7 Ways Poor Indoor Air Quality Could Be Hurting Your Home

          Indoor pollution is a bigger problem than you might realize because we often don’t think about it. While you may vacuum or dust on a regular basis, you could be missing a few things that are affecting the air quality in your home.

When you walk into your home, and it smells stuffy or perhaps a bit funky even after you have tidy up the place, you have an issue to solve.

How Poor Indoor Air Quality Could Be Hurting Your Home

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) will affect the occupants’ health, and it can be especially dangerous to children and the elderly. It can also deteriorate the value of your home because poor IAQ causes increased repair costs to your ventilation system.

 

Here are some indicators of poor IAQ:

1. Increases Respiratory Problems.

Excessive sneezing, persistent coughing, fatigue, and irritated eyes and nose are usually the signs of a severe allergic reaction. If this issue is exacerbated while at home it is a good sign that you may be dealing with indoor pollutants.

 

These pollutants over time can aggravate the lungs leading to more serious health issues. It can limit your ability to make the necessary repairs for your home.

2. Increases Energy Consumption

Dirty air filters should be changed regularly because the build up of dirt can reduce the efficiency of your system. Poor IAQ increases your energy consumption as well as your monthly bills because the ventilation system has to compensate for issues like leaky ducts.

 

Leaky ducts will let all kinds of bad air into your home. One of the most notable is excess moisture, which leads to mold and mold spores that can compromise the healthiest lungs.

3. Promotes Dirt and Debris

You can track it with your shoes or your DIY home weatherization methods do not allow for fresh air into the home, either case there is more dirt and debris in the home. With over 18 million adults suffering from asthma this can be deadly for them.

 

Excessive dirt and debris is a clear indication of poor air quality and also makes the home look unkempt despite your efforts. This is because the dust may be off of the surface for now, but with no place to go it will find itself in your lungs on back on the television surface.

4. Because it Raises Radon Concerns

Radon no longer flies beneath the radar because it is considered a type of radiation linked to lung cancer. Unfortunately, it’s ubiquitous in the environment because it is formed from the breakdown of soil, rocks, and water and the odorless, tasteless gas produced seeps into the air.

 

Testing the air is the only way to assess the levels in the home. Radon concerns can hinder the sale of the home. Though when appropriate action is taken, then a radon free environment can be a selling point for potential owners.

5. Because of Volatile Organic Compounds

Cleaning your home could make you sick. Your favorite cleaner, chemical air fresheners, disinfectants emit vapors that are toxic in your environment. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are consistently higher within the home than outdoors.

 

Sources of these toxic chemicals include paints, dry-cleaned clothes, pesticides, and wood cleaning products.  VOCs can damage major organs like the liver and cause malfunctions to the central nervous system.

6. Because of Smoke Related Problems

Second-hand smoke’s reputation is connected with a variety of health issues. It also increases the effects of pollutants like radon. The smell is notoriously difficult to remove from upholstery, carpets, and curtains.   

 

The common cigarette is known to contain a plethora of carcinogens, such as benzene. Make your home a smoke free environment so that you can protect yourself and your assets.

7. Can Burn Out Your HVAC System

Airborne particulates, mold, and dust can accumulate and recycle back into your home. These contaminants clog the system causing it to work harder to clean the air. It will not only fail at its job but will wear the system down faster.

 

Most of us live our lives on the indoors, so the quality of the air is very important to our health. Many companies now offer services that test the air quality or maintain and clean your HVAC system. Cracking open the windows a few hours a day is also an excellent way to clean up the stale air in the home. With a little attention, anyone can prevent poor air quality.

 

Wash Yo’self!

A roadmap to coil cleaning!

 

          Most people get the oil in their car changed every few thousand miles or so, but rarely do people take the same care and consideration for a machine just as expensive and important, the air conditioner or heater in your home.

          Without it, especially in Texas, you’d be miserable most of the year–besides the heat, we saw snow in Austin last year (TWICE)! Just like oil changes and regular maintenance are essential to keeping a vehicle running properly, the same is true for the a/c and furnace systems in your home. There are many things you can do on your own to help maintain the longevity of your HVAC system, that you can read about here.

