Hometown Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Compressor Trouble? Here’s How to Proceed

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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This doesn’t have a quick or easy answer, to be honest. But we’ll do our best to cover all the bases on what happens when you have a failed compressor.

It’s a particularly unpleasant problem to face, a failed compressor, as this component is essentially the heart of your air conditioner. Your air conditioner literally cannot do the very job it was designed to do without this component–which is to transfer and compress refrigerant in order to return cooled air into your home.

With most components, replacement is the best option. But the thing is, because of the compressor’s importance, it’s the most expensive component in your AC. In many cases, if it fails, it makes more economic sense to replace the whole entire air conditioner. But that’s not always the case. We get it, that’s frustrating. Read on to gain a little clarity on the matter!

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Buzz, Bang, or Boom: AC Sounds You Don’t Want to Hear

Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Let’s face it–no air conditioner is ever going to operate in complete silence. There have been a lot of technological advancements that help certain cooling systems function much more quietly, such as inverter drive and variable speed AC systems. But for the most part, you’re always going to hear your outdoor compressor cycling on and off, and you’ll hear the whoosh of air through your vents, plus perhaps even the flexing of your ductwork as temperatures fluctuate.

What you shouldn’t hear, however, is banging, buzzing, booming, or any other noise you’re unfamiliar with. Strange noises aren’t something to be ignored. Neglecting them can only cause problems to grow, until you’re left scrambling to buy a new air conditioner in the middle of summer because yours has completely broken down.

Read on as we uncover what these, and more, sounds mean and why they’re so ominous.

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Why You Don’t Want to Ignore the Size of Your New AC

Monday, July 6th, 2020
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Several weeks ago, we published a blog post letting you know why it’s so important to hire a professional for your air conditioning installation. We mentioned briefly how a professional will know how to properly size an air conditioner, but do you know why this is so important?

When you’re purchasing a new air conditioner at this time of the year, it’s likely you’ll be tempted to rush, and buy the biggest system that will fit your budget, but this can actually be a big mistake. You don’t want to just assume that bigger is better—because it’s not. In fact, too large or overpowered of a system can be just as detrimental to HVAC efficiency as a system that’s too small or underpowered.

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What’s Wrong with a Short-Cycling Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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One of the most common, and most frustrating, problems for an AC system is short-cycling. This problem is both a symptom of a repair need and the cause of further issues. Although sometimes there is a simple fix such as changing your air filter, in many cases short-cycling requires a much bigger repair, and the best thing you can do is contact an HVAC professional.

After all, unless short-cycling is resolved, it will eventually lead to an early demise for your air conditioner, and will waste a lot of energy until then.

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How to Determine When You’re Ready for AC Replacement

Monday, June 8th, 2020
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Summer is right around the corner, and soon enough you’ll need your air conditioner on a daily basis. Is it up to the task, though? Now is the perfect time to check if your AC is actually ready to get you through summer. If it’s not, it’s a good idea to replace it now, rather than wait for it to break down when you need it the most.

You don’t want to be without an air conditioner when temperatures get to their highest, after all. But, what signs should you look for that indicates it is in fact time for you to consider this replacement? Read on to learn a few!

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Common Cooling Efficiency Mistakes

Monday, May 25th, 2020
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When it comes to keeping your home comfortable, it makes sense that you’d like to do so as efficiently as possible. After all, who wants to pay more than necessary to keep their home at a reasonable temperature during the summer?

However, there are a number of mistakes homeowners often make regarding their AC use, and it actually works against them. Many folks believe these myths because they have been told they can save money when the contrary is true. Read on as we uncover some of the most common cooling efficiency mistakes.

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Yes, You Need a Pro for Your Air Conditioner Installation

Monday, May 11th, 2020
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One of the questions that many homeowners have about air conditioners is whether they can install one on their own.

Sure, if it’s a window unit or portable system!

The fact is, there are some intricate steps involved with an air conditioning installation, and if any of these steps are done incorrectly or hastily, it could lead to problems later on. Overall, AC systems are complex, and require a trained and experienced professional to manage.

We understand the sense of urgency though. If you’ve found yourself in need of a new air conditioner this time of the year—when temperatures are beginning to rise. If you’re shopping for one right now it means you need it now. But the thing is, rushing into a purchase like this can leave you sacrificing your comfort and cooling performance. Read on as we uncover a few reasons you need a professional for your installation.

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Prepping Your Air Conditioner for Warmer Weather

Monday, April 13th, 2020
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No matter the time of year or what’s going on in the world, you deserve to be comfortable in your home. A big contributor to that comfort is your HVAC system. Is your air conditioner in good shape?

This is the time of year we recommend a spring tune-up for your system! Just like maintenance for your vehicle, routine air conditioning maintenance is essential to the performance of the cooling system, and important to preventing huge repair needs. Read on to learn more!

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