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These 4 Signs Indicate Ductwork in Disrepair

September 21st, 2020
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If your home is set up like most in Orange County, it’s likely that you’re using a traditional central air conditioner, and probably even a furnace as well. There is one very important component that makes it possible for conditioned air to even reach your living space, and that’s your ductwork.

But what if something is wrong with your ductwork? You could have breaches, even tiny pinhole leaks, that are letting conditioned air escape out. Or you could have dirt buildup and potentially even mold growth in your ventilation system. But how do you know for sure if you actually have ductwork in disrepair? Well, there are a few signs, which we’ve shared below.

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“Is a Ductless System Right for My Home?”

September 7th, 2020
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Summer may have seemed like a bit of a blur this year, but we’re still in store for plenty of warm weather. That being said, is your air conditioner in good shape, or is it time for you to start considering an upgrade?

If you chose the latter, you’d do well to consider the installation of a ductless air conditioner, which also happens to be a ductless heater, to boot. The thing is, if your current air conditioner is struggling, then you are settling. You’re settling for poor performance, higher than necessary energy bills, and decreased comfort. So read on as we explore ductless systems and why you may want to consider one this year.

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What to Do with a Rumbling Water Heater

August 24th, 2020
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Wondering what to do if you have a rumbling water heater? The short answer is, “schedule service!”

A rumbling water heater is due to something called scaling, which occurs inside your water heater tank when you have hard water, or water with a high presence of minerals in it like magnesium, calcium, and iron.

While these mineral buildups aren’t harmful to you they are harmful to your plumbing and your quality of life, with your water heater being no exception. Read on as we dive into further detail on the matter.

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The 3 Steps of Professional AC Installation

August 10th, 2020
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It’s never a smart choice to try to work on or install a whole-house air conditioner on your own. This can backfire on you and leave you with repair issues you didn’t bargain for. So why are we about to share with you the 3 main steps of professional AC installation? Because we want you to see how important it is to hire a pro!

Of course, we understand the sense of urgency here. If you’ve found this post soon after it was published, then that likely means you’re a bit desperate to get a new cooling system in and get back to enjoying your comfortable home again. But rushing into a purchase like this could leave you even less comfortable with an inefficient system that costs too much to run. Read on, and you’ll understand why.

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Is the Air You Breathe Indoors Actually Hurting You?

July 27th, 2020
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Did you know that your indoor air quality can actually be worse than that of outdoors? This is especially true if you aren’t utilizing the right indoor air quality solutions in your living space–and many homeowners aren’t.

If you’re like most Anaheim residents, nowadays you’re especially cautious about your health. That’s understandable! The good news is, we provide and expertly install a number of products that can help improve the health of the air you’re breathing indoors. Among the various solutions is the whole-house air purifier! Read on to learn more about this powerful IAQ solution.

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“Why Is My Air Conditioner Making This Noise?”

May 18th, 2020
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If you’re asking yourself that question, chances are that you probably need to give us a call for an air conditioner inspection, and perhaps repair. But we’re happy to elaborate to help you better understand your air conditioner, and what’s going on with it when it makes particular noises.

The thing is, summer is the most likely season for air conditioners to develop problems. While we often use our air conditioners a couple of times in the spring, and in some cases even the fall, it gets its most consistent use in the summer, and therefore is placed under ongoing strain.

This wear and tear makes it more likely for components to break down, particularly in an older air conditioner. Of course, you can help fend off the worst of repair needs with routine maintenance for your air conditioner, so if you haven’t scheduled that yet be sure to do so today!

In the meantime, read on for some common “problem noises” and what they might mean.

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If You Skipped AC Maintenance, Watch for These Problems

May 4th, 2020
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In our previous blog post, we talked about the importance and power of professional, preventive maintenance for your air conditioner. With our recent heatwave, it’s only more apparent how important it is to have a fully functional and properly tuned-up system. So, what if you skipped maintenance, or just haven’t gotten around to scheduling it yet? Will your air conditioner really suffer?

It certainly can! Even the newest and most expensive models of cooling systems will succumb to wear and tear if not adequately maintained. Unless you have a heat pump system, your unit should be tuned-up once a year. For heat pumps, this should be pushed up to every 6 months. What can happen if you skip maintenance? Read on to find out!

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Has Your Air Conditioner Been Tuned-Up Yet?

April 20th, 2020
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While temperatures have stayed cooler a little longer than usual this spring, you know as well as we do that summer is just around the corner, and temperatures can rise pretty suddenly. When that happens, it’s essential that your air conditioner be ready for it.

We understand, when an HVAC professional recommends maintenance for your air conditioner, it’s easy to dismiss the idea. Unless you have an urgent repair need, it can be really tempting to just put off air conditioning service in an attempt to save money, especially if you think your air conditioner is working “just fine” right now.

We encourage you to shift your perspective here, though. Just like a maintenance tune-up for your vehicle, routine AC system maintenance is necessary for the overall performance of your appliance. This helps prevent repairs, improves efficiency, and can extend the system’s overall lifespan. Read on as we elaborate.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Struggling? Know the Signs

April 6th, 2020
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Air conditioner repair is one of those services that when you need it, you need it fast. If you started using your AC with our recent warmer temperatures only to discover that it wasn’t operating as it should, or you detected weird noises or behaviors you never have before—give us a call.

Schedule maintenance, if you haven’t already. Spring air conditioning maintenance helps ensure that your air conditioner is clean, adjusted, and that we alert you to any pending repair needs that might exist. This is the best time of year to schedule such a service, historically speaking, since it’s less likely that our technicians will be out on emergency calls and therefore vastly unavailable.

If you already had maintenance done, or just want to know what’s going on with your struggling air conditioner, that’s legitimate too. Read on as we uncover some of the signs of a struggling air conditioner, and if any of these describe your system please give us a call right away!

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As the Weather Warms, Heed These Cooling Efficiency Tips

March 23rd, 2020
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One of the most common questions we get from homeowners in regards to their air conditioning system is how they can improve system efficiency to lower cooling costs. Considering how uncomfortably warm it can get, and how long our summers can be, it’s only natural that you might wonder this as well.

We have good news! There are a number of air conditioning services to help with this, including preventive maintenance that helps you avoid repairs, and lowers bills. There are also HVAC and indoor air quality products that can help with this.

Even simple things like adjusting your thermostat a few degrees higher than usual and ensuring that you change your air filter every 1-3 months will help to improve efficiency. Read on for more details and additional tips to improve efficiency and cooling costs!

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