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What Happens During AC Maintenance?

September 18th, 2017

tech-workning-on-ACIf you’ve ever visited us here at our blog before, then you have probably heard us relate just how important it is that you schedule an annual air conditioning tune-up in Mount Vernon, WA. It is one thing to be told that you have to do something just because it is super important. It is another thing to actually have an understanding of what actually happens during an annual AC maintenance visit, though. Today, we aim to bridge that gap.

Read on to learn a bit more about routine air conditioning maintenance entails. Hopefully, this will help you to understand not only why annual AC tune-ups are so important, but also why they should always be left to trained professionals. And, as always, if you have any questions, our technicians are here to help. You can always count on our team to guarantee that you are getting the best that your home comfort systems have to offer.

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HVAC Tip: Heat Pumps Offer Year Round Comfort!

September 4th, 2017

couple-with-coffeeSummer sure seemed to by quickly this year, didn’t it? While there are a lot of homeowners that love the summer season, there are also a lot of residents in our area that love the winter. Of course, loving the winter is a lot easier when there is a great HVAC system in your home keeping you comfortable. What if we told you that our Burlington, WA HVAC professionals could outfit your home with a system that could keep your home comfortable all year long by itself?

Well, we can. The system is called a heat pump, and it is one of the most unique of all HVAC systems available to homeowners today. When you use a heat pump in order to both heat and cool your home, you enjoy great energy efficiency along with great comfort. Not only that, but you get it all in one convenient package. Read on, and let a member of our team know if you think that the heat pump is the right option for your home.

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Is This the Year for a New Heater?

August 21st, 2017

cold-man-radiatorWe know that you are not ready to switch on your heater just yet,  but that does not mean that it is too early for a bit of heating talk. In particular,  now is a great time of the year to start thinking about whether or not your heater in Mt. Vernon, WA is really going to make it through another heating season successfully. It is early yet, but the fact is that you want to get your heating replacement out of the way before you really need to start using your heater for the year.

We understand that investing in a new heating system is a pretty major expense, and that you want to get the longest service life out of the system that you currently have installed. You also need to understand, however, that waiting for a system to break down entirely is not really the best course of action. It is most likely to happen precisely when you need your heater the most, after all. Here are a few factors to consider when thinking about your heating needs.

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Refrigerant: Small Leaks, Big Problems

August 7th, 2017

service-timeThere are a lot of different components in any air conditioning system. From the ductwork that distributes the cool air to the evaporator and condenser coils, compressor, and so on, it is a surprisingly complex system for one with just a single job to do. In order to do that job as efficiently and effectively as possible, it is important that every component in your air conditioning system is functioning properly. It is also important that the system is properly charged with refrigerant.

While not a mechanical component, the refrigerant in your air conditioning system is definitely one of the key players in the overall cooling process. If your system is leaking refrigerant, then you absolutely must schedule prompt air conditioning repairs in Stanwood, WA, before serious damage is done. Of course, in order to do so, you must first recognize that there is a refrigerant leak to begin with. We have some information that will help you to do so.

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Has My AC Sprung a Water Leak?

July 24th, 2017

woman-hand-on-headThere are certain problems that homeowners encounter with their air conditioners that, while unfortunate and concerning, are not exactly all that surprising. An air conditioner that is blowing warm air, for instance, is obviously no good. That particular problem makes sense in the context of the system, though. The same cannot really be said for an air conditioner that has, for whatever reason, started to leak water.  In fact, many homeowners are so confused by this development that they just assume the water came from elsewhere, and just wound up by the AC unit.

In truth, the water that you are seeing around the system could well be coming from your air conditioner. It is just not the result of a leak in the way that you are thinking of it. After all, evaporative coolers aside, air conditioning systems do not actually use water in their operation. So how can water be coming from the system at all, then? Read on to learn a bit more about why your air conditioner in Burlington, WA may be leaking.

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Balancing Humidity in Your Home

July 10th, 2017

family-with-beagleJust because you live in a dry area does not necessarily mean that the air in your home is going to be dry. Balancing humidity in one’s living space can be a tricky endeavor, as so many factors within the home itself can converge to affect the overall humidity level throughout the house. So how does one ensure that he or she is able to keep the air in his or her home sufficiently humid, without it being too humid?

The answer is to use a whole-house humidifier and/or dehumidifier in Anacortes, WA. With a whole-house humidifier/dehumidifier, you can not only balance humidity in your home very conveniently and effectively, but efficiently as well. Just keep in mind that these systems integrate right into your HVAC system, necessitating the installation and ongoing services being handled by qualified professionals. Here are a few warning signs that you may need to balance humidity in your home.

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Don’t Overlook Your AC Tune-Up

June 26th, 2017

AC-techniciansWouldn’t it be great if you could invest in a mechanical system of any kind, and know that this mechanical system would always be there for you when you need it most? Well, this sadly is not the reality of the situation. All mechanical systems — including your whole-house cooling system, which we’ll be focusing on today — have finite lifespans. The fact that your system will not last forever, though, does not mean that you shouldn’t do all that you can to help it run effectively and reliably for as long as possible.

What is the key to keeping your air conditioner in prime working condition? Scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance in Stanwood, WA. Only when your system is regularly and thoroughly tuned up by trained professionals can you hope for your system to function at peak performance levels. Air conditioning maintenance is not something that you can handle on your own, so be sure to schedule service with the pros on our team.

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How Does Ductless Air Conditioning Work?

June 12th, 2017

ductless-blowerThe short answer to the question posed in the title of this post is: very well! We know that this is not really much to go on, of course, so in the following blog we are going to explain to you how it is that a ductless air conditioning system actually works, as well as how using such a system can benefit you.Upon review, you may just find that you are ready to make the jump to a ductless air conditioner in Mt. Vernon, WA.

If you do decide that a ductless mini split is an option that you would like to pursue, just keep in mind the fact that you will only get the best performance that your ductless mini split has to offer if you schedule professional ductless mini split installation, maintenance, and repair services. Just dial our number to do so. When our technicians install and service your system, you’ll cool your home with well-earned confidence.

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Keep a Fresh Air Filter in Your Air Conditioning System!

May 29th, 2017

man-with-fanIf you have visited this blog or others like it before, then you have certainly come across posts explaining just how important it is that you schedule air conditioning maintenance on an annual basis. With all of the work that your air conditioner in Burlington, WA does each and every summer, you can expect a fair amount of wear and tear on that system. Routine air conditioning maintenance ensures that this wear and tear is addressed, and that your system is functioning at peak performance levels.

There is one particular maintenance task that need to be completed more than once a year, though. It is a very important step, but it is also one that you can actually handle on your own. That is changing the air filter in your air conditioning system. You simply cannot wait for your professional service technician to come around once a year and change the filter for you. Having a dirty filter in place has a number of detrimental effects on any AC system.

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My AC! It’s Blowing Warm Air!

May 15th, 2017

thermometer-in-redFor most homeowners, a broken down air conditioning system is probably something of a worst case scenario during the hottest time of the year. Just shy of such a breakdown, an air conditioner that is blowing warm air is nearly as troublesome. Why might your air conditioner in Anacortes blow warm air when you are trying to cool your home? Well, the bad news is that it is a real possibility. The good news is that the problem may not actually be as serious as you’d initially expect.

There are quite a few potential causes of this particular problem, and some of them you may actually be able to resolve on your own. Should you fail to find an obvious solution to the problem, though, be sure to dial our number right away. There are certain causes that not only require professional attention, but which could lead to serious system damages if given the opportunity.

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