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Know your HVAC terms to avoid confusion with air conditioners. Some terms pop up more than others, so it’s important to stay on top of definitions. Hans Heating & Air understands the confusion that comes along with HVAC terminology. 

We have all the basic terms you need to navigate air conditioners like a pro. This way, the next time you need to describe a problem to an HVAC technician or receive a diagnosis, it will be easier and make more sense. At Hans, we want our customers to feel comfortable and confident with their HVAC systems. Let’s get started!

List of Basic HVAC Terms

In Montgomery, Alabama, air conditioning must function properly. Temperatures get too high to go without. Part of air conditioner maintenance comes from the homeowner’s knowledge of their system. therefore, we’ve gathered the most common HVAC terms and defined them for your benefit.

Duct

Air has to travel through something to cool the entire home. It does that with ducts. Air travels in the ducts, then exits through vents. 

Efficiency

HVAC terms sometimes seem vague. Efficiency tends to fall in that category. However, the definition is simpler than you think. It refers to the energy consumption of a particular air conditioning system. 

A unit with high efficiency uses a low amount of energy, while low-efficiency systems use a lot of energy to cool the same amount of space. The higher the efficiency, the less it costs to run. The lower the efficiency, the more it costs to heat and cool your house.

Filters

Here’s one you probably know—filters! A filter does exactly as the name implies. They make sure no dirt, dust, or other particles float around your home. Clean air depends on filters. Check them monthly and change as needed. Don’t wait for seasonal tune ups. 

Thermostat

Another common term you definitely know—thermostat. This controls the temperature throughout your home. Updated thermostats use sensors to determine how much it needs to cool. Older models require manual adjustments. 

Either way, keep it clean and out of direct sunlight for the best results. If you’d like to upgrade to a programmable, Wi-Fi-connected or “smart” thermostat, we’re happy to help. 

We’ll recommend a selection based on your current HVAC system, install it and make sure you’re comfortable with the features before we leave. That way, you’ll get the most value from it. 

Drain Pan

Air conditioners often create condensation. A drain pan collects the water to eliminate potential damage. Some build up occurs if not cleaned properly, but a quick vinegar or bleach bath prevent algae and bacteria growth. Sometimes the drain line clogs. Keep an eye out for water on the floor around your indoor AC unit and notify Hans if you suspect a leak. 

Refrigerant

Air conditioners use refrigerant to remove heat and humidity from your space. An air conditioner producing hot air needs new refrigerant. However, do not handle refrigerant yourself. Only trained professionals should replace refrigerant because of its toxicity

Compressor

HVAC terms are often related to one another. A compressor, for example, pressurizes and heats refrigerant. The AC compressor is housed in the large unit outside your house, whether you have an air conditioner or heat pump. 

Evaporator Coil

Before pressurization in the compressor, refrigerant absorbs heat via the evaporator coil. In this coil, refrigerant turns into a low-pressure, warm gas.

Condenser Coil

Finally, refrigerant passes through the condenser coil. Here the heat transfers to air that blows over the coil and the refrigerant turns back into a liquid. Hot air then filters outside while cool air blows inside.

Blower

Of all the HVAC terms on this list, the blower is arguably the most important. Essentially, blowers actually circulate the air into your home. If a blower doesn’t work, air won’t come out of the air conditioner. 

Contact Us When You Need HVAC Pros in Montgomery, AL

HVAC terms don’t have to hold you back. With this list, all the knowledge you need is at your fingertips. In Montgomery, Alabama, air conditioners allow homeowners to live comfortably. In fact, they are a necessity. 

Luckily, Hans Heating & Air understands the importance of a functional air conditioner. If you experience problems with your air conditioning, give us a call. We offer 24-hour repair service and a same day service guarantee. Call today! 

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Seasonal allergies impact countless people across Alabama. Did you know HVAC systems directly affect the indoor air quality of a house? Some of the smallest pieces of your HVAC system play the largest part in air quality. Luckily, Hans Heating & Air knows how to beat allergies with the help of your HVAC system.

Seasonal Allergies: The Facts

Allergies span across the country but compared to other places—in the United States, and Alabama, specifically—Montgomery boasts relatively low particle pollution. From 2015 to 2017, Montgomery had zero high particle pollution days. This means that allergens and other air pollution are low enough to stay under the American Lung Association’s radar. 

