DeHart Plumbing, Heating, and Air Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

5 Unusual Sounds Your Air Conditioner Should Never Make

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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When your air conditioner is on and running, it makes a few sounds that are completely normal. Most sounds happen as your unit is starting up or turning off. Noises that are minimal don’t usually signal that anything is wrong, but other sounds can be cause for concern. If you’re not sure about the sounds coming from your AC unit, always get it checked out.

As a general rule, there are five sounds that your AC unit should never make. Hearing an unusual sound is a sign that something is wrong, and you should reach out to a professional as soon as you can. A certified technician has the expertise to identify the problem and fix it. Ignoring concerns can lead to permanent damage to your air conditioning unit.

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The Problem with Believing This One Refrigerant Myth

Monday, April 25th, 2022
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We don’t expect the average homeowners to know very much about the intricate components of their air conditioner. We do, however, expect the average homeowner to want their system to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, which is why it’s important to know what myths about your air conditioner can actually hurt its performance.

One of these myths is about refrigerant. The common misconception is that refrigerant is a fuel that “runs out.” This is not the case, though! your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon manufacturing to ideally last its entire useful service life. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means you have a leak. Read on to learn more!

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“How Often Should I Change My HVAC Air Filter?”

Monday, April 11th, 2022
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There is a common misconception about the air filter that comes standard with your air conditioning and heating systems–that it is in place to protect your indoor air quality. It certainly doesn’t hurt your indoor air quality, but its purpose is actually to protect the HVAC systems themselves from dirt, dust, and other debris that can get inside and harm their sensitive components, causing friction, overheating, and airