At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for June, 2015

What Happens When Refrigerant Leaks Out of My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The term “refrigerant” refers to a number of different chemicals used to make air conditioning possible. Your air conditioner essentially circulates the refrigerant through a series of values and coils which first shift it to a liquid state (bleeding heat into the air outside your home) and then shift it back to a gas (cooling the air in your home, which passes through the duct system via a fan). Many people falsely assume that the refrigerant is consumed by this process, but it actually isn’t. In fact, losing refrigerant to a leak will quickly cause the entire system to be thrown off, which is why refrigerant levels need to stay constant at all times. What happens when refrigerant leaks out of your air conditioner? We’ve provided a short list below.

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Why Do I Need to Repair a Short Cycling Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Air conditioning specialists use the term “short cycling” to refer to an air conditioning system that turns on and off rapidly throughout the day. It might do so before it finishes cooling your home, or it might do so because it lowers the temperature very quickly. But regardless, it means trouble for your air conditioner, and here in Salt Lake City, UT, trouble is the last thing you need when summer temperatures are climbing. How is short cycling caused and why do you need to repair a short-cycling air conditioner? Read on for the answers.

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What Kinds of Problems Are Caused by Low Humidity?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Salt Lake City, UT is a very dry part of the country, and while we see our share of snowfall in the winter, relative humidity levels stay low throughout the year. You’ve likely experienced some of the effects of that, which can greatly decrease the comfort levels in your home and even create mild medical problems if the air is dry enough. The solution could be a humidifier installed as part of your HVAC system by a friendly professional. If you know the kinds of problems that are caused by low humidity, you’ll understand how a humidifier can help you conquer them.

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3 Problems Corrected by UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Homeowners in Salt Lake City, UT often focus on air conditioning needs during the heat of summer. A good air conditioner is vital to your comfort when the temperatures climb, but temperature isn’t the only component you should focus on. Indoor air quality plays a huge role in determining how healthy and happy you feel at home, and a UV germicidal light system is a great way to keep your air fresh and clean. The UV light is invisible to the naked eye and harmless to people and most animals, but it eliminates germs and other bacteria that pass through it. Since your air conditioner circulates the air in your home, it makes an effective way of treating a great deal of your indoor air within a comparatively small and manageable system.

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3 Ways to Determine If You Need a New Air Conditioner

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Summer is officially here, and if you’re in the market to replace your old air conditioner with a new one, now is the perfect time to do it. Salt Lake City, UT has fairly mild summers when compared with the rest of the country, but you never know when a heat wave is going to knock us flat. Having a new system in place when they hit is a strong way to combat them while lowering your monthly bills in the bargain. But how can you tell if your old system is ready to be replaced? Here are 3 ways to give you some clue.

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