Here are some common issues with older AC systems

If you want your house to be comfortable during the hot weather this summer, make sure older AC system is in optimal condition by scheduling a tune-up. The average unit lifespan is 1015 years, but there are many signs that an aging AC system is breaking down prematurely. In this blog post, we’ll review the signs of an older AC system going out.

Inefficiencies cost you money

As AC systems age, natural wear-and-tear occurs. As a system works hard to keep the temperature comfortable indoors, it is exposed to the elements. Years of exposure and wear damage components such as the fan, coil, or refrigerant lines, making the system work harder to cool your home and increasing your home energy costs.

There are other issues with aging systems:

  • Older systems are less efficient, taking longer to cool your house, which contributes to higher energy bills.
  • Older AC units need cleaned more often and if they aren’t, your indoor air quality will decrease. Dust, pet fur, mold, and mildew can all travel through HVAC systems and into your home.
  • As components deteriorate, your air conditioner is more likely to need frequent repairs, which can be pricey and can leave you sweating when you need your system to be working its hardest.
  • Electrical issues also become more prevalent with age, which can lead to the system shorting out or catching fire.
  • Problems like broken motors or damaged belts can lead to issues with one or both of your AC unit’s fans, which can result in limited airflow and, eventually, compressor failure.

Regular maintenance is important

Regular maintenance is a great way to increase the lifespan of your AC unit. Catching these common problems early may make it easier to fix and cut costs in the long run. Also, having your system cleaned annually helps it run more economically.

As technology advances, new systems become more efficient, and a technician can tell you the ideal time for repair versus replacement.

Experts can help work with your older AC system

If these issues sound familiar, it may be time to replace or tune up your older AC system. Contact us today to schedule a service consultation. Experts will assess how much life is left in your unit and help you make the best decision for your household.

How to tell when your AC needs to be serviced by a professional

Imagine: It’s 85 degrees outside, and you’re out there working in the hot sun until you’re dripping with sweat. When you come inside, it’s to cool off and wind down, but that’s pretty hard to do if your air conditioning system is not working properly.

To keep your home and family comfortable through the brutal summertime heat, it’s important to identify certain AC repair signs indicating your unit needs professional maintenance.

Know the warning signs

There are several warning signs that AC repair needs are evident in your home:

  • Loud and disturbing noises coming from the unit (grinding, squeaking, etc.)
  • Spike in electric and utility bills
  • Strange smells coming from your AC unit
  • Your unit expels warm air instead of cold
  • Evidence of moisture or water leaks around the unit
  • Decrease or disruption in air flow
  • Thermostat malfunction

If your air conditioner is acting up, it’s a good idea to have it serviced by a reputable company. Problems detected earlier and addressed sooner rather than later can help save costs down the road, as there may be less chance of having to replace the entire unit or perform more expensive repairs.

If you are frequently needing maintenance and repairs to your AC unit, then it may be time to consider replacing it altogether. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, this is also a good time to invest in a replacement.

Watch for chemical leaks

There is a refrigerant chemical called freon which is commonly used in AC units. Any moisture leaking from or found around your air conditioner could be a sign that there is a freon leak.

Freon is a relatively toxic gas that could be harmful, so if you think this might be a problem, you should call in a professional service or local AC repair company right away. Dramatic increases in energy and utility bills may also indicate a problem like this.

Contact Ace Air

Having trouble with your air conditioning unit? Call Ace Air today at 337-477-4530 for professional services and maintenance.

Our trained technicians provide both installation and repairs to help keep your home cool and comfortable for everyone who lives there.

It’s time to schedule a professional AC tune-up with Ace Air

Spring is a busy time of year, and many homeowners are caught up in cleaning, school graduations, weddings, and planning for summer vacation. However, this spring, you don’t want to let your air conditioner maintenance fall off the to-do list. It’s time to call your friends here at Ace Air for a professional AC tune-up.

Ace Air is your source for expert HVAC services and advice here in Lake Charles, Louisiana. To schedule your tune-up or learn about our other services, call us today!

