When your central AC blows hot air, it often means you have a frozen coil. Frozen may sound like a good problem for an AC to have, but your system cannot cool your home if the coil is iced over.
It is important to know that AC technicians cannot fix your frozen coil problem until the coil thaws. So if your AC is not producing cold air, take these steps before you call your technician:
1. Check your filter
A dirty filter could be the only issue preventing your AC from cooling your air, and that is an easy fix. Turn off your furnace fan by turning your system to OFF on your thermostat. Locate your return vent, unscrew the cover (if any), and pull out your filter. If it’s dirty, simply replace it. Write down the size indicated on the edge of the filter, and purchase a new one at a home improvement store. With your system still OFF, pull out the dirty filter, paying attention to which way the air flow arrow points on the edge of the filter, and put the new filter in facing the same direction.
2. Thaw out your AC
If your filter is not dirty, try thawing out your AC coil. First, switch your thermostat to OFF and your fan to ON. This will start defrosting your coil, which is located inside the air handling unit next to your furnace. Call an expert technician from a reputable heating and cooling company and set up an appointment to have them come look at your AC unit after the coil thaws. Give your unit a few hours to fully defrost, and head to a movie theater or restaurant to stay cool.
To see if your coil is thawed, locate your air handler and the frozen coil. Check the condensate pan underneath the coil to make sure it is draining properly, and not leaking and causing damage to your floor.
3. Turn your AC back on
After a few hours, check your coil. It should be dry and free of frost or ice. Switch your thermostat back to “cool” to turn your AC back on. If the air comes out cooler than room temperature, you have fixed your AC problem! If not, it is now ready for your technician to make any necessary repairs. Even if your AC is working again, it is good to have your technician inspect the system, as a frozen coil usually a sign that something is wrong.
Don’t be stuck with a non-functioning AC system on a hot day when the demand for technicians is high, and the wait for service is long. Get your checked annually, before trouble starts. Call Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO, (913-268-4669), or click here to schedule a service call.
Air-conditioning systems are one of those appliances you rarely think about until something goes wrong. And if you’re caught without AC in the middle of summer when HVAC technicians are at their busiest, you could face some miserable days of heat at home.
Fortunately, there are some telltale signs homeowners can usually identify before an AC system breaks down completely. Are you seeing any of the following? Better get your air conditioner replaced sooner than later.
1. Your AC is more than 10 years old
Air conditioners wear out just like any other household appliance. A well-maintained AC system will last 10 to 15 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
However, systems that have not been maintained over their lifespan will not last the full 10 years. Steve Burbridge, owner of Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, recommends having a tune-up by a professional HVAC technician to keep your system in good working order. The technician can inspect the unit’s components, identify and fix any issues and clean the indoor and outdoor coils.
2. Your energy bills are rising
Before you blame global warming for your rising energy costs, consider whether your high energy bills could be the result of faulty, failing or inefficient machinery. An AC system that is working inefficiently will run more frequently, using up more electricity while not adequately cooling your house.
Many utility companies provide comparison charts of how your bill has changed month over month and year over year. They also often provide an average temperature for each day of the month, information that can help you identify whether higher utility costs are associated with outdoor temperature or something else.
Newer cooling systems will also tend to be more energy-efficient than older models. Investing in an energy-efficient system could provide you dividends in the long run.
3. Your system uses ozone-depleting refrigerant (R22)
In 2020, the ozone-depleting refrigerant R22 will no longer be manufactured. Used as a coolant for air conditioners beginning with the first models produced in the 1950s, R22 has been found by researchers to be contributing to the thinning of the earth’s ozone.
Burbridge recommends homeowners have an HVAC technician inspect their system to determine what kind of refrigerant it uses. More recently produced models use ozone-friendly refrigerant, such as 410A.
“If their system uses ozone-depleting refrigerant and it needs any repairs, it doesn’t make sense to invest any money in it,” Burbridge said.
4. Repeat breakdowns
Whether your AC system has reached the end of its lifespan or not, having multiple serious repair jobs in a row could indicate it is near wearing out. Recall that systems last only as long as they’re maintained well, and some simply don’t last as long as others. If you’ve already fixed one issue and more are popping up, it might be best to cut your losses and replace.
Older air conditioners will also have more aesthetic issues. “Rust is a major problem, along with being noisier than newer models,” Burbridge said. “People with air conditioners that are near windows or backyard patios could benefit from the newer and quieter AC units built today.”
For more information on how to recognize when your cooling system needs replacing, contact Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in the Kansas City area today. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.
