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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.

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.

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.

Thinking about DIY AC Repair? You may want to reconsider

DIY AC RepairMost people think that do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs are a great way to save costs. However, when it comes to AC repairs, you should let the professional take care of the task.

The AC is not a simple piece of equipment that you can take apart and repair. The cooling device contains a lot of complicated components and wiring. As a result, repairing the appliance is beyond the capabilities of a layman.

If you choose to repair the AC system yourself, you could not just jeopardize the system, but be putting your life at risk. Here are four reasons that you should always let the experts take care of the AC repair task.

1. You can damage or destroy the equipment

Keep in mind that the AC contains delicate parts. If you accidentally damage even one of the parts, you might end up ruining the entire system.

Most of the issues with the air conditioner are not easy to resolve. A repair that would have cost a few hundred bucks will cost you thousands of dollars due to not taking proper care when repairing the equipment yourself.

Proper repair of the air conditioner requires great expertise and experience. It requires using the right tools that will not damage the delicate components inside the cooling device. While you may be able to temporarily resolve the issue, the chances are that the air conditioner will require further repairs soon after.

2. There’s a risk of electrocution

DIY AC repair can be extremely dangerous, particularly if you don’t have the experience and know-how about the proper way to repair the equipment. The chances of electrocution are high if you don’t take proper precautions when carrying out the repair work.

In most cases, electrocution is fatal. Either way, why put yourself at risk for injury and thousands in medical bills due to severe burns? Call a professional in first.

3. It poses a fire hazard

Another reason you should never try to repair the air conditioning unit yourself is that it can result in an electrical fire. Improper wiring could lead to electrical fire putting you and your family at risk. That’s why it’s important that you leave the repair task for a professional.

4. It can void your warranty

The air conditioner’s warranty will be void if it is repaired by anyone other than a certified technician. If the warranty becomes void, you won’t be able to get the unit replaced. Additionally, you will end up paying thousands of dollars if something goes wrong during the DIY AC repair.

The above reasons clearly show that you should always let a professional technician handle air condition repairs. The professional will utilize the right tools and take proper precaution so that the repair work gets done efficiently and safely.

Skip the DIY AC repair. Call Ace instead!

In case you want the help of a professional technician for AC repairs in southwestern Louisiana, you can contact Ace Air Conditioning.

High Heating Bills? Here Are 5 Common Reasons You’re Seeing Them Rise

High Heating BillsHigh heating bills are annoying. Not only do they mess up the bank account, but it also make you wonder whether there is something wrong with the furnace.

In this article, we will tell you about some of the reasons for unusually high energy bills, and what you can do about it.

1. You have a poorly maintained gas furnace

The most common reason for a high heating bill is a furnace that has not be tuned up properly. A poorly maintained furnace takes more heat to warm the room.

A regular furnace tune-up ensures that the furnace works efficiently without jacking up the heating bill. If you haven’t had the furnace serviced for more than a year, you should strongly consider contacting an experienced technician for a tune-up.

2. You’ve been toying with the thermostat

During the winters, you should set the thermostat to 68oF or above. Keeping the thermostat at a lower temperature will result in high heating bills. For every degree you set the thermostat lower, you can expect about 5 percent increase in your heating bill.

Consider installing a programmable thermostat as you can have the furnace consume less power when not at home resulting in great savings in bills.

3. Air is leaking out of the home

Air leaks inside the house can make the system work harder to heat the home, leading to high heating bills. You can have a professional check for air leaks inside the house.

In case an air leak is present, the professional will seal the area or advise you to insulate the house depending on the extent and area of the leak.

4. You have a dirty furnace filter

A dirty furnace filter can also make the system work harder, leading to high heating bills. The filter keeps dirt and debris from entering the system. When the filter becomes clogged, the system is not aerated properly.

As a result, it will heat up and malfunction resulting in higher heating bills.

