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8. 28. 2017

Understanding Your Thermostat

Written by: Metro Air

Do you understand how everything works on your thermostat?  Do you have a basic digital thermostat, an older manual one, or a new programmable one? No matter which type of thermostat you have – digital, basic, or a new programmable one – there are likely a lot of options on it. You might see options like fan settings, temperature controls, and other buttons that you may not know how to properly use them.  Here, we’ll help you understand some of the basics of your thermostat and help you understand some of the function differences that can affect the efficiency of your system as well as your home or office space.

The differences between fan settings:
“Cool” and “heat” options on your thermostat are pretty obvious, but how you manage the fan settings can make a big difference. Fan settings will control how the fan blows after the system is off. If the fan is “on”, the blower will continue to run after the system is turned off, but if it’s set to “auto”, then the blower will run intermittently along with the heating or cooling system.  

Did you know that your thermostat settings affect your home’s air flow?
If the thermostat is used properly, you can control the indoor air quality of your office or home area to stay comfortable year round.  We recommend using the “auto” function to minimize utility costs and using ceiling fans to help keep the air circulated well. We recommend that users put their thermostat on the “on” position for air filtration, uniform temperatures, and comfortable air from room to room.

Need more tips on how to maximize the use of your thermostat? Perhaps you’re not sure how it completely works. Or, maybe you’re tired of using an old, inefficient thermostat and you’re ready to upgrade to a new programmable one that allows you to control it both in your home and while you’re away. Our professional team can help!  We can help you with any thermostat replacements as well as help you determine how you can get the most out of your heating and cooling system. Contact us today for more information.

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8. 21. 2017

Why is my air conditioner leaking?

Written by: Metro Air

Summer is in full swing and your air conditioner has likely been working hard to keep you cool and comfortable. Our summer has been very busy helping customers keep cool and one question that is commonly asked is: why is my air conditioning unit leaking?

Your air conditioning system has an evaporator coil inside that will cool any warm air that it comes into contact with. This causes moisture (condensation) to build up in the coil. The moisture on the coil will drip into a drain pan and into a PVC drain line that moves away from your home. If you have noticed that the water is starting to leaking inside your home rather than outside of it, there could be an issue that needs to be looked at.

There could be several other reasons that your unit is leaking water.

Cause #1: Clogged drain line.
A clogged drain line is a common issue that could cause water leakage. It’s common to have it get clogged with dirt, dust, debris, or other residue. If you think this could be the culprit, contact us right away so we can take a look and get it unclogged. If it stays unclogged for an extended period of time, it could cause damage to the unit.

Cause #2: Damaged drain pan.
Is your air conditioning system more than 10 years old? The drain pan could be damaged or rusted, if so. If this is the case, water will not collect in the pan and it will travel through it, making the drain pan an ineffective piece. We can help with diagnosing this problem and replacing the part.

Cause #3: Blocked and dirty air filter.
Dirty air filters not just cause system inefficiency, but it could cause your system to work harder and over time, it could break down. It addition, dirty or blocked air filters could block the flow of air to the evaporator coil and if this happens, the coil could get cold and freeze over. Eventually, this could start melting and dripping into the pan, which could be too much for the pan to hold, ultimately causing a leak. To avoid this problem, set a reminder to clean your air filters on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Need a professional to take a look at your air conditioning system? Contact our team today!