Air Conditioning RepairHere are the benefits of a professional AC tune-up:

#1. Greater energy-efficiency = more savings

Every homeowner is looking for ways to save money, and one of the largest bills in the summer are your energy costs. To put it simply, running an inefficient air conditioner, over the course of an entire season, can cost you.

An Ace Air tune-up can get your air conditioner running right, which reduces its energy use and saves you money. Call us today to schedule yours!

#2. Lowered breakdown risk

A tune-up can help reduce the risk of an AC breakdown on the hottest and most humid days of summer here in Lake Charles. Our professional AC tune-up helps catch issues before they become full, breakdown-causing problems.

In our 2016 blog post about AC tune-ups, we discussed another benefit of a lowered breakdown risk: peace of mind. You’ll be able to go to work, or to sleep, with greater confidence that your air conditioner will be fine, specifically because you’ve had an Ace Air technician inspect and maintain it.

#3. Longer system lifespan

A tune-up, done right by an experienced technician, can help extend the overall lifespan of your air conditioner. That’s probably not all that surprising: after all, a car with a regular history of oil changes, tire rotations, and maintenance is more likely to last longer than a car that goes without. The same is true for your air conditioner.

By the way, maintaining a consistent year-over-year maintenance history for your air conditioner is easy! Just join our Silver Club! Members get annual maintenance and a number of other perks.

Why hire a professional for maintenance?

You should always hire a professional HVAC technician— employed by a trusted, honest company—for your AC maintenance. Your neighbor Bob may say he knows how to maintain your air conditioner, but you’re taking a risk. The same thing is true if you decide to take on a tune-up as a DIY project.

Not only do you risk breaking your air conditioner, but you could also injure yourself if you’re not sure about what you’re doing. If those reasons aren’t enough, you could void your manufacturer’s warranty by trying to fix or maintain your air conditioner yourself.

For a professional AC tune-up here in Lake Charles, Louisiana, contact Ace Air!

Join our Silver Club this spring and save!

All homeowners like saving time and money. As a member of our Silver Club, you can do both. Plus, spring is the perfect time to join: if you were thinking of getting an AC tune-up, anyway, you can get that and so much more as a Silver Club member.

For just $14.95 per month, you’ll get an annual tune-up, a 20% discount on repairs, and much, much more. Read on to learn more about this offer from Ace Air!

Dangers of DIY Furnace Repair#1. You receive a free precision tune-up this spring

Were you planning on scheduling an air conditioning tune-up this spring? If so, you can get a free precision tune-up with a Silver Club membership. If you’re the type of homeowner who gets AC tune-ups every year (and you should be!), then Silver Club is for you.

Members get regularly scheduled maintenance every spring. No need to write it down, either: we’ll call you and schedule at your convenience every spring.

Whether you’re the owner of a new or old air conditioner, a precision tune-up can help your system run better in the summer, saving you money and helping you avoid needing repairs. And our Silver Club takes all the hassle out of having to remember to schedule preventive maintenance.

#2. Members take 20% off any AC repairs this summer

We believe in treating our Silver Club members right. Give us a call when you need fast, emergency AC repair here in Lake Charles and Sulphur. We’ll not only give you a guaranteed appointment within 48 hours of your call and a flat, low diagnostic cost (more on that in a second), but we’ll also take 20% off of your repair costs.

It’s just our way of saying ‘thank you’ for your Silver Club membership. We appreciate you choosing Ace Air Conditioning for your HVAC services, and doing business with our local company.

#3. You get guaranteed appointments within 48 hours of your call

Our Silver Club members come first. No matter how busy or how hot it is outside, we’ll provide you with guaranteed appointments with 48 hours of your call. We provide our Silver Club with priority service from dedicated, friendly techs.

If you need AC repair in the summer, you’ll now know the right team to call for fast, reliable service, right here in Lake Charles and Sulphur. Call your friends at Ace Air Conditioning.

#4. Your diagnostic service only costs $29.95

Need an Ace Air technician to inspect your air conditioner this summer? As a Silver Club member, your diagnostic service only costs $29.95. For less than it costs to take your family out to dinner, you can now have a certified, experienced HVAC technician inspect your air conditioner.

