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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.