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Let Your Air Conditioner Breathe!

Here's an easy thing you can do to keep yourair conditionerrunning as efficiently as possible: Don't crowd the condensing unit, the outdoor part of your AC. In the photo below, you see a common problem.

As the shrubbery gets bigger, it's going to crowd that condensing unit. When it does, it's going to restrict the air flow across the condensing coil.Basically, the condensing coil is where all theheatthat got picked up from your home gets dumped outside. Your AC is engineered to remove the heat by having a designed amount of air flow over the condensing coil.

R-22 Refrigerant: What you should know....

R-22 Refrigerant and what you should know:

Prices for R-22 refrigerant, commonly known as “Freon,” have definitely risen over the past few years.
Here’s why: About 25 years ago, the EPA ordered the phasing out of R-22 as part of the international treaty on protecting the ozone layer called the “Montreal Protocol”, because of the refrigerant’s ozone-depleting substances.

As part of the agreement, production ended in 2010 for new air conditioning units “charged” with R-22 and production of the refrigerant itself was reduced by 75 percent.

Identify the "Dirty Sock Syndrome"!

Does your home suffer from what we in the HVAC industry call the "Dirty Sock Syndrome"? The smell, typically described as a musky, dirty, locker room smell is usually caused by  a bacteria that collects and grows on the indoor coils of heat pumps and air conditioners.
Our Fillmore HVAC technicians typically start to get calls of a funky smell in their home when heat pumps go into defrost or when systems are run on the "heating" mode for a brief time then switched back into cooling (A/C).

Indoor Air Polution

Indoor air pollution ranks among the top five environmental health risks. The best way to address this risk is to control or eliminate the sources of pollution inside your home:https://www.activtek.net/Content/whyactivtek.aspx

Pictured he...re is a mold buildup case taken by one of our trained and certified technicians. If your HVAC Contractor finds mold buildup in any way you may want to consider the activTek Air Scrubber Plus.

If you have this problem or your home smells like a stinky sock, call us we can help!

R-22 Refrigerant Phase-out and what you should know.

Air conditioners use refrigerant to cool indoor air that passes over the cold, refrigerant-filled coils. If your air conditioner was manufactured prior to 2010, there is a good chance it requiresR-22 refrigerant, which means you will begin to notice continuing annual increases in maintenance costs because supplies of R-22 are dwindling.
R-22 refrigerant is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HFC) that emits ozone-depleting chlorine. As such, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set strict limitations on it’s production for use in commercial and residential A/Cs through 2020.

No Cool Air Problem DIY

At Fillmore HVAC we understand budgets are sometimes tight and you’d rather try to figure out the problem before calling us for service. Below is a potential problem with central air conditioning to help you better understand your HVAC and when you have a serious air conditioning repair problem. We're never insulted when people would rather ask about an air conditioning repair problem rather than ...call us to service one. 

No Cool Air Problem

1.) Remember to always refer to the owner’s manual and follow the guidelines.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are much more toxic than mold, pollen, and dead skin cells.

If your HVAC technicians aren’t recommending that you add at least one standard ultraviolet (UV) light "system sanitizer" for your system, they’re doing you a disservice!

Here are some things you may not know about our standard ultraviolet (UV) light "system sanitizer"

1. You no longer really have to pull and clean indoor coils any more. Shine a UV light on a dirty evaporator coil 24 hours a day, and by the time the system is due for its next tune-up, the coil will be cleaner than it would have been if it had been cleaned it by hand.

How a Central Air Conditioner Works

  • The typical central air conditioning system is a split system, with an outdoor air conditioning, or "compressor bearing unit" and an indoor coil, which is usually installed on top of the furnace in the home.
  • Using electricity as its power source, the compressor pumps refrigerant through the system to gather heat and moisture from indoors and remove it from the home.
  • Heat and moisture are removed from the home when warm air from inside the home is blown over the cooled indoor coil. The heat in the air transfers to the coil, thereby "cooling" the air.