Smart Choice Heating and Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

“Why Is My Air Conditioner Making This Noise?”

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Boost Your AC Efficiency with These Tips

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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We may have had some chilly mornings lately, indicating that fall weather is finally on its way, but as any Anaheim resident knows, the warmer temperatures aren’t done with us quite yet, as in the past we’ve had Novembers with 90°+ days. That said, our air conditioners aren’t done doing their job quite yet.

Since our HVAC systems make up half of all of our energy use, it makes sense you’d be resistant to still use yours in the coming weeks. But you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save money! Keep reading for a few tips on what you can do to boost AC efficiency and subsequently lower your bills.

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What’s Your AC Trying to Tell You?

Monday, October 7th, 2019
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Summer is over, and our temps cooled down for a bit, but as we all know, it’s going to warm right back up. We definitely aren’t done using our air conditioners quite yet, and you need yours to work as you expect it to for the coming weeks. If you have an aging system, you might be worried about its ability to get you through the rest of the year.

If you’re considering replacement, now is a great time to schedule it. Though we may still have a few heat waves ahead, we are heading into a generally milder time of year. Scheduling your air conditioner replacement now means you won’t have to scramble to do it next summer, nor will you have to risk trying to use an outdated system that could fail on you at any moment.

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End of Season AC Care Tips

Monday, September 9th, 2019
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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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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