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Heed These Common End-of-Season AC Needs

Monday, September 9th, 2019

outdoor-ac-unitsThe official end of summer is near, and while you may be ready to welcome cooler temperatures outside soon as well as the chance to stop using your air conditioner as often, this is no time to forget about your air conditioner, or its repair needs.

Hopefully, you had maintenance done at the beginning of the season and didn’t experience any major cooling system catastrophes over the summer. If you didn’t schedule maintenance this year, not to worry, it’s not too late! It’s only too late if you have an aging system that’s completely broken down and has no hope for repairs.

That said, whether you had professional maintenance done or not, there are some needs that can crop up at the end of the season that require your attention. They include the following:

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No, Your Cooling System Shouldn’t Make THAT Noise

Monday, August 26th, 2019

woman-covering-her-earsHave you ever heard someone say that it’s okay for an air conditioner to operate louder on a muggy day, because it’s “working harder?” Unfortunately, even if it was an HVAC technician that told you this, it’s just not true. Nor does a grinding noise mean that your system is just “warming up.”

Take our word for it, these silly claims are not right.

Air conditioners are built to operate as quietly as possible. In fact, the only sounds you should hear coming from a functional air conditioner is the sound of the air “wooshing” through your vents, and the hum of the compressor outside. True, these not be “quiet” sounds to you, but in relation to the noises that we’re about to describe below, they’re pretty minor.

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Can Better Indoor Air Quality Help Your AC?

Monday, August 12th, 2019

hvac-vent-on-wallThe short answer to this is “yes.” But don’t worry, we’ll elaborate below.

There are many factors that contribute to good indoor air quality. Yes, the temperature of your home is one aspect, but when we talk about indoor air quality, we’re talking about the presence (or absence) of contaminants, allergens, and pollutants, as well as how stale your air may be, and the relative humidity levels in your home. Today we’re going to talk about that last point.

Humidity is the excess moisture that tags along with high summer temperatures. This moisture makes us uncomfortable, for starters. The only way to lower that humidity is to lower the temperature. So, you turn on your AC system and set it to the lowest possible temperature, making it work harder and harder as summer progresses.

Is this really the right way to handle it though? If you worked to improve your indoor air quality by getting a system that handled humidity the right way, could you help your air conditioner out? Yes! Keep reading to learn more.

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Is It Ever Too Late for AC Maintenance?

Monday, July 29th, 2019

tech-working-on-ac-systemThe short answer to this is “no.” It’s important that you have maintenance done for your air conditioner every year (or every 6 months, in the case of a heat pump) but frequency and consistency are more important than what time of the year you have it done.

The next most common question we get about maintenance is “Is it really worth it? What does this service actually do for my air conditioner, anyway?”

We totally understand the inquiry. So, we want to share what actually happens during a maintenance tune-up. This way you can feel informed and confident that your investment in maintenance is a good one.

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How to Choose the Best HVAC Company for the Job

Monday, July 15th, 2019

contractors-standing-side-by-sideIt’s that time of year again—there are two seasons where HVAC professionals are the busiest. Winter, and summertime.

With summer here now, it’s the most common time we’ll get called for urgent repair sand services—perhaps even a “quick” replacement (spoiler alert: no air conditioner replacement should ever be rushed).

As the temperatures start soaring upward, it is inevitable that homeowners will run into cooling system problems, especially if their systems are aging or have not been maintained properly. As such, we understand the urgency when something goes awry with your cooling system. You want help and you want it fast! So, you choose the most immediately available HVAC company and give them a call.

What if we told you that was the wrong approach?

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Poor Installation Can Lead to These Ductless Problems

Monday, July 1st, 2019

ductless-unit-with-remote-controlDuctless systems have been increasingly growing in popularity, and for good reason. Rather than operating through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless units break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute air through handlers that operate independently of each other—meaning the temperature settings can be different for each air handler.

This makes ductless systems operate much more efficiently than a standard central air conditioner, which is forced to cool your entire home, even if you don’t need conditioned air in your entire home at the time. There are a number of benefits to the installation of these systems—but there can also be drawbacks if you don’t have yours professionally installed.

We’ve covered some unique ductless repair needs below. These can happen even with proper installation, but they’re a lot more likely if the install is done by an inexperienced amateur.

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Funny Cooling System Noises to Never Ignore

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

air-conditioning-unit-with-toolsDid you know that summertime is the most likely season for your AC system to call it quits, or at least experience problems? It makes sense when you think about it—it’s getting much heavier use than it does in spring or fall. And all mechanical systems experience wear and tear.

The good news is, you can typically avoid surprise repairs or sudden AC breakdowns, with routine professional maintenance. This gives our technicians an opportunity to uncover any signs of malfunction or repair needs. It also gives us the chance to comprehensively clean out the system to ensure it’s functioning as it should.

Even if you are diligent about maintenance, however, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the sounds you should, and should not, be hearing come from your air conditioning system. The following noises, in fact? They indicate something is very wrong inside your cooling system.

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What to Do with an AC System That Won’t Cool

Monday, May 6th, 2019

What to Do with an AC System That Won't CoolFirst, we’ll start with what not to do. Please do not look up an online tutorial on how to fix your air conditioner and attempt repairs on your own. The problem is, an air conditioner that won’t cool may be acting this way for a number of different reasons, and only a trained and experienced professional can accurately diagnose what the problem is (though, we will get into possible causes below).

A lack of cooling coming from your AC is obviously an urgent problem though, particularly as we progress closer to summer. So what should you do if you notice this problem? Give our pros a call! In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about what causes this problem.

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What to Know About Damaged Ducts

Monday, April 8th, 2019

ductwork-being-repairedWhen you live somewhere like Lawrenceville, there’s a good chance that you already think about your air conditioner quite a bit. You’d understandably like to expect that it works efficiently and effectively throughout its lifespan. But what many homeowners don’t think about when it comes to their HVAC system is the “V” part of the equation—the ventilation that connects your cooling system to the outside, making the distribution of cooled air possible.

This ventilation system, known as your ductwork, is usually out of sight—hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or in your attic or crawlspace. Unfortunately, if your ductwork was installed by an inexperienced ‘professional,’ then there is a good chance that it has accumulated damage over the years. And if your air ducts are negatively impacted by anything like air leaks or poor connections, you could be experiencing problems that lead to poor HVAC efficiency and possible even AC repair needs.

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I Need a New AC: Is Bigger Better?

Monday, March 25th, 2019

top-view-of-outdoor-ac-unitThe short answer is “no.” Sometimes bigger can be better, but in the case of installing a new air conditioner, this isn’t always the case.

There’s a term in the HVAC industry that’s used to describe the cooling capacity of an air conditioner, which is what we look at when determining what size system should be installed in a home. This term is called tonnage.

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