Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Why Going Ductless Might Be Right for You

Monday, July 26th, 2021

modern-ductless-air-handler-in-white-living-roomSummer seems to be extra warm this year, and we’re probably all looking forward to fall and cooler temperatures. But it’s definitely not time to turn off our air conditioners in favor of that cooler weather just yet, right? That said, how’s your cooling system operating this season?

If it hasn’t been operating at what you feel is its best, you shouldn’t have to settle for this. It could be time to consider an upgrade! And if you’ve been using a traditional central air conditioner all this time, you should know that there are other options out there, such as ductless air conditioning (and heating). Curious to know more and find out if going ductless is right for you? Read on!

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What You Should Know about Refrigerant Leaks

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Is Your Air Conditioner Struggling to Keep Up

There are a lot of air conditioning problems that the average homeowner might chalk up as “minor,” especially if it’s not really impacting their AC performance that much at the moment. A refrigerant leak is one of those problems. Unfortunately, this is more of a problem than people realize, and we’ll touch on why, below.

The thing is, refrigerant is the component in your air conditioner that makes the cooling process possible.

If you have any reason to believe that your air conditioner is experiencing a refrigerant leak, then you should call us for repairs right away. The longer you wait to have this fixed, the bigger risk there is of serious damage happening to the AC system. The component that will be most affected is the compressor, which is the heart of your cooling system.

But, how do you know if you have a refrigerant leak, and is it really that big of a deal? Read on for your answers.

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Why You need to Change Your Air Conditioner’s Filter

Monday, June 28th, 2021

hand-changing-air-filterThere’s a fairly common misconception when it comes to air filters—at least, air filters that come standard with air conditioners and forced-air heaters. Homeowners often assume they’re in place to protect their indoor air quality. In reality, they’re there to protect the interior components of the HVAC system from dirt, dust, and other debris that can get inside and damage the components.

In other words, your air conditioner’s air filter is there to keep the actual air conditioner clean, not to keep the air clean. Read on to learn more!  (more…)

Tips to Boost AC Efficiency and Lower Your Energy Bills

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

money-symbols-coming-out-of-white-chimneyThe official start of summer is not very far off. And even though it doesn’t get as stifling hot here as it does in other parts of the country, we do have some intense weeks of warmth to contend with. This means you want to be able to rely on your air conditioner to get you through the season as comfortably, and affordably, as possible. This means ensuring that your system is as efficient as it can be.

This starts with maintenance! Professional air conditioning maintenance, conducted once a year, enables our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it. This all helps to extend your system’s lifespan and help it perform better—that is, more efficiently. We know you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on your cooling needs this year.

So give us a call to schedule your spring maintenance appointment with us, and in the meantime read on for some further tips to boost your AC efficiency and lower your energy bills as a result. (more…)

Check Out These Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

Monday, May 17th, 2021

hand-turning-on-remote-air-handlerIf you’ve lived in the Olympia area for even just a year, then you know that it stays pretty consistently cold in our area. Summers tend to be brief, and air conditioning systems don’t get a lot of airtime (pun intended). But when you need your air conditioner, you need one that functions well and isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg to run, right?

This is the reason that many homeowners in our area choose to go ductless for their air conditioning needs. If you’re looking to upgrade your air conditioner this summer, and/or you discovered over winter that you need a new heating system, then a ductless mini-split can be a great option for you. This is because they’re not just air conditioners, they make great heating systems too! (more…)

Is Your AC Struggling to Start Up?

Monday, September 21st, 2020

two-techs-working-on-outside-ac-unitIn order to work as they should, residential air conditioners require a number of complex components, including wires, switches, capacitors, and more. When something goes wrong, it means that one of these components is experiencing a problem, and it requires a professional to inspect and figure it out in order to safely make repairs.

One of the problems we get called about is an air conditioner that sounds like it is struggling to start up or is “hard-starting,” meaning you might hear a hum or a buzz and then a loud bang as the compressor does finally cycle on. So what’s going on here? Read on to find out!

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Is a Refrigerant Leak That Big of a Deal?

Monday, September 7th, 2020

refrigerant-line-leading-into-ac-unitThe short answer to this is, “yes!”

Look, there are a lot of problems you can run into with your air conditioner over the years. Some are more minor than others. A worn motor bearing, for example, is something to be expected to wear and tear impacts your cooling system. While you don’t want to wait too long before having it replaced, as it can create a domino effect and damage your system, it falls on the list of “minor” issues when it comes to your AC.

But then there are other problems that you don’t want to just label as “minor.” A refrigerant leak is one of them!

If you believe that you do have a refrigerant leak in your cooling system, then you need to give the professionals a call as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the bigger risk there is of serious AC damage. The component that will get the brunt of this damage is the compressor—you know, the heart of your entire air conditioner. But how do you know if you actually have a refrigerant leak? Read on to find out!

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3 Reasons to Hire a Pro for Your AC Installation

Monday, August 24th, 2020

top-view-of-outdoor-ac-unitWhat you’re about to read below are the 3 steps it takes to complete a successful air conditioner installation. Now, we aren’t sharing these steps to encourage you to install your own air conditioner. In fact, we’d specifically advise against that. After all, residential cooling systems are complex pieces of machinery that require a trained and experienced technician to manage.

The reason we share these steps, is because we know how urgent an air conditioner purchase can be this time of year, and we want you to see why it’s so important to hire a professional for the job rather than trying to manage it on your own. Rushing into a purchase like this leaves homeowners with an uncomfortable home and high energy bills. Read on as we uncover the top 3 reasons (a.k.a the steps we go through) to hire a professional for your AC installation.

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Is Your Home Ready for an AC Upgrade?

Monday, July 27th, 2020

old-air-conditioner-falling-apartIf your air conditioner looks anything like the image we’ve shared in this blog post, then yes, we can say with certainty that your home is ready for an air conditioner upgrade! Of course, you’re probably not in this bad of shape. To be honest, sometimes the signs that your home is ready for an AC replacement aren’t visual at all–so you may think you have years left of efficient use, or at least this summer.

But the thing is, too many homeowners overlook the signs of disrepair in their air conditioner. They live in denial that it may be time to upgrade because let’s face it–air conditioners aren’t exactly cheap! But the truth is, you’re wasting more money month-to-month if you’re using an inefficient and failing air conditioner.

So, if the signs that your AC is ready to retire isn’t visually obvious, how can you tell? Read on to find out.  (more…)

“Bang! Clang! Hissss” Sounds You Should Never Hear from Your AC

Monday, June 29th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsIt’s never a good sign to hear alarming sounds coming from your air conditioner. Sure, there’s no such thing as a silent air conditioner, but you know the sounds yours makes from day to day. You hear the fans whirring, the compressor starting up and shutting down, your outside unit running, and maybe even your ductwork fluctuating with the temperature and airflow.

What you shouldn’t hear is banging or clanging, hissing, grinding, or short-cycling. Wondering what all these sounds mean? That’s what we’re here for! Read on as we uncover why these sounds are so detrimental to your air conditioner’s functionality. (more…)