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What are some common AC repairs?

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by tcg_admin No Comments

Summer’s hottest months are the worst time to experience a faulty Air Conditioner.

Luckily most issues can be caught before they become bigger problems!  If you are experiencing a unit that isn’t cooling as well as it used to, you might be having one of these common summertime issues.

Leaking Refrigerant

Air conditioners contain refrigerant, which allows the system to run efficiently, releasing heat from the air to cool it. When refrigerant leaks, it means something is wrong. Since refrigerant is such an important part of an AC system, it is designed to stay within the system throughout its life. And leaky refrigerant lines require sealing.

Once any leaks have been repaired, it’s important that the technician performing your home AC repair charge your cooling system with the proper amount of refrigerant. The manufacturer will specify this amount – correct refrigerant charge allows your cooling system to perform efficiently and accurately.

Cleaning Condensate Lines

An air conditioner’s cooling process produces condensation, which normally flows away from the equipment and is drained away. If there is a clog in the condensate drain lines or drip pan water will start to back up. A leaky air conditioner usually needs a cleaning, which is part of regular system maintenance.

Broken Fan Belt

When a fan belt wears down, it will need to be replaced. A good sign that you need a fan belt replacement is a loud squeaking coming from your unit, but not every fan belt will make a noise. Routine maintenance is the best way to catch a worn fan belt early, so you’re not stuck without air conditioning!

Broken Compressor Fan

Your air conditioner’s outdoor unit is where the compressor, fan, and condenser coils all live. Their job is to release heat from the air, transferring it out of your home to produce a cool indoor climate. When the outdoor fan isn’t working correctly, the heat transfer process is impaired. A broken fan can cause the compressor to overheat. This, in turn, could trigger the air conditioner’s safety features, turning your air conditioner off; overheating can also cause damage to the compressor itself, requiring home AC repair or compressor replacement.

Frozen Condenser Coils

If your air conditioner’s condenser coils freeze, your system will not run properly. If there isn’t enough air passing through, it can cause ice to form on the coils. This is typically caused by debris – such as dirty air filters or blocked return air ducts. Low refrigerant could also be the cause, requiring a refrigerant charge.

If any of these issues sound like they may be the problem, there’s good news!  Action Air is equipped to handle these issues and more.  Our experienced technicians can come to your house or business and perform a thorough maintenance check.  If we discover a bigger issue, we’ll let you know and give you some options before we continue.  At Action Air We’ve been providing the Clarksville area with heating, cooling, sales, and service since 1979. We have certified service technicians, qualified installers, and a knowledgeable sales staff. When You Need Action, Call Action Air!

Sources:
Comfy
HVAC.com
AC Experts

How do I Lower the Humidity In My Home?

Posted on: June 29th, 2017 by tcg_admin No Comments

There are many good reasons to keep the humidity level low in your house.

A lower humidity level can help to keep your family more comfortable. It will also save you money by reducing your need for air conditioning or heating and improve your indoor air quality by discouraging the growth of dust mites and mold. Even more importantly, reducing indoor humidity can protect your home from moisture damage!
High humidity is as easy to recognize as feeling the temperature change when walking in and out, but it can also be spotted in other ways. There can be visible signs such as condensation on windows or mirrors, mold or mildew growths, and wet spots on walls or ceilings.

Some common causes of excess moisture include:

There are some relatively easy solutions to help reduce your indoor humidity levels. Most of these solutions are cheap and easy to maintain. It may take a little bit of work but keeping humidity levels low can save you from serious problems down the road!

Here are some great ways to keep indoor humidity low:

If you think you have a problem that is too big to be solved by these solutions, give us a call at Action Air.  We have solutions that can help, including cleaning your HVAC unit, installing or repairing the dehumidifier on your unit, or installing a new unit.  Our experienced technicians will be able to help identify the problem and come up with the perfect solution for your family.  Remember, when you need action, call Action Air!

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Lowe’s

PK Wadsworth

Snyder Company

Climatic

Why is my air conditioner freezing up?

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by tcg_admin No Comments

As summer approaches, we all rely on a trusty AC unit to keep us cool. If you notice that your air conditioner has started to freeze up, it can be frustrating and even start to make your surroundings uncomfortable.

Here are some common reasons your AC may be freezing up!

Blocked Air Flow

One common reason that an AC unit may freeze is a blockage in the air flow. In order to keep the condensate from freezing, your air conditioner needs an appropriate amount of air flowing through it. If your home is having air flow issues, this process can be disrupted, causing it to freeze. To combat this, set monthly reminders to check the status of your air filters and change them as needed. Scheduling regular routine maintenance appointments for your system is also a wise step to ward off AC freeze ups.

