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Why and How Is My AC Leaking Water?

August 13th, 2018

angry-guyChances are that you have heard about the dangers of refrigerant leaks in your air conditioning system. You probably have not heard too much about water leaks in the system, however. And why should you have? A central air conditioning system doesn’t use water. It has no water piped to it, and it certainly doesn’t have a water storage tank of any kind. So how the heck is it that the AC in your home is leaking water, then?

The good news is that you’re not crazy—or, at least, not because you’re seeing water leak out of your system. The bad news is that, well, you are actually seeing what you think you’re seeing! Even a little bit of water can do real damage to a home, and the fact is that any abnormality in terms of how your air conditioner operates is a sign of potentially serious trouble. Let’s take a look at causes of these “water leaks” and when you may need professional HVAC services in Durham, NC.

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AC Pro Tip: Freshen Up That Filter!

July 30th, 2018

filterI mean, I think that my air filter is fine. It’s not like the indoor air quality in my home is giving me sneezing fits or anything. If this is at all in line with your thinking regarding the standard air filter in your AC system, then there is a serious misunderstanding of precisely what this filter’s intended operation is. The filter that you should be changing every 1-3 months is not there to improve indoor air quality throughout your home.

It is there instead to help protect the overall condition of your HVAC system and to ensure that you are getting the most efficient, reliable, and effective performance possible from your air conditioner. Think that this is an exaggeration? Think again! In today’s post, we are going to help you to understand just what you risk by failing to change your air filter regularly. Your air conditioner in Raleigh, NC is depending upon you, and the clean filters that you provide!

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Why AC Maintenance Is a Professional Service

July 16th, 2018

man-with-fanIn our previous blog post, we told you about some simple ways in which you can help to maintain your air conditioning system. You may recall that our final suggestion was a bit of a switcheroo—that you need to schedule professional AC maintenance with our team! But why is this the case? As you’ll recall, you can change your air filter and clean your outdoor unit on your own. Is there really that much more to cover?

You better believe it! We alluded to the fact that routine HVAC maintenance is something that you need to schedule with a trained, experienced professional because it is too big and complex of a job to handle on your own. That wasn’t a lie! Today we are going to look at some of what we’ll accomplish when tuning up your AC, provided that you schedule your AC services in Apex, NC with our team. So read on, and remember that we’re here for you and your AC system.

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Tips for Maintaining Your HVAC System

July 2nd, 2018

woman-fanWait a second, you may be thinking, isn’t this the same blog that is always reminding me that routine HVAC maintenance is a job for trained professionals? What gives? Why the sudden change of heart? Well, if that’s the way that you feel, then you haven’t been paying very close attention. Yes, routine air conditioning maintenance is something that demands the skill and expertise that only trained, knowledgeable professionals can offer.

That does not mean that there is nothing that you can do to keep your air conditioner in good working condition, though. When you need HVAC services in Durham, NC, such as annual HVAC maintenance, then we are definitely the pros to call. Today, we’re going to prove that we’re true pros by helping you to understand how you can pitch in when it comes to keeping your AC in great working condition. Be sure to contact a member of our team with any questions that you may have. 

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3 Signs That Your AC Is in Trouble

June 18th, 2018

AC-tools-on-topWhen you first got your air conditioner, they probably told you it would need regular maintenance. And while no one is eager to get AC repairs, it’s crucial that you’re prepared for any troubles—especially if you haven’t had maintenance in a while.

If you know the warning signs, you’ll be able to act as soon as they arise. AC trouble left unchecked can drain your finances or leave you sweating in the summer.

They say trouble always comes in threes. So here are three big signs of air conditioning trouble, what they mean, and what you can do about it.              

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No, You Can’t Add Refrigerant to Your AC

June 4th, 2018

AC-manifoldNot only can you not add refrigerant to your air conditioner on your own, but you should never have to! Air conditioners are either factory charged with the right amount of refrigerant before being shipped out to retailers, or they are charged at the time of installation in a dry charge scenario. Because refrigerant is not consumed by your air conditioner at any point in the system’s operation, a low refrigerant charge means that it was either charged insufficiently at the factory—highly unlikely—insufficiently charged by your installation technician—not if you worked with us!—or you have a leak.

That last point is, unfortunately, the one that most homeowners run into. Make no mistake—a refrigerant leak is one of the most serious air conditioning problems that you may encounter with your system. Not only will a low refrigerant charge put your comfort and your budget at risk, but continuing to run an air conditioner that is low on refrigerant can result in serious damage to your system. Given the opportunity, it can even ruin your compressor. In such cases, a full AC replacement is usually the result.

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Avoiding AC Installation Headaches

May 21st, 2018

technician-workingIt does not matter if you are installing a brand new air conditioner in a new home, or if the time has finally come to replace your old air conditioning system with a newer, more efficient model—you want that installation process to go as smoothly as possible. Well, not only do you want it, but we believe that you deserve it. That is why we are here to handle your AC installation, and why we are using today’s post to give you some tips for avoiding any headaches with the project.

Efficient and reliable air conditioning in Fuquay Varina is really more a necessity than it is a luxury. That is why you really want to know that the job is done right every step of the way—and that you’ve also made the right decisions every step of the way. The fact that you’ve navigated yourself to our blog means that you are well on the way to doing so! Read on, and be sure to contact us with any questions that you may have.

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What Short Cycling Means for Your AC

May 7th, 2018

AC-technicianOne of the worst things that you can do for your air conditioning system is to convince yourself that your air conditioner is working “well enough”. We know, we get it. It’s hot out, you’re busy, at least there’s still cool air coming from the vents, etc. etc. That may all be true, but the fact remains that ignoring the need for air conditioning repairs is a decision that is going to come back to haunt you. Worse, the negative impact on your air conditioner can manifest in a number of different ways.

So, if your air conditioner is running only briefly before cycling back down, causing your system to take longer and longer to cool your home, don’t settle for “well, it gets there eventually”. You deserve better than this, and so does your air conditioner. Here is some information from our Durham AC repair professionals about why short cycling is serious business. If you notice the problem with your system, you need to nip it in the bud.

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Do Not Overpay for Cooling This Season

April 23rd, 2018

house-money-seesawThe early days of summer are always a welcome change of pace around here, especially after a particularly chilly winter season. Once the real heat and humidity of the season descend upon us once more, though, it can be a bit hard to remember why we were so excited for it in the first place! Even those of us that love the summer season the most will admit that it can be a trying time when the heat and humidity levels hit their peak.

That is why you not only want a great performance from your air conditioning system, but also need an efficient performance from that system as well. After all, you are going to be running that air conditioner pretty much nonstop throughout the hottest time of the year. The last thing that you want is to drain your budget just because you want to live in the comfort that we know you deserve. Here are some tips to help you enjoy more affordable air conditioning in Raleigh, NC.

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Recover Energy for Better HVAC Efficiency

April 9th, 2018

daffodilsEveryone wants to live comfortably in their own homes throughout the year. Not only do they want to, but, we believe, they deserve too. That is why we hate the idea of any homeowner having to sacrifice his or her comfort just to keep their energy bills manageable. The good news is that we have a solution to one of the biggest issues that plague homeowners seeking both efficient comfort and great indoor air quality: keeping the air in their homes fresh without wasting energy in the process.

That answer? The energy recovery ventilator. When you work with our Garner, NC HVAC professionals, we’ll assess your home and your HVAC system to determine if integrating an ERV into that system is the solution that you need. These unique devices are actually quite simple in theory, but they do need to be professionally installed by trained professionals in order to function properly. Read on, and be sure to let us know if you’re ready to start getting more from the energy that you pay for.

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