After July 3, 2019, residential furnace manufacturers must include energy-efficient electronically commutated low-wattage motors (ECM’s) on their furnace fans, instead of the permanent split capacitor (PSC) induction blower motors normally used.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has updated their Furnace Efficiency Rating (FER) standards, mandating that these energy conserving motors be used starting July 3, 2019 in all new furnaces, with the expectation that these new standards will result in significant conservation of energy and reduction of carbon pollution.
For homeowners, this means the initial price of residential furnaces will be increasing due to the higher cost of the ECM motors. But though the initial cost for a new furnace will be going up, the DOE estimates these motors will save an average consumer about $340 to $500 over the lifetime of their furnace, even after accounting for the increased upfront cost, due to significant savings in energy costs.
ECM motors are expected to keep homeowners more comfortable, too. First, they provide more efficient airflow. Second, they reduce temperature swings in the home by allowing the fan to run for a longer time at a reduced speed. And homeowners will be more inclined to operate their furnace fans all the time, therefore cleaning the air consistently.
The net effect on the homeowner’s energy usage by the ECM motors may be reduced by as much as 46%, which depending on the home and the furnace model, could result in as much as $67.00 per year in energy savings.
Although the old furnaces with PSC induction motors may still be in stock for a short time after July 3, they will only be available while supplies last. Some homeowners may opt for repairing an old furnace, but it can be a costly decision when compared to the energy savings of replacing it with an energy efficient furnace. The question then is, “how expensive does a furnace repair need to be before it’s not worth it?” Even for less expensive repairs, depending upon how old your furnace is, replacement may be a more cost-effective option.
To help you make the best choice possible, Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will help you assess when and if you should replace your furnace. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.
The Clock is Ticking – What’s Your Plan?
If your AC uses the refrigerant known as R-22, it is time to plan your replacement strategy. If you had to add refrigerant to your AC unit, then your time may be up this year.
Because of Environmental Protection Agency concerns about R-22 effects on the ozone, it will not be produced after January 1, 2020, and the only way to acquire it will be through recycled or stockpiled supplies which will be prohibitively expensive to purchase. The price of R-22 has been increasing steadily over the last few years already, which has made R-22 AC systems too expensive to continue to run, making replacement the more affordable option.
The last AC units using R-22 were manufactured in 2010. So if your AC unit is one of these, it is already old enough to consider replacement. If your AC uses R-22 refrigerant and you’ve had to add refrigerant recently, then it is time to replace your AC system. Refrigerant doesn’t get used up – the only time you have to add refrigerant is if you have a leak. And if you have a leak, you will have to add more and more refrigerant each year.
Refrigerant leaks happen to all units eventually as they age. Refrigerant circulates under high pressure and therefore wears down and thins the inside of the tubing. Because AC units last only 10 – 15 years on average, it is time for your R-22 unit to be replaced, especially if it is leaking refrigerant.
How Do I Know if my AC Unit uses R-22?
Steve Burbridge, owner of Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, recommends homeowners have an HVAC technician inspect their system to determine what kind of refrigerant it uses. Age of the system is one determinant – no R-22 units were manufactured after 2010. But R-410A units have been manufactured since 1996, so just because your unit is old it doesn’t mean that it uses R-22.
Can I Wait One More Year?
Making a choice to wait will also put you in the same boat as all of the others who are waiting until the last minute, and prices for new AC systems go up when demand is high. And even if you are lucky enough to get a reasonably-priced replacement unit, the wait for available technicians to install it might be long. And the last thing you want to do is be faced with weeks without air conditioning during the summer heat.
What if I Can’t Afford to Replace Right Now?
Replacing a central AC unit can cost thousands of dollars, more than many of us have saved up. This is where financing comes in. Fortunately, there is financing available for just about any credit score. Click here to review the many financing options available through Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling: https://www.anthonyphc.com/financing/.
Rebates from energy companies can also help financially. KCPL offers rebates when you purchase energy-efficient AC systems installed by authorized contractors like Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. For more information on rebate programs, call our us at Anthony or click here: https://www.kcpl.com/save-energy-and-money/home/rebates/heating-and-cooling.
The one bright side to incurring an extra monthly expense through financing is the reduction of energy costs that you will receive when a new unit is doing the cooling, which will help offset this expense. New AC units outperform old units significantly, no matter what their Energy Star rating is. And you will no longer have costly repair bills to pay either.
Have questions on R-22 refrigerant, AC system replacement? Call our knowledgeable experts night or day at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO, or submit this form to request an estimate: https://www.anthonyphc.com/schedule-estimate/.