Of course, some particles are inevitable. Plants, cars, airplanes, factories, and more contribute to outdoor air quality. These particles trigger allergies and asthma to act up. Still, Montgomery’s air falls under the category of healthy in terms of quality. Way to go Montgomery!

When you enter a building, however—residential or commercial—you enter into the realm of indoor air quality, or IAQ. Often, poor air quality indoors points toward a dysfunctional HVAC system rather than poor outdoor air quality. In addition, due to greater home energy efficiency, our homes have less ventilation and greater indoor pollution. Because we spend so much time indoors, at home, school, or work, indoor air quality matters. 

Common Allergy Triggers

Despite Montgomery’s clean air, allergies still find a way to arise. Seasonal allergies prove difficult to manage because irritating elements are often inevitable. Here are some common allergens found indoors.

Pollen

When you think of seasonal allergies, pollen probably comes to mind. Flowers and plants in bloom spread pollen with the help of insects, animals, wind, and humans. Excess pollen in the spring and summer makes allergies worse because it irritates our eyes, nose, and lungs. 

If you’ve spent time outdoors, be sure to wash your hair before bed. Don’t spend all night inhaling the microscopic pollen spores you’ve brought to your pillow! 

Also, leave shoes at the door. If you have big gardening projects, take your allergy medications before exposure to outdoor or indoor allergy triggers. 

Mold and mildew

Mold and mildew often go hand-in-hand. Both require water accumulation to grow—though mold grows other ways too. In spring and summer, water collects more frequently so mold and mildew growth increases. 

Mold and mildew send spores into the air, which triggers allergy symptoms. Because we have a high amount of humidity in Alabama, mold is a common occurrence. Get rid of any wet leaves hanging around from last fall and be sure to run fans in the bathroom. 

Ventilation is key. Sometimes people find mildew and mold in the back of closets if there’s not enough air circulation.  

Animals

Got pets? Spring and summer mark a time of change for our furry friends. Warmer weather increases the amount of fur animals shed, which leads to allergy symptoms. Fleas and other aggravations also increase itching, which means there’s more dander in the air.

Dust

Seasonal allergies also kick up if you spring clean. Dust comes out of everything when you clean, and those particles get trapped in your nose and eyes. As a result, you have more allergy symptoms. 

How HVAC Helps Fight Allergies

Fortunately, HVAC systems are allergies’ biggest enemy. ECPs, or environmental control practices, like these help reduce allergens in the air to give you a high IAQ.

High-quality filters

Even with Montgomery’s low particle pollution, an HVAC system still needs a filter. These filters get rid of all those allergy triggers mentioned above. They collect the harmful particles, which ensures the air in your space contains as few pollutants as possible to keep seasonal allergies to a minimum. Change them once a month for the best results.

IAQ thermostats

Smart thermostats change temperature based on the environment. IAQ thermostats function similarly, but they focus on air quality. They give you the ability to control air purifiers, ventilation systems, and humidifiers. Additionally, this element of control also saves you money because the system runs based on the environment rather than a manual command. Win-win!

Clean your HVAC system

Any dirt, dust, or other allergens around your system contribute to the indoor air quality. Dust the system regularly and sweep the area to ensure those particles stay away from the HVAC.

HVAC Preventive Maintenance

The best way to beat seasonal allergies is to schedule regular HVAC maintenance. Maintenance ensures the HVAC system functions properly all year. When that happens, allergens are taken care of before they become a problem. 

Contact Hans to Improve Your Seasonal Allergies

Alabama’s hot summers are more fun while you fight your allergies. HVAC systems provide you with everything necessary for a clean, comfortable home when seasonal allergies arrive. Call Hans Heating & Air today for more information on HVAC maintenance and to schedule a visit.

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Air conditioner troubleshooting saves you unnecessary visits from a technician. Sometimes, the AC in your home requires a professional to fix problems. Know the difference between needed repairs and quick fixes this summer with the help of Hans Heating & Air. Temperatures are on the rise in Alabama, so here’s everything you need to troubleshoot AC problems.

Common Problems with Air Conditioners

Several types of issues cause air conditioning troubles. Here are common problems that don’t require expert help.

Dirty filters

First, dirty filters cause more problems than you expect. When dirt, dust, and other airborne debris collect in the filter, it improves the air quality improves. If a filter goes unchanged for a long period of time, those particles leak into your air. Filters only hold so much debris before they become ineffective.

