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Why Is My Air Conditioning Not Making Cold Air?

Why is my air conditioning system not producing cold air?

Your AC Won’t Get Cold for 3 Reasons

Summers are brutal in North Texas, and we expect our Air Conditioning system to operate when we need it.  It is a necessity in Texas.  Modern air conditioning systems have a life expectancy of several decades; however, every system will eventually fell, even the well-maintained ones.  Sometimes that failure involves failing to provide air that is cold enough to keep you and your household comfortable.

If your ac system is not producing cold air, it does not always indicate a severe problem. Some of the common culprits prohibiting the production of cold air are:

A Frozen Condenser – The condenser resides outside your home and removes heat, expelling it out into the atmosphere.  Dust, dirt, and debris can collect on filters, and your condenser coil can freeze over and stop working correctly.  This problem is easily solved by a quick service call to Efficient Home Solutions.

Low Refrigerant – This is the most common cause.  Low refrigerant can cause ice build-up on evaporator coils restricting airflow and heat transfer.  When the air cannot cool properly, the system continues to run compounding the situation.  Regular shutoffs, when the room temperature is correct, give ice on your evaporator coil a chance to melt.  Regular maintenance is the solution to this issue.

Condenser May Be Damaged – Contact Efficient Home Solutions for a complete evaluation.

AC Maintenance in North Texas Helps Prevent Future Issues

Remember, regularly scheduled maintenance is the best way to prevent any problems resulting in the lack of cold air.  Give us a call today if your AC isn’t cooling and consider signing up for our fantastic AC maintenance plan. (972)235-2600

Can an AC System Help with Indoor Air Quality?

Can an AC System Help with Indoor Air Quality?

Can the ac system, in my home, help with the indoor air quality?  To accurately answer this question, we must understand the relationship between air conditioning systems and indoor air quality.

Your home’s air conditioning system does much more than just force out cold air.  The modern air conditioning system has a significant impact on indoor air quality, especially high-efficiency systems.  For the purposes of this discussion, indoor air quality is the combination of the cleanliness of the air (no dust or pollen), humidity, temperature control, and odor.

Why is the Importance of Indoor Air Quality?

You’re in contact with the air in your home more than any other place.  The quality of this air can have a direct effect on your health, wallet, and comfort.  Efficient Home Solutions is dedicated to making sure your air conditioning system is working correctly and having a positive impact on the air quality of your home.

We have gathered a few tips to maintain a clean, fresh, and healthy air in your home:

Air filters should be changed regularly, preferably every 1-3 months.  Air filters remove pet hair, pollen, dust, spores, and other airborne pollutants that can lead to health issues.  Dirty air filters restrict airflow making your system work harder and increasing energy bills.  A severely dirty filter can result in the system overheating or other permanent damage.

Purchase a High SEER (more efficient) system.  Good air needs prolonged periods of air circulation, allowing the air to pass through the filter frequently.  Higher efficiency systems use less power allowing for more extended operating periods, thus maintaining more consistent airflow.

Avoid the use of individual room air conditioners and ductless systems without proper air filtration.  These products are suitable for small spaces, but when used for larger spaces, the air quality diminishes.

Consistent and dust-free airflow is the key to maintaining healthy indoor air quality.

AC Systems Keep Humidity Low.

Don’t you just hate the sticky feeling of high humidity?  Who wants that in their home?

Humidity affects indoor air by making the air feel hotter than it really is.  When homeowners feel hot, they turn down the thermostat and crank up their AC system.  Surprisingly, if the humidity was absent, you would be more comfortable at higher temperatures.

The central air conditioning system, in your home, acts like a sponge removing moist, humid air.  Humidity, if left unchecked, can result in unwanted mold growth and future health problems.

Don’t take your ac system for granted and only concentrate on the air temperature, because the air quality in your home is just as important.  The system in your home, if properly and regularly maintained, will provide excellent indoor air quality for many years.

Contact Efficient Home Solutions for more information. (972)235-2600

The Efficient Home Solutions NATE-Certification Advantage

The Efficient Home Solutions NATE-Certification Advantage

Efficient Home Solutions proudly sends NATE-Certified technicians into customers’ homes in North Texas every day.  Do you know what Nate-Certified means?

NATE, or North American Technician Excellence, is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians. NATE has established its reputation as the certification organization created by and acknowledged by the entire HVACR industry for 20 years. However, not all technicians in the field are required to be NATE-Certified.  The certification is discretionary, and technicians can service heating, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration equipment without being NATE-Certified.