Flood Insurance Does Not Cover Sump Pump Failure
For Midwest homeowners adding flood insurance is common practice, but they might not know that neither flood insurance nor a homeowner’s policy covers sump pump failure. Sump pump failure riders or endorsements are available, but even they won’t protect against sump pump failure if the post-flood inspection finds the pump wasn’t maintained properly.
Sump Pump Riders Don’t Cover Damage if Pump is Not Maintained Properly
When submitting an insurance claim for sump pump failure, claims adjusters look for ways to prove your due diligence so they can prove your case to underwriters. Your pump will be inspected. If it isn’t found to be in good working order or you failed to keep it operational, your claim could be denied based on improper, or lack of, maintenance. You could also face an insurance premium increase.
What is Proof of Proper Maintenance?
Having your pump regularly inspected and maintained by professional plumbers like Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling eliminates sump pump operational issues, and gives you the proof for insurance companies that the pump was inspected by a professional. Maintenance is critical to a sump pump’s function. But even a properly maintained pump can fail at any time due to age or inactivity, so regular inspections are needed.
Does My Sump Pump Need a Battery Back Up to Satisfy Insurance Companies?
Even the best maintained pumps will cease to run during power outages typical of Midwest storms, therefore battery backup sump pumps are needed as well. Not only do battery backup sump pumps act as added “insurance” during power outages, but they also help carry the load of the regular sump pump if it is unable to pump water quickly enough during heavier rains. If you have a Sump Pump rider with your insurance company, call them and clarify whether your sump pump has to have a battery backup in order for water damage claims to be paid.
Sump Pump Failure Claims are a Big Burden to Insurance Companies, and They Will Try to Avoid Paying Them
The reason insurance companies will try to avoid paying sump pump failure claims is because of the tremendous financial cost attributed to them. Fixing the damage caused by an indoor flood is a complicated and time-consuming process. Besides the repair or replacement of the sump pump, several steps must be taken before and after the repair to get your home back to normal. All electrical items in the vicinity of the flood will have to be unplugged, and if they cannot be accessed safely, the main electrical supply will have to be shut off. Then a water extraction service may have to be contracted to remove standing water before repairs can begin.
After standing water is extracted, damage to floors, walls and household items must be repaired. Flooring, furniture and electronics that cannot be repaired will have to be replaced, and irreplaceable keepsakes that are damaged may be lost forever. Then the moisture remaining even after the standing water has been removed must be eradicated, by opening windows, running fans and setting up dehumidifiers. Finally, homes must be tested for mold and mildew growth that the invasive water may have caused, and replacement of drywall and insulation might be needed to stop the spread of mold and mildew throughout the home.
Automated Flood Detection Cell Phone Alerts are Extra Insurance
Installing an automated flood detection and prevention system to your home is an easy and affordable way to receive alerts on your cell phone or tablet when flooding starts while you are sleeping or away from home. Flood prevention systems utilize water sensors placed near sump pumps and other water sources that activate an automated system when water is detected sending alerts to your phone, emitting an audible alarm, and providing an electronic water main valve shut-off feature that engages automatically or allows you to do it remotely. The home automation experts at Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can install our Water Guardian system, which will equip your home with water sensors that will alert you of a possibly failing sump pump.
Don’t Take Chances, Call Us Today
The professional plumbers at Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can take the guesswork out of your Sump Pump Maintenance and handle all your Indoor Flood Prevention and Plumbing needs. For more information Call A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO 913-268-4669. www.AnthonyPHC.com. And check our Coupons page for specials on sump pump inspections and replacement at www.AnthonyPHC.com/Coupons/.
Having an efficient air conditioning unit can seem like a luxury in the hot, scorching summers of Kansas City.
To continue enjoying a cool home, you need to ensure your unit is well maintained and get the necessary repairs before the hot weather hits. Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Kansas City, MO, provide reliable heating and cooling services to homeowners and businesses in KC.
Our licensed and certified technicians have years of expertise in AC repair or replacement using modern equipment and tools to get the job done to your satisfaction. More importantly, knowing how your air conditioning unit works helps you to determine when it needs maintenance, repair, or replacement.
What is an Air Conditioner?
An air conditioner is a system of equipment that converts warm air into cool air and distributes or circulates it throughout the rooms in your home or office. This is done using energy or electricity and the processes of refrigeration, evaporation, and condensation. The amount of energy needed to do this depends on the brand or model of the unit.
