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No, it’s not you; some AC problems are common

HVAC Problems

You might not subscribe to the notion that “misery loves company.” But when it comes to heating and air conditioning repair in Las Vegas, it sure can help to know that some problems are common.

Just consider the functions of your heating and air conditioning system. A gas, forced-air heating system shifts into high gear when the thermostat sends a signal that the room temperature has fallen below the setting. The thermostat sends a signal to the furnace to turn on the blower and open a valve for the gas. Once heat is created in the heat exchanger, the warmed air is pushed out through the ducts while the combustion gas is vented through the chimney.

Your air conditioner is even more complex: It pulls warm air out of your home, blows it over cool pipes, changes from a liquid to a gas and then back again, moves refrigerant between coils and then sends excess moisture (called condensate) through a condensate drain. Along the way, plenty of things can go wrong.

When it comes to heating and air conditioning repair in Las Vegas and many other places across the country, some problems are common. The U.S. Department of Energy cites these five problems as the most common of all:

  • A dirty filter. The soft, cushion-y feel of an HVAC filter belies the powerhouse function it serves. A clean filter actively traps dust and dirt to ensure proper air flow; a dirty one inhibits air flow and prevents your air conditioner from cooling the air and reducing humidity and your furnace from efficiently generating warm air. In the worst cases, a thoroughly clogged filter can shut down your heating and air conditioning system. Checking the filter every month and replacing it when you can no longer see through it is the single most important step you can take – followed by an annual tune-up – to ensure your HVAC system’s efficiency and staying power.
  • Refrigerant issues. If you feel air blowing from the registers but it’s not cool, your air conditioner could either be low on refrigerant or might have sprung a refrigerant leak. Small leaks at the valves can be difficult to pinpoint and require the expertise of a licensed technician who knows exactly what to look for – and how to fix it – so cool air blows freely once again.
  • Drainage problems. Here is another potential mystery that requires a licensed “detective” schooled in the ways of central air conditioners. Even if you spot a puddle near the compressor, a heating and air conditioner technician must trace whether the problem emanates from a blocked drain line or a crack in either the drain line or condensate pan to restore your air conditioner to full efficiency.
  • Electrical failures. A series of tests will determine whether your air conditioner is failing to turn on – or stay on – because of dirty, damaged or corroded wires or connections or a worn compressor or blower component. An annual tune-up is your best defense against electrical failures, which have a way of occurring on some of the hottest days of the year. But if you detect a burning smell as your air conditioner turns on, don’t delay making a call for service.
  • Thermostat disparities. It seems like the simplest of tasks: Set your thermostat to the temperature that suits you and then wait for your air conditioner or furnace to respond. But several factors can conspire to undermine a thermostat’s ability to function as it should, including its calibration and placement in your home. It’s easy to overlook a thermostat as the root of a heating and air conditioning repair in Las Vegas, but it’s a common culprit.

Common or not, HVAC problems can cause anyone to lose their cool. Leave it to the licensed heating and air conditioning experts at Instant Air Air Conditioning and Heating to track down the problem vexing your HVAC system and then repair it with skill and efficiency. We don’t believe that “misery loves company,” either; we believe that “comfort loves company.” You can count on Instant Air to restore comfort to your home – and help you keep your cool.

Contact Instant Air at 702.385.2665 today to schedule your heating and air conditioning repair.

Take the long view on replacing a furnace in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Furnace Replacement

It’s a rare customer who jumps for joy over the prospect of replacing a furnace in Las Vegas.

After all, unlike other major purchases, you can’t drive it, you can’t cook with it and you probably won’t even take a picture of it and post it to your friends and family.

But oh, the intrinsic benefits you will derive once it’s in place. Replacing a furnace in Las Vegas requires taking the long view because it’s a long-term investment in your home. Still, you should notice some benefits right away, including:

  • No safety concerns, especially with regard to carbon monoxide emissions – a growing concern as furnaces age.
  • Greater reliability, meaning no more breakdowns and costly repairs.
  • Improved efficiency, which should show up on your gas bills. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that highly efficient Energy Star furnaces save many homeowners about $100 per year.
  • Better indoor air quality, especially important if you have young children (who ingest more air in relation to their body weight) or someone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies.

Replacing a furnace in Las Vegas made easy

Keep these forward-thinking ideals in mind as you decide whether it’s finally time to replace your furnace. The U.S. Department of Energy says six factors signal that it’s time to stop “patching” a furnace together to keep it running and replace it instead. So ask yourself:

  • Is your furnace about 15 years old? If so, it is (sorry to say) entering its final stage of reliability. Like all complex electrical components, furnaces have a lifespan. And even if you have kept your furnace free of dust and dirt and have been diligent about annual maintenance checks, most furnaces last between 15 and 20 years.
  • Has your furnace required more frequent repairs (excluding the annual tuneup) over the last two years? Like cars, furnaces are known for “acting up” in big ways and small ways the last two years of their lifespan.
  • Have your gas bills been going up, even though there has been no marked change in how you use your furnace? Yes, gas rates could be a factor. But if you’re not using your furnace any differently, it might be running far less efficiently than it once did. New Energy Star furnaces register efficiency ratings in the 90s – a vast improvement over minimum efficiency standards that stood at 78 percent in 1992.
  • Has your furnace become a noisemaker? Unusual noises could range from shrieking and high-pitched squealing to thumping, rattling and clicking. Just like your car, strange noises coming from a furnace are a cry for help – a certain sign of trouble on the horizon.
  • Does your home feel too cool, too warm or too humid in places? A furnace that is on its last leg often has difficulty heating a home properly (although it’s also wise to check whether leaks in your ducts or poor insulation could be a contributing factor).
  • Is your home excessively dusty? Have you been sweeping up more dust, dirt or rust particles on the floor surrounding the furnace? Old, efficient furnaces tend to be dirt traps, and rust – a precursor to corrosion – is a significant red flag.

In the end, nothing compares with a thorough inspection of your furnace. Call the furnace experts at Instant Air, who know all about replacing a furnace in Las Vegas after more than 20 years in the business. Owner Oscar Poort is a truly rare breed – someone who aspires to “help clients find solutions to their needs and improve their lives on a daily basis.” He and Instant Air might not cause you to jump for joy over the prospect of replacing your furnace, but you just might over the service they provide and the confidence they inspire.

Contact Instant Air today at 702-385-2665 to schedule your Las Vegas furnace replacement.