 Everyday we see units like the one on the left: Difference between a clean condensing unit and a dirty one.

Replacing them with units like the one on the right.

          We’re not saying with just this service you’re safe from all potential problems, but with regular maintenance and cleanings you could be saving yourself a lot of time, money, and energy from having to worry about it in the middle of July!

 

What and where is my condenser coil?

 

          The condenser coils are located on the outside of your home on the condensing unit. They’re what allows air to move from the gas of a refrigerant to the cool air you feel in your home. Over time, dirt and debris can clog the coils. This causes your unit to use more energy while simultaneously reducing the efficiency and ability to work properly.

 

What exactly am I looking for?

 

          Keep an eye out for anything that may be obstructing the unit. This can include grass and weeds, as well as tree branches, rocks, sand/dirt, toys, or even trash/debris that may have strayed near the system. All of these things can find their way onto those coils and obstruct air flow. Keeping the system from clogging up is the easiest way to prevent some major issues with your condensing unit.

 

          If you have taken the necessary steps like changing your filter, keeping your condensing unit clear of obstructions, and implemented a bi-annual maintenance check and tune up with Elite you will be better off than a lot of homeowners who weren’t so proactive!

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Q: Is the technician actually being thorough, or just saying so?  

A: Did the technician hook up a gauge to the outdoor unit? Did they take temperatures of the air coming in and going out at the indoor unit. Here’s a rare one, did they even go into your attic to look at the ductwork?

 

Q: How do I know if I really need to replace my A/C or furnace system?

A: What is the age of your system? If it’s over ten years old it is theoretically a candidate for replacement, however that is far from saying you must replace it. It may simply be a hundred dollar capacitor keeps it going for another five years. Ask the tech a lot of questions. What did they find exactly? Have them write it all down on the invoice, because you will want them to have a checklist that walks you through each of the components of the system with amperage and details on each of the line items. That is what your $100 “diagnostic” charge is paying for after all.

 

And if you’re still not sure…

Call someone else. The fact that you may have a hot night, or could potentially have to buy a temporary window unit is frustrating, but by calling someone else and taking the information from both companies to compare, it may pay dividends for you in the long run. You would be astounded at the price differences of diagnoses that can and, unfortunately, do occur.

 

Bonus:

You WILL be told you have to replace the entire system because of a change in refrigerant the government is phasing out. This is often a really good idea for efficiency reasons, to be fair, but if you can’t afford the upgrades or plan to sell your home for instance, you certainly don’t have to buy the whole system. There are many replacement refrigerants available that are much more cost effective than the R-22 that is being phased out. For example, you can convert a new indoor coil to the new refrigerant after the fact, if the other components also goes out later. The salesperson WILL NOT tell you this.

 

 

If you are searching for a new HVAC system you may hear the term manual J, or at least you may see the term in your online research. However, surprisingly few contractors that come to your home to give you bid on your new HVAC system are actually performing a manual J.

What is a manual J?  

To simplify, it is a 3 dimensional computer program, that comes up with the CORRECT size of your A/C and heating system.  Be aware, a lot of contractors won’t do the little bit extra work  or use scary words like math, computers, and warranties –yikes..   However, it is the ONLY way to ensure your system is sized correctly.

How does it work?  

We input different the factors of your home into the program, these factors include; window sizes, window efficiency, insulation efficiency, roof and wall materials, the way the home faces, your climate area, the efficiency of your ductwork and the type of HVAC system you need. After this information is inputted in the computer program, it will tell us how big your air conditioner and heating system should be. In some cases it will also help us realize that a duct system might not be working well, or leaking, and that may need to be addressed as well.

Why does this matter?  

An HVAC system (furnace, coil, condenser and ductwork) all work together to provide you with comfort, cost you utility bills, and determine the longevity of your system.  The most common mistake contractors make when they don’t perform a manual J is to oversize your system. Why do they oversize it? Because you probably won’t call and complain until a couple years later when your warranty is up!

