What Size Air Conditioner Do You Need?

There are many different types and sizes of air conditioner units, from the window air conditioners to the central units. If you are shopping for a new AC, it is worthwhile to get acquainted with the different types of air conditioners so that you can determine which one is right for your needs. At Certified Climate Control, we specialize in AC service and air conditioner sales in Orlando . Here is some advice for choosing the right size air conditioner.

Determine the Right Type

The right size of air conditioner for your home depends on your needs. If you want the most efficient type of air conditioner, opt for a central AC unit. If you have an apartment or you only need to cool one room in the house, a portable or window air conditioner will better suit your needs.

Sizing Your Needs

An air conditioner that is too large will cool the room so quickly that it doesn’t remove enough humidity. This will leave the room feeling cool and damp, which is uncomfortable and encourages mold growth. An air conditioner that is too small for the room will be too weak to cool it adequately, which wastes energy and defeats the purpose of having an air conditioner. To determine your size needs for an air conditioner, specialists from our air conditioner repair company will measure the dimensions of your room or home and determine the necessary British Thermal Units (BTUs) for your new air conditioner .

Special Factors

If you opt for a central air conditioner, you may find that some rooms do not cool off adequately. This can happen in rooms that are located directly above a room with no air conditioning or if more than three people inhabit the room. Inefficient cooling can also be caused when a room’s door is opened and closed frequently. There are a number of ways to fix this. You can buy a portable or window unit for the room, to use on an as-needed basis; or you can buy a larger central air conditioning unit.

A Look at Certified Climate Control’s Signature Tune Up

A yearly AC tune-up is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your air conditioner, lower your energy bills, and reduce the likelihood of needing air conditioner repair services. At Certified Climate Control, we are dedicated to providing quality air conditioning service in Orlando and surrounding areas.

Our 24-point Signature Tune Up will help to ensure that your AC unit is inspected, cleaned, and maintained thoroughly. When performed on an annual basis, our Signature Tune Up will improve your indoor air quality, reduce your home’s energy expenditure, and increase your indoor comfort. We are so confident in our Signature Tune Up that if your unit breaks down within six months of our service, we will replace any moving part required at 25 percent less than the normal cost. For a full list of the tune-up services included in our Signature Tune Up, visit our website.

Changing Your AC Filter

Changing the filter is an important component of every AC tune-up routine. If you don’t change the filter once per month or as recommended during cooling season, your AC unit will be inefficient and more likely to fail prematurely. To learn more about how to change your AC filter, watch this video clip. And remember—for quality AC service in Orlando or surrounding areas, contact Certified Climate Control.

To reach the filter, open up the filter compartment next to your AC unit. Before removing it, shut off power to the AC unit. Remove the filter and replace it, making sure that the arrows of the new filter are pointing in the right direction. Refer to your air conditioner’s owner’s manual or call your local AC repair company for more information.

Common Air Conditioner Problems

Are you having problems with your air conditioner? At Certified Climate Control, we offer quality HVAC repair in Orlando and nearby areas. Read below to find out more about some of the common AC problems we have encountered.

Improper Operation

The top air conditioner problem is inefficient operation. This includes leaving a window or door open while the AC unit is running, or operating an air conditioner in a room or home that has not been weatherproofed. A great deal of cool air escapes through small cracks and holes in the wall and near windows and doors, so it’s important to improve the insulation of your home before you operate your air conditioner.

Inadequate AC Maintenance

For optimal performance and efficiency, schedule an AC tune-up with your local AC service company at least once per year, which includes a thorough inspection and cleaning service. Furthermore, be sure to change the AC filter at least once per month during cooling season. If AC filters and coils become dirty, the air conditioner will not function efficiently and it will be more likely to wear out and fail prematurely.

Leaking and Drainage Problems

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, it probably has a leak. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as adding refrigerant. A trained AC service technician must be called in to repair the leak, test the repair, and charge the AC unit with the proper amount of refrigerant. The efficiency and performance of your air conditioner is greatest when the refrigerant charge matches the manufacturer’s specification.

Sensor Issues

Room air conditioners come with a thermostat sensor that measures the temperature of the air entering the evaporator coil. A failing sensor causes the AC unit to behave strangely, such as cycle on and off frequently.

Electric Failure

On older or poorly maintained air conditioners, it is common for the compressor and fan controls to wear out. Wire and terminal corrosion can be a problem for many AC units, so it’s important for your AC service technicians to check electrical contacts and connections during every AC tune-up.