This is a service that gives you and your family peace of mind. Paired with the air conditioning tune-up you’ll already have received from Ace in the spring, this low diagnostic charge takes some of the scariness out of needing AC repair on the hottest days of the year.

We’re your Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer in Lake Charles

Ace is proud to be a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer. But, what exactly does that mean, and what is so great about Carrier, anyway?

In this blog, we’ll run through what “Factory-Authorized” means, and why it’s so important to trust a certified dealer with your air conditioning, heat pump, or furnace repairs and installs.

What makes Carrier a great HVAC manufacturer?

Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer in Lake Charles LACarrier is one of the largest and most well-known HVAC manufacturers in the world today. In 1902, their founder, Willis Carrier, invented what many considered to be the first modern air conditioner.

The company has hardly slowed down since, pioneering advances in energy-efficiency, reliability, cooling power, and even sound reduction. They’ve grown from that original invention at the turn of the 20th century to one of the most trusted names in heating and cooling the 21st.

Carrier’s systems are built right. Here’s just a few of the things that sets their HVAC units apart from competitors:

Energy-Efficiency

Carrier designs and manufacturers some of the most energy-efficient air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces on the market today. For example, their Infinity® 21 Central Air Conditioner boasts an almost-unheard of 21 SEER rating, which is why it’s a Consumer’s Digest Best Buy.

Performance

It’s not just about saving money. Carrier systems have designs that improve your home’s comfort. Their Infinity® 19VS Central Air Conditioner has a variable 5-speed compressor that can make small adjustments in speed to get the temperature of your home just right—and keep it there.

Reliability

Carrier systems are designed to last, and keep running efficiently and effectively well past their first decade. Carrier protects your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace with a 10-years parts limited warranty, to guarantee that your system will keep running.

What does it mean to be “factory-authorized”?

It means that Carrier has approved Ace to sell and install their systems. They stand by the quality of our work, have verified our knowledge of the product, and supply us with factory-authorized parts and tools to use in both repairs and installs.

Carrier also has set standards that their factory-authorized companies have to meet. For example, Ace has experienced, industry-certified techs, and we’re a locally trusted company.

Trust Ace with your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace

Ace Air is the trusted HVAC business in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Get a free in-home estimate on your next Carrier system by contacting us online, or calling us at (337) 477-4530.

How heat pumps work and why they’re a good fit for your home

You’ve probably heard the term “heat pump” before, but do they work and what makes them different from a typical air conditioner or furnace? In this blog, we’ll dive into how heat pumps work and explore some of their benefits—and why they’re a great fit for homes here in the Lake Charles area.

At Ace Air, we offer free in-home estimates on new furnaces and heat pumps. If you’re in the market for a new system, our free, no-obligation estimate is a great place to start. Contact our team today!

How Heat Pumps WorkHow heat pumps work

There are two types of heat pumps: air source heat pumps and ground-source systems. We primarily install the air source type here in the Lake Charles area, but let’s break it down and explain the differences between each.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps generate both hot and cool air. Generally, air source heat pumps consist of two units: an inside unit called the air handler and the outside unit called the heat pump.

Unlike furnaces that create heat, heat pumps work by moving hot air from one area to another. In the summer, this means removing heat energy from your living space to the outside, cooling the temperature inside of your home.

In the winter, this process is reversed: heat energy (and it’s there!) is extracted from cold outside air and pumped into your home.

SEE CARRIER HEAT PUMPS

You actually have something like a heat pump in your home already. Your refrigerator uses the same technology to keep your food cool.

As the name implies, air source heat pumps are extracting heat energy from the outside / inside air. This process is energy-efficient compared to traditional furnaces and air conditioners, but not quite as efficient as ground-source systems. Let’s explain why.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source heat pumps are another type of heat pump. They work as both a central heating and cooling system transferring heat to and from the ground. The system uses the ground as a heat sink during the summer and heat source during the winter.

Generally, the pipe that carries the air is laid horizontally in the ground about two meters deep. However, it can also be installed vertically at a depth of up to 100 meters in case there is not enough space outside.