If you have a system that is too big you will be uncomfortable, paying too much in utility bills, and your system will not last as long. A properly sized air conditioner will run for long periods of time in the hot parts of the day and still keep your house cool and the humidity low. If the system is too large it will cool down the house really quickly and turn off, and then turn back on and cool off the house really quickly and repeat.  In Austin, Texas humidity and heat battle every day, we must get the humidity out of the house to make us comfortable.  Your system must run long enough to remove the humidity and only a properly sized system will run for long enough to accomplish this. Also turning on and off frequently as an oversized system will do, will ruin the system and your investment much more quickly.  Sort of like highway miles vs. city miles, the mechanical components of the system are at peace when they are running, but experience more wear and tear on the startup and shut down of the unit.  Especially in the spring and fall months where removing humidity is more important than cooling.

You will also be paying too much in utility bills if your system is not sized properly. If it is too large the frequent turning on and turning off of the system will cause it to constantly be running at its peak amperage. The startup of the unit has a large spike in the system electrical usage, as opposed to when it is running for several minutes the electrical usage levels out and becomes more efficient. It is a little bit counter intuitive that your system is more efficient when its running for a long time, but it is. Just like slamming on your gas on your Jaguar vs. cruising on the highway in your sweet Prius.  

 

 

bigger-not-betterIf a manual J is not done and a system is too small, the system will just not cool the house down to the temperature you would like it too be. This is the worst case for a contractor because you are sure to call back right away when it doesn’t cool you down to a reasonable temperature. That is why so many contractors oversize the systems and don’t do a manual J, they don’t want to go through the work of performing manual J and are scared of undersizing your system.  Bad contractors just oversize your system due to a lack of knowledge and to cut down on call backs, until your warranty is up, and it’s too late to do anything about it.  

Contractors are literally replacing systems that are 20 years old without checking that the size is correct.  These older system may be cooling your house to your satisfaction, but they probably also are working 3 X’s HARDER than they should because the components are dirty, old, and costing you much more in utility bills.  Because the system is old and dirty, it isn’t putting out the amount of cooling it is rated to be putting out. So while you may feel the size was correct of your old system, and tell your contractor to just put in the same size, you need to know, it isn’t going to be the same size. The newer system will be all shiny and clean and will deliver the correct amount of cooling it is rated at. Which may be way too much for your house because it isn’t slowed down by all the dirty and failing components.

If your contractor is not explaining this to you, find one that is up to date with the current requirements.  

Performing a manual J load calculation will help to ensure you will have a system that will last many years, will keep you cool, comfortable and at a lower cost.

Call Elite today at (512)637-4237 and find out how much a manual j could save you compared to your current unit!

Whether you’re looking for the best ac repair Austin has to offer or do-it-yourself repair tips for fixing a malfunctioning AC, you’ve come to the right place! Here in the Lone Star State, and particularly in south and central Texas, we enjoy many common pleasantries: temperate weather, a bevy of different landscapes throughout the state, rich culinary traditions, lauded southern hospitality, and a big blue open sky to gaze upon.

Sweltering temperatures are an expected side effect of our bright and sunny summers, but unfortunately the sticky, blazing hot weather isn’t relegated to the few summer months. A working air conditioner that blows cool refreshing air is an absolute must in these parts.

With just a few tools, a little know-how, and some patience you can repair some common AC issues yourself in half the time it would take to have your air conditioner professionally repaired.

 

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Gather Helpful Tools

Before you start banging on your unit, turning screws, and tearing things apart, gather a few handy tools. Having the necessary tools for this DIY project all lined up will save you time, money, and frustration.

Locate or purchase the following tools:

  • Socket/ratchet set
  • Insulated screwdrivers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Cordless drill/driver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Voltage tester
  • Nut driver
  • Multimeter

Now that you have your tools handy, let’s go over what is actually inside an air conditioning unit and what you’ll be looking at when you begin troubleshooting.

Anatomy of an AC Unit

There are two major parts of an air conditioner: a condensing unit that sits outside of your house and the evaporator coil, sometimes referred to as the A-coil, that sits in the plenum (air distribution box attached directly to the supply outlet of the HVAC equipment) of your furnace or air handler.

The A-coil contains refrigerant that picks up the heat from an inside space and pushes it out to the outdoor condensing unit. The condensing unit fan then blows outside air through the condensing coil to cool the air down.

