My Air Filter Is Wet. What Do I Do Now?

It’s common to take a peek at the various parts of your HVAC system and wonder, “Is that… normal?” But if you’re staring intently at your air filter and scratching at your head, chances are, whatever it is, it’s not normal. For instance, your air filter is not supposed to be wet. If it is, that means you likely have a clogged condensate drain line and your filter could actually be aiding in the spread of mold and mildew around your home. So, if your filter is wet, what exactly should you do?

For starters, change the filter immediately. As stated above, mold and mildew are going to love a sponge-like filter, and the moisture will certainly seep into the ductwork of your property and also decrease the indoor air quality around your home. Plus, your HVAC system’s efficiency is going to take a hit if your filter isn’t dry. That is, the heavier and more contaminated your filter is, the less air is going to be able to actually pass through the way it’s supposed to. The more this builds up, the longer and harder you system will have to work, thus increasing the overall cost of your energy bill.

Next, you’ll want to have your condensate drain unclogged, otherwise you’ll never be able to keep your filters dry. You can do this yourself by locating the PVC pipe attached to the outside of your house that allows for your system to drain and using a wet vac to clear it all out. Simply attach the wet vac to the drain, cover the connection in order to make it airtight, and run the wet vac repeatedly for about 10 seconds at a time until your system is unclogged.

Otherwise, you can always call local professionals to help you do this in a manner that is efficient and safe on your system! If you are having an issue with your HVAC system or simply need to schedule routine maintenance, contact Bold City Heating and Air! We’re a locally owned and trusted Jacksonville company, and we want you to experience the bold difference!

I Should Be Looking At… What?

Answer: Your condenser fins!

Why? Well, these small aluminum slats or “fins” cover the outdoor system of your HVAC unit, and if enough of them are damaged or bent, your entire system is going to have a pretty hard time functioning efficiently. If a few are bent or damaged, it may not be an issue at all, but if too many are, you’ll start losing money on your energy bill.

In that case, how does it all work?

Put simply, the condenser fins help your unit “breathe” and regulate heat. They assist expediting and smoothing out the process by which your entire system expels heat, thereby allowing your HVAC to cool your home down. If they’re bent, however, they can’t push heat out of your system’s condenser; on the contrary, they’ll hold it in! Then, you’ll find yourself continually turning down the thermostat, losing money, and scratching your head when it starts to take longer to cool down than before and you don’t know why.

After all of this, you may be wondering what can cause bent or damaged fins. Here are some of the most common causes of fin damage:

  • Storms that can throw branches or debris against your unit
  • Yard work or landscaping
  • Pressure washing

These fins, however, are small and thin enough that not many people think to stop and give them a good look. The goods news, though, is that it’s not catastrophic by any means, and it’s also a relatively simple problem to fix!

All you have to do is buy a condenser fin “comb” to straighten them out if they’re bent or, if they’re damaged, call a local professional you trust, like Bold City Heating and Air! We believe in treating every customer as if they were family and giving them the respect and dependable HVAC service they deserve. So call us today to schedule your inspection and experience the bold difference!

How To Tell If Your Air Ducts Are Leaking

How To Tell If Your Air Ducts Are Leaking

If your air ducts are leaking, then your wallet is certainly leaking all of your hard-earned money. In fact, leaking air ducts are considered to be one of the top ways some people waste energy without even knowing it… but wait, how do you know if your air ducts are leaking? Just look for some of these tell-tale signs:

  1. You can’t seem to maintain your desired temperature in certain roomsWith leaking ducts, your air is going to escape at a rate you just can’t keep up with. Therefore, hot air will escape in the winter and cold air in the summer; either way, you’ll be left uncomfortable. But it may not be true of your entire house, so be wary of isolated spots where the temperature is not consistent, and call your local professionals, like Bold City Heating and Air, if you’re left scratching at your head.
  2. Your energy bills have risen, regardless of the seasonIf you can’t maintain the temperature consistently throughout your house, chances are your initial reaction was to play with your HVAC’s thermostat in an attempt to find equilibrium. But if this goes on for too long with the underlying reason escaping your notice, then you’ll notice your energy bills have also gone out of whack. As the questions you face start to compound, it’s likely that they’re trying to point you in the direction of your leaking air ducts.
  3. The air quality in your home seems to have decreasedWhen you don’t have control over your home’s temperature, you also don’t have control over what may manifest as a result of the varying heat and cold. Being at the whim of the seasons, you may start to notice more mold where there are hotspots in the spring and summer, or maybe more dust and dander wherever the colder air seems to be seeping in. Regardless, the quality of air in your home may go down—think musty smells, increased asthma attacks, or a greater suffering at the hands of your allergies while indoors.

If you and your HVAC can’t seem to keep up with the air inside of your home, it may be time to reach out and ask for help. Call Bold City Heating and Air today to schedule your inspection! Once you’ve worked with a locally owned company and experienced the bold difference, we guarantee you’ll never go back.