Category Archives: Air Conditioners

Service your Air Conditioner before summer arrives

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Prevent air conditioner problems now with an annual service call for your air conditioning unit. Avoid forgetting about your spring maintenance until you actually need to cool your Winnipeg home and realize the air conditioning unit is not working properly.

If you’ve never had your air conditioning unit serviced, and haven’t had any problems, that is the perfect reason to schedule a tune-up this year.  Every winter your A/C unit will lose efficiency and properly cleaning the unit helps to sustain the efficiency and lifespan.  A service checkup this spring may save you frustration and money in the long run.
Call us at (204) 944-3444 and book your A/C unit tune-up today, or complete the online form found here.

Air Conditioning Maintenance in Winnipeg With Derksen Plumbing & Heating

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In Winnipeg, we get hit hard with winter weather.  Lots of snow and when Spring finally arrives everything melts fast and furious. Let’s consider the effects of the winter snowfall on your Air Conditioning unit. Continue reading

Time to Dust off Your A/C Unit and Give it a Check-up

Now that summer is here, most of us in Winnipeg will fluctuate between enjoying the beautiful weather and trying to get away from some if its more extreme temperatures. This means plenty of time enjoying our A/C. To ensure this option is always available, though, give us a call at Derksen Plumbing and Heating, so we can make sure your unit is prepared to handle this uptick in demand.

Air conditioners are deceptive machines. On the one hand, they’re generally built to be both user-friendly and extremely durable. The manufacturers know that when temperatures rise, people are going to put them through their paces. Unfortunately, this also means that they can be working sub-optimally or be in need of actual repairs, but you may not know it until it’s too late. By then, too, a much bigger problem may have had time to build. The result may be an A/C unit that’s beyond repair.

Your unit also depends on an army of components to keep you cool. This includes coil fins, filters, a swarm of wiring, evaporator coils, condenser coils and more. If any one of these components isn’t working as well as it possibly can, the whole machine will suffer.

One way to avoid these consequences is by checking out your A/C unit before running it this summer. This way you can catch any potential problems and solve them before they’re allowed to become greater. Even if serious problems don’t exist, a little maintenance could go a long way to ensuring they don’t in the future.

While we at Derksen are well known for assisting with both residential and commercial plumbing in Winnipeg, we are also experts when it comes to air conditioning units. With summer here, give our 24/7 phone line a call at 204-944-3444, and we’ll ensure you’re A/C unit is operating correctly and primed to do so for the rest of the season.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Now that the temperatures are rising, it is time to make sure your air conditioner is clean and ready for the summer ahead. The general care of your central conditioning system is fairly simple. To get started, you must locate the 2 parts to your system – the condenser unit and the evaporator.

The condenser unit is the large unit that sits outside of your home while the evaporator is the part that resides in the plenum or main duct above your furnace. The cool air from your air conditioning system flows through the same filter and ductwork that your warm air does from the furnace. Because of this, you will want to make sure to change your filters throughout the year and not just during the winter months.

For your spring air conditioner cleaning, start by cleaning the condenser coil. Remember to turn off the power to the condenser unit. This is usually located on the exterior wall of the house near the unit. Start by vacuuming the fins of the unit. Use your shop vac with a soft brush attachment to remove any surface debris. Next, spray water into your unit from your garden hose to force out the remaining lodged debris.

It is recommended you carry out regular tune-ups annually to make sure your central air system is operating at its maximum efficiency. Contact your heating and air conditioning professional to inspect your unit and to make sure your unit is ready for the heat and humidity of the coming months.

Air Conditioner Basics

Your central air conditioning system is comprised of a condenser unit, which is the large unit that sits outside your home, and an evaporator, which usually resides in the plenum or main duct above your furnace.The cool air from your air conditioning system flows through the same filter and ductwork that your warm air does from your furnace.

The sizing of your AC unit is expressed in tons. The sizing relates to how much heat per hour the unit can remove from your home. A 3 ton unit can remove 36,000 btu’s of heat per hour. AC units also have a SEER rating. This is its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the ratio, the less energy the unit requires to cool your home. This translates into cost savings for the homeowner.

It is important to provide some basic protection for the condensing unit that sits out of doors. A homeowner will want to keep weeds and plants trimmed around the unit, so that there is no growth attempting to enter the unit. You should also make sure there are no overhanging tree limbs that could drop debris and moisture into the condenser.

When the cooling season is over, a piece of plywood should be set on top of the unit to protect it from falling ice and debris. Do NOT wrap the unit in plastic. It is important for the unit to have air flow to prevent trapping moisture inside.

Finally, a yearly service call from a heating and cooling professional to check the performance of the unit, will keep your unit it top running condition.

Air Conditioner Cleaning

The general care of a central air conditioning system is pretty simple. Your system is comprised of a condenser unit, which is the large unit that sits outside your home, and an evaporator, which usually resides in the plenum or main duct above your furnace.

The cool air from your air conditioning system flows through the same filter and ductwork that your warm air does from your furnace. Because of this, it is important to change your filters monthly all year round, not just during the heating season.

Once spring arrives and you are ready to begin using your air conditioner again, you will want to clean the condenser coil. To do this, turn the power switch for the condenser unit off. This is usually located on the exterior wall of the house near the unit.

Start by vacuuming the fins of the unit. Use your shop vac with a soft brush attachment. This should remove any surface debris. Next, use your garden house to spray water into the unit, forcing out any lodged debris.

Those are the basics. There are several other aspects of your central air system that should be checked periodically to make sure that everything is operating at its maximum efficiency. Scheduling a routine annual tune-up with your heating and air conditioning professional will provide you with assurance that every piece of the system is ready for heat and humidity of summer.