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Is My Air Conditioner Broken Or Is My Zoning System Broken


"Customers That Live In Multi Story Homes Or Townhouses"
The majority of customers that live in townhouses have a zoning system. A zoning system has air flow dampers in your ducts. When the desired temperature of that area is satisfied, your dampers in your ducts will close. When your cooling system is not working properly, it does not mean that you need ac repair. It may mean that you have a problem with your zoning system. Most companies that arrive at your home, wont know that you have a zoning problem until they arrive at your home. We are going to give you a few tips, to help you figure out what kind of problem you have at your home, before placing a service call. When you call your local air conditioning repair company for service. The ac company will usually send a service technician to your home. Most service technicians don't have the full experience on how to fully troubleshoot a zoning system problem. Service technicians that don't have the full knowledge can cause the homeowner to spend lots of unnecessary money to correct this problem. The person that you really need in a zoning problem, are the installers that install them for a living. The installer knows how the whole zoning system works from A-Z.

Troubleshooting Zoning Controls & Dampers

The most common type of zoning damper control system is in a three story townhome. There is usually one condenser, furnace, and coil in the attic. Most people panic when one of the floors aren't cooling. Just because one of the floors in your home isn't cooling, does't mean your ac isn't working. The ac equipment is cooling perfectly as long as one of the other floors are cooling. Knowing that you have a zoning problem in your home, you need to be patient, and have the right air flow specialist come to your home. Patience is the key with zoning issues, the wrong technician can cost you thousands of dollars. You need to specifically tell the company that I have a zoning problem. The company will then send an air flow technician specialist or installer to your home. You can sometimes get lucky and reset the system, by turning your breakers on and off. Rebooting your system will sometimes work, and all your floors might start working again.

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What Happens If I Don't Clean My Filter?

There are many reasons why you should replace your air filter. Many people leave the same filter in for months before they replace it. If your filter gets real dirty, the dirt and dust will start to get inside your system. The performance of your cooling system will begin struggle. Your evaporator coil will start to get clogged up with debris. It will usually take a few months of filter neglect before your coil start to get dirty. Once you have a dirty coil, you are going to have cooling problems. If the ambient warm air can't get through the coil, it will freeze. Once the coil freezes you will notice that there is no air coming out of your vents. In order for your system to start cooling again you will have to defrost your unit. You will have to fully defrost your system in order for it to work again. Your unit will start cooling again, until it freezes again. Besides the performance of your HVAC unit being affected. Your will start to have problems with your indoor air quality. The root of good indoor air quality starts at your filter.
A clean filter helps protect your home from allergens and pollutants. Keeping the dirt in your filter and not in your unit will help keep your unit clean. When your home starts to smell bad its usually, because bacteria is growing in your evaporator coil. The only way to take that smell out, is to have your coil professionally cleaned. Operating your unit with a dirty filter for long periods of time can actually damage your unit. Key components like your compressor and capacitor have to work way harder to get to temperature. Usually customers that have capacitors replaced often is because they run there unit on dirty filters. Dirty filters can cause a domino effect of repairs in your unit. Some customers want to use a high quality filter after the unit is a little blocked up. Your unit might not be able to handle a high performance filter now, without a professional cleaning. There are a few low RPM air handlers that work very poor with high quality filters. If your coil gets real dirty, you are going to need a coil cleaning. There are two types of cleaning.
Cleaning in place and removing the coil from the unit. You should only clean in place if removing the coil is not an option. You can then acid wash the coil by removing it out of the system. After removing the coil you can then use this as an opportunity to clean the primary drain pan in the evaporator box. You can save yourself lots of trouble if you just change your filter.

Thermostat Wiring Explained

Thermostats can be broken down into three main categories. Battery powered, 24 volt common wire powered, and mercury powered. Most thermostat purchases are upgrades to their existing one. When upgrading a thermostat you should already know which category you are presently in, before you purchase one. Its a good idea to check how many wires are coming to your thermostat, before you buy one. If you only have four wires coming out to your thermostat, you should stick with a battery powered thermostat. If you have five or more wires coming out to your thermostat, the installation of a smart thermostat will be much easier. The easiest thermostat to install is a battery powered thermostat. If you are a homeowner and trying to install a thermostat yourself it should be a battery powered one. Honeywell & White-Rodgers are the name brands we highly recommend if you are buying a thermostat yourself. When you have a battery powered thermostat there are only four wires that you will need. The red wire is your main power wire. The yellow wire is your cooling wire. The green wire is your blower fan wire, & the last wire is the white wire, for your heat. If you purchased a smart thermostat you can use blue wire as your common wire.
Mercury thermostats are the classic old fashioned thermostat. Many people still buy them, because they are cheap and easy to install. They swap out very easily, and you don't have to have any technical experience to replace them. However, they are beyond obsolete. The biggest problem with mercury thermostats is that they are not 100%, when reading temperature. Digital thermostats have a pre-built time delay for compressor protection. Mercury thermostats don't have a built in time delay. Built in time delay have many benefits. It protects your unit from short cycling. Short cycling is when your unit is comes on and off, to frequently. A short cycling unit will have a much higher utility bill, and your air conditioner will break down more often.

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How To Tune Up Your Furnace & Heating System

You want to insure that the power and gas is off before you begin to tune up the furnace. Safety is always important during a heating check. Properly closing gas valves during an inspection will prevent the furnace from firing up by accident. You will need a small paint brush to clean the interior of the furnace. You are carefully going to brush the wires, components, and space around the combustion area. Make sure you are not moving or breaking any wires or connections in the area you brushing. You want to get all the dust out the furnace so you have a proper and clean combustion. You need to make sure that your air filter is the correct size. Incorrect filter size will cause dust to go inside your furnace. It is recommended to have a professional remove a clean your burners & blower wheel during heating system tune up. Removal of your blower motor or burners should only be done if your unit is over 3 years old. You can then perform a final performance test of your burners. You want to make sure the flames are steady, and that the flames are blue not yellow or orange.You also should have carbon monoxide testing. Making sure that you have no carbon monoxide leaking in your return or supply ducts in your home.

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