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End of Season AC Care Tips

September 9th, 2019
End of Season AC Care Tips

No home comfort appliance or heavy piece of equipment lasts forever, no matter how well it’s built or cared for. Your household air conditioner is no exception! It has a limited lifespan, and when it’s approaching that time, it’s a good idea to upgrade to a newer system before you find yourself dealing with a sudden, total breakdown.

The last thing you need is to be trapped on a hot day—this is the most likely time for a system to fail and break down—with no immediate relief in sight as you make a mad dash to try to schedule new AC installation.

We may be nearing the end of summer, but if you’ve lived in the Irvine area for even just a year, you know our warmer weather can extend well into fall and potentially even winter. This means that if you have an air conditioning problem now, you want to deal with it ASAP. But how do you know if your AC is about to call it quits? By following these tips:

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When Is a Cooling System Problem an Emergency?

August 26th, 2019
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Sometimes it can be hard to tell when an AC problem is a problem that can wait for a more convenient time on your schedule, or if it’s an emergency that could lead to further AC damage, or even property damage.

For instance, something like low airflow could just mean your air filter needs to be changed (you should be doing this every 1-3 months) while a lack of cooled air might mean your thermostat accidentally got adjusted or isn’t in cooling mode. The problems we’ve described below, however, constitute as emergencies and you absolutely should give us a call if they occur.

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Midsummer AC Efficiency and Home Improvement Tips

August 12th, 2019
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Summer is progressing right along, which means our air conditioners are working hard to do their job of keeping our homes as comfortable as possible. Now is a great time to start thinking about ways to boost your air conditioner’s energy efficiency, and potentially even make some adjustments around your home to improve efficiency even more.

When your cooling system is working as efficiently as possible, you don’t have to worry as much about costly energy bills. Fortunately, there are a number of affordable or even free things you can do around your home to boost this efficiency. Keep reading to learn more!

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“Who Turned Up the Heat?” This Sign Indicates You Need AC Repair!

July 29th, 2019
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Have you noticed your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be as effective as cooling down your home as it used to be? With the weather finally warming up around here—actually warming up may be an understatement—you want your air conditioner to work flawlessly, right?

And the middle of summer is undoubtedly the worst time for your cooling system to have problems. But… it’s the most likely time for problems to happen. So if you do notice a drop in cooling power, even if it’s slight, it’s reason enough to call in the pros for inspection and possibly repairs.

A drop in cooling power is the sign of AC repair needs we’re going to talk about here today. There are several possible reasons for this, and we’ve covered the most common below. Read on to learn more!

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Why You Should Join an AC Maintenance Club

July 15th, 2019
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How do you plan for summer? We’re not talking about vacation planning (though, of course, we do encourage that!) but rather how to make sure your air conditioner is ready for the soaring temperatures.

The best way to prep is with professional maintenance. During this service, our technicians thoroughly inspect your entire air conditioner, checking for anything that needs adjustment or repair, and comprehensively cleaning the system inside and out. This helps your air conditioner perform to the best of its ability, and do so efficiently so that you aren’t paying an arm and leg just to stay reasonably comfortable in your own home.

All that said, scheduling maintenance each year—or every 6 months, if you have a heat pump—is one thing, but have you considered enrolling in a maintenance program? Ask about ours! There are a number of benefits to joining a specialized maintenance program, or club, and ours is no exception. Below are just a few benefits to doing so.

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Diagnosing AC Issues: Why Maintenance Matters

July 1st, 2019

We introduced you to the idea of AC maintenance and its importance in our previous blog post—getting this service on your schedule once a year helps to ensure your air conditioner works as well as it was designed to, for as long as it was meant to.

It’s easy to get started with maintenance, too—just give us a call! We’re happy to discuss with you the benefits of our time-saving and cost-saving maintenance plan.

In the meantime though, we really want to stress why exactly maintenance matters so much. We listed some benefits in that blog post a couple of weeks ago, and we also talked about what happens during maintenance—our technicians thoroughly inspect the system, making necessary adjustments and alerting you to repair needs.

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Have You Scheduled Your Pre-Season AC Tune-Up Yet?

June 17th, 2019
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True, summer is just about officially here—just a few more days. But does that mean it’s too late to schedule your maintenance tune-up if you haven’t done so already? Of course not! Unless your air conditioner is completely broken down and cannot be repaired, it’s never too late for professional maintenance.

Of course, it does matter how often you have your tune-ups done. If it’s been over a year since your cooling system has been maintained, you certainly shouldn’t wait any longer. And if you have a heat pump system, that means it gets year-round use, and therefore needs year-round care—in this case, two maintenance visits a year. Regardless of the type of air conditioner you use, regular maintenance is vital for your system for the following reasons:

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Do Not Believe This Refrigerant Myth

June 3rd, 2019
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There is one question in particular that HVAC professionals get asked pretty often. In fact, you might have asked a professional this at one time—“How often does my refrigerant need to be refilled?”

If you did ask this, what was the answer you got? Did they tell you once a year during maintenance, or twice a year? Well unfortunately, this is incorrect.

The correct answer to your question is, “hopefully never!”

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Qualities to Look for in a Home Services Professional

May 20th, 2019
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In Anaheim, we rely on our air conditioners to function day after day, season after season—sometimes even on an almost year-round basis.

Your air conditioner protects you, keeps you comfortable, and combined with the right indoor air quality products, helps you breathe easier. It’s reliable and efficient without creating unexpected spikes in energy costs. At least, that’s the case if you worked with a trained and experienced technician to install the system and follow that up with thorough maintenance and repairs.

When you hire someone to do any type of work within your home—not just on your HVAC system, you want to make sure it’s a professional you can trust. But, how can you ensure this is the case?

By doing your research! Below we’ve shared just a few qualities you should look out for in a home services professional.

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Allergy Season Doesn’t Have to be Torture!

May 6th, 2019

The one thing you can always count on in the spring season is unpredictable temperatures—the beginning of May, for instance, can be as high as 90° outside or, as last week showed us, as low as 60° during the day.

The temperature isn’t the only contributor to our comfort this season, though. The constant switch between dewy and wet conditions to dry conditions can wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. And while there’s nothing you can do about this outside, there is absolutely a way to tackle it indoors. How so? Read on to find out!

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