Frequently Asked Questions about Heating & Air Conditioning
My air conditioner is on but nothing comes out of the vents until I turn it back on the next day. Then it does the same thing again...What's wrong?
This is a common question we hear as a Slidell HVAC contractor since the Louisiana heat means our air conditioners work overtime. Your air conditioning coils are probably freezing up and then the ice is melting overnight. It's good to turn the HVAC system completely off when it quits blowing air, good job.
It may just be a simple refrigerant leak – an easy AC repair. If your unit is old, the metal coils will eventually start to get tiny holes. That's too expensive to keep repairing. The coils can be replaced if there are enough years of life left in the rest of the system to make the repair cost-effective. Call our Slidell HVAC contractors so we can troubleshoot the problem and give you our best advice.
If the outdoor part of my HVAC system has to be replaced, does that mean the inside part does too?
The outdoor condenser can be replaced separately from the indoor air handler. However, your Slidell HVAC contractor will need to advise you on whether it's a good idea just to replace only one part of the system. Many times it is, but it could also be more expensive to keep repairing the air handler if it is also old.
How long should a furnace last?
Furnaces are expected to last anywhere from 16 to 20 years. However, how long yours lasts will depend on how well you maintain it. A neglected furnace can break down for good way sooner.
Keep in mind that any warranty you get must be registered for your furnace and will require specific maintenance to be performed in order to keep the warranty in effect. Even an LTD lifetime warranty will only cover manufacturer defects.
Consider the benefits of Service Plans like ours. For one, the program makes sure your furnace warranty stays valid but you'll also enjoy a longer lasting furnace and cut down on expensive emergency repairs along the way.
Why won't my air conditioner cool our master bedroom? The room is furthest away from the AC, so does that mean my unit isn't big enough?
Not necessarily. There could be a number of reasons why your master bedroom stays warmer than the rest of the house.
The thermostat could be installed in the wrong place. There may be an air duct leak in that area. Or, the layout of your home and the design of the AC system isn't right.
One solution could be to move the thermostat to the right location. The ductwork may need to be repaired. Installing a zoning system to control the temperature in your master bedroom separate from the rest of the house may be the solution. An experienced HVAC contractor will need to perform an assessment.