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July 2014

3 Signs the Air Conditioner is in Need of Repairs

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During the hot summer months there is nothing more frustrating than a broken air conditioner. There are several reasons why the air conditioning unit may not be working like it should. In some situations the problem is a quick fix, but there are times when you need to have repairs done by a professional heating and cooling repair company. The following signs will alert you when it is time to contact professional HVAC contractors. Funny Noises Most people become accustomed to the background noise made by the air conditioner, but when the sound changes, it becomes quite noticeable. Unusual sounds may include a squealing sound, which often indicates a problem with the fan belt. If you hear rattling noises, it may be the indication of a loose part, so you should turn the unit off and contact a heating and cooling repair company as soon as possible. Change in the Air The air conditioner is supposed to blow cool air in every room, so if you are noticing warm spots it may mean the evaporator coils are frozen. In some situations you can thaw out the system and get it working again. However, if you have thawed it out and are still having problems, it is recommended that you call a professional, as the system may need to be taken apart and cleaned out. Strange Odors There typically should not be any type of odor present when you turn the air conditioner on or during the time it is running. If you notice any type…

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Top 6 Questions to Ask an HVAC Contractor

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Unless you’re an HVAC contractor yourself, you’ll want to hire a heating and cooling repair professional to handle all of your HVAC repair needs. Before doing so, though, make sure to ask a few questions. You can then see for yourself which person really knows what’s what. What type of insurance does the contractor have? If an HVAC contractor doesn’t have insurance, you’ll want to steer clear. Insurance goes a long way in the event that the contractor makes a mistake. More importantly, it removes any liability from you. Does the HVAC contractor deal with warranties? If your current HVAC system is under warranty, then by all means take advantage of it. To do so, you’ll need to acquire services from HVAC contractors who honor such warranties. Can I get a quote or an estimate? A reputable HVAC professional will always be willing to provide free quotes and estimates. Are follow-up appointments free? HVAC specialists who truly value the work they perform will come back for free follow-ups to ensure they have completed their jobs in the best manner. When you’re searching for an HVAC contractor, make sure to ask about follow-up appointments, including whether or not they are free of charge. What type of license does the contractor have? Any tasks related to heating and cooling systems should be handled by a professional who has lots of experience in performing HVAC-related tasks. This person will also need to possess some type of accredited HVAC license. Does the contractor have references? It’s a good idea…

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Which air filter should I buy?

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Getting tired of wandering up and down the aisles of your hardware store looking for the air filters? And then when you find them, do you know which one is the best one for your heating and cooling system or eliminates the most pollutants from the air in your home? Below you will find all you need to know about the best air filters for your system and your wallet and the top three air filters for common HVAC systems, both residential and commercial. Top 3 Air Filters and Things to Know First, there are four types of air filters for your home or commercial property. These are the most common: flat paneled fiberglass, pleated polyester, HEPA (high- efficiency particulate air), and aluminum mesh (reusable/washable). Three things you want from your air filter: The ability to remove harmful air contaminants and particles An air filter that has the ability to resist air flow A durable product use span There is also a rating system that HVAC contractors use (MERV) that will help you choose the correct filter type for the needs of your indoor air quality. Allergies can make your home miserable enough. If you have a child with allergies or have them yourself, choose an air filter that accommodates those needs as it can make a big difference in the air quality. Home Depot uses a different rating system: FPR system, which is based on filter performance used in heating and cooling repair. Here are the top three air filters according to the FPR system:…

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Boost Air Conditioning Efficiency

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Like any other appliance, your air conditioning unit needs regular maintenance and preventive care to keep it in top-performing shape. This includes a thorough inspection and cleaning, which includes the unit’s condenser coils. Old and new systems alike need equal attention. What Are Condenser Coils? Condensers and condenser coils are the main components of your air conditioner. Coils are located in the outdoor part of your air conditioning unit and are essential to the cooling process. Similar to a kitchen refrigerator, a condenser compresses a refrigerant and then moves it to the coils. Coils become cold, thus cooling the warm air drawn from inside your home. The cool air recycles back into the home. The process repeats and produces the flow of cool air which we refer to as “air conditioning.” What Happens When Coils Become Dirty? Built up dirt insulates the coils, decreasing the rate of heat transfer, thus inhibiting the cooling process. In layman’s terms, coils become unable to do their job and the unit does not function properly. The system has become inefficient and wastes energy and money. The A/C unit may break down altogether—not what you want in the heat of the summer. When and Why Should I Have the Condenser Coils Cleaned? Every year before peak season begins, have the condenser coils in your A/C cleaned as part of the seasonal tune-up. With proper care of condenser coils, your air conditioner will run more efficiently. A clean set of coils and a well-maintained A/C unit…

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