water inside your home can cause significant water damage as well as mold and mildew. If your AC unit no longer drains away condensation effectively, it could be the result of a rusted out condensation pan or blockage in the drain itself. Check the pan and drain lines for signs of leaks.

Clogged Ventilation Grills

One of the most common causes of air conditioner failure is blocked grills. Annual maintenance to clean the unit's fins, fan, motor and other parts of dirt and debris will allow the unit to operate at peak efficiency during the hottest weather.

Other AC Problems

If the air conditioner simply isn’t cooling, more advanced diagnostic tools may need to be applied. Is the fan or compressor running without the other? Does the unit work only part of the time? Does it over cool or not cool enough? Questions such as these can help you give your technician a head start in quickly zeroing in on the source of the problem, so be sure to take a second to observe operation before you turn of power to the unit and call for service.

Generally most problems can be identified from the details above. If, for instance, the unit shuts off before the room is a comfortable temperature, it may not be cycling enough air through the thermostat to take a measurement. This could be due to poor calibration or a blocked sensor.

A Freon leak can render the machine weak or ineffective, especially if recharging the gas supply doesn’t solve the problem. The thermostat could be broken as well, which usually means it has to be replaced.

Finally, the A/C unit may be short-circuited to the ground, causing circuit breakers to fail every time the machine turns on. Be sure to provide a description of the problem to your technician to help him solve your problem as quickly as possible.
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:52

What to Do In a Plumbing Emergency

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Plumbing emergencies can range from leaking pipes and clogged drains to a faucets that won't shut off and leaking water heaters. It's important that everyone in the household know the location of the shutoff valve for every plumbing fixture and appliance, as well as the home's main shutoff valve.

What to do during a plumbing emergency

Water Shutoff Valves

If a specific plumbing fixture or appliance is leaking or malfunctioning, first look for its shutoff valve and turn it clockwise to turn off the water supply just to the affected system.

The shutoff valve is usually located underneath the toilet or sink. Clothes washers will have two shutoff valves, one each for hot and cold water, often located behind the appliance

If the problem is not with a specific fixture or appliance, or you cannot locate the shutoff valve, locate the main shutoff valve to turn off the water to the entire house.The main shutoff valve will be on the inside where the main water supply pipe enters the house. Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off. If the valve is difficult to turn, keep a wrench near the valve for emergencies.

Have a plumbing emergency? Call M/R Plumbing. Our professional plumbers will be there in minutes to help fix the problem.

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