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Don’t Wait to Schedule Air Conditioning Service

September 11th, 2017

ac-repair-maintenanceWhen an air conditioning system just isn’t running the way you want it to, you still may decide to wait before scheduling professional service. After all, it’s nice to keep more money in your pocket, and it might not seem like such an urgent issue at this time.

We understand the desire to put off certain purchases. Sometimes, it’s just the most economical option. But when it comes to your air conditioning equipment, this simply isn’t the case—especially for air conditioners in Turlock. Don’t wait any longer to schedule that AC service!

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What Should You Do When Refrigerant Leaks?

August 28th, 2017

air-conditioning-maintenance-repairWhen we show up to fix an air conditioner that just is not cooling a home enough, we often get the same question: “Does it just need more Freon?”

We actually call this refrigerant in the industry, and it’s happened to all of our technicians more than once. In some cases, the homeowner is right! However, there’s usually more to it than this. A broken air conditioner might require more refrigerant, or it could be in need of any number of repairs!

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Why It’s So Important to Find Qualified HVAC Contractors

August 14th, 2017

AC-Contractor-SmilingWhen your air conditioner breaks down, you need someone to help bring it back up to speed—fast. Your air conditioner is vital in a climate like ours; Turlock air conditioners work double the amount they do in many other parts of the country. You cannot go without air conditioning for long, but that doesn’t mean you can skimp on a service that’s not qualified to do the work.

Finding someone with the right experience for the job means more than just calling around for favors and advice from friends and family. It means researching qualified HVAC contractors—people with decades of experience, training, and more!

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Everyday Habits that May Lead to Air Conditioning Repair

July 31st, 2017

low-thermostat-settingIn this part of California, air conditioning repair becomes necessary far too often. We get busy during the hotter months—and while we’re happy for the opportunity to serve our community, we’d rather you had the tools you needed to cool off without having to worry about a major system breakdown.

When you live in a hot climate like ours, you do whatever you can to stay cool and comfortable. Sometimes, the steps we take to attempt to lower the temperature and stay cooler for longer actually wear down the AC equipment and make it more likely to break. Avoiding these everyday habits may reduce your chances and keep the AC running for longer.

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Can Your Home Thermostat Help You Save Big?

July 17th, 2017

thermostat-78-male-handWe tend to think of the thermostat as a tool, something that helps us get to where we need to be in terms of the temperature. If we want the house to be cooler, we press an arrow or turn a knob to lower the temperature. When we want to save money on cooling, we turn the thermostat up a few degrees or shut the system off entirely, weather permitting.

Maybe it’s time to start thinking of our thermostats in a different way. Your thermostat is a teacher as well as a tool, something that can help you learn about your energy usage and make smarter choices when it comes to home cooling. Save more with our tips!

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Why You Should Know More about Your Home’s Air Ducts

July 3rd, 2017

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For some people, the only thing they know about their air ducts is what they’ve seen in spy movies. (However, you should know that air ducts are usually not wide enough or sturdy enough to serve as an escape route, and this would be quite dangerous.) We think it’s important for you to learn about how air ducts really work and what can go wrong with them, so that you’re better prepared to make repairs when needed.

If you need air conditioning services in Turlock, CA or a nearby area, give us a call. In the meantime, read up on why your air ducts are something you should be more aware of, and how to know if something’s gone wrong.

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4 Factors that Make Your Air Conditioner Use Up Energy

June 19th, 2017

ac-unit-condenser-moneyAir conditioning systems are some of the worst culprits of energy waste. You should expect your air conditioner to use quite a bit of energy in the summer, when people in Merced simply cannot go without a refrigerated air system to make the heat bearable. However, your air conditioning costs might be a lot higher than they really should be.

There are several factors that could make your air conditioner use up more energy than it should have to, and we want to go over a few of them here. For more information reach out to our experienced team!

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Is Your Air Conditioner Overworked?

June 5th, 2017

air-conditioning-maintenance-repairHere’s the deal: your air conditioner can only do so much. Central air conditioning is something many of us take for granted, adjusting the temperature to our liking and assuming it will work as needed. Unfortunately, that means a lot of air conditioners throughout the country, and especially in hot climates like ours, get overworked, risking sudden failure at nearly any moment.