Older units typically use more energy to cool the same square footage of space compared to the newer models. The high-efficiency units we install use far less energy to provide cool air, saving you a ton of money in the long run. You can get one installed if your current unit has been costing you too much money to repair or has stopped working.
Types of Air Conditioning Systems
There are generally two different types of AC systems. They are room air conditioners and central air conditioners. Then there is the ductless, mini-split unit which is a hybrid air conditioner. Central AC units can be a split system or packaged unit but they both work similarly and function efficiently to provide cool air.
Split-System Central Air Conditioner
The main parts of the split-system central air conditioner are the outdoor unit, the indoor unit, and the thermostat to control the temperature. The outdoor unit or cabinet contains the compressor, fan, condenser coil, and electrical parts. The indoor unit cabinet houses the evaporator and evaporator coil and may also contain a furnace. Otherwise, the coil is installed at the top of the gas furnace in the home.
The outdoor and indoor units are connected by pipes and the refrigeration lines that contain a gas called the refrigerant. When installing the AC system, ducts are placed throughout the home and function as air tunnels. Finally, a thermostat is installed, usually on the wall in one of the rooms. It is used to set the room temperature as desired.
Packaged Central Air Conditioner
With the packaged central air conditioner, the compressor, condenser, and evaporator are all housed in one unit. It also usually contains a natural gas furnace or electric heating coils. The cabinet may be placed on a concrete slab outside the home or business or on the roof. The ducts are placed through openings in the roof or exterior walls of the building and then connected to the unit. With the furnace or heating coils and the evaporator, this type of AC unit removes the need for an indoor furnace. It also saves on indoor living space.
How Air Conditioners Work to Provide Cool Air
Air conditioners are installed in three-quarters of all homes in the US, yet many people do not know how this important piece of cooling equipment works. The science behind how it works is generally the same but there may be unique differences depending on the type of unit installed. The refrigeration lines built into the unit are largely responsible for the cycle of cool air that comes through the unit. But each component of the system provides a special function that helps cool the air.
The Cooling Cycle
The refrigerant flows through the refrigeration lines between the indoor and outdoor units of the central AC system. When the AC is turned on, the fan in the outdoor unit will spin and pull warm air from inside the home through the vent and into the ductwork. The gas refrigerant is vaporized or compressed by the compressor and pumped onto the condenser coil in the outdoor unit, then released to the evaporator coil in the indoor cabinet.
The evaporator coil absorbs the heat in the air and cools it. The cool air flows through the connected ducts and escapes through the vents connected to the HVAC system. This refrigeration cycle continues over and over to lower the temperature and cool the room to match the setting on the thermostat.
Common Air Conditioner Problems
The last thing you want to happen during the hot summer days is for your window, room, or central AC unit to malfunction or stop blowing cool air. Some of the most common problems with these cooling units our technicians have seen and fixed are:
- Clogged filter
- Thermostat isn’t working
- Leaking refrigerant
- Burnt out capacitors
- Dirty condenser coils
- Compressor not working
- Refrigerant needs refilling
- Problems with the breakers or fuse
- Filthy or clogged condensate drain lines
- Contactors are worn out
When to Get Air Conditioner Repairs in Kansas City
Some of these common air conditioner problems can be quickly fixed by our technicians without any need for repairs. Other times, the problems are an indication that the system needs maintenance or repairs. Your unit may need repairs if any of these problems are present:
- Leaking refrigerant
- The unit blows hot air
- Increase in humidity in the rooms
- Noisy unit, e.g., loud grinding, grating, or squealing sounds
- Pungent, musty, or burnt smell coming from the unit
Skip the DIY and Call the Air Conditioner Repair Experts
The heating and cooling system installed in your home or office are complex. When any of these or other AC problems occur, you may be tempted to try and fix them yourself. However, to avoid causing any damage to the system, it is best to call in the air conditioner repair professionals at Anthonys PHC.
They are available 24/7 to ensure you remain in cool comfort. Having years of expertise diagnosing problems in various types of AC systems, our experts can easily identify what’s causing the problem and recommend repairs if needed. Armed with state-of-the-art tools and equipment, they’ll get your unit working again in no time!
When to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit
There are times when the only economical thing to do is to replace your AC or cooling system. If any of the following applies you, it may be time to upgrade to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner installed by Anthonys PHC:
- The unit is old (10-15 years)
- It stops working efficiently
- Frequent and expensive repairs
- Energy bills keep rising
- It’s not the right size for your home
Call to make an appointment for AC repair or replacement in Kansas City
If you’re experiencing one or more of the common AC problems, call the AC repair professionals at Anthonys PHC in Kansas City, MO. We provide HVAC services to satisfy the heating and cooling needs of customers in KC. Our technicians are skilled in servicing and repairing various types of cooling units and will run a complete diagnosis to determine the problem.
