What’s That Smell Coming From My AC?

When you walk into your home, smelling something horrendous is one of the worst surprises you can receive. If you find that the foul odor is coming from your air conditioning unit, the next step is to identify the odor and where in your unit it’s coming from. Here are some common smells from your unit that can linger throughout your home.

AC Smells Like: Burning

If you smell burning from your AC unit, you probably have an electrical problem. The burning smell can come from either a blower motor that overheated or a mechanical failure of some sort. This is due to the build up heat of plastic insulation on wires, causing melting and the burning smell in your unit. Also, if plastic, rubber, or other objects get caught in your ductwork, this can cause a burning smell. Even dirty air filters can overheat your AC unit, creating a burning smell.

AC Smells Like: Rotten Eggs

If your air conditioning smells like rotten eggs, you could have a potentially serious issue. The smell usually comes from a backed up sewage line that has split near a break in your air duct system. From the sewer, methane gases, the cause of the stench, leak into your AC unit, allowing your air ducts to circulate all around your home. Finding the break in your air duct is a good start, but you typically need to contact a professional for plumbing repairs to fix your sewage line and rid the rotten eggs smell for good.

AC Smells Like: Musty

If your air conditioning smells musty, this usually means that mold is forming inside your air conditioner. Get rid of this odor by thoroughly cleaning it out. Replace your filter, and then clean the inside of your air conditioner, followed by your front grille, your coils and the condensation drain line. Your AC unit should be shut off while you clean it out.

AC Smells Like: Gas

The heating portion of your HVAC system is more than likely powered by natural gas running in your home. Therefore, if you air conditioning smells like gas, open up all your windows and go outside immediately. Contact your gas company and have them investigate the gas smell from your air conditioner.

AC Smells Like: Rotten Animals

If your house smells like rotten animals, there’s a break in the AC ducts under your home. Animals that have been harmed or that have been looking for shelter away from the California heat, often get into your air vents and die there. This isn’t the most preferred smell to come from your air conditioner, but it can happen.

 

AC Tune-Up Tips

How sure are you that your AC is as working as efficiently and effectively as it possibly could? Because there are plenty of small things that can put a dent in its performance, or add to your electricity bill. That’s why ACs need regular tune-ups, to make sure that they are doing what they are doing the way they were meant to be doing it.

Tune-up Steps You Could Do On Your Own

There are a couple of things you can do on your own to make sure you’re getting the most out of your AC unit. First, you can check whether the air filters need cleaning or replacement. During the cooling season, it is recommended that you clean or replace your AC’s filters once a month.

Condenser coils on the outside units are another thing that needs to be cleaned regularly, and the spring is the best time to do it. While you’re at it, you could also check whether it’s running too hot – the copper tube that connects the outside unit to the inside unit is the place where you can do this. If the tube is too hot, you will probably need to have a professional take care of it for you.

Power Saving Options

Your AC shouldn’t work all the time. Using a programmable thermostat will ensure that your AC works only when it needs to be working – just set a reasonable temperature as the goal, and once the AC gets to it, it will stop working. Until it needs to power up again to maintain that temperature, that is. If you’re leaving you home, even for a prolonged period of time, you should leave your AC running but set the temperature to higher than you would if you were at home. That way, the AC will work at least some of the time, but it won’t work too much.

When To Call The Pros

If you don’t want to perform these AC tune-up steps on your own, you can always call the professionals to do it for you. At Air Temperature Specialists, we can do everything needed to fix, maintain, and tune-up AC systems for our customers and we do our best to be available whenever we’re needed.

