Every so often we post a common air conditioning and heating repair question and the answer on our Facebook page. We thought we would combine all of the questions and summarize them here.
Find the answers to the most common questions for heating repair in Las Vegas.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from a colder area to a hotter area by using mechanical energy, as in a refrigerator. Learn more about how a heat pump works here.
Should I cover the outdoor unit of my heat pump system in winter? Why or why not?
The heat pump heats your home in the winter and still needs to pull in air from outside. By leaving your heat pump uncovered you ensure proper airflow of your system. By covering the heat pump the airflow would be affected.Make sure to also clean the area outside for any dirt that can possibly clog your system.
What is a matched system?
Every home is different and has different needs. A matched system is a combination of components that work together to create an efficient system for your home. Depending on where you live a matched system can consist of an air conditioner and a furnace, a heat pump and a furnace, a heat pump and an air handler or an air conditioner and an air handler. There is also the all-in-one packaged system. By having a matched system, it may provide a higher level of comfort and energy savings.
What is a furnace?
A furnace is a device used for heating. The heat energy to fuel a furnace may be supplied directly by fuel combustion, by electricity such as the electric arc furnace, or through induction heating in induction furnaces.
What is the water-like trickling sound when my furnace is on?
This water-like trickling sound is normal. High efficiency 90% furnaces have a by-product of water vapor. This water vapor returns to the furnace through the exhaust PVC and is then drained.
When should furnace filters be changed?
This really depends on your location. Furnace filters should generally be changed when there is visible dirt accumulated on the filter. Usually, a regular filter should be changed at least every season, but in many cases that is not enough. Check with your local air conditioning and heating repair company on the appropriate time to regularly change filters in your area. Airflow is restricted by dirty filters and this can cause increasing loss of heating and air conditioning efficiency, and may even damage the HVAC equipment. You can learn more about maintaining your furnace here.
How do I know if I should fix or replace my HVAC system?
If your system is more than 10 years old, this is an important question that should be asked. A system of this age may have major failures and will be prone to many future failures. Therefore, it may not be a good idea to continue investing in repairs.
Why do I need maintenance every year?
We offer a maintenance checklist with recommended tune-up services for every season of the year. We recommend consistent maintenance to prevent problems and the need for repairs especially in the colder months when you need your heater more. A professional heating repair specialist should always be hired to perform professional maintenance and ensure the repair is done correctly.
Is there any troubleshooting I can do on my own before calling a company for service?
We always recommend to hire a professional for any repair or troubleshoot. But there are a few basic steps you can take that may possibly correct the problem prior to calling an air conditioning and heating company.
- Disconnect and reconnect your indoor and outdoor switches.
- Make sure your circuit breakers are in the ON position.
- Make sure your filters are clean.
- Open supply and return vents and make sure they are unobstructed.
- Check the settings on your thermostat.
- Make sure the system switch is on the appropriate COOL or HEAT setting.
If you do not feel comfortable taking any of these steps, just give us a call.
What is a SEER rating and how does it impact my energy costs?
SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.The SEER gives an indication of the performance efficiency of the system. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit. And, the more efficient the unit, the lower the operating costs.
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