The Importance of the Run Capacitor

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Run Capacitors for your A/C System

      Keeping you informed and educated about the little things that make all of the difference for your Phoenix Air Conditioning Unit is the best way we know to keep you cool and comfortable through the extreme heat of our long summer months.  Knowledge can equal peace of mind.

What is a Run Capacitor?

      A capacitor or condenser as it is sometimes referred to, is commonly used in electronic devices.  It is a combination of three objects, a pair of conductors for sending electricity and a dielectric which is some form of non conductive materials.  An electrical field is created between the two conductors which then stores energy.  This stored energy is used to boost current needed to maintain a charge during constant use of a motor as in your Air Conditioning Unit. 

In the case of the typical Air Conditioning Unit there are dual capacitors, one for the fan motor and the other for the compressor motor. The run capacitor is for the fan motor and the one for the compressor is called the start capacitor.  The Run Capacitor maintains a relatively constant voltage supply for the purpose of increasing the torque of the fan motor on start up.

When Should I check my Run Capacitor?

      If a run capacitor is not working or is not the right size for your unit it does not always shut your system down.  Rather, it throws off the magnetic field, causing the fan motor to run unevenly increasing energy noise and decreasing efficiency with a possibility of causing overheating problems and other performance issues.   The best clues will be the sluggish running of the fan motor or slow start up of the fan motor, with noises you may not have heard previously.  In extreme cases the fan motor will just not start up, so always consider the run capacitor when a fan motor is not working.

 

Do It Yourself or Call A Professional

 

      A multi-meter is required for capacitor testing.  If you are comfortable with the use of a multi-meter you may consider testing it yourself, there are always good instructional articles and videos on the internet.  However if you are not comfortable with using a multi-meter devise it is best to call a A/C Professional in Phoenix. 

Replacement of The Run Capacitor

 

        The Run Capacitor can be quickly diagnosed by a professional and replacement is equally fast, your Air Conditioning Technician can ensure the proper size Run Capacitor is installed providing a smooth running fan that starts up the first time every time.  A run capacitor is not something that is usually diagnosed during routine maintenance.  It does not gradually go out; it is either working or not working.  So if you feel your fan is not working to full capacity or hear it struggle on start up, call your Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC Professional right away.  This quick fix will keep your system running well and keeping you and your space cool.



         

Routine Maintenance In Mesa Arizona


Routine Maintenance is Mesa Arizona

Routine Maintenance

 

Air Condition System Routine Maintenance

    Too much can ever be said about routine maintenance.  It is called routine for a reason, routines and habits are considered just about the same.  In other words, maintenance should be just as habitual as breathing, eating and sleeping.  If we don’t take care of our body we all know what can happen and it applies even more so to our air conditioning systems in Mesa Arizona.

Do I need routine maintenance even if my system is working well?

        Yes, routine maintenance is what is done to keep it working well and the best time to do it is when it is working well.  If routine maintenance Mesa AZ is only done if there is a problem, this is not routine maintenance, this is emergency maintenance.  Air Conditioning Systems run long and hard throughout the summer months and we expect it to maintain a routine of keeping our space cool, so we have to maintain it on a routine basis too.

How often is routine maintenance work done?

      The minimum routine maintenance for any Mesa AZ Air Conditioning System is considered to be an annual checkup, which is best done in the summer.   If summer has passed and you have not had it done yet, now would be a great time to make that appointment with your professional.  In addition any extreme weather as dirt storms and more would indicate a need for routine maintenance.

Do it yourself or Hire a Professional?

       Routine maintenance is definitely a professional choice, as there are many things checked that the Do it Yourselfer is not qualified to do and usually does not have all of the right equipment Mesa Arizona service calls. 

What gets done during routine maintenance?

      During routine maintenance on AC units in Mesa AZ the entire system gets put through checks to include voltage checks, pressure checks and temperature checks and more.   In addition the condensing unit coils should be cleaned, fan motors should be oiled, belt adjustments verified and more.  Any deficiencies that are noted should be corrected and repaired at this time also.

Routine Maintenance Savings

     A little now or a lot later that is the motto of routine maintenance versus emergency maintenance.  air conditioning systems maintenance in Mesa Arizona recover some of their lost efficiency and have a longer life span when they receive routine maintenance.  Your comfort in your office or home is increased and they save you money both in their efficient operation as well as saving emergency repair and major replacements costs. The cost of routine maintenance is recovered more than once within a season through efficient operation and lower power bills.

 

 

 

 

         

Air Conditioning Maintenance in Mesa AZ


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When was the last time you changed your A/C filter

          Do you even think about your A/C filter? My home is in Mesa AZ.  In Mesa Arizona Air Conditioning is the last thing on my mind when I come home from a long day of work.  Your Air Conditioning Units Filter is the one thing you have control over that determines not only the quality of your air but how efficient your system runs and more.  Even after a long day of work….remember A/C maintenance is important.

What does an Air Filter Do?

          An Air Filter is the guard that protects your Mesa Air Conditioning System, standing sentry to keep it clean and operating smoothly.  You Air Filter will establish the quality of air being distributed throughout your home.  In addition it is the first determinant in the efficiency of your system and how much it is going to cost to keep your home cool this summer.