 

REDUCING STRAIN ON YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

The average air conditioning system lasts 8-12 years before you should expect to replace it. However, there are several environmental factors that affect an air conditioner’s longevity including how you use the unit, its overall condition, and its maintenance history. The harder your system must work to cool your home, the faster parts will wear out and fail, affecting your comfort and causing further damage to the system. Learning the factors that strain your air conditioner allows you to take steps to reduce stress on the system, which will lower your home’s cooling bills, increase the comfort in each room, and put off the time when you need to consider a replacement air conditioner.
Keep Your AC Clean
Dirt and dust affect how your air conditioner functions in numerous ways. As dirt collects in the air filter, it causes a drop in airflow that makes your air conditioner work harder to pull in air for cooling. Similarly, dirty fan blades on your air conditioner’s outdoor condenser reduce airflow and cause excess stress on the system. Dirt and dust that coat interior components of your AC will also cause the system to strain to provide the cooling you want, resulting in premature wear that lowers overall efficiency and puts the entire system at risk for a breakdown. The simplest way to keep your air conditioner clean is to change the filter regularly and keep the area around your outdoor condenser clear. Scheduling biannual AC maintenance visits gives your HVAC technician the opportunity to clean the system’s interior regularly and reduces strain as well.
Have Your Ducts Inspected
Central air conditioners push cooled air up into your ducts so it can reach the rest of your home. When your ducts are damaged or dirty, air can’t move efficiently through them and your air conditioning system is affected. Damaged ducts leak air into uninsulated spaces, resulting in “lost” work that means your air conditioner must operate longer and harder to reach the temperature you’ve set. Dirty ducts reduce the space through which air can flow, increasing strain on your HVAC system’s blower motor, causing it to wear out or fail prematurely. Repairing and cleaning your ducts can have a significant impact on your cooling bills, increasing home comfort and reducing the amount you pay monthly to achieve the temperature you want.
Eliminate Heat Sources
The temperature outside is not the only source of heat inside your home. Computer systems, televisions, and even lighting and appliances can all contribute heat to your living space. Taking a few simple steps to reduce additional heat during the hottest parts of the day can go a long way toward lowering the amount of strain on your air conditioning system. Replacing incandescent bulbs with LED lights will lower your home energy usage and eliminate inadvertent heating when you turn on your lights. Using your microwave or grill to cook food on hot days can also help to keep your home cooler. Closing the shades in sunny rooms and turning off your computer or television when they aren’t in use are also positive steps toward a more comfortable home and more efficient air conditioner.

Do you need help lowering your cooling bills or addressing poor air conditioning performance in San Diego? Our website has more information about our extensive home cooling services, including repairs, replacement, maintenance, and additional air quality products for comfort and health. You can also check out our monthly blog to learn more about the factors that affect home comfort and how you can get the most from your cooling system.

How to Beat the Heat with AC Service

techs from air temperature specialists on a roof ac callAir Temperature Specialists professionals are skilled HVAC technicians ready to maximize the benefits of running your Air Conditioner with preventative maintenance service. Tired of sweating all day and night in the Southern California summer heat? Are your energy bills so high that they make you sick to your stomach? Getting your HVAC system serviced can reduce your energy usage and make your system function more effectively.

Our techs will clean the internal components, clean/change your filters and verify safety features are working during a routine preventative maintenance service. This service should be performed annually for best results. Equipment manufacturers advise regular maintenance on your HVAC systems to keep them running at top performance and reduce or eliminate the need for costly repairs.

Call to schedule an appointment to beat the heat 888-588-1602!

 

Why HERO Program & Air Temperature Specialists

The HERO Financing Program provides homeowners a unique opportunity to make home energy improvements through property tax financing. Benefits include 5-20 year terms, tax-deductible interest, transferability when the property is sold and consumer protections.

Air Temperature Specialists has been keeping Southern Californians comfortable in their homes and businesses since 1999. We provide competitive pricing, great customer service and our technicians are trained, quick and efficient. You can rest assured that Air Temperature Specialists will take care of every detail for your new HVAC equipment including quality control and property permits. With professionally installed equipment and the best possible financing and consumer protections, you could be reducing your energy use and utility bills in just a few days time. Learn more at HERO Program with Air Temperature Specialists or heroprogram.com.