Clogged filters force the air conditioner to work harder to push air through the system. This often causes overheating and the AC unit shuts down prematurely as a safety precaution. Frequent stops and starts are known as short cycling and it’s a common problem. Over time, however, it’s bad for your air conditioner and leads to major repairs and worse, breakdowns.

Thermostat issues

Next, thermostats control the temperature in a home. A dusty, unlevel, or poorly-placed thermostat messes with temperature regulation. Faulty readings ultimately cost you on the utility bill.
Air conditioner troubleshooting starts with accurate knowledge of your thermostat, so if you notice changes in the temperature but you haven’t touched the thermostat, it’s likely the cause of the problem.

If you have questions about how to program your thermostat or would like to upgrade to a Wi-Fi or smart thermostat, give us a call. Our techs are happy to install a thermostat best suited to work with your specific HVAC equipment.
Not all “smart” thermostats are created equal. If you have a single speed or variable speed AC unit makes a difference, for example. 

Drainage

Drain pans collect moisture from an air conditioner. Over time, accumulated moisture grows bacteria, algae, and other harmful contagions. If the smell of mold or mildew hovers around your air conditioner, the drain pan likely caused it.

Air Conditioner Troubleshooting Tips

Once common problems are on your radar, these tips help fix the problem quickly at home.

  • Change filters. Air conditioner troubleshooting begins with a quick filter change. Change the filter if the air quality drastically decreased for no reason. If allergies acted up, sneezes increase, or the air feels less breathable than normal, change the filter. Afterward, the air feels clean again. A filter change also addresses weak airflow issues. 
  • Check the thermostat. Dirty thermostats are unable to detect changes in environmental temperatures, so clean them if you notice odd shifts in temperature. Additionally, unlevel thermostats suffer from the same issue, so make sure it’s level. Finally, thermostats in direct sunlight do not work properly because the sun tricks the device into thinking it’s hotter than it actually is. Install a cover or ask your HVAC to move it if this is your issue.
  • Remove moisture from the drain pan. Dump water from the drain pan, then wash it with warm soapy water to remove any leftover debris. If you noticed any mildew or mold growth, give the drain pan a quick bleach bath to kill off any bacteria. This increases air quality.
When You Need A Professional in Montgomery, AL

Lastly, there are some problems that air conditioner troubleshooting can’t fix. Here’s when to call the professionals

  • Refrigerant issues. Only qualified technicians are allowed to handle refrigerant. Its high toxicity endangers those who do not know how to properly replace it. If you notice any refrigerant problems, call a technician immediately.
  • Electrical problems. Yes, electrical problems impact an air conditioning system. Loose connections decrease the air conditioners ability to cool a space. Professionals know how to fix these problems quickly and efficiently.
  • Complete breakdowns. When an air conditioner stops entirely, call a technician. They find the cause of the breakdown, then either repair or replace the system. 
Contact Us When You Need Professional Air Conditioner Troubleshooting

Air conditioner troubleshooting helps with minor problems in your system. Beat the Alabama heat with the at-home fixes discussed above. If problems persist or you suffer a breakdown, call Hans Heating & Cooling. Trust us to fix any problems you encounter. Call today to schedule a maintenance visit.

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Think it’s too late for an air conditioning tune up? Not the case! Tune ups for an air conditioning system happen year-round. Don’t worry if you think tune up season ended –  Hans Heating & Air performs tune ups any time of year. 

Beat the heat in Alabama with the help of Hans! In this blog, we’ll cover quick tips for saving money and increasing comfort in your home this summer. Plus, we’ll review the various tasks HVAC techs perform during a tune up so you know what to expect. 

Air Conditioning Tune Up Tips

Spring came and went, but you forgot to schedule air conditioning maintenance? While springtime is usually the time to schedule a tune up, it’s okay to schedule service during the summer, too. 

Sometimes we forget our air conditioning needs TLC to work properly. Your air conditioner is one of the most expensive appliances in your home. Take care of it so it takes care of you! 

Schedule a visit

First and foremost, schedule a maintenance check as soon as possible. A tune up is essential for the functionality of your air conditioning system. To avoid unexpected breakdowns, you need to schedule tune ups at least twice a year—one in the spring and another in the fall. 

