Canella Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

As Summer Comes to a Close, Be Aware of These AC Repair Needs

Monday, September 6th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitAir conditioning repairs are one of those home services you never want to delay. You might be tempted to–especially as the official end of summer nears. After all, as long as your cooling system is still running, if you don’t have repairs in the budget, why bother? Well, one reason is that by ignoring repair needs, you risk the AC system completely breaking down on you when you least expect it, and when you need it the most.

We encourage our customers to always take care of their air conditioners the moment they notice there’s a repair need. This is especially true at the end of the season. First off, the problem could be something that will impact your heater, too–like damaged ductwork or a malfunctioning thermostat. Secondly, neglecting your suffering air conditioner at the end of the summer season could leave you with an unpleasant surprise next spring–a system that just won’t turn on.

Read on as we uncover some of the most common end-of-season AC repair needs we get called for.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Short-Cycling? Here’s What May Be Wrong

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

technician-working-on-outside-ac-unit-with-homeowner-in-backgroundOne of the most popular service calls we get and, unfortunately, one of the most damaging problems for an air conditioner, is about a system that is short-cycling. This is the name given to the process where an air conditioner or heater cycles on and off in rapid succession without ever completing a full cooling cycle. Short cycling is both the symptom of a problem already in your air conditioner and the cause of further problems.

Sometimes, all that might be needed to fix the issue is a few simple adjustments. In most cases though, short-cycling requires a professional to come in and repair an issue. You want a trained and experienced technician for this kind of work!

The bottom line is, short-cycling has to be fixed, and not ignored. Otherwise, you face the very real possibility that you’ll have to prematurely replace your entire air conditioner, and until then you could waste a lot of energy and subsequent money. Read on to learn more!

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What Should You Do If Your AC Compressor Fails?

Monday, August 9th, 2021

compressor-set-down-in-outside-ac-unitDid you know the compressor is considered the heart of your air conditioner? While the thermostat serves as the brain, sending signals to the air conditioner and the heater on when it should cycle on and off, the compressor is the central component of the air conditioner, where refrigerant flows in and out of, in order to make the cooling process possible.

The compressor is also the most expensive part of your air conditioner! It comprises the outdoor unit of your AC and when it fails, it almost always means that it would be best to replace the entire air conditioner. But this isn’t true in all cases.

Read on as we uncover what a failed compressor means for your air conditioner, and when it’s time to replace (or if you could get by with a repair).

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Lower Your Cooling Bills and Prevent AC Repairs by Taking These Steps

Monday, July 26th, 2021

animation-of-seesaw-with-green-house-and-money-symbol-on-either-endIf you’ve lived in this area for even just a year, then you know that your air conditioner gets quite the workout! Unfortunately, this likely also means that your energy bills get quite the workout too. And the more you use your air conditioner, the faster the wear and tear builds up, leading to an increased need for air conditioner repairs you don’t want to pay for.

Maybe this all sounds inevitable–the cost of being comfortable in your home. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, your air conditioner uses a lot of power. In fact, your HVAC systems account for about half of all the energy use in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But there are steps you can take to help your air conditioner work more efficiently (and therefore more affordably) this summer, while also preventing sudden and unexpected repair needs.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Struggling to Keep Up?

Monday, July 12th, 2021

two-technicians-working-on-outside-ac-unitImagine this scene playing out in your home: You’re relaxing in your living room on an 85° day with 65% humidity. It’s sweltering out there! But that’s okay because your air conditioning system is blasting away, providing you will cool air that makes you feel perfectly comfortable. Until suddenly, it isn’t.

You run over to your thermostat. Maybe someone changed the setting on it? Nope, the settings are what they should be. You check your circuit breaker–maybe the HVAC circuit breaker has tripped and needs to be reset. Nope, that’s not it either. So, what’s the problem?

