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Cooling FAQs Every Homeowner Should Know the Answers To

Roth Heating has the answers to your cooling FAQs

Homeowners have a lot to maintain—from clogged drains and cracked patios to broken garage doors and leaking windows. But if there’s one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about, it’s your home comfort. That’s why we’re covering the top cooling FAQs we get each cooling season, including how often to replace your air filter and what to do if your air conditioner ices up. Curious about something else? Reach out to our pros for expert advice any time.

How often should I replace my air filter?

It depends on which air filter your system uses, but you should replace standard one-inch filters roughly every three months. Or more often if you have pets, people with allergies, or elderly people living in your home. High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters only need to be cleaned or replaced once every six months to a year. It’s best to ask a technician about your particular system, filter, and living environment for a proper recommendation.

How can I tell if it’s time to replace my air conditioner?

Roth Heating has the answers to your cooling FAQs

Air conditioners typically last 10 to 15 years, so it’s smart to start thinking about a replacement as your system reaches this age range. Additional signs include:

  • Lower or no cooling power
  • Unusual sounds and odors
  • Frequent breakdowns
  • Water leakage around your unit

The best way to know for sure if you need a new system is to schedule an appointment with your trusted Roth Heating technician. We’ll let you know if your system is nearing its end, needs a repair to fix a problem, or if it’s just fine. We’d like you to avoid the cost of a new air conditioner for as long as possible, but only if your family is safe. Once safety becomes a concern, it’s time to upgrade to an energy-efficient Carrier® system.

What do I do if there’s ice on my air conditioner?

This is one of our most popular cooling FAQs. If you notice ice on your air conditioner, turn your A/C off right away and let your system thaw out. Once it’s defrosted, it may function normally again. However, there’s still a reason why it iced up in the first place. Schedule an appointment to have a professional find the cause and let you know why it happened and how to avoid it in the future.

Why do I keep hearing about the importance of dehumidifiers? Do I need one?

Dehumidifiers are key in homes that have too much humidity. Indicators include condensation on the walls and windows, swollen doors and other wood furnishings, and mold growth with musty smells. Whole-home dehumidifiers remove the excess moisture to return levels to a normal range. These systems can also help you feel comfortable at higher temperatures because drier air feels cooler—cue the energy savings. Just remember that not all homes need a dehumidifier, so trust an expert’s recommendation before you invest in one.

What’s the big difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump?

An air conditioner and a heat pump are both cooling systems, but the big difference is that a heat pump can reverse its process to provide heat during colder months, while an air conditioner only provides cooling power. Air conditioners are the more popular option for homes in Southeastern Wisconsin, but heat pumps are growing in popularity for their dual purpose.

Have Another Cooling Question? Roth Heating Has the Answer

There are a lot of unknowns in homeownership. Luckily, the experts here at Roth Heating have more than 50 years of experience and focus on honesty with every service. No matter your cooling FAQs or concerns, we’ll share our genuine opinion and feedback to help you make decisions that are best for your family. Reach out online or give us a call: 414-764-4700 for Oak Creek and 262-534-5568 for Waterford.