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General Questions About Air Conditioning
What can I do before calling for AC Service?
Check if your breakers are in the ON-Position.
What does HVAC stand for?
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
What regular maintenance do heating and air conditioning systems need?
The most important part of HVAC maintenance aspect is maintaining unrestricted air flows. Dust, dirt, and debris are an HVAC system’s worst enemies. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor unit, you must keep all filters clean and heat exchangers and coils free of restrictions.
We recommend that your heating and cooling system be checked and serviced twice a year; ideally a spring and autumn tune-up. Also we recommend that you change your filter regularly, depending on the type of filter you have. This alone can eliminate many of the most common problems that need fixing and can significantly reduce the likelihood of a serious breakdown. A TSi Preventative Maintenance Agreement is your assurance that these maintenance needs are met regularly and that any potential problems are promptly identified.
Why do I need to change my filter regularly?
Regular filter replacement helps your heating and cooling system operate at peak levels and improves indoor air quality. It is important to change filters regularly to ensure proper air flow and to keep your home free from dust, allergens and germs. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may require weekly or monthly filter replacements. Your TSi service or installation technician will recommend the ideal filters and replacement schedules for your unit(s).
How often should I replace my filters?
In general, TSi recommends that you replace your disposable filters at least once a month. If you have washable filters, they should be cleaned once a month. Your TSi service technician will recommend a replacement schedule that delivers the optimum efficiency and filtration for your specific system. With a TSi Preventative Maintenance Agreement, we clean and inspect your HVAC system twice each year. Part of the service includes changing the filters or servicing your filtering system. Unless you have special circumstances, our service should be adequate. We recommend that you visually check filters and filtering equipment monthly. If filters look dirty, they need to be cleaned or replaced. Learn more by visiting our AIR QUALITY section.
In addition to changing my filters, what maintenance should I do on my heater and/or air conditioner?
Most maintenance should be performed only by a qualified service technician. But here are some things that you can do to assure optimal performance:
- Keep ground mounted outdoor units clear of debris, clutter and weeds; they can reduce the airflow to the unit.
- Use caution with weed trimmers around the unit to prevent damaging control wiring.
- Keep pets away from the unit; pet urine can cause expensive damage.
How often should I have maintenance done on my air conditioner?
You should have maintenance done on your air conditioning system at least once a year – spring to early summer being the best times. However, in SW Florida – especially in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and all other places in this area, we recommend to have your AC System maintained two times per year. This not only ensures maximum efficiency, it enables us to foresee any possible problems that may occur in the near future.
Is there anything I should check on my air conditioner prior to calling for ac service?
Check to be sure that the air conditioner or furnace is turned on. Check that the breakers and the disconnects are turned on and be sure the thermostat is set correctly. Also make a note of any strange noises or smells.
How do I know if my HVAC system is working properly?
Is your air conditioner making strange noises? Is your AC cooling or heating all areas of your home sufficiently? Has it been taking longer to cool down or heat up? Have your utility bills been rising for no apparent reason? Any of these are signs that you may have a problem with your air conditioning system that needs service. In most cases, the longer you delay, the worse any underlying problems will get. So be sure to contact Technical Services to check out your HVAC system whenever you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Talking Licensed Air Conditioning Contractor: Is Technical Service a licensed AC Company?
Absolutely yes! We are a fully licensed Air Conditioning contractor. Our State License number is CAC021370. In addition of being state-licensed, we are also bonded and insured to give you the peace of mind that you deserve when selecting your next AC company. Don’t hire unlicensed contractors ever! Check our valid license here.