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Closing Vents in Unused Rooms: Good Idea?

Category:General,Tips

I didn’t grow up around HVAC professionals, nor was I one of them. As a child, I remember a common practice was people closing air vents in unused rooms to save money on their electric bill (or gas bill). This always seemed to make sense to me from a common sense perspective. But, does closing off the vents in unused rooms actually help save energy and money? Can closing the vents actually cause problems with the HVAC unit?

In this post I will be answering these questions along with other related questions!

Let’s get to the first question….

Does Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Save Money?

In short, no. Closing air vents in unused rooms actually does not save energy or money. Yes, by closing a vent, air is no longer distributed to that specific area, but that’s likely not what your installed system was designed to do.

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What is an Air Handler? What Does it Do?

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When it comes to air conditioners and HVAC units in general, there are terms that we hear that we might not have a firm grasp on what they actually are. I want to change that!

For example, have you ever heard of a condenser unit, an evaporator coil, or an air handler? Chances are that you have heard of some of these terms when it comes to heating and air systems. But, do you know what they are and what they do? I’ve covered both what a condenser unit is and what an evaporator coil is in previous posts. In this post I want to go over what an air handler is and the role it plays in the heating and air system.

Air Handler vs Furnace

First off, we need to differentiate between an air handler and a furnace. A typical split unit system consists of an outdoor unit (the condenser unit) and an indoor unit (the air handler or furnace).

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What is an AC Evaporator Coil?

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In a typical air conditioning system there are primarily two main parts or sections. These sections are usually referred to as the ac condensing unit and the ac evaporator coil. In a previous post we went over the details of what an ac condenser unit is. In this post I am going to go into the details of what an ac evaporator coil is, what it does, where it’s located, and some tips on properly maintaining it.

So, What is an AC Evaporator Coil?

You have probably seen the standard air conditioning systems of today. Normally there will be an outside unit that can be heard kicking on when it begins the air conditioning process. This outside unit is referred to as the condenser unit. There is usually also an indoor unit. This unit is referred to as the evaporator or evaporator coil.

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What is an AC Condenser Unit?

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Have you ever heard the term “ac condenser unit” or just “the condenser unit” when it comes to an air conditioner? You probably have. And you’ve probably wondered which part of the air conditioner system the condenser unit is. In this post I’m going to share this information with you and much more!

Get ready to learn what the ac condenser unit is, how it works, and how much it costs.

First Off, What is an AC Condenser Unit?

To make it simple, the ac unit’s condenser is typically the outdoor section of the ac unit. This will also be true for a heat pump system as well. The condenser section of the ac unit is made up of the ac compressor, ac condenser fan and the ac condenser coil. All of these components are located in the outside section of the air conditioner. Other components, such as the evaporator coil or air handler, will be located with the indoor section of the system.

Let’s get into how the ac condenser actually works and does it’s job.

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How to Tell if Home AC Compressor is Bad

Category:General,Tips

Nobody wants to have to face a bad home ac compressor, but it does happen. In this post I’m going to share some signs and symptoms of a bad ac compressor along with some maintenance tips to help prevent the ac compressor from going bad. Replacing an ac compressor is one of the most expensive ac repair jobs out there, so properly maintaining this component is important. If the ac compressor is indeed bad, you will want to decide if you should replace the ac compressor or the whole unit.

First off, let’s get into some of the signs to tell if your home ac compressor is bad.

Symptom #1: Air Conditioner Keeps Tripping the Circuit Breaker

If your air conditioner keeps tripping the circuit breaker, then it might be due to the compressor. When compressors get old and start to go bad they can have a hard time starting. This can result in the compressor drawing more electricity than the circuit breaker limit and it “trips” as a safety precaution. If this is happening consistently do not keep resetting the circuit breaker. Simply contact a HVAC technician to come out and assess the problem.

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Replace AC Compressor or Whole Unit?

Category:General,Tips

Replacing an ac compressor can be fairly expensive. It’s one of the most expensive repairs in the air conditioning world. That’s why the Replace AC Compressor or the Whole Unit debate is such a common question. Sometimes, replacing the whole ac unit is the better option.

Think about it.

Let’s say that you have a big car repair that has to get done for the car to operate properly. A transmission for example. Let’s say that repair is going to cost $1,500 – $2,000. The car is old, has high miles, and is only worth around $3,000 – $4,000 (with a working transmission). Would it be wise to consider buying a newer car, with lower miles and the less likely chance to have any major repairs spring up? I think most people would say yes.

But, what if it’s a newer car that is still under warranty? Then the likely response would be to use the warranty to have the repair performed.

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How Often to Replace Your AC Filter

Category:General,Tips

Welcome to another informative article concerning your heating and air conditioning system! In this post we are going to cover how often you should replace your ac filter. Why?

Because it’s critical to the performance and lifespan of your ac unit.

For many, this is often an overlooked practice of maintenance concerning their heating and air system. It’s like neglecting proper maintenance of a vehicle: if the oil and oil filter aren’t changed out, bad things can happen.

Why is Replacing the AC Filter So Important?

The air filter’s main job is to keep out dirt, debris, and other nuisances from entering the home or business. Over a period of time, the filter can become full of dirt and other particles than can cause air flow that is trying to pass through the filter to be hindered or blocked.

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Furnace and AC Replacement Cost

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Everyone wants to know how much a furnace and AC replacement cost is. It’s one of the most searched and sought after topics in the HVAC world. In this post I am going to share with you some real numbers and prices that can be expected when replacing a furnace and air conditioner. Let’s get going!

Why “Furnace AND AC Replacement Cost”?

First off, let me share the reason that I titled this post Furnace and AC Replacement Cost. In most cases, when someone replaces one section of their heating and air system, they usually replace the other section as well. What do I mean exactly? When the air conditioner is replaced in a heating and air system, the heating section of the system is usually replaced as well.

Why is this?

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Heat Pump vs Furnace – Which is Better?

Category:General,Tips

There are 2 main heating systems that are used for residential and commercial applications. In the blue corner we have heat pumps and in the red corner we have furnaces. But which one is the better choice? Each system has pros and cons and that’s why I’ve titled this post Heat Pump vs Furnace.

Around here in the Jackson TN area, both heat pumps and furnaces are pretty common. Let’s get into the pros and cons of each and the differences that set them apart from each other.

The Source of the Heating System

The first attribute to be identified is the source of the heating system. A heat pump and an electric furnace produce their heat via electricity. They are completely electric. A gas or oil furnace, on the other hand, produces it’s heat via a fuel or gas source such as propane, natural gas or oil. So, when it comes to the heat pump vs furnace debate, the source that you prefer for your heating system is going to make a difference.

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HVAC Brands – Which to Choose?

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With all of the different HVAC brands out there, how do you know which one to choose? When you are looking for a new heating and air conditioning system, which brand should you go with?

These are common questions that homeowners and business owners ponder when it comes time to find a replacement unit for their heating and/or air conditioning system. You’ve probably heard of the bigger names out there such as Trane, Carrier, Lennox and York. But, there are other brands out there such as Bryant, Goodman, Rheem, American Standard, Coleman and many others that are not normally in the conversation concerning the top HVAC brands.

So, what are the differences between all of these HVAC brands? Actually, not a whole lot…

HVAC Brands Comparison

Believe it or not, many of the HVAC brands out there are made by the same parent company. Below I’ve listed most of the bigger brand names and their fellow “child” brands.

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