Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Archive for May, 2014

Why Small AC Repair Problems Are Still Important to Fix

Friday, 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!

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What Does SEER Stand For and Why Does It Matter?

Friday, 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!

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How to Spot Signs That You Need Air Conditioning Repair in Lemoore

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Spring is here and summer looks to be hotter than ever this year. That makes it imperative that you check your air conditioning unit now for signs that it needs repair. If you have any issues with your AC unit, now is the time to deal with them, rather than a month or two from now. There are plenty of reputable services that can help you out, but here’s a quick breakdown on how you can spot signs that you need air conditioning repairs.

Sometimes, repairs will announce themselves fairly openly, such as when the air conditioner refuses to turn on at all. Other than that, there are four basic signs that indicate a need for air conditioning repair service. The first is a lower amount of cool air blowing through your ducts. This can result from lower levels of refrigerant, an issue with the compressor, a breach in your ducts or any kind of problem with the motors. You’ll notice a lack of cold air blowing through the vents, which means the air conditioner, will need to work harder to cool your home.

The same principle applies to a lower air flow, which can result from a broken fan motor, misaligned fan blades or clogs in the system. Regardless, the end effect is the same: with reduced air flow comes the need to expend more energy and raising the bills to keep your home cool. The added stress also increases the likelihood of a major breakdown in the future.

The other two signs can be more subtle, so you have to pay close attention to them. The first is any unusual noises or sounds that accompany the AC’s operation. The second is an unexpected rise in your cooling bills, which may become more pronounced as summer begins and you need to use your system more often.

Once you spot signs that you need repairs, the next step is to call Shaw’s Air Conditioning for professional air conditioning repair service in Lemoore. We can handle most any problem your air conditioner displays, and will get yours into ship shape before the summer arrives. Contact us today!

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3 Benefits to a Whole House Humidifier

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The dry heat of a California summer often means increased comfort: aridity draws heat from our bodies rapidly, helping to cool us off even during roasting weather. However, the dry climate does bring problems with it as well that can affect you and your home. If you suffer from problems due to low moisture in your house’s air, consider having professionals install a whole-house humidifier in your HVAC system.

Here are three benefits you’ll receive from a whole-house humidifier. These advantages go beyond what any portable room humidifier can deliver. But you’ll need to have expert technicians handle the work. Shaw’s Air Conditioning offers installation of humidifiers in Fresno, CA (and dehumidifiers as well). Contact us to find out about the options for balancing the humidity in your house.

Benefits of Whole-House Humidifiers

  • More comfort: Low humidity may help you feel better during intense heat, but when the weather cools, you’ll discover low humidity makes you feel worse during the cold. The moisture in your skin will easily escape into the dry air, taking body heat with it and making you feel chillier than the room’s temperature. Balanced humidity not only means you’ll feel more comfortable year-round, it also means translates to work for your heater during the fall and winter because you will feel warmer in general.
  • Improved health: Both high and low humidity can create health issues. In the case of aridity, a household can experience dry skin, respiratory infections, and an increase in flus and colds that transmit easier in dry weather. The arid conditions also contribute to the viability of some dangerous viruses. With balanced humidity, these viruses rapidly die out, and the other problems will also vanish. There’s a bonus as well: fewer shocks from static electricity, so you won’t have to feel wary about touching the doorknobs during the winter.
  • Less damage to furnishings and possessions: Low moisture is destructive for your home’s interior. It peels wallpaper and makes paint chip. Dryness also warps and causes wood to split, which will mean damage to your furniture, floors, and walls. (If you have antique furniture, you should invest in a humidifier now.) Musical instruments will suffer from aridity, as will other precision devices.

When you contact air quality specialists like those at Shaw’s Air Conditioning, technicians will analyze your home’s air and determine the type and size of humidifier you need for maximum comfort, health, and home protection. After installation, count on the technicians for the necessary maintenance and repairs to keep your humidifier running.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning offers many solutions for indoor air quality problems: whether its air filters, UV germicidal lights, duct repairs, dehumidifiers, or humidifiers in Fresno, CA we can take care of the work for you.


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Residential Rooftop Unit – Before and After Images

Monday, May 5th, 2014

We received a call from our residential customer stating their rooftop unit was not functioning properly. After evaluating the situation, we concluded that the problem was that the compressor was grounded out. The next step in our visit was that we proposed to the homeowner their options to repair the unit and what the repair costs would be versus replacing the current unit. The homeowner decided to replace the unit. We then installed a 2 ton, 14 Seer American Standard package unit.

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How Often Should I Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Here in Lemoore, CA, air conditioners usually require maintenance at least once or twice a year. A maintenance session is a bit of a catch-all: cleaning up dust and dirt, replacing small faulty parts like bolts and screws, and testing the system to spot any small issues that may turn into larger repair bills if they aren’t addressed immediately. The spring makes an excellent time to schedule maintenance for your air conditioner in the Lemoore area, but is that the only time? “How often should I schedule air conditioning maintenance?” you ask.

The answer, as always, depends on specifics. Usually, one or twice a year is sufficient, and ideally you should do it at the end of winter (when your system has sat idle and possibly accrued dust and other problems) and the beginning of fall (when air conditioning season is winding down and you can look for any strain or wear that may have developed). However, in some circumstances, you may need to schedule a session more often. For instance, if you work outdoors a lot and you track a lot of dust and dirt in when you come home, the system will build up a lot of dirt more quickly, and should probably be checked more frequently. (This is far from uncommon here in the Central Valley, with our proud history of farming and ranching.) You might also check the system more often if you have a lot of pets. Dogs and cats shed hair and leave dander behind, which can clog your system just as readily as dirt. A good maintenance session will keep your filters clean and help you avoid paying for the excess debris in higher energy costs.

The Central Valley gets very hot in the summer, and here in Lemoore, air conditioners are the first best line of defense. It pays to schedule a regular maintenance session from a qualified service like Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We can tell you how often you should schedule air conditioning maintenance based on your specific needs, then perform that service with professionalism and pride. Give us call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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