Oaks Heat & Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Why is a Clogged AC Condensate Drain a Problem?

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Some of the most common calls we get for air conditioning problems are in regards to a condenser making strange noises or insufficient airflow or cooling power. These are examples of very serious air conditioner problems that should be repaired right away, and are typically quite obvious. There are some not-so-obvious components of your air conditioner, however, that can cause problems too, such as the condensate drain.

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Be Aware of These Signs You Need a New Heat Pump

Monday, August 1st, 2016

We’ve officially entered what is historically the hottest part of the year around these parts. Hopefully, if you are utilizing a heat pump to cool your home then it hasn’t given you any problems. However, if you have noticed troubling symptoms and wonder if your heat pump can handle the rest of this year—let alone the rest of this season—then a replacement heat pump may be necessary.

Don’t wait for your heat pump to die on you when you need in the most—instead be aware of these indicators that signal you might need a new heat pump before this year is over.

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What Should I Expect During an Air Conditioner Tune-Up?

Monday, July 25th, 2016

We’ve written in the past about the importance of routine, professional air conditioning maintenance, and we really cannot stress enough just how important this is. It’s the only way you can ensure that you get the very best performance from your home cooling system. To help you better understand the importance of this service, we’ve shared a brief list below of some of the tasks your HVAC professional will provide when they come to perform your AC maintenance.

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Why You Should Pay Attention to the Size of Your AC

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Are you in the market for a new air conditioning system this summer? If so, you’ll want to make sure that it’s the right size for your home. No, bigger does not always mean better. You can’t take just any system that physically fits your home and assume that it will work effectively and efficiently just like any other system.

Having an improperly sized air conditioner installed can cause a number of different issues down the road. Keep reading to learn more about sizing your air conditioner and what can happen if it’s either too small or too large.

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Understanding the Function of Your Air Conditioning System Compressor

Monday, July 11th, 2016

In order for your air conditioner to perform as it should, there needs to be a precise balance between each of its components. These components all work together to make your home feel cool and comfortable all summer long and beyond.

As a result, each component must remain in good working order. There are a few parts that require specialized attention: one of these being your air conditioner’s compressor. Essentially the “heart” of your system, the compressor is what allows you to receive cool air. But how does it work?

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Learn How a Dual Fuel System Functions

Monday, July 4th, 2016

When it comes to choosing a high efficiency HVAC system for your home, you have many options. Heat pumps are among these options and one of the best systems available on the market today. They have the capability to heat or cool a home, and rather than burning fuel like a furnace or a boiler does, they work through a process called heat exchange, moving heat form one place to another by using a small amount of electricity.

However, there is one small disadvantage to heat pumps. We’ll go more into that below, but what’s important to know is that there is a solution: the dual fuel system. Keep reading to learn more about this type of HVAC system and what it can do for you.

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No, Ice on Your Air Conditioner is Not Normal

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Your air conditioning system is tasked with one very important job: to keep your home cool in the summer. So if you see ice developing on the system at all, you may think this is a normal part of the air conditioning process. If a system provides cool air, it’s only natural that it freezes over every now and then, right? Unfortunately, that is a mistake to believe.

The development of ice on your air conditioning system is actually a very negative sign. If you do notice this, then your first call should be to an HVAC professional so you can prevent further damage from occurring. Keep reading to learn why ice is such a big problem.

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Are You Scheduling Your Heat Pump Maintenance Bi-Annually?

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Summer is officially here! It’s about time for you to start using your air conditioner on a regular basis, if you haven’t already been using it pretty regularly. Of course, with the increased use comes wear and tear. Therefore, before our weather reaches the hottest temperatures this summer, you’ll want to make sure you’ve schedule professional maintenance services—particularly if you have a heat pump.

Heat pumps are utilized all year long, providing both your heating needs during the winter and cooling needs during the summer. As a result, bi-annual heat pump maintenance is a must. Read below to learn more about why this is the case.

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Should I Repair My Air Conditioner, or Is It Time for a Replacement?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

As air conditioning systems age, they begin to develop problems as a result of natural wear and tear. This is true for even the most well-maintained and cared for AC units. You might notice that your repair needs become more and more frequent, or that your air conditioner is making unsettling noises.

If you notice a sound such as hissing or grinding coming from your AC cabinet, this could indicate you need repairs. However, eventually your system will need to be replaced, but how do you know when it is truly time?

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Understanding the Role of Refrigerant in Your Heat Pump

Monday, May 30th, 2016

It’s easy to assume that heat pumps are used primarily for heating homes in the winter time. However, heat pumps are increasingly being used as a heating and cooling solution, and are actually constructed more like a traditional air conditioner than they are like combustion based heating systems.

This construction is what enables a heat pump to be so energy efficient. However, it also opens up these systems to a couple possible problems. To ensure that your heat pump remains in the best shape possible, you should be aware of how exactly it works. We’ve discussed one of the most vital components to a heat pump below: refrigerant.

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