Signs You’re in Need of Plumbing Repair

September 9th, 2019

Plumbing issues can be hard to detect without the right equipment and know-how. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, after all, and the problems that might affect it are usually subtle to start off. This is a big part of the reason we suggest scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year.

However, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having a problem. On the off chance that a problem does occur between maintenance sessions, you’ll be able to detect it quickly so you can call for professional repairs. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of plumbing problems.

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Don’t Let your Ductless Cooling Efforts be Thwarted by Poor Installation!

August 26th, 2019

Do you know what happens when a ductless system is poorly installed? Hopefully you’ve never found out the hard way—but it’s important to be aware that ductless systems have unique needs, and if not properly installed and followed up with routine professional maintenance, your new ductless cooling and heating system can suffer. This means your overall comfort can suffer.

Ductless cooling systems are fantastic for efficiency—they allow you to have zone-controlled cooling and afford you many other benefits. They’re particularly great for homes that don’t have the space for a ducted system, or households that experience indoor air quality problems due to their ducted HVAC system. But as we said, ductless systems have unique needs—what can happen to yours if not properly installed?

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Is Refrigerant Loss Ever Normal?

August 12th, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-air-conditionerThe short answer to this is “no,” but don’t worry—we’ll elaborate below.

Your home’s air conditioning system—whether it is a standard central cooling unit or a heat pump—is a refrigeration system, just like your freezer or your fridge. It cools down air by not generating cooled air but by removing heat from the air in a heat transference process.

Refrigerant is circulated through a set of outdoor and indoor coils, evaporating in the indoor coils to draw heat from the air, and condensing in the outdoor coils to release heat. This refrigerant is essential to the operation of your air conditioning system, and any loss means you have a leak that needs to be repaired by a professional. Continue Reading

Detecting a Plumbing Leak: A How-To Guide

July 29th, 2019

blue-cloth-tied-around-white-pipeIn our previous blog post, we talked about how your air conditioner could leak, why this happens, and what to do about it.

But what about the leaks we’re more familiar with—plumbing system leaks? They can happen from literally anywhere within your plumbing system, which can sound pretty ominous. They also aren’t easily noticeable in most cases—they may do a significant amount of damage beneath your slab or behind your walls before you even see that you have a leak.

But wait, there’s good news! There are tell-tale signs you can watch out for that indicate your home is, in fact, experiencing a plumbing leak. Keep reading to learn more. Continue Reading

“Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?”

July 15th, 2019

water-stream-on-white-backgroundWhen you think about a leak, you think about plumbers, right? There the ones who fix these pesky problems. But, what if that leak is coming from your air conditioner?

There’re not many homeowners who wouldn’t be surprised to hear that water can leak from a cooling system, as they didn’t know their air conditioner used water to operate, unless it’s an evaporative cooler.

So here’s the thing—your air conditioner doesn’t use water in its process. Continue Reading

Beware Faulty Ductless System Installation

July 1st, 2019

hand-holding-remote-to-ductless-air-handlerDo you already own a ductless heating and cooling system? Then you know how great they are for comfort. They’re efficient and highly effective. In fact, they’re becoming one of the most widely used climate control systems there are.

We just have one question for you. Who installed your ductless HVAC system?

If it was our team, great! But if you hired an amateur or did it yourself without any assistance from a pro, then there are some concerns to be aware of. We aren’t saying this to be snide, but rather to prevent you from the hassle and drama of needing to have emergency repairs done.

That said, if your ductless system wasn’t professionally installed, or even if it’s an aging system that hasn’t been routinely maintained, these are some of the unique ductless repair needs you might run into: Continue Reading

Is Your AC Keeping You Cool Enough?

June 17th, 2019

woman-looking-hot-sitting-in-front-of-fanSummer is just around the corner! Well actually, we’re already pretty much feeling it. So it should come as no surprise that we’re going to tell you how important it is this time of year to make sure your air conditioner is in good shape. If it’s not keeping you as cool as it used to, or as cool as you think it should be keeping you, then chances are it’s not in good shape.

But the good news is there may be a simple solution. Yes, sometimes it is a matter of calling in a professional to conduct repairs or maintenance—have you scheduled that yet, by the way? But other times, it can be resolved by a small adjustment or task on your part. Continue Reading

2 Possible Reasons for Low Airflow

June 3rd, 2019

vent-on-wall-near-baseboard-with-carpeted-floor-in-forefrontYour air conditioning system is one of those appliances that gets put to the test year after year—even more so than your water heater, an appliance that gets used every day!

With the stifling summers we experience each year, in addition to high humidity, we need AC systems to work as efficiently as possible. So, when we experience low airflow coming into our homes, it’s clearly a problem and frustration. But what’s the cause?

To put it simply, there are two possible reasons for this:

  1. There is something blocking the flow of air.
  2. There is something wrong with the mechanism driving the air—the blower fan.

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“How Can I Maintain My Air Conditioner?”

May 20th, 2019

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This is a common question our professionals get, and we understand. You’d like your system to run efficiently, so you want to know how to best maintain it—yourself, that is. We commend you on this effort and we will get into some maintenance tasks you can do on your own in a little bit. But we do want to stress the importance of professional preventive maintenance. Continue Reading

Evaporative Cooling vs. Ductless Cooling: Should You Make the Switch?

May 6th, 2019

ductless-air-handler-blowing-conditioned-airWe’re not here to knock evaporative cooling—it’s an effective and efficient means to cool a living space in many homes. It requires little maintenance, and is well-suited for homes in dry and arid climates. But, evaporative cooling isn’t right for every home, and yours may be one.

For instance, they struggle when there is too much humidity in the air. Where a centralized air conditioner that uses refrigerant can bring down the temperature lower than the average homeowner would ever even need, an evaporative cooler has limitations and simply can’t lower the ambient temperature as much as a vapor-compression or refrigerant-based system. Continue Reading