Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

Why Size Matters for Air Conditioners

Monday, March 27th, 2017

If you’ve ever been out shopping for a new air conditioning system, then you know just how many different factors there are to consider. It can be very easy to get lost amid all the ratings and other numbers that beset you when you’re just trying to find a way to keep cool. It’s very important that you take note of some of those ratings, though, if you want to get the most out of your new air conditioner. If you install a new system that isn’t suited to your home, you’re just going to have to replace it sooner rather than later. One of the most important AC qualities that you need to make sure matches your home is the size of the system.

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3 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Repairs

Monday, March 13th, 2017

We’re not that far into March, but the days are already starting to heat up. Soon, the torrential rain of winter will seem a distant memory. As you start to rely on your air conditioner more and more often over the next few months, it’s important that you keep an eye out for any problems that may start to develop. Using the system for more hours a day means more wear and tear on the system, which means a greater likelihood of something going wrong. If you’re not entirely sure what to look for, start with these three common signs that your system needs some professional repairs.

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Yes, It’s Already Time to Schedule AC Maintenance

Monday, February 27th, 2017

The winters seem like they’re getting shorter and shorter, despite the absolute deluge of rain that we’ve been getting up and down the state. Though it may seem pretty crazy, we’re already back in air conditioning maintenance season! So, now is the time when we like to go over the benefits of scheduling air conditioning maintenance every spring.

If you haven’t scheduled air conditioning maintenance yet this season, read on to find out why it’s a pretty good idea.

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Tips for Finishing Out the Summer with a Strong AC

Monday, August 29th, 2016

It may be hard to believe, but the summer is already coming to a close. As we wind down these last few weeks before fall starts, it can be tempting to write-off your air conditioner before the season is truly over. This is a mistake. There are still a lot of ways that your air conditioner could develop problems, and a lot of ways that you could keep it running strong throughout the rest of the summer. Read on for some tips on finishing out the summer with your air conditioning system in good shape.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Is Short-Cycling

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Is your air conditioner turning itself off and on every couple of minutes? If so, you have a problem. That behavior is called short-cycling, and it’s a major threat to the health of your air conditioner. If left unchecked, it can cause the entire system to break down permanently. Let’s examine what causes short-cycling in air conditioning systems, and what you can do to stop it.

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Air Conditioner Noises and What They Mean

Monday, September 21st, 2015

If you’ve had your air conditioner for any length of time, you’re probably pretty familiar with the noises that it makes during operation. If your system starts making unusual noises, though, it means you have a problem. There are a wide variety of different noises that you might hear coming from your air conditioner, each indicating a different issue. While you’re waiting for the HVAC technician to arrive, have a look at some of the reasons why your air conditioner might be making strange noises.

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How Refrigerant Interacts with Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, September 7th, 2015

We’ve written about the problems caused by low refrigerant, but we haven’t discussed what refrigerant actually does in the system. We feel that the more you know about the inner workings of your air conditioner, the better you’ll be able to identify signs of possible problems. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how refrigerant interacts with your air conditioning system.

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Why You Should Replace Your Air Conditioner Past a Certain Age

Monday, 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.

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The Dangers of Air Conditioner Short-Cycling

Monday, 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.

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

Monday, 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.

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