We can also replace your unit if it’s broken, reached the end of its lifespan, or you simply want to upgrade to central air. We install all major brands of air conditioners capable of maintaining inside when it’s 100° outside. Plus we’re on call 24/7 and for emergency services. Call 913-353-8444 or 816-407-8444 today! Ask about the 2-year money-back guarantee policy on our air conditioners.
Before we get started mentioning the plenty of problems your plumbing system may encounter with time and use, it is important to note that at Anthony PHC Kansas City, safety is very important to us.
Of course, there are many things you can do to maintain and check-up on your plumbing system, but if you do not know what you are doing or have a question, don’t hesitate to ask an expert at Anthony PHC.
Faucets aren’t meant to drip unless you have them turned on, if your faucet is, you could have an issue. Not only will your water bill and your bank account suffer from non-stop dripping faucets, but you will be wasting a lot of water every day; let’s face it, water shortages in 2019 are not unheard of.
Tip # 1
Help preserve our resources. If there is a drip, be sure to try and turn the faucets off all of the way; ensure they are tightly closed. If this does not work, then you may want to call a plumbing professional from Anthony PHC Kansas City because this problem may point to an internal issue.
Water Heater Problems
Are you dreaming of taking a warm shower? Perhaps you turn on your shower and only cold water exits…
Tip # 2
This could be a few issues; hopefully, it is as simple as reigniting your pilot light; or it could be composite build-up that needs to be cleaned off by a professional plumber, it could also be that your thermostat may need to be looked at or replaced.
Remember, safety first, do not to touch your water heater if you have no clue what you are doing. If you are comfortable enough, you can light the pilot, but other than this simple task, leave this complicated matter for the professionals at Anthony PHC Kansas City, this way, you’ll receive a proper plumbing diagnosis and fix.
Picture this, you are brushing your teeth, the water is on, then all of the sudden, you look down and notice nothing is draining, the water is stuck in your sink and slowly drains; this is certainly not a pleasant sight. At this point, you need to unclog whatever object is blocking the water from freely flowing down the drain.
Tip # 3
You have a couple of options with this scenario, you can try to run extremely hot water to see if this washes away the debris. Next, you could try using a drain snake, or you could resort to buying a chemical agent that will dissolve the unwanted debris (read and follow the instructions carefully, as the cleaning agent should not come into contact with human skin or pets).
If you decide to use the drain snake, you will need to insert it into the problematic drain, you’ll then have to push the tool down further while turning the handle, keep pushing until you feel the obstruction; now push the debris down and free your pipe.
Is your sink still slow after trying all of the above methods? Anthony PHC Kansas City will rescue your pipes and plumbing in an urgent manner.
So you’re taking a shower, your feet are drenched with overflowing water, considering the tub is not draining…
This is not an ideal experience for anyone, which is why it is important to get to the bottom of this issue immediately.
Tip # 4
If you are brave enough then you can buy or reach for your nearest drain snake, follow the directions, insert it into the bathtub drain and begin to push and twist deep to remove any debris that stands in the way of the water and the outgoing drain.
Dealing with this issue is never ideal as constant water build-up will soon cause mold. Getting your bathtub clog under control is imperative, especially if you don’t want it to affect your main sewer line.
The quickest do-it-yourself method is to use a plunger if your toilet is backed up. First things first, see if you can solve this issue yourself before calling a plumber.
Tip # 5
Make sure that you purchase the right plunger that fits your toilet bowl hole. You will need the dome-shaped area of the plunger to cover the entire hole inside of the toilet. There will also have to be enough still water in the toilet bowl, if not, add water.
Wear gloves and personal protective equipment; position the plunger right over the hole, push down to gain suction and keep pushing down and up—do not break the suction. If you’ve gained good suction, chances are, the clog will diminish after several plunging attempts.
If nothing works, including the drain snake, then you may have a large backup in your main sewer line; never attempt to do this on your own as this process is too complex.
Call Anthony PHC 24/7 at 913-353-8444 or click here to learn more about drains, plumbing, and piping systems. We offer expedited service to everyone because no one should be left with problematic plumbing.
If this sounds familiar to you and you’re at your wit’s end and you’ve had enough of noisy AC parts keeping you up at night, then it is about time that you distinguish what type of noise you are hearing. In this article, Anthony PHC Kansas City experts will discuss the top five reasons why this may occur.
