Design Comfort Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Is It Ever Too Late to Install an Air Conditioner?

Monday, September 13th, 2021

two-technicians-working-on-outside-ac-unitThe short answer to the question of “is it ever too late to install an air conditioner” is usually no, but right now we’d say it depends. 

As you may or may not be aware of, the pandemic has caused a shortage in HVAC equipment across the country, which does make it a bit more challenging for homeowners to find the perfect system. But with a trained professional’s help, you can certainly explore your options and find the right system for your home with a little bit of patience and time. The good news is, temperatures are cooling down! So you actually have quite a while before you need your new air conditioner.

Read on as we uncover factors to consider when installing a new air conditioner.

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What Causes an AC to Short Cycle and Why It’s a Problem

Monday, August 16th, 2021

woman-covering-her-earsUnfortunately, air conditioners suffer from wear and tear, just like any other appliance or piece of equipment. Not all problems have to be catastrophes though! If you keep up on maintenance each year, and schedule repairs as needed, you can keep your AC system in great shape for as long as possible (typically 10-15 years). One of these repair needs we speak of is short-cycling. Short-cycling is not only a symptom of a problem but it’s also the cause of a problem. Fortunately, you may only need a few simple adjustments from a trained professional, or the problem could be a little more complicated. But you won’t know until you give us a call to check it out!

Ignoring short-cycling means you could find yourself facing a premature air conditioner replacement. In the meantime, you could waste a lot of energy and money. Read on to learn more about this particular AC problem!

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4 AC Sounds You Should Never Ignore

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenModern air conditioners are designed to make little noise, if at all. This ensures that you get less of a headache and more peace and quiet in your home. However, if your AC starts making all kinds of weird sounds, then it may be time to get professional AC repair in Salt Lake City.

Let us look at some of the common sounds that air conditioners make and what problems they signify.

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Why Is Your Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Monday, July 5th, 2021

white-question-mark-on-blue-circleAs the temperature begins getting higher and higher in Salt Lake City, keeping your air conditioner on becomes more important to ensure that your home is cool and comfortable. 

As long as the air conditioner is working fine, people tend to ignore the maintenance needs for the unit. Not scheduling regular maintenance can start causing your AC to malfunction.

One possible air conditioner problem people face is that their unit starts leaking water inside the house. Is your air conditioner leaking water? Are you wondering why that’s happening?

We will discuss some of the reasons your air conditioner might be leaking water and help you understand why it’s important to call professionals for Salt Lake City AC repair immediately.

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It’s Not Too Late: Schedule This Important AC Service

Monday, June 21st, 2021

two-techs-working-on-outside-ac-unitWith summer officially upon us and temperatures trending upward, you may have come to the realization that it’s time to schedule maintenance for your air conditioner. Or maybe you think it’s too late and that you “may as well skip it this year since you waited too long.” Unfortunately, this could have the exact opposite effect you want it to, leading to operational and efficiency problems for your air conditioner.

Unless your cooling system has broken down beyond repair, it’s never too late for a tune-up. In fact, AC maintenance is a prime example of “it’s better late than never,” and there are many benefits to maintenance (in addition to enrolling in our maintenance program!) Read on to learn more. 

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Beware These Signs That Your Air Conditioner Is Struggling

Monday, June 7th, 2021

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitIt is relatively common for electronics and appliances to malfunction at times, especially if they have many moving parts. Even with timely maintenance, your AC might not be performing to its peak capacity, simply due to age and natural wear and tear. 

How would you know that your AC is struggling though? Air conditioning is a blessing, but when it doesn’t work properly, it can cause great annoyance. Let’s help you figure out whether your AC is underperforming!

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Hissing?

Monday, May 24th, 2021

refrigerant-lineAre you hearing something that resembles air being let out of a tire, or maybe the last sip of soda being sucked out of a straw—but these sounds are coming from your air conditioning system? The most likely culprit for this noise is a refrigerant leak.

Refrigerant is a fluid that is supplied for the air conditioner upon manufacturing. Ideally, your air conditioner will have enough refrigerant from day one to last its entire lifecycle. Dishonest “professionals” may tell you that refrigerant needs to be recharged (refilled) on a routine basis, but this isn’t the case. The only reasons your refrigerant should ever need to be recharged is in the case that it wasn’t properly charged to begin with, or there is a leak.

The longer you wait to repair this leak, the bigger risk there is of serious AC damage happening, probably to the compressor component, which is essentially the heart of the air conditioner. But how do you know if you even have a refrigerant leak if you don’t hear that hissing? Read on!

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Choosing a New Air Conditioner: Why Size Matters

Monday, March 15th, 2021

two-technicians-working-on-air-conditioner-outside-unit

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means! Allergy season, right?

Okay, well, yes. It’s allergy season and you should be sure to have the right indoor air quality system in place to mitigate your allergy symptoms while at home. We can help with that!

That’s actually not what we’re talking about today, though. We realize that this is the time of year that many homeowners throughout Salt Lake City and beyond start looking into their air conditioner options. Perhaps you have an aging system that’s just not cutting it anymore—it’s working inefficiently and costing you way too much money to operate. Or maybe you have a perfectly “fine” air conditioner, but you want to upgrade to an even better one because you’ve heard of the benefits of going ductless, or getting an inverter drive air conditioner.

We applaud your due diligence in starting this process now, before you need your air conditioner the most. But we do want to alert you to something that not too many homeowners consider—the size of your air conditioner matters. Read on to learn more!

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Is It Too Early For Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Monday, March 1st, 2021

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitThe short answer to this is, “no.” But don’t worry, we will elaborate more. HVAC pros, including ourselves, recommend that you have air conditioning maintenance done once a year. This can be an easy suggestion to dismiss. After all, who wants to schedule service for a system you’re not even using yet?

Well, scheduling maintenance early ensures that your system is ready for when temperatures turn and you need that equipment every day. Your air conditioner may get by “just fine” without maintenance this early, but is “just fine” really good enough? Without timely maintenance, your air conditioner could be operating inefficiently, or it could even have a repair need that could turn into an emergency breakdown if you don’t address it soon. We can help, if you do have an air conditioning emergency. But we’d ultimately like to help you avoid this scenario. Read to learn how maintenance can help.

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Follow These Steps to Shut Down Your AC for Winter

Monday, 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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