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Is Your HVAC System Unhealthy?

HVAC System
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When you have an HVAC system for a long time, chances are you will need to have it checked for possible issues along the way. Most HVAC systems are designed to be long-lasting. If they aren’t installed properly and haven’t been tested for issues along the way, you could end up with a couple of different, costly problems.

Believe it or not, there are a couple of specific things that need to be working well in order for your HVAC to remain in good condition. For example, if it is working too hard and using a lot of resources to function, there could be something wrong. The vital signs for an HVAC are important to test. Below you will see the main signs of an unhealthy HVAC and what you can do to rectify the issues if there are any.

At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric we are well-versed in the needs of a functioning and healthy HVAC system. We know what to test and when to test it. You could say we are your speed dial contact for any HVAC related concerns…

Sign #1: Total External Static Pressure (TESP)

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the static pressure is, “the force per unit area that is exerted by a fluid upon a surface at rest relative to the fluid.” For an HVAC system, this means that testing the static pressure can give you an idea as to the health of the system. It can signal where issues are coming from, which may save you some cash when it comes to which part needs replaced.

For example, when you test your HVAC TESP (total external static pressure) you may be able to see what the comfort issues at the temperature level of the system are. You also would be able to detect where the hidden airflow issues may be, so that you can avoid premature damage to the HVAC system.

To measure this particular metric, you will need to compare the largest rated TESP with the measured TESP. If the largest TESP measures lower than the measured TESP then it would be worth testing further to see where the issues lie.

Sign #2: Measuring Different Temperatures

Another vital sign for a healthy HVAC system is the different units measured by temperature. The temperature functionality in an HVAC system is essential and should be tested to keep it comfortable when using, and to stop it from needing early repair and replacements.

Measuring temperature levels in the air moving into the system, exiting the system, the farthest supply register and the farthest return grille can signal if your air duct is healthy. You’ll be able to navigate how much capacity is lost or gained through the system.

Sign #3: Fan Airflow

It makes sense that testing the fan airflow of your HVAC system should give a clear sign of how healthy your machine is. Calculated at cubic feet per minute (cfm) the fan airflow can give an indication of the rated energy efficiency and more. Without testing this element of an HVAC system, you could run into avoidable long-term or short-term issues.

All you need to do is compare the measured air flow rating with the required airflow of your machine. If there’s too much or too little airflow, there may be an issue in the pressure. This could indicate some other complications that will need to further investigation.

Why wait for the issues to get worse? If you have any concerns with your HVAC system, we recommend you get it tested by a professional. This is sure to save you time and money in the long run.

Call The Experts In HVAC System Testing Today

There are many things to check when it comes to an unhealthy HVAC system. There are also more modern systems you can consider for your space. At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric, we have experience with many different HVAC systems and our trained team knows how to detect exactly what’s going wrong. Prevention is always better than the cure, so test your air conditioning system, today. Contact Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric at 1-800-475-1504 to schedule a consultation!


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