If you can’t figure out why your AC is making noise, you should never try and fix it yourself, otherwise, you could potentially disrupt your AC and cause damage to the unit and to yourself.
Always count on an Anthony PHC Kansas City specialist to educate and lead you to a properly working AC unit.
First, before you move forward, you need to determine the different sounds your AC is making and learn what they mean. Is the noise banging, buzzing, clicking, humming, or screeching? Perhaps it is so loud that you are only able to get a few hours of sleep per night? If this is the case, Anthony PHC experts are a simple phone call away.
1.) Bang, Bang AC
Banging sounds coming from your AC can represent the fact that something inside the unit is loose and may need tightening. It is not recommended that you open your unit by yourself, especially if you are not an expert in the HVAC craft.
2.) Buzzing AC
Buzzing sounds may indicate many issues that involve a loose part, or perhaps an air filter that needs to be changed. If the AC filter needs to be changed, this process can be completed by the building owner as long as new filters and directions are on hand.
3.) Clicking AC
This instance is not a usual occurrence. If you hear constant clicking, there could possibly be a malfunction inside of your unit, or perhaps the thermostat may be due to fail. This issue should not be handled alone, call Anthony PHC Kansas City and our general contractors will assure the noisy clicking sounds will be eradicated from your nightly and daily routine.
4.) Humming AC
Luckily, if your AC is humming and it does this every now and then, it usually isn’t a notorious issue, but if the sound is constant then it could potentially be an electrical issue, which will need to be looked at by an Anthony PHC Kansas City professional. You may need an expert to examine your AC motor and the wiring inside, as loose wires could also be contributing to the humming AC noise; the culprit keeping you up at night.
5.) Loud Pitched Screeching and Screaming
At this point, the best thing you can do to save your unit is to immediately turn off your AC and call an Anthony PHC Kansas City general contractor who can properly diagnose your problem. A loud pitched scream deriving from your AC can point to a refrigerant leak. You will need to act quickly, otherwise, your AC parts inside could become damaged and your families health will be compromised from breathing in the harsh chemicals that relate to the refrigerant leak.
AC replacements can be a costly experience, it is always a wise plan to address the problem before your unit needs to be fully replaced. Any noise that comes from your AC needs to be addressed and investigated sooner than later; if you want to avoid paying a lump sum and plan to preserve optimal health for you and your family. The Anthony PHC Kansas City specialists will be able to help you keep your AC in tip-top shape throughout the entire year. Click here to learn more about our AC replacement services today.
Your sump pump system is your main line of defense against indoor flooding, but only if it is working! If you have a finished basement, or if you are storing valuables in an unfinished basement, you should take regular steps to ensure that your sump pump system is working.
To be well protected against the devastating financial losses associated with indoor flooding, you need to do the following:
- Test your sump pump now, before the torrential rains and power outages do it for you, AND
- Invest in a Battery Back Up Sump Pump if you don’t already have one.
How do I know if my Sump Pump is Working?
Sump pumps get a real workout during the rainy season, and they can stop working at any time. But sitting idle without regular use can also cause them to fail. You should test your sump pump frequently by taking these easy steps:
Step 1: Test the Pump
Fill the pump pit with water and watch to see if the pump activates. If it doesn’t, and you know you have power to the outlet, then the pump needs to be replaced.
Step 2: Watch the Drain
Watch the pump drain water out of its basin. Make sure there are no leaks in the discharge pipe. Go outside to ensure that water is terminating where it is supposed to.
Step 3: Test the Shut-off
Stay until the pump turns off, so you know its shut-off feature is working properly. A pump that won’t shut off will eventually overheat and may stop functioning altogether. If the pump does not shut off automatically, it will need to be repaired or replaced.
If my Sump Pump is Working, Do I Still Need an Additional Battery Backup Sump Pump?
In order to fully defend against indoor flood damage, you need a battery backup sump pump in addition to your regular sump pump. Sump pumps can fail at any time, and they do not warn you ahead of time when this has happened, so a backup pump will provide just that – a second chance at stopping the flood if the primary pump fails. Also, battery backup sump pumps work whether or not the electricity has been lost due to storm activity, and in the Midwest electrical outages are common during the stormy seasons.
A battery backup sump pump will also pump along with your primary pump when there is more water than your primary pump can handle. A backup pump will typically handle 1000 to 2200 gallons per hour. It also has a maintenance alarm to notify you when service is needed.
How Do I Test My Backup Sump Pump?
A battery backup sump pump should be tested in the same way as your regular pump. With the primary sump pump unplugged, run through steps 2 and 3 from above and make sure the pump drains the water and shuts off.
