Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

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…)

“What Do I Do if My AC Compressor Fails?”

Monday, June 15th, 2020

compressor-inside-ac-outdoor-unitIf you’ve been following our blog for very long, you may have seen us refer to your thermostat as the “brain” of your HVAC systems. Well, if the thermostat is the brain, the compressor is the heart of your air conditioner! It’s what allows for the movement of refrigerant throughout the rest of the air conditioner to transfer heat from inside your home to the outdoors. When this compressor fails, the air conditioner fails. Sure, the fans might still run, but no cooled air will come in through the vents.

Since the compressor is such an essential component to your cooling system, and an expensive one to replace, you as a homeowner may be left with the decision about what to do next. Sometimes replacing the compressor is the right call, while other times replacing the whole entire system is more economically feasible. Read on as we help you explore your options. (more…)

AC Efficiency Boosting Tips for Optimal Comfort

Monday, June 1st, 2020

vent-on-white-wallThat said, one of the most common questions we get from homeowners about air conditioner is how to use their most efficiently in order to lower their cooling costs. Considering that being warm inside our homes is uncomfortable, it’s only natural that you may wonder this as well.

The good news is, there are a number of AC services to help, including professional routine maintenance to help prevent repair needs and lengthen system lifespan. There are also HVAC and indoor air quality products than can help boost efficiency too. But you don’t necessarily have to invest in or buy anything to boost your AC efficiency! Read on as we explain. (more…)

What Type of AC System Is Right for Your Home?

Monday, May 18th, 2020

technicians-working-on-air-conditioner-outside-unitThere are a lot of words getting thrown around today when it comes to air conditioners. With so many types on the market, it can be overwhelming to have to choose one. Which one will give you the most bang for your buck?

We can’t answer what is the best system for your specific home and needs without seeing your home first, but we can offer some guidance, at least. Each type of central air conditioner installation has its own unique advantages, and we’re happy to go over those with you so you can make an educated decision about what’s best for your living space.

Read on as we uncover what the differences are between each system. (more…)

Is AC Maintenance Really Necessary?

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

outdoor-ac-unitWe understand—when it gets as cold as it does here, and never really warms up to the point we need our air conditioners to run for weeks on end, it’s easy to forget about these cooling systems and the service they need. Still though, however briefly you’ll need your air conditioner for, it’s wise to keep up on your annual maintenance appointments, so when you do need it, you can ensure it works as efficiently as possible.

Just like a tune-up for your care, an AC maintenance tune-up is vital to the overall performance of your air conditioner in addition to repair prevention. (more…)

Don’t Ignore These Late-Seasons Signs You Need AC Repair

Monday, September 9th, 2019

air-conditioner-with-tools-on-topYour central air conditioner is one of the most important features there is when it comes to home comfort. In fact, it’s probably one of the biggest investments you’ve made in your home. It’s also one of the most specialized systems in your home—meaning only a trained and licensed professional should be the one to conduct repairs or any sort of service on the system—services like maintenance, for example.

Just like with your vehicle or many other heavy pieces of equipment, your air conditioner needs routine maintenance to keep working as it should, and it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to address problems when they are small than it is to deal with an emergency later on because that small problem had a domino effect on the rest of your system.

But, if you had maintenance done months ago, or if you skipped it this year (it’s not too late to schedule it!) how know you need AC repair? And should you tackle those repairs right away or can they wait until next fall? For the later question—you should never delay repairs as it can turn into a premature system replacement if you’re not careful. As for how you know you need repairs, read on! (more…)

The Best Ways to Boost Cooling Efficiency

Monday, August 26th, 2019

top-view-of-air-conditioning-unitFall is just around the corner, which means soon enough we’ll be able to turn off our air conditioners for another season. In the meantime though, wouldn’t it be nice if you could reduce your cooling bills? Fortunately, there is a way! Several ways, in fact. And they cost little to nothing.

The bottom line is if your air conditioner is energy efficient, you don’t have to worry about costly energy bills. Fortunately for you, there are many things you can do on your own, in your own home that will help boost AC efficiency. Keep reading for some of our tips on the best ways to boost your cooling efficiency! (more…)

Can Your Air Conditioner Be Making You Sick?

Monday, August 12th, 2019

vent-on-wall-near-floorDid you know your air conditioner could be introducing particles and contaminants into your home through your ductwork?

“Wait,” you may be wondering, “isn’t that what the air filter is for—to prevent that from happening?”

Well… not quite. A clean air filter is absolutely essential to your air conditioner, but not for the reason you may think—more on that below. The fact of the matter is, without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, your indoor air quality can be worse than that of outdoors. As a matter of fact, this is true for many homes throughout Tacoma and the surrounding air. So, does this mean your air conditioner can essentially make you sick? (more…)

How to Tell If Your AC Is about to Call It Quits

Monday, July 29th, 2019

very-old-air-conditioning-unitWouldn’t it be great if our appliances and home comfort systems lasted forever? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case, no matter how well it is built or cared for. Your household air conditioner is no exception—it has a limited lifespan, and when it nears the end of that lifespan, it’s a good idea to have the system replaced before it suffers from an absolutely breakdown.

Given the time of year it is, you don’t want to wait until it actually breaks down to look into replacement options or consider if your system is about to call it quits. We want to help you determine when your air conditioner is on its final leg!

This way, you can arrange for replacement at a time that is convenient for you, rather than experiencing an emergency situation and needing to rush into your AC installation decision. So, how exactly can you tell if your air conditioner is about to call it quits? (more…)