Is it OK to Just Clean Out my Filter?

          Air filters are designed with particulate matter that breaks down with usage and has a limited efficiency factor.  When you blow out and shake out your filter although it may appear to be clean and capable of collecting and protecting it will have reduced capacity.  This reduced capacity will leave your Mesa A/C unit vulnerable and unprotected and your quality of air lowered.

 

How Often Should I Change my A/C filter?

         Living in Mesa Arizona one of the hottest spots in the Country if you want to avoid air conditioning repair.  Once a month is the generally recommended rule of thumb on changing your Air Conditioning Systems filter, although there are some factors to consider that are specific to you and your personal circumstances.   Air Conditioning Filters should be changed at the beginning of the season even if your system has not been in use.   Filters should be changed after every dust storm, haboob or major wind storm. Filters should also be changed any time your system is serviced.

Best Efficiency Best Air Quality

          To maintain the best efficiency, protecting your unit and keeping the highest air quality in your home, the Air Filter is the one thing You are in control of.  Take charge of your Air Conditioning System in Mesa AZ changing the air filter as recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

Energy Audits Save Arizona Home Owners Money In Phoenix Arizona

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What Can I Do Reduce My Power Bill & Create More Home Efficiency?

          Are you one of those people who cringe when you open your power bill?  Or have you just become accustomed to a high bill and wishing for a way to create more efficiency in your home? Everyone seems to be actively seeking ways to save and create more efficiency in all aspects of their lives.  Read on as we explore these aspects as they specifically apply to your home and your power bill.

          First let’s identify the things in your home that utilize the most electricity, the electricity hogs is what we will call them.  Where are the electricity hogs in your home?  The number one electricity hog is the Hot Water heater, followed by the Air Conditioner and Heat Source, and right behind that is your dryer.  None of us are very interested in living without these energy hogs, but can’t we put them on a diet and still enjoy their conveniences?  Yes, of course we can, and that is what this article is all about.

Arizona energy savings        The Power Companies offer some things to assist us in identifying our electricity usage and some devices are available to create more efficiency in our homes.  SRP provides M-Power boxes which provide data about daily & hourly usage and current draw of power to identify from one moment to the next how much power you are using and what devices are pulling how much power. Also there are devices to hook up to the Hot Water Heater to time it on and off as needed so you are not heating water constantly.

         Next for your Hot Water Heaters, the first choice is to buy the most efficient available, or even to consider a heat on demand hot water system.  If you have chosen a standard hot water heater, it also makes sense to put a blanket on it made specifically for hot water heaters so they retain the heat so it does not have to be heated over and over.

          For your Air Conditioners which is the primary source of power usage during the long and intense heat of our Desert Valley summers there are many options available both directly and indirectly.  To directly create improvement and efficiency from your A/C unit, ensure it is the proper size for your space; get a high efficiency model; replace your filter at least once a month; service your unit regularly; and invest in a programmable thermostat versus a standard one.  Taking all of these steps can really put this energy hog on a diet providing instant low cost savings and efficiency in your home.

      Indirect ways to create improved efficiency of your Air Conditioning Unit includes better insulation in the walls and roof, look for the energy star logo on products, better ventilation from the attic and upper eave space, reflective coverings for windows, sealing cracks around windows and doors as well as installing high efficiency windows and doors.

       Every little bit helps and you are sure to create more efficiency in your home by utilizing any of these tips to slim down the energy hogs, and the more tips you employ and put to use, the greater your efficiency and savings will be realized in your home.

 

Aeroseal Arizona Duct Sealing

 

Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC. is  now offering a FREE 5 year maintenance plan when you purchase a Aeroseal duct sealing. Aeroseal is the number 1 thing you can do in you home to help your air conditioning run more efficient. In Arizona the average home has  many leaks in the duct work even on a new home.  The average Arizona household has enough leaks in the duct work to add up to equivalent  of a hole that is 70 inches across. After the Arizona Aeroseal  duct sealing process is complete that 70 inch hole is shrunk down to a hole that measures 5 inches or less.

 

The Aeroseal process is recognized by all major utility company’s including APS, SRP and South West Gas.  They are also giving out rebates if you get the duct sealing in your home. Even the federal government recognizes Aeroseal as major energy saving process.  You may even qualify to get a tax rebate from the government when you combine Aeroseal with a new air conditioner.

 

We start the job by doing a pre seal test to see exactly what the leakage is before we actually do the sealing. We do this test on all existing AC units that are connected to existing duct work. After the Aeroseal job is complete we perform another test to see the actual reduction in leak s. So that way we verify the effectiveness of the service. The service comes with a 10 year guarantee on the sealing that is backed by the Aeroseal corporate.

 

Air Care and Tim McKenzie recommend Aeroseal to everyone who has central air conditioning in Arizona but it is major factor when purchasing a new high efficiency air conditioner.  If you purchase a 20 seer unit air conditioning unit you be putting out 20 seer efficiency AT THE AC UNIT but if your ducts are leaking you WILL NOT have 20 seer efficiency in the home.