Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for May, 2020

Is Your AC’s Compressor Going Bad?

Monday, May 25th, 2020

compressor-in-ac-unitThe compressor is the part of your home cooling system that allows it to actually cool. Without the compressor, the refrigerant in the AC wouldn’t be able to change between liquid and gas form, releasing and absorbing heat as it does so. It also wouldn’t be put under pressure so it would circulate. If you don’t have a working compressor in an AC, you don’t have an AC.

There are other vital parts of an air conditioning system, but a failed compressor is perhaps the most expensive to fix. So much so that people often find it more cost-effective to replace the air conditioner entirely rather than pay to replace only the compressor.

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Can My AC Handle Summer Humidity?

Monday, May 11th, 2020

too-much-heatIf you’ve experienced at least one year living in the Triangle, you know that high humidity makes heat much harder to cope with. You can expect to run your home’s air conditioning system longer and harder to overcome the additional heat.

Well … the feeling of additional heat. High humidity doesn’t raise the temperature of the air: an 85°F day is still an 85°F day no matter if the relative humidity is 15% or 90%. What happens when humidity levels are too high (over 60%) is that more heat becomes trapped inside your body. The increased moisture in the air slows down your ability to release heat through perspiration, so you end up feeling hotter than if you were able to shed most of that internal heat.

Basic science lesson over. What does this have to do with your air conditioner? Plenty. If you feel your air conditioner isn’t doing much to combat the high humidity in your house each summer, that’s because it ­wasn’t designed to.

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