Why Won’t My Air Conditioner Turn On?

Ah, summer. It’s the season where setting aside time to unwind is not only acceptable, but encouraged, and for many, this means basking in the AC while outside temperatures rise into the 90s and even higher. At least a handful of people will find their plans for relaxing in their cool, conditioned living rooms falling through this summer thanks to AC breakdown. It’s a veritable horror story, and if it occurs during a heatwave, the results can be dangerous.

Maybe you woke up this morning to find out that your air conditioner just won’t turn on— if not, maybe this fate looms right around the corner. Here are just a few reasons why an AC may be unresponsive, all of which point to the need for service.

Problem #1: Your Thermostat Needs Adjusting

This may seem like an obvious cause for the issue at hand, but it’s something that often goes overlooked. In combined systems, thermostats that are set to “heat” will never allow an AC to properly cool the home. Be sure that yours is set to “cool,” and if so, turn the temperature down 5-10 degrees to see if your unit will click on. If not, it’s time to look elsewhere.

Problem #2: Power Surge

It’s no secret that air conditioners can use up quite a bit of power on a monthly basis, and power surges are not unlikely to occur from time to time. This can cause the illusion that your AC just won’t turn on, which may not be the case. Be sure to check your main electrical panel for any tripped circuits—either a “fuse box” in an old home or a circuit panel in newer homes. Some air conditioners also come equipped with shutoff boxes, which can easily blow fuses and should be checked if your AC won’t turn on.

Problem #3: The Air Filter is Dirty

If you’re not sure when the last time you cleaned your AC’s air filter was, there’s a good chance that it’s in need of either cleaning or outright replacement. Look for the unit’s return vent filter where air gets pulled into the AC and check to see if it’s dirty. A simple change of the filter may be all that the doctor ordered to get your air conditioner back into shape.

Problem #4: The Condensate Line Requires Attention

Finally, you may want to take a closer look at your AC’s condensate line. Air conditioners create condensation as they operate normally, which exits the home from a drain line. If the line gets clogged, a safety switch can be tripped that shuts the AC down. A condensate drain pump or even a wet/dry vacuum may be able to clear the clog and get your AC back into working order.

Still can’t get your AC to turn on? The team at Anchor AC is here to help.

Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

Chill Out this Summer: Avoid Emergency AC Repair

From the Georgia shore to the Atlanta metro area, the Peach State is known for scorching summers where the temperature can reach triple digits. In the suburbs of Atlanta, air conditioning is a necessity when the season ramps up. While homeowners across the region have their air conditioners humming right now, many ignore typical warning signs of a faltering machine.

Maintenance is a key tenet for avoiding emergency air conditioner repair. It’s the motivation behind our EZ-Pay Program, meant to save our clients money by making AC maintenance a year-round priority. There are several “worst-case scenarios” with faulty air conditioning. Below we have a few examples:

Threats to Family Health

As spouses, parents, and even dog owners, we put a premium on the health and safety of our loved ones. What escapes many people’s minds is that our home appliances can be hazardous to our health when they aren’t maintained properly. This includes your home’s central air conditioner or heat pump, which requires consistent professional maintenance. Leaky ductwork can draw in dangerous pollutants, and can also be a breeding ground for scary pathogens. Beyond these medical threats, faulty wiring on your can catalyze electrical issues and start a fire.

High-Cost Fixes

Regular air conditioner maintenance can give you peace of mind knowing you’ll be able to keep cool when you need it most. Regular upkeep can also help you avoid an emergency repair which can be expensive and may even require the full replacement of your AC system. Few things could be worse than a sudden malfunction in your air conditioner smack in the middle of an Atlanta heatwave. If you don’t regularly maintain your AC, it’s likely lifespan is shortened. That’s why our EZ-Pay Program could yield impressive long-term savings for your family.

Unseemly Energy Bills

It makes sense that avoiding regular upkeep for your air conditioner could cost you big when it has a breakdown. But did you know that avoiding regular maintenance could also lead to sky-high energy bills? Everyone wants to save money when it comes to their home cooling bill, but many homeowners across Georgia are overpaying because their systems are dirty and clogged. Debris in your air conditioner forces your system to work harder to maintain the cooling temperature you’ve set. Regular maintenance can prevent this problem, helping you save and stay more comfortable.

Avoid Emergency Repairs with the team at Anchor!

Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning is Here to Help

With summer in full swing, we want to help you avoid the air conditioning crisis points mentioned above. Our EZ-Pay Program is an easy way to stay cool and maintain your air conditioner this summer.

Want to make sure your air conditioner is up to grade this summer? Schedule maintenance today! Contact us or call (770) 942-2873.

What to do When You Can’t Take the Heat — Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

The sizzle of summer is underway in the greater Atlanta metro area. In homes across the region, from the picturesque southern suburbs of Peachtree City in Fayette County, stretching towards the outer towns of Carroll County like Villa Rica, the mercury is rising. It’s the time of year when many families start to crank up their air conditioning.

That said, some may be in for a rude awakening when their AC system seems a bit fidgety and they have to decide what makes more sense, to repair it, or to replace the system whole. Here are a couple questions to ask yourself as you aim to save money and stay cool this summer:

Question One: How old is your central AC?

When it comes to the bigger purchases in life, people expect a certain degree of longevity. A parent may watch as their family minivan ages alongside their children, and there may be a sense of nostalgia when the time comes to trade it out.