Are you overworking your air conditioner? Check out some of the ways that people accidentally force their air conditioners to wear out too soon, and find out what you should do instead. It may save you money each month and help keep your air conditioner running smoothly for longer.

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Can Heating Systems in Merced Warn Residents of a CO Leak?

April 16th, 2012

Carbon monoxide is a serious health risk for Merced residents. It is an odorless gas that is produced as a natural byproduct of combustion. So, any time something burns, like in a gas powered furnace, carbon monoxide (CO) is released into the air.

As long as the area is properly ventilated, the carbon monoxide cannot build up in the air to a dangerous level of concentration. For example, if you are around a campfire or charcoal that is burning outside, you are generally safe.

In the home, the heating system maintenance is needed when combustion is not properly ventilated and this toxic gas is allowed to seep into our living spaces. If you use any gas, fuel or wood burning appliances in your home, you are at risk for exposure to carbon monoxide. To help mitigate that risk, it is important to know some warning signs. Your heating system gives off some warnings that can tip you off to danger, so be on the lookout for these three signals:

  1. Carbon monoxide detector goes off. Some heating systems these days have built-in carbon monoxide detectors, which can provide an extra measure of safety. Whether you have one of these systems or not, your home should still be equipped with a CO detector. If it begins sounding the alarm, get everyone out of the house immediately.
  1. A fume vent is leaking. Fuel-burning furnaces have vents to move combustion gases out of the house safely. If you notice this vent is leaking on your heating system, CO may be seeping into your house. Shut down the furnace, open windows for ventilation and have the fume vent repaired immediately.
  1. Smoke backing up from the fireplace. If you have a fireplace and you notice smoke in the room while using it, stop using it immediately. Your chimney may be blocked or leaking, preventing the smoke from rising and venting properly, which means CO can e getting into your house. Do not use the fireplace again until you have had the chimney inspected.

Please take care and note this is just a simple guide. There are other risks and warnings of carbon monoxide. If you have any suspicion that there is CO in your home, immediately call Ace Air Conditioning to look into the situation.

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Air Conditioning Condensation Problems for Gustine Residents

April 9th, 2012

The beauty of air conditioning in Gustine is that we don’t have to do anything to live in a cool climate even when it’s boiling outside.  Programmed to adjust automatically, modern thermostats make it even easier.

It is very inconvenient therefore (not to mention uncomfortable) when our unit is not functioning properly forcing us to pay attention.  Suddenly over-heated, our first inclination may be to call for help, but often the expensive repair can be accomplished easily or avoided completely.

Air Conditioning 101

The process of conditioning air to a cooler temperature involves rapid evaporation and condensation of chemicals called refrigerants.  These are compounds having properties that allow them to change from liquid to gas and back at low temperatures.

When the liquid evaporates and transforms into gas it absorbs heat.  Compressed tightly together again, the matter condenses back into liquid with a residue of unwanted moist heat that must be released to the outdoors.

Over the course of handling the air to cool it, air conditioners are able to filter dust and dehumidify the air as well.  This release of moisture is why air conditioners have drains.

Condenser Coils

As the heat is removed from the gas, it forms condensation that must be drained from the system.  Tiny particles accumulate along the path, prone to shifting and resettling until they become lodged and can form a significant enough blockage to hamper the efficiency of the unit.  If the drain line becomes blocked, the unit drips or overflows the pan and works its way back into the house, causing damage and potentially mold.

This is when panic is inclined to call for the cavalry.

Easy Fix

A simple act of maintenance performed twice a year and requiring no tools can eliminate the problem and the risk of an unnecessary and expensive visit from a company like (Your Company).  To check and maintain your condensate drain, the steps are the same for both window and whole house units.

On the interior side, remove the panel of the unit and find the drain line, usually a plastic tube.  If the pan is full of water, there is a blockage.  On a whole house system, find where the plastic tube exits the house, making sure that it is above ground and clear to drain away. Flush the line with a short burst from a hose.

Regular maintenance is simply a 1/2 cup of warm water poured down the tube to ensure a clean and free flowing pipe.

Where It Counts

An important aspect of air conditioning repairs is flushing of air conditioning drain lines. If you have any questions about how to do this call Ace Air Conditioning.  We would be happy to explain the process to you and take care of any other aspects of HVAC maintenance you might need.

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