Brown's Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Why Size Matters with your AC Installation

Monday, June 7th, 2021
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So, you’re in the market for a new air conditioning installation. At least, we’re going to take a guess that is why you’ve come across this blog post. If you have the budget, you’re likely tempted to purchase the biggest and best air conditioner you can find, right? That’s a great idea… except that it can actually be too big!

Yup, that’s right. An air conditioner can actually be too large for the space in which it is installed. Homeowners usually don’t consider this possibility–they know that an air conditioner can be too small but don’t really think about it the other way around. But in actuality, an oversized (overpowered) air conditioner can be just as detrimental to home comfort and the efficiency of your air conditioner as an undersized (underpowered) air conditioner. Read on to learn more!

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What Happens During Cooling System Maintenance?

Monday, May 24th, 2021
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If you follow our blog, you’ll see that we talk about maintenance quite a bit. This is for good reason, maintenance is important! Too many homeowners dismiss this service as a “luxury” that only the lucky few who can afford it get for their HVAC systems. That’s not true at all.

Your air conditioning and heating systems need care just like the vehicle you drive does.

During your HVAC maintenance tune-ups, our technicians will thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it, in order to help your home comfort system operate smoother and last longer. Ultimately, this is great news for your budget. But what actually happens during your AC maintenance tune-up? Read on to find out.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer Yet?

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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Alright, so it’s not quite summer yet. And with our variable weather we may not need our air conditioners much at all! On the other hand, we all know how hot weather can surprise us, especially when it lasts for weeks. Therefore, you want your air conditioner to be ready for summer and all it has to bring.

It’s never too early to start prepping for the warmer months! In fact, right now is a great time to schedule your air conditioner maintenance. After all, with summer coming and things starting to open up again, the last thing you need to worry about is a malfunctioning cooling system, right?

Maintenance allows our technicians to comprehensively clean, adjust, and inspect your AC system for repairs. These steps help it work efficiently and effectively, protecting your comfort and your wallet. Read on to learn more!

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Should a Ductless System be Your Next AC Option?

Monday, March 29th, 2021
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Springtime is officially upon us, and the weather is warming up. Perhaps, if you had a struggling heating system this past winter, you’re considering a heating system replacement. This is definitely a purchase you don’t want to rush into, so we applaud you for checking out this blog post to explore your heating options. You do have time to do so! The question is, is a ductless system the right option for you?

These systems are very versatile, allowing for both effective cooling and efficient heating performance. Additionally, they help you save money and space within your home. If you’ve never considered this system for your household, now’s the time. Read on!

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What Are the Steps of Air Conditioning Installation?

Monday, March 15th, 2021
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We see people ask this a lot. And we’re about to share the steps—but not because we think you should ever try to install your own whole-home air conditioner. Doing so can result in an inefficient system, HVAC system damage, or even property damage. Air conditioners are complex, and installing them requires a trained and experienced professional.

We do understand the sense of urgency here. While we are still experiencing chiller temperatures, anyone who has lived here for even just a year knows how variable our weather can be. Who knows when we’ll need our air conditioners—it can be two months from now or two weeks from now!

So if you need a new air conditioner, you’re probably thinking now you need to rush. But we really encourage you to give the professionals a call, instead of rushing into a purchase and installation that could leave you regretting your decision. Here’s what will happen when you call us for your air conditioner installation:

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3 Reasons to Hire a Pro for Your AC Installation

Monday, September 28th, 2020
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Has the time come for you to get a new air conditioner? Perhaps you already know exactly what you want or think you know what you need and are ready to buy it and put it in.

We really have to discourage you from rushing into this task. It pays to have a trained and experienced professional handle this kind of job. Alternatively, rushing into a job like this can leave you sacrificing efficiency and comfort, especially if you try to install the system all on your own. Read on as we uncover three reasons you should only trust a pro for your AC installation.

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How to Detect an AC Refrigerant Leak (And Why This Matters)

Monday, September 14th, 2020
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There’s a fairly common misconception about AC refrigerant that often leads homeowners to mistakenly put their climate control systems in harms way. What is that misconception? That refrigerant is a fuel.

Yup, many people think that refrigerant depletes from an air conditioner like gasoline does from a car. This is a dangerous misconception, unfortunately. That is, it’s dangerous for the air conditioner itself. The problem is, if your air conditioner is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak. And if there’s a leak, a number of problems can occur, not excluding a complete air conditioner break down. So what should you do about it?

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6 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

Monday, August 17th, 2020
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With the way technology is going, it seems like by now there’d be a way for our air conditioners to diagnose themselves when there is a problem, and shoot us a text message telling us what the problem is. This actually probably isn’t too far off in the future, but for now, it’s not a reality.

This means that homeowners have to rely on other methods to detect the warnings their cooling systems are sending out. Maybe it is a drop in cooling power, or an unexpectedly high utility bill. Or, you may have HVAC circuit breakers that are constantly tripping.

One of the most common signs, however, that something is amiss with your cooling system is strange sounds. A “strange” sound is really anything outside of the normal noises you hear when your AC runs. You hear it every day, so if something alarming comes up, it’s best not to ignore it.

We’ve listed six of the most common sounds people call us about, below.

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Should You Go Ductless This Year?

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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If you’re coming across a blog about installing a new HVAC system this time of the year, chances are that there is a little desperation behind the decision–you need an effective and efficient cooling system and you need it now.

But as tempting as it is, we really have to encourage you to slow down. This is not a purchase you want to rush into, as you can be matched with the wrong AC system for your house, or even matched with the wrong sized air conditioner for your home, which can lead to efficiency and performance problems later on down the line.

Additionally, while you may have always had a ducted system, you could do well to consider the benefits of going ductless! Read on as we uncover some of the perks of this option.

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“What Is Short-Cycling, And Is It Really That Bad?”

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Residential air conditioners go through a lot throughout the years, particularly in our area. Wear and tear can lead to issues like refrigerant leaks, failed capacitors, and even breached air ducts. Fortunately, most of these repairs can be pretty simply fixed by our technicians and even prevented with routine maintenance.

There’s one thing that natural wear and tear shouldn’t lead to though, and that’s short-cycling. Wondering what short-cycling is?

Listen to your air conditioner–really listen to it! When the compressor cycles on, it should do so long enough for the temperature in the room to reach the desired setting on your thermostat. If it doesn’t reach this temperature, but cycles back off, only to cycle back on and repeat the failed process a few minutes later then it is short-cycling. Why does this matter?

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