Comfort Incorporated Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Should You Buy Your New AC Now?

Monday, September 7th, 2020

old-degrading-air-conditionerIn just a couple of weeks, the official start of fall will be here. And in just a couple of months, the temperatures will start to show that. We’ll be turning our attention to our home heating systems, ensuring that they are properly maintained and ready to meet our wintertime needs.

But what if you have an aging air conditioner that struggled a bit this summer? If it’s still running “fine,” should you bother replacing it now, or can you just wait until next spring?

You know the phrase, “better safe than sorry”? It applies here. Sure, your air conditioner may be functional still. But if it is aging or experiencing any of the symptoms we’re about to describe, you may be facing a completely broken down system when you go to turn it on for the first time next year. Why not avoid that by investing in a new system now? Read on as we dive deeper into this.

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AC Compressor Troubleshooting: Repair or Replace?

Monday, August 24th, 2020

ac-compressorOver the years, standard wear and tear can create a lot of—expected—repair needs for your air conditioning system. Particularly with our summers, which are hard on air conditioning systems. You could find yourself facing component replacements, failed capacitors, refrigerant leaks, and even ductwork damage.

Scheduling professional maintenance will help you avoid the most sudden and expensive air conditioning repair needs, but smaller ones still need attention. By skipping maintenance or neglecting repairs you risk the failure of an essential component: the compressor.

With most AC system components, a simple swap out is usually the best option. But with a compressor, the most expensive component there is, the question becomes, “Should I replace my entire air conditioner?” Our well-trained staff can help you make an informed decision on the matter, but you should know there is a good chance we’ll recommend a complete system upgrade. Read on to learn why.

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How to Listen for Signs of AC Trouble

Monday, August 10th, 2020

woman-covering-earsWouldn’t it be nice if someday there was a way for our air conditioners to tell us when they weren’t feeling well? Like, an app that sends us a text message saying, “Help! My refrigerant is low!” or “I think I have a bent fan blade.”

The truth is, this reality is probably not too far off in the future. But for now, it’s up to homeowners to keep an eye and ear out for problems and give our team a call to investigate. One of the most common signs of a problem is strange or unfamiliar noises coming from the air conditioning system. What sort of noises do we mean? Read on!

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It’s Not Too Late! Schedule This Important AC Service Now

Monday, July 27th, 2020

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitCould it ever be too late for air conditioning maintenance? Well, yes. If your air conditioner has completely broken down to the point that it’s absolutely beyond repair, then it would be too late. Chances are, however, you wouldn’t continue reading this blog post if that were the case. You’d likely be checking out our AC replacement services instead, right?

Right.

If you are still reading, it’s probably because you realized, it’s midsummer and you haven’t had your AC professionally inspected yet and you’re wondering if that’s okay. Maybe you’re considering “just skipping it this one time.”

We really want to encourage you not to ever skip a tune-up. Consistency is more important than the time of year you have AC maintenance done, even if we do recommend it be done in the spring before you need your system the most. Read on to learn more about why this AC service is so important.

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What Does a Bad Capacitor Do to Your AC?

Monday, June 29th, 2020

outdoor-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-topHere’s the thing—air conditioners are complex! They’re electronic devices involving wires, switches, capacitors, and many other components. When something goes amiss, there is often an electrical reason behind it. This isn’t always the case, of course, as air conditioners are susceptible to natural wear and tear. But a good rule of thumb if your well-maintained AC is showing troubling symptoms is to call a pro to check out the electrical connections.

We recommend calling pros versus trying to resolve the problem on your own for safety reasons—only a licensed and experienced professional should ever deal with all the wiring that’s involved.

We can tell you though, that if it is an electrical problem, it could very well have something to do with a failing or broken down capacitor. Read on to learn more!

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How to Choose the Right Cooling System for Installation

Monday, June 15th, 2020

woman-enjoying-the-breeze-from-her-ductless-air-handlerWhen it comes to AC systems, you’ll see all sorts of terms come up, from central air conditioners and ductless systems to heat pumps. For homeowners who haven’t purchased a new cooling system in a while, this can all be overwhelming. After all, you probably have no desire to spend hours a day searching for the best cooling system to buy.

Fortunately, our team can give you the lowdown, and you don’t have to worry about searching far and wide for the information you need. You can just give us a call! In the meantime, we’ve shared some basic information below about a few types of AC systems we install and service, and what their differences are.

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AC Noises You Never Want to Hear!

Monday, June 1st, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsWhen you live somewhere as uncomfortably hot and humid as we do throughout the summer, it goes without saying that using your air conditioner daily is a must. Since summer is well on its way, it’s vital that you keep a close eye out in case any problems crop up. Problems with your AC are more likely to occur when you’re getting the most use out of them, after all.

One of the most common indicators that you have a problem with your air conditioner is that it’s making strange noises as it operates. There are a few sounds in particular that you never want to hear coming from your cooling system. Read on as we uncover them.

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Can a Dirty Air Filter Hurt Your AC System?

Monday, May 18th, 2020

man-holding-air-filterThe short answer to this is, “yes.” We’ll elaborate more below!

Too many homeowners think that the only reason they should care about their HVAC system’s air filter is due to the allergens and particles in their indoor air. But this is only partially true.

A dirty air filter isn’t a problem necessarily due to indoor air quality problems. When a technician recommends that you change yours out ever 1-3 months, it’s not so you’ll breathe easier—it’s so that the airflow going into your air conditioner won’t be restricted, and that debris won’t reach the interior components of the air conditioner itself.

Sure, helping your indoor air quality is a small benefit of this type of air filter, but that’s not the air filter’s primary job. Read on to learn more, and to learn how a dirty air filter actually impacts your cooling system.

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How to Detect the Signs Your AC Needs Repair

Monday, May 4th, 2020

two-ac-technicians-in-front-of-outdoor-ac-unit-looking-at-checklist-on-clipboardAir conditioning repair is one of those services nobody wants to have to schedule, but it’s inevitable that at some point it will happen. It’s not that air conditioners aren’t sturdy appliances, but rather that no matter the type of air conditioner, it goes through a natural process of wear and tear. Components break down and need replacement, the strain on the system leads to repair needs, and even the lack of maintenance could mean more repairs are necessary.

The longer you wait to schedule AC repair, the higher chance there is of suffering a complete system breakdown. Nobody wants that in the middle of summer, right? So it’s best to learn now what the signs of an air conditioner in disrepair are. We aren’t calling for homeowners to become AC experts, but we do want you to know when it’s in your best interest to give our pros a call.

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Get Your AC Ready to Work This Summer

Monday, April 6th, 2020

outdoor-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-itHave you scheduled spring maintenance for your air conditioner yet? If not, now is a perfect time! We typically recommend this service right before you need your system the most, so it has the best chance of making it through summer without needing repairs or breaking down on you unexpectedly. During maintenance, our technicians fully inspect your air conditioner, clean it inside and out, make adjustments, and recommend repairs to you if needed.

This all helps your air conditioner perform better, last longer, and keep you more comfortable! Of course, this type of maintenance service should be left to the professionals—forgoing professional maintenance and trying to do complex work on your own can actually void out the system warranty. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take that help with overall maintenance. Curious? Read on!

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