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

Is a Broken Down Compressor the End of Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, September 5th, 2022

What many homeowners don’t realize about the air conditioner’s compressor is that this component is the most important, and the most expensive, part of the system. So if it breaks down, you might be wondering, “Is this the end of my air conditioner?”

The short, noncommittal answer to this is “maybe.” Don’t worry, we will elaborate!

Your compressor is tasked with actually allowing refrigerant within the system to move and transfer from a gaseous to a liquid state and vice versa. This is what makes the cooling process possible. In some cases, you may be able to replace just the compressor and not the air conditioner, if the compressor malfunctions, but in most cases, it’s best to replace the whole AC system. Read on to learn why!

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Be Aware of These Potential End-of-Season AC Repair Needs

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

air-conditioner-with-techs-workingSummer is nowhere near over and your air conditioner has likely been put to the test!

Of course, you don’t have to worry about this too much if you had your cooling system professionally tuned up last spring. To keep your air conditioner in great working order, it’s important to have professional maintenance done once a year–or twice a year if we’re talking about a heat pump system. This will prolong system life in addition to reducing repair needs and retaining system efficiency.

In fact, we estimate that maintenance can help reduce up to 85% of the repair costs your system might otherwise need in its lifetime. Still, though, it is possible for repair issues to crop up in between tune-ups. Because of this, and because the middle to end of summer is the most likely time for an air conditioner to break down, it’s important that you know the signs of an air conditioner in disrepair.

Read on to learn what some of these signs are, and what they could mean.

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5 Sounds You SHOULD Hear Come From Your AC

Monday, August 8th, 2022

relaxed-woman-leaning-back-on-couch-with-eyes-closedThere’s a common subject you’ll see written about air conditioners–that noises coming from the system indicate something is wrong with it that needs anything from minor troubleshooting to a major repair. On our blog alone, you’ve probably seen us mention this dozens of times.

What you normally don’t see, however, is anything listing out the sounds your air conditioner should make. No air conditioner is silent, after all, and giving us a call for every single sound you hear coming from your cooling system would get pretty tiring. So, how do you know what’s a normal sound and what isn’t? Read on to find out!

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Why You Don’t Want to Believe This Refrigerant Myth

Monday, July 25th, 2022

insulated-refrigerant-line-behind-air-conditionerDo you understand the function of the refrigerant that flows through your air conditioner? You’ve very likely heard the term refrigerant, and you probably even know that it’s important, but it’s possible that you might not understand how important it is.

Without refrigerant, the cooling process would not be possible. This is the chemical substance that allows your air conditioner’s compressor to do its job of cooling down your home.

There’s a pretty common misconception about this substance, however. This myth is that refrigerant depletes, as gasoline does from a vehicle. In other words, people think of refrigerant as a fuel, when that’s not what it is. Your air conditioner is actually supplied with enough refrigerant upon manufacturing to last its entire service life, ideally. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak.

Read on to learn why this is a problem and what to do about it.

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How to Lower Your Cooling Bills

Monday, July 11th, 2022

checklist-with-red-markerIf there is anything that Hickory area homeowners all have in common, it’s understanding the value of fully effective and efficient air conditioning–especially efficient. Nobody wants to pay an arm and a leg to cool their home, nor do they want to sacrifice comfort in order to save money.

But you don’t ever have to sacrifice comfort to save money!

In fact, there are a lot of things you can do in your home to reduce your energy use and therefore reduce your utility bills. Read on to learn what they are.

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Here’s Why You Should Change Out Your HVAC Air Filter

Monday, June 27th, 2022

hand-pulling-out-dirty-air-filterIf you’ve ever talked to one of our HVAC professionals about the air filter in your system, then you’ve likely been advised to change it out every month or so–less often if it is a higher quality air filter (maybe every 3 months).

You’ve likely assumed that the reason we recommend this is to improve your overall indoor air quality. We understand why this assumption is made, but it’s actually a little misguided. While whole-house air purifiers and air filtration systems are designed to improve your indoor air quality, the standard HVAC air filter has a different purpose.

Rather than being there to protect your air quality, it’s in place to protect the HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its sensitive components, and therefore negatively impact the performance of the system.

This is why it’s so important to change out the air filter regularly. Read on to learn more.

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Signs That Your Air Conditioner Is Struggling

Monday, June 13th, 2022

Summer is just around the corner, which means that it’s time–if you haven’t done so already–to schedule your next air conditioning maintenance session. Professional tune-ups allow our experienced technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, which ensures that your air conditioner operates as efficiently and effectively as it’s meant to, for as long as it’s meant to.

Maintenance helps reduce up to 85% of the repair costs you may ever need during the lifecycle of your air conditioner. Still, though, it’s important to be aware that even with maintenance, wear and tear does occur–and repair needs can crop up between annual maintenance sessions. Since a year is a long time to wait to address a repair need that could grow far worse and lead to an air conditioner breakdown, it’s a wise idea to be aware of the following signs that your air conditioner is struggling.

If you notice any of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call!

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3 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC System to Make

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenHow do you know that your air conditioner is doing its job as effectively and efficiently as possible?

One way to help ensure this is the case is by scheduling routine professional maintenance each year… or every 6 months in the case of a heat pump system. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, leaving your system in the best shape possible for the coming summer season.

Maintenance also reduces repair needs by as much as 85%! This doesn’t, however, mean you should neglect your air conditioner if you suspect it needs repairs. It is, after all, a major appliance that suffers from wear-and-tear just like any other mechanical equipment. But how do you know if it needs repair?

One of the most telltale signs that an AC is in disrepair is strange noises coming from the unit. A “strange” noise can really be anything outside of the normal, day-to-day operational sounds that come from the system. Read on to learn more, and please give us a call right away if you hear any of these particular sounds!

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How to Choose Between a Central or Ductless Air Conditioner

Monday, April 18th, 2022

ductless-air-handlerWhen homeowners go to buy a new appliance, they’re usually in one of two scenarios:

  1. Their current appliance is breaking down or has already broken down and they need new equipment now or…
  2. Their budget allows for them to get an upgrade appliance, so they want the best that technology has to offer.

Whichever reason is yours, you should know that there is a preconceived notion that the more expensive the system is, the “better” it is, and that’s not necessarily true. The fact of the matter is, which system is right for your specific home is going to depend on many factors.

There are more options than just the central air conditioner and ductless system, but for the purpose of today’s blog posts, these are the two systems we’re going to focus on. Read on as we uncover the differences to help you decide what’s best for your specific needs.

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Tips for Boosting AC Efficiency This Year

Monday, April 4th, 2022

There aren’t many things that HVAC professionals will tell you to do on your own when it comes to servicing your HVAC systems. And there is definitely a reason for this when it comes to big repair needs. The fact of the matter is that there are some components of your air conditioning and heating systems that the pros need special training and licensing to handle. This includes working with components like refrigerant and natural gas.

Professional maintenance is vital for the health of your air conditioner, the efficiency of your home, and for your family’s comfort. Maintenance enables our technicians to comprehensively inspect your cooling system for problems, anything that may need adjusting, and anything that needs to be cleaned. It also allows us to alert you to repair needs. And lastly, maintenance helps your system work more efficiently. But there’s more you can do besides just scheduling maintenance. Read on to learn more!

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