House not Cooling?

We had a question come up today about a home that never seemed to cool off during the day, but would get comfortable in the evening. Couple of things come to mind here.

One possible reason is that the AC is undersized.  This can be figured out by having an HVAC company perform a Load Calculation (measurement of how much heat is gained in the summer & how much heat you loose in the winter from your home). There is special software that is used to help make this determination.  Another possibility is an under charged unit (not enough, or low, refrigerant).  HVAC companies have tools to measure if this is the case.  A Third potential cause of your home not cooling properly is infiltration air (accidential air that does not come from the conditioned space, like an hot attic or the outside).  An HVAC tech can measure the temperature of the air coming thru the AC Coil & determine if this is the case.

There are also other reasons that could cause your home not to cool properly, if you have any questions, give us a call 815-254-5127!

Sizing Air Conditioners Properly

Be mindful that when properly sizing your air conditioning system for your home there are more factors involved than just the square footage of your home.

Your A/C is sized for an outdoor temperature of 88 degrees in the summer. So when it is above 88 degrees your air conditioner is now too small, undersized. You may find that it will run longer to cool your home. If it is older, dirty, and 100 degrees outside than it could be a recipe for disaster.

Cool off your A/C today with a watering from your hose. They get hot too, & it will help the system work better.

Air Conditioner Copper lines (New vs. Used)

Remember having clean copper lines that connect your air conditioner to the evaporator coil (located inside your house connected to your furnace) is one of the most critical pieces of the installation process.

BEWARE OF COMPANIES THAT USE SCRAP COPPER LINES, OLD COPPER LINES THAT HAVE BEEN CUT OUT FROM OTHER JOBS, AND EXISTING LINES THAT ARE CONTAMINATED WITH DIFFERENT OIL, CARBON OR ACID.

Using your existing copper lines on a new installation is okay to do, but it will cost more money to clean them, and if you don’t clean them, you need to replace them. There is only one way to clean them and it is not with nitrogen alone.

With any company you choose, make certain it is listed on the proposal in detail as to if you are getting the line set cleaned or replaced. Should you ever have a problem, this information will serve as proof to the manufacturer of the installation process that was used. Improper install can void the manufacturer warranty.

Problems with Air Conditioner

There are times when AirMaxx is called out to perform a routine cleaning and diagnostic for an Air Conditioner in Plainfield, Channahon, or Minooka Illinois.

The homeowner may suspect that the system just hasn’t been cooling like it used to, or they are habitual in their maintenance process & this is something they do every year.

When we are called to perform such a service, we are performing an evaluation of the air conditioner and cleaning it to perform as well as it can, based on its age and issues.  Older air conditioning systems do often times leak refrigerant and this leaking process can be slow or fast.

We seem to be the ones that gives both good and bad news, and at times, it may be perceived as trying to sell a new air conditioner. I can assure you that we would only recommend this as an option if we feel it is the BEST, cost saving option, for our customers given the age & complexity of their Air Conditioner issue.  Our reputation as a fair & honest company demands this.

We want our customer to be educated on the why our world is effected by the change of the type of refrigerant that is used to power the cooling process of your older home air conditioner.  We have attached an article we believe illustrates it very well HERE.

An educated customer is a our best friend.

Leaking Air Conditioner?

I hate to be the one with the bad news, but a leak is one of the worst things to have go wrong with your Air Conditioner.  I hope it is not that.  I am linking to an EPA article explaining the phase out of R22.  Click Here for EPA article.

Due to this phase out of R22, the price has been sky rocketing.  Every year we get closer to the end (2020).  I do not purchase it anymore, but I due have inventory for warranty situations only.

They do make a substitute refrigerant but it CANNOT be mixed with R22.

I would be glad to diagnose the problem, but it is no longer the days of just recharge it and see if it last until next year, the cost is a waste of your money.

BEWARE OF COMPANIES PUTTING DIRTY OLD R22 FROM OLD AIR CONDITIONS THAT THEY REMOVED FROM SOMEONE ELSE’S HOME INTO YOURS AS A FIX.

