September Is Great for HVAC Maintenance—Even If It’s Hot!

September 17th, 2018

calendar-scheduling-bookIt’s a warm, sometimes hot September we’re experiencing this year. It may seem odd to bring up the topic of home heating—not to mention a bit uncomfortable even to think about—but hot weather shouldn’t dissuade you from scheduling an important home heating service: regular professional maintenance.

In fact, warm weather is an ideal time to have this work done, because you won’t need to have the heating system running! You can relax while the HVAC pros take care of inspecting and tuning-up your home heater.

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Why Go Solar With Your AC? Here Are Some Great Reasons!

September 3rd, 2018

solar-panel-on-roof-of-homeAlthough we’re approaching the end of the summer, the coming fall is a good time to think about the future of your air conditioning in Benton, LA. When the weather cools and you won’t need to worry about using the AC for comfort each day, you can make plans for upgrading or even replacing it. If this summer seemed like it might be the last for your current air conditioner, or if you’re looking for a system that drains less power and eases the pressure on your monthly budget, then this fall is a good time to go shopping for a new cooling installation.

We encourage you to consider a solar-powered air conditioning system.

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August Can Be Cruel for an AC! Watch for These Problems

August 20th, 2018

dog-sleeping-on-floorThe dog days of summer are here. Although this saying is based on Greek and Roman constellations—when the star pattern Sirius the Dog is on the horizon—most of us think of it as a time when dogs are panting on porches next to people trying to fan themselves off. Of course, if you have a working air conditioning system in your home, you won’t need to be fanning yourself on the porch, and your dog will probably not need to pant so much.

But August’s dog days can sometimes put air conditioners out of commission. Most ACs run steadily from June onward, so all the accumulated work stress can lead to an air conditioner that’s at a much higher risk of malfunctioning in August. Below are some air conditioning problems to watch for during this late summer period of high heat and humidity. You can call us for the professional air conditioning service in Haughton, LA, that will get your AC back on track.

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Should I Just Replace a Noisy Air Conditioner?

August 6th, 2018

woman-surprised-by-loud-noiseRattle and whir—an air conditioning system can really turn into a major piece of noise pollution, can’t it? If you dread having to turn on your AC because it sends a racket through your home and disturbs the summer peace, you may have to make a decision about replacing it.

Yes, sometimes you should replace an air conditioner that’s making a lot of noise. But a noisy operation isn’t an automatic reason to scrap an AC. Let’s go a bit deeper into the Case of the Loud Cooling System.

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Why Your AC Is Leaking Water

July 23rd, 2018

water-lineHave you ever stopped to listen to your home’s air conditioning system as it runs? We recommend doing this occasionally, since it can sometimes identify when there’s a malfunction in it (you don’t want to hear grinding or hissing noises, for example). One sound you’ll occasionally hear that isn’t an indication of a problem is dripping water. Your air conditioner doesn’t use water to cool down the air—only special evaporative coolers do that—but water is a byproduct of how it works.

And where there’s water, there can be water leaks. You might see water dripping from your air conditioner at some point. It usually means the air conditioner must be repaired. We’ll explain why.

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Duct Cleaning Is Good for Your AC (And Your Heater!)

July 9th, 2018

duct-cleaning-before-after“What, another thing I need to get cleaned regularly?” We know that keeping track of various maintenance tasks for a house can feel daunting, but duct cleaning is actually one that’s easy to have scheduled and completed. You don’t need it done every year, but it’s worth arranging for every 3 to 5 years. So if you’ve never had air duct cleaning done for your home before, you’re probably overdue for it.

Ah, but we haven’t got to the “why” part of duct cleaning. Why do you need to have this job done at all? There are many reasons, but since we’re settled into the heat of summer now, we’re going to look at how clean air ducts is good for your air conditioning system. (And we’ll throw in a mention of the heater as well in the parentheses, in case you reading this in the winter.)

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My AC Is Running All the Time—What’s Wrong?

June 25th, 2018

air-conditioning-compressorWe may joke about how during our hot and humid Louisiana summers the air conditioners have to be running nonstop. Of course, there are cooler spells and evenings when ACs power down, and no air conditioner needs to power the compressor constantly to meet a home’s cooling demands. (At least, not if it was correctly sized for the space when it was installed.)

If you do notice that your air conditioner’s compressor is running constantly rather than cycling down as it’s supposed to, you may have a malfunctioning cooling system. Below we’re going to look at some of the reasons you’ve got a runaway air conditioner.

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Why Your AC May Overheat and Stop Working

June 11th, 2018

compressor-in-ac-unitYour air conditioning system works hard on hot days—that’s what it’s there for, after all! But even an air conditioning system can get too hot, causing its motors to trip the circuit breaker to the system. You can reset the breaker, but it’s likely to happen again and again and again. Not an inconvenience you want during the summer!

An air conditioner is designed to handle extremely hot days, but malfunctions can cause it to overheat and trip a breaker. We’re going to list the most common malfunctions that create this problem and what you can do to help prevent them.

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Do I Need a Dehumidifier When I Have an AC?

May 28th, 2018

flushed-man-before-fanIf you’ve lived through a summer here in Louisiana, you understand that humidity is a serious problem for comfort. Even mild warm days can feel like a blistering 90°F when the relative humidity level is high enough. The reason for this is that the higher moisture levels in the air trap heat inside the body, making it harder for it to release the excess heat through perspiring. Humidity causes other troubles as well: encouraging mold and mildew growth and causing water damage to surfaces.

But you have an air conditioner in your home, so that should take care of the humidity problem, right?

Well, not really. You may have heard that air conditioners are natural dehumidifiers, but there’s more to it than that.

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What Is Refrigerant—Really?

May 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-condensers-on-risersIf you looked up the word refrigerant in a dictionary, you’d probably come across a definition like this:

re·frig·er·ant: noun 1. A substance used for refrigeration.

Not terribly informative or helpful, is it? If you’re curious about what the refrigerant in your home’s air conditioning system is, how it actually provides cooling, and why it’s so important, we’re here to give the dictionary a bit of help.

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