If your air conditioner isn’t performing as it should, it may have you wondering if it’s time for HVAC system upgrades or to find and fix the root of the problem. In some situations, you might be able to improve your comfort by investing in energy efficient improvements or HVAC maintenance before turning to a full replacement.
Take a load off
Before suspecting your A/C has stopped cooling effectively, inspect your window and exterior door frames for cracks. Weatherstripping wears out, and the caulk that seals window frames dries out eventually.
Insulation in the attic might be less effective because it’s wet, compressed, or moldy. Fixing these problems will lower the cooling load indoors and make it easier for your cooling system to maintain comfort.
Time for attention
A dirty air filter or an outdoor condenser will inhibit the cooling process. Replace a clogged filter and hose off the condenser coil outdoors. Rake away any accumulated vegetation, and make sure nothing blocks the condenser.
Call in the pros
If you haven’t had your HVAC system serviced this summer, it’s time. Besides improving its energy efficiency, a tune-up will turn up issues that could keep it from reaching its maximum performance. Too much or too little refrigerant interferes with system’s ability to cool your home. Ductwork leaks not only drive up energy costs, they also reduce cooling and degrade air quality.
If tending to your HVAC system and addressing the home’s insulation levels and air leaks doesn’t solve your comfort issues, you may need HVAC system upgrades, especially if it:
- Is over 10 years old.
- Breaks down a lot.
- Doesn’t remove enough humidity.
- Runs more often.
When choosing the next system, make sure it’s:
- The right size.
- As energy efficient as your budget can handle.
- Installed by NATE-certified technicians.
Each of these factors contributes to energy savings, dependable operation and year-round comfort.
The condition of your home contributes to the performance of your HVAC system, and even when you need HVAC system upgrades to a new one. To learn more, contact Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions, providing HVAC services for Orlando homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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