Why is My Ductwork Sweating During the Summer Time in Union County?

Have you noticed condensation on your air ducts and wondered whether you should be concerned? After all, it’s hot and humid in Indian Trail and Monroe.  This creates the right environment for condensation to form on your ductwork.  So, you figure you shouldn’t be concerned, right? Union County summers do, indeed, create the right environment for condensation to form in a lot of places. The colder the air coming from your registers the more likely you’ll see condensation. Read on to find out when or if you should be concerned about sweating ductwork and what you can do about it.

It’s a Southern Thing in Weddington, NC

We live in the South and part of being a Southerner is the sweat-dripping humidity. When warm, humid air meets cool air, water droplets form. This is called condensation. Cool air travels through your ductwork in your attic or crawlspace transferring air through your vents in your ceiling or floor.

Occasional water droplets are not a cause for concern, especially when humidity levels are high, but when you notice persistent condensation around your vents, there are a couple things you will want to consider.

Mold and Mildew are a Concern

Excessive amounts of condensation create the right environment for mold and mildew to grow. Mold and mildew may contribute to a range of health issues and damage to the inside of walls and ceilings. This can be expensive to repair and can be prevented.

Your Heating & Cooling System’s Ductwork

Keeping your home cool and your air conditioner unit in proper, working condition is of high importance to you and your family. Taking care of your ductwork should be important as well. One way to keep air ducts clean is to replace your filters every month. Also, it is important to have a maintenance plan in place with a licensed HVAC contractor like Air Agents Heating & Cooling.

Keep an eye on your ductwork by running your hands along the duct in your attic or crawlspace. If you feel any cold air, then you probably have a leak. You need to contact your local HVAC contractor to repair any leaks and check that you have the proper amount of insulation for your ductwork.

Air Agents Heating & Cooling are your local experts to solve any problems related to your HVAC system.  Contact us online or call (704)802-7873

Why is My Air Conditioner Constantly Running and My House Still Isn’t Cool?

Union County summers are hot and humid and air conditioners work overtime. If you’re wondering if it’s normal for your air conditioner to constantly run, consider the temperatures outside and if your house is cooling. When temperatures reach the upper eighties and nineties, your air conditioner will have to work harder to maintain the temperature in your home. Your air conditioner should turn on and stay on until your house cools. But, what if your house isn’t cooling and your air conditioner just keeps running? Read below to find out what might be wrong with your unit.

It’s Too Small

It’s not uncommon for an air unit to be too small for the size of the home. You may suspect the unit is too small when the unit blows cold air, but your house doesn’t reach the desired temperature of your thermostat. If this is the case, call Air Agents Heating & Cooling and ask them to perform a load calculation to determine the cooling needs of your home. An undersized unit may cause unnecessary wear and tear and lead to frozen evaporator coils.

Clogged Air Filters in Indian Trail

It’s an easy fix and an inexpensive way to prevent your air unit from unnecessary wear and tear. Change your filters monthly and make sure you keep them clean.

Your Indoor or Evaporator Coil Could be the Culprit

If your unit is running constantly and warm air is coming out of the vents, then it’s possible the evaporator coils are dirty or frozen. An annual spring or summer maintenance check with Air Agents Heating & Cooling will keep the evaporator coils clean and enable them to work properly with your unit’s refrigerant. If you suspect the coils are frozen, turn off your air conditioner and call Air Agents. They will also check for low levels of refrigerant as this could be another reason your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home.

Problems with the Outdoor Unit in Union County

Just like with the evaporator coil, the outdoor unit may be dirty or clogged. Check your outdoor unit and make sure that it is clear from debris and grime. Having an annual spring or summer tune-up is a good way to keep your outdoor unit in clean, working condition. Dirt and debris may be the culprit when the condenser, blower, or fan are not working properly. If your outdoor unit appears to be in good working order, it’s best to give us a call to check whether it may be time to replace parts or consider investing in a new air conditioning system.

For more information call Air Agents Heating & Cooling: (704) 931-3674

Should I Invest in an Extended Warranty?

Why Should I Invest in an Extended Warranty for My New HVAC System?