Inside the condensing unit resides three potentially replaceable parts: the contactor, the start/run capacitor(s), and the condenser fan motor. The condensing unit also contains the compressor, but only a professional can replace that. There are no replaceable parts within the A-coil for you, the trusty DIY-er.

Signs Your AC Unit Is Not Working

AC units can behave in several different ways when they are not operating correctly. Before you can begin troubleshooting and fixing possible issues, you must determine the parameters, or working conditions, of your unit.

Is your AC:

  • Not working/running at all?
  • Not cooling well but running?
  • Dripping or leaking water?
  • Making odd or loud noises?
  • Continually running and won’t turn off?

Now that you have pinpointed some high level behavior of your AC unit, and you have some knowledge about the internal and external working parts, it’s time to begin exploring what might be going wrong and what is keeping your air conditioner from cooling efficiently.

There are a few areas or pieces of equipment that may prove to be the malfunctioning culprit, including:

  • Thermostat – The thermostat may be configured incorrectly or may be failing.
  • Filter – The filter may be clogged or too dirty to work properly.
  • Circuit breakers – The unit may not be receiving power via the electrical panel.
  • Condensers – The fan, within the compressor in the outside unit, should be running and should sound similar to a running refrigerator.
  • Coil – The coil may be frozen, preventing appropriate airflow.
  • Drains and Pans – These can become dirty and can impede proper draining.
  • Connect Technology – Your Nest, Curb, or similar technology hub, may not be operating correctly.
  • Air Registers – If several of the internal air registers (grates that cover the airflow point inside) are closed or clogged, the reduced airflow may have caused the A-coil to ice up and stop cooling.

Some air conditioner repairs should be handled by a qualified AC repair company. Below, we cover several ways you can DIY simple repairs and maintenance of your air conditioning unit yourself, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed or simply don’t have the time to DIY contact a professional.

DIY Fixes for Common AC Issues

The following DIY tactics are specific for each type of air conditioning problem mentioned. A little elbow grease, some cursory knowledge of the workings of a standard air conditioner, and expert-level tips and tricks will help you remedy common AC issues, or at the very least determine whether you should call in the professionals to finish the job.                                                  

AC Not Working/Running

When the thermostat in your house reaches the set point that signals the AC unit to begin cooling, but your AC doesn’t kick on or begin cooling:

  • Locate and check your main electrical panel and any other circuit panels for a blown fuse or tripped breaker. If you find that a breaker is tripped go ahead and reset it by flipping it off and then back on. If a fuse is blown, go ahead and replace it. A central AC unit should be on a dedicated 240-volt circuit.

    If the breaker continually trips, there is probably a short in the system somewhere. Contact an electrician to have them verify whether the fan motor, compressor, or capacitor is the source of the problem.
  • Make sure the power is on. Check the power switches in the furnace or air handler, and in the outside condenser, to ensure that power is on for the system. Also double-check the compressor’s 240-volt disconnect to confirm that the power hasn’t been shut off there either.
  • Ensure that the thermostat is set to COOL, and that the temperature setting is at least a few degrees below room temperature. If your thermostat isn’t popping on due to an incorrect setting, simply re-set your desired temp and HEAT/COOL setting and re-test.
  • Verify that your thermostat’s batteries are fresh and that all wires are connected properly. To do so, remove the thermostat cover, then pull the thermostat base straight off. Replace the batteries and check that the connections between the wires and their terminals haven’t been pinched out of place by the cover. Replace the cover and wait a few minutes, then try to switch on the AC system again.
  • Determine whether the thermostat is faulty. Open the thermostat and remove the wire from the Y terminal. Turn the power back on, and holding the wire by its plastic insulation only, touch the bare end to the R terminal and hold it there for 1-2 minutes. If the compressor starts, your thermostat is faulty and needs to be replaced. If the compressor does not start, turn the power back off and call an air conditioning repair company.
  • Check the compressor’s capacitor and wire connections. The capacitor in the compressor starts the condenser and the fan, so if the capacitor has failed the AC won’t run. Shut down all power to the unit and verify that it is off before proceeding. Remove the electrical cover of the unit, and using a digital multimeter set to “Capacitance” place one lead on the “Common” terminal and the other lead on one of the other two terminals. If the meter shows “OL” that means there is a short somewhere.

