Frequently Asked Questions About Your HVAC System
At Bowen Cooling, we believe the work we do is about much more than showing up at your home or business and performing the manual labor. We want to partner with our clients to provide the service they need, including offering valuable information so they better understand their HVAC system.
If you have questions outside of these top 5 frequently asked ones, make it a point to contact us:
1. Why won't my AC blow cold air?
We rely heavily on our cooling systems here in Florida, so it is important to keep them working properly. Maybe your air conditioner seems to technically be working but the air doesn't seem cool enough, or cold at all. Check the filter because if it is too dirty, this can affect airflow. Also, check the outside unit to make certain the airflow is not restricted by branches or in need of cleaning. Otherwise, call in an expert.
2. My HVAC isn't running at all - what's wrong?
It sounds silly but always check the thermostat first. You'd be surprised to find how many homeowners end up paying a trip charge for a professional to find the problem was merely the thermostat was off, set to heat or adjusted too high to activate. You can also check your electrical panel for a tripped breaker or blown fuse. If none of this helps, contact a pro.
3. Help! My AC froze up. What happened?
There are a number of reasons your air conditioning system may freeze up. A common one is turning the thermostat down too low, too quickly and forcing your AC to go into overdrive. Other possibilities include blocked airflow, refrigerant leaks or a problem with the outside condenser unit.
4. When should I change my HVAC filter?
Ideally, the air filter should be changed each month, especially during periods of peak use like summer. However, we know realistically the average homeowner won't adhere to that type of regimen. Make it a point to check it, even clean it every 2-3 months but still change it monthly during the times your HVAC gets the most use.
5. Is a Preventative Maintenance Plan really worth it?
This is a matter of personal preference – do you like spending less money to keep your air conditioner running or do you prefer the surprise expense of unexpected emergency repairs? Seriously though, scheduled maintenance is a great way to take care of this investment and keep it running instead of calling in for help when it breaks down. Getting proactive about preventative maintenance is the ideal way to get the best in peak performance and optimal longevity from your HVAC.