This ensures your entire system, air conditioning and heating, works properly year round. An air conditioning tune up in the summer still gets the job done!

Tune ups save money

No matter when tune ups are scheduled, you save money in the long run. Well-maintained systems reduce the risk of breakdowns, lower energy use, and drop costs. Because of the energy efficiency of maintained systems, utility bills lower over time. 

Without a tune up, systems become outdated and use more energy than necessary. You still save money if you schedule a visit in the summer.

Change thermostat settings

While you wait for your summertime air conditioning tune up, adjust the settings on the thermostat. A quick check on your thermostat ensures the temperature stays comfortable. 

Smart thermostats adjust the temperature for you based on the environment. It’s worth a check in case you don’t have a smart thermostat and didn’t know. 

Check filters

Another quick check before your summer visit relates to filters. Check if your filters are especially filled with dirt, dust, or other air pollutants. A technician changes it in a maintenance visit—but make a note to check it monthly. 

Don’t wait for seasonal tune ups. Dirty filters cause lots of problems, so check it regularly and change as needed. Besides, it improves air quality almost instantly.

What Happens During an Air Conditioning Tune Up?

Now that your tune up is scheduled, what goes into maintenance? 

  • Refrigerant check. First, a technician checks the refrigerant level in the air conditioning system. Low refrigerant levels mean there is a potential leak. Under no circumstances should you check refrigerant yourself. Because of its high toxicity, only trained HVAC technicians handle refrigerant problems. 
  • Electrical check. Electrical connections to an air conditioning system loosen over time. With loose connections, air conditioning ceases to work at its best. Technicians check these connections to ensure the system works with the electrical. 
  • Visual inspection. An air conditioning tune up usually starts with a visual inspection to check for obvious problems. Issues with the system are caught quickly in this inspection, which prevents larger problems down the line.
  • Check condensate drain. Next, the HVAC technician clears out the condensate drain. This keeps mold, water damage, and irregular temperatures away. Accumulated moisture in the condensate drain causes problems, so it must be emptied in a tune up.
  • Part lubrication. Then, parts in the system are lubricated to ensure everything works together smoothly. Parts without lubrication hinder the functionality of an air conditioning system. However, lubricated parts improve the overall quality of your air conditioning because fewer problems occur when everything runs as it should.
Contact Us to Book Your Air Conditioning Tune Up

Spring ended, but that doesn’t mean your air conditioning tune up needs to wait until the fall. Schedule a summer maintenance check to ensure the quality of your air conditioning. 

Remember, it saves money because your AC system runs more efficiently and it provides better comfort and reliability. Temperatures in Alabama are far too high to wait until next year for your tune up, so give Hans Heating & Air a call today to schedule a visit or book online. We serve homes throughout the Montgomery, Alabama area, so give us a call. 

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More often than not, customers get a bit confused when it comes to the difference between heat pumps and air conditioners. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about! In many ways, heat pumps function the same as air conditioners. The biggest difference is a heat pump can reverse itself to provide heat while an air conditioner can’t.

The Similarities

Both heat pumps and air conditioners take heat from inside your home and transfer it outside. Each system uses a compressed refrigerant to collect heat from inside your house.

The hot air passes over the coil in the air handler and transfers outside. Most people assume air conditioners cool the air in your home. The truth is they remove heat energy from your home and pump it outdoors.

A heating pump does the exact same thing when operating in cooling mode. In addition, it can be tricky to tell the two apart by physical appearance alone. Both have condenser units outdoors. If it’s running when you need heat, it’s a heat pump.  

The Difference Between Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners

While cooling mode is essentially identical between the two, heating is not an option for your air conditioner. While they both may rely on the same refrigeration principles, by the flip of a switch a heating pump does the exact opposite process.

By reversing the direction of the air, the coils inside the heating pump change what was once a liquid into a gas as it pulls heat from the air. This allows the heating pump to push warm air through the interior vents.

It does not generate heat through combustion, like a furnace. It moves heat from one place to another. Traditionally, heat pumps were found mostly in temperate climates, where heating is not a priority.

They could keep up with heating during occasional low temperatures with electric strips as a backup. Although often expensive to use, it provides a source of heat for the air passing through the heat pump.

With advancements in technology, heat pumps can better cope with ongoing colder temperatures and are found throughout the country.

What works for me?