    See how to test an air conditioning condensing unit capacitor and wires:

    AC Not Cooling But Running

    Sometimes an air conditioner will be obviously running but no cool air, or just tepid air, is coming out through the vents. In this case, ensure that nothing is blocking or limiting the airflow in the air filters, registers, and compressor.

    To check blockage and airflow:

    • Clean or replace the filter. Remove the front door of the air handler cabinet and pull out the filter. If the filter is dirty, grimy, or caked with debris of any kind vacuum it and then soak it in a bucket of equal parts vinegar and water for a few hours to kill harmful bacteria, dirt, and allergens. Allow the filter to drain and then dry.

      If you notice any rips or snags, don’t even bother to clean the filter. Replace it, as continuing to use them when they are worn out will definitely limit efficiency.
    • Look for ice around the coils. If you notice that there is ice accumulation around the cools, close the unit up and turn the fan on. The ice will melt in a couple of hours. Ice around the coils is likely caused by reduced airflow due to soiled filters or coils, or a low refrigerant level (which is something that should be checked and recharged by a professional, like Elite Austin AC.)

    • Clean out the condensate drain. Air conditions create a lot of water because they remove moisture from the air as they work, and you can often see water pooling around the unit. Algae can block the drain pipe and cause the AC to stop working.


      See the instructions below for dealing with condensate problems (

    • Check the outdoor compressor. Clean the outdoor compressor, including the coils.

      If the compressor fan isn’t turning on when you set the thermostat to a temperature below room temperature look for an overload button or reset switch and reset it. If your AC unit does not employ this option, use a screwdriver or long stick to attempt to spin the fan blades clockwise. If the blades spin freely and the fan gives the unit enough boost to begin working then your capacitor is faulty and needs to be replaced.


      If cleaning the compressor coils and kickstarting the fan blades doesn’t work, have a qualified local air conditioning repair professional recharge the coolant in the unit.

    AC Dripping or Leaking Water

    In especially humid climates, like many areas of Texas, air conditioners can create gallons of water per day, which exits through a drain tube attached to the air handler. If water is dripping or puddling near the base of the air handler it may be leaking from the drain tube, something could be blocking the water flow, or the condensate pump could be malfunctioning.

    Some unit models have a safety float switch that will flip off the AC if the drain tube backs up, which is a definite sign that the drain tube should be replaced.

    To remedy dripping or leaking water:

    • Make sure the electric condensate pump is connected to a working electrical outlet. Then look to see if the drain tubing has come loose or is disconnected from the pump. If so, reconnect it. If the drain tube is clogged with algae use a wet-dry vacuum to suck all the water out of the tube.
    • Test the condensate pump. Pour water into the collector, which is turned on by a ball float that moves with the water level. The pump should start. If it is stuck, disconnect the pump and clean it out. If it’s old, broken, or worn, replace the condensate pump.

      If the pump runs but doesn’t empty out as it should, unscrew the check valve, loosen the ball float inside, and look for blocking or algae build-up. If dirty or clogged, remove it and blow it out or run a wire through the inside to clear the blockage.
    • If ice is blocking the tube, clean or change your AC filters ANCHOR LINK FOR ABOVE. If the air conditioner filters look fine and relatively clean then the AC’s refrigerant supply is likely too low. Have a professional recharge the unit.

    AC Unit is Noisy

    If your air conditioner is making a racket, the air handler, the outdoor compressor, or the ductwork could be to blame.

    Air Handler Making Noise

    The air handler sometimes makes a squealing, grinding, or buzzing noise. To alleviate the noisiness:

    • Check the connection between the belt and the motor. Most air handlers are equipped with direct-drive motors, but some older units are belt-driven. When you hear squealing sounds coming from the air handler that may mean that the belt is improperly aligned or in need of replacement. Refer to you owner’s manual for instructions on how to replace the belt.



      If your direct-drive blower is making squealing or grinding noises shut down the unit and contact an HVAC professional. The motor’s bearings may be worn down and need to be replaced.

