As the heat increases during the summer and you run your air
conditioning system more and more often, you might begin to notice parts of
your house are warmer than you expect. Some rooms are comfortable, but others
are turning into hot spots. If this is a new occurrence, it’s often a warning
sign you have an air conditioner that needs serious repair work—or may need to
Years ago on our blog, we warned customers about the dangers of purchasing HVAC equipment online. There are plenty of reasons for this, such as getting a system with a voided warranty. A common item people purchase on their own is high-tech thermostats, thinking they can’t go wrong with basic climate controls. Unfortunately, a mismatched HVAC system and thermostat can end up damaging the HVAC system.
But the most important reason to never purchase HVAC
equipment online is the issue of sizing. Unless you’re a professional
HVAC technician, you won’t know how to properly size a new air conditioner to
work correctly for your house. Sizing must be precise. A system that’s
too large or too small means years of trouble from an AC that never seems to
When you’re enjoying a comfortable summer day inside your home with the AC sending around cooled air, the last thing you want to hear is the fan for the air conditioner shut down, leading to all the air from the vents vanishing. Or to have the air from the vents change to room temperature. Both of these are examples of what occurs when either the indoor or outdoor fan stops working.
The indoor fan does the job of pushing air through the evaporator coil to cool it down and then into the ductwork. The outdoor fan is responsible for moving air across the condenser coil to release heat and then exhaust it. If the indoor fan breaks–no air in the vents. If the outdoor fan breaks–no cooling indoors.
What causes this to happen? Here are the five most common causes.
You know when you see water dripping out of the water heater
in your home, it means trouble. But what does it mean when you see liquid dripping
out of the air conditioner? Is that normal? Do you have an emergency repair
We’re going to look closer at the idea of the “leaking air conditioner” (spoiler: it may not be what you think it is) and what it might mean. You may need to have air conditioning repair in Sherman Oaks, CA to deal with the problem, so when in doubt, call our expert technicians to diagnose what’s wrong and have it fixed.
The first true summer heat arrived last weekend in Southern
California, with temperatures in places like Downtown L.A. reaching 100°F. It’s
cooled off a bit, but we all know more is coming.
So it’s time to talk about air conditioning emergencies that may occur in the future. Right now is a stressful time for people, and we know they want to avoid any type of emergency. A broken air conditioning system on a 90°F day definitely counts as an emergency! You can trust that our technicians are ready with emergency air conditioning repair in Van Nuys, CA, and throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. But we also want to help you avoid having the make the call in the first place. Here are some tips that will make it easier for your AC to handle the heat.
We are enjoying a beautiful spring season this year, with clear
sunny days and temperatures right in the sweet spot for comfort. True, most of
us are enjoying it through the windows of our homes, but it’s still great
weather, even for sunny Southern California.
This idyll is also the time to schedule an HVAC tune-up to prepare
for the hot weather that’s not far off. California never gets summer breaks
from summer weather. Regular spring maintenance is an essential job to make
summer as trouble-free as possible for your home cooling, and also as
inexpensive as possible.
But right now during the fall, we have an emergency situation in Southern California, which is the outbreak of major wildfires. These fast-spreading fires are an unfortunately regular occurrence at this time of year, but the fires of 2019 are more numerous than usual. We’re hoping you are reading this email from your own house and that you and your family have been safe during the fires. We also recommend you take steps to protect your comfort and valuable HVAC equipment with maintenance. Not the regular maintenance that’s done in spring, but a specific maintenance job—cleaning your air conditioner’s coils.
If you live in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley the answer to this frequently asked question is likely to be a resounding YES! Heat pump heating and air conditioning technology is safe, effective and an excellent way to reduce the carbon footprint of your home.
HOW DOES A HEAT PUMP WORK?
Think of a heat pump as a heat courier constantly moving hot air from one place to another. From where it’s not needed to where it is needed.
“But what if it’s cold outside?” You may ask, “How does a heat pump work in the winter?” Even when air seems uncomfortably cold, heat energy is still present. When it’s cold outside a heat pump is able to extract outside heat and transfer it inside. In the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles there is enough heat hanging around outside of your house to heat your whole home! A heat pump is the perfect energy efficient technology to heat indoor air in our climate.
Conversely, when it’s hot outside, a heat pump reverses direction and acts as an air conditioner, removing heat from your home and dumping it outside.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEAT PUMP AND A FURNACE?
The main difference between the two is how they create heat. A heat pump uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. A furnace burns fuel to create heat.
Los Angeles is moving away from natural gas appliances including furnaces. Not only will you feel good knowing that you are using the most environmentally friendly HVAC option, but a heat pump will put you ahead as gas prices ramp up in expectation of the phase out.
One of the reasons window air conditioning units are only
useful for apartments or for a single office is because of their limited reach.
The only way to cool a whole house with window units is to place them in windows
in every room—which isn’t always possible and blocks up so many windows
you’ll end up with a perpetual twilight in the house! And even with all the
window ACs, you’ll still end up with hot spots.
With a central air conditioning system, you don’t have to worry about having rooms all around the house cool. Or you shouldn’t. Unfortunately, uneven cooling still happens, and the most common case we run into is an upper story of a house that’s hotter than the lower one. Heat rises, and in the San Fernando Valley the AC may not be equipped to deal with it.
September is often the hottest month in Southern California. We can expect days in the 90s all the way through to October. So no, your home’s AC is not going to get any long vacation from work in the immediate future. In fact, because of the heat, the air conditioner is going to deal with, we want to share with you important information on an air conditioner’s limits. The same way you cannot force your car to drive 200 mph, you can’t force your air conditioner to cool past certain barriers. Think of it this way: if you wanted your house to be cold enough to turn ice into water, you couldn’t make the AC do it! (Not that you would want to…)