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Can I Save Money By Getting a Used AC System?

Monday, October 5th, 2020

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This is a question that occasionally crops up because people are used to hunting for bargains with used items. Often, buying “pre-owned” is great. Used books still have the same text, most used CDs and Blu-rays will run fine, and the used car is a classic.

But a used central air conditioner? Is that a possibility?

No. No it is not. No HVAC professional recommends purchasing used air conditioning systems. It won’t save money and will probably cost far more than getting a new system. It’s also simply not practical. Below we’ll go through the reasons why a “pre-owned” AC belongs in the recycling yard, not your house.

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The Older Home AC Solution

Monday, September 21st, 2020

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We’re a full-service air conditioning contractor for Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. But we go beyond full service to specialize in areas other contractors don’t. One of our specializations is older homes. Vintage homes have specific requirements when it comes to comfort because they were constructed in times when central air conditioning was uncommon in Southern California. For decades, window AC units were the only effective way to deliver any type of electro-mechanical cooling to these houses.

But we can add air conditioning to older homes that are much better than window units. We would love to offer you the air conditioning service in Van Nuys, CA that allows you to get rid of those ugly and inefficient window ACs and enjoy quality cooling around the house. We know how to bring older homes up to modern air conditioning standards.

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Has Your AC Come to the End of the Line at the End of Summer?

Monday, September 7th, 2020

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The heat has subsided in Southern California after an intense heatwave. It’s still hot, but we’ve eased down to temperatures that require less work from air conditioning systems.

(Friendly reminder: Your AC can lower the temperature indoors by a maximum of 20°F. You never want to push it to lower the temperature farther than this. So if it’s 95°F, don’t set the thermostat lower than 75°F. In fact, aim for 78°F for best energy savings.)

Now that we’re moving toward cooler temperatures, it’s a good time to look at your AC and consider if it’s ready to retire. Planning an AC installation in Van Nuys, CA during October or November is an ideal time for the job.

But is your AC ready to go? You don’t want to replace it if it still has a few years of solid and efficient performance left.

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Heat Wave! Is Your AC Managing It?

Monday, August 24th, 2020

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Wow, the heat here in Southern California has been rough recently. We hope you and your family are managing well during the intense weather and that you have a powerful, reliable air conditioning system to provide vital cooling for these roasting times.

But if you have an air conditioner that’s struggling with the heat, now is not the time to delay calling us for air conditioning repair in Van Nuys, CA or elsewhere in our wide service area. It’s periods like this when we are needed the most, and our licensed and certified technicians are ready to rush to your assistance with 24/7 emergency support.

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There’s No “End Date” for AC Maintenance—You Still Need It!

Monday, August 10th, 2020

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Regular air conditioning maintenance from HVAC professionals is not a “bonus” for a cooling system. It’s a necessity, the same way regular oil changes and maintenance for vehicles is. We encourage our customers to arrange for AC maintenance in Van Nuys, CA during the spring because it’s a great time to have it done: it prepares the system right before it will need to do the most work and have the system ready before the first major summer heat waves hit.

But if you didn’t have maintenance done in spring, that doesn’t mean the time ran out, or the deadline is past. There isn’t an end date for maintenance where it becomes useless to schedule—it’s an annual necessity, even if it gets done late.

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Don’t Close Vents in Rooms You Aren’t Using!

Monday, July 27th, 2020

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This is a common mistake homeowners make with their HVAC systems during the summer. When the air conditioner is running, the blower fan sends the cooled air into the ducts so the air travels to all the room vents. Because the vent registers usually have shutters on them that can be moved to change the direction air blows into rooms, people think they can shutter the vent completely, thus stopping the AC from cooling the room.

But does this save money? No! In fact, it can cause serious problems leading to the need for AC repair in Van Nuys, CA. Please always keep the vents open, and don’t obstruct them with furniture or anything else.

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What Is a SEER Rating?

Monday, July 13th, 2020

So, summer is in full swing and you’re unfortunately on the market for a new air conditioner because you just can’t handle the heat anymore. We understand, it’s the same reason why anyone buys an air conditioner. The only problem with buying an air conditioner during a heatwave or when temperatures are sky-high is that homeowners aren’t necessarily doing their respective research. These systems are investments, and they should be treated as such!

Luckily, whoever might be reading this is different. If you’re on the market for AC installation in Van Nuys, or you’re just trying to do your due diligence before you decide on a cooling system, it’s a good idea to know what the SEER rating is. Today, we’re going to dig deep into what the SEER rating is, why it’s important, and how it relates to you!

Once you’ve got the necessary information you need, be sure to call us for proper AC installation in your home.

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Uneven Cooling Is a Warning You May Need a New Air Conditioner

Monday, June 29th, 2020

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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 be replaced.

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Why Air Conditioning System Sizing From Professionals Is Necessary

Monday, June 15th, 2020

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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 work right.

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5 Reasons Your AC Fan Isn’t Working

Monday, June 1st, 2020

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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.

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