Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Top 5 Methods for Improving AC Efficiency

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

outdoor-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-itSummer is officially here! If you’re not already, you’ll be using your air conditioner on a daily basis very soon. So now is a great time to start thinking about how you can save money without sacrificing comfort. During this season, when you need your cooling system the most, it’s vital that you get the most out of it, right?

When your air conditioner is operating as efficiently as possible, you don’t need to worry about costly energy bills. Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency. Read on as we uncover our top 5 tips for boosting your air conditioner’s efficiency.

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Bangs, Screeches, and Hissing: AC Noises You Should Never Ignore

Monday, May 25th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsImagine you’re sitting in your home, peacefully watching a TV show, or maybe even reading a book, and suddenly you hear a grinding noise that seems to be getting louder and angrier as each minute passes. It seems to be coming from outside—but what is it?

If it’s your air conditioner, it’s cause for concern! Really, any unfamiliar noise that is coming from your air conditioner should be reason enough for you to call air conditioning professionals to inspect the system. No matter the source of the sound, the problem isn’t going to go away by itself. Even if the noise is intermittent, it not only is the sign of a problem, but can cause further issues.

Grinding is just one example of a sound you don’t want to hear your cooling system to make, and typically comes from a motor’s bearings being worn down. This is a natural part of wear and tear, but should still be managed quickly to prevent overheating and subsequent system damage. What are some other noises you should be aware of? Read on!

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Have You Had Your AC Tuned-Up Yet?

Monday, April 27th, 2020

outside-air-conditioner-unit-with-clipboard-on-topWith the nice weather we’ve been experiencing lately, it’s easy to forget just how extreme our temperatures can get all of the sudden. We could shut off our heaters for the season only to need our air conditioners the very next day, and vice-versa. So, it’s vital that you ensure your home comfort systems are always ready for whatever is coming their way.

Since it is still early spring, right now is the perfect time to schedule your air conditioning tune-up, if you haven’t already! Save money on repair costs, and utility bills, by helping your system perform more efficiently and reliably by contacting us for maintenance. Not convinced you really need this service? Read on!

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The 3 Steps of a Successful AC Installation

Monday, March 30th, 2020

technician-working-on-air-conditionerIf you’ve come upon this blog post when you’re in dire need of a new air conditioner, then we understand the sense of urgency involved. The thing about it is, however, that many homeowners are in a rush to quickly get a new system in their home, so they opt for whatever system they can afford and try to install it themselves. Or, outside circumstances lead them to think it’ll just be more convenient to do it all themselves.

We really have to encourage you to reconsider this approach. There is a lot of work that goes into every air conditioning installation job we do, and plenty of reasons to trust a professional for the job. Keep reading as we uncover the 3 steps our technicians take in order to achieve a successful AC installation.

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No, Your AC System Shouldn’t Be Losing Refrigerant

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-ac-unitThis is a fairly common air conditioning myth among homeowners—that the refrigerant in the system “runs out” like gasoline does from a car. Unfortunately, dishonest or well-meaning but ill-informed amateurs have contributed to this myth. They may have told you that refrigerant needs to be “topped off” every now and then, like during your maintenance session.

We understand why you might believe this misconception, too. Refrigerant seems like a “fuel” for your air conditioner, right? Well not quite—it is what enables the cooling process, but it recycles continuously throughout the system rather than depleting like gasoline from a car. In other words, your air conditioner should never lose refrigerant—and if it is, it means you have a leak that needs repair.

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Air Conditioning Repair Needs to be Aware of

Monday, August 19th, 2019

animated-checklistSummertime is the most likely time of the year for your air conditioner to break down. This makes sense, since of course summertime is when your air conditioner gets the most use. But, it’s also incredibly inconvenient, right?

After all. the last thing you want to do in the middle of a summer day is deal with getting your AC repaired, and being uncomfortable in your home until an HVAC tech comes. Of course, you can fend off the worst of repair needs with maintenance. Have you scheduled your tune-up yet this summer? But as diligent as you are about AC care, you may still run into trouble.

We’ve shared some AC repair needs to be aware of so you know to call a pro right away, rather than sitting on a small problem until it grows into a major malfunction.

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How to Detect a Refrigerant Leak (And Why It’s a Problem!)

Monday, August 5th, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-air-conditionerThere are many problems out there that people see as “minor”… and it’s true, some are more relatively minor than others. But when it comes to your air conditioner, there’s no problem you just want to brush off without having a technician at least look at the system. A refrigerant leak is absolutely no exception.

Refrigerant is literally what makes your cooling system’s job possible.

And if you have reason to believe that you have a refrigerant leak in your AC system, then you need to schedule a service call right away. The longer you wait, the greater risk there is of serious damage occurring to your air conditioner—likely to your compressor, which is the heart of your cooling system. But how do you know you have a refrigerant leak?

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Why Professional HVAC Service Matters

Monday, June 24th, 2019

ac-technician-working-on-systemIf you’re reading this, chances are you are not a professional HVAC contractor. If you are, well, then you’ll agree with our assessment below.

Only skilled and trained professionals can install and service your heating and cooling systems.

Our pros are the ones to call. Put down that toolbox and let professionals handle whatever HVAC service needs you have in your home. This isn’t just because we’re saying so, but rather because we want the best for our customers. Chances are you may end up calling us up anyway to repair something an amateur did while trying to install or repair your HVAC system.

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How to Prep Your AC for Summer

Monday, June 10th, 2019

technician-working-on-air-conditionerHave you scheduled your professional air conditioning maintenance appointment yet? With temperatures still relatively cool for now, it’s hard to imagine needing your air conditioner on a daily—if not hourly—basis any time soon. But summer will be here before you know it, and when it hits you want to be able to rely on the comfort provided by your cooling system, right?

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Problems You Don’t Expect from Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 27th, 2019

top-view-of-outdoor-air-conditioning-unitA worn down fan belt, a breach in ductwork, a dirty evaporator coil—these all have something in common. They are typical problems for an air conditioner to experience. And, they’re all issues that you can usually prevent altogether, so long as you stay on top of routine professional maintenance. In fact, professional maintenance can help prevent about 85% of the repair needs your air conditioner would ever need throughout its lifespan!

However, what about unexpected or uncommon AC problems? Issues that you should never have to deal with or that are so rare you don’t hear about them very much? They do happen, and it’s wise to be aware of what they are so that if you are impacted, you won’t be caught off guard, and you’ll know to call our pros for service right away.

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