Do Air Conditioners Bring in Outside Air?

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On a scorching hot summer day you have likely found yourself finding relief inside your cool air conditioned home. Even on the hottest days our home air conditioners provide relief from the elements and bring us comfort. But you have likely wondered, how does my air conditioner that is outside get the air so cool inside? You might have asked yourself, do air conditioners bring in outside air? Though it might seem confusing, your air conditioner does not bring outside air into your home.

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What Causes Ice Buildup on Air Conditioners?

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If you’ve spotted ice buildup on your air conditioner it is a clear sign that your air conditioner is experiencing a problem. Ice buildup is a common issue with air conditioners and can often be fixed on your own. Occasionally there may be bigger issues causing ice buildup and you may need a professional to help with getting it running efficiently again. This article will detail why your air conditioner has ice buildup and what you can do about it.

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Should You Cover Your Air Conditioner In The Winter?

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If you’ve ever seen a covered air conditioner on one of your neighbours’ homes you may be wondering if this is something you should be doing too. Air conditioner covers can keep snow and debris out of your ac unit. It might seem like it would be important to cover your air conditioner, but it may not be necessary depending on where you live.

Most air conditioners do not need to be covered in winter but there are a few exceptions. This post will help you determine whether you need to cover up your air conditioner unit in the winter months or leave it as is.

Why wouldn’t I cover my air conditioner?

Although well intentioned, covering your air conditioner may cause you more problems than prevent them. This is due to the fact that a covered air condition can attract an assortment of unwanted guests. Animals can enter a covered air conditioner and use it as a shelter for the winter. This runs a risk of animals damaging your air conditioner as well as it may leave nests and feces in the unit. An animal in your air conditioner can be a real problem and can be prevented by not covering your unit.

Mold and mildew may also accumulate inside of a covered air conditioner. Blocking airflow to the unit in wet months can cause a buildup of mold. This can cause your air conditioner to become blocked and not be able to run efficiently. If it is not necessary for you to cover your air conditioner it may be more beneficial for you to keep it uncovered to avoid these potential problems.

When should I cover my air conditioner?

If you are in for some truly terrible weather it may be a good idea to consider temporarily covering your air conditioner. If you are expecting to experience a severe storm that involves hail or a potential for debris to damage your unit, covering it may be a good idea. You may also choose to cover your air conditioner unit in the winter if you live in a climate that experiences severe winters.

Covering your air conditioner is a preference but it is not a necessity and may actually contribute to damage to your unit. If you choose to not cover your air conditioner that is ok. It is made to be outside in all types of weather and you may even avoid some issues by not using a cover.

What should I do in the winter?

It is perfectly fine to leave your air conditioner uncovered in the winter. But you should still perform regular maintenance on your air conditioner to ensure it will run efficiently in the summer months. The most important thing you can do to at home to help your air conditioner perform better is to keep it clean. Remove tall weeds and any debris that may be around your unit.

You may wish to consider using our DIY air conditioner maintenance guide to help you stay on top of your regular maintenance. If you don’t feel comfortable maintaining your air conditioner on your own, consider calling a qualified technician.

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Why Is My AC Not Blowing Cold Air?

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An air conditioner that is not blowing cold air can be a big problem. Especially if it happens on a scorching summer day. There are many reasons why an air conditioner may not be working as expected. Thankfully some of these reasons are a quick fix that you can do on your own. Here is a list of some reasons why your air conditioner may not be blowing cold air that you can check on your own and what you can do to fix it.

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What to Do With Old Air Conditioners

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If you have an outdated central air conditioner or window AC unit that you’re looking to get rid of, you may be wondering what to do with old air conditioners and how to dispose of them properly. Since air conditioners contain chemicals such as refrigerant, it is essential that you dispose of the equipment correctly and safely to avoid harm to you and your family.

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How Much is an Air Conditioner?

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Shopping for a new air conditioner typically starts with an online search to compare air conditioner models and identify your home’s needs and helps you decide upon the features you want in an AC unit. However, once you’re getting ready to make your purchase, you’ll likely find yourself wondering, “Just how much is an air conditioner?”.

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How Much Does it Cost to Replace an Air Conditioner?

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When you find that your air conditioning is not functioning as well as it used to, or simply isn’t working at all, you may find yourself asking, “How much does it cost to replace an air conditioner?”. However, there is no easy answer to this question. There are several factors that will impact the cost of your replacement air conditioner, including the size of your home, how your ductwork is run, the location of your AC unit and many others.

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

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Air conditioning is one of the many modern luxuries that Canadian home owners benefit from in the warmer months of the year. But have you ever stopped to think, “How does air conditioning work?”

In a nutshell, your air conditioner is a complex piece of technology designed to make your home more comfortable by removing warm air and bringing in cool air to lower your home’s overall temperature. If you would like to dive deeper into just how air conditioning works, read on for more information!

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How Do Air Conditioners Work?

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We all know that our AC unit cools our home on hot summer days, but do you really know just how air conditioners work? Air conditioners are complex pieces of equipment that involve several parts working together to deliver that refreshing, cool air to our homes. If you find yourself asking, “How do air conditioners work?” you’re not alone. Read on for a basic overview of how your air conditioner does its job!

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How to Repair Air Conditioners

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If you’re researching how to repair air conditioner problems, you’ve come to the right place! The experts at Evam Canada have created the following how-to guide to assist you in diagnosing your air conditioner’s problems and perform common repairs to get it working again.

While your safest bet is to call a professional air conditioning service technician to look at your AC unit, there are some do-it-yourself repairs you can try to fix your cooling system. Here, we will outline how to repair air conditioner issues that are minor in nature:

Check for Ice

If your air conditioner is not cooling sufficiently, look for ice on the outdoor portion of your unit. If you see ice build-up, shut off your cooling system and give it several hours to defrost. When defrosting is complete, turn the unit on again. It should now be cooling more effectively, but if you’re still not satisfied with cooling levels, call a professional.

Look at the Overflow Drain Pan

The overflow pan is designed to catch condensation from your air conditioning unit, and is typically located at the bottom of your indoor AC unit. If you notice that it is leaking, look carefully for any signs of damage, especially at the edges and corners. You can repair any small holes and cracks with waterproof epoxy glue, or replace the overflow drain pan entirely.

Check the Condensate Line

The condensate line drains any accumulated condensation from the overflow drain pan directly into a drainpipe or outdoors. Should this line become clogged, water will back up and flood the overflow pan, causing a leak. If you suspect a clog, use a wet/dry vacuum to suck it out and clear the line. Check the line periodically throughout the cooling season to avoid surprise leaks.

Repair Air Duct Leaks

While not directly part of your air conditioning equipment, leaks in your air duct system can have a major effect on your AC unit’s ability to cool your home efficiently. Patch any small holes you come across with duct tape or sealant to enjoy more even cooling throughout all rooms in your house.

Check the Capacitor

If you find your air conditioner is humming, yet the fan is not spinning, you likely have an issue with your capacitor. The capacitor is what initially boosts the fan motor on start up. If the capacitor is blown, the fan can’t get going. Replacing the capacitor with an appropriate new one for the make and model of your AC is a basic fix, but it is highly recommended that you leave this job to a pro if you are not comfortable.

Still left wondering how to repair your air conditioner? Give us a call today at 1-905-624-5544. Evam Canada would be happy to help service your air conditioner, or recommend and install a new unit if required.

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