Leaking Refrigerant

If you discover that your HVAC unit is leaking Freon or other coolants, you will have a decision to make. First, in order to address this issue, you will need to call a professional. They will be able to examine your unit, identify the real problem, and see if it can be fixed. If your issue has progressed too far, or if your AC unit is very old, you may need to consider getting your air conditioner completely replaced. If you want to avoid a complete replacement, having your coolant refilled is another option, however, this is only a temporary solution. This may a be the tempting route to take but, if you notice that your unit is leaking coolant, it is a good idea to have it looked at by a pro to determine the best long-term course of action.

If you are having problems with a frozen HVAC unit, give us a call at Action Air! We pride ourselves on offering our customers honest, high-quality service. Give us a call at 931-647-8525 today or visit us online to learn more about scheduling a service appointment. One of our knowledgeable technicians will get your AC unit back up and running as soon as possible to keep you cool!

Source:
Angie’s List

How to Maintain My Air Conditioner

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by tcg_admin No Comments

Spring cleaning time is here!

Getting your house in order not only applies to clearing out closets and knocking down cobwebs, but also to maintaining your AC unit.

Check out these great tips for performing regular air conditioning maintenance before the hot summer weather arrives!

1) Check and replace your air filters as needed.

This tried and true advice cannot be repeated enough. Regularly checking the status of and replacing dirty air filters is arguably the easiest and most effective DIY AC maintenance step you can take. Clogged filters block normal airflow, reducing the efficiency of your air conditioning system tremendously. For central air conditioners, filters are often found somewhere around the length of the duct. Other common filter locations are ceilings, walls, or near furnaces.

2) Take good care of air conditioner coils.

Your AC unit’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over time. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. Still, the condenser coil will collect dirt and grime after a several months or years – it’s inevitable! This dirt reduces air flow and insulates the coil itself, reducing its ability to absorb heat correctly. Much like your air filters, you should check your evaporator coil regularly (every year for most coils) and clean it as necessary.

3) Seek professional help.

Sometimes, your air conditioning unit will need more than a little DIY TLC at home. For help with tougher issues, call Action Air today! Make sure you schedule a maintenance appointment for your AC unit before you need it. Spring is the perfect time for one of our qualified technicians to make a maintenance visit to your home or business. Extend the life of your unit and help it provide its ultimate performance and increase your comfort by maintaining it properly.

To learn more about Preventative Maintenance, consult with one of the experts at Action Air today. You can call us at (931) 647-8525 or contact us online. Located in Clarksville, we have certified service technicians, qualified installers, and a knowledgeable sales staff serving Montgomery County and all of the surrounding areas. When You Need Action, Call Action Air!
Source: Energy.gov

How do I make my house more energy efficient?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by tcg_admin No Comments

It’s common to see spikes in heating bills during the winter, especially immediately following the holidays.

Once the sticker shock sets in, it often leads people to wonder how to make their home more energy efficient.

Improve energy efficiency in your home with these quick tips!

 

1) Upgrade your windows

Are your windows and their seals letting extra air or heat escape? Boost the energy efficiency of your current windows with weather stripping, you may even need to consider upgrading to a newer, more energy conscious model of window.
 

2) Replace an older furnace with a higher efficiency system

Furnaces built before 1992 have an average of 35% fuel waste; it is likely also very near the end of its service life. Early replacement is highly recommended since furnace complications may affect your comfort, energy consumption, and even your safety! Schedule a consultation with Action Air and we would be happy to make a more energy efficient recommendation for your home!
 

3) Check your ductwork

The health of your duct system is imperative to your home’s overall energy efficiency and temperature regulation. Make sure your ducts are properly maintained to ensure that no damage or wear and tear goes unnoticed.

These simple tips are just a few of the ways that you can improve energy efficiency in your home. To schedule a preventative maintenance or repair appointment, give the team at Action Air a call. Interested in upgrading your furnace? We would love to help you learn more about which furnace is the best choice for your home. Give our qualified team a ring at (931) 647-8525 or contact us online. When You Need Action, Call Action Air!

 

Sources:
Green Home Guide
DIY Network

 

DIY Tips to Help Insulate Your Home.

Posted on: January 19th, 2017 by tcg_admin No Comments

A quality heater works best with the support of good insulation!

Everyone knows the importance of a quality heating system in the winter. However, nothing can ruin a working heating unit quite like poor insulation. Even the best insulation systems can use a little help every now and then. Check out these DIY tips to make sure your heater has the support it needs during the colder months this year!

