Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

Don’t Forget This DIY AC Maintenance Task!

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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It’s not every day that we recommend a homeowner does maintenance on their own. In fact, we never recommend it—at least not when we’re talking about professional maintenance This is where our technicians come in and thoroughly clean your system inside and out while making adjustments and repair recommendations.

But there is a maintenance task you can, and should, be doing on your own. And that is changing your air filter every 1-3 months.

Your HVAC system’s air filter plays a vital role in the overall performance of your air conditioner (and your heater, for that matter). So, it’s important that you pay attention to it. Read on as we uncover what exactly an air filter does and why it matters.

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of Cooling System Failure!

Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Your household’s central air conditioner is one of the most important appliances there is when it comes to your comfort and quality of life, right? Well, it’s also one of the most specialized—while a homeowner can deal with some minor plumbing downtime, having a broken down air conditioner could be quite the inconvenience in the middle of summer! So taking care of your cooling system properly is imperative.

One way to do this is with routine maintenance. During maintenance, your air conditioning technician fully inspects, cleans, and adjusts your air conditioner to ensure it’s working as efficiently and effectively as possible. This helps you avoid the biggest repair needs. Of course, even with regular tune-ups, it’s important to be aware of the signs that your air conditioner might need repair work. It’s good to know these signs so you can act quickly rather than waiting for your cooling system to just completely fail on you. So, what are these signs?

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Have You Scheduled This Important AC Service Yet?

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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There’s one particular AC service we recommend to our customers each and every year that’s easy to dismiss, but we really encourage you not to—maintenance! And unless your air conditioner has broken down to the point that it’s beyond repair, it’s not too late to schedule it now.

Like auto maintenance, routine air conditioner maintenance is essential to the performance of your cooling system, and vital to repair prevention. As a trusted resource for HVAC services in Tacoma, we’re happy to share with you the many benefits of routine maintenance.

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Why You Should Upgrade Your Windows and Doors

Monday, August 26th, 2019

large-window-in-living-roomThe average homeowner doesn’t often think about this on a daily basis, but modern homes are constructed with energy efficiency in mind. This means they’re built tightly, so they don’t allow any conditioned air to leak out. Factors such as proper insulation, weatherstripping, and keeping your doors and windows shut while you run your HVAC system all help maintain good energy efficiency, too.

But keeping your windows and doors shut won’t do that much good if either of them need upgrading! Drafty windows or doors losing their seal could cost your home a lot of its conditioned air. So no matter the season, you might relatively be turning your thermostat way lower or way higher than it needs to be.

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5 Signs That You Need AC Repairs Now!

Monday, June 17th, 2019

animated-checklistSummer is almost officially here, and if the recent heat wave is any indication, we’re going to be using our air conditioners pretty regularly in the coming months. As such, you need your cooling system to perform as expected when it’s under extreme pressure. The last thing you need, after all, is a sudden breakdown and repair call just when the temperatures hit their peak.

The good news with this is that most cooling system problems give out signs and symptoms long before they force the system to shut down entirely. And while you should never attempt to formally diagnose or repair a malfunctioning air conditioner on your own (they contain dangerous components such as refrigerant that requires special training and licensing to manage safely), you can still spot the signs that you need AC repair. Here are five fairly common signs that you do:

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Don’t Neglect Refrigerant Leaks!

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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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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Shopping for a New Cooling System?

Monday, May 6th, 2019

ac-unit-on-pile-of-moneyWe’re very fortunate in our area of the U.S. that we don’t typically need to worry too much about soaring temperatures making it unbearable to be in our homes without a functioning air conditioner. Still though, cooling systems are vital to our overall comfort in the summer months. If yours broke down last year, or was showing signs of wear, you may be considering the purchase of a new one this year.

If so, you have a number of considerations to make. First off, while you may find that simply upgrading to a newer version of your current model is all you need, in many cases it may actually serve you better to consider a whole different system type. For instance, just because you have a traditional central system in place now, doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from ductless cooling. Read on to learn more about your options.

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Consider Installing a Zone Control System Before Summer

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Spring is here, which means that it’s time to get your air conditioning system ready for the next season. Most of the time, this just means scheduling preventive maintenance for the system. Sometimes, though, it’s a good idea to invest a bit more into improving your air conditioning system. One of those cases is zone control. 

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Should I Replace My Heat Pump Before Summer?

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Summer may seem pretty far off, but the weather will start to warm up before you know it. Right around this time of year, when spring is getting into swing and summer is on the horizon, a lot of people start to look into getting their heating systems ready for the hot months. For a lot of people, that means scheduling preventive maintenance. For others, though, that may not be enough to ensure that the system is in good enough condition to serve them properly. If you’re wondering whether or not your heat pump can keep you cool through another summer, there are a couple of things that you should take a look at.

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Weird Air Conditioner Noises and What They Mean

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Air conditioners are loud machines, and make a number of different noises while they’re running. If you’ve had your air conditioner for at least a couple of weeks, however, you probably know exactly what it’s supposed to sound like under normal circumstances. What if the system starts making unusual noises while it’s running, though? Let’s take a look at some of the more common weird noises that air conditioners tend to make.

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