Ask the Pros of Action Cooling & Heating: Part I

Every day, the professionals at Action Cooling and Heating in Fort Myers receive calls for both emergency and non-emergency air conditioning repairs. Here, we take a look at some of the most common questions we encounter.

As with almost any HVAC service in Florida, one of the most common questions we hear is “why is my air conditioner leaking and causing water to get inside my house?” The most common culprits and how to correct them (although, we always suggest hiring a professional) include:

  • Clogged drain line: using a wet/dry vac on the condensate line to remove buildup, which could include dust/dirt, mold or even sludge.
  • Damaged, rusted, or no drain pan: Older air conditioners (10+ years) often start to see drain pans become rusted, which may cause other damage. The best solution here is to simply replace the drain pan.
  • Broken condensate pump: If your unit is located inside your home, the condensate pump is used to pump any water outside. If this pump breaks, the water has nowhere else to go and you will either need to repair or replace the pump.
  • Dirty air filter: Depending on the season, you should be changing the air filter every couple months to prevent airflow over evaporator coils. This causes the coil to get too cold and freeze. Once the temps warm up and the coil begins to melt, the excess water could cause the drain pan to overflow.
  • Low refrigerant: Having low refrigerant is similar to having a dirty air filter in which the evaporator coil will freeze up and eventually melt, causing excess water in the drain pan. Signs of low refrigerant include your air conditioning unit not cooling properly or you hear a hissing noise, which indicates a leak.

Other questions the technicians of Action Cooling and Heating in Fort Myers get asked is to break down and explain industry lingo. While it’s easy for the techs to explain everything, sometimes homeowners don’t always understand certain terms, and that’s okay. Our techs are more than happy to break it down even further. Here are some of the terms we often do into more detail on and what they mean:

  • SEER: Seasonal Energy-Efficiency ratio. This rates how many Btu a unit will remove for each watt of electricity consumed.
  • Btu: British thermal unit. This is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
  • Tonnage: An air condition unit ton equal to 12,000 Btu per hour.
  • AFUE: Annual fuel-utilization efficiency which estimates how much heat a unit can deliver for every dollar spent on fuel. If you want to lower your heating bill, you will want to have a higher AFUE.

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