Do You Believe This Harmful Refrigerant Myth?

insulated-refrigerant-line-behind-ac-systemThere aren’t too many homeowners out there who really understand how air conditioners work. This isn’t a bad thing or something you’re expected to know a lot about—after all, that’s what the professionals are here for!

However, because many homeowners aren’t well-informed, they can be led astray by amateur repair people or handy people claiming to be HVAC pros. In fact, one of the most common things these folks tell homeowners is that refrigerant is something that gets “used up,” like gasoline from a car, and must be refilled (what we in the industry call recharged) once a year during maintenance or more often. And this is a refrigerant myth that could potentially harm your air conditioner. Read on to learn how!

6 Noises Your AC Should Never Make

woman-listening-closely-holding-hand-to-earWouldn’t it be great if our air conditioners could send us a little warning when something is amiss? Like, we could get a text message to our smartphones telling us when a motor bearing needs lubrication or replacing, or when we have a refrigerant leak?

To be honest, this technology probably isn’t too far off in the future. But for now, we have to rely on other means to know when our air conditioners are suffering. Of course, you can limit the risk of sudden air conditioner problems by staying on top of your AC maintenance each year. But it’s also a good idea to know the signs of AC trouble to begin with. One of the most common signs of AC problems is loud and unfamiliar noises.

What noises are we referring to, exactly? Read on as we uncover what they are.

Don’t Ignore These Signs of AC Disrepair!

two-techs-checking-on-ac-outdoor-unitIt’s easy, especially this late in the summer season, to ignore small signs that something might be amiss with your air conditioner. But the fact of the matter is, this is when your air conditioner is most likely to break down, because this is the time of the year it runs the most and essentially works the hardest.

This is particularly true if you skipped maintenance this year. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your system to ensure proper, efficient functionality. It also allows us to spot small repair needs before they become bigger ones! But this doesn’t mean you can’t spot small repair needs on your own—and when you do, the next best step is to give the pros a call. Read on to learn more about these signs.

AC Tune-Up Time: It’s Never Too Late

two-techs-working-on-ac-outdoor-unitDid you have air conditioning maintenance this past spring? If not, you may think it’s too late. After all, just about any professional HVAC technician will tell you its best to have this service done then (our team included). The reason for this is because it’s before you actually need your system the most.

But, that doesn’t mean it’s ever too late for your AC maintenance. We’d rather have you schedule it “late” than not at all. Your air conditioner and your utility bills will benefit from this. The only time it’s “too late” for AC maintenance is if it’s completely broken down and is beyond repair. But an annual AC tune-up (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) will help prevent those repairs, plus offer the following benefits:

Tips for Preventing AC Repair Needs

hvac-wall-vent-near-floorIf you’ve lived in the Lawrenceville area through even just one summer, then you know your air conditioning system goes through a lot of work, right? Fortunately, these systems are durable and designed to handle the heat—when they are properly cared for, anyway.

If your cooling system isn’t properly taken care of, you can find yourself paying a lot more for your air conditioner to keep you cool than you should have to. You might also find yourself facing repair needs you weren’t expecting. We’d like to help you avoid that! The tips we’ve shared below will help you not only prevent AC repair needs, but will help boost the efficiency of your AC system as well.

Are UV Germicidal Lights Worth It?

uv-lightbulbHomeowners are even more concerned these days about the quality of the air they breathe, and for good reason. But while we are wearing masks and socially distancing in public spaces, are you do everything you can to address the quality of the air inside your own home?

Without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, you could be doing yourself a disservice—in fact in many cases the quality of your indoor air is actually worse than that of outdoors. One indoor air quality product in particular that can help combat this is the UV air purifier, also referred to as UV germicidal lights. Are they worth it for your home?

Are You Using Your AC as Efficiently as Possible?

two-technicians-working-on-air-conditionerThe official start of summer is less than a week away, although if you’re like many homeowners in the area you are likely already using your air conditioner on a consistent basis. After all, air conditioning isn’t only necessary to make our homes comfortable, but to even make them bearable. If your air conditioner isn’t working the way you expect it to, it may be time to call for repairs, and/or schedule maintenance if you haven’t done so yet.

But what if there’s nothing wrong with your air conditioner—you just wish it would work more efficiently? The good news is, there are a number of actions you can take to use your air conditioner as efficiently as possible. Read on to see what they are!

How to Choose the Best Contractor for Your AC Installation

Technician-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitWhen you live in a climate as hot and humid as ours, there’s no exception to the fact that you need an efficient and effective air conditioner to stay comfortable and healthy. Also, you need that system to work flawlessly day in and day out, season after season.

Of course, in order to get this kind of reliability, you need to invest in professional AC services, with an HVAC contractor you can trust—especially for installation! This isn’t a partnership any homeowner should just rush into as it could leave you with an air conditioner that’s not correctly sized for your home, or one that’s installed incorrectly so it can’t possibly work as well as it’s meant to.

But, how exactly do you choose the best contractor for your AC installation?

Can a New Air Conditioner Be Too Big?

top-view-of-outdoor-ac-unitYou likely already understand that there isn’t much point in getting an air conditioner that’s too small,—that is, underpowered—for your home. But did you know that, yes, an air conditioner could actually be too big—or overpowered?

With summer right around the corner, you want to ensure that your air conditioner is fully equipped to handle the heat. For some people, that means scheduling another maintenance appointment for this year. But for other folks, it means investing in a complete air conditioner replacement.

Of course, you may be tempted to buy the biggest, most powerful cooling system you can afford for your needs. But we’re here to tell you that this isn’t necessarily a good idea. When it comes to your air conditioning system, size really does matter, and we’re going to explain why below! Read on to learn more, and when the time comes for you to purchase your new air conditioner, reach out to our team of professionals.

What to Do When Your AC Won’t Cool

vent-low-on-wallThis is something we’ve talked about before on our blog, but it’s worth bringing up again, since it’s a problem we get called about each year.

When it comes to finding out what’s wrong with your struggling air conditioner, you’ll need the assistance of trained professional. We understand how essential it is that your broken down air conditioner be repaired right away!

Ideally, you’ll have already had your maintenance session done this year, but if you’re reading this blog post, you either skipped this service or didn’t take care of recommended repairs. So, what should you do now? Read on to find out!