Answers to Common HVAC Questions

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Winter may seem like it’s gone on forever, but it’ll be over before you know it. That means transitioning from heat back to air conditioning, and it also means you’re likely to have some questions about your HVAC system maintenance. Fear not; the experts at Ace Plumbing are here to demystify your heating and air conundrums and answer the most common HVAC questions.


I’ve got one room that’s never the same temperature as the rest of my house. Why is that?


There can be a few causes of this. The most common is the fact that your HVAC system uses a system of dampers to regulate airflow. If those dampers aren’t set correctly, you’ll have variations in temperature. Other causes could be a thermostat in the wrong room, or issues with drafts or insulation. An energy audit can help you troubleshoot issues like these, and identify ways to make your home more energy efficient.


I hear my air conditioning come on, but the house never seems to cool off. What’s up with that?


One of the most common reasons for this is that your system needs to be charged — that is, it needs more coolant. In the course of a routine heating and air conditioning tune up, we can also check for coolant leaks to see if it’s more than normal wear and tear.


Sometimes it gets very hot or cold in my home and the system isn’t doing what it should. What should I be looking at?


The culprit is probably your thermostat. Luckily for you, it’s a relatively simple fix. Better still, newer smart thermostats are designed for an even greater degree of control — some can even be monitored and controlled with smartphone apps — which in turn can lower your energy bills.


How often should I change my air filters?


The filters you buy will often tell you how often to change them — on average, it’s about once a month. This is only a guideline, however. Cheap filters not only don’t work well, they often need to be replaced more often. What’s more, if you’ve got pets or a smoker in your home, or if you’re in the habit of keeping the windows open at times, you’ll need to change them more often.


Why is my home too humid?

If your HVAC system isn’t the right size for your home, this can lead to condensation and humidity indoors. There are also common plumbing issues that can cause moisture to gather indoors. The best thing to do is to call Ace Plumbing. We handle both, so whichever is the culprit, we’ll identify and troubleshoot it, whether you need a new HVAC system installation or if it’s a simpler fix.


Is there an easier way to keep everything in order?

We’re glad you asked. Yes, you can contact Ace Plumbing. We’ll perform necessary cleanings and maintenance that can prolong the life of your HVAC system by making sure it runs as cleanly and efficiently as possible.


There are so many heating and air conditioning questions we get on a day-to-day basis that we can’t possibly cover all of them here. Have a question we haven’t answered in this space? Call us for answers — and, more importantly, for solutions — the same way homeowners from Folsom, Fair Oaks, and Sacramento have done for years.