New HVAC systems are expensive. They’re an investment into your Charlotte or Union County home and provide comfort all year long. Reputable HVAC manufacturers provide good warranties for their products, but your HVAC contractor has told you about an additional warranty – the extended warranty. Should you invest?

As a consumer, you’ve been offered warranties for a wide variety of goods and services. It can be difficult to discern when to buy and when you shouldn’t. Read the following list of questions to consider before you decide whether to invest in an extended warranty.

How does this warranty differ from the manufacturer warranty?

Extended warranties today add labor coverage to the manufacturer’s warranty. The manufacturer’s warranty will cover the parts onlyfor your system for 5-10 years. Typically, most systems come with a 5-year parts warranty, but if you register your products within the first 60-90 days it extends the warranty to 10 years. Ask your HVAC professional what is covered by the manufacturer and what your options are?

Extended warranties will cover the cost of labor, which a manufacturer will not after the initial purchase. Every homeowner knows labor repairs can be very costly for major appliances. Ask your HVAC company specific questions about the labor costs covered under the warranty.  Also, you may want to ask what the costs are for major repairs; such as, replacing a compressor or coil.  You may be surprised what it costs! In many cases, one repair covered will pay for the warranty.

Do I trust and like my HVAC company?

Before you buy an extended warranty from an HVAC company, find out how long they’ve been in business. Make sure you’re buying your system from a reputable company that will be around to honor the extended warranty.  Who backs up the extended labor warranty?  Is it backed by the manufacturer, an outside clearinghouse, or the contractor?  These are great questions to ask.

You should feel good about a company you’re doing business with. And, when you purchase an extended warranty, you’ll be doing business with them for a long time as well as depending on them for regular maintenance to keep your new system working properly. You need to be able to trust them to extend the life of your new system.

Peace of mind

If you value peace of mind that your cost of repairs, the parts and labor are covered, then an extended warranty is worth the initial investment.  Air Agents Heating and Cooling provides extended labor warranties through York and Johnson Controls, one the largest and oldest air conditioning manufacturers in the industry.

 

Extended warranties can save you money. If you’re looking for a new HVAC system and want to discuss your options about an extended warranty, call Air Agents Heating and Cooling today at (704)532-5544.

Ductless HVAC Benefits for Spring in Union County, NC

If you’re looking for a more efficient cooling solution in Union County, NC, you need to check out ductless HVAC. Here are the top seven benefits of ductless heat pumps, or mini splits, according to Air Agents Heating & Cooling.

Cool your finished basement in Marvin or Waxhaw, NC

Unlike central air conditioners or heat pumps, mini splits don’t require ductwork to provide cool, comfortable air. In other words, that finished basement or sunroom that’s always too hot in the summer now has an efficient A/C solution!

Ductless HVAC for historic homes Monroe, NC

Because there’s no ductwork, you won’t have to plan a massive renovation undertaking just to install ducts for your cooling system. This is especially helpful if you have an older or historic home where retrofitting ductwork could be extremely costly.

Lower energy bills in Wesley Chapel, NC

Like traditional heat pumps, mini splits are highly efficient and use less energy to cool your home. You only heat or cool the area served by the indoor unit, instead of heating or cooling the entire house. Save money with ductless HVAC from Air Agents Heating & Cooling!

Fight allergies with mini splits

Central HVAC systems are notorious for trapping large amounts of dust in the ductwork. Mini splits, on the other hand, have no ductwork where dust and allergens can reside. Fight spring allergies with mini-splits in your home!

Better comfort with HVAC zoning in Weddington, NC

Mini splits can be installed virtually anywhere inside your home. And, since each one operates independently, you can create individual comfort “zones” in your home with their own heating and cooling settings!

Quick installation from Air Agents Heating & Cooling

Central air conditioners and HVAC systems can require extensive installation, especially if you don’t have pre-existing ductwork. But not mini splits. Ductless heat pumps are easy to install and can be up and running much faster than a central system.

Year round comfort in Union County, NC

Mini splits are just small, indoor heat pumps, and that means they have the same functionality. Unlike traditional HVAC that requires a separate air conditioner and furnace, ductless HVAC units perform both heating and cooling functions, so your home will be comfortable year round.

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