Here’s 3 AC repair myths that could wind up costing you money

AC Repair Myths That Cost MoneyA lot of things in modern homes allow for comfortable living, and an air conditioner ranks high on the list. As the temperatures rise in McComb and the surrounding areas, most of us become ever more reliant on the cooling a functioning air conditioner provides.

When it comes to maintaining your air conditioner, you may find a lot of advice on the net. However, not all the advice that you come across online regarding repair and maintenance of the air condition unit are in fact true.

We have decided that it’s time that we set the facts straight, and debunk a few AC repair myths once and for all.

1. Leaving the air conditioner on even when no one is around will result in fewer repairs

The Reality: Of all the AC repair myths, this is perhaps the most enduring and popular. It’s also not true. The fact of the matter is air conditioning units experience wear-and-tear with use. The more rest you give to the air conditioner, the longer it will perform without breaking down. Also, the air conditioner consumes electricity. So, if you let the air conditioner run needlessly, you will incur higher energy bills.

It’s best that you install a programmable thermostat, or have one of our techs install it for you. You can set the thermostat to turn off the air conditioner automatically when you leave home. In this way, you will never incur extra energy bills due to having the air conditioning unit run when no one is around the house.

2. If you don’t use the air conditioning unit often, it will result in extended lifespan of the cooling device

The Reality: Another common myth that people have about air condition repair is that the less they use the air conditioner, the better it will perform. The reality is that there is no point in keeping an air conditioner unit if you intend to mostly rely on the ceiling fan to keep cool, and rarely use the air conditioner.

In case you don’t use the unit often, dirt and dust will clog the ductwork and the air filter. Also, the internal component inside the air conditioner unit may rust from not being used for long.

To ensure that the air conditioner works efficiently, it’s important that you regularly operate the unit and have it maintained at proper intervals. This is the best way to ensure that the air conditioner unit will live up to the expected lifespan of 15 years, and maybe even a bit more.

3. The air filter requires replacement just once a year

The Reality: Depending on the place where you live, you may need to replace the air filter more often. If your house is located in an area with many empty plots, you may need to have the filter replaced frequently. The dirt and dust from the empty slots can clog the filter soon.

Waiting longer to replace the air filter can cause major damage to the system. That’s why it’s important that you have the system checked about twice a month by a professional technician to perform necessary repairs.

Cut through the AC repair myths and call Comfort Air

If you want to get in touch with a NATE-certified and experienced technicians in the area of McComb, Mississippi, you can contact Comfort Air.

5 things to consider when buying a new air conditioner

Buying a New Air ConditionerA new air conditioner can do more than just keep your home cool. It should also help you keep your home cool and avoid high HVAC repair costs. However, getting the right air conditioner can at times be a challenge.

In this blog post, we’ll review some of the most important things to consider when buying a new air conditioner.

 

1. The location of the air conditioner

Before purchasing a new air conditioner, an important thing to consider is where the unit will be located. You should especially know about the installation distance, or the length between the indoor and outdoor unit. For air units between 2 to 3.5 KW, the ideal installation distance varies between 3 to 15 meters.

Also, the area where the outdoor unit is to be located should be well ventilated. There should be sufficient distance between the wall and unit that allows the air to flow easily through the system.

2. The size of the system

Another important consideration when buying a new air conditioning unit is the unit size. By size, we mean the tons of cooling, not the weight or dimensions. A ton of cooling is equal to about 12,000 BTU capacity.

Oversized units will unnecessarily result in higher energy bills. Some contractors install larger-sized air conditioning units, but this will hurt the homeowner in the long run. An oversized new air conditioner tends to turn on-and off-more often, particularly during the hottest days. This results in increased bills as the system draws a lot of power.

Another detriment of buying an oversized unit is that it won’t be able to dehumidify the air efficiently. This results in a great inconvenience for the homeowners. So, it’s important to buy the right size air conditioner for the home.

When you call Comfort Air for your free in-home estimate, our team will make sure to take the exact measurements needed to pair you with the right new air conditioner for your home.

3. Variable-speed air circulation

Buying an air conditioner with variable-speed air circulation can offer a lot of benefits. The benefit of the variable-speed air circulation is that the motor uses about one-fifth of the energy as a regular blower. This results in reduced energy bills, as well as optimal cooling.

