Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Repair’

Why Your Air Filter Matters (It’s Not What You Think!)

Monday, July 29th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterThere’s a fairly common misconception out there about air filters. Many homeowners believe that its only purpose is to prevent allergens and pollutants from entering and contaminating your indoor air—and that’s the reason technicians tell you to clean or replace it once a month. This isn’t the whole truth, however.

The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is in place to do more than just preventing allergens from moving back into your airstream. It actually blocks dirt, dust, and other debris from the inside of your air conditioner, protecting the system itself! When an air filter is too dirty, though, the impact on your air conditioner can be just as negative. Wondering why? Read on!

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Don’t Neglect Refrigerant Leaks!

Monday, May 20th, 2019


It would be easy to say that modern homeowners live luxuriously. At least, when we’re speaking about our expectations of home comfort. The potential issue with this, however, is a luxury is often taken for granted.

Take the comfort offered to you by an air conditioner, for example. If one day your air conditioner just up and quit on you, you’d likely be surprised … and annoyed. The fact is, air conditioners aren’t just a luxury. They’re a necessity when temperatures reach their highest. And when you have any problem with yours, it should absolutely be a concern.

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What Might Be Causing Your AC Output to Drop

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

air-conditioner-repairThe middle of summer is just about the worst time to have your air conditioner output drop. If your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home as much as it should, it’s not something that you should ignore. The system is likely dealing with some sort of problem, which will only get worse the longer it is left unchecked. Have a look at what might be causing this problem below, and what to do about it.

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Does My Air Conditioner Need More Refrigerant?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

A lot of people know that air conditioners use refrigerant, and some may even know what they use it for. Most people, however, don’t actually know the process that refrigerant goes through when it’s in use by an air conditioner. Not that you need to know everything about how your air conditioner operates in order to benefit from it. Still, we thought it would be a good idea to give an in-depth answer to this common question about whether or not your air conditioner might need additional refrigerant at some point.

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Problems That Can Harm Your Air Conditioner

Monday, March 28th, 2016

With summer not far off, most people are going to start using their air conditioners on an almost daily basis. That’s all well and good, as long as you were careful to schedule preventive maintenance for your system beforehand. However, it still isn’t a guarantee of your system’s health as the year progresses. You should be aware of the common issues that your air conditioner can run into, and when to call for repairs. Let’s take a look at some of those issues now.

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What Might Be Causing Your Air Conditioner Output to Drop

Monday, March 21st, 2016

We may not be in the middle of a desert here in Olympia, but that doesn’t mean that it’s fun to be without good air conditioning in the middle of summer. As the temperature starts to climb, you’re going to be relying on your air conditioner more and more often to keep your home comfortable. That means more stress, and a greater likelihood of problems developing with the system. Let’s take a look at output drops in your air conditioner, and what might be causing them.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

You’re probably going to be running your air conditioner on an almost daily basis for the next several months. That means a more stress on the system, which then means a greater chance of problems occurring. One of those problems is ice forming on your air conditioner. You may think that ice is actually a good thing when you’re trying to cool down. However, if your air conditioner is icing over it’s actually a sign of a pretty serious issue. Read on to find out why this happens, and what you can do about it.

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Air Conditioning Problems to Watch Out for This Spring

Monday, May 11th, 2015

As the days start to warm up, you’re going to start using your air conditioning system more and more often. That means more stress on your air conditioner, which means greater likelihood that it will start to develop problems. Air conditioning problems will get progressively worse the longer they are left alone, increasing the chance of a breakdown. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to break down on you in the middle of a hot day. So it pays to recognize the signs that your air conditioning system has a problem before it gets out of hand. Have a look at some common air conditioning problems below.

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How Can I Prevent Future Air Conditioner Repairs?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

No one wants to think about air conditioning repair, which can actually contribute to the problem when it arises. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure as they say, and if you work to address potential issues before they result in a breakdown, you can avoid a lot of those pesky repair bills. Services that offer air conditioning repair in Tacoma can be proactive as well as reactive, which means you can call on them to help. “How can I prevent future air conditioner repairs?” you ask. A few easy answers are outlined below.

The best option is simply to schedule regular maintenance sessions from a trained technician, ideally before the summer begins in earnest. Maintenance sessions are designed to help nip potential repair issues in the bud by cleaning off dirt, tightening loose components and recharging refrigerant levels. That reduces friction on moving parts and reduces the overall strain on the system, lowers the possibility of repairs. More importantly, it gives the technician a chance to spot big issues when they’re still small. In the event further repairs are needed, they’re apt to be much less severe than they would if you just waited for the system to suffer a breakdown.

In fact, reducing overall strain is easily the most important way to lower the risk of repairs. You can take numerous steps to achieve this, from setting your thermostat a few degrees higher than you normally would to adding insulation in your home that prevents cool air from escaping. A home energy audit can help you pinpoint spots in your home that may be costing you in energy efficiency, allowing you to correct the problem and help ease the burden on your air conditioning system

The experts at Sunset Air are on hand to help you prevent future air conditioning repairs, as well as handling any other issues related to air conditioning repair in Tacoma. Our trained professionals have the knowledge and experience to diagnose problems quickly and perform maintenance or repairs with the quality you’ve come to expect. Pick up the phone and schedule an appointment today. You’ll be glad you did!

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Common Air Conditioning Problems that Need Professional Repair

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Like any other appliance, air conditioning systems develop problems from time to time. And while many of those problems can be avoided with a little preventive maintenance, most of them require the services of a professional air conditioning repair technician. In Olympia WA, air conditioning repair service is typically a summer endeavor, since winters tend to be cool and the AC isn’t needed as often. If you can spot the signs of common air conditioning problems that need professional attention, you can have them dealt with in a safe and effective manner.

  • Low air flow. Low air flow is usually caused by a blockage in the system, when an air filter or similar component has built up a great deal of dust, or if leaks in the duct system divert sufficient amounts of air.
  • Lack of cool air. You may notice that the air flow in your AC is fine, but that the air coming out isn’t particularly cool. That may mean a clogged air filter, or the refrigerant in your system may be low and need to be recharged.
  • Strange noises. A strange noise can signal a number of possible problems. If there’s an air leak in the duct system, it may give out a whistle or a hiss as air escapes. Problems with the condenser or blower unit can create unusual noises, and motor noises such as buzzing or rumbling might indicate a problem with the fan motor. A clicking noise could signal a damaged control unit or thermostat constantly cycling on and off
  • Inability to start. If the air conditioning unit won’t start at all, it could indicate one of several different problems. An overload may have tripped the circuit breaker in your house, or it may simply be that you inadvertently set the thermostat too high. In addition, some air conditioning units are designed to automatically switch off when a given component is no longer functioning as it should. The component will need to be repaired or replaced before the air conditioning will turn on again.

Regardless of the issue, a trained professional should be contacted to conduct repairs. Experienced experts can diagnose the problem and recommend a prudent course of action. Sunset Air handles air conditioning repairs in Olympia, WA with courtesy and professionalism. Call us today and schedule an appointment.

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