Top 3 Reasons Your Air Conditioner Is Not Blowing Cold Air

As you already know, California brings the heat. The weather can easily get above the 100s which means your air conditioner needs to be able to work properly for you and your family to cool down. Your air conditioner represents on of the largest home appliance investments you can make.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the top reasons your air conditioning system is now working properly such as not blowing cool air, and offer you some resolutions on keeping your unit working for many years to come.

From simple dirty filters that need to be replaced with new ones, to the more technical side of things such as electrical issues, there are several issues that may cause your air conditioning system not to be blowing the cold air you are accustomed to. Let us begin by exploring some of those common issues and hopefully educate you, and shed some light on the importance of keeping your air conditioner in top form with the added value of our lifetime warranty by Semper Air.

Dirty Air Filters Can Block Cold Air From Flowing Correctly

One of the most commons issues that we get all the time is that cold air is not blowing correctly. The first thing we always ask is if your filter has been changed recently? The air filter in your system is already designed to restrict the air flow simply by just being there. Add to that, a totally blocked filter that is caused from dust, dirt, and other foreign debris will leave your air conditioner from blowing nice cool air and it will create further problems.

At the same time, Blocked or dirty air filters will cause your air conditioning unit to not cool correctly, allowing some rooms to be more cooler while others seem to be not get any cold air at all. Blocked and dirty filters can trap pockets of cold air in and around your air conditioner coils causing icing issues that will eventually lead to water damage from the ice.

With all the talk in this past year about the quality of the indoor air that we breathe, wouldnโ€™t it seem to be in your best interest for yourself and your family to not only change your air filter monthly, but consider upgrading to a better air conditioning system from Semper Air.

Thermostat Issues

Thermostats are one of the more key components of your HVAC system. Thermostats are used to detect temperature changes for the ability to maintain that temperature in an area.

If your thermostat is older (such as analogโ€™ types), it can be prone to either being out of calibration or having basic malfunctions. Just like any other device in your home, your old thermostat could be subject to failure at any given moment. Having a professional technician from Semper Air to come and properly diagnose any thermostat malfunctions tends to be a simpler solution when your air conditioner begin blowing less cold air. Sometimes, it’s a simple solution like the cooling switch being inadvertently switched โ€˜off.โ€™

Your thermostat is similar to the air filter in that now may be a good time to consider a change or upgrade! Newer and more efficient digital thermostats have the latest thermostat technology to make your older air conditioning system perform like it’s brand new.

Condensing Coils Need To Be Clean

One of the most important parts of your air conditioner is the large condensing coils found on the outdoor portion of your unit. These coils allow the heat from your home to be eliminated through a fan forcing the heat off of the coils.

A dirty coil, and bent fins can easily be responsible for reducing your systems cooling capacity , causing it to as you guessed it, blow less cold air! Both the condition of the condenser coil, and the condensing fan motor should be serviced at least once every 6 months for maximum cooling capacity from your system on those days that it is needed the most.

These are the top 3 reasons your air conditioner may not be blowing cold air. Remember, a faulty or old air conditioner should be inspected and repaired only by trained and experienced professionals. This is because they have potentially dangerous components that can injure you or worse. But, when you can definitely spot the symptoms, itโ€™s time to call in a pro. Semper Air has you covered. Contact us today for more information on replacing or repairing your AC unit.

Air Conditioning Options For Your Home: Ductless Mini-Split Vs Central Air Units

When it comes to staying cool in states such as California, choosing the best air conditioning unit for your home can quickly become a confusing experience especially since there is a large selection to choose from.

When you do research, you are most likely to come across the two most popular options which include Ductless Mini-Split & Central Air. The biggest difference between the two air conditioning systems are the look, the price, and the amount of annual maintenance. 

Depending on your specific needs and the size of your home, you can make your HVAC purchase decision a bit easier by reading this article.

Central Air Conditioning

One of the most common types of air conditioning units that are in homes are known as central air conditioning (or central A/C). The central air conditioning system works by cooling air at a central location. From there, the air is distributed to and from rooms by one or more fans and ductwork.

They are usually long lasting and virtually invisible, but they do require maintenance here and there.

Advantages of Central Air 

  • Consistent temperature everywhere in your home, all year long. 
  • Air pushed through the ducts if filtered. This means higher indoor air quality.
  • The possibility of both a heating and air conditioning combo unit. 

Disadvantages of Central Air 

  • Higher electricity bills – According to Energy.gov, โ€œIn an average air-conditioned home, air conditioning consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.โ€
  • Keeping indoor air quality clean means frequent duct maintenance
  • If you donโ€™t have ductwork, you will need to have it installed. 

Ductless Mini-Split System

Another common type of air conditioning used in homes are known as ductless, mini split-system air conditioners (mini splits). These applications are great choices for smaller homes and apartments where installing ductwork is not feasible. Instead, it uses an individual fan and evaporator unit for each room it will be installed in. 

These units are a bit quieter, energy efficient, and more adaptable than traditional central air systems. 