5. Error in meter reading

Human error in taking the meter reading can also result in unusually high energy bills. It is very possible that your energy company has made an error when taking the meter reading that resulted in an inaccurate bill.

You should check the reading on the bill with the actual meter reading. In case you suspect that the bill does not reflect actual meter reading, you should contact the energy company. You will be issued a new bill with the corrected amount in case the company acknowledges of making a mistake in reading the meter.

Call Ace for help with your high heating bills

The final advice to keep the heating bill down is to have your furnace serviced regularly by a qualified technician.

If you want to get in touch with professional and experienced technicians for a furnace tune-up in southwestern Louisiana, you can contact Ace Air Conditioning.

Considering DIY Furnace Repair? Here Are Some Of The Dangers

Dangers of DIY Furnace RepairWhen the furnace develops an issue, some people find it tempting to fix the problem without calling a professional. After all, who would not want to save money through a DIY repair task? While this may be true for some of the tasks around the house, you should never try DIY furnace repair yourself, as it is an extremely dangerous task for anyone without furnace repair training.

No one of sane mind would want to put his or her head inside a lion’s mouth. However, when you try to repair the furnace yourself, you are doing just that. Instead of saving money, trying to repair a furnace yourself will cost you more trouble, more money, and even put your life at risk.

Here are some of the reasons why you should never treat furnace repairs as a DIY task.

1. Danger of carbon monoxide poisoning

One of the prime dangers of trying to perform furnace repair by yourself is that it could expose you to the deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas. CO gas, when inhaled, can result in death due to hypoxiation. The gas can leak out when you perform the furnace repair yourself.

In contrast, a professional technician will know how to perform the job safely without resulting in the release of a gas that can be deadly for you and your family.

2. Danger of damaging the furnace

Another risk of a DIY furnace repair is that you can badly damage the unit. The loss of replacing a damaged furnace can amount to thousands of dollars.

By letting a professional take care of the furnace repair task, you will not only save time but also money as there is no chance of damage to your unit. The money that you pay to the professional will be much less than the cost of having to replace a damaged unit.

3. Danger of a fire hazard

A fire hazard is present when you try to repair the unit yourself. A fire can start if you do not take proper precaution when repairing the unit.

A woman in Massachusetts accidentally set her house on fire when she was trying to repair her gas-fueled heater and removed the gas shut-off valve. This clearly illustrates the danger of attempting to repair the furnace yourself.

You should always contact a professional and experienced technician when it comes to furnace repairs.

Skip the DIY furnace repair and call the professionals at Ace

Furnace repair task should never be done yourself. The risks involved in a DIY furnace repair are high. That’s why only licensed and qualified technicians should repair the furnace. An experienced technician will use the right tools and take proper precautions that ensure that no accidents occur while repairing the furnace.

Whether you want to service your old furnace, or install a new one, you can contact Ace Air Conditioning.

We serve Lake Charles and other areas in southwestern Louisiana with complete integrity and professionalism.

7 Reasons Your Air Conditioner Leaks Water

A leak in the air conditioner is one of the most common air conditioner repair problems faced by people that own ductless cooling units. The first thing that you should do in case of an air conditioner water leak is to turn off the unit. This is important, as the water can damage the wiring and electrical parts inside the house. After shutting down the unit, you need to contact a professional technician to resolve the problem.

7 Reasons Your Air Conditioner Leaks WaterWater can leak from the air conditioner due to many reasons. Here are seven common reasons that your air conditioner leaks water.

1. Improperly sealed unit

The air conditioning unit must be properly sealed from the outside. If the unit is not sealed properly, warm air from the outside will enter the unit and get condensed by the cool air generated by the unit. Eventually, moisture builds up inside and starts to leak from the unit.

2. Incorrect installation of the unit

The air conditioner must be installed properly. Otherwise, water leakage may occur. The cooling unit should be installed in a way that the front end is slightly higher than the rear end. Generally, a difference of 1-inch is ideal. The water leakage problem usually occurs when the difference is less than 1-inch.

