Dayco Systems Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

What Constitutes an HVAC Emergency in Georgia?

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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If there’s anything we care about most here at Dayco Systems, it’s the comfort of our customers. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to provide the great products and services we do throughout Canton and the surrounding communities. So when you have an HVAC problem, we’re here to address it for you, right away.

Of course, not all HVAC system problems are emergencies. At least, they don’t always have to be! The best way to avoid unexpected problems, of course, is with routine, annual HVAC maintenance. This service helps our technicians spot small problems before they become much bigger ones. Of course, if you skipped maintenance or your system is getting up there in age (10-15 years) you may have one of the following common emergencies happen in your home.

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What Causes an Air Conditioner to Ice Up?

Monday, August 30th, 2021
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When you live somewhere with as warm and humid as a climate as ours, it’s hard to imagine ever seeing ice anywhere, let alone developing on your air conditioner. Although perhaps you’re one of those people who think that ice is involved in the cooling process. After all, how else does chilled air make its way into your home, if ice isn’t involved?

Well, through refrigerant. You see, refrigerant is a substance that makes the whole cooling process possible. It cycles between liquid and gas form in order to remove heat from your home, and to return cooled air. This is oversimplifying it a bit, but the point is, refrigerant is what makes your air conditioner actually cool the air, not ice.

So what causes an air conditioner to ice up? We’ll elaborate below, but essentially, air conditioners ice up when the refrigerant inside gets too cold due to an external problem with the system. Read on to learn more!

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FAQ’s For Homeowners Experiencing Air Conditioning Fan Problems

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
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Were you aware that near the end of summer is the most likely time for an air conditioner to break down in your Georgia home? This is especially true if you skipped maintenance this year, and/or if your system is aging. That is, your system is 10-15 years old. Let’s face it, no air conditioner lasts forever!

If your system is on the newer side though, that doesn’t mean it’s immune to problems. Natural wear and tear can create problems, as can weather events when it comes to your outdoor unit. It’s essential that you be aware of the signs of a problem so that you know when to call us! One issue that may occur with your air conditioner is a problem with one of the fans. Your central air conditioning system has two–the blower fan and the exhaust fan. Below are some FAQ’s about these fans. Read on, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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“How Do I Know if My AC Has Insufficient Coolant?”

Monday, August 16th, 2021
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We’ll start by explaining what coolant is. Coolant is a chemical substance that we refer to as refrigerant, and it’s what actually makes the cooling process possible. Refrigerant allows your air conditioner to draw heat out of your home, and then put it through a cooling process through the compression and evaporation of the fluid.

You shouldn’t lose refrigerant charge (level) over time. It’s not like gasoline from a car–it doesn’t run out. If you are losing any, it means you have a leak! But how do you know if this is the case? For starters you can watch for these signs:

  • Your energy bills rose dramatically when you started using yoru AC system.
  • You’ve noticed lukewarm air coming from the vents.
  • There’s ice or frost development on your air conditioner.
  • Your air conditioner is hissing or bubbling.

Read on as we dive into these one by one–what they mean for your system and what we can help you do about it!

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How do I Troubleshoot my Central AC System?

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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This is the time of year that you truly cannot afford to have a malfunctioning air conditioner. With the way heat and humidity treat us in the summertime, it’s almost a crime to not have a functional cooling system!

So when something goes wrong, you of course want to get it fixed right away. While we don’t ever recommend DIY repairs or AC maintenance–these jobs should always be left to the trained professionals, we do have some DIY troubleshooting tips to share with you, which include:

  • Checking Your Air Filter
  • Checking Your Thermostat
  • Checking the HVAC Circuit Breaker
  • Checking the Outdoor Unit
  • Checking Your Air Vents

Read on as we go through these one-by-one and explain to you what to look for and how to get your air conditioner back on track. If these tips don’t get your air conditioner running again, it’s time to call our team for quality AC repair in Woodstock, GA!

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Should I Turn Off My AC If It Is Not Cooling?

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
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We are right in the throes of summer, and your air conditioner is working its hardest to keep you comfortable indoors.

Wait, you mean it isn’t? Your air conditioner isn’t actually keeping you nice and cool? Understandably, this is a very frustrating problem for you to have–after all, your air conditioner has one job, right?

There can be a number of different reasons this might be happening, some of which are a bit more serious than others. Unfortunately, we don’t have a super quick answer to whether or not you should shut your air conditioner off if you notice it’s not cooling, because the truth is, it depends! But fortunately, we’re about to tell you what it depends on. Read on!

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How Many Amps Are Required for a Ductless Mini Split System

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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There are many factors that go into the installation of an air conditioning system, and a ductless mini-split system is no exception! If you’re considering adding this as a cooling–and heating–option, then this blog post is for you!

One of the factors included in ductless mini split installation is how much amp is required for it. This is the unit used for measuring electricity, or how fast electric current flows. The higher the voltage, the lower amps are needed, but how many amps are actually required for a ductless system?

This will actually vary, based on how many British thermal units, BTUs, the system uses–usually 15-45 amps per mini-split is needed.

Is all of this making your head spin? We get it! And we get amps, voltage, watts, and the like. We’re expertly trained and have the experience necessary to make sure that your home is matched with the right air conditioner for your specific comfort needs, and if that happens to be a ductless system, that it has the right amount of amps.

With that all said, you’re probably wondering if this truly is the right system for your needs. Read on as we uncover some benefits of such an installation!

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2 Story House Air Conditioning Tips

Monday, July 19th, 2021

It makes sense, if you have a large home in the Roswell area, that you want to keep your home as cool as possible, and do so efficiently. After all, not only do we have the high heat to contend with but also the sweltering humidity. This makes for a really uncomfortable environment, without the right systems in place.

And even when you do have the right systems in place, you want to ensure you’re using them well. We mean, using them in a way that doesn’t waste energy and leaves you spending way more than you should. Read on for our AC tips for 2-story homes!

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Refrigerant 101 – Everything You Need to Know

Monday, July 5th, 2021
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If there’s anything you are sure of when it comes to air conditioning in the greater Atlanta area, it’s that it’s absolutely vital for you to have a fully effective and efficiently operating cooling system in place.

You can help ensure this is in the case in a couple of ways–by only trusting trained and experienced professionals to service your system, and by scheduling routine preventive maintenance each year.

One of the things we check during HVAC maintenance, is your refrigerant level. Wonder why this is so important? Read on!

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What To Do if Your AC Coils are Frozen

Monday, June 28th, 2021
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One of the common misconceptions around air conditioners is that ice is a regular part of the cooling process. It makes sense, right? Air conditioners chill the air, so if it’s cold enough, ice will form, right?

It’s easy to imagine why homeowners who are unfamiliar with how an air conditioner works may think this, so we don’t blame people for believing this myth!

However, this belief could do your air conditioner harm. Ice on the air conditioner is actually a pretty serious problem and can lead to a number of other problems for the air conditioner.

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