Why Does My AC Keep Cycling On and Off?

June 4th, 2018

AC-toolsIt’s annoying, isn’t it? Your air conditioner starts up—you can hear it. It begins to cool your home—you can feel it. Then it abruptly cycles back down—you can’t stand it! So don’t put up with it! This is called short cycling, and it is actually a much bigger problem than many homeowners realize. As is so often the case, there are a few different reasons why your system may short cycle.

While these causes vary in terms of severity, the fact remains that a short cycling AC is not a happy AC, and you are not likely to be satisfied with its performance. When the heat of summer hits its zenith, you really need to know that your system is going to live up to your deservedly high expectations. That is why you may need to contact to schedule service with our Norfolk, VA air conditioning repair technicians.  Continue Reading

Tips for a Problem-Free AC Replacement

May 21st, 2018

AC-manifoldF0r most of us, replacing an air conditioning system represents a major expense. It is not something that you want to rush into, and you certainly do not want to replace your air conditioning in Virginia Beach, VA prematurely. So what are you supposed to do? Run your current system into the ground, then try to place a rush order on a replacement when it finally taps out for good? Absolutely not.

We understand financial strains are a fact of life for many homeowners. In an ideal world, we’d all be able to invest in the newest, most efficient equipment possible. Heck, we’d also be able to invest in a system that lasts forever! Here in the real world, however, neither scenario is likely. So today, we want to share some tips with you about how you can make your AC replacement as problem-free as possible. Continue Reading

Is My AC Leaking Refrigerant?

May 7th, 2018

service-timeMuch as we would love to tell you that you are not going to have any problems with your air conditioner this year, let alone for countless years to come, that is simply not the case. No air conditioner lasts forever, and no air conditioner operates properly throughout its entire lifespan. You are going to need air conditioning repair in Virginia Beach, VA eventually. When you do, you want to act fast so that your system does not wind up suffering unnecessary damages.

Obviously, there are certain problems that may be more pressing than others. A refrigerant leak just so happens to be one of the most serious problems that your air conditioner may encounter, though. Remember, a lot of air conditioning issues share similar symptoms. What you may think is a relatively minor issue may actually be a symptom of a refrigerant leak, so don’t wind up doing major damage to your system just because you falsely believed that repairs could wait.

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Remember to Change Your Air Filter This Summer

April 23rd, 2018

air-filterOkay, so the heat of the summer season may still be a ways away. We certainly cannot fault anyone for thinking ahead and anticipating its arrival, though. Most of us have had quite enough cold weather to last us for a while, and hot and sunny days would definitely be a nice change of pace. That is why we’re going to shift gears today and discuss one of the best ways in which you can help your air conditioning in Chesapeake, VA to excel in its operation.

Don’t worry, it is nothing too complex. We certainly are not going to suggest that you should be trying to tune-up your air conditioner on your own, for instance. What we are going to suggest, however, is that you take it upon yourself to complete one of the most vital single maintenance tasks that your air conditioner needs to succeed. It is really quite simple—just remember to change your air filter throughout the summer season!

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Ask an Electrician: Why Are My Lights Flickering?

April 9th, 2018

CFL-bulbIf you use old oil lamps in order to illuminate your home, hey—to each his or her own, we say. Considering the fact that you are reading this on the internet, however, we’re guessing that your lifestyle is a bit more modern. One of the greatest modern luxuries that we have in our homes is our indoor lighting systems. These days there are more options than ever before in terms of bulbs and fixtures available.

What there isn’t, unfortunately, is any guarantee your indoor lighting system is going to function properly at all times. One of the most common issues that homeowners reach out to our electricians in Chesapeake, VA about is flickering lights. If your lights are flickering, you may need a professional electrician to fix the problem. Before scheduling service, however, you should read the following post, as this is not always the case.

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Ask a Plumber: When to Replace Your Water Heater

March 26th, 2018

water-heater-serviceBuying a new water heater is not really the most exciting way to spend a decent amount of money. It is, however, something that you are going to have to do eventually. When that time comes, you’ll obviously want to be sure that you schedule your water heater replacement with a trained professional, and only after you’ve reviewed your replacement options carefully. Of course, this does also beg the question of when, exactly, you are supposed to be replacing your water heater.

There is no single concrete answer to this question, so we cannot tell you for certain if now is the right time—though there is a situation in which a water heater will definitely require replacement, which we will discuss a bit below. For now, suffice it to say that there are a lot of different factors to take into consideration. Keep the following information in mind, and do not hesitate to reach out to our professional plumbers in Chesapeake, VA if you have any further questions. Continue Reading

Have a Plumber Install Your Sump Pump

March 5th, 2018

sump-pumpVirginia is a beautiful place a lot of the time. However, all areas have patches of bad weather. Whether it’s torrential rains or a rapid snowmelt in the winter, we can wind up dealing with a lot of water quite suddenly in this geographic region. Sure, we may not get hurricanes like they do down in the southeast, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t face trouble associated with large amounts of water. That is precisely why you should have a sump pump installed in your home.

Sump pumps have one job to do, and one job only: to pump water out of the lowest level of a home. Flooding is a serious concern, and it can lead to a lot of different problems in a home. Be sure to contact a member of our team as soon as possible if you do not currently have a sump pump in place. When we install and service your sump pump in Chesapeake, VA, you can count on the device to function precisely they way it was designed.

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Do I Need to Replace My Air Ducts?

February 26th, 2018

duct-interiorBecause the air ducts that our central air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps use to distribute heated and cooled air through our homes are largely hidden from view, it can be easy to force them out of our minds. However, we recommend against doing so. After all, damaged ductwork is one of the most common causes of a number of heating and cooling issues. In some cases, your ductwork may be repaired. That is a fairly tough job.

In other cases, however, the job is even tougher. In these instances, it may be best or even completely necessary to replace your ductwork entirely. If this is the case, then you need to know you are working with skilled, trained professionals who will do the job right every step of the way. When you hire House Call Company to replace your air duct system, you’ll be working with some of the finest Chesapeake, VA HVAC pros around. Continue Reading

Run Your Ceiling Fans All Year

February 12th, 2018

ceiling-fanAre you looking for ways to boost energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort in your home? Would you like to do so without needing to replace your HVAC systems with new and expensive high-efficiency models? Well, scheduling routine maintenance is definitely the best way to keep your heating and air conditioning systems in peak operating condition. But there is one cost-cutting technique that can help to cut down on energy use that you may be overlooking. That is running your ceiling fans.

If you think of your ceiling fans as being purely decorative, or if you only think to run them in the summertime, then you are doing yourself a disservice. Keeping those fans running throughout the entire year can help you to live more comfortably, even as you see your energy bills drop. Read on to learn more about how your ceiling fans can benefit you over the course of the year, and be sure to schedule your ceiling fan services with a professional electrician in Chesapeake, VA.

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Simple Tips for Better HVAC Efficiency

January 29th, 2018

money-out-of-chimneyWe all want to live comfortably in our homes, right? Of course. That is why we have heating and air conditioning systems to begin with. What we don’t want, however,  is to have to spend more than we should in order to live in that level of comfort. Yes, heating and cooling your home is going to come at a cost. It should not be a cost so high, however, that you are doing a double take each and every time you open up the utility bills.

That is why we’re taking an opportunity to share with you some simple tips about how you can enjoy better HVAC efficiency all year long. Don’t worry, we’re not just going to tell you to replace your HVAC systems with more efficient models. That will, of course, result in better efficiency, but it is not necessarily an expense that every homeowner is going to be able to handle at any given time. No, these tips from our Chesapeake, VA HVAC pros are simpler and won’t drain your bank account.

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