You go ahead and call for emergency repair, but it will be a while before a pro shows up because this is a common time of year for those emergencies to happen. Suddenly, your relaxing afternoon isn’t so relaxing anymore, right?

Fortunately, almost all air conditioner breakdowns can be prevented, simply by knowing the signs that your air conditioner is struggling and needs repair. What are these signs? Read on to find out!

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The Unfortunate Impact of a Clogged Air Conditioner Filter

Monday, June 28th, 2021

mans-hands-pulling-out-dirty-air-filterHomeowners often think that the only reason they need to worry at all about their HVAC system’s air filter is because of the particles and allergens in their indoor air. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite right.

People often assume that a dirty air filter is an issue because it keeps the air dirty and that this is the reason technicians tell you to change it every 1-3 months. If you aren’t suffering from allergies at the moment, this means your air filter is fine where it is, right?

While helping your indoor air quality is a very small advantage of these air filters, their purpose isn’t entirely for that. Their actual purpose is to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself from dirt, dust, and other debris. Read on to learn more about how a dirty, clogged air filter impacts the life of your air conditioner.

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How to Make Sure Your AC System Operates Efficiently

Monday, May 17th, 2021

smiling-technician-working-on-ac-unitSummer is just around the corner, and we all know what that means. Soon enough, it will be blazing hot in our area, and homeowners will want to make sure they’re well equipped with an effective and efficient air conditioner in their homes.

The best way to ensure this is the case is by scheduling professional air conditioning maintenance. Maintenance allows our professionals to comprehensively clean, adjust, and inspect the components of your system to make sure everything is operating as it should. If we notice that anything needs repairs, we’ll alert you to the problem right away so you have a chance to get ahead of it and avoid a breakdown.

Maintenance or not, there are some additional actions you can take, which we’ll uncover below, that will help boost the efficiency of your air conditioner and therefore lower your energy costs. Keep reading as we go through some tips on how to boost your cooling system efficiency.

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What You Need to Know about R-22 Refrigerant

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

refrigerant-line-behind-ac-systemWere you aware that recharging an AC system that uses R-22 refrigerant can be very costly? It’s actually a more efficient and affordable choice to replace the entire air conditioner than to continue paying for old refrigerant. It’s actually been about 10+ years since the last R-22 systems were even installed!

You might be wondering, why does this matter? Well because if you’re still operating an air conditioner that uses this old refrigerant, you’re probably paying more than you should have to for your comfort, and you’re going to have a hard time when it needs repairs. Read on to learn more!

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Don’t Ignore These Sounds Coming from Your AC

Monday, April 19th, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenWhile it’s still on the cooler side in some parts of the country and homeowners there are just now starting to schedule air conditioner maintenance, those of us here are already using our cooling systems on a pretty regular basis. That said, our cooling systems go through a lot, and as a result accumulate wear and tear faster than they would in other parts of the country, potentially requiring more repairs.

First off, to prevent the biggest and most sudden of repair needs, we encourage you to schedule maintenance at least once a year for your AC system. During this service, our professional will clean, inspect, and adjust your system to ensure its efficient performance. With or without maintenance, however, if your air conditioner makes sounds you don’t recognize, it’s time to call in a professional. So, what sounds exactly should you pay attention to?

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Signs That You Need Air Conditioner Repair

Monday, April 5th, 2021

woman-in-front-of-fanImagine this scenario: It’s the middle of summer and you’re sitting in your home on an 85° day. It’s okay that it’s that hot because your air conditioner is blasting away, providing you with chilled air that makes you feel perfectly comfortable. Until suddenly, the AC stops working.

You rush to the thermostat—the settings are correct. The thermostat still seems to be functioning, so what gives? Next you check to see if the circuit breaker to your AC tripped and needs to be reset—nope, it’s not that either. You call for emergency repairs—but you have to wait for service since after all, it’s the middle of summer, and everyone else is calling for emergency AC repairs too.

What if this entire scenario could be prevented? Read on to learn how.

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