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split System 

  • Small size & flexible which allows homeowners to create zones of comfort within their home. 
  • Energy efficient which means far less electricity used compared to an old school window unit. 
  • Quieter which means much less ambient noise compared to central air or window units. 

Disadvantages of Ductless Mini-Split System 

  • Ductless systems are a bit costly when you analyze the BTU per hour performance compared to central air systems. 
  • There must be a place to drain the water near the outdoor unit
  • Some homeowners do not like the appearance of the Ductless system. 
  • Cooling capabilities are limited and not a good choice for larger homes. 

What Air Conditioning System Is Best For My Home? 

Based on the information above and the size of your home, you should be able to make an easy decision on whether you need central air or a ductless mini-split system. There are both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to both A/C systems. Carefully considering your circumstances will let you know which system to go with.

In simple words, a ductless mini-split system can be a great choice for homes that are smaller in size and donโ€™t have ductwork. For bigger homes that do have ductwork, central air conditioning may be the better option.

For more information on HVAC systems and what options are available to you, contact Semper Air today and one of our experienced 

How Heating and Air Conditioning Warranties Can Save You Thousands of Dollars from Future Costly Repairs

As a homeowner, your financial load increases tremendously when it comes time to run the air conditioning unit during the heat of the summer. Same goes for your furnace in the winter. 

Besides the increased energy bills you see coming in during peak heat season, many homeowners face costly repairs to their air conditioning systems due to weathering and general everyday use.

Homeowners should always consider that their heating and air conditioning equipment from Semper Air comes with a lifetime warranty.

Protecting Your Air Conditioning Equipment with Proper Coverage

Todayโ€™s energy-saving air conditioners are quite sophisticated and require expert HVAC professionals to service and maintain these AC units. Repairs from untrained, or uncertified air conditioning repair specialists will surely void a warranty costing you potentially thousands.

Budgeting for a potential breakdown with unknown costs is not a recommended way to protect your investment. You would be better off spending that money on a quality air conditioning or heating system that comes with a warranty that covers HVAC parts and labor.

Using the right HVAC company to service your air conditioning & heating system on a quarterly maintenance schedule will also help extend the life of your units.

This will also ensure your air conditioner and furnace performs at the highest level while not voiding any warranties that protect your heating and air conditioning investment.

HVAC Warranty Guide: Not All HVAC Warranties are Created Equal

HVAC Warranty Terms

When you purchase a new air conditioning system for your residential home, always consider the warranty term. The term refers to the duration of time of the AC equipment protection.

Great HVAC manufacturers stand behind their products. Because HVAC repair can be so costly, you must have a warranty with long enough terms. 

Parts Warranties for HVAC 

Depending on the type of HVAC unit you purchase for your home, always take into consideration that different parts of the heating and air conditioning system have different warranty expirations.

For example, a heat exchanger warranty might be a 20-year warranty, while other parts are covered for just 10 years.

Always be sure to clarify with your air conditioning contractor what your HVAC manufacturer product warranty covers.

Extended HVAC Warranties

Often,  heating and air conditioning manufacturers and dealers offer extended warranties. These warranties often add 5 to 10 years to cover parts and labor.

Understand the details relating to your extended warranty offer such as the availability of the extended warranty and how long you have to wait for an HVAC technician to fix your air conditioning system during peak times of the year.

Equally important is to know how long your air conditioning contractor has been in business.

Purchasing an extended warranty from an air conditioning company that goes out of business before your warranty expires happens more often than you might think.

This is especially true for smaller HVAC companies that donโ€™t have a large presence in your state.

How to not Void an HVAC Warranty

If you invest in a warranty for your HVAC equipment, which is our recommendation, avoiding these simple and often overlooked mistakes will help you from a void warranty.

First and foremost, hire a certified and licensed HVAC contractor. Air conditioning installations and repairs not performed by licensed and certified AC professionals will most likely end in a void warranty.

Ensure your heating and air conditioning company provides you with the proper paperwork of installation as proof of purchase and date of installation.

Again, using a licensed and certified HVAC expert will only use APPROVED replacement parts. This ensures your warranty is valid and continues to protect your HVAC investment.

Donโ€™t make the mistake of not performing scheduled maintenance. Please follow your air conditioning contractorโ€™s recommendations whether your situation requires a quarterly or annual maintenance plan.

Keep records, receipts, and any maintenance paperwork to ensure your warranty remains valid.

Warranties for HVAC Installation

In addition to manufacturer warranties and extended manufacturer warranties, many trusted HVAC contractors will provide an installation warranty that protects you from work performed and a proper heating and air conditioning installation.

This usually covers accidental damage and offers the homeowner additional protection.

HVAC Warranties Provide Peace of Mind

Talk to your local HVAC contractor about your options for warranties around your heating and air conditioning system.

Besides protecting homeowners from costly AC repair bills, warranties give you peace of mind knowing that if you have a breakdown, youโ€™re going to be covered.

No more surprise emergency costs when it comes to your comfort and your home investment.

If you have more questions regarding warranties, please reach out to us at Semper Air. Weโ€™d be happy to answer any questions you have.Weโ€™d also like to help you make informed decisions when it comes to purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system, or simply getting yours replaced.