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“Does AC Refrigerant Need to be Refilled Regularly?”

July 15th, 2019

white-question-mark-in-blue-circle-on-white-backgroundOne of the most common questions that HVAC contractors get about refrigerant is, “how often does it need to be refilled?”

The answer might surprise you, though—it’s “hopefully, never!”

No, AC refrigerant shouldn’t need to be refilled on a regular basis. This is actually a common myth among homeowners, that refrigerant is something that depletes over time, sort of like gasoline does from a car or an oil-powered appliance in your home. This just isn’t the case with refrigerant, however, which continuously cycles through your cooling system or heat pump, transferring heat rather than generating it like other types of heating systems do.

Read on to learn more about this heat transfer fluid!

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Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

July 1st, 2019

woman-sitting-on-couch-blowing-noseWe’re not talking about flu symptoms here, but rather—exacerbated allergy and asthma symptoms. These can be just as irritating and more long-lasting than the standard cold or flu!

And the worst part is, yes, it’s likely your air conditioner that’s causing the problem. Well, that’s not quite right either—it’s how you care for your air conditioner and your indoor air that prevents or causes allergy symptoms in many cases.

The fact of the matter is, your AC use may be making your air quality worse. Keep reading to learn more.

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Signs It’s Time for an AC Replacement

June 17th, 2019

old-air-conditioning-unit-outsideSummer is here! Okay, not officially, quite yet. But last week’s sudden and excessive heat is a glaring reminder that it will soon be here. So if you found your air conditioner was working last week but showing any distressing symptoms, it may be time to start considering if it’s up to the task of getting you through this upcoming summer without breaking down completely.

It goes without saying—you don’t want to be without your air conditioner any longer than you need to be in the middle of the hottest months of the year. Read on for some of the signs that it’s time to replace your AC, and give us a call so we can try to help you beat the worst of the heat and get that AC replaced for you ASAP.

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“How Do I Fix My Damaged Ductwork?”

June 3rd, 2019

hvac-technician-hands-applying-sealant-on-ductsIf you’re expecting us to answer this with “duct tape,” you’d be mistaken.

You may be wondering about this one—after all, can’t anything be patched up with duct tape? Not the store-bought kind, unfortunately. Store-bought duct tape can resolve just about any situation (at least, temporarily) except for breaches in your air conditioning ductwork.

Unfortunately, however, one of the biggest energy wasters in your home comes from leaks in the ductwork, which is not something a lot of homeowners think about in terms of their indoor comfort. Professional duct sealing services from HVAC experts can stop your air conditioner (and forced air heater, for that matter) from losing up to 30% of the air traveling through its air ducts.

Think about what this translates to: This is conditioned air that you are paying for to keep you and your family comfortable, and it is simply going to waste. Keep reading to learn more!

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Beware These 4 Potential AC Problems

May 20th, 2019

woman-looking-scared-and-covering-mouth-with-her-handsWhen you live somewhere like Los Banos, the last thing you want is air conditioning problems. And yet, sometimes they’re inevitable. The good news is, if you know what to look out for then you can be quick to call for professional repairs. Below are 4 potential problems you might face with your air conditioner—at least if it hasn’t been properly maintained.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Use Costing You?

May 6th, 2019

outside-air-conditioning-unit-sitting-on-top-of-money-on-white-backgroundWell, yes, any use of your air conditioner is going to cost you, as you are using energy after all. But what we’re referring to is practices with your air conditioner that may be costing you more than necessary.

The fact is, there are a lot of beliefs that homeowners have about using their air conditioners to help themselves feel more comfortable that:

  1. Don’t work.
  2. Actually hurt air conditioning efficiency, and therefore cause a rise in utility bills.

So, are you making any of the following costly AC mistakes?

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AC Maintenance: The Time is Now!

April 22nd, 2019

clock-imposed-on-white-backgroundIn many areas of the country, people haven’t even turned off their heaters for the seasons yet, let alone thought about scheduling a tune-up for their air conditioner. But here in Merced, the sporadic warm days recently are a reminder that summer is certainly on its way.

That said, there’s nowhere to go but up for our temperatures, making now the best possible time to get your AC maintenance done and out of the way, so you’re ready to enter summer full of confidence in the reliability of your air conditioner. But why is this so important?

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Is Routine AC Maintenance Worth It?

April 8th, 2019

outdoor-air-conditioner-unitThe short answer to this is “yes,” but we’re happy to give you more of an explanation than this.

Springtime is the ideal time to schedule air conditioning maintenance. There are certainly a few maintenance tasks you can do on your own. This includes changing your air filter every 1-3 months, and cleaning the area around your outdoor unit so that airflow isn’t disrupted. But for full maintenance that makes an actual difference, you must trust the pros.

Only a trained HVAC technician can handle the various tasks involved in thorough maintenance, form inspecting motors and electrical components to cleaning coils and moving parts. You can rely on our professionals to provide your cooling system with top quality maintenance every year.

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Is Your Home Prepped for the Allergy Season?

March 25th, 2019

woman-blowing-her-noseWhat we mean to say is, have you done everything you can within your home to reduce allergens that can leave even the healthiest person uncomfortable for 3 solid months, or more? If this isn’t something you’ve thought of before, now is the time. The indoor air quality in Merced, CA can be worse that the quality of air outdoors! This is because of how tightly homes are sealed during construction—great news for your HVAC efficiency, but not so much for your sinuses.

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No, Refrigerant Shouldn’t Need to be Regularly Refilled

March 11th, 2019

chalkboard-with-crossed-out-mythsThere is a question about HVAC systems that our professionals actually get quite a bit. We’re sad that we get it so much, since it probably means at some point you’ve dealt with a shady “service professional,” but the question is, “how often does my refrigerant need refilling?”

Our somewhat short answer is, “If your system is properly cared for, never!”

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