Winding Down Your Central AC: 3 Tips to Remember

Monday, October 14th, 2019

We hate to break the news, but it’s only going to get colder this year! We know, air conditioners are still going to be useful for the last few hot days this year in Shreveport, but that heat won’t last forever! So, if you’re getting tired of using your air conditioning in Shreveport, LA and you’d rather get your heater ready for the cold days that will inevitably be here, then this blog post is for you!

You’re probably thinking to yourself, What, you don’t just leave your AC system outside for the winter?”

The answer to that question is a resounding no! There are plenty of things that a responsible homeowner can do to make sure an air conditioner is safely stored until next summer. From a quick inspection to cleaning around the unit, we’ve got a whole checklist that can keep you from panicking when the summer approaches next year.

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No, These AC Noises Are Not Normal

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Grinding, buzzing, screeching, no these noises are not normal and you should stop thinking they are! There’s nothing more frustrating, from our point of view, than a homeowner who has gone years listening to their air conditioner grinding loudly while they believed it was ordinary. We’re writing this blog post with the hope that you’re one of the more vigilant of homeowners since we just hate seeing a perfectly good AC unit slowly breakdown due to neglect and ignorance.

Though, we definitely understand the other side of the equation. How is anyone supposed to know that a grinding air conditioner isn’t normal? There isn’t a class in high school that teaches you about AC noises, so where are you supposed to be introduced to that information? Well, before you call for air conditioning repair in Shreveport, perhaps reading a couple of our blogs can give you some background into your air conditioner.

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Good Questions to Ask About an AC Installation

Monday, September 16th, 2019

It can be easy to freeze up when a service professional finally comes to your home to install an air conditioner. We all know that feeling when all the questions you had previously thought up are gone and you just say that it “looks good.” Then the frustration kicks in when there’s a problem later on and you remember that it has to do exactly with the question you forgot to ask!

So, here’s a list of some really good questions to ask a technician when they come to provide installation services. No need to scratch your head and memorize them, you can write them down or just bring up this blog post when they get here. Any good technician providing air conditioning installation in Shreveport, LA would know the answers to these questions, and would probably be grateful for you asking them.

No need to thank us, just read on for a great set of questions.

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What a Technician Looks for During an AC Inspection

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

If you’re on the prowl for a new HVAC technician to inspect your AC, it might be beneficial to know exactly what the technician does! Specialists who work on air conditioners usually use a narrowed-down checklist that can help them identify if there are any problems with the function of your AC. While we might not be able to give you that exact checklist, we can tell you about a few items that are usually on those lists, which end up being some of the more common problems for AC systems.

AC inspections are paramount to the health and lifespan of your air conditioner. We’re not saying that you should perform your own AC inspections after reading this blog post, but maybe this information could help you be more aware of what technicians are looking for when they open up your machine. Regardless of whether or not you think there’s a problem with your AC, it’s never a bad idea to schedule HVAC maintenance in Shreveport, LA with one of our technicians.

So let’s get into it. What does a technician look for when they perform an AC inspection?

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Ways to Tell You Need Commercial Refrigeration Repairs

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Commercial refrigeration maintenance is vital because it’s not just you who faces the consequences of a broken-down refrigerator, but your business and your customers. We’re not just talking about luxury beverage or wine coolers, but also any restaurant equipment in Shreveport, LA that is necessary to keep food and supplies at a safe temperature. Unfortunately, this isn’t like a broken air conditioner or a faulty heating system- a poorly maintained refrigeration unit could rot all of your food and send thousands of dollars of poultry, seafood, produce, or dairy into the garbage if you’re not careful. Also, if any customer opens a beverage fridge and pulls out a warm drink- you can bet they’d put it back.

Let’s not beat around the bush. Not only can a faulty refrigeration unit cost you a ton of money in rotten food and lost business, but it could prove a serious health concern for customers and staff. Food and some beverages need to be kept at a specific temperature range to inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Not convinced yet? You will be!

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Does Air Conditioning Cause Headaches?

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

i-have-a-headache-this-bigAir conditioning systems don’t have a long history in homes. Not as long as electricity and indoor plumbing, for example. Central air conditioning installations only became common in the 1970s. Since ACs started spreading, homeowners have wondered if these cooling devices might cause indoor health complications.

For the most part, they don’t. Air conditioning systems pose no major health concerns to a household unless a major refrigerant leak sends chemical refrigerant into the living spaces—a rare occurrence. But the way ACs operate can have a negative effect on some individuals, such as headaches.

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Mold and Your AC—Not a Good Combo!

Monday, July 8th, 2019

moldWe don’t really have a nice, dry heat here in Lousiana. Our summer season isn’t just hot. It’s sticky and it’s muggy. That level of humidity can cause some problems on top of discomfort. Remember, your air conditioner has a dehumidifying effect in your home. As refrigerant evaporates to cool the air in your house, it draws moisture out of the air. That moisture collects on the coil before dripping off into the condensate drain.

You probably know that damp conditions can lead to the growth of biological pollutants like bacteria and mold. That latter one is a real concern when it comes to your air conditioning system. Avoid this highly undesirable combination with these tips from the Shreveport, LA, HVAC professionals on our team. Should mold start in your AC, remember, that system can potentially spread the spores throughout your entire home. That is definitely not a situation that you want to allow for.

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Evaluating Your Heating Costs to Plan for Next Winter

Monday, April 1st, 2019

plannerWhen the cold weather winds down as spring advances, you’ll want to put the winter far behind you and consider your summer plans. The air conditioner in your house will soon switch to regular operation, so this is the ideal time to schedule its annual maintenance appointment.

There are still good reasons to give some thought to your home heating system during the spring, however, and maybe even arrange for heater service in Shreveport, LA from our experts. Spring is a time when you won’t need either your heating or air conditioning system running steadily, so it’s the right period to evaluate what you may need in the future—and then have it done during a time when there’s no scheduling crunch for technicians.

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Late Season Furnace Repair? Don’t Delay—Here’s Why

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Furnace-standardAs the winter winds down and the official start of spring arrives (i.e. this week), you’ll probably not give much thought to your furnace. The weather is going to warm up gradually on the climb toward the summer heat.

But the climb isn’t always steady! There are dips and valleys during the spring, and suddenly you can find yourself needing your furnace again to keep warm. Furnace repair isn’t something you can ignore during the early days of spring, for a number of reasons:

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A Few Common Heat Pump Repair Problems

Monday, March 4th, 2019

snowflake-and-sunshine-housesThe heat pump is a hard-working comfort appliance. It puts in more work than a standard air conditioner or a furnace because a heat pump runs in both winter and summer. When it’s cold, a heat pump draws heat from the outside to warm the house. When it’s hot, a heat pump draws heat from out of the house to cool it. It uses the same components no matter if it’s in heating or cooling mode, so these parts can wear down rapidly over the years—twice as fast as an AC or a furnace.

The best way to keep a heat pump from succumbing to all this strain is to schedule maintenance twice a year, in spring and fall. Nothing can prevent every potential problem with a heat pump, however. We’re going to look at some of the more common troubles a heat pump may run into that will require calling experts to repair it.

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