Space should be considered when choosing the right system for you. Should you choose an air conditioner, additional space for a furnace is needed. Another factor is your energy source.

If you have access to natural gas, you may choose an air conditioner and furnace. If your house is electric, a heat pump is probably best. Another option for heat pumps is a ductless variety.

These do not connect to ductwork and multiple quiet indoor units may connect to an outdoor condenser unit. You may choose to use one or two in different rooms to boost heating or cooling. Or, you may create zone control of your heating and cooling in your entire house.

Curious? Ask us for an estimate.

Trust Hans to Evaluate the Difference Between Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners to Determine Your Options

With Hans Heating and Air by your side, we can help you understand the system you have. We can also recommend the best option for you if you’re looking to replace or are building a new home. In conclusion, the difference between heat pumps and air conditioners is, heat pumps provide both heating and cooling while AC units only cool.

Call us today at 334-721-8437 to find the best option for your home or repair or tune up your current air conditioner or heating pump. We serve customers throughout greater Montgomery, Alabama. We travel to communities such as Pike Road, Prattville, Hope Hull, Millbrook and Wetumpka.

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Does your air conditioner start and stop too frequently? Have you ever noticed it turns off before your house is fully cooled? The most common cause of this is a problem called short-cycling.

Short-cycling happens for a variety of reasons from electrical wiring to air conditioner size. However, our technicians at Hans Heating and Air are available 24/7/365 to service your air conditioner and properly replace or fix the issue at hand.

Frequent Air Conditioner Start and Stop Causes Clogged Air Filter

If air filters aren’t replaced regularly, the buildup causes your air conditioner to work twice as hard to provide good airflow. Dirt, dust and other particles cause your air conditioner to overcompensate for the low airflow it receives. The extra work causes your system to overheat and shut off before it has fully cooled your home.

Oversized Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner is too large for your house, the unit quickly cools your house then shuts off. This causes your air conditioner to start and stop without fully cooling the whole home. It leads to expensive energy bills, more maintenance calls and uneven cooling in your house.

Wiring

Electrical issues can also cause an air conditioner to start and stop frequently. Defective wiring and control boards can cause your air conditioner to start and stop at the wrong times.

Thermostat Location

The location of the thermostat matters! If it’s in direct sunlight or near a heat source, for example, it affects the thermostat’s readings. It’s best for the thermostat to be in an interior room or hallway.

Low Refrigerant

Much like a clogged air filter, low levels of freon can cause excess stress on your system and overwork the unit. This can also lead to overheating and, in turn, frequent starting and stopping.

Risks of an Air Conditioner Start and Stop Pattern

The chances of breakdowns double when a unit is short-cycling. The system works hardest when it is trying to reach the target temperature. Short-cycling causes it to wear down and become overworked.

Because the air conditioner can never move past the startup cycle, it doesn’t have the ability to properly keep your home cooled. This also has a big impact on moisture control and the amount of humidity in your house.

Solutions to Air Conditioner Start and Stop Problems

Should your system be too big for your house, we have several options to replace it with the properly sized unit. In addition, Hans is happy to take a look at your filters, wiring and unit to ensure everything is clean, filled and wired properly. If the issue is the wrong-sized air conditioner, we are happy to provide an estimate for an air conditioning replacement.

We also offer an Express Comfort Priority Service Membership free to our customers. Join today and if your air conditioner improperly cools your house, membership offers a V.I.P. rapid response priority service.

This guarantees same day services and a 15 percent discount to the day’s repairs and any future repairs.

Air Conditioner Start and Stop Cycles Driving You Crazy? Call Hans Heating and Air!

In conclusion, if you’re tired of a constant air conditioner start and stop situation, request an appointment with Hans Heating and Air. The causes behind your uneven temperatures range from simple fixes to the need for a new HVAC system. We run our company 24/7 to ensure you stay cool, safe and happy with the cooling services we can provide.

You’ll see our trucks serving customers throughout the Montgomery, Alabama area, including Wetumpka, Pike Road, Hope Hull, Millbrook and Prattville. Call us at 334-721-8437 for HVAC help today.

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Unless you’ve had an HVAC problem before, your knowledge of HVAC basic vocabulary is probably a bit limited. You may have walked away from your heating and cooling tech scratching your head once or twice.

