Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes our Monroe, LA homeowners need an HVAC question answered ASAP. Luckily, that's why we're here! Let's check out some of our most-asked HVAC questions that we receive on a regular basis.
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When should I have my heating and cooling equipment serviced?
We recommend having your heating and cooling systems maintained during the spring and fall seasons. Temperatures tend to be milder which means we can schedule a more convenient appointment that fits your schedule. For repairs, make sure you call and schedule an appointment as early as possible when you detect a problem.
How often should I replace my air filters?
An air filter should be replaced every 1-3 months, depending on certain factors. If your home feels dusty, stuffy, or if you have pets, you should replace it more frequently.
Do I really need system maintenance every year?
Yes. Yearly system maintenance is required to keep efficiency levels high, to extend the lifespan of the technology, and it’s even required for most warranties.
Why is my AC frozen?
An AC’s coils can freeze for a number of different reasons. Most commonly, it’s caused by a dirty air filter and lack of airflow. But a refrigerant leak can also cause your refrigerant to reach freezing temperatures and turn condensate into ice.
How do I know when it’s time for an AC replacement?
Conventional air conditioners last anywhere from 10-15 years in age. When your system reaches this point, or if it’s frequently requiring repairs, then it might be worth exploring a replacement. Also, any repair that costs half as much or more of the cost of a new replacement is not worth it, and you should choose the replacement instead.
Why is my AC making a loud noise?
AC noises are almost always a symptom of a problem. Bubbling and hissing, for example, is usually the sign that there’s a refrigerant leak. Grinding or metal on metal can mean there’s an issue with the blower fan, or a faulty component in the compressor. Either way, schedule repairs for your noisy AC.
How do I know if I need a new heater?
Forced-air heating systems like heat pumps and furnaces are designed to last 10-15 years. Also, a heating system should be able to keep your home comfortable without consuming too much fuel or energy. If it’s becoming inefficient, or if it’s reaching the end of its lifespan, then we’d recommend saving up for a replacement.
Why is my fan motor not working?
Fan motors can run into issues. Sometimes it can be due to a faulty fan belt, and other times the motor can have electrical issues. We recommend calling for repairs if you hear any noises coming from the system, or if your vents have little to no airflow coming from them.
Why is my heater making a loud noise?
A heater that’s making a loud noise should be shut off immediately and a professional should be called. Booming, grinding, rattling, shaking, and hissing noises can all be signs of a problem. This is especially important if you have a gas furnace, because these problems can become dangerous.
How long does an AC system last in Louisiana?
You can expect an AC to last 10-15 years in Louisiana in the best of cases. We use our air conditioners heavily here, which means they require more maintenance and undergo more stress than other systems throughout the country.
How long does a furnace last in Louisiana?
A furnace can last upwards of 15 years in Louisiana. Our winters are mild, which means we don’t rely on them as heavily as some of our northern neighbors.
What is a ductless HVAC system?
A ductless HVAC system is a heat pump that works via several small mini splits installed in strategic locations throughout your home. They deposit cooled or heated air directly into your house and do not rely on air ducts. These systems are great alternative and efficient heating or cooling systems that homeowner can rely on.
How long does a heat pump last?
Heat pumps, just like other forced-air heating and cooling systems, can last 10-15 years in age. But in order to reach this lifespan, a heat pump requires maintenance twice a year due to the fact that it works practically in every season.
Why does my AC system keep turning on?
Your AC could be turning on rapidly due to a few reasons. Your home could have insulation problems which means the cool air is escaping at a fast pace. Or, your system could be short cycling, which is a complex problem that can be caused from a number of different factors. This should be diagnosed by an HVAC professional.
What is short-cycling?
Short cycling is when an air conditioner turns on for short, frequent periods of time. It’s inefficient and usually a symptom of a deeper problem. This can be caused by a refrigerant leak, a clogged air filter, an electrical issue, and even a botched installation. Short cycling can wear down the components of an AC, so this problem should be addressed at the earliest convenience.