While the installation costs of ground source heat pumps are high, you can be able to recover the costs within a few years due to lower energy bills. They’re more efficient than air source heat pumps.

Benefits of heat pumps

Heat pumps are a alternative to traditional HVAC systems. Here are just some of the benefits of this type of system:

  • Heat pumps are capable of both cooling and heating your home, which means you only need one system, instead of two.
  • They’re energy-efficient, and because they handle both cooling and heating, they can save you money all year.
  • While they can’t keep up with sub-freezing temperatures, heat pumps are perfect for mild winter climates, much like the ones here in the Lake Charles area.

Call Ace Air to learn more about heat pumps—and to get a free quote!

At Ace Air, we have a team of highly qualified and experienced technicians who can give you expert advice relating to all heating and cooling systems—including heat pumps.

Whether you need to know more about how heat pumps work or you’re ready to buy, start by giving us a call for a free in-home estimate.

What are the differences between ductless heating and a standard unit?

Are you thinking about having Ace install a new furnace before colder weather arrives? If so, you might want to at least consider getting a ductless heating and cooling system. In this blog, we’ll provide you with some information about these systems, so that you can make an informed decision about which one to upgrade to.

If you’re in Lake Charles, Sulphur, or surrounding communities, contact Ace for all your heating needs. Our experienced and friendly technicians are ready to help!

What is ductless heating, and what makes it different?

Standard HVAC versus ductless heating and cooling

A ductless system has both an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, connected by a thin line. You can have multiple indoor systems all connected to one outdoor compressor.

For heating, the heat is distributed through the indoor unit(s) directly to the rooms. These systems are typically wall-mounted. As you can imagine given the name, no ducts are used to transport heated or cooled air.

Precise control

Here’s an advantage: You can control the temperature of individual rooms with a ductless heating system, since each room has its own system. Thanks to this, ductless heaters offer more control over room temperature.

Further, that type of precise control helps you cut down on your monthly energy bills—all year. That’s because only selectively cooling / heating rooms as needed is more energy-efficient than pumping your entire home full of cooled or heated air via ducts.

No need for ducts

Of course, there’s another reason that ductless systems are popular: for homes without existing ductwork, ductless heating is cost-effective, since the cost of even multiple units is far less than the renovation work needed to put in air ducts. Especially for historic homes, which might lose value through such destructive remodeling.

Which is better? Ductless or standard heating?

That depends on your home, whether you have ducts, and a number of other factors. The best place to start? Call your local HVAC specialists for a free in-home estimate on a new system. That’s what Ace offers, and our technicians help people here in Lake Charles, Sulphur, and surrounding communities get the heating or cooling system that’s right for them.

The case for ductless heating

You should select a ductless air conditioner if:

  • You want to set individual temperature in each room.
  • There is no room for ducts inside the house.
  • You want to add a heating device to new space in the home, such as the garage. In such a case, a ductless heater will be less costly.
  • You want improved air quality. Ducts can harbor dust and mildew decreasing the air quality.

The case for standard heating

On the other hand, a standard heating system might be a better option if the following applies to you:

  • Humidity is a problem. Standard systems are better in removing humidity from the room.
  • The room has existing ducts that are in good condition. In such a case, it might be less costly for you to install a new standard heating.
  • You want improved air circulation. Ducted heaters are better in circulating the air. As a result, there is an issue of stagnant air or low air pressure.

It’s important that you consider your budget and heating requirements before selecting a heater. That’s why you should always start your shopping by calling our team for a free in-home quote.

Call Ace to learn more about ductless heating systems

For experienced help in heating installation, you should contact us at Ace Air Conditioning. We have a team of experienced technicians ready to help you. Contact us online, or give us a call at (337) 477-4530.

Here are the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner

You and your family rely on your home’s air conditioner for your summertime comfort. However, an unmaintained air conditioner can be causing adverse health effects that you don’t even know about. In this blog post, we’ll review the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner, and provide some tips for improving your indoor air quality and the healthiness of your air.

Air Duct Cleaning Lake CharlesTo schedule indoor air quality testing, give Ace a call at (337) 477-4530 or contact us online.

