Dangers of Not Fixing an Air Conditioner

Folsom CA Dangers of Not Fixing an Air Conditioner

Dangers of Not Fixing an Air Conditioner

When an air conditioner doesn’t work properly, people become frustrated. Their frustration grows when they think about spending money on repair work. While worries about cash flow are understandable, also realize that a failing air conditioner presents hazards. Some dangers are serious ones.

A Faulty Air Conditioner Can Cause a Fire

Any electronic device that isn’t working properly may present a fire hazard. Air conditioners that spark or make crackling sounds are likely indicating a high risk for causing a fire. Some fire threats may not be noticeable to someone who doesn’t work with air conditioners and their wiring. Take that as a reason why calling in a repair pro makes sense. Gilmore Heating Air & Plumbing⁣ has provided air conditioning repair services in Placerville, CA, since 1979.

Folsom CA Dangers of Not Fixing an Air Conditioner

The Air Conditioner Might Trip the Circuit Breaker

Once a malfunctioning air conditioner takes out the breaker, all the other electrical devices in the house can go out. Loss of electrical power could put you and family members at risk when reliant on a device plugged into an outlet. What if flipping the breaker switch doesn’t turn everything back on right away, if at all?

The Interior Becomes Blazing Hot

Without a steady supply of cold air, a home’s interior temperature goes up. Staying in the house could become more than uncomfortable. People exposed to excessively hot conditions may face threats to their health. An air conditioner doesn’t need to go entirely out to create a hazardous situation. Decreased performance may be all that’s required for the temperature to skyrocket.

The Electric Bills Go Up

You won’t save much money if the trade-off to delaying repairs means higher electrical bills. An old, faulty air conditioner can turn out to be a shocking drain on your power. A minor fix might lead to more efficient performance and a lower electric bill.

Don’t suffer any troubles with a broken air conditioner. If you live in the Sacramento area, call up Gilmore Heating Air & Plumbing⁣ to request a fix. In addition to HVAC services, Gilmore Heating Air & Plumbing⁣ also offers plumbing services.

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Is a Portable Home Air Conditioner Right For Your Home?

 

Window AC units have been a popular home cooling solution, especially for those who live in apartments and older homes that lack central AC. But window units aren’t a workable solution for some, due to a lack of an appropriately sized window, or other issues.

In response to this need, manufacturers have recently started marketing “portable air conditioners.” These units, which are similar in appearance to dehumidifiers, are essentially a small air conditioner that doesn’t mount in a window, but instead uses a hose to pass warm air out through a sliding or casement window, sliding door, an exhaust vent cut into a wall, or a dryer vent.

While portable ACs provide homeowners and renters with an additional option to consider, the question has to be asked: how effective are these products?

According to Consumer Reports, portable air conditioners aren’t particularly effective.

Recently, Consumer Reports —the nonprofit organization that reviewed a wide variety of consumer products for more than 80 years—published an article providing a brief overview of the effectiveness of popular portable air conditioners.

What they found wasn’t terribly reassuring. Consumer Reports tests window and portable AC units by placing them in a 90 degree room, and seeing how long it takes the unit to bring the temperature down to 75 degrees. However, they reported that, “few [portable ACs] made it to even 80 [degrees] after 100 minutes.”

Chances are that you don’t want to wait 2 hours for the temperature to drop to still stifling 80 degrees. And the best of the bunch that Consumer Reports has tested—keep in mind, none of the portable units they tested made CR’s list of recommended air conditioners—lists for $600.

Portable air conditioners have other problems to deal with as well.

It may be that you live in an area with a mild climate, and so being able to lower the temperature a few degrees is good enough. However, there are other unpleasant issues to contend with if you choose to purchase a portable AC.

The exhaust hose. For an air conditioner to be effective, it has to expel the hot air outside of the home. Window units accomplish this by venting hot air right out the window into which they’re mounted. But because portable ACs are free-standing, they use an exhaust hose that has to be directed outside. You’ll either have to spend some time inserting what is essentially a piece of flat plastic with a hole in it into your window, cut a hole in the wall through which to put the hose, or figure out some other solution.

