How Fan Motor Problems Affect Your Air Conditioner

July 18th, 2014

You’ve certainly noticed the fan in the outside condenser unit of your air conditioner, the largest part of your AC system. It’s certainly an important part of your air conditioner, but the motor that makes it turn may be of greater importance. The fan motor is an electrical component that often needs occasional maintenance in order to work properly. If something interferes with this component, it can mean big trouble for your air conditioner that requires professional air conditioning repair.

There are many indicators that your fan motor may be working incorrectly. If the outdoor fan is moving too slowly, not moving at all, or if you hear strange noises in your outdoor unit, your fan motor may be experiencing some major issues. If you don’t receive any cool air in your home, there may be a problem with the indoor fan that blows cool air through the ducts.

The fan motor must keep the outdoor fan running whenever your AC is running. If the fan slows down at all, you may receive reduced cooling in your home because the heat from inside your home cannot vent to the outdoors. If the fan stops turning entirely, you may receive no airflow whatsoever.

There may be a number of different problems with your fan motor. There may be a wiring issue that requires an expert to repair. Often, the fan motor is simply worn out and needs replacement. You should call a professional if your fan motor gives out, so that the technician can choose a motor that is compatible with the rest of your AC system.

Loud grinding noises may indicate that debris is lodged in your fan motor, or that the motor needs lubrication. If this is the case, a technician can usually repair the problem, but these issues can also be prevented with annual maintenance. During a maintenance visit, a technician will check your entire system for dirt and debris and lubricate moving parts when necessary.

Your fan motor is an important component of your air conditioning system. If you notice problems in your outside condenser unit, don’t wait to call for repairs. Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today for quick air conditioning repairs in Lemoore.

What are the Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Systems?

July 11th, 2014

Although the phrase “ductless mini split system” may seem like a confusing term, it’s actually a fairly painless alternative to other air conditioning options. Ductless mini splits are air conditioning systems that don’t need ducts in order to cool your home. This may be a great solution for those who have had issues with their ductwork or want to save on their energy bills every month. Read on to find out whether ductless mini splits are the best option for your new air conditioning installation this summer.

No Ducts

Of course, the main distinction of a ductless system is that it does not use ducts. This may mean that you’ll have to make fewer service calls, especially if you’ve experienced a lot of issues with the ductwork in your home in the past. Sometimes, the ducts inside of a house have been installed improperly, causing airflow issues that may decrease performance and efficiency or repair issues with other parts of your AC. Ductless systems eliminate this possibility, which could mean fewer future repairs.

Zone Control

Ductless mini-split systems allow you to install multiple air handlers throughout your home, each of which can be controlled with its own individual thermostat. This is good news for your family members; they can adjust the temperature in their own rooms according to their own unique preferences. This keeps everybody happy, while also allowing you to heat or cool only the rooms in use. If no one is downstairs on a warm night, for example, you can always turn off the AC to prevent unnecessary energy loss.

Energy Savings

When you cool an entire home although only one or two rooms are occupied, you end up spending more on cooling costs than is necessary. The multiple thermostats involved in ductless systems can help you save energy, as can the lack of ductwork. With most central AC units, there is a high risk of air leaking through the ducts, which results in a lot of unnecessary energy loss. Ductless systems could significantly reduce the amount of money often spent on this type of issue.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning provides many heating and cooling options for your home, including ductless systems. For air conditioning services in Fresno, call us now!

Leading the Way with Independence Days!

July 3rd, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Shaw’s Air Conditioning hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

How to Find the Best Air Conditioning Service

June 27th, 2014

When you search for air conditioning service in Fresno, you may find many contractors that claim to offer the best service at the lowest price. So how can you be sure you’ve found the best air conditioning service for your particular needs? With so many air conditioning businesses in the Central Valley, it can be difficult to find the right service for you. This list details some of the things you should look for when selecting a new AC contractor.

Read through the Website

Many contractors have websites that detail some of the services they offer and some information about the company. Make sure the company lists contact information and that your area is included in the listed service areas. It is also helpful if the air conditioning service providers list the various services they provide, so that you’ll be able to return to them whenever you need repair, maintenance, an upgrade or replacement. Even if you are only calling for a repair, you should make sure the company offers other services in case you need to call again in the future. Many AC companies even offer 24-hour emergency services.

Look for Recommendations and Reviews

When searching for a reputable AC service, you should always look at the recommendations and reviews of others. You might want to begin by asking your friends and neighbors about any successes they’ve had with professional air conditioning installation, maintenance, or repair. You can also check the company’s website or other sites where customers post ratings and reviews. You’re more likely to have a good experience with an AC company who has a history of positive feedback.

Ask for Quotes

When you call an AC service, ask if they can give you a quote or estimate for the service you need. You can always call several companies to compare prices. However, don’t sacrifice the quality of your repair service for lower prices. Make sure the contractor you choose offers both affordability and quality service.

Whether you need professional AC installation, repair, or maintenance, Shaw’s Air Conditioning is one of the best sources for Lemoore air conditioning services.