#1. Improve your indoor air quality

“How can I have poor indoor air quality?” you may ask. “I dust regularly and my house is spotless!”

Sure, that’s true. But, what about the dust in the areas of your home that you can’t see? For example, your home’s air ducts? Every time you turn on the air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump—in other words, almost every day or night of the year here in Lake Charles—you’re refilling the living spaces of your home with the dust, dirt, and whatever else that resides in your air ducts.

That’s not all. Without regular maintenance from a professional, your air conditioner can also become dusty, and some of that dust and dirt can find its way into your home. Same thing with your furnace or heat pump.

“So, maybe my air is dusty?” you may say. “So what?”

It’s not just dust, unfortunately. Fumes from insecticides and chemicals, mold and mildew, pollution from roadway congestion, and more can all find their way into your home.

People suffering from asthma are highly susceptible to allergic reactions. They need an environment with extra clean air because their lives become miserable if the air is stuffed with pollutants like dust and seasonal pollen.

How to improve your indoor air quality

There are two ways to do this:

  • Call Ace Air and have us conduct an indoor air quality test in your home. This test will help us know what’s in your air, and what we need to treat with either air purification equipment or other forms of cleaning.
  • Call Ace Air and schedule your AC tune-up and furnace tune-up on an annual basis, so that both systems are clean.

#2. Take control of your humidity

Here in Lake Charles, we know what extreme humidity is. Whatever we can do to fight against it, we have to, especially in our homes.

That’s the good part: as a part of how it functions, air conditioners dehumidify the surrounding air, helping to keep your home drier than the muggy outside conditions in the summer. Excess humidity is not just uncomfortable, but can cause fatigue, allergies, and other health conditions. It raises the heat index, making your home feel hotter when it’s really at a lower temperature.

It should also be noted that extreme humidity provides the ideal conditions for the growth of mold and mildew in your home. One of the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner is that it dehumidifies the air, preventing things from growing that might negatively impact your indoor air quality.

An air conditioner that isn’t working right or that hasn’t received a tune-up in ages won’t dehumidify the air as effectively. This is double-whammy for your air conditioner: it has to work harder to keep you cooler, and you’re not even feeling the cooling power as much.

How to deal with humidity

There are two ways to do this:

  • Call Ace Air for an indoor air quality test. We’ll measure humidity. Depending on the situation, your air conditioner might not be enough: you may need a dehumidifier installed in your home.
  • Have the team at Ace Air maintain your air conditioner.

#3. Good air is good for mental health

Apart from all the physical health benefits that you get from a properly working air conditioning unit, it also has positive effects on your mental health. Fluctuations of temperature and humidity can lead to stress and anxiety. You are more prone to irritation.

In an environment conditioned by an AC unit, you feel more at ease and relaxed.

Call Ace and enjoy the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner

To ensure all the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner, get yours routinely inspected and serviced with Ace Air. We also offer indoor air quality testing—call us today at (337) 477-4530 or contact us online.

Summer air conditioner maintenance tips and advice

5 Summer Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Needless to say, air conditioner use increases during the summer here in Louisiana. Most people tend to crank down the thermostat to stay cool during hot summer days. However, the increased usage of your air conditioner during the summers also increases the wear- and-tear on the internal components.

In order to ensure proper operation of the air conditioner without any breakdown, it’s essential to have the professional team at Ace Air perform summer air conditioner maintenance.

However, besides that crucial step, here are five summer air conditioner maintenance tips that will ensure optimal cooling in your home. Some advice: #1-#4 are included in our tune-up!

1. Keep the filters clean

Have a professional check and clean your AC filter on a regular basis. Depending on the type of filter you have, this might need to be monthly. A dirty filter will prevent the air conditioner from functioning properly.

The unit will not just struggle to cool the room but will also heat up due to the dirty filter. This increases the chances of an emergency breakdown. Regularly cleaning the filter will prevent this problem.

2. Clean condenser coils

The condenser coil is an important component of the air conditioner that is located outside. The coil removes heat from the gaseous refrigerant, and then turns it into a liquid. It must be checked and cleaned to ensure proper cooling.

