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Air Conditioning Tip: Don’t Skip a Tune-Up!

October 9th, 2017

AC-techniciansWhile homeowners in many areas of the country are getting ready to pack in their ACs for the season and switch over to their heating systems, we still have plenty of cooling ahead of us in the coming days. While it may seem a bit late in the season to be talking about an air conditioning tune-up, the fact is that if you’ve gone this far into the season without one, you still need to have one! If nothing else, you’ll be getting your system onboard for an end of the year maintenance schedule.

Chances are that you’ve seen us talk about the importance of routine maintenance if you have visited this blog or our website before. Because air conditioning in Columbia, SC is so important, we want to take today’s post to reiterate why it is that you cannot afford to skip over even one maintenance visit. Read on, and let the AC maintenance professionals on our team help you to get the most from your home cooling system.

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Air Conditioning FAQ: Is Bigger Better?

September 25th, 2017

comfortable-woman-on-couchCertain areas of the company do not necessitate the nearly constant running of an air conditioning system just to live comfortably. Here in South Carolina, however, this is the reality of our situation. Not only are our temperatures quite hot for much of the year, but we also find ourselves dealing with very high humidity levels as well. With that in mind, we’ll remind you that you really need to be getting the very best performance possible from your home cooling system. That means using an appropriately sized air conditioner.

The problems that occur when using an undersized air conditioner are fairly straightforward and expected. If it’s too small for your home, it is going to run too long, drive up energy costs, and fail to provide you with the comfortable environment that you deserve. What you may not realize is the fact that using an oversized air conditioner is no better. Don’t let improper sizing hold back your air conditioning in Columbia, SC.

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Air Conditioning Repairs: Short Cycling

September 11th, 2017

AC-technician-outdoorsLiving in South Carolina means that you need to have a great air conditioner working for you in your home. It is just too hot and humid for too much of the year to take any risks with the overall operation of your AC. That is why you should always schedule prompt air conditioning repairs in Columbia, SC. The longer that you wait to have your system put back on track by a skilled, trained professional, the worse off your system is likely to be.

Now, some homeowners are of the mind that a running air conditioner is an air conditioner that is running fine. This is not the case at all. Just because the system has not broken down entirely does not mean that you have nothing to worry about. In fact, you never want to wait until the point of a total breakdown to schedule your air conditioning repair services. If you notice an issue like short cycling, for instance, you should be dialing our number to have the root of problem resolved. 

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Common AC Repairs: Refrigerant Leaks

August 28th, 2017

warm-man-with-fanWe all love our air conditioners around here. Without a good whole-house cooling system, it would be basically impossible to live in true comfort throughout the hottest and most humid time of the year. Unfortunately, as much as we rely on our air conditioning systems in Columbia, SC, we may encounter trouble with them from time to time as well. There are a number of problems that can develop with any AC, and a refrigerant leak is potentially among the most serious.

Refrigerant leaks are not going to cause an air conditioner to break down immediately, necessarily. When given the time necessary, however, they can cause costly and sometimes irrevocable damage to the system in question. That is why it is so important that you are able to spot the signs that you may have a refrigerant leak in your air conditioning system. We’ve put together a few tips intended to help you do just that.

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AC Repair Warning Signs

August 14th, 2017

Considering how hot it gets and remains around here, along with the fact that we are currently in the grasp of the August heat, it is pretty safe to assume that your air conditioner is up and running pretty much all the time. However, it is important that you remember that the fact that your air conditioner is running does not mean that it is running properly. Not all operational problems are going to cause your system to break down immediately — but they certainly can if given the time necessary for doing so. service-time

It is for this reason that learning to recognize the need for professional air conditioning repairs is so important. There are a lot of problems that may develop with your air conditioning system in Columbia, SC, especially considering how hard we run ours in this area. Most problems are going to give you some warning signs that trouble is brewing, which allows you to act quickly to resolve them — provided that you know what it is that you are looking for.