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The Western Riverside Council of Governments has partnered with Renovate America to provide Southern California Property Owners with a unique financing opportunity for new energy and water efficient upgrades for the home or commercial property. Many Southern California homeowners have already reduced their energy and water consumption and their utility bills with this great program. Air Temperature Specialists are Registered Contractors for both the HERO Residential Financing Program and the HERO Commercial Financing Program. This program is not currently available in every city or county in the state but does cover many cities in San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties. However, those property owners in qualified areas can apply without concerns about being denied for personal credit ratings. For more information, visit our HERO Progam Info or heroprogram.com.

Central Air Conditioners with the HERO Program

Central air conditioners work by moving air through a duct system, using supply ducts and registers to send cooled air to the home and return ducts and registers to send the warmer air back to the air conditioner again. There are two types of central air conditioners-split system units or packaged units. Split system units have an outdoor unit with a condenser and compressor and an indoor unit with the evaporator. The indoor unit will often be combined with either a furnace or the indoor unit of a heat pump. With a packaged unit, all components are combined in an outdoor unit that may be located on the roof or next to the house.

The most efficient air conditioners today use 30-50% less energy as air conditioners from the mid 1970′s. Even replacing a 10 year old air conditioner has the potential to save you 20-40% of cooling costs. See the Energy Savers for more detailed information.

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Homeowners who meet the minimum criteria below are eligible for HERO Financing. Specific eligibility requirements for residential properties include the following:

  • All mortgage-related debt must not exceed 90% of the value of the property.
  • Mortgage payments must be current at the time of application, and property owner(s) must not have had more than (1) 30-day mortgage late payment over the past twelve months.
  • Property taxes for the prior twelve-month period must have been paid on time and no more than one late payment within the past three years.
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  • The property owner(s) must not have filed for bankruptcy in the past two years. If they have a bankruptcy record between two and seven years old, they the property owner(s) must not have had any additional late payments more than (60) days past due in the last (24) months.
  • Mobile homes must be permanently attached to the property and the owner of the underlying property must be the applicant and be subject to real property taxes

Learn More: HERO Program

Why Ventilating Fans with HERO Program Will Keep You Cool This Summer

Installing adequate ventilation helps to alleviate many common household problems. It also helps to control moisture and remove objectionable odors. Well sealed, tight homes may need additional ventilation in order to provide adequate air changes in a home. other_ventilating_fansVentilating fans are especially common in bathrooms and other areas where moisture control is important. Energy efficient ventilating fans can save up to 65% less energy than standard models, and, if the fan includes a light, can save even more.

WHAT IS HERO?

Property owners in many Southern California communities may benefit from a unique financing program for energy saving appliances serving just their region. The HERO (short for the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) program is a property tax loan contained in California Assembly Bill AB811.

The HERO program provides low-interest loans to residential and commercial property owners for many heating, air conditioning, ventilation, water heating and conservation equipment installations and more. Property owners are allowed to repay the loan through assessments on their property tax bills over 20 years. Even property owners with minimal credit can be approved for funding under the HERO renewable energy loan program.

DO YOU QUALIFY?

Homeowners who meet the minimum criteria below are eligible for HERO Financing. Specific eligibility requirements for residential properties include the following:

  • All mortgage-related debt must not exceed 90% of the value of the property.
  • Mortgage payments must be current at the time of application, and property owner(s) must not have had more than (1) 30-day mortgage late payment over the past twelve months.
  • Property taxes for the prior twelve-month period must have been paid on time and no more than one late payment within the past three years.
  • No outstanding involuntary liens, such as tax liens or mechanic’s liens.
  • The property owner(s) must not have filed for bankruptcy in the past two years. If they have a bankruptcy record between two and seven years old, they the property owner(s) must not have had any additional late payments more than (60) days past due in the last (24) months.
  • Mobile homes must be permanently attached to the property and the owner of the underlying property must be the applicant and be subject to real property taxes

Learn More: HERO Program

Heat Your Home Efficiently with HERO Program

furnace-300x214Most homes in the US are heated by central furnaces or boilers. Furnaces heat air and distribute the air through a system of ducts.

