1. Does my air conditioner need to be energy efficient to claim on tax return?
The energy efficiency has nothing to do with the deduction on your tax return.
You may be eligible for a tax credit if the energy savings is enough. Check with your state Department of Revenue (or whatever the name is of your tax department). The next paragraph is based on the wild assumption that you are referring to a rental property.
If the air conditioner is for your personal residence (primary home or vacation home), then there is no deduction. Are you talking about a central A/C system or a window "box"? A window box unit, while you can hide it under "repairs" is eligible for the Section 179 expense deduction.
(This is like depreciation, but you take the entire amount in the first year.) A central a/c system must be capitalized and depreciated over the relevant depreciable life. Talk to your tax professional for more information.
I hope this helps. Gary
2. IN GENERAL HOW LONG SHOULD A CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER LAST?
well it all depends on the use, the maintinence and the age, like you could have a air conditioner thats well maintained but not last long because it may be used alot depending on the climate you live in, or sometimes you have a not well maintained air conditioner that won't last long in a climate that it isnt used alot, but it seems like you need a new a/c unit since its that old, my air conditioner is from 1988 and it still work great, i live in New York so the months that it's really used alot in is June, July, and August and some of September, and you sometimes get some hot days in May also and even in April it can get hot too but rarely, so it's not like Florida where its hot from April to November, and it's well maintained and used alot during the summer so that shows you everything right there
3. Lost power from the electricity outlet to air conditioner?
rapid verify; a million- Is it a single receptacle ?
2- It in all probability has 3 prongs. 3- The around or "U" formed hollow is floor. 4- There are 2 flat blades.
5- If one is horizontal and the different is vertical, you have one hundred twenty Volts at 20 Amps (must be going to a minimum of one 20 Amp fuse or circuit breaker and there must be not something on that line. 6- If the two flat blades are horizontal then you definately've a 220 volt line and the circuit ought to nevertheless be a single one going without postpone lower back to the panel (fuse or breaker). do not monkey with it as older residences each so often count on the steel protecting around the cord for a floor and that they get loose and reason issues.
solid luck ! ! !
4. water leaking around the furnace when the air conditioner is running?
Just went through this very thing a week ago.
Turns out my problem was the unit was freezing up causing the water to overflow the normal catch point. It is normal for water to form, that's what's bringing down the humidity in the house, but it needs to flow out the way its designed to. When it freezes up the ice formed prevents it from flowing like it designed to flow and hence leaks around the furnace.
There are a few reasons for a unit to freeze up I was told, one is the filters need to be replaced, two is the a coil needs to be cleaned and three is being low on freon. Freon does not wear out or go bad, the only reason to need some replaced is because of a leak. So if replacing the filters does not solve your problem the next thing to do is call a service repairman
How can i hook a line voltage thermostat up to my window air conditioner.
Air conditioners have one fan motor to blow air interior the living house, probably yet another to blow air outdoors the living house, and yet another motor interior the compressor unit that does the toughest part of circulating freon via coils below tension. Is sounds as though the motor blowing air for interior the home is wonderful for the reason which you're saying the AC is blowing air.
If the motor for the compressor, or the compressor itself is going undesirable, that's going to use intense present day reason your lighting fixtures to dim till the thermal overload secure practices for the compressor heats sufficient to teach it off. as quickly because it turns off, the fan motor maintains to run and your place lighting fixtures brighten back to frequent. Have an HVAC tech verify it out.
If the compressor is undesirable, verify the guarantee. maximum AC compressors are certain for 5 years.
power for 3 ton air conditioner?
Your compressor uses between 9 to 14 amps, fan another 4 amps. Its usually a 60 amp fuse or breaker for protection.
Love how someone gives you a bad rating because they don't have the proof to show you are wrong. Here is the specs for 3 units on their electrical data. Lennox 13 seer 2 ton total amps 14 compressor 10.
5 fan 2.3 RLA 9 circuit protection 60 amp York 16 seer 2 ton total amps 15 compressor 9.8 fan 3.
5 RLA 9.1 circuit protection 60 amp 3 ton total amps 17.8 compressor 17.
8 fan 3.7 RLA 16.6 circuit protection 60 amp Frigidaire 14 seer 2 ton total amps 14.
4 compressor 11.4 fan 1.1 RLA 11.
6 circuit protection 60 amp 4 ton total amps 19.3 compressor 17.3 fan 1.
4 RLA 19,3 circuit protection 60amp I could go on with more examples but i think you see the outcome. Its a shame someone is going around giving people bad votes because they don't like being called a hack maybe they should go back to school and lean the trade
7. what happens when an air conditioner condensate line clogs?
what kinda professional do i call if it is?