4. Warranty and guarantees

When buying air conditioner units, you should not overlook warranties and guarantees offered by the manufacturer. Quality air conditioner manufacturers are confident in the unit’s performance. That’s why they offer warranties and guarantees against a system breakdown.

The new air conditioners at Comfort Air come with at least 2 years of warranty. The greater the warranty period, more will be the peace of mind you’ll have after purchasing the unit.

5. Cost versus quality

You should prefer quality to cost when buying an air conditioning unit. Quality air conditioners operate efficiently, resulting in greater cooling and less energy bills. Cheap air conditioners, on the other hand, do not offer the same long-term value to the users.

By buying a quality air conditioner, you will be able to save a lot of cost over the long run as compared to buying a cheap, low-quality unit.

Call Comfort Air for new air conditioner installation

Comfort Air can offer you expert help when it comes to installing an air conditioner. We have a team of highly professional technicians who can expertly perform installation and repair work. We have been serving southwestern Mississippi for more than 20 years. Contact us to schedule your free in-home AC installation estimate.

When is it time to get a new AC installation?

AC Installation McCombMany homeowners eventually arrive at a fork in the road. It’s summer, and your air conditioning system has stopped working. You’ll need to either get it repaired by a professional or purchase a new system. But, how do you know which? What decides when you should look for new AC installation or when you should stay the course with your current air conditioner?

The truth is that a number of factors determine how you should move forward, and every AC situation is different. However, we’ve provided some starting points for conversation in this post. Think about these, but also consider talking with one of the experts at Comfort Air. We can provide you with more pointed, specialized advice on your air conditioner.

What are some questions to ask yourself when considering repair?

  • What is the age of the air conditioner? If your AC system is less than a decade old, you probably want to have it repaired. After all, most air conditioners can last well past a decade, reaching 15 or even 20 with the right kind of maintenance. By replacing the system, you could be shorting yourself on the number of years you get out of your air conditioner. Instead, consider investing in the repair and then regular maintenance every year. You may be surprised by how long your air conditioner lasts!
  • What kind of repair is needed? Talk to your technician about the prospective repair. If it’s a relatively minor issue—or, at least, one that isn’t likely to ever happen again—it might be better to make the repair. However, if your repair is likely to be recurring or impact the performance of your system moving forward, that may move the needle closer to the decision to replace the air conditioner.
  • Do you like your air conditioner? This is more important than you might think. If your AC system meets your expectations and you like the cooling it provides your home, it may be worth putting the money into repairing it, especially if it’s not older than ten years.

How do you know if you should replace your AC system?

  • Are you satisfied with your current energy bills? Keep in mind that your heating and cooling systems make up the largest chunk of your overall energy costs, so savings in this area could mean a much smaller bill at the end of the month. Today’s new air conditioners are far more energy efficient than those that came before them, meaning that an upgrade to a new system from Comfort Air could mean savings.
  • Are you comfortable in your home? If not, you may need a system that provides more cooling power. After all, why even have an air conditioner if you’re not going to be able to enjoy it? A new AC installation from Comfort Air could be the key.

Trust Comfort for your repair (or AC installation)

Whether you decide that you’ll be keeping your air conditioner a little longer or that it’s time for an upgrade to a brand-new system, Comfort Air makes it easy. Just give us a call and we’ll help you with whatever you need. You can also schedule your service with us.

Three signs that you need AC repair

Your home’s AC system isn’t perfect, and even the most advanced air conditioning systems encounter problems during their lifetimes. That’s why Comfort Air offers 24/7 emergency AC repair service from certified technicians. But, how can you tell when your AC needs repairs if it’s still technically functioning? Here are three signs of problems that could cause you a headache without necessarily making you lose your air conditioning.

AC repair McCombAbnormally high energy bills

As most people in Mississippi know, It’s not unusual to see higher electricity bills in the summer. After all, you’re running your air conditioning regularly during the warmest months of the year. However, if your energy bills are skyrocketing, you may need AC repair from a specialist. Abnormally high energy bills might be a sign that your air conditioner is working far harder than it should to produce the level of cooling that you’re used to.