The noise. The process of cooling air is rather noisy. Central air conditioning units have the advantage of putting the noisy condenser outside your home, so that you aren’t subjected to the worst of the noise. But a portable AC contains the condenser, meaning that whatever room you’re cooling will be very noisy.

Not quite so portable. Portable ACs are typically mounted on wheels, allowing you to move them from room to room. But they’re only portable in the loosest sense of the word, tipping the scales at up to 80 pounds. If your home is carpeted, or if you wish to use the unit in an upstairs room, you’ll have to use some muscle to get one around the house.

Limited area of effect. Like window units, portable ACs are only designed to cool a very small area, such as a bedroom. This means that only a small part of your home will be cooled, and all the doors connecting it to the rest of your home will need to be closed at all times.

Negative pressure. Portable ACs, like window units, use a small amount of the air they draw in to push out waste heat through the outside exhaust. Because air is being pulled out of the room and not replaced, this creates negative pressure. As a consequence, warm air in surrounding rooms will be pulled into the room that you’re trying to cool. This air in the surrounding rooms will, in turn, be replaced by warm outside air that is pulled in through cracks, window seals, and door frames. So, your portable AC will have to continuously work to deal with this constantly intruding warm air, while in turn effectively heating up the rest of your home.

Portable air conditioners are an expensive solution to hot summer weather. For a bit more money, an internal air conditioning solution will cool your whole home, without the unpleasant noise and inconveniences associated with a portable AC.

To find out what Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing can do to keep your home cool this summer, give us a call at 888-868-2316, or use our contact form to schedule an appointment.

Fix Your Home AC Now – Sacramento is Facing Record Heat This Week

If you live in the California Central Valley, it’s a good idea to follow the US National Service’s Sacramento Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. They post on a daily basis, warning of any worrisome weather on the horizon and answering any questions that the public may have. This service is especially important now, as we move into the summer and our region’s hot summer weather really begins to take effect.

Based upon the latest weather forecasts, if you are experiencing any kind of issues with your air conditioner, it is imperative to contact Gilmore Heating & Air and schedule an appointment now.

California is facing conditions in which it is dangerous to not have access to air conditioning.

On Thursday June 15th, the NWS issued a Heat Advisory for much of the Central Valley. Under this forecast, the NWS warned of dangerously hot conditions for the California Central Valley from Redding down through Sacramento, and south to Merced, as seen below.

 

According to KCRA News, this has now been elevated to an “Excessive Heat Warning,” which warns of even more dangerous conditions in which temperatures will be well in excess of 100 degrees, and may reach 110 degrees in some areas.

The Excessive Heat Warning is currently in effect for the following areas:

  • Sacramento Valley
  • Carquinez Strait and Delta
  • Northern San Joaquin Valley
  • Redding
  • Red Bluff
  • Chico
  • Oroville
  • Marysville and Yuba City
  • Fairfield and Suisun
  • Stockton
  • Modesto

While the Excessive Heat Warning extends through Tuesday as of the writing of this post, it is likely that it will soon be extended through Thursday.

In an earlier Facebook post on June 16th, the NWS warned that temperature records for days between Saturday June 17th through June 21st (and possibly beyond) are in danger of being toppled in the regions surrounding Sacramento, Redding, Stockton, and Blue Canyon (Roseville/Rocklin).

 

In much of the Central Valley, the temperature will likely remain in excess of 100 degrees until Thursday, with temperatures dropping off into the mid- to high-90s through the weekend and much of the following week.

Under these conditions, it is extremely important for you to stay hydrated and stay indoors as much as possible. However, staying indoors is only effective if you have an effective air conditioner. Even if your air conditioner is working, if it has been struggling to keep up with current temperatures, it will likely fail under the extreme stress of the upcoming weather conditions.

This is likely to be an extremely hot summer for Sacramento and the rest of Northern California, and this is only the first of many heat waves that we’ll face. Please don’t wait until the last minute. Call Gilmore Heating & Air at 888-868-2316, or send us an appoint request through our website and get your air conditioner serviced now, so that your family will be safe and comfortable throughout this year’s scorching hot summer.