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August 2019

High Electric Bills: HVAC Causes

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High Electric Bills: Is My HVAC System To Blame? Did you recently receive your electric bill and notice a massive jump in cost? Did you know that your HVAC System could be to blame for this? High electric bills are a common complaint during the super hot and super cold months. There are several different things that could be causing this increase so let's dive right in. Emergency Heat Running, Outdoor Unit Broken This one obviously relates to the colder months and if you have a heat pump. Heat pump systems are interesting in that they can essentially have two different ways to heat your home: the outdoor unit and the indoor unit (furnace). Generally speaking, the outdoor unit is designed to heat your home as long as the outdoor temperature is at 34 degrees or above. If it gets much colder than this, there is just not much heat outside that your condensor can work with to transfer inside, therefore, your system switches over to "emergency heat" mode. When this change happens, your outdoor unit shuts down and your furnace takes over at heating your home. This can cause some serious bill increases if the weather outside is extremely cold and you have an electric furnace. The simplest way to think about it would be to imagine an over-sized toaster running for hours on end and chugging an enormous amount of electricity at the same time.  When the weather drops below freezing outside, it is normal for emergency heat...
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Air Conditioner Smells Bad

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My Air Conditioner Smells Bad. What Is Up? Have you recently turned on your air conditioner only to find your house smelling like a trash can a few minutes later? What could be the cause of this craziness? If your air conditioner smells bad, it's time to read on my friend! Causes Of a Smelly Air Conditioner There are several popular causes of your air conditioner putting off foul odors. Some of the most common reasons include: Mold formulating in duct work Mold growing on evaporator coils Clogged condensate lines Mold Growing In Duct Work Did you know that the duct work in your home is actually a perfect place for mold to grow in the summer? Mold thrives in cool, damp and dark areas and this is can be a prime description of a lot of duct work. As the warm air passes over the cool evaporator coils, condensation begins to occur and this moisture, mixed with other dirt and debris can travel through your duct work making it a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Gross! This is a great reason to have your duct work cleaned every few years (not to mention your furnace will thank you for it as well). Also, to help cut down on bacteria and other contaminates growing in your duct work, check out getting a UV Light installed, such as the APCO Fresh-Aire UV. Mold Growing On Evaporator Coil As previously stated, mold thrives in cool, damp environments. Unfortunately, your evaporator coil...
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Air Conditioner Runs Continuously?

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My Air Conditioner Runs Continuously, What's Up?  Have you noticed your air conditioner running a marathon outside for days on end? Wondering what is causing this to occur? Read on! First, let's get the obvious out of the way. If your air conditioner runs continuously, it is obviously having some trouble keeping the temperature steady in your home and it is running non-stop to make up for this. Talk about an easy way to incur high electric bills! With that being said, let's dive in to 7 common causes for this issue. Dirty Filters Speaking of obvious, it is pretty well known that if your furnace filter is dirty and clogged, no air will be able to pass through it to cool your home. This is always the first step in the diagnostic process, to change your furnace filter. Simple fix and definitely the cheapest as well! If you've changed that baby out and noticed your air conditioner still running all the time, it's time to move on to some more complicated causes. Low Refrigerant First, it's important to note that your air conditioner is a "closed loop" system, meaning that your refrigerant should never leak out. It's not like gas in your car that needs to be re-filled after so many miles. If you are low on refrigerant, that means that you have a leak in your system somewhere and unless it gets fixed, the refrigerant will just leak right back out again (talk about throwing money away, literally). However, if you...
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