MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘air conditioning maintenance’

AC Problems That Cause Energy Bill Spikes

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

blue-question-markNow that we are in the hottest months of the year, have your summer energy bills gone sky high? It would be unbearable to go without AC in this muggy Missouri heat, but you can take measures to identify problems and lower your consumption. If you are seeing pricey bills, one of these reasons listed below is most likely the culprit.

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Time to Check Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Kansas weather is rarely predictable, but we certainly know when winter has turned to spring. Soon enough, another blazing hot summer will be upon us, and when combined with our often-stifling humidity, it can turn your home into a sauna in a very short amount of time. You need your air conditioner to work every day without fail when the mercury starts to climb, which means now is the best time to get it properly checked and serviced.

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What Does a Technician Do for a Spring AC Tune-Up?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

We’ve already written about how important it is that you schedule a spring maintenance tune-up and inspection for your air conditioning system. If you haven’t arranged for this service yet, it’s certainly not too late to get it done in time for the summer weather!

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Time for Your Spring Air Conditioning Tune-Up

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Spring is here, and with that comes warmer temperatures. While the weather has been fairly mild lately, you’ll be turning on your air conditioning system soon enough. When you do, you don’t want to encounter any problems. So, if you haven’t scheduled a tune-up in the last year, now is the time! You’ll want to schedule this service before the temperatures start soaring, and before you spot any problems with your AC. What are the benefits of scheduling a spring tune-up?

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How Refrigerant Works in Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, July 6th, 2015

During our years in the business of looking after the air conditioning needs of our customers, we’ve come across many different misunderstandings about the way these cooling systems operate. One of the most common is the belief that the refrigerant inside an AC works similar to the fuel in a car. It will, from time to time, need to be replaced as the air conditioner uses it up.

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Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Making it through the summer with a comfortable home environment means keeping the air conditioning running for long stretches. It may seem that encountering high electrical bills in inevitable. Although there is no way to avoid some increase in costs during air conditioning season, you are probably paying more each summer than you need to. There are some steps you can take that will help lower those energy costs so that you don’t have to feel intimidated each time the electrical bills arrives. We’ve outlined a few of the ways you can cut down on the cost of staying cool this summer.

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The Basics of How a Central Air Conditioner Works

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

One of the essential parts of a home during the summer is its air conditioning system. Without an effective central AC cooling down a house, it would be hard to imagine making it through a full year in Overland Park, KS.

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Why You Must Change Your Air Conditioner’s Air Filter Once a Month in Summer

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The air conditioner that keeps your household comfortably cool through the late spring and summer contains an air filter designed to keep debris from entering the AC’s cabinet through the return ducts. As part of regular maintenance to see that your air conditioner operates its best—and keeps operating its best for many years—you need to change this filter for a new once a month during the cooling season. (If your AC has a permanent filter, take it out once a month and clean it using a garden hose on low pressure.) If you don’t know where the filter is our how to change it, ask your air conditioning technician during annual professional maintenance session to show you.

Why this job is important

A clogged air filter is one of the leading causes of problems with an AC’s performance. Almost all of these problems are avoidable with monthly filter changing/cleaning. Here are some of the issues that a clogged filter can cause:

  • Reduced energy efficiency – If the airflow into the air conditioner’s cabinet is choked off at the filter, the system will drain more electricity in order to run. This will cause a rise—often a steep rise—in utility bills.
  • Ice along the coils – If insufficient warm air blows across the coils inside the air conditioner cabinet, the coils will remain too cool and water vapor will start to freeze along them. Frozen coils rapidly lose their ability to draw heat from the air, leading to an air conditioner that doesn’t provide cooling.
  • Motor damage – The filter’s ability to stop debris from entering the cabinet will drop if it is clogged, and dust and dirt will start to get inside and coat important mechanical components, such as the motors. The extra stress on the air handler motor can cause it to burn out and need replacement.

Keep in mind that replacing the filter is only one step in maintaining an air conditioner. The other steps need the assistance of professional HVAC technicians during a spring maintenance visit.

To get started with maintenance for your AC this summer, call on MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling in Overland Park, KS.

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3 Ways You Will Benefit from Pre-Season Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Spring is the time of the year when you should arrange with a professional HVAC company to inspect and tune-up your air conditioning system. Annual maintenance is a necessity to ensure that you have an air conditioner that will continue to work the way you want it—and will keep working for many years. It’s an excellent investment in your family’s long-term comfort and in your long-term budget.

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