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Typical Air Conditioner Problems You Need to Know

There are a number of problems that your air conditioner may experience during its lifetime. The sooner that you can recognize these common problems, the sooner that you can get an HVAC technician to come out to inspect and repair your system to avoid more costly issues. Below, we’ve put together a list of the most common air conditioner problems that you may experience. Understanding what they are and knowing what the signs are will enable you to take quick action to prevent further damage. Read more

How to Save Money with Annual HVAC Maintenance

At J&M Air Conditioning and Heating, we often get asked the question – do I really need to service my HVAC system if there’s nothing wrong with it?

The short answer is – yes. Annual HVAC maintenance plays an important role in helping keep your heating and air conditioning equipment running smoothly and efficiently throughout the year. If you want to keep your home comfortable and get the most life out of your HVAC system, you’ll need to keep up with regular seasonal HVAC tune-ups. Read on to find out more about how annual heating and air conditioning maintenance can help you save more money over time.

How Annual HVAC Maintenance Saves You Money

Just like your vehicle, your HVAC system needs routine maintenance to ensure all the parts are in working order and to keep the system running efficiently over time. Instead of an oil change and tire rotation, your heating and cooling system needs cleaning and lubrication as well as a thorough inspection to keep it running smoothly.

Here are just a few of the ways that annual HVAC maintenance can help save you money:

Keep System Running Efficiently

Routine HVAC maintenance helps keep your HVAC system running more efficiently. When your system is dirty or parts are worn and broken down, it makes it harder for your equipment to effectively cool and heat your home, which can cause you to waste energy on home comfort. With annual maintenance, you can make sure that your system is in tip-top shape, running as efficiently as possible. Ultimately, this translates to savings on your monthly energy bills.

Anticipate Repair Needs

Sometimes a simple repair can turn into a much larger, more complex, and costlier repair if left unattended for too long. During your annual HVAC maintenance visit, a qualified technician will check your system for any worn or malfunctioning parts. Catching these repair needs early can help you make sure that they don’t turn into more serious problems later on that end up costing you even more to fix.

Extend the Life of Your Unit

Annual HVAC maintenance can also help extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment. By keeping your system clean, well lubricated, and free of any repair needs, you make it easier for the equipment to do its job – keeping your house comfortable year-round. The better you are to your HVAC system, the more life you will be able to get out of the equipment, saving you the costs involved in replacing your system prematurely.

HVAC Maintenance San Jacinto

If you’re living in the San Jacinto area, HVAC maintenance is simple with J&M Air Conditioning & Heating. Our team of HVAC experts help area residents stay comfortable year-round with routine HVAC maintenance services and heating and cooling repair and installation. See what San Jacinto locals are saying about us, and gives us a call when you’re ready to schedule your next service visit: (951) 663-4895.

Is It Safe to Use a Window Air Conditioner During the Rain?

A window unit air conditioner is commonly used within homes to cool a small space. This type of system has a minimal cost, is easy to install, and requires minimal maintenance. However, this type of system can cause issues during times of heavy rains or other severe weather.

What Can Happen to a Window Unit During Heavy Rains?

If the window air conditioning unit is improperly installed, then rainwater can easily enter the home, resulting in damage to your flooring, walls and décor. if you use a wall air conditioner unit, it is important to understand how to prevent and/or remedy this issue so that you do not have damage in the home. Follow the simple tips below to care for your unit during rainy seasons.

1. Inspecting the System

First, inspect the window unit from every angle to ensure that the system has been installed properly. There should be no gaps between the window and the window frame where the unit comes in contact with the window. The side panels must also be installed seamlessly so that there are no gaps.

2. Make Adjustments

If you find that you have gaps in your system between the window and the unit, you will need to close these gaps. Check for both proper alignment and balance on the window frame as well as the alignment to the sash. Make sure that you tighten the sash and secure the top flange with no less than two screws to guarantee your unit will not move.

3. Check the Side Panels

The side panels of the air conditioning system can extend to fill in the window space and keep rain from entering the home. You must check this area to ensure that no rain will be entering the space, which can occur during a light drizzle or downpour. If you see any gaps or holes where water could enter the home, be sure to seal them with a silicone caulk so that the water cannot enter into your living space.

4. Additional Tips

  • It is common for damage to occur to the side panels of the system. When this happens, additional parts may need to be ordered from the manufacturer. If you have trouble tracking a water leak to your unit, you can seek out the water stains and damp areas near the frame. This can help you understand that you may have an issue with the actual window itself, instead of your A/C system.
  • When you close any gaps or plug holes that exist near your unit, you will be able to prevent any water from coming in, and it will also help maintain better energy efficiency in your home, translating to money savings on energy costs.
  • Be aware of safety hazards in the home. Be sure that when you install the air conditioner in the home, as you can have issues with the unit coming out of the window frame. If the unit is tiling forward you can also have issue with condensation moving improperly from the back or the bottom of the system.

With the above tips, you will be able to have your window unit system installed properly for the summer season and be able to enjoy the cooling comfort the unit can bring without any issue. Contact us today to learn more about window air conditioning units and how you can prevent issues or other problems that may occur with this type of system.

Heating & Air Conditioning Service Experts Since 1967

Regular HVAC system check-ups are also essential for energy efficiency. It’s smart to schedule both a cleaning and an inspection, which can target malfunctioning parts before they break down and become a problem. We’ve been providing reliable heating & air conditioning services in the San Jacinto area since 1967.

Our focus is to provide support to our customers by delivering certified technicians who understand HVAC systems and can pass along that knowledge to you. We’re constantly staying up with the latest technologies and it shows in our work. Call us today to schedule your next service appointment! (951) 663-4895.

How Do I Know If My A/C is the Right Size for My Home?

Understanding HVAC systems can be complicated, especially when it comes to determining the right size air conditioner–or cooling system–for your home. Your living space is unique to you and your family; therefore, you will have to consider a variety of factors when deciding whether your A/C is properly sized for your home.

Below we have created a helpful graphic that outlines a few things you should keep in mind when assessing your current (or planning to purchase a brand new) home cooling system.

 

Sizing AC

If you’re in the market for a new A/C, then give the experts at J&M a call. Whether you’re considering a central air conditioner or a ductless system, we know how to keep your home comfortable! (951) 663-4895.