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Does Your AC Have Enough Space to “Breathe”?

Monday, September 6th, 2021

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Most homes with central air conditioners have split systems. These are air conditioners with a set of indoor and outdoor units. The indoor unit contains the evaporator coil and the air handler that sends cooled air into the ventilation system. The outdoor unit, also known as the condenser, is a cabinet that holds the compressor, evaporator coil, and exhaust fan.

Any resident of Southern California knows the sight of these outdoor condenser units. They’re usually located along the side of a house or in the backyard, sometimes disguised behind a fence because people generally don’t find them the most beautiful part of the outside decor. Homeowners sometimes try to hide condensers behind shrubs or other plants, making them disappear into the landscaping. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious AC problems! The condenser of a central air conditioner must have a clear area around it to give it room to “breathe,” as we’ll explain below.

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Should I Shut Off My AC When I’m Away From Home?

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

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The central air conditioning system is one of the biggest consumers of electricity in a house. When the AC goes into active cooling mode and powers the compressor, it can use on average 3,500 watts per hour. The only appliance that might use more is an electric water heater.

Because AC’s can take up such a significant chunk of your electrical budget during a hot So. Cal summer, it makes sense to limit how much you have it running. This is why we recommend keeping the thermostat at around 78°F during the day: it’s a comfortable temperature that won’t force the air conditioner to run too long.

What about when you’re away from home? It sounds like it makes sense to just turn the AC off so it won’t use any power. The situation isn’t so simple, however. Unless you plan to be away from home for several weeks, we advise you to keep the air conditioner on—but not necessarily at the same settings.

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Think You Need a Bigger AC? You Might … Or You Might Not

Monday, August 9th, 2021

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A common misconception about air conditioning systems we often encounter is that if an AC isn’t providing enough cooling for a home, the best solution is to upgrade to a bigger air conditioner. On the surface, this seems like a rational basic choice. Sometimes it is the best step: an air conditioning system that’s too small for the house it’s supposed to cool is the wrong AC for the house.

However, if you’ve had the same AC working in your home for several years and have only recently encountered the problem with poor cooling, going to a bigger air conditioner is a mistake. The air conditioner is the correct size to meet your cooling needs, but something else has gone wrong. You might need repairs for the system, or perhaps a new air conditioning installation in Los Angeles, CA—but not necessarily a bigger new air conditioner.

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Still Have an R-22 Air Conditioner? It’s Time to Replace It

Monday, June 28th, 2021

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You can look for many different signs that you have an over-the-hill air conditioner ready for a replacement. General age is a good measure: most ACs don’t last far beyond 15 years. You can also watch for declines in efficiency that create higher electric bills, or a run of expensive repairs that indicate a system approaching the end of the line. 

One sign it’s time to repair your AC that is absolute is if it’s an R-22 unit. If you have an R-22 air conditioning system, arrange to have a replacement put in as soon as you can—otherwise, it will force you to replace it at some point when it’s much less convenient for you.

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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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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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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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Is My Air Conditioning System Leaking?

Monday, May 18th, 2020

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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 situation?

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.

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Avoid AC Emergencies as the Heat Ramps Up

Monday, May 4th, 2020

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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.

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