Don’t Ignore These Sounds Coming From Your AC

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We’re sure most homeowners can’t really say they’re looking forward to summer temperatures, but what we can all collectively agree on is that we need powerful and efficient air conditioners to get us through the coming warm weather. If your air conditioner isn’t operating quite like it should, now is the time to address it.

This means that if your air conditioner is running, but has some troubling systems–such as strange and unfamiliar noises coming from the system–then it’s time to give us a call.

We’re talking about any noises that are outside of the normal operational sounds you hear it make from day to day. This can include shrieking or screeching, a grinding sound, and even hissing. Read on to learn what these noises might mean, and if any of these describe the sounds you’re listening to, give us a call right away.

What Actually Happens During a Professional AC Tune-Up?

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If you’ve followed our blog at all, then you know we talk about maintenance a lot. This is because it’s a very important service! It allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, within your air conditioner. This allows the system to work as efficiently as possible, for as long as possible.

In fact, and air conditioner that’s properly maintained each year (or biannually, in the case of a heat pump system) can be expected to have a useful service life of 10-15 years, while a system that goes without maintenance may last half of that.

But what actually happens during maintenance? We want you to trust that this is best for your system, so read on as we uncover some of the steps we take to highlight the importance of routine tune-ups. Also, ask about our Worry-Free Advantage Program! This is a monthly membership we provide that includes a number of benefits, including thorough maintenance.

Read on to learn more about what a maintenance tune-up entails, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have about our program or any services we offer.

“Help! My Air Conditioner Isn’t Conditioning My Air”

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Summer isn’t here quite yet, but soon enough, we will be giving our air conditioners quite the workout as they work to keep our homes comfortable and healthy.

But what if yours isn’t cooling as it should, or doesn’t seem to be cooling at all?

This is an understandably frustrating issue—when an air conditioner is failing to do the very job it’s designed for. There can be a variety of different reasons for this to happen, and some are potentially more serious than others when it comes to AC functionality. Read on to learn why your cooling system might be struggling, and what can be done about it.

“What Does It Mean if My AC is Screeching?”

woman-covering-earsThe last thing you want to do as a homeowner is to pay more for your utility bills than you need to, right? Well, if you aren’t keeping up on your air conditioning maintenance each year, this is exactly what can happen! Maintenance reduces repair needs by as much as 85% throughout the lifespan of the system, and also helps the unit work more efficiently, and last longer.

That said, even with maintenance, an aging air conditioner (10-15 years old) or even a newer AC with a defect or damage of some kind, may need a repair, and it’s important that you know the signs! One of these signs is strange noises–and the one that usually alarms people the most is screeching. So what does it mean if your air conditioner is doing this?

We’ll answer the question in more detail below, but it essentially means that your cooling system’s motor needs attention from an HVAC professional. Read on as we dive into what screeching means for your AC, and explain what other sounds could mean for the system.

What Actually Happens During Air Conditioning Maintenance?

technician-servicing-outdoor-ac-unitA question that often comes up among homeowners looking to save money is, “can’t I just handle air conditioning maintenance on my own?”

The truth is, you could probably find a video online of how to DIY inspect your air conditioner. But the real question is, do you really want to? If something gets missed, you could end up with an unexpected and expensive repair need, or maybe even a sudden AC breakdown when you need your system the most.

Not to mention, professional air conditioning maintenance helps keep your manufacturer’s warranty current. This means that if you have a defect that causes an AC problem, the manufacturer will be held accountable for it, instead of it coming out of your pocket. If you try to repair or maintain your AC on your own, however, it voids the warranty.

Okay, so, aside from warranty protection, what’s so great about professional AC maintenance? Read on to learn what actually goes on during these sessions, and to get the answer to that very question.

Benefits of a Quality AC Maintenance Plan

checklist-with-red-markerIf you’ve ever read our blog, you might have seen us mention the importance of scheduling HVAC maintenance—we recommend this service in the spring for your air conditioner, and in the fall for your heating system, because these are right before you will need those systems the most.

However, more important than timing here is consistency. A traditional central air conditioner or central furnace should have professional maintenance done once a year, while a year-round heat pump system should be serviced every 6 months since it does double the work.

Since we’re almost done with the heating season and heading into the cooling season soon, we thought we’d talk about the benefits of a quality AC maintenance plan or agreement. Read on to learn more!

Signs That Your Heat Pump Is Struggling

hand-writing-checklist-on-notepadWhen you live in a climate such as ours, it’s great to know that you can enjoy the efficient and powerful heating and cooling that comes from a heat pump system. Even at the peak of summer or middle of winter, you know your heat pump will work flawlessly… until it doesn’t.

Whether you noticed your heat pump is running, but the temperature isn’t changing, or there seems to be low airflow, or maybe even really weird noises are coming from the heat pump even though nothing seems immediately wrong, it’s probably time to call in a professional.

These are signs that something is amiss with your heat pump, and knowing the signs and following up with a call to us right away for heat pump repairs can get you back to enjoying efficient and effective heat pump operation ASAP. Read on as we dive into the signs that your heat pump is in disrepair.

“Help! My Furnace Burners Aren’t Lighting”

furnace-jetsIsn’t it great to know that whenever you need warmth and comfort in your home during the winter, all you need to do is adjust the thermostat and your furnace just switches on and starts sending heated air through the ductwork into the various rooms of your home?

Except, what about when this doesn’t happen as it should? Nobody can guarantee that a furnace will work without malfunctions throughout its entire service life—after all there is natural wear and tear to consider. Of course, routine professional maintenance will definitely reduce the risk of sudden repair needs. In fact, maintenance can help prevent up to 85% of the repairs your furnace may ever need!

But maintenance or not, a furnace can surprise you every now and then—and burners that won’t turn on is certainly an unpleasant surprise. So what’s going on when this occurs? Read on to find out!

Does a Dirty Air Filter Really Hurt My Furnace?

dirty-air-filterIf you’re utilizing a furnace for your home comfort in the winter, then you know just how nice it can be when the system kicks on and provides you with all the heat you and your family need. But if something goes amiss with your heater, it can be panic-inducing. Sure, we don’t have to worry about temperatures that get too arctic in our climate, but compared to our summers, our winters get pretty darn cold!

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid too big of a furnace problem. We don’t expect you to understand fully how a heater works, and we don’t even recommend making repairs on your own, but there is one little thing you can and should be doing to keep furnace performance at its best–and that’s changing out the air filter every 1-3 months.

Homeowners often minimize, or just don’t know, how important it is to change their furnace air filters on a regular basis, thinking they really only need to be swapped out each year during furnace maintenance. But failure to change out this filter can have some pretty negative consequences.

What Happens During Professional Heating Maintenance?

animated-checklistLiving in Georgia, we’re known a lot more for our hot and humid summers than we are for our chilly winters, but that doesn’t mean the colder months don’t pack quite the punch! That said, it stands to reason that you really want your heater to work as effectively and efficiently as possible while keeping your family comfortable. This means that you’ll want to schedule routine professional heating maintenance each year. We typically recommend this service in the fall, before the cooler temps arise, but this is definitely a case of “better late than never,” even if you’re reading it right smack in the middle of winter.

There are some very basic heating maintenance tasks you can do on your own, and that you should do on your own. This includes replacing the furnace or heat pump air filter every 1-3 months, in addition to ensuring that the space around your heater’s outdoor unit is clean and clear of debris and clutter.

This is just the beginning, though. A much more thorough maintenance session is required if you expect your heating system to continue to operate as powerfully and efficiently as it is meant to. Read on to learn more!