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.

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.