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Saving Money with Your AC in Late Summer

July 31st, 2017

air-conditioner-money-saverTemperatures will remain high in the 80s and sometimes reaching up into the 90s through the rest of the summer. That means there’s not much relief in sight for your home’s air conditioning system, which you’ve probably already worked hard for past two months.

We imagine you’re accustomed to seeing high electric bills at this time of year. But if you’ve noticed they seem higher than normal, there are steps you can take to help cut down on costs—some of them simple, some a bit more complicated. We’ll guide you through a few. For those steps that require the assistance of professionals for air conditioning repair in Columbia, SC, you can always turn to us. We have 24/7 emergency service available for those desperate air conditioning moments!

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Ice on Your AC Means Trouble!

July 17th, 2017

woman-with-fanWhat would you do if you noticed that there was ice on your air conditioning system? Give it a pat and let it know that you appreciate hot it is going above and beyond to keep your home cool? Well, ice on a cooling system may seem like a case of an overzealous work ethic. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that it means there is something wrong with your system. It may not be a major issue, and it could even be one that you can fix yourself.

Regardless of just how severe the issue is, though, you need to act fast in resolving it. The last thing that you want to do is give any problem with your air conditioner in Chapin, SC the chance it needs to do serious damage to your system. Keep the following information in mind, and remember to contact us immediately if you can find no obvious cause of the problem. When in doubt, a professional diagnosis and resolution is always the way to go.

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Are There Hot Spots in Your House?

July 3rd, 2017

working-on-ACTo say that our summer weather can make things rather uncomfortable is to make a huge understatement. Around here, the heat and the humidity of the summer season come together to all but decimate our comfort. Fortunately for us modern homeowners, there are plenty of air conditioning systems on the market up to the task of cooling our homes down and allowing us to live in the comfort that we deserve. Unfortunately for us, there is still no guarantee that you will never run into trouble when cooling your home.

There are a lot of different factors that may converge to disrupt your comfort, even if you do have a great air conditioning system in place. One of the most frustrating issues is to have your air conditioner up and running, only to find that there are hot spots at different points throughout your home. If your air conditioner in Irmo, SC used to cool your home evenly and effectively, but hot spots are now creeping up, contact us to have the problem resolved. 

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Don’t Forget About Your Air Conditioner’s Air Filter!

June 19th, 2017

filterIf you’ve checked out our blog previously, or if you have at least perused our website, then you know that we are big advocates for routine air conditioning maintenance. There is no getting around the fact that nothing else comes close when it comes to benefitting your AC in many major ways. While we also advocate against DIY service attempts that could leave your AC worse off than ever, there is one maintenance step that you can take on your own in order to help keep your AC in the best working condition possible.

That is simply changing the air filter in your system. While it may sound trivial, keeping a fresh air filter in your system is actually a vital task that can greatly benefit your AC in and of itself. Not convinced that changing your air filter regularly is worth it? Then be sure to review the following information and to keep it in mind. Once you do, we think you’ll be pretty vigilant in providing your air conditioner in Newberry, SC with fresh filters moving forward.

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Common AC Problems: Leaking Air Ducts

June 5th, 2017

duct-sealingIf you are using window unit air conditioners in order to cool your entire home, then you really are doing yourself a disservice. Sure, these systems have their uses. However, they are not an ideal option for cooling a whole house. They run pretty much constantly, burning through energy and leaving warm spots in the house. Plus, they leave the house unsecured, as they sit in open window frames. A much better option for whole-house cooling is a system designed to do just that: cool a whole house.

That is where the central air conditioner comes into play. A central AC is specifically manufactured in order to keep an entire house cool throughout its living space. These systems must be appropriately sized for the spaces in which they are installed, and they must be professionally serviced. If you use a central air conditioner in Prosperity, NC, you need to know that every component of that system, including its ductwork, is working properly.

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