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How to Handle a Second Floor That’s Too Hot

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

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.

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Is It Normal for the AC to Run Constantly?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

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Summers in Southern California are long and hot, with the heat often extending well into October. Air conditioning systems get extreme workouts during this time—so much so that it may seem as if a home’s air conditioner is always running from July onward.

But there’s a difference in an air conditioner that runs frequently and one that is actually running constantly and never powering down.

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When the Compressor Fails, Do You Need to Replace the Whole AC?

Monday, May 6th, 2019

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The compressor is the workhorse of an air conditioning system. It’s like the engine—without it, nothing happens and an air conditioner becomes a central fan blowing around room temperature air.

What happens when the compressor in your AC stops working and it can’t be repaired? This is a serious situation, and you’ll have a number of options to consider—one of which is to have the entire air conditioning system replaced. Is this the best option, or are the other choices more cost-effective?

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Watch Out for These Shady AC Stories From Non-Professionals

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

We would love to tell homeowners who are looking for air conditioning solutions for their home that the entire HVAC industry is honest and above-board. But it’s not: there are many unlicensed contractors prowling around, searching for ways to take advantage of customers who just want a quality air conditioning system installation or repair.

In general, you shouldn’t hire any HVAC contractor who doesn’t have a license, since that means the contractor probably lacks insurance to protect you in case of an accident and probably lacks experience as well. A specific thing to watch out for are shady claims and stories you’ll hear from HVAC contractors who aren’t on the up-and-up. Below are a few of these sneaky stories:

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Spring’s Almost Here, Is It Time to Retire Your HVAC System?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

ac-coilsIt’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. You probably don’t think of the HVAC system in your house as an “old friend,” even though it has provided your house with years of comfort. It’s not a flashy piece of equipment, and most of it is hidden. But saying goodbye to it does mean paying for a new one—and you don’t want to do that until it’s necessary.

Since spring is a good time to have a new HVAC system put in (take advantage of the mild weather and technicians’ less busy schedules), it’s also a good time to start considering if this is when you’ll retire your current one.

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Will a High SEER Air Conditioner Save Me Money?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverIf you’re asking this question, it’s probably because you’ve decided you need to get rid of your old air conditioning system before the heat waves of late spring arrive. This is a good plan: if you think you have a rickety AC that won’t make it through the coming summer, or if it’s draining money, or it simply can’t keep the house cool the way you like, it’s time for a new one. Call our team, because we can help see that you end up with the great new air conditioning installation and cooling system that will work for you for years to come.

If you’re already thinking about what type of AC to get, one of the options is to have a high-efficiency air conditioner with a high SEER rating. High efficiency often means money savings—but does it always?

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Ways an HVAC Company Can Prep Your House for Hot Weather

Monday, February 26th, 2018

sun-symbolWe just went through a genuine cold spell here in Southern California. Saying that to somebody from the Midwest would probably get laughter or anger. “It was in the 40s at night!” But it’s cold for us, and our homes often don’t have heating systems meant to deal with these conditions for long stretches. (We’re always happy to help boost your home heating if you need it!)

Now, however, we’re heading toward spring and the major heat of summer. The hot weather arrives fast in So. Cal. In fact, it could strike at any moment. Here’s how a Burbank, CA, HVAC contractor can help your home get ready for the big heat during the early spring.

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Is It Too Late for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

Monday, August 7th, 2017

It’s already August—and you realize that you forgot to arrange for a maintenance tune-up and inspection for your home’s air conditioning system back in the spring. Maybe… maybe you can skip it this year? It’s probably already too late to have it done, right?

Well, we’re glad to say that you’re wrong! It’s never too late to have an air conditioning tune-up in Brentwood, CA or anywhere else in our wide service area. This is an excellent case of “better late than never,” and there are some benefits of joining our maintenance plan that are good no matter the time of the year.

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Installing Air Conditioning and Figuring Out Tonnage

Monday, July 10th, 2017

outdoor-condenser-units-fenceWe always recommend our customers arrange for a new air conditioning installation in Van Nuys, CA or elsewhere in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley during early spring. That way they can get a head start on the heat of summer and have the work done in a period when they can stand to be without cooling for a few hours.

However, we understand that sometimes planning doesn’t work out the way it should, or that an air conditioner that seemed to be in good shape in spring might break down abruptly during the intense summer heat. If you need an air conditioning replacement right now, you can count on our trained team to do the job right. We stand behind all our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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Why Spring Is the Season for a New Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, May 29th, 2017

ac-unit-from-topThe simple answer to the question, “When is the best time to have a new air conditioning system installed?” is “The moment you believe you need one!” You can have a new AC put in during any season, and considering how hot it can get around the year here in Southern California, you should never hesitate to schedule new air conditioning installation when your current one appears to be close to the end of its service life.

But when it comes to more general planning, we recommend spring as the ideal time for having a new cooling system put in. To arrange for a spring air conditioning installation in Studio City, CA or elsewhere in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, get in touch with our team today.

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