An HVAC tek can easily clean out the condensate line and or fix the leak in the pan that the line is attached to. You do not state where you are located, but if the environment is not too moist, then you may want to check for air infiltration into your cooled space as well, the outside air coming in may be bringing in moisture.
For mold issues etc, as stated above remove and replace is best, but before that you may want to call a fire and flood repair service, they generally have a keen sense for mold and smell issues and do moisture damage repairs. Get yourself a electrostatic filter from radio-shack etc about 50 bucks to filter the air in your environment/room. It will catch the mold spores etc.
That will help you get rid of your cough etc. Best of luck
8. what should I do about rent and no central air?
The only thing you can do is move. If you have been there 3 years and have encountered this that long, you have had plenty of time and chances to find a place that has working air and doesn't cost as much. You are choosing to live there.
There is nothing you can do to put a fire under the landlord's behind to fix the air any faster. If it is going out on Friday, he is probably having to wait until Monday to call a tech and they probably are booked until later in the week. That is just how it is.
You don't have a case against the landlord, as he is sending someone out and getting it looked at/fixed temporarily. No, you cannot hold any rent. The landlord has time to fix these issues.
Also, is air even included in your lease? Air is not an emergency item like heat in the winter when it is 20 below.
About central air conditioner?
It is very important that a Manual J load calculation be performed along with Manual S and Manual D guidelines be followed. What works for your 30 year old unit may not work for a new unit.
I would recommend staying with a gas furnace for back-up heat to keep installation costs down. Your home may not have enough power fed to it if you switch to electric back-up heat. You may need to have your electrical service rebuilt if you go with the electric furnace.
Make sure you find a contractor that will perform the calculations listed above and also calculate your thermal and economic balance points to determine what temperature to switch your heat source from the heat pump to the back-up heat source. Mearly throwing out a number because it works ok is an incorrect method. You are considering a heat pump to save you money.
Get it done right.
10. What is the tube covered in black foam that comes out of a central air conditioner?
Are all the armchair a/c techs done? Is it OK for a pro to answer? That line is the suction (low side) line.
It is insulated to avoid picking up any more ambient heat and carrying it back to the compressor. Sometimes those lines "sweat'. All I know to tell you, based on the information provided is that if you have not had a preseason tune up done on both these units then they are being neglected.
Bottom Line. these units need yearly cleaning & checked over completely. This is why we preach and preach to have this service done.
Its not just so we can find something to charge you for; its so the unit(s) will run reliably at peak performance & efficiency. What you CAN do is keep your filter changed, and keep both coils clean.
Does an exhaust fan in the attic of a home, help the central air to function better?
I don't know if u mean an attic fan or whole house fan because there's a big diff. between the 2 an attic fan moves air around in the attic and is intented to do that on the other hand an whole house fan u can see because it typically mounts in the hallway,though they are great and work the downside to one of these is it isn't made to work with todays energy eff.
systems they take out so much air it makes the press. in your house negative and anytime u get neg. air it's bad u let in germs,dirt,etc.
not to mention the impact it has on your mechanical systems it'll void all warranties because they need positive air at all times. So Always get a professional opinion. Trust me on this.
12. where is the drain pipe in a central air conditioner?
it is on the air handler which is usually in the attic or closet. commonly there are two drain lines visible at the air handler. one comes from the unit, the other from a pan under the unit.
the one from the unit itself is the one that drains accumulated water in a normal condition. if the pan has water in it, the primary drain is plugged. take a shop vac outside where the drain lines end (they should not be on the ground or within a few inches of the ground.
wrap a wet rag around each pipe one at a time and use it to form a seal to the shop vac hose. if water still accumulates in pan or will not come out of lines, you probably have algae blocking the lines. you can try a little bleach, but if that doesn't work, you need a qualified air conditioning mechanic.
13. When is the cheapest time to get an air conditioner installed?
Ok, here we go Totally :) I am retired from the a/c trade now but lived in Denver for 3 years from '05 to '09 and worked as an hvac mechanic.
Fall is your best time to get your a/c replaced. Companies struggle for work in Denver during the fall before the first cold hits. When companies get busy they don't deal.
They get really busy when the cold hits unless it's one of those beautiful winters in CO where it hardly snows and doesn't get below 25 out. Who can predict the winter 2-3 months in advance, especially in Colorado!.
.Perhaps Dr. Gray at CSU in Boulder?
I doubt it! Anyway, I digress. I still stand behind fall as the best time, probably September or October.
And yes, companies will cut you a deal when they are slow!.