Reasons Your Air Conditioning System Won’t Turn On

June 27th, 2014

It’s another scorching summer in Fresno, and your air conditioning won’t turn on. While this may seem like a nightmare, an HVAC professional can usually determine the source of the problem quickly and then recommend services to get your home back to a cool, comfortable living space.

If your system won’t turn on or you need any other air conditioning repair in Visalia, call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today to speak to one of our expert technicians. We’ve dealt with every possible issue there is regarding air conditioners, and we know how frustrating it can be dealing with a system that won’t run.

We’ve Detailed Some of The Most Common Problems We Find with Air Conditioners in Visalia

  • Thermostat: The thermostat is the first thing you should check when your AC won’t run since it’s responsible for turning the system on and off when needed. Check that it is switched on and set properly and that no new settings have interfered with the AC’s normal cycle. If everything appears to be set in the right position, you may have a faulty thermostat. If the power supply is not working, it cannot properly control the system and may be preventing it from turning on entirely. A technician can diagnose whether it is a problem with your thermostat or elsewhere in the system.
  • Motors: There are a few different motors in your system that could stop your AC from running, including two fan motors and the compressor motor. An HVAC professional can determine whether one of these has stopped running and is therefore preventing your system from turning on.
  • Debris: There may be debris decreasing the efficiency of your outdoor system such as large branches that should be trimmed back and kept away from the air conditioning unit. If this doesn’t improve your system, there could also be debris within the outdoor or indoor unit disrupting system functionality to the point that it shuts off or breaks down. A technician will look for this possibility when assessing your air conditioner.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning offers exceptional air conditioning repair services in Visalia. For these or any other issues with your system, call us today!

Ways to Lower Your Monthly Air Conditioning Bills

June 12th, 2014

Here in Lemoore, CA, air conditioning systems are the first, best way of keeping your house comfortable. Summertime temperatures in the Central Valley can be excruciating, and your AC unit will likely need to perform all day every day if you want to stay cool. Residents have largely accepted that they’ll need to pay higher monthly energy costs during the hot months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save a great deal of money by taking some simple steps. You probably already know some of them: dressing in lightweight clothes, for example, or setting your thermostat a few degrees warmer than you might otherwise.

Here are a few more ways to lower your monthly air conditioning bills

  • Schedule a routine maintenance session. Ideally, you should have a technician perform maintenance on your unit at least once a year, and before the summer starts if possible. He’ll check for any major problems, clean off the dirt, recharge refrigerant levels and tighten any loose bolts or fittings. All of that mean less wasted energy from your air conditioner, which means it won’t cost as much to run on a monthly basis.
  • Consider zone control systems. These are a system of valves and controls placed at strategic locations in your duct system, which divide your home into individual sections. With a zone control system, you can shut off the air in parts of the house you aren’t using while keeping it on in those parts of the home you are. The difference in your monthly bills can be quite large.
  • Add insulation. Most people think of insulation as a wintertime concern: keeping warm air inside your house. But it also keeps hot air outside your house on warm days, helping your air conditioner do its job with less stress.

For more ways to lower your monthly air conditioning bills, or to set up an upgrade on your system, contact the experts at Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We’re based in Fresno, air conditioning installation and upgrades are part of our core services, and we’re completely dedicated to your 100% satisfaction. Pick up the phone and call us today to schedule professional air conditioning services in Lemoore. You’ll be glad you did!

Are There Any Air Conditioning Repair Jobs I Can Do Myself?

June 12th, 2014

DIY may be an option for some home improvements, but there are certain services that should be left in the hands of an expert; air conditioning repair is one of them.

Multiple components are involved with your air conditioning system, leaving a lot of room for potential mistakes. Don’t make a bad situation worse by trying to make a DIY job out of something that really isn’t – call Shaw’s Air Conditioning for all your air conditioning repairs in Riverdale, CA.

Why Isn’t Repairing My Air Conditioner a DIY Job?

There are several reasons why repairing your air conditioner is not a DIY job:

Reason #1: Mistakes Can Cost You Money

Having a working knowledge of mechanical components is great, but is it really enough to do a serious repair on your air conditioning system? And what if you don’t’ even have a working knowledge of your system – do you really want to “learn by doing” on an expensive piece of equipment? Mistakes with your air conditioner can be costly and render your AC totally unusable – something no one wants, particularly in the summer months.

Reason #2: Timeliness

When you do something every day, you gain a level of speed and accuracy with it; the same goes for your air conditioning professional. Because he/she works on air conditioning systems every day, your repair will be finished correctly and in a timely manner.

Reason #3: There May Be More to Deal With

Hopefully there is a singular problem with your air conditioner, but there are times when one presenting problem is actually part of another that may not have been so visible. Do you have the expertise and time to do all this repair work?

Reason #4: You May Need Specialized Tools

Air conditioning repairs require specific tools that a technician will have readily available at any appointment. Unless you want to purchase every tool you may need, you won’t know what you need until you get in there. Tools can be expensive, and the time it takes to shop for the correct tool could be time spent better elsewhere.

