Design Comfort Blog

Signs That Your Air Conditioning System is in Need of Repairs

June 27th, 2016

Summer is officially here, although that’s not something we need to tell you, as recent weeks have already had temperatures creeping up to the 90s. If you live through even one summer in the area, then you know you can’t get through the season with a malfunctioning air conditioning system. If your air conditioner begins to fail or even breaks down completely, then you and your family will be extremely uncomfortable and may even experience ill-health effects.

Regular preventive maintenance from our professionals is essential to guarding your air conditioner from such problems. However, even with the best maintenance plan for an expertly installed system, no air conditioner is immune to problems. Watch for the signs we listed below to understand when it’s time to call for repairs. Continue Reading

Is Your Air Conditioner Making One of These Sounds?

June 20th, 2016

As summer very quickly approaches, your air conditioner is about to enter its most stressful time of year. As it prepares to work hard to keep your home cool on a daily basis, it’s up to you to be watchful about possible AC issues that can crop up due to the added stress.

One of the key indicators that something is likely amiss with your air conditioner is a strange noise coming from the system. Below, we’ve covered a couple sounds that should alert you that something is very wrong with your system, and you should call for repairs.

Hissing

You might hear the sound of hissing along with a bubbling noise. This is typically indicative of air bubbles which have formed in the refrigerant line. This is typically the result of a leak. Refrigerant leaks are nothing to take lightly, as they can cause the health of your entire air conditioner to start failing.

Your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire life cycle, ideally. This refrigerant recycles throughout the system to move heat from one place to the other, and a leak will slowly drain your AC system of the fluid it needs to function correctly. Eventually this can cause your entire system to break down. Continue Reading

Common Problems That Plague Air Conditioners

June 13th, 2016

As the summer heat quickly approaches, you will soon be relying on your air conditioning system to effectively and efficiently cool down your home. This means that the strain on your AC system is going to increase, creating more of a likelihood that problems might occur.

In order to keep you air conditioner in the best shape possible, you’ll want to not only invest in regular maintenance but also keep an eye out for symptoms of a system in disrepair. Keep reading to learn about a couple common air conditioning problems you might run into this summer. Continue Reading

Why Is Water Leaking from My AC?

June 6th, 2016

Nobody wants to face a leaking air conditioner. Not only is this typically indicative of a huge problem with your cooling system, but you could experience water damage on your property. Naturally, if this occurs it’s safe to assume it’s an emergency situation and you should call a professional right away.

However, understanding why there is water leaking from your air conditioner may help you prevent it from occurring in the first place. Why does water leak from air conditioners? How can you prevent it from happening again? We’ve tackled these questions below. Continue Reading

How Zone Control Cooling Can Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

May 30th, 2016

Summer is well on its way, and if you are well prepared, you’ve likely already scheduled or had maintenance done to ensure that your air conditioner is in the best shape possible to take on the hotter temperatures.

However, there is one more way that you can make sure your home is more comfortable and your air conditioner works more efficiently. The solution to this is a zone control system. We’ve gone into details about what this system does and what the benefits are below. Continue Reading

Is Your Sewer Line Backed Up?

May 25th, 2016

Sewer lines are not pleasant to think about, nor are they pleasant to deal with when you have a problem. However, they play a vital role in your home’s intricate plumbing system. When you do have a problem with your sewer line, you are not only inconvenienced but you could have a very messy and costly problem on your hands.

If your sewer line is clogged, then your home’s wastewater has nowhere to go. Therefore it will come back up your pipes, bringing at least the odor of raw sewage back up with it. If you suspect you might have a sewer line clog, then it’s best to get it taken care of right away. How do you know if this line is backed up though? Keep reading for some common signs. Continue Reading

Signs of Leaking Refrigerant in Your Air Conditioner

May 24th, 2016

A lot of people think that air conditioners consume refrigerant the same way that a car consumes motor oil. That’s not actually the case. In fact, the air conditioner relies on a very specific amount of refrigerant — dictated by make and model — circulating through a closed loop in order to do its job. Leaks aren’t supposed to spring up, but when they do, they constitute a big problem. Here in Holladay, UT, there are trained services that should always deal with leaking refrigerant, since the chemicals are dangerous and require proper experience to handle. You can, however, watch for since of leaking refrigerant in your air conditioner. When you spot them, shut the system down and call for help immediately. Continue Reading

Water Heaters: Tank Versus Tankless Systems

May 23rd, 2016

A popular appliance seen in many homes today is the tankless water heater. A fairly new development, tankless water heaters offer many benefits to homeowners looking for a more efficient way to heat their home’s water. However, they aren’t right for all homes. In fact, it may make more sense for you to stick with a traditional water heater, depending on your circumstances.

The biggest difference between a conventional water heater and a tankless system is that a tank heater pre-heats a limited amount of water in the tank. A tankless water heater on the other hand, heats up water as it’s needed—whenever you turn on a faucet in your home. Below, we’ve outlined some other factors that differentiate the two systems. Continue Reading

Help Yourself This Spring with the Right Type of Air Cleaner

May 9th, 2016

Spring is in full force, which means pollen is here threatening the health and well-being of allergy sufferers and asthmatics alike. While you may think you can escape it by staying indoors, the opposite is usually true. Today’s homes are “tightly” built, meaning that there is no room for air to escape. While this is great for the efficiency of your HVAC systems, it actually hurts your indoor air quality. In fact, your indoor air quality can actually be worse than your outdoor air quality. This is particularly true this time of year. So what’s the solution? Continue Reading

Signs Your Family Needs a Humidifier

May 2nd, 2016

In our blog post last week, we discussed how you can combat too much humidity in the home. However, as stated last week, humidity is not usually a large problem in our area. In fact, dry air is more of an issue, causing problems for not only your health, but for your home as well.

As we near the end of winter, it’s a good time to take stock of your indoor air quality and consider if there’s more you can do to improve the air your family is breathing before we fall victim to dryness again. We’ve shared some signs below that indicate it may be time for your family to invest in a humidifier. Continue Reading