When it comes to an air conditioner, another big-ticket purchase, age should also play a meaningful role in what you should expect your system to deliver. The rule of thumb for central air conditioning is easy to remember: a solid system should last a decade. Not only is this decade rule important because older systems are less efficient, but because over the course of ten years, the new systems offered can greatly outpace those from previous years. For example, the sleek and modern systems from Trane are among the most energy efficient on the market today.

Question Two: Is your air conditioner performing up to snuff?

Owners of a central air conditioning system can use the age of their system as a basic benchmark for its expected efficiency. That said, performance doesn’t always flow with the years like one expects it to. Unfortunately, an AC that is sputtering along often goes untouched and eventually breaks down. Given how hot the summers in Georgia are, that can be a problem. If your system’s performance has depreciated beyond repair, it may be time to finally consider a replacement.  

Question Three: How much would repairing your AC cost?

As your air conditioner starts to age, and its performance enters its twilight, a final question comes into play: just how much is this going to cost? It’s not always an easy question to answer, and it requires an honest quote from a trusted name in the HVAC industry. That said, if your mind is set on going the repairs route, just know this, the next fix will probably come sooner than the first did. The marginal costs of repairing a broken AC can add up, and this is something to be wary of. Believe it or not, the cost friendly answer to a broken AC is often replacing it and installing a new system.

At Anchor Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re proud of the air conditioning units we offer. Exclusively supplying Trane systems, we’re confident in their products, as well as, our time-tested installation of systems that far exceed expectations. So if you’re starting to feel the heat, it’s time to consider calling in our expert team!

Questions? Anchor Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help. Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 to learn more and to get a quote for replacement or repair.

Why Would I Put in a Mini-Split vs. a Central AC?

As temperatures here in the greater Atlanta area continue rising, you might be wondering about how you’ll keep your home comfortable this summer. With advancements in heating and cooling technology, you have many options on how to air condition your home.

Which option is right for keeping you comfortable — a central air conditioner or a heat pump? Here are several factors to take into consideration:

Centralized vs. Zoned-In Comfort

A traditional central air conditioner delivers cooled air throughout your entire home, which depending on the size of your house can be a difficult task. It will also require you to keep your whole home at one temperature, using energy to cool rooms which you might not be using.

A ductless mini-split heat pump on the other hand only cools its immediate area which generally consists of one or two rooms. This means that if you have a large home, you might need several to cover the entire space. However, you’ll be more able to target which region you want air conditioned. Mini-splits offer a more tailored comfort solution and help to reduce your energy bills.

Summer vs. Year-Round Solution

Central air conditioners are only useful during hot weather, since they’re sole function is cooling. So you’ll need another system specifically for heating. Mini-splits are capable of both air conditioning and heating. Not only will you be able to use them in the summer to keep your home cool, but you’ll benefit during the winter when you want to stay warm.

If you want to only maintain one system, versus having to take care of both a central air conditioner and a furnace or boiler, a mini-split may be the solution for you.

Fixed vs. Flexible

In order to deliver cooled air throughout your home, central air conditioning systems use ductwork. If your home doesn’t currently have ducts, installing them can be an invasive and costly process. Ductless mini-splits don’t rely on ductwork, allowing them to be installed quickly and easily.

Stay Cool & Comfortable with Air Conditioning from Anchor

It’s important that your home is comfortable during the heat, so regardless of whether if you’re interested in a central air conditioner or a heat pump, our team at Anchor can help. We’ll work with you to find the right solution for your needs and budget so you can stay cool this summer.

Which air conditioning solution is right for your home? Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 to learn more and schedule a consultation today.

Financing Your New Home Cooling System

Homeowners in the Atlanta area are preparing for the hot summer weather that’s right around the corner, and for many of us, this means taking a closer look at our cooling systems. It may be as simple as performing routine maintenance to ensure emergency breakdown doesn’t occur, but it may also be the time to admit that a new air conditioning system is needed—especially if the current unit is over ten years old.

At Anchor, we know that paying for new HVAC equipment can be a challenge, which is why we offer financing options to help make the process easier.

Types of Cooling Systems

One of the biggest points of confusion for those who are in the market for new cooling equipment is in relation to which type of system to choose from. There are three common options available—window units, central air and mini-split heat pumps.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning utilizes ductwork to carry cooled air to each room throughout the home. In most homes, this translates to much better efficiency than what might be found when trying to cool rooms with simple window units. Central air systems can experience issues, however, most of which occur due to leaky ductwork or from years of extensive wear and tear.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps

Mini-split heat pumps are some of the most efficient HVAC systems available on the market today, allowing you to lower your monthly energy costs. Mini-splits are comprised of an indoor air handling unit that connects via a conduit to an outdoor compressor, all without the need for ductwork.

These systems can both cool and heat your home, making them a perfect option year-round. While heat pumps can be a whole-home solution, they can also be used in conjunction with your central air conditioner to supplement certain areas or rooms in your home, and to lower a central AC’s load.

Financing Options for Your New Air Conditioner

Looking to finance a new cooling system? Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning offers financing from Wells Fargo Financial National Bank. Click here to apply now and stay cool this summer. Additionally, our EZ-PAY Program service plan allows you to receive routine maintenance for your HVAC equipment for a low monthly fee, so you’ll be able to keep your air conditioner running smoothly for longer!

Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 today to learn more about financing your new air conditioning system!