Command Comfort Blog : Archive for May, 2014

Causes of Puddles Under Your Air Conditioner

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

You probably do not think of water having much connection to the operation of your air conditioning. It’s not part of the plumbing, nor does it use the flow of water to provide comfortable temperatures the way a boiler does. Yet water is part of how an air conditioner carries out the job of heat exchange: as the indoor evaporator coil absorbs heat from your home, it also causes water vapor in the air to condense across the coil. The dripping sound you periodically hear from the AC is this water moisture dripping down into a pan, where a drain and pump safely remove it.

Under normal circumstances, you won’t need to give this water moisture much consideration. But there are occasions when you might notice water puddling around your AC: this indicates an issue that needs repairs before it can cause expensive damage and lower your comfort. Call for the skilled technicians at Command A/C for the necessary repair in Orange County, CA to stop the water leaking before it becomes worse.

Why are these puddles happening?

You can probably guess at why water leaking into your home is a problem: expensive water damage, pests and vermin, mold and mildew, and increased humidity in your home. The reasons for it to start are varied. Here are the three most common reasons:

  • Clogged drain or drain line: Like any drain, the one in the condensate pan can develop clogs that will slow or stop drainage of the water in the pan. Often algal growth is responsible. Because of how shallow the drip pan is, it will take no time at all for the condensation in it to overflow the pan and enter your home. Water overflow can often trigger a sensor switch that will shut off the air conditioning to prevent more overflow.
  • Detached pan/detached drain: If the pan and the drain become disconnected because the pan is dislodged (something that sometimes occurs because of amateur tampering in the cabinet) or the drain can break off because of corrosion. Water will start to spill out directly—and this is worrisome if you have furnace installed below!
  • Malfunctioning condensate pump: The electrically-powered pump sits further down the drain line, where it collects condensate until it reaches a certain level, and then the pump pushes the water out into the plumbing system. The pump could burn out and need replacement. Kinks in the line or bad connections could also cause it to stop pumping water from the condensate pan.

Since condensate problems can threaten to stop your air conditioning, lower your indoor air quality, and damage your home and furnace, don’t wait to call for help when you see water puddles around the AC.

Command A/C provides full service installation, maintenance, and AC repair in Orange County, CA. One call to us will take care of those leaks from your air conditioning.

Continue Reading

Should You Consider a Heat Pump for Your Cooling This Summer?

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Although the presence of the word “heat” would seem to indicate that a heat pump is anything but ideal to keep you cool during the summer, the truth is quite the opposite. When you are considering replacing your old air conditioning to ensure that you have a pleasant warm season with efficient cooling power, you should place a heat pump high on your list of possibilities.

Don’t make the decision regarding new air conditioning system installation without assistance from HVAC professionals. Despite the advantages, a heat pump isn’t the best choice for every home and budget. Call the expert installers at Command A/C today and talk to one of our AC specialists to get started with finding your ideal cooling solution.

Why Heat Pumps Are a Good Choice for Cooling?

  • Powerful Cooling: A heat pump is essentially an air conditioning system. It works in the same way: circulating refrigerant in order to move heat from one place to another. In cooling mode, a heat pump has the same level of cooling power as a standard air conditioner of comparable size. You won’t notice any difference—until it’s time to turn the heat on in the fall and winter…
  • Efficient Heating: …because heat pumps also functions as heating systems. The way they differ from air conditioners is that they can reverse the direction they move heat, and instead of absorbing heat from indoors and moving it outdoors, they absorb heat from outdoors and move it indoors. Heat pumps can sometimes struggle in climates that experience below-freezing temperatures; for Southern California winters, they are more than enough to keep a home warm.
  • Energy Savings: There’s another advantage to the heating function, which is that a heat pump does not use as much energy to provide heat than a furnace or a boiler. Heat pumps do not burn a fuel source to generate heat. Instead, they use electrical power to run components that move heat from one place to another. A 2011 government study found that a family of four can save 30% from their heating bills by switching from a furnace to a heat pump.

So should you make immediate plans to junk your old furnace as well as the old air conditioning and move in a heat pump? As tempting as a heat pump to replace an AC may sound, it isn’t necessarily the best system to have installed in your house. Some homeowners find that going with a standard air conditioner works better with their budget plans. Other houses with low levels of insulation may not benefit from the heating mode of a heat pump.

Call Command A/C today and we can assist you with professional air conditioning installation in Brea, CA that will deliver not only the best system for you, but also the necessary skill to install it so that it works for many years.

