My Air System is blowing hot air

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With Summer in full swing here in Athens, we often get calls about your system blowing hot air. Nathan has put together his top five things to check if your system is blowing hot air.

In the height of summer, the last thing you want is an AC unit blowing hot air. Here in the Athens area, it is not only the heat it is the high humidity. We all know that when a unit is struggling to keep up and blowing hot air instead of cool that everyone is going to be miserable. Nathan at Stanfield air systems has come up with the top five things to check when your system is blowing hot air. This will give you a great place to start and find out if you need a technician to come out to your house or if it is a simple fix.

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When your air system is blowing hot air first check the thermostat

The first step is to check your thermostat. Make sure that it is set to cool and that the temperature is where you want it. Sometimes it has just switched off, or the temperature is above a comfortable setting. Also if you see the thermostat is blank then you more than likely just need to replace the batteries in it. Just gently pop it off the wall replace them and pop back into place.

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Is your air system filter clean?

You can always make sure that the filter is clean. A dirty filter can make your system run poorly or cause it to blow hot air. You need to make sure you are checking your filter every quarter, or as recommended for your unit type. Another significant step is to get on a system maintenance plan. Stanfield will come out twice a year and check out your system and make sure it is ready for next summer. If the filter is dirty, just replace it and see if your unit goes back to working like normal.

Check the breakers

The next tip is to check your breakers and make sure they have not thrown. There will be one marked for Air and heat, and you will need to check both. The best way to test them is to click them all the way off and then back on. If they click off again, it is a sign that you need to call a technician out to see what the issue is.

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Check the drain pan

Underneath your indoor unit is a drain pan. The indoor unit could be in your crawl space, basement or attic. If the drain pan is full of water, the unit has a switch to shut it off, so you do not have a flood issue. If it is full, the line out of the house is blocked and will need to be cleared. Just give us a call, and we can get your air system up and be running again after we clear the blockage.

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Clear around the outside unit

If you are like most of us in the Athens area, you have a heat pump, and grass or debris can block the outside unit. It is essential that the outdoor unit is free of any obstruction and is cleaned on a regular basis. The coils inside this unit exchange the hot air for cool and make the air system run the right way. If you do have grass around the unit, then it is as simple as weed eating around the unit clear anything around it. If the outside unit has not been cleaned by a professional in a while, then it will need to be done. The coils on the inside can get clogged, but never attempt to clean the unit yourself. It has to be done the right way to not damage these coils.

When your air system is blowing hot air, then start with these five tips to see if something simple can be done. If your system is blowing hot air and you find one of these trouble spots or need us to check the air unit out then call us 706.549.4767 or schedule an appointment to have one of our technicians come out. We will check out the whole system and get you and your family out of the heat and back in the cool air.

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Replace my heating and air system?

“Do I replace my heating and air system or do I repair it?” is a big decision for most homeowners and one they may face a few times while owning a home. For you and your family, it is essential to consider all of your options before you decide one way or the other. The team at Stanfield Air Systems understands what this can mean for you, so we have put together a short list of items to help guide you through this challenging decision. This decision comes when the current system has come to a stop or is just not heating and cooling properly. Most of the time this tends to happen at the coldest or hottest time of the year, which can put you and your family in an uncomfortable spot. The best way for you to never run into this situation is to take stock of your heating and air system needs now before that moment comes. Early spring or fall is a great time to take a look at your options and get something done before it becomes a much more significant issue during the heat of summer and the cold of winter.

The first question is how old is your system and is it near its life expectancy? When you are asking the question “Should I replace my heating and air system?”,  you need to understand the age and life expectancy of your particular system. Each system is different and there are many questions that must be answered such as “Is it gas or electric?”, “Who is the manufacturer?”, “What model number?”, “Has it had significant issues in the past few years?” and “Is it the right size for your space?” The quickest way for you to get started on this quest is to look on your outside unit,  find the manufacturer's plate, and see when the unit was made. As a general rule, if the unit is 10-15 years old, this is a sure sign that you probably need to replace your heating and air system.

What have I had to do the last few years?

The second answer to the replace my heating and air system question is to go back over the last few years of repairs and service to your unit. Whether you have the bills in front of you or not, you can run again over how many parts did you replace or how many repairs were completed in the last few years? Did you have to put freon in every spring to get the cooling right? Did it seem like your unit was running all the time in winter or summer just to keep up? It is easy not to remember the bad in spring and fall, but in the height of summer or the grips of winter, you will likely be acutely aware of the overall performance of the unit.

