Canella Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

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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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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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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“What Can I Do to Protect My Air Conditioner This Winter?”

Monday, October 19th, 2020

air-conditioner-covered-in-iceWith the official start of fall behind us, temperatures are beginning to cool down now. Chances are, you’re using your air conditioning system less and less.

Hopefully that also means you’ve taken the opportunity to schedule your heater maintenance, ensuring that your furnace, heat pump, or boiler is prepared to operate safely and effectively this coming winter. But before we get there, we don’t want you to just completely forget about your air conditioner. While it may not need maintenance again until next spring—assuming you had maintenance done last spring, that is—your cooling system does need some attention before winter hits.

“Winterizing” your air conditioner protects the system. It’s not complicated to do either! Proper care will protect this system from possible damage, it will extend its lifespan, and it will ensure it has no trouble operating when you need it next. Read on to learn more!

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Why Does AC Refrigerant Loss Matter?

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Temperatures may be cooling down, but if your air conditioner has been experiencing trouble, and especially if that air conditioner is a heat pump that will also be used for heating this coming fall and winter, then the time to take care of it is now. One of the most common problems we get called for end up being repairs due to refrigerant loss.

There’s a common misconception about refrigerant in that it is something that depletes from the air conditioner–as gasoline does from a car. On the contrary, your air conditioner has enough refrigerant upon manufacturing and installation to last its entire lifespan. So, if you’re experiencing refrigerant loss it means you have a refrigerant leak. And since your air conditioner needs refrigerant to function, this is obviously a problem. Read on to learn more! 

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Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Be sure to bookmark the Canella Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. blog to start learning the ins and outs of HVAC.

We’ll regularly post energy saving tips, how-to’s on troubleshooting your systems, and breakdowns on even the most complex industry related terms and concepts.

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