Seal Around Your Doors

Anything that lets you in and out of your home can (and does) also let the outside temperature in. Take steps to ensure that the openings around your doors and windows are sealed to the best of your ability during the winter to help keep your home warm. More often than not, cold air gets in through the small crack at the bottom of your doors. To avoid the full blast of this draft, install a draft excluder! Is “draft excluder” a new term for you? Don’t worry, that is just a fancy way of describing the small tube of insulation you can install at the bottom of your door to keep drafts out. Draft excluders can be found at most home improvement and hardware store.

Insulate Your Windows

The same principles described for your doors also applies to your windows! Believe it or not, the glass in your windows is not always 100% effective in keeping the outside temperatures at bay. This is especially true in older homes. To help ensure that your windows are well insulated, consider temporarily using some basic window film during the winter. All you will need to do is roll out the proper size and tape it up! This item can also be found at most home improvement stores.

Layer Your Decor

In the olden days, people would layer wallpaper as an added form of home insulation. While this is not the most effective method of upping the insulation factor in your home, every little bit helps! Consider using drapes around your windows (just be sure to keep them open in the day to let the sun shine in, then close them at night), area rugs, and even arranging furniture in such a way that cracks are covered more thoroughly. When moving furniture, make sure not to block any vents in the process.   

Extra insulation goes a long way, but nothing beats the warmth of a working heating unit. Our experienced HVAC installation and repair team have the know-how and tools to install a new unit in your home. Having heating issues with your current system? Call us to inspect your entire heating system for signs of problems. We are certified to work with gas lines and have the training and protective gear to do so without injury. No heating problem is too complex for our professional staff, so give Action Air in Clarksville, TN a call at 931-647-8525 and stay warm today!

 

Source: Zing

 

Host a cool party without guests getting too hot!

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by tcg_admin 1 Comment

Whether you’ve been the host, an attendee, or even a party crasher, we have all been to a holiday party that got way too hot. When it’s cold outside, the natural response is to kick the heat up a notch. However, somewhere between fanning yourself in the kitchen and watching as your guests dab sweat from their brows, you may start to regret that ugly sweater theme if you aren’t careful.

Check out these easy tips to help make your next Christmas party comfortable and energy efficient!  

 

1) Start the process before the party.  

As we know all too well here in Tennessee, the temps around the holidays can fluctuate greatly. One of the best ways to control shifting temperatures inside your home is to utilize an auto-switching thermostat that will switch back and forth between heating and cooling as needed.

2) Control the flow of outside air.

Holiday parties mean that your door will be opening and closing often throughout the night as guests arrive and leave. If you can, limit entrance and exit to a door furthest from the thermostat. This will help reduce the number of heating cycles your system will undergo during the evening.

3) Turn down the heat.

This is an easy one. When you know you have guests coming, simply turn down the temperature in your home by a few degrees prior to their arrival! You can even wait until the first few people start to show up before doing this. If rooms begin to feel stuffy regardless of a lowered temperature on the thermostat, simply turn on a fan or slightly crack a window (just don’t forget to close them when guests leave!).

 

Here at Action Air we love a good party with our loved ones. We also love making sure everyone stays comfortable and happy! Whether you have questions about when to change your air filter or need help with creative ways to stay cool while cooking, we are here to make sure your home or business always feels just right. Contact us us today to schedule a service visit and don’t forget about the importance of regular maintenance to keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape!

 

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Lennox

Keeping Cool in the Kitchen

Posted on: November 4th, 2016 by tcg_admin No Comments

From Thanksgiving to Christmas Parties, your kitchen will be getting a lot of use this holiday season.

With the holidays upon us, most of us will be heating up our ovens and stoves more than usual! All this added time in the kitchen can leave the chef feeling overheated, but what about the rest of your home?

Check out these tips for keeping cool in the kitchen, without making the rest of your household shiver!   

1) Minimize heat production.

Although the oven is a staple in most traditional holiday recipes, many meals and sides can be altered to be cooked in a slow cooker. This method can save you time, money, and can help keep your kitchen from heating up as often! From staple entrees, to desserts, and warm beverages, slow cooker recipes have come a long way. You can find some inspiration for using your crockpot to help keep your kitchen cool here.

2) Invest in a fan.

As temperatures outside (eventually) begin to drop, cranking down the heat simply may not be an option while preparing meals in most homes. Letting temps throughout the house drop too low may be a recipe for serious discomfort, especially in homes with small children or elderly family members. Using a small fan will keep the air in your kitchen circulating which will help keep the chef cool.

