At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for May, 2016

Potential Causes of Short Cycling

Monday, May 30th, 2016

If you’ve ever talked to an air conditioning specialist, they’ll tell you that short cycling is a serious concern. It means that the air conditioner turns on, then off again very quickly, only to turn on again a few minutes later and so on.  Short cycling is a big issue because the system uses much more energy starting up and shutting down that it does simply running.  That translates to higher than normal monthly bills, wasted energy, and strain on your system that could eventually lead to a serious breakdown.

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Why is Leaking Refrigerant a Problem?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Refrigerant is the key component in your centralized air conditioning system, and here in South Jordan, UT, a leak in your refrigerant can be big trouble. But a lot of people don’t understand exactly why. Many people assume that air conditioners consume refrigerant the way a car might consume oil, and that a leak essentially denies it the fuel that it requires. It’s actually more complicated than that. Regardless of the specifics, however, you need to deal with leaking refrigerant as quickly as possible before it causes more serious problems with your computer. 

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Cut Down on your AC Bills this Summer

Monday, May 16th, 2016

With summer on its way in South Jordan, UT, your air conditioner is apt to see a lot of use. Naturally, that’s going to involve higher air conditioning bills as well, though it doesn’t have to. Now is the time to make alteration to your air conditioning plan, both with little steps you can take yourself and more formal installations that can cut down on your air conditioning bills a great deal. We’ve spelled out a few of the more common steps below.

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Avoid these Common Air Conditioning Mistakes

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Spring has come to the Salt Lake City, UT area, and with it comes high temperatures and an increased need for your air conditioner. With proper maintenance and care, your system should be up to the task, but heat waves bring with them higher monthly bills and increased strain on the system. Many people often make well-intentioned mistakes when running their air conditioner that can cost them a great deal in needless energy waste. By avoiding these common errors, you can cut down on your bills and ensure that your air conditioner is performing at maximum efficiency.

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3 Ways to Get Your AC Ready for Summer

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

We all know that the summer heat is just around the corner, and it won’t be long until we once more rely on our HVAC system to keep us comfortable. Whether your have a heat pump, air conditioner, or ductless mini split, it’s not going to clean or tune-up itself before the real heat sets in. Now that it’s May, you’ll want to make certain that your cooling system is primed and ready to go whenever you need it. Here are 3 ways to get your AC ready for summer:

  1. Clean air filters. Every forced-air distribution system needs an air filter of some type or another. However, it’s not to remove dust and other debris from the air. It’s to protect your air conditioner components from collecting debris that could be harmful to its operation. Your evaporator coil won’t be able to cool the incoming warm air if it’s covered in dust. And over time, such debris can infiltrate mechanical parts, and disrupt them. Make sure you’ve got clean air filters installed.
  2. The right “charge.” Your air conditioner does not use up refrigerant during operation, but it does require the right amount of refrigerant in order to transfer thermal energy from one place to another. If your refrigerant is too low, then your system will expend more energy for disappointing results. A professional AC maintenance service will measure this amount to see if your system needs to be topped up.
  3. Call for an AC tune-up. If you’re handy, you may already know how to change the air filter in your HVAC system, but the majority of diagnostic, cleaning, and tune-up actions must be completed by a professional if they are to be done accurately. If you haven’t already scheduled air conditioning maintenance, then don’t wait too long. It can keep your system efficient and effective, and may also prevent unnecessary breakdowns.

Call on At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today for all of your spring air conditioning maintenance needs in Salt Lake City, UT!

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