Posted on:
7. 27. 2020

Neglecting AC Maintenance? Here’s What Can Happen

Written by: Metro Air

Furnace repair and installation by Metro Air Heating & Cooling

Have you forgotten to get your heating and cooling system professionally tuned-up? Perhaps you have put it off for other reasons. Neglecting regular tune-ups could be an expensive mistake. Not only are you at risk for a system breakdown right when you need to use it most, but you could also be risking replacing it early. Regular air conditioning maintenance can help you avoid these issues.

#1: Clogged filters.
HVAC systems require air filters to run efficiently. If they become blocked up with dirt, debris, and other build-up, it could cause a variety of issues. This can cause increased allergies and asthma for people. And, it can also cause the system to work harder than necessary. That creates unneeded wear and tear on the machine which can cause premature system breakdown and/or increased energy bills.

#2: Refrigerant leaks.
Your AC utilizes refrigerant to run correctly. If you notice that your home is not as cool as it normally is, or if you hear unusual sounds coming from the system, there may be a refrigerant issue. During your preventative maintenance appointment with our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling, we complete a refrigerant check. This ensures that it has the right refrigerant needed to keep your system running and your home cool, all summer long.

#3: Increased energy use.
If you have noticed a spike in your utility bills, but you have not been using more AC than normal, you may have an issue with your machine. When the system must work harder to keep up, there may be an internal component that needs to be repaired or replaced. We will run an energy efficiency check, test current draws, and ensure that your system is not wasting energy.

During regular AC maintenance,  we clean the outdoor coil and the condensate line, measure temperature drops across the evaporator coil, and measure vapor line temperature. And, we also test motor capacitors and clean or replace air filters. Over 30 individual items are cleaned or inspected for cooling!

The best way to stay on top of your AC and furnace maintenance during the year is through our customer care club! This includes:

  • $58 discount on initial tune-ups ($90 initial tune-up is required to join the customer care club)
  • 10% discount on upgrades
  • 10% discount on repairs
  • 2% discount on replacements
  • Fall furnace tune-up ($119 value)
  • Spring air conditioning tune-up ($119 value)
  • Priority scheduling and accommodations

Join our customer care club for just $15 a month. Our staff calls you in the spring to set up an appointment for an air conditioning tune-up and in the fall, we call you for a furnace tune-up. Easy! So, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Posted on:
6. 30. 2020

Controlling Humidity

Written by: Metro Air

There is no doubt about it: Midwest summers are humid. Humidity in the home can make you uncomfortable, sluggish, and sweaty. In extreme cases, it can even cause damage to your home, including mold growth or warped flooring. If you are looking for ways to reduce humidity in your home this summer and keep it more comfortable, here are some helpful tips.

#1: Get rid of excess moisture.
Cooking, bathing, and showering are all necessary parts of day to day living, but if you don’t have the proper items installed in the home to remove moisture from the air, you will be left in a humid, hot space. Make sure to install exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms and use them regularly. Also check to make sure your dryer vent is set up to direct humid air outside. Otherwise, it could recirculate warm air that’s full of moisture right back into the air.

Dehumidifers are also a great solution. The Aprilaire Dehumidifer comes with a 50year warranty and offers some incredible benefits including:

-Improving healthy by reducing mold, bacteria, and viruses that thrive in humid environments
-Reducing asthma and allergies
-Reduces summer utility costs and increases comfort through reduced humidity
-Reducing/eliminating damp and musty-smelling basements

#2: Upgrade your AC system.
Dust mites and mold thrive in humid environments. A quality, energy efficient air conditioning system can help dehumidify the air and make your home comfortable all summer. We are a proud Factory Authorized Dealer of Bryant air conditioning systems and offer several system options for varying budgets. Some of our most popular models include the Bryant Legacy Line, Preferred Series, and Evolution Series. These air conditioners save energy and can help provide the reliability you need to combat hot, humid Minnesota summers.

#3: Make sure your cooling system is maintained.
Preventative maintenance on your AC machine goes a long way. Not sure when the last time you had your air conditioner tuned up? Staying on top of preventative maintenance to ensure all parts are working at peak efficiency is important. Our experienced HVAC technicians will clean air filters and coils, check current draw on the fans and compressor, and ensure that there are no other issues that are standing out as potential hazards or problems.

Metro Air Heating and Cooling has been serving customers around the Prior Lake area for over three decades. We are committed to helping customers breathe clean air, and that starts at home. Contact us today for more information.