Smart Choice Heating and Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Anaheim’

“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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Sounds You Should Never Hear from Your Furnace

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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We seem to be just about winding down on our furnace use. Though, as we all know, we can still be in for a cold spell in the coming weeks, and you never know if you might need your furnace for one last show. Whether you’ve already shut it down for the season or expect to turn it back on again, one thing is for sure. If it was making any unfamiliar noises, you need to have it checked out by an experienced professional!

There are certain noises that simply shouldn’t be ignored, and letting a furnace sit in wait until next fall can be detrimental to not only the heating system, but your air conditioner too—which shares components like ductwork and the thermostat. If you are hearing any of the following suspicious sounds, please don’t hesitate to schedule an inspection with one of our technicians.

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Increase Heating Efficiency and Prevent Repair Needs

Monday, January 27th, 2020
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If you’ve lived in the Anaheim area for very long, you know that we tend to be thought of for our wonderful weather, and our heating systems don’t get much of a workout at all. You also know though, that this winter has been a bit of a surprise with temps hovering between 40-60° for the last several weeks.

Let’s face it, we need our heaters this year! But if you’re like any reasonable homeowner, you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to use yours. You have to spend enough on your cooling costs each year, wintertime is supposed to be when we get a break from our utility bills, right?

The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to boost your heating efficiency, lowering these costs and even preventing repair needs. Curious? Read on!

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Sounds You Don’t Want Your Furnace Making

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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We get it—it can be easy to ignore some of the noises that the appliances and fixtures in your home make—especially when they’re not particularly loud or alarming. It’s human nature to deny that something is wrong because fixing it can be an expensive hassle. But we’re here to tell you that there are certain furnace noises you never want to ignore.

While a rattle, for example, might just indicate a loose panel, it may also suggest a cracked heat exchanger, which can lead to a hazardous carbon monoxide leak. We know how important it is to you to protect your home and your family, so if you hear the following suspicious noises coming from your furnace, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Did Your Heater Call It Quits? How to Choose a New One

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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We haven’t needed our heating systems too much yet this season, but enough for you to know if it’s showing any troubling symptoms of disrepair. Perhaps you already know that repairs won’t do any good and it’s just about time for your aging system to be replaced. Of course, investing in a new heater is a big financial decision, and therefore a decision you don’t want to rush.

We always recommend consulting with a professionally trained HVAC technician to make an informed choice on what’s best for your specific home and needs. Selecting the right heating system for your home doesn’t need to be complicated—we’ve provided a quick guide below to help you with the decision making process with as little overwhelm about the process as possible.

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How to Choose the Right HVAC Installer

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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When you live in a climate like ours, it’s no secret that an effective and efficient air conditioner is absolutely essential to your comfort and health. You need this system to work flawlessly day after day, season after season. It’s no different for your heater—sure, we may not need our heaters quite as often as our AC systems, but when we do we’re happy to have them.

Of course, your HVAC systems can only work as flawlessly as you expect if you hire the right contractor to install and service the system—you need an HVAC installer you can trust!

This isn’t a partnership you want to rush into. Doing so could leave you with an AC system or furnace that’s improperly sized for your home, or installed incorrectly—preventing it from working as efficiently as it was meant to.

So how do you go about choosing the right HVAC installer for the job? Read on!

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