The coils often become dirty particularly during the summers when the unit is in operation 24/7. Dirt accumulates on the coil over time that must be removed to ensure proper functioning.

This is something we address in our AC tune-up.

3. Keep the evaporator coils clean

Another important air conditioner component is the evaporator coils. The coils collect dust over time and must be cleaned. Dirty coils will prevent proper flow of air. As a result, the air conditioner struggles to keep the room cool.

Having a professional technician from Ace Air clean the coils will ensure the smooth functioning of the cooling device. You should clean the coil before the start of the summer season. Also, it’s recommended that you clean the coil at the end of the summer season.

4. Clear out blockages from condensate drains

A professional Ace technician should make sure that there are no blockages in the condensate drain. Clogged and neglected drains can result in increased humidity and low cooling inside the home. While you can install a dehumidifier to reduce humidity inside the room, the better option is to clear blockages from the condensate drains.

5. Schedule regular AC repairs when you need them

Lastly, scheduling repairs for your air conditioner when it needs them will ensure that it performs efficiently without any problems. A qualified technician will thoroughly inspect the unit. In case a fault is detected, the technician will perform prompt repairs.

Regular maintenance of the air conditioner will ensure optimal cooling efficiency. It’ll result in lower energy bills. Also, a tune-up will probably also result in increased lifespan due to less wear-and-tear.

We’re your summer air conditioner maintenance professionals

In case you are looking for an experienced and professional NATE-certified AC technician in southwestern Louisiana, call us at Ace Air Conditioning

5 tips for improving your home’s summer energy-efficiency

The arrival of the summer season for most means cool drinks, loose clothing, and trips to the beach. This is also the season when energy bills tend to skyrocket due to the increased use of your home’s air conditioner. But you don’t have to spend this much on energy bills. Instead, you can practice good summer energy-efficiency. Here’s how.

1. Install LED lights Summer Energy-Efficiency Tips

According to the Energy Information Administration, the average household energy bill during the summer is more than $400. Any way that you can save is almost certainly worth it.

You can save as much as 80 percent on your energy bills by replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. The savings can be as much as 40 percent in case you replace compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) with LED lighting. Apart from saving you on your monthly bills, LEDs also have a longer lifetime compared to both incandescent and CFLs. This will result in increased cost savings for you in the long run.

What’s more, you will lower your cooling bills by switching to the energy efficient lighting. About 90 percent of the energy from the traditional bulb is wasted as heat. This makes the room warmer. LEDs, on the other hand, gives off less heat. Replacing traditional bulbs with LED bulbs will reduce cooling requirements, thereby saving you money.

2. Installing window screens and films

Window screens can also help improve your home’s energy-efficiency. These screens can block about 70 percent of the sunlight coming in. They are especially effective on the east- and west-facing windows.

Another option is metallized, transparent window films. These can also reflect heat and prevent it from entering the room. However, the films require your windows to be shut to work. Window screens, on the other hand, reflect heat even when the windows are open.

3. Plant trees and shrubs around your home

Planting trees and shrubs around the house will significantly reduce your cooling needs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, plants around the house can increase the air conditioner efficiency by as much as 10 percent.

If possible, consider planting 15- to 20-foot trees near the house. The trees will shade the house from the intense afternoon heat.

4. Unplug appliances when not in use

You should unplug all the electronic appliances in your home, such as TVs and computers, when not in use. Consider plugging the home electronics into power strips. In this way, you can easy unplug the equipment when not in use. Plugged-in appliances draw a small amount of power even when they are not in use. Unplugging the appliances will reduce energy usage.

5. Schedule an air conditioner tune-up with Ace Air

A regular air conditioner tune-up can also ensure summer energy-efficiency. An experienced technician will thoroughly check your AC unit to ensure that everything is in good, working condition. In case any issue is detected, the technician will perform the required repairs. In this way, the system will operate efficiently, resulting in reduced energy bills.

For more summer energy-efficiency tips, talk to us at Ace

If you want to get in touch with experienced air conditioner technicians in southwestern Louisiana, you can contact us at Ace Air Conditioning