3. Blocked water drain

The drain holes at the rear end of the air conditioning unit sometimes become clogged by dust and dirt. The blockage of the holes prevents the moisture from draining from the rear end, resulting in the water leakage. Getting the air conditioning unit cleaned regularly prevents the water from leaking from the unit.

4. Lower temperature outside

During the winter when the outside temperature drops, less water evaporates than normal. As a result, water builds up inside the cooling unit that leaks from the air conditioning unit.

5. Low refrigerant

The pressure inside the air conditioning unit will be lower when the refrigerant levels are low. This will subsequently cause the evaporator coil to freeze. The water will overflow into the drip tray when the coil melts. So, dripping water may indicate that the refrigerant level is low.

6. Rusted drain pan

The drain pans of the cooling unit are made of customized metal sheets. Different brands and sizes of the unit may have different drain pans. The pans get damaged or rusted over time. If a hole appears on the damaged pan, the water leaks out of the unit.

7. Damaged joint

A water leak can also occur when the joint that runs between the drain line and the indoor unit gets damaged. The joint wears off after the unit is used for a long time, and must be serviced by a professional air conditioning technician.

Call Ace if your air conditioner leaks water

You should contact Ace if you want professional help for repair and service of the air conditioning unit in Lake Charles, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff areas. If your air conditioner leaks water, we have a team of friendly, experienced, and certified technicians that can resolve all types of air conditioner problems at an affordable cost.

5 Tips From Ace For Lower Energy Bills This Winter

Winter months in most parts of the United States are long, dark, chilly, and, well, expensive. While southern Louisiana doesn’t get as cold as some places, the cooler temperatures here do make people turn on the heat to keep cozy and warm. However, sometimes it happens that the heating unit does not properly heat the room, making one chill to the bone.

5 Tips to Ensure Optimal Heating During the Winters

Winters in southern Louisiana may not look quite like this, but it’s still important to save money on your energy bills.

Thankfully, you can take a number of steps to ensure optimal heating during winters. Here are 5 steps that you can take to ensure that your rooms remain perfectly warm during the cold months.

1. Draft-proof your home

The drafts around the windows and doors prevent optimal heating of the rooms. They also make the heating system work harder, resulting in increased energy bills. You must consider sealing the area around the door and window to ensure optimal heating during the winters.

2. Place area rugs

Placing area rugs will not just add style and color to the room. It will also help keep it warm. Rugs add increased insulation to the floor by trapping the cold air. This will result in optimal heating of the room and reduced energy bills. The area rugs will keep your feet warm as well.

3. Insulate the ceiling and walls

To drastically reduce the energy bills, you should consider insulating the ceiling and walls. This will prevent hot air inside to be released outside, and also prevent cold outside air from penetrating the room. You should consider insulating the area between the attic and the inside walls as heat losses from the area can add to about 30 percent to the heating bills.

4. Avoid covering the air vents

Air vents can be an eyesore in the room. That’s why some people cover up the vents by placing furniture in the front. However, obstructing the vents of the heaters obstructs the air flow. This will prevent optimal heating of the room. The furnace will require more power to heat the room that will result in increased energy bills. Keeping the vents free of any obstruction will ensure optimal heating.

5. Clean the fireplace

Cleaning the fireplace is another effective way to ensure optimal heating during the winters. Consider having the inside of the fireplace cleaned with a wire brush. Also, you should keep the fireplace damper closed unless using it to heat the room. Keeping the damper open is similar to having the windows open, due to the air will flow out of the room.

Other ways to lower your energy bills

Apart from following the above tips, it’s essential that you have the heating system regularly serviced by an experienced technician. The technician can also detect and resolve the problems with the heating system before they do major damage.

To get in touch with an experienced heating technician in the areas of Lake Charles, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff, call Ace.