Always Call a Professional for Air Conditioning Repairs

A trained technician can conduct your air conditioning repair quickly, efficiently and correctly because it’s his/her job to do so. Don’t spend your time and money trying to repair something that most likely requires a specific level of expertise to fix – call Shaw’s Air Conditioning and schedule air conditioning repair service in Riverdale today.

How Condensate Problems Are Created in Your Air Conditioning

June 5th, 2014

Air conditioning repair in Visalia can deal with a number of different issues, from leaking refrigerant to problems with the condenser motor. Among those issues are condensate problems, involving moisture that condenses from the air as it is being cooled. The system is designed to catch the condensate in a drip pan, which can then be removed from the system via a drain line. When problems occur, the moisture can overflow the line and short out nearby components.

Here’s A Quick Primer on How Condensate Problems Are Created in Your Air Conditioning

The simplest problems are those involving the drain pan or drain line. The line can become clogged by detritus, for instance, which prevents the pan from removing the condensation. That can cause an overflow if it isn’t treated. An overflow can also occur if the pan itself becomes misaligned: either missing the dripping condensate or tilting in such a way so that the water will leak out. Some air conditioners have a floater switch in the mechanism, which stops the air conditioner from turning on until the problem is fixed. This can prevent damage to the electrical components, though you’ll need to get a technician to realign the pan or unclog the drain line before that can happen.

A more serious concern arises if the drain pan has to take on more condensate than it is meant to handle. This often occurs when refrigerant levels leak out, creating ice on the evaporator coils. When the ice melts, it heads to the pan, which may not be large enough to handle so much water. Scraping the ice off won’t help. You need to seal the leak and recharge the refrigerant before the problem can be fixed.

The good news is that Shaw’s Air Conditioning handles air conditioning repairs in Visalia, and we know how condensate problems are created in your cooling system. More importantly, we have the experience and knowledge to handle the problem right the first time, every time. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do. You’ll be glad you did!

Why Small AC Repair Problems Are Still Important to Fix

May 23rd, 2014

Air conditioning services in Lemoore can handle both big problems and small, though most people only think of calling a technician when something major happens. Small problems rarely knock the air conditioner out of commission, and in the heat of summer, some homeowners may prefer to tough it out rather than spend money on repairs. This is usually a big mistake.

Here’s Why Small AC Repair Problems Are Still Important to Fix

In the first place, small problems often herald bigger problems to come. When a single component malfunctions, it might not knock the entire system out of commission, but it places additional strain on all of the other components as they work harder to make up the difference. If that’s left untreated, it could result in a cascading breakdown. Responsible homeowners would do well to treat the problem while it’s still small and relatively inexpensive to deal with as opposed to waiting and paying a much higher price when the air conditioner suffers a serious problem.

And the cost isn’t limited to the repair itself. The strain causes by a comparatively small problem often translates into necessary energy expenditure every time. In simpler terms, it means your air conditioner is working harder than it should to do the same job, which translates to unnecessarily high monthly energy bills as long as the problem goes unresolved. It becomes a de facto “procrastination tax,” costing you a little more every time you put off those repairs for a later date.

And now is the perfect time to address small AC repair problems, before the heat of the summer kicks it. It allows you to address them with flexibility and convenience, rather than scrambling when you really need it. Shaw’s Air Conditioning and Heating provides air conditioning services in Lemoore, and more importantly, we understand why small AC repair problems are still important to fix. If you’re experiencing small signs of distress in your unit – a higher bill, say, or a strange noise you never noticed before – don’t hesitate. We’re standing by to fix it for you, so give us a call today!

What Does SEER Stand For and Why Does It Matter?

May 23rd, 2014

You may have heard the term “SEER” spoken of in relation to air conditioning systems. It’s a very important term and it has a huge bearing on the type of air conditioner you purchase for your home. Quality services that install air conditioning in Fresno and other towns in the Central Valley can talk about specifics with you, but for now, all you need to ask yourself is “What does SEER stand for and why does it matter?”

The term stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s used to measure an air conditioner’s relative efficiency. The exact formula involves the BTUs (British Thermal Units) generated in the summer months, divided by the watts-hours consumed in the same period. That gives you a number typically somewhere between 7 and 24. The higher the number, the more efficient the air conditioner; that is, the more energy that goes directly into cooling your home instead of being wasted on faulty components and the like.

It’s fairly self-evident why that number would matter. The lower the number, the more energy your unit wastes. Older units sometimes have a SEER rating as low as 6, though units manufactured after January, 2006 need to have a rating of at least 13. That’s a very efficient number: 30% more efficient than the previous minimum SEER rating of 10, though not nearly as high as the most efficient units on the market. Naturally, units with a high SEER rating will cost more than those with a lower SEER rating, but they will make up for it with improved savings on monthly energy costs during the hot summer months.

When it comes to air conditioning in Fresno, efficiency can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars a month in cooling costs. That’s why the SEER number matters so much. For more information on what SEER stands for, or to schedule an installation contact the experts at Shaw’s Air Conditioning today.

Our trained professionals can answer all of your questions, and we won’t rest until the job is done right. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!