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

Central AC Vs Mini Split Installation: Which Is Better?

Monday, June 19th, 2023

More and more Colorado homeowners are realizing how essential a dependable air conditioner is. With an increase in heat waves and a longer cooling season, having an air conditioning system that keeps your home and family cool and comfortable is not just a luxury but a necessity.

So when it’s time for air conditioning installation, it pays to do a little research and find out what your options are. Many homeowners are switching from central ACs to ductless mini splits. Let’s go over the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision when the time comes.

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The Truth About Your AC’s Compressor

Monday, June 5th, 2023

Summer is just around the corner and we’ll bet you’re excited to enjoy the hot weather. However, there’s nothing that’ll throw a wrench in your enjoyment of warmer temperatures than an AC that’s on the fritz. 

There are numerous repair issues that’ll spring up in the life of an AC. This is especially true if you don’t keep up on those annual tune-ups (twice a year if you have a heat pump or mini split). When you think about how hard your AC works, it’s inevitable that such a workhorse will eventually succumb to issues such as a refrigerant leak, a failed capacitor, or a broken part. Luckily, these are fairly easy fixes for an experienced HVAC team such as ours.

However, there’s one AC problem that’s more feared among homeowners and that’s a broken down compressor. When you realize that the compressor is essentially the heart of your AC, when this part becomes damaged or breaks down, it can mean certain death for your AC. Let’s dive into whether you need AC compressor repair or a system replacement.

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How Spring AC Tune-Ups Fend Off Summer Repairs

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
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Summer is almost here and you’re probably excited about finally needing to switch from using your heating system to using your AC. The end of spring is also a great time to assess how you think your AC will hold up over the summer. After all, the last thing you want to spoil the summer you’ve been waiting for is having a broken-down AC compromise your comfort or ruin any festivities.

The absolute best way to help your air conditioner sail through the summer without any interruption in service (or a costly repair) is to get an AC tune-up Let’s take a look at how AC maintenance guards against needing air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs.

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Smarten Up Your Home with A Smart Thermostat

Monday, May 8th, 2023
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It seems like there’s a lot of new-fangled technology that’s designed to make our lives easier. It can be hard to know which technology to adopt and which to wait for. However, upgrading an outdated thermostat to a smart thermostat is definitely a change for the better.

Just about everyone has a smartphone but not all homeowners have opted for a smart thermostat installation yet. Just like a smartphone can do much more than a regular phone, the same applies to smart thermostats. Let’s go over the ways a smart thermostat can improve your home comfort and reduce your utility bills.

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My AC Compressor Died. Do I Need To Replace My AC?

Monday, April 10th, 2023

The “dead compressor” is one of the worst things that can happen to your air conditioning system. That’s because the compressor is a major–and thus a costly–component of the system. Your AC simply cannot function without a working compressor. 

When a compressor fails, some HVAC companies will recommend replacing the entire system. But this isn’t always necessary. If you’re wondering, “Can an AC compressor be replaced,” you’ve come to the right place. Let’s look at 3 possible options for when an AC system’s compressor has failed.

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What Is AC Short Cycling And Is It Bad?

Monday, March 13th, 2023

The term “short cycle” is a bit of a misnomer. When an AC is short cycling, it’s not completing a cooling cycle at all. Your system will attempt to complete a cycle but will shut itself off before the cycle can be completed. The amount of time the air conditioner turns on and off is short, hence the “short” part of short cycling.

Despite its brevity, an air conditioner that’s short cycling is difficult to ignore. The sound of the system turning on and off, on and off, is unmistakable and rather annoying. Worst of all, your air conditioner is unable to adequately cool your home down and that’s not something that’s easy to miss.

In addition to the decrease in your comfort, short cycling is bad for other reasons. Not only is it a problem, but it can also be a symptom of bigger problems. When left unchecked, short cycling can cause damage to your system. In many cases, it will require professional repairs from a trained and experienced HVAC technician. Let’s look at why short cycling is bad and why you should have it looked at ASAP.

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When to Repair Your AC and When to Replace It

Monday, February 27th, 2023

It’s likely that a Google search for “air conditioning near me” has brought you here. If your air conditioner issue is related to the need for repairs or a possible replacement, then read on. Knowing when to repair and replace an air conditioner is one of the trickiest questions for homeowners to answer and feeling a bit overwhelmed and stressed is normal. 

You might be holding a costly estimate for a repair in your hand. You also might be feeling pressure from a contractor to have your AC replaced but you think it has a little more life left in it. You’re looking for answers about what to do and that’s why we’ve created this helpful blog to help you determine how to answer this difficult question.

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Does a Broken Compressor Mean You Need a Replacement?

Monday, February 13th, 2023
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There are many common issues an air conditioner will have over the course of its lifespan. Some loose nuts and bolts or a dirty evaporator coil are examples of easy fixes that a professional HVAC technician has encountered many times in his or her career and shouldn’t cause any concern for the homeowner.

However, there are some repairs that aren’t so easy–or inexpensive–to fix. A more unusual problem your air conditioner may experience is when something goes wrong with the compressor.

For this issue, you definitely want to call on an experienced HVAC technician. For AC compressor installation in Palmer Lake, you can rely on a team such as ours to handle this complicated issue for you.

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How These Undervalued AC Components Help (or Hurt) Efficiency

Monday, August 15th, 2022
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You may already know this, but your central air conditioner came with an efficiency rating known as SEER. This stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating, the more powerful your air conditioner will be in general. When you’re installing a new cooling system installed, you work with an experienced team to ensure you’re being matched with the right SEER and the right sized air conditioner.

It’s also important to know what can help, or hinder, that efficiency rating. For instance, professional maintenance will help your air conditioner retain about 95% of its original efficiency rating. But each year you skip maintenance, your cooling system can actually lose 5% of that rating.

In addition to maintenance, the types of components and how well you take care of them make a difference too. Take your ductwork and your thermostat, for example. Read on to learn how these components can hurt or help your air conditioning efficiency.

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What Makes Professional AC Installation Different Than DIY Installation?

Monday, August 1st, 2022
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If you found this blog post because you were looking up information about AC installation at this time of year, chances are that you’re in a hurry to get one so you can be comfortable again ASAP. This is one of the warmest summers we’ve experienced in recent years and may only get warmer.

Now, while we completely understand your sense of urgency in this case, we do want to stress how important it is that you not rush things with your new AC purchase and installation. Rushing could leave you with a system that’s not properly matched or sized to your specific home.

This is especially true if you decide to DIY your AC installation–which we really do urge against. Read on to learn why professional AC installation is different–better–than DIY installation.

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