Continue Reading

Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance Before the Summer Hits

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Those spring temps are pretty fabulous, but after they are gone, we are in the heat of summer here in Orange County. Command A/C knows how uncomfortable it can get, and the last thing we want to see is our customers experiencing a mid-summer air conditioner breakdown. This is why air conditioning maintenance in Orange County is one of our specialties, and why we strongly recommend you do a spring tune-up every year.

Why Do Annual Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Your air conditioner is a complex system of multiple parts and components that all work together to cool your property. If you haven’t used your system in a while, it is very likely that it has collected leaves, debris and dirt. In addition, if unknown problems began toward the end of last season, they most likely didn’t disappear. Wouldn’t you rather know about these problems on a nice, spring day rather than on a 90 degree day in July?

Here are some reasons why Command A/C recommends scheduling air conditioning maintenance for our Orange County customers:

Maintenance can preserve your A/C’s cooling capability – by testing your air conditioner in the spring via a regular maintenance visit, your air conditioning technician will be able to detect any existing problems that could deter or obstruct the cooling process.

Maintenance can potentially improve your air conditioner’s energy efficiency – lots of small items can interfere with your system’s ability to run efficiently. Typical problems are dirty air filters, refrigerant leaks and reduced air flow. By tackling these problems before summer, you are preparing your system to work optimally when it runs full-time.

Maintenance ensures your air conditioner gets cleaned – cleaning certain components of your air conditioning system is important. Areas that typically need cleaning are the fans, condenser coils, evaporator coils and the fins. Dirt and dust collection can create strain on an air conditioning system, so getting rid of the accumulated layer of dirt can make your system breathe easier.

Maintenance can prevent big repairs – by performing regular maintenance on your AC, your technician is more likely to catch potential problems before they become big problems.

Call Us to Schedule Spring Maintenance for Your Air Conditioner

Spring maintenance can help your system do what it should in the summer: keep you cool and comfortable when it’s hot outside. As we head into the summer, call Command A/C to schedule your spring air conditioning maintenance in Orange County.

Continue Reading

Condenser Repair Issues with your Air Conditioning System

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Living in California means you really put your air conditioner to work, particularly during the summer months. When your unit works hard, it will start to see normal wear and tear. One of the components that can be affected by normal wear and tear is your condenser. If you have any concerns about the operation of your air conditioner, schedule professional air conditioning repair service in Anaheim with Command A/C.

The condenser is the part of the system that releases heat. The condenser consists of heat coils, fins and a fan, and if any one of these parts becomes damaged or broken, it can affect your whole air conditioning system. There are a number of things that can wrong with the condenser unit of your air conditioner:

  • Condenser fan won’t start
  • Condenser fan runs very slowly
  • Fan is making noises, such as ticking, clicking or buzzing
  • Fan blades get loose, start to wobble or become bent
  • Fan blades fully separate from fan motor
  • Fan won’t stop running
  • Coils are dirty
  • Coils have ice on them
  • Low refrigerant causes condenser to operate poorly
  • Bent fins

The first thing to know about any air conditioning repair is that it should be done by a trained professional. Why? Your air conditioner is a complex mechanical device; it runs on electricity and has refrigerant going through the entire system. This can create a wide margin for error and potential injury. Second, knowing what symptoms to look for can help your specialist pinpoint the problem faster. Here are a few symptoms that may indicate a poorly-running/broken condenser:

  • No air flow
  • Warm air flow
  • Significantly decreased air flow
  • Clanging or clunking noises (from fan)

How can your condenser contribute to or create these potential problems? Let’s start with the condenser fan.

The condenser fan blows the heat from the condenser coils into the air, helping the coils cool down. If the fan is malfunctioning, or not running at all, the heat transfer process can get interrupted, which can then affect the temperature of the air flow. Now let’s move on to the fins of your outside unit.

Outside air enters your AC system through the fins. Even though the fins are metal, they are easily bent. If they become bent, they can have a slowing-down effect on the airflow of your system because air is not getting through them. This can potentially slow down the airflow in your entire system.

Lastly, if you are hearing clanging or clunking noises coming from the area around the condenser fan, a blade may have become bent or loose. It is important to get this fixed as it has the potential to turn into a more serious problem.

Call an Expert Today

If you suspect that your air conditioner’s condenser may need repair, call Command A/C and let one of our trained technicians conduct your air conditioning repairs in Anaheim.

Continue Reading