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Follow These Steps to Shut Down Your AC for Winter

October 12th, 2020

snow-on-and-around-houseWith temperatures still hovering in the 70’s, there’s a very good chance you’re still using your air conditioner. Pretty soon, however, you’ll look at the upcoming weather forecast and be ready to turn your AC off for good in favor of your heater.

That makes now the perfect time to schedule heating maintenance if you haven’t done so already, and you can arrange for that right now by giving our team a call. We provide tune-ups for a wide range of heating systems!

But before you start using your heater full-time, we want you to take one very important step–turn off your air conditioner until next spring! And this isn’t as simple as just flipping off a switch. Read on as we walk you through how to do this.

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4 Reasons to Consider Going Ductless

September 28th, 2020

woman-using-remote-to-turn-on-ductless-air-handlerWere you aware that there is a singular alternative to owning both an AC system and a heating system? A ductless system is the answer to this, and not many homeowners know all the benefits of such a system, though they are becoming increasingly popular! They’re great systems for keeping your home efficiently warm in the winter, and effectively cool in the winter. So if you’re in the market for a new air conditioner or a new heater, you’d do well to consider going ductless.

And look we get that choosing the right heater or air conditioner for your home can seem daunting. After all, there are a plethora of options to choose from. This is why we recommend you talk to an experienced professional, who will help guide you in making an educated decision about which way to go. Not all homes are the right fit for a ductless system after all, but ductless units certainly benefit a lot of homes, in 4 specific ways. Read on as we uncover these 4 reasons to consider going ductless!

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Is It Too Late to Install a New AC?

September 14th, 2020

technician-installing-outdoor-unitAs we approach the official end of summer and begin to prepare for cooler temperature and heating system use, you may be wondering if you should bother replacing your aging air conditioner yet. Isn’t it too late to install a new AC? It would be pointless, right? No, and no!

It’s never too late to install a new air conditioner. In fact, now could be a perfect time. As our temperatures shift you may even want to consider if your heater is up to the task of keeping you warm this winter. Perhaps you’d benefit from a heat pump or ductless system installation. Read on as we explore your options and the importance of professional air conditioning installation.

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AC Problems: 3 Causes of Short Cycling

August 31st, 2020

woman-with-fanWould we love you to install an AC in your home that would never give you trouble of any kind? Of course. Are we able to do so? No. And that’s why we won’t promise you that. We’re just too honest to make such claims. A bit of advice? If you find another contractor that will make such claims—find yourself another contractor! AC repairs in Salt Lake City, UT, are par for the course.

While routine maintenance will keep the majority of repairs at bay, you still need to act fast if you notice any problems with your AC. Don’t wait for a total breakdown before scheduling service. Short cycling, for instance, won’t render your system inoperable. It may not even be a sign of serious issues. It could be, though, and with summers as hot as ours, safe is always better than sorry.

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Heed These Late Season AC Tips!

August 17th, 2020

animated-gif-checklistSummer is nearing its final weeks. This means that soon enough we’ll be able to turn off our air conditioners and start enjoying cooler weather again! Except, maybe you shouldn’t rush to just shut off that AC system without giving it a second thought.

The thing is, this is the time of year that air conditioners are most likely to break down, especially if they’re older cooling systems or they had repair needs that weren’t taken care of. Your system can also breakdown if you skipped maintenance this year. The reason for this is because they’ve been through so much work over the last several months. Heed the tips below to ensure that next spring, you’ll have an air conditioner ready to work through another summer!

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AC Sounds You Shouldn’t Neglect

August 3rd, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsWe may not have as sweltering summers as they do in other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean our air conditioning systems don’t get quite the workout! In fact, they go through a lot of strain throughout the years, accumulating natural wear and tear that can shorten their lifespan and lead to efficiency problems.

Of course, you can prevent most of these problems by staying on top of your maintenance needs. If you have a standard air conditioner, this means scheduling routine tune-ups once a year. If you have a 2-in-1 heat pump system, it means scheduling a tune-up every 6 months.

Regardless of how good you are at staying on top of maintenance, however, it’s also important that you be aware of the signs that something is wrong with your cooling system. One of these signs is strange and unfamiliar noises. But what noises are we talking about, exactly? Read on!

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It’s Never Too Late! Why You Should Schedule AC Maintenance

July 20th, 2020

two-technicians-looking-over-checklist-as-they-service-air-conditionerHomeowners may often hear us say, or even read on our blog, that it’s best to schedule air conditioning maintenance in the spring, before you need the system the most. This is true! The reason we say it is because it’s the most convenient time for you to have it done. This is the time where HVAC professionals are less busy, and it’s easier for you to get a professional out on your schedule to get a tune-up done.

During the summer, HVAC pros such as ourselves are often out on emergency calls, and it may be a little harder to pin us down as soon as you would like. Plus, if you have an emergency yourself due to skipping maintenance, that puts a strain on your household and quality of life.

All that said, the only time it’s ever “too late” for AC maintenance, is if your system completely broke down and there is no chance for repair. We would much rather see you schedule AC maintenance on a consistent basis (once a year) than skip it altogether because you “didn’t get to it in time.” But why does this matter so much? Read on as we explain! 

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Tips for Choosing the Best AC Installer

July 6th, 2020

hvac-technician-going-over-paperwork-with-homeownersWith summer officially here, it’s just about time to turn on our AC’s and run them pretty much non-stop during the day. But wait—what if your AC is aging and falling apart, or what if you’ve finally realized that the window AC units you’ve been using just aren’t going to cut it one more summer?

If it has come time for you to have a new AC installed, we want to discourage you from rushing into your purchase. There are a number of factors to consider, including the proper sizing of your air conditioner, the brand and type of AC that will best fit your needs, and of course, who installs it.

An amateur installer won’t have all the facts, skills, or experience necessary to install an air conditioner that will work as effectively and efficiently as it’s meant to for as long as it’s meant to. This is why you should hire a professional! But how do you know you’re choosing the right one? Read on!

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How to Avoid Drain Clogs

June 22nd, 2020

sink-faucet-with-water-going-into-drainWhat do you think about when you hear the phrase, “plumbing problems”? if you’re like many homeowners, you probably immediately think about drain clogs or slow drains. Almost every homeowner at some point has run into the problem of a clogged drain, and this is a problem that impacts homes a few times a year.

Often, the instinct here is to reach for store-bought, chemical drain cleaners. Unfortunately, these drain cleaning “solutions” are very caustic and can actually eat away at the inside of your pipes, leading to unexpected needs for pipe replacement. Professional drain cleaning is the answer here—our plumbers have the tools and methods to effectively remove clogs and prevent them from coming back.

But what if you could prevent drain clogs? The good news is, you can! Keep reading as we uncover a few of the most common drain clog types and how you can avoid them.

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What Are the Biggest Threats to Your Air Conditioner?

June 8th, 2020

male-and-female-technicians-standing-over-outside-ac-unit

There are some threats to your air conditioner you simply cannot avoid. Take age, for example. The average air conditioner lasts about 10-15 years. No matter the manufacturer or how well you cared for your cooling system, once it reaches this point it’s almost a guarantee that you should start considering replacement. But alas, old age is not the only threat to your air conditioner.

Curious about what these are? Keep reading to find out more, and remember to contact us when you encounter one of these problems.

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