Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

“What Does It Mean for My AC to ‘Hard Start’?”

Monday, September 20th, 2021

technician-hands-working-on-ac-outdoor-unitHave you ever experienced your car struggling to start on a cold day? Maybe the engine grinds for a few minutes, or takes a few times before it turns over. This is just one example of “hard starting.” It can actually happen to any type of equipment that uses a motor, whether it’s powered be petroleum, electricity, or natural gas.

Hard starting is an issue that you may even encounter with your cooling system. Although a hard-starting air conditioner can continue to operate and provide cool air into your home, it’s not good for the system, draining excess power and exacerbating wear and tear. Eventually, it could even lead to the premature demise of your air conditioner. Since we may still need our air conditioners for a few more weeks or so, this is definitely an issue you want to be addressed by a professional. Read on to learn more about this issue!

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As It Nears the End of Summer, Heed These AC Repair Needs

Monday, September 6th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-outside-ac-unitIn just a few short weeks, summer will officially end. That’s just what the calendar says, anyway. Given how warm our summer was this year, it’s safe to assume that we may be in for some heat waves still in the coming weeks or even months. That said, it’s vital that you make sure your air conditioner can handle whatever comes its way.

This means you should never ignore any AC repair needs for your system, no matter what time of the year it is. Having problems addressed right away with a call to your trusted HVAC contractor is a sure way to see that the problem doesn’t worsen and that your air conditioner will enjoy a long service life. The last thing you need is to deal with a busted air conditioner when you go to turn it on next spring, anyway!

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Why You Should Hire a Pro for Your AC Installation

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

male-and-female-technicians-standing-over-outside-ac-unitWith your alternatives being either hiring an amateur or installing an air conditioner on your own, we’re here to encourage you to trust the pros for such a job–and for good reason! We understand why it’s tempting to go a cheaper route, but you know the saying “you get what you pay for”? It applies here!

Unless you have a window air conditioner or some other portable type of air conditioner like a small evaporative cooler, we really advise you to give our number a call for your air conditioner installation. Why? Because there are specific steps we take to successfully install your air conditioning system, and if any of the steps are skipped, or done too hastily, it can lead to problems such as a refrigerant leak, inefficient system operation, or even a premature air conditioner breakdown. Ultimately, air conditioning systems are very complex, and require a trained and experienced professional to manage services properly.

Of course, if you’re in the market for a cooling system right now, when temperatures are still soaring for summer, we understand the sense of urgency. However, rushing into a large investment like this could very well leave you sacrificing both comfort and efficiency. Read on as we uncover a few of the main reasons you should only trust a trained professional for this job.

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Don’t Believe These Common Air Conditioning Myths!

Monday, August 9th, 2021

woman-looking-curious-on-purple-backgroundWhat’s the harm in believing in a myth or a misconception? The only person it fools is the one believing it, right?

Well, if you have a family or even just one other occupant in your home, then believing in certain air conditioning myths can lead to not only discomfort, but a malfunctioning air conditioner that can fail on you years before its time. So what can you do about it? You can start by reading this blog post, learning what those myths are, and addressing your air conditioner when it needs attention. Read on!

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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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