What You Need to Know About Central Air Conditioning

central air conditioningIs this summer heatwave melting you into a puddle on the ground? A lot of people can make it through the warm,  Midwest seasons using only window or portable A/C units. Some get by with just fans. If those aren’t enough to make you comfortable, it might be time to consider having central air conditioning installed.

How Central Air Conditioning Works

Central A/C allows cool air to flow through a system of supply and return ducts. The supply registers and ducts transmit cooled air from the A/C unit throughout your home. As the cooled air circulates in your home, it becomes warmer and flows back to the central A/C via registers and return ducts. This system is one of the most common and efficient ways to cool your home.

If you plan to have a central air conditioning unit installed, the size of your home will determine the size of the unit you’ll need. It is also essential to have the correct size duct work so that the cooling needs of every room are met. The system can be inefficient if ducts are leaky or not insulated. Every seam and joint must be properly sealed. Adding a central AC system can cost less if you already have heating ducts. But remember that the ducts used for heating might not be in the right location or size for optimal cooling.

A central AC unit features a condenser placed outside your home and a fan-and-coil system that is connected by pipes carrying refrigerant. The most common design of a central A/C has the refrigerant circulating between an interior coil and a corresponding exterior condenser with compressor. The air is cooled by the refrigerant and is dehumidified in the process. The air is then circulated by a blower through the ducts all over the home.

Adding a central air conditioner can be expensive, especially if there are no ducts in your home; but most homeowners agree that it’s worth every penny. Contact American Air to have one of our HVAC specialists asses your needs and give you an estimate.

Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

circuit breakerEvery circuit contains cables, connections, switches and other electrical equipment that is designed to transmit a maximum electrical current defined by the manufacturer. The circuit can melt, break down or catch on fire if it is exposed to more than it can carry. Circuit breakers were created to solve this problem, making sure that each circuit carries only the maximum capacity that it can manage. When too much electrical current is transmitted through the circuit breaker, it will trip; causing the outlets not to work until the circuit is manually switched back.


3 Reasons Why Circuit Breakers Trip

Overloaded Circuit. Check your sockets. How many appliances are connected to a single outlet? Having more than one major appliance (like kitchen appliances, space heaters, AC units and hair dryers) plugged into the same circuit leads to over usage of what the circuit can accommodate. When this happens, the circuit overheats and is automatically turned off from the electrical system by the circuit breaker.

Short-circuit. A short-circuit is different than an overloaded circuit, and typically has a cable or a section of the fixed wiring that is damaged. Any change you make in your house can put your electrical cable at risk. Cables hidden behind walls can be damaged by a drill, a nail or a screw. Even digging in the soil while landscaping or gardening can damage underground cables. A licensed electrician can repair this, making your home safe!

Faulty Appliances. Earth leakage current, also known as residual or ground fault current, is electricity that runs from the electrical installation to the conductive materials of the home or to the ground. An appliance can cause an earth leakage current, which is the most usual cause why circuit breakers trip. Electrical appliances pass current between the installation live conductors. They can let the current to run through their metal elements into your body and to the ground when they become faulty. Certain kinds of circuit breakers can detect this current running to the ground, protecting you from electric shock.

Contact a professional electrician if your circuit breaker keeps tripping.

What you Need to Know about a Clogged Sewer Line

clogged sewer lineA clogged drain in your home can quickly become a major inconvenience. It will prevent you from getting things done, and leave gross residue behind. Whether it’s in the kitchen or bathroom, a clogged drain is no fun. Clogged drains can become a breeding ground for bacteria and can even cause your or members of your family to get sick. Most clogged drains can be fixed with a plunger, a drain clearing solution, or by manually removing hair/debris from the drain. If these DIY tricks aren’t working, there’s a chance your main sewer line might be clogged.  Read the signs below to get a better idea if that’s the case.

Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line

  • Multiple drains are backing up with water
  • Bad odors coming from your drains
  • Gurgling noises coming from your drains or toilet
  • Bubbling water in your toilet when you use the bathroom sink or shower
  • Water backing up from your basement floor drain


Culprits of a Clogged Sewer Line

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • And the most common culprit, Tree roots


If you think that your main sewer line is clogged, call American Air right away before it becomes a bigger problem. A licensed plumber will use a camera to scope your drain to find out what is causing the clog. Once the issue is determined they will either use an interior drain water jet OR a snake, to free any trapped debris or tree roots from inside the sewer lines.