3) Stay hydrated.

People are conscious about getting plenty of water when it is hot outside, but staying hydrated is important year round! Drinking lots of H2O can help you stay cool in the kitchen without turning on the AC.

As cooler weather and the joy of the holidays approach, these simple tips can help you stay cool while whipping up treats for family and friends! Planning on hosting a Thanksgiving or Christmas party? Contact us at our office in Clarksville, TN for a routine maintenance appointment. An Action Air professional would be glad to visit your home to ensure everything is working properly before guests arrive. At Action Air we are proud to offer quality service and a knowledgeable staff all year long. When You Need Action, Call Action Air!  

 

Sources:
The Kitchn

Common Heating and Cooling Myths

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by tcg_admin No Comments

If you are like us, you have probably heard plenty of do it yourself advice when it comes to effectively heating or cooling your space. While some tips are spot on, others are very misleading and can actually end up costing you money in the long term.

Check out these common heating and cooling myths, debunked!

 

Myth 1: Closing off your vents will save you money on your heating bill.

We really aren’t sure where this folk tale came from, but no, blocking your vents will certainly not save you money. In fact, doing this can throw your system’s natural rhythm out of balance, which could even lead to damaging your heating equipment. The most energy efficient practice is to achieve even heat distribution throughout your home. This requires leaving all vents unobscured.
 

Myth 2: Leaving a ceiling fan on all the time will cool the room, even when you are not in it.

While the use of ceiling fans can have several benefits, lowering the temperature of a room no one is in is not one of them. Ceiling fans work to circulate the air in the room, which causes your skin to feel cool. While this does make you feel cooler, it does not actually lower the temperature of the room itself. Tricky!
 

Myth 3: The higher I set my thermostat, the more quickly my room will heat.

Even though it may ease your mind to crank the heat up when you come in from the cold, your furnace will deliver heat at the same rate consistently. The best thing to do is to set your thermostat to the desired temperature and be patient. Setting your thermostat higher than needed actually wastes more energy, because you will likely have to turn the heat down later once your body temperature comes up.  

 

At Action Air, we pride ourselves on offering our customers honest, high quality service. Give us a call at 931-647-8525 today or visit us online to learn more about scheduling a service or routine maintenance appointment. One of our qualified technicians will be glad to address any of your heating & cooling needs!
 
Source:
Horizon Services Inc.

How will I know when to change my air filter?

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by tcg_admin 1 Comment

One of the most common issues people have with their HVAC is an obstructed air filter.

Luckily, a dirty filter is an AC issue that can be easily addressed! There are many problems that may be symptomatic of a filter in need of changing. There is no complicated formula when it comes to changing your home’s air filter. When your air filter looks dingy and dirty – change it. It really is as simple as that.

Use these tips to know when it’s time for a filter change!

 

1) Help yourself: Remember to check & change your filters.

This tip may sound silly, but the simple act of remembering to check your filters can help prevent airflow problems down the road. Some people find it helpful to write the date on which a filter was installed on the filter’s edge. Whether or not you choose to do this, try setting yourself a reminder on your phone’s calendar or writing it down on the calendar you keep in your home. When to change your filter depends on many factors, like how large your space is, how many occupants there are, if pets live inside the building, etc. For the average home without pets, it’s recommended to change your filters roughly every 3 months.

 

2) Know your type: Record the type of filter you have.

There are several different type of filters on the market. Which one you choose will depend on your air quality needs, budget, the priority you place on energy efficiency, etc. Economy panel filters come in packs and are fairly inexpensive at first glance. However, these types of filters tend to only catch larger particles and you will likely find yourself needing to replace them more often. Although they cost a bit more money, an investment in a pleated filter can last up to 6 months, catching up to 60% more debris than an economy filter. For those with more advanced air quality needs, HEPA filters can be purchased at a higher cost but, depending on the environment they may not need to be changed as often.

 

3) Tis the season: Keep the time of year in mind.

Was the summer unseasonably hot this year or the winter unusually harsh? These factors can make your HVAC system work overtime, resulting in the need for a filter change sooner.

If you are experiencing problems with your HVAC system, checking the quality of your air filter is a great place to start. Checking your filters once a month is a good rule of thumb to help keep you in the habit! If you find that a more serious issue is occurring, contact us at Action Air in Clarksville, TN. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable technicians. They will be able to address any issues you may be having. When you need action, call Action Air!

 

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Service Experts

Comfort Guard