      If your air handler is making a buzzing noise when you turn on the thermostat switch the thermostat HEAT/COOL toggle to OFF, and then switch the fan from AUTO to ON. The fan should begin running. If the air handler starts buzzing the fan relay or blower fan may need to be replaced.

    Outside Compressor Making Noise

    Likewise, the outside compressor may be emitting buzzing, humming, or grinding noises. To alleviate the noisiness:

    • If the AC compressor is buzzing the run capacitor may not be working. If that is the case, the motor will overheat when it tries to start, and a thermal overload switch may shut it off. Deftly poke a long screwdriver or stick through the outside unit grill and attempt to spin the fan clockwise. If it starts spinning and then stops after one cycle, the capacitor needs to be replaced.
    • If the AC compressor is humming when you turn the thermostat to the COOL setting the issue is likely the low voltage transformer for the unit. Contact a professional to troubleshoot or fix the transformer.
    • If the AC compressor is making a grinding noise the motor bearings may be worn out. Replace the motor.

    Ductwork Making Noise

    Heating and cooling ducts are typically metal and conduct noise very easily as the air handling unit helps to move air into the rooms inside. To eliminate ductwork noise:

    • Insert flexible insulation ductwork between the heating and cooling system and the ductwork. Have an HVAC professional complete this installation if needed.

    • If the ductwork is making a pinging or popping noise, locate the source of the sound along the duct and make a small dent into the sheet metal. This provides a more stable surface that is less likely to move as it heats and cools.

    AC Won’t Turn Off

    If your AC unit does not turn off when room temperature reaches the temperature set via the thermostat, the thermostat itself or the electrical system that runs the outside condensing unit may be the issue.

    To fix a continually running AC unit:

    • Check to see if the thermostat is displaying any values. If it shows a blank screen, or if the AC shuts off when you switch it to the HEAT setting, the thermostat is probably broken and needs to be replaced.
    • Remove the yellow low-voltage wire from the thermostat while the AC is running. If the unit turns off, the thermostat is broken or wired improperly. If no thermostat wires are cross-connected, buy and install a new thermostat.

      If the AC does not turn off when you remove the wire from the thermostat the outdoor run relay contacts may be stuck together or malfunctioning. Turn off the power to the furnace and condensing unit, disassemble the relay, and pry apart the contacts.

    Test Your DIY AC Fixes

    Air conditioning units and thermostats have built-in delay features, which can last up to 10 minutes, when they’ve been shut down and powered back up again. If you have an energy-saving device installed from your local power utility the unit could take even longer to reset. Be patient!

    If you’ve followed the DIY air conditioner repair steps noted above, have ensured that breakers and electrical panels are all turned on and receiving power, and have moved the thermostat to AC mode with a temperature below the current indoor temperature, and the unit doesn’t begin running after about 30 minutes it’s time to call a professional!

    Our do-it-yourself AC repair tips cover a lot of ground, and may provide the improvement you are seeking, but if you’re experiencing continuing AC issues don’t hesitate hire an expert.

     

    Gather Helpful Tools

    Anatomy of an AC Unit

    Signs Your AC Unit Is Not Working

    DIY Fixes for Common AC Issues

    AC Not Working/Running

    AC Not Cooling But Running

    AC Dripping or Leaking Water

    AC Unit is Noisy

    Air Handler Making Noise

    Outside Compressor Making Noise

    Ductwork Making Noise

    AC Won’t Turn Off

    Test Your DIY AC Fixes

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Austin, TX is the place we call home and it has stolen our hearts for many reasons, including its multi-genre live music and the eclectic array of characters, lifestyles and tacos that coexist here. However, all of these unique and enjoyable aspects come with a downside – the Texas summer heat!

If you’ve lived in Austin for any length of time, you know the Texas summer can be brutal! As the temperatures outside soar, your air conditioner will work overtime to keep up and that’s when problems can arise. That’s why we’ve put together the 7 easy DIY steps you can do to prevent and fix common HVAC problems.  These are simple steps you can take before calling a certified technician.

Before we get started, let’s review the top signs your HVAC is broken.
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Here are five ways to stay cool without turning up your air conditioning:

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The most common question we get from homeowners is:

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