During the testing process, keep an eye on the battery indicator light. If it remains green, it is a good indication that your battery is strong. Fortunately, battery backup sump pumps have alarms that alert homeowners when the battery is nearing the end of its life.
Does the Battery in my Backup Sump Pump require Maintenance?
Some do. Maintenance-free batteries are aptly named, and shouldn’t need maintenance as long as they are being charged. Some backup sump pump batteries are not maintenance-free however; these batteries need to have the water levels checked in their cells every 6 months. If your battery has removable caps on the top of its cells then you will need to keep the water level up. The batteries used for this application are special standby batteries and not car batteries or deep cycle marine batteries. Standby batteries last approximately 5 years.
How Often Should I Replace My Sump Pump?
The average sump pump lasts for about 7 to 9 years. You should replace or repair the pump if it fails any of the tests above.
Here some warning signs that your sump pump might be failing:
- Makes strange noises
- Vibrates excessively
- Infrequent pump usage
- Runs all the time
- Irregular cycling
- Visible rust
- Seven years or older
- Motor sometimes gets stuck
- Motor failure
- Installed by the builder
- Frequent power outages
Check Homeowner’s Insurance
Not all insurance adequately covers damaged valuables or the costly repairs necessary to undo water damage and the mold growth that occurs afterward. Flood insurance riders may not cover damage caused by malfunctioning sump pumps unless you have a sump pump rider, and it still may not cover sump pump failures unless you can prove regular maintenance was done on the unit.
Call Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
A qualified plumbing professional can best make the assessment of whether a sump pump system needs to be repaired or replaced and when, and our plumbers are trained to do just that. Anthony stocks both sump pumps and battery backup sump pumps on all trucks to be available whenever you need them. So don’t hesitate to contact us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to schedule a visit.
When summer arrives, those of us who live here in Kansas City know almost immediately. The temperature starts rising rapidly, sending us all indoors to the blessing of your air conditioner and a nice cool home.
Getting your air conditioner ready for the high temperatures is important to ensure you’re comfortable as the temperature rises. Here are a few tips from Anthony’s Heating and Cooling to get your AC unit ready.
#1 Clear Your Outside Unit
Before you start the AC up, you need to make sure the outside unit is clear of debris and other obstacles. Rake up any leaves that became trapped in the unit’s grills or vents. Cut back any plants that are blocking the air flow around the unit. Remove weeds and other unwanted plant growth near the unit.
Make sure you or an AC technician can access all sides of the unit easily. Remove any obstacles that make it difficult to access the unit.
If you covered the unit to protect it during the winter, remove the cover before you try the AC. A common reason for Kansas City air conditioner repair in the summer is running the AC while having a cover over the outside unit. This can cause severe damage to the unit and can be quite costly to repair or replace.
Check Refrigerant Lines
There are two refrigerant lines going into the house from the outside unit. The smaller one sends the refrigerant into the house while the larger one brings it back out. Make sure both lines are straight and undamaged. If there is any damage, call for AC repair immediately.
The larger line should have insulation around the entire run of the pipe going from the outside unit to the side of the house. This helps keep the refrigerant cold as it arrives into the outside unit. This improves efficiency and prevents damage to the outside unit. If the insulation is damaged or missing, replace it. You can get inexpensive insulation sleeves at any hardware or home improvement center.
The smaller line does not require insulation, though it will not hurt to have it in place.
Change Your Air Filters
To run properly, your AC needs a clean flow of air. Filters help keep dust and debris from getting into the AC unit. However, if the filter is clogged, airflow gets slowed down or blocked, which can cause the AC to work harder than necessary. This is a common reason for a broken air conditioner.
Before starting the AC for the first time, change or clean the air filter. Then, at least once a month, check the filter to make sure it’s not clogged. Change or clean as needed.
You can purchase air filters at your local big box store or home improvement store. It’s a good idea to have a few on hand so that you won’t run out.
Clear Your Condensate Drain
Your inside air handler has a pan beneath it with a drain attached. When warmer air hits the cooler surface of the coils, water will condensate on the exterior. This water drips off into the condensate pan below. That water then goes down the drain and outside the house. If that drain isn’t in place or is clogged, you may have water flowing out of the pan onto the floor.
Make sure the drain is firmly attached to the tray. Also, check where it comes out of the house to make sure it’s still intact and that there’s nothing blocking it.