For Efficient Home Solutions, it is a priority that our team is NATE-Certified to ensure we are sending the most experienced technicians into our customers’ homes.  The NATE-Certification exams verify real-world working knowledge of HVAC and refrigeration systems for technicians through a series of certification procedures. The assessments are knowledge-based exams that evaluate the technician’s understanding of these guidelines.

NATE-Certified technicians attain their designations in these areas. However, NATE assessment candidates may earn certification in any of these areas:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Distribution
  • Gas Heating
  • Oil Heating
  • Heat Pumps
  • Hydronic Gas (service only)
  • Hydronics Oil (service only)
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration (service only)
  • Commercial Refrigeration (service only)
  • Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installer
  • Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst

You can be sure technicians employed by Efficient Home Solutions are highly experienced, professional, and will provide only the best customer service. Our company has the know-how and skillset to not only repair your HVAC system but to take the fantastic care of your equipment. Call to have one of our NATE-Certified experts inspect your HVAC system to make sure that it is ready to keep your family comfortable all year long. (972)235-2600

How to Get Your Heating System Ready for Cold Weather

How to Get Your Heating System Ready for Cold Weather

Well, Autumn has arrived and will quickly shift to winter.  Freezing temperatures have already arrived, and they are early, but it’s not too late to get your heating system ready.  Chilly days and nights close or at freezing temperatures are when you depend on your heating system the most.  Is your system ready to provide comfort? To make sure, plan now to get your heating system prepared.  At Efficient Home Solutions, we are focused on keeping you and your family comfortable; thus, we have put together some helpful tips on how to get your heating system ready for Texas weather.

Tip #1: Change or clean your air filters – Once your air filter begins looking dirty, it has already started hampering the airflow through your heating system.  Restricted airflow = harder-working system = increased utility bills and potential system damage if prolonged.

Tip #2: Have ductwork sealed – Do you know if your ductwork is sealed?  Simple cracks, holes, or leaks cause air to leak out, costing extra money in energy each year! Leaky ductwork also allows harmful particles into the air you breathe.

Tip #3: Don’t ignore weird noises – Weird noises are not typical and could be the sign of heating system malfunction.  Malfunctions, if ignored, could result in severe damage to internal heating components.

#4: Schedule maintenance for your heating system.

With the proper and regular maintenance and inspection of your heating system, you will be able to rely on your heating system to keep you warm.  So, whether it’s preventative maintenance, a furnace repair, or a complete system replacement, Efficient Home Solutions has the experience that you can count on to get the job done right. Contact us today for your appointment! (972)235-2600

Common Furnace Problems Explained

Common Furnace Problems Explained, do you know what they are?

Is your furnace making unfamiliar noises? Maybe you observed your unit blowing cold air instead of the expected comfortable blast of warm air? If so, it may be an indication your furnace or HVAC system is about to fail.  Better to catch it early than when it fails on the coldest day of the winter.  Efficient Home Solutions has pulled together some common warning signs you should not neglect:

A Scraping Sound – If you hear a scraping sound like metal on metal, then the issue may be the blower wheel.  If this is what you hear, then turn off your furnace and call Efficient Home Solutions for a thorough inspection. There are several reasons the blower wheel malfunctions.  It could be loose and if the piece is not too damaged, can be tightened.  It may be the blower wheel is broken and requires replacement. Finally, it may be that the motor mount is broken and causing the blower assembly to shake uncontrollably.

A Loud Bang Upon Starting the Furnace – If you hear a loud bang when you start your furnace, it could be one of a couple things. A dirty furnace burner or ignitor could prevent the burners from igniting, resulting in gas build up. When the gas eventually ignites, it will cause a loud bang.  This could cause a safety issue, specifically if one of the small explosions causes the heat exchanger to crack.  It could result in a carbon monoxide leak but may require the replacement of the heat exchanger. The other reason could be the expanding and contracting of air ducts.

A Whining Noise – A high-pitched noise, which is very annoying, could be the shaft bearings needing oil, an issue with the blower belt, or the blower motor is defective.  Regular maintenance will help pinpoint these issues well before they result in major problems.

Cold Air Blowing Out from the Heating System – when cold air if coming from the heating system, it may be the furnace.  Check to see if your system is set to “on” instead of “auto”.   When set to “on” the heating system will continue to blow even when there is no heated air.  Check to see if the air filter is clean and also check the duct work permitting the leakage of heated air.  There are other reasons that could cause cold air.  Our technicians will check for every possible situation.

If your heating system is presenting any of these warning signs, call Efficient Home Solutions or schedule an appointment online and we’ll send a technician to diagnose your problem and get your home warm and comfortable again quickly.