What are common terms for professionals can feel like a foreign language to others. Hans Heating and Air wants to offer you some of the basic HVAC terms to help you better understand your system.

As part of our commitment to customer service, we love to inform customers. If you feel more comfortable with your basic HVAC system components, it’s easier to ask questions. It’s also simpler when it comes time to repair or replace your air conditioner, for example. Let’s get started!

Basic HVAC Vocabulary Air Conditioner

Conditions air to change the temperature, humidity levels or quality.

Air Handler

Indoor part of the air conditioning system including the circulating fan, evaporator and condenser coil.

Burner

Facilitates the combustion of air and gas.

CFM or Cubic Feet per Minute

Measurement of airflow volume.

Charging a System

Adding coolant or refrigerant to an HVAC system.

Compressor

An external pump that increases the pressure of refrigerant gas.

DC or Direct Current

A type of electrical current that flows in only one direction.

Damper

Found in the junction points of your ductwork, these metal plates open or close to control the flow of air in the room.

Diffuser

The grille over each air supply duct that distributes the discharging air in a specific pattern or direction.

DOE

The Department of Energy.

Drain Pan

As refrigerant vapor is liquefied, the drain pan collects the condensate, or moisture and funnels it to the drain line.

Ductwork

A network of metal, fiberboard or flexible material connected through a space. The “tunnels” that deliver air from the HVAC unit to the respective zones of an office or home.

Filter

A cooling system may use multiple filters. The air filter is crucial to the system intake ducting and prevents contaminants from entering the equipment. Check and replace filters at regular intervals. We recommend homeowners check air filters monthly as basic HVAC maintenance. Change as needed, usually every two to three months.

Freon

A cooling agent used in most air conditioning systems.

Flue

A vent that removes the byproducts of combustion from a furnace.

PSI or Pound per square inch

A unit of pressure resulting in the force of one pound-force being applied to the area of a square inch.

Refrigerant

The fluid used in refrigerators, heat pumps and air conditioners to transfer heat into or out of interior space.

Refrigerant Charge

The amount of refrigerant in a system.

Sensor

A device that reacts to any changes in conditions.

Single-Speed

A motor that runs at top speed until it reaches your preferred temperature then shuts off. Commonly found in basic HVAC equipment, such as baseline or standard models. They generally consume more energy and are louder at start-up than alternative motor types and cause more stress on mechanical parts.

Variable-Speed

A motor which has multiple speeds to choose. These are typically found in “better” and “best” models. They are more energy efficient, quieter at start-up and create a more comfortable environment.

Come to Hans Heating and Air for Advanced and Basic HVAC Needs

At Hans Heating and Air we operate on honesty and integrity and offer you service 24/7/365 with quality, thoroughness and dedication. Our technicians are here rain or shine with the professional knowledge of all the basic HVAC terms listed above and more.

Contact Hans Heating and Air online or call 334-721-8437 today for all of your HVAC needs. Summer is fast approaching so we work diligently to solve your needs as they arise.

You’ll find us in the greater Montgomery, Alabama area including Wetumpka, Prattville, Pike Road, Millbrook and Hope Hull.

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Whether you’re a new homeowner or have been busy – be sure to schedule an air conditioner tune up soon. It’s easy to forget your HVAC unit works basically 24/7, 365 days a year.

It may seem like an extra expense, especially if your air conditioner is fairly new, but the cost of replacing parts or whole AC units adds up quickly. Preventive maintenance is a smart investment in your comfort as well as controls your energy bills.

In this blog we’ll explain why preventive maintenance is important to the short and long-term health of your air conditioning system. We’ll also go over what is included in an air conditioner tune up and how you can save money on this and other services.

Benefits of an Air Conditioner Tune Up

Why is an air conditioner tune up so important? In order for your air conditioner to perform as well as possible, it needs regular service.

Think about your car. Several times a year you take care to change the oil. You probably don’t even drive it all 365 days. Whether you have an air conditioner or a heat pump, it works hard to keep up with Alabama weather.

Our air conditioning systems work hard to beat the heat and manage the humidity. You should have an air conditioner tune up every spring. We recommend a tune up for furnaces in the fall before heating season.

If you use a heat pump, plan for two tune ups each year. Heat pumps work year round so they need extra care.

Efficiency

Annual maintenance increases the energy efficiency of your air conditioning system. Even regular air filter changes help your system run better. Your air conditioner or heat pump depends on good airflow.

