AIR CONDITIONING TROUBLESHOOTING CHECKLISTTRY THESE THINGS BEFORE YOU CALL - YOU JUST MAY FIX IT YOURSELF!
SPLIT SYSTEMS: If the condenser (the box in your backyard-usually, sometimes it may be on the roof) is not coming on at all and not making any noise, try resetting your circuit breaker. The breaker should be marked either "air cond" or "condenser" and then wait 5 minutes before turning it back on at the thermostat to see if the condenser comes on. Remember, the air won't feel cool right away so give it some time - maybe 10-15 mins to determine if the air is blowing cool again. If it's not cool, turn the thermostat to off to prevent any further damage and call for help.
ROOFTOP UNITS: If your air conditioner was "working fine then all of a sudden quit blowing", there are many things that caused this to happen, but it never hurts to reset your circuit breaker, and then wait a few minutes to see if it may start working again. If it doesn't, turn it off and call for other suggestions or possibly an appointment.
HELPFUL TIPS & MONEY SAVING INFO Below is a list of links to helpful
information. Keep in mind to try to provide you with as much helpful
information as we can, this list is a work in progress and we will be
adding to it from time to time, so check back often.
- Contractors State License Board - Our license info
- Better Business Bureau of Central California - Our accreditation info
- PG&E Rebate Information
- General Money Saving Tips and More from PG&E
- Energy Star Information
- CalCERTS *
- AprilAire (humidifiers & air cleaners)
- Honeywell Thermostats
- Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute AHRI
- Letter to Homeowners- Info explaining everything you need to know about duct leak testing
- California Energy Commission C.E.C.
- Title 24 Standards - Residential * HERS Regulations - Residential
- HVAC or H.V.A.C is the acronym for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning.
- MERV or M.E.R.V. is the acronym for "Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value", which is a measure of a filter's efficiency performance. The higher the MERV rating, the more efficient the air filter. MERV is an industry wide standard, so it can be used to compare filters made by different manufacturers.
- HERS Rater - Home Energy Rating System
- CalCERTS - California Organization for HERS raters
- RESNET - Residential Energy Services NETworks
DUCT LEAK TESTING
Below are multiple links to a variety of videos and comprehensive information specifically about air duct leak detection and how it can really effect your comfort, & your utility bill as well.
3rd PARTY REFRIGERANT LEVELS VERIFICATION
Detailed information about this new requirement is available from the company that provides the service. Since there is an extra charge for this, we wanted to provide some info for you here. What we do know is that this procedure has to be performed by a licensed and trained third party company, and it only applies to new split systems - not dual-pak units. The third party company basically checks the amount of freon in the system after installation to make sure it meets specifications. Our company has always done this after EVERY installation, but apparently some companies, and possibly even the manufacturers were not doing this and people were running their units not realizing it wasn't working to optimum capacity which in turn uses more energy. Cost for this test ranges between $100 to $400 per check.
Our company did contact the California Energy Commission and was told to look it up in their manual HERE. This is a 43 page document and while I don't want to learn how to do the procedure, this was all the documentation they had available at the time of our call. A local testing company had not yet received any documentation either.*
HERE is a link to a lot of HVAC related documents and regulations (added 4-23-19)
*please contact any testing company, or the California Energy Commission for more, and current information.