Pour a small cup of water down the drain to make sure it’s flowing freely down and out of the house. If it isn’t, you may have a clog. You can use a shop vacuum to try to clear the clog. Place the vacuum hose over the end of the drain pipe outside, and turn the vacuum on. Use your hand to close the end of the hose over the pipe for enhanced suction. Run for a few minutes, then check the drain to see if the clog is gone.
Pouring a 1/4 cup of vinegar down the drain can help prevent algae and mold growth.
Clear and Clean Your Vents and Grills
Walk through your house and locate the supply vents and return grills for your air conditioner. Remove anything obstructing the front of them, such as curtains, furniture, and toys. Airflow restriction can cause the unit to work hard, causing excessive wear and tear and avoidable costly repairs.
After removing obstructions, use a vacuum attachment to remove dust and debris from the vents and grills. You don’t want the dust getting blown into the house and it doesn’t need to get sucked into the AC unit either.
While you are cleaning the vents and grills, take a moment to assess the inside of your ducts. If you see holes or split seams, you need to have an AC expert make repairs. Every opening in the ducts allows cooled air to escape, driving up your energy costs. If the inside of the ducts are dusty or show signs of mold, you need to have them cleaned.
Change the Batteries on Your Thermostat
Many thermostats have a battery backup to make sure they work even if the electricity is off. The spring is a good time to change the batteries for fresh ones. While you are at the thermostat, take a moment to dust it. Accumulated dust can interfere with the thermostat’s ability to detect the room temperature.
Also, if you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, spring is the perfect time to have one installed. A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically control the house’s temperature at any time, day or night. You can have the temperature higher when you are gone during the day and have it cool down just before you get home. It will lower your energy bill without compromising your comfort.
Schedule Spring Maintenance
A common cause for Kansas City air conditioner repair is delayed maintenance. Your AC unit requires routine maintenance to run effectively and efficiently. Delaying maintenance can cause minor issues to become major ones; costly AC problems could be avoided. Delayed maintenance also shortens the expected lifespan of the entire system.
Spring is an excellent time to get routine maintenance performed. The technician will clean the unit, make sure it’s properly calibrated, and check for any problems. Resolving minor issues early will prevent costly AC repair in the future.
Consider signing up for an annual maintenance program. You get an annual tune-up for your cooling system and discounts on repairs if needed.
Time to Repair or Replace Your Broken Air Conditioner?
Call Anthony PHC today for any AC problems you have. We’ve been serving Kansas City, MO, and surrounding areas since 1951. Our commitment is to provide the best AC service possible to each and every one of our clients.
Central Air Conditioning Got You Down? Need a Repair or Replacement in Kansas City? Cool Off In 2019 With Hot Tips from Anthony PHC
Of course in the winter, people are always waiting for the next season—summer. But when the hot weather has finally hit, some central air conditioning systems go out of service or do not work as efficiently.
You may have to decide whether or not to repair or replace your air conditioner unit. The experts at Anthony PHC Kansas City will be able to help you determine what solution will save you time and money, but there are ways to judge if you need a professional or not.
A non-working air conditioner is not only annoying, but it can also be uncomfortable and sometimes unbearable. If you want to stay cool this summer than we advise you to follow the tips below:
- Seal any areas where hot air may be able to seep in. You can buy a door and window sealant at your local hardware store. The directions are easy-to-use. Once you finish this step; you will be able to keep cool air inside and hot weather outside of your structure.
- Make sure that your home or commercial property is properly insulated, otherwise you may be too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. If you want to conserve energy prices then it is essential that you insulate.
- If your air conditioner is not working properly, you may look into having a professional from Anthony PHC Kansas City replace or repair your AC unit.
- Opt for a duct cleaning, sometimes your vents could be filled with debris, this could be blocking cool or hot air from efficiently exiting your vents. A duct cleaning every 3-years is usually recommended.
- These days, with technological advancements we are able to utilize data and information to our advantage. You may want to invest in a smart thermostat. This can help you visualize how much you are using your energy for heat and air.
- Make sure to change your filter every quarter, this will help you maintain cool air throughout the summer months.
- Perhaps it is a simple fix; try to open your air vents if you don’t feel any cool air coming out. Your vents could be tightly shut and you will need to open them for cooling relief.
Trying to fix your AC unit on your own is difficult and dangerous, especially if you have no clue what you are doing. We recommend you give the Kansas City air conditioning experts a call.
It is never fun to suffer from a hot summer; if your air conditioner is inefficient or needs a repair or replacement, then be wise and reach out to the Anthony PHC Kansas City professionals who will be able to thoroughly assist you with all of your summer cooling needs.