The new air conditioners use R410A, it is less expensive but it can not work in R22 air conditioners.

It has been about 8 years since we have installed an R22 system, we only install R410A units.

We obviously service all but a leak on an R22 required more explaining.
Let me know if you need me to check it out.

Thanks
Jamie

AIR CONDITIONING CLEAN & CHECK

Did you forget your Air Conditioning Clean & Check ? As the weather gets warmer we are consumed with stepping outside and enjoying the beauty of Springtime. BUT…It is also time to think about getting your Air Conditioner tuned-up prior to the tough job it will endure this Summer. An Air Conditioner tune up, or Air Conditioning Clean & Check is an affordable service that will help your AirConditioning system run more efficiently. This important cleaning could alert you to hidden problems sooner than later. Cleaning & Checking your Air Conditioning system may end up saving you money in the long run, as you won’t be caught in a surprised emergency breakdown. Our Air Conditioner technicians will gladly walk you through the process of our Air Conditioning cleaning & maintenance check, and answer any questions that you may have.

AirMaxx offers maintenance services as well, we can schedule your Air Conditioning Cleaning & Furnace Cleaning services ahead of time for your convenience.  We have maintenance agreements available.

Located in Channahon, Illinois, AirMaxx is proud to serve Plainfield, Shorewood, Minooka & surrounding areas.

FURNACE BLOWING COLD AIR?

If you are having problems with your furnace turning off or blowing cold air, there could be a couple of reasons why this is happening.  Furnaces have a strange way of failing at the most inconvenient times. The first thing you can check is the filter…

The easiest and least expensive fix for a furnace that is turning off is to check your filter to see if it needs changing.  While it seems like the filter wouldn’t stop it from working, it can.  A dirty filter limits the amount of air that passes thru the furnace.  With one simple filter change, your home can be warm again and the cost to you is minimal.

If it’s not the filter, and if your furnace is blowing cold air, a good cleaning can do the trick.  An AirMaxx Clean & Check involves removing and cleaning critical furnace parts so that they can perform better.  This cleaning may identify problems earlier and save you hundreds of dollars in repairs by finding problems sooner.

Whether you need a furnace repair in Channahon, Plainfield, Naperville or Oswego, AirMaxx would be happy to walk you thru how to install a filter properly.  Most importantly, installing your filter it in the right direction.  We are happy to do this free of charge & over the phone – Also don’t forget to ask about our AirMaxx Furnace Clean & Check process.

Bird Nest Removal in Dryer Vent

Do you think you have a Bird Nest in your Dryer Vent?  Spring is in the air, and so are the birds – flying about trying to find the perfect spot for their new nest.   Unfortunately, two of the most attractive places for birds to build their nests is in your dryer vent especially if it is on your homes second floor, above 6ft and in your bathroom’s exhaust vent.  If you have you been noticing that your clothes are taking too long to dry lately, chances are you have a bird taking up residence in your dryer vent.  If you notice a noise in your bathroom exhaust, and think the birds will just eventually leave – they most likely won’t, not until long after the damage is done.

When you believe that you have a bird in one of the openings to your home, it is important to contact a professional to get the bird removed as soon as possible, before they lay their eggs and have babies.   When you have a bird, you have bird mites.  Bird mites are parasites that live on domestic and wild birds. They usually stay on the birds or in their nests their entire lives.

If you try to remove the bird nest yourself, without proper tools and experience, you may end up pushing the bird nest further into the dryer run or exhaust vent.  You will also be faced with the complication of trying to remove these bird mites, without getting bitten yourself.

This is a problem, best left to the professionals at AirMaxx HVAC.  AirMaxx specializes in Bird Nest Removal and Bird Mite Removal.

AirMaxx Heating and Air Conditioning specializes in bird nest removal in Channahon, Plainfield & Romeoville and surrounding areas.  If you think you have a bird nest in your dryer vent or bathroom exhaust, give us a call at (815) 254-5127 we would be happy to help.