Why You Should Replace Your Air Conditioner Past a Certain Age

August 31st, 2015

No one is going to deny that an air conditioner is a big investment. When you install a new air conditioner, you’re naturally going to want it to last for as long as possible. That’s all well and good, and an air conditioner can last a very long time with the proper care and maintenance. However, there comes a point where your air conditioner is worth replacing even if it still appears to be working fine. Read on to find out why you might want to replace your air conditioner once it gets past a certain age. Continue Reading

The Dangers of Air Conditioner Short-Cycling

August 24th, 2015

Have you ever noticed your air conditioner turning itself on and off every couple of minutes, without really blowing cool air? If so, then your air conditioner is short-cycling and you have a problem. Short-cycling is a significant issue that locks the air conditioner into its startup cycle. If not addressed, short-cycling can actually cause the air conditioner to break down completely. Read on for more information about the causes of short-cycling, and the damage it can do to your air conditioner if not handled properly. Continue Reading

Heat Pump Problems You Should Watch For

August 17th, 2015

Heat pumps are getting more and more popular, as homeowners look for ways to cut operating costs without compromising their climate control. While a heat pump is an excellent system to have, however, it isn’t perfect. It is important to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms that your heat pump is having a problem, especially in seasons in which you use it more often, like summer and winter. Read on for some of the more obvious signs that your heat pump is in trouble. Continue Reading

Why You Should Schedule Ductless Mini Split Maintenance Twice a Year

August 10th, 2015

Conducting annual maintenance is an important part of keeping your HVAC system in good shape, and is vital for helping it live as long as possible. This goes double for ductless mini split systems, which need maintenance at least twice a year. Let’s examine some of the reasons why ductless maintenance is so important, and why it needs to be performed twice as often as with other systems. Continue Reading

How to Tell if Your Heat Pump Needs Replacing

August 3rd, 2015

Heat pumps are great systems. They’re energy efficient, versatile, and can act as both heaters and air conditioners. As great as they are, though, they are not invincible. Eventually, you will have to replace your heat pump, no matter how well you take care of it. When that time comes, it’s a good idea to recognize the signs as soon as possible. That way, you can replace your heat pump before it breaks down on you completely. Read on for some of the more common signs that you need to replace your heat pump. Continue Reading

Common Ductless AC Problems

July 27th, 2015

Ductless mini splits have become more and more popular, as homeowners become aware of their unique advantages. Just like any system, though, ductless systems are vulnerable to a number of problems. As with traditional air conditioning systems, ductless problems are progressive. That means that the longer they are allowed to continue, the more damage they can cause to the system. So, you should always keep an eye out for signs that your ductless system is in trouble. Let’s outline some of the more common signs that your ductless system is experiencing problems. Continue Reading

How a Dehumidifier Can Help You

July 20th, 2015

Summer is here, and that means uncomfortably warm weather on a fairly consistent basis for the next several months. The only thing that can make it worse is high humidity, which occasionally happens even this far inland. High humidity can make a hot day much, much worse, and creates other problems for your home as well. Let’s take a look at how you can solve high humidity with a whole-house dehumidifier. Continue Reading

What to Do if There’s Ice on Your Air Conditioner

July 13th, 2015

Every year, a few homeowners will discover ice on their air conditioners. While some may interpret this as a sign that the air conditioner is working properly, it’s actually an indication that the system is having some serious issues. If the source of your air conditioner’s ice is not fixed, it could have substantial negative effects on the entire system. Let’s take a closer look at why ice forms on your air conditioner, and what can happen if it is allowed to spread. Continue Reading

How to Choose the Perfect Air Conditioner

July 6th, 2015

For many products and materials around the home, choosing this or that model should not really involve too much deliberation. Minor and decorative items are relatively inexpensive and they can be swapped for new ones every so often. However, the same cannot be said of your whole-house air conditioner. This type of purchase must be done carefully and always with the advice of a trained pro. It’s an investment that should last well for many years to come provided it is properly chosen, installed and then taken care of. What type of factors should you take into account? Let’s have a look at a handful of the most important. Continue Reading

Problems Related to Your Air Conditioner Compressor

June 29th, 2015

With the days starting to heat up, a lot of people are beginning to rely on their air conditioners to keep comfortable on a daily basis. That added stress is bound to bring up problems with a lot of those systems, which means summer is a good time to be especially vigilant. One of the most dangerous types of air conditioner problems has to do with compressor issues. In order to identify and deal with those issues as quickly as possible, you should know at least a little bit about how the compressor works. Let’s take a look at what your air conditioner compressor does, and the problems that can affect it. Continue Reading