Comfort Air can inspect your system to see what the cause of the cost spike is. It’s possible that your air conditioner, for instance, has an air leak that’s causing you to lose cooled air. Or, a dirty filter may be reducing efficiency by blocking output.

Unusual odors and noises

Does your air conditioner make a sound that makes you go, “That doesn’t sound right”? Your gut instinct might be right. Metallic scraping or a loud banging could indicate that something has come loose and is interfering with the fan. Left unchecked, such a problem could become more than a simple nuisance. It could lead to an AC system breakdown.

Alternatively, if your air conditioner has a musty or burning smell to it, you should have it inspected as soon as possible by a technician. A musty smell could indicate the presence of mold or mildew in your air conditioner, which occurs when water becomes trapped and can’t reach the AC system’s drain. Meanwhile, a burning smell could be the insulation on the wiring wearing away and beginning to burn. Either requires a call to Comfort Air for a full inspection.

Coolant is where it shouldn’t be

If there’s liquid coming from either your air conditioner unit or from the ducts in your home, that could be a sign of a coolant leak. The coolant used in modern air conditioners can pose a health risk to your family and pets. If you suspect that coolant has somehow escaped or is leaking from your system, call Comfort Air immediately, and we’ll dispatch a technician to identify the liquid and the issue.

Talk to an expert

If you’re concerned with the state of your air conditioning system heading into summer, consider an AC tune-up from Comfort Air. Scheduled maintenance can identify issues before they become a crisis, and it can even help prevent the need for repairs in the first place. Plus, AC tune-ups can make your system more efficient, saving you money on your energy bills.

If you need AC repair, call Comfort Air. We offer 24/7 emergency service, and our NATE-certified technicians work with all makes and models. We’ll make sure your AC is running normally by the time that we’re done.

Set the date for AC maintenance from Comfort Air

With the heat of summer on the way, there is no better time to schedule your AC maintenance. Comfort Air is southwest Mississippi’s source for a quality tune-up that will save you money on your electric bill, increase your system’s number of years, and help prevent a major air conditioner breakdown.

Reasons to schedule a tune-up

AC maintenanceHere are just some of the reasons that you should schedule AC maintenance from Comfort Air before the summer begins:

  • Without a tune-up, your AC system can become inefficient. Over the winter, dust, dirt, and grime pile up in your unit, blocking vents and air channels. When that happens, your AC system has to work harder to get cold air to its ultimate destination: the interior of your home. All that hard work, just to get by. Instead, have the certified pros at Comfort Air inspect and clean your system. We’ll make sure it’s getting you the best energy efficiency possible.
  • Without AC maintenance, you’re shortening the life of your system. In fact, a regular tune-up from a trained technician can be the difference between your system lasting 15 years and it lasting 20. That’s five years that you don’t have to purchase a new system for! Have Comfort Air’s technicians work with your system annually, and you’ll give it a better chance of reaching old age.
  • Skipping a tune-up means you’re taking on greater risk. As parts begin to loosen and moving pieces lose lubricant, they begin to risk a breakdown that shuts down the entire system. That means you’ll be needing to make repairs in the hottest months of summer. Maintenance doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have an issue, but it greatly reduces the risk of a breakdown.

Here’s what we look at:

When you hire Comfort Air, you’ll receive a thorough tune-up and inspection from an industry-trained, experienced technician. Our personnel service all makes and models, and can tune up any air conditioner.

  • We perform calibrations to make sure every part of your AC system is working the way it should. If there’s something that’s broken, we’ll address it and let you know what we’ve fixed.
  • We check your filter to make sure it’s clean of dirt, dust, and pollutants. Then, we’ll test your AC unit for any air leaks that could compromise your cooling performance. If leaks do exist, we’ll make sure they’re patched professionally and effectively.
  • We’ll clean your evaporator and condenser coils, and make sure your system is aligned with your home’s temperature and your family’s comfort needs. After all, you don’t want to pay for air conditioning that you’re not going to use.

Choose Comfort for your AC maintenance

We’re southwestern Mississippi’s source for quality, efficient cooling and heating services, including maintenance, repair, and installation. Since 1994, we’ve been providing McComb and surrounding areas with HVAC knowledge and service from industry-trained technicians.

Learn more about Comfort Air and the areas we service. Schedule your AC tune-up today!