Archive for May, 2016

Help: My AC Won’t Shut Off and There’s Ice on It!

Monday, May 30th, 2016

You may have heard that ice appearing on an air conditioning system is not a good sign… and it’s true. An air conditioner doesn’t use ice as part of the process of cooling down a home. What it actually does is use chemical refrigerant that moves through a process of evaporation and condensation to absorb heat from inside a house and exhaust it to the outside. If ice develops during this process, it means something has gone wrong that’s triggering water moisture to freeze along the evaporator coil. (more…)

The Air Conditioning System and the History of the South

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

If you live in the Southern United States, you’re accustomed to feeling of cool breezes blowing from an air conditioner. This is simply a basic part of life during the middle of the year. In fact, more than 90% of homes and businesses in the South are equipped with air conditioning.

But this isn’t merely an interesting bit of trivia: the development of electro-mechanical air conditioning had a significant impact on the history of the South in the 20th century—and it continues into the 21st. The boom in Southern cities and businesses that started after World War II and expanded in the 1960s can be linked directly to the spread of air conditioning. (more…)

Summer’s Almost Here—Are You Still Waiting to Schedule AC Maintenance?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

At the start of spring, we wrote a post about how important it is to have routine maintenance for your air conditioning system from HVAC professionals. Summer is almost here, with June less than three weeks away. Temperatures are going to rise steadily, but there’s still time to schedule air conditioning maintenance that will make a difference before the serious heat sets in.

A Regular Maintenance Program

We want to emphasize that when you call us for maintenance, you’re not simply getting a one-time visit from a technician who will give your AC a quick look and then take off. You’re signing up for a maintenance program that is designed to see that your entire HVAC system receives the best care possible—throughout the year. You’ll have a maintenance visit during the spring to tune-up and inspect the air conditioner, and then in the fall you’ll receive the same level of care for your heating system.

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Are There Ways to Handle AC Maintenance on My Own?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

If you’re considering trying to do your own air conditioning maintenance this spring, you’re partially on the right track: there are a number of tasks you should do during the spring and summer to make sure that your AC works at peak efficiency and at reduced danger of encountering repair needs. However, the actual maintenance job—the full tune-up, cleaning, and inspection—must be left to experienced professionals who follow special procedures and use advanced tools. (more…)

The Dangers of Low Refrigerant in an Air Conditioning System

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

People often misunderstand the role of refrigerant (a.k.a. “Freon”) in an air conditioner. Refrigerant is not a type of fuel: an AC doesn’t use up its refrigerant as it runs the way that a car uses gasoline or a cell phone drains its electrical charge. Refrigerant remains at the same level in an air conditioner as it moves between liquid and gaseous states, absorbing heating through evaporation and then releasing it through condensation.

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