Next, if you are asking if replacing my heating and air system is the right thing to do,  consider whether you have had the system on a maintenance plan or just maintained it by calling for a servicing whenever you felt that it was needed. If you are on a regular twice a year service plan, then you have maintained the system correctly, and it has been well cared for every year. If you have just moved into a new home and you're not sure if the unit was maintained the correct way, it may be time for the next step.


Ask a Technician - Should I replace my heating and air system?

Another right way to know if you are nearing the life expectancy of the unit is to have an inspection or service on your unit from a trusted heating and air company. When you have your unit inspected, make sure that the technician goes over substantial issues that they see that may present danger signs that the unit needs replacing. If you are working with a quality heating and air company, then they should be able to help guide you through this process of repair versus replace.

Should I replace or repair my heating and air system?

  • Determine the age of the system.

  • Was it maintained the correct way?

  • Have I had to fix the system over the last few seasons?

  • Does the system struggle to keep up in the summer and winter?

You can be proactive

It’s so much better to replace before an emergency so that you can make a relaxed and informed decision. No one wants to have to make a quick decision when they are burning up or freezing to death. We also understand that some people and some heating and air companies will say, “Why to worry about replacing your system if you don’t  have to. You may have a few years of useful life left.” The reality, however, is that you may save yourself a significant headache, plus a loss of benefits, by being proactive and making a decision before encountering a system failure.

Benefits of replacing your system over repairing a system.

  • You’re buying at today’s price and avoiding price increases occurring over the next couple of years.

  • Enjoying savings on utility/energy bills every month for that 1-2 years.

  • Having a quiet more comfortable system.

  • Having peace of mind.

At Stanfield Air Systems we believe that you can replace your system at the right time and for the right reasons for you and your family. We feel that it is critical that you make this decision when you have the time and that a more relaxed and informed decision will be made when it is not made on the hottest or coldest day of the year. The technicians and team at Stanfield Air Systems will come out to assess your heating and air system for you and will provide all the information you need. Our team will guide you step by step in the process allowing you to ask questions and see the repair over replace issue from every side. When you are ready to call us, our team will schedule an appointment that will supply the answers you need for this challenging question.

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On Saturday, April 7, we celebrated our 50th anniversary with a birthday party for Stanfield Air Systems, and it was a great time! It was so great to see the faces of many of our valued customers, business partners, friends, and family. We enjoyed BBQ and cake, kids jumped in a bouncy house and the rain didn't dampen our spirits at all!

 We were so honored to have Athens Mayor Nancy Denson join us, and she surprised Sally Stanfield Allen with the Key to the City! What an honor!

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 Rex Coker of Stanfield, worked with Athens Technical College to establish the Lynn Stanfield Scholarship to their Air Conditioning Technology program! The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with a 3.0 GPA or higher who has been nominated by his instructors. The scholarship honors the founder of Stanfield Air Systems, Lynn Stanfield, who made a profound impact on the heating and cooling industry in Athens. As Carter Stanfield said, "If you live in Athens and someone works on your AC, then it’s very likely that they are a Stanfield, work for a Stanfield, or were taught by a Stanfield."   Congratulations to Jeremy Towe, the first recipient of the scholarship! He's pictured here with Sally, who awarded the scholarship to him at the party.

Rex Coker of Stanfield, worked with Athens Technical College to establish the Lynn Stanfield Scholarship to their Air Conditioning Technology program! The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with a 3.0 GPA or higher who has been nominated by his instructors. The scholarship honors the founder of Stanfield Air Systems, Lynn Stanfield, who made a profound impact on the heating and cooling industry in Athens. As Carter Stanfield said, "If you live in Athens and someone works on your AC, then it’s very likely that they are a Stanfield, work for a Stanfield, or were taught by a Stanfield." 

Congratulations to Jeremy Towe, the first recipient of the scholarship! He's pictured here with Sally, who awarded the scholarship to him at the party.

We want to take a moment to thank everyone who came, those who sent well wishes, and everyone who has supported Stanfield over the years. Thanks for 50 years, and here's to 50 more! 

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