Ace Air, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

End-Of-Season Cooling System Care

Monday, October 7th, 2019

outdoor-ac-unit-with-tools-on-topIf your air conditioner has completely broken down—the compressor is shot and it has no hopes of repair—then it’s of course time for an air conditioner replacement. But other than that scenario, it’s never too late to schedule an air conditioning tune-up in Los Banos, CA, and in fact, this is an important part of end-of-season cooling system care if you skipped maintenance in the spring. Yes, we recommend this service be done at the beginning of spring—before you need your system the most.

But with our summer temps often stretching into October and sometimes beyond that, it’s more important that you have it maintained on an annual basis than it is the time of the year you have it maintained. But why does this matter?

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4 Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Ductless System

Monday, September 9th, 2019

hand-turning-on-ductless-air-handlerDid you know you can achieve both your heating and cooling needs all in once system? For many homeowners throughout Atwater, a ductless system—also referred to as a ductless mini-split—is becoming a great option for both these needs.

Ductless systems are exceptional and keeping homes in our area warm in the winter, and efficiently cool in the summertime. So if you are in the market for a new AC this year, a new heater, or both, then you’d do well to consider going ductless!

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What Happens When You Neglect AC Repair Needs?

Monday, August 26th, 2019

outdoor-ac-unit-with-tools-on-topIn short, you could end up with a much bigger emergency repair need later on, if not a totally broken down air conditioner.

The fact is, we use our air conditioners for days on end here during the summer, and usually well into fall as well. The last thing you need is a sudden breakdown when temperatures are at their peak. Yet if you neglect repair needs, that’s exactly what can happen.

“But wait,” you might be asking, “how do I spot these repair needs to begin with?”

Fortunately, there are some telltale signs that you need air conditioner repair, so long as you know what to look for. Read on!

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It’s Never Too Late for AC Maintenance!

Monday, July 29th, 2019

technician-working-on-ac-unitActually, there is one scenario where it is too late for maintenance—your air conditioner has completely broken down and the compressor is shot. In this case, you’ll likely need to replace the compressor—which at this point we’d recommend an entire system replacement.

This is a lot less likely to happen in a newer system, or a system that has had maintenance done on it once a year. That’s the key, that your AC maintenance be done on a regular basis, no matter what time of the year it is. Sure, it’s ideal to have it done in the spring before temperatures get too high, but this is definitely a case where frequency matters more than timing.

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“Does AC Refrigerant Need to be Refilled Regularly?”

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?”

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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