The efficiency rating for a furnace is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE, which is the ratio of heat produced for the home to use compared to the total energy consumed by the furnace. For example, a furnace with a 90% AFUE rating means that 90% of the total energy consumed can be used by the home for heating and 10% is lost to the atmosphere. The current federal minimum AFUE for non-condensing, fossil-fueled furnaces is 78%. Replacing an existing 60% AFUE furnace with a 90% AFUE furnace can save you 33% on your heating costs!

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The efficiency rating for a boiler is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE as well, which is the ratio of heat produced for the home to use compared to the total energy consumed by the boiler. For example, a boiler with a 90% AFUE rating means that 90% of the total energy consumed can be used by the home for heating and 10% is lost to the atmosphere. Replacing an existing 60% AFUE boiler with a 90% AFUE boiler can also save you 33% on your heating costs!

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Key features of the HERO energy savings loan program include:

  • No credit score requirements
  • Interest is tax deductible
  • Fixed, low payments
  • Over 150,000 qualified products
  • Payments paid with property taxes
  • Upon sale of a property, the outstanding balance may transfer to the new property owner

Who is Eligible for HERO?

Homeowners who meet minimum criteria are eligible for HERO Financing. In order to quality for HERO loan, the following requirements must be met:

  • The loan recipient must be the property owner(s) of record
  • Current on their property taxes for the prior year
  • Property owner(s) must certify that the property taxes for this property have not been paid late more than once during the prior three years or since purchase if owned for less than three years
  • No late payments on property debt for the past twelve months through funding
  • No liens on the property
  • No bankruptcy in the past seven years and property is not currently an asset in a bankruptcy proceeding
  • Eligible Product costs cannot exceed 10% of the property’s market value
  • Mortgage-related debt on the property may not exceed 90% of the property’s value
  • Manufactured and mobile homes must be attached to the property, own the underlying land, and pay real property taxes (not DMV fees)

Find out if your home is eligible for HERO by calling 888-588-1602 today!

Why Programmable Thermostats with HERO Program Will Save You Money

Save-on-Air-Conditioning-Bill-Costs-300x200Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to pre-program multiple temperature settings for different times of day and different days of the week depending on their typical schedules. Multiple settings allow homeowners to be comfortable when they are home but use less energy when they are not. Programmable thermostats also allow for manual adjustment to increase comfort as needed. According to Energy Savers, homeowners can save 5-15% of heating and cooling costs just by changing the temperature 10-15 degrees for 8 hours per day. Moreover, your furnace and air conditioner will not “work harder” to return the house to a comfortable temperature when you return, as your home loses energy more slowly when its temperature is closer to the temperature outside. Your home will remain that way until the heating or cooling requirements go back up.

Note: If you have heat pumps, electric resistance heating, steam pumps or radiant floor heating, programmable thermostats were previously not recommended. However, some manufacturers of heat pumps, steam pumps and radiant floor heating are now providing programmable thermostats specifically for those products. In addition, regular programmable thermostats may be programmed appropriately for steam pumps and radiant floor heating to accommodate for their slower response time. Estimate your potential to save energy and money by installing this product, please see the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Saver calculator.

DO YOU QUALIFY?HERO-logo-300x126

Homeowners who meet the minimum criteria below are eligible for HERO Financing. Specific eligibility requirements for residential properties include the following:

  • All mortgage-related debt must not exceed 90% of the value of the property.
  • Mortgage payments must be current at the time of application, and property owner(s) must not have had more than (1) 30-day mortgage late payment over the past twelve months.
  • Property taxes for the prior twelve-month period must have been paid on time and no more than one late payment within the past three years.
  • No outstanding involuntary liens, such as tax liens or mechanic’s liens.
  • The property owner(s) must not have filed for bankruptcy in the past two years. If they have a bankruptcy record between two and seven years old, they the property owner(s) must not have had any additional late payments more than (60) days past due in the last (24) months.
  • Mobile homes must be permanently attached to the property and the owner of the underlying property must be the applicant and be subject to real property taxes

Learn More: HERO Program