What Is “Hard Starting” and Why Is It Bad for an Air Conditioner?

May 23rd, 2016

“Hard starting” is a condition that can affect air conditioners (as well as other mechanical devices, such as cars) where the motors and the compressor responsible for operating the system have trouble coming on and staying on. If your air conditioner is hard starting, it will stutter as it attempts to turn on, and will then cycle-off soon after it comes to life. Often the hard starting is accompanied by clicking and grinding noises. Continue Reading

How Can I Find Out if My Home Is Suited for Geothermal Heating and Cooling?

May 16th, 2016

Geothermal energy is a rapidly growing field in the United States. Today it’s more widely available for residential use than ever before. However, not every heating and cooling contractor offers the benefits of geothermal heat pumps to their customers. But we do!

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4 Reasons to Schedule Air Conditioning Replacement before This Summer

May 9th, 2016

The summer weather is on the way, and it’s a good time to ask yourself if the central air conditioning system in your home is ready for another round of heavy heat. It might be time to retire your AC and schedule installation with HVAC professionals who can help you pick a great new unit and have it quickly set up. Below are some of the ways to tell that it’s a good time to replace your current cooling system: Continue Reading

Why Your Air Conditioning System Won’t Turn Off

May 2nd, 2016

When it’s hot outside and you try to turn on your AC to get your house cooled down, only to find that the air conditioner won’t come on, you’ll know something is wrong right away. But the opposite situation is also a problem: when your air conditioner comes on… and it won’t turn off. Not only does this mean you’ll have a house that’s too cold, but it’s a major waste of energy and puts enormous amounts of stress on the AC. What’s causes this to happen? Continue Reading

Low Refrigerant in an AC: It’s Not Quite What You Think It Is

April 25th, 2016

The modern air conditioner is a complex refrigeration device, so it’s understandable that many people aren’t sure of the ins and outs of how they operate. That’s why there are professionals to take care of them when they malfunction.

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How Does a Geothermal System Provide Air Conditioning for a Home?

April 18th, 2016

When people think of using geothermal power for home comfort, they usually first think of it as supplying warmth for the winter. After all, thermal means “heat.” So it often comes as a surprise for homeowners to learn that a geothermal installation is also capable of working as an air conditioner. And not just any air conditioner, but one that’s more energy efficient and effective than a standard air-source air conditioning system. Continue Reading

Why a Heat Pump is a Good AC System Option

April 11th, 2016

When you think about your cooling system options, a heat pump is likely not the first appliance to come to mind. However, if you are in the market for a new air conditioner before the warmer temperatures head our way, there are numerous benefits to utilizing a heat pump for your air conditioning system. This is especially true if you are looking for a system that can fulfill not only your cooling needs but also your heating needs next winter. So why is a heat pump such a good option? Continue Reading

Here’s What You Can Expect During Air Conditioning Maintenance

April 4th, 2016

Now that it’s officially spring and we’re all looking forward to when the warm weather becomes a constant, air conditioning systems must receive special attention to prepare them for summer. We’ve recently written about the importance of scheduling annual spring maintenance for your home’s AC. In this post, we’re going to go into detail about what technicians actually do during a maintenance visit. This will help you understand even more why maintenance is a necessary part of caring for an air conditioner. Continue Reading

Heat Pump Won’t Switch Modes: What’s Wrong?

March 28th, 2016

As the warmer weather starts up along with the coming of spring, heat pumps are going to switch over from heating mode to cooling mode, probably for the first time in many months. When you first make the switch on the thermostat that will change the heat pump back into a cooling system, make sure that you check on the air flow coming from the vents. Is the air cool—or does it still feel warm to lukewarm? If you’re still receiving warm air from the ventilation system, it’s possible that the heat pump has malfunctioned. Check again on the thermostat to make sure that you’ve set it correctly.

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The Importance of the Compressor in Your Air Conditioning System

March 21st, 2016

What is the most important component in a residential air conditioner? That’s tough to answer, because there are very few components in an AC that the system could do without. All of its parts, from the two sets of coils, the blower fan, the motors, and the capacitors, are crucial to the system functioning properly so that it delivers your home cooled air without massive energy waste. Continue Reading