House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

Maintaining Your AC for the Winter

Monday, November 4th, 2019

While every homeowner would like to think that they can leave their AC alone until next spring, what they usually don’t know is that there are a few things that should be done to keep your AC stored properly for the cold months ahead. Central air conditioners need to be covered and maintained correctly through the winter, otherwise, you’ll be dealing with possible repairs when next spring rolls around.

While this wouldn’t be considered AC maintenance in Suffolk, VA air conditioners still need to be looked after when they’re not in use. Animals can make nests in the grills and vents, impeding the ability of your system to work as the seasons change. That’s why we’d like to tell you what you can do to mitigate this damage and keep your central air conditioner happy as you ride out the winter months.

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Installing a Fresh Filter: What Not to Do

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Installing a fresh filter in your air conditioner is a vital component to its longevity and functionality. Replacing or cleaning your air filter is one of the few AC maintenance jobs we recommend doing yourself, since it is fairly straightforward and needs to be done once every couple of months at the latest. However, there are some tips we’d like to give homeowners who plan on replacing their filters, because there are some common filter mishaps we see regularly that can be avoided.

Mainly, there are some store-bought air filters that are too thick and kill the efficiency of your air conditioner—leading eventually to air conditioning repair in Smithfield, VA. We’ll get more into specifics about what’s so wrong about a thicker air conditioner and how it can ruin the efficiency of your air conditioner.

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Five Reasons to Go Ductless

Monday, August 26th, 2019

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of ductless air conditioners. In the industry, we call them mini-splits, because they’re miniature air conditioners split up among the many rooms of your home. While obviously not for everyone, there are some strategic advantages to having a ductless mini-split that could be a huge benefit for your comfort and your wallet. If you’re looking for an increase in efficiency with your air conditioning installation in Portsmouth, VA, you might want to go ductless.

Since mini-splits are a refrigerant-based heat pump system, unlike a ductwork air conditioning system, they can function as a heater in the winter, be custom operated, and can function with many other advantageous uses that could make you rethink your whole home. If you’re looking at huge ductwork installation fees for central air conditioning, your AC is constantly breaking down, or you’re looking to break the mold and install a system that might fit your situation perfectly, then keep reading!

These reasons could be just what you need to reconsider switching systems.

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Tips for a Problem-Free AC Replacement

Monday, 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.

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Is My AC Leaking Refrigerant?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Simple Tips for Better HVAC Efficiency

Monday, 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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You Need a Clean Air Filter in Your AC!

Monday, June 19th, 2017

filterBy and large, air conditioning maintenance is something you really need to leave to trained professionals. Routine AC maintenance is a very involved process, requiring a number of different checks, tests, and cleanings. However, there is one vital task that you should complete on your own as recommended and required. That is changing the air filter that comes standard in your air conditioning system.

Now, we know that it may not sound like the biggest priority, and yes, your AC technician is going to change your air filter when he or she completes your system tune-up each year. However, you need to change your air filter much more than once a year. Typically, these filters should be changed every 1 to 3 months. This means that, assuming you want the best that your air conditioner in Portsmouth, VA has to offer, you need to be doing the filter changes yourself.

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Do You Treat Your AC as Well As Your Car?

Monday, June 5th, 2017

AC service technicianWhen you are driving your car, you probably see a little sticker somewhere on your windshield reminding you to schedule your next oil change when you hit a certain number of miles. Typically, the average number of running hours on a car engine between oil changes is about 100 to 150 hours. Typically in the ballpark of 2,000 hours!

You don’t let your oil changes slip by, and you’d best give your AC maintenance in Norfolk, VA the same type of attention. The air conditioner is doing a whole lot of work each and every summer season, and it is only getting tuned up once a year. Make it count by scheduling your air conditioning tune-up with the pros on our team. We’ll make sure that your system is ready for the challenges of summer, every summer.

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AC Blowing Warm Air?

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

thermometer-risingImagine that it is a hot summer night, and that you wake up in considerable discomfort. You hear the indoor AC unit running, but upon further investigation, you find that your system is blowing warm air out of your ducts! What do you do? Well, the answer to that question definitely is not “panic.” In fact, it may not even be “schedule AC repairs.” There are several reasons why your air conditioner may be blowing warm air throughout your home. The good news is that not all of them are serious problems.

In most instances, you should not be servicing your air conditioner on your own. Your air conditioning services in Chesapeake, VA should always be completed by skilled, trained professionals. As you’ll see in the following post, however, some issues causing warm air to blow from your system don’t really require “service” at all. Keep an eye out for these quick fixes, and let us handle any necessary repairs if there is no obvious solution to your problem. 

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