If there’s dirt and debris on the components, if belts are loose, if components need lubrication, your HVAC equipment cannot perform as designed. It struggles and experiences more wear and tear.

Repair and Breakdown Prevention

When a qualified HVAC technician performs an air conditioner tune up, he or she performs a comprehensive inspection. This provides insight into signs of duress. If your technician sees a loose belt, he or she will tighten it.

This minor act, for example, could save you major headaches. A neglected AC unit will react with extra repair needs and unfortunately, breakdowns. You may not get the full life out of the equipment. This means repair costs and the expense of a replacement are more likely.

An Air Conditioner Tune Up Includes These Tasks

When your technician visits, he or she starts with a careful inspection. This checklist observes any minor fixes the technician can perform in the visit.

This also allows the HVAC tech to note any signs of excess wear and tear. He or she makes recommendations in repairs or simply changes in how you use the air conditioner to prevent the wear and tear from getting worse.

In addition to the inspection, your trained HVAC professional:

  • Cleans components. For example, your condenser coils get a deep clean. This directly increases efficiency and energy costs.
  • Inspection of ductwork to check for potential loss of conditioned air
  • Check blower belt and blower motor performance
  • Tighten and test all electrical switches and controls for safety
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Lubricate moving parts. This eliminates friction which increases energy costs and wear on your AC unit.
  • Test and calibrate your thermostat, if necessary.
  • Change the air filter, if provided.
  • Check electrical wiring for proper ratings, installation and connections.
  • Check lines and fittings for signs of leaks or oil
  • Inspect and test capacitors and many more!
Save on Your Air Conditioner Tune Up with an Express Comfort Priority Service Membership

Hans Heating and Air offer an Express Comfort Priority Service membership exclusive to our customers. This free membership includes a three-year parts and labor warranty and 15 percent discount on all repairs.

Members enjoy VIP priority scheduling and pay no overtime charges, including weekends and holidays. Two seasonal tune-ups are offered at only $69 apiece. In addition, if you take advantage of seasonal tune ups, you get a double repair discount of 30 percent.

Trust Hans Heating and Air for Your Air Conditioner Tune Up

Hans Heating and Air works around the clock to ensure you fast resolutions to your HVAC needs. Our dedication to customer service, preventive care, air conditioner tune ups and repairs are always available to you.

Request an appointment here or give us a call at 334-721-8437. We serve the Montgomery, Alabama area including Hope Hull, Millbrook, Pike Road, Prattville and Wetumpka.

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Get the facts from an expert.

There are many brands, types, efficiencies, etc. of heating and air conditioning systems to choose from nowadays. Hans Luquire, with over 30 years of industry experience, and his team of professionals draw on their vast HVAC equipment and installation knowledge, as well as in-the-trenches experience to reach the system that best suits your specific wants, needs, and price range. Whomever you decide to install your HVAC system, you should make sure they consider all of, but not limited to, the following aspects: The size and age of your home—as well as the number of rooms—your climate, local and regional utility costs, as well as utility incentive/rebate programs. All of these factors will affect the functionality—and selection of—your system. The supervisors, technicians, and installers at Hans Air, utilizing the latest technology, premium products, and quality customer service, will assist you in choosing the best system for you and your home. Take advantage of us: it’s what we’re here for!

Consumers seeking to replace an existing system will often choose a replacement system whose efficiency is either equal to or higher than their original unit. Replacing a unit that is 10-15 years old may reduce natural gas or electricity costs by 30-50%.

Contact Hans Heating and Air today to help determine initial cost, warranty protection, service options, maintenance options, operating cost, and proper installation.

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Efficiency, cost, and environmental savings.

At Hans Heating and Air, we realize that purchasing a new HVAC system is no

small matter, and it’s not cheap. That said, if your existing system is old, in need of repair, or simply inefficient, purchasing a new unit—which can be as much as 60% more efficient than a system purchased just 10 years ago—can offer long-term benefits, and, essentially, pay for itself with all of your energy and repair savings.

Rather than continuing to pay for ongoing maintenance and costly monthly bills, investing in a new system will save you money for years to come. Plus, the technology of a new system provides added benefits to both the comfort and indoor air quality of your home, as well as to the environment with its greater efficiency capacities and environmentally friendly refrigerant.

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