Air filters: When should you check them?
Check your air filter every time you get your electric bill. Many filters you buy in the store will claim to last 3 or 6 months…don’t believe it!
Once you learn the tendencies of the dust in your house, you can adjust how often you check. 30-40% of insufficient cooling calls can be contributed to dirty filters or dirty coils (which is accelerated by having a dirty filter).
Air filters: pleated or not?
Pleated filters are good if you maintain a very clean filter. However, once pleated filters get slightly dirty, they can cause air-flow problems.
What does SEER mean?
This stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating. It’s the efficiency rating for A/C equipment. This is like mpg on your car. The higher the SEER the more efficient the A/C system is and the more savings you’ll see on energy bills.
When’s the best time to service my A/C system?
It’s a good idea to have your A/C system serviced in the spring. This could save you costly and inconvenient breakdowns in the summer. Make sure the company you hire is licensed and insured.
How do I know if my system needs more freon?
The average A/C unit holds 7-10 lbs of refrigerant (freon). Be leery of someone that tells you your unit needs to be charged with 12 pounds or more. They may be pulling a fast one on you. Also, be sure they weigh in the refrigerant with a scale to ensure you’re being charged fairly.
What are the most common A/C problems in Corpus Christi?
- A/C not cooling
- A/C isn’t coming on
- Certain rooms not cool
- Noisy unit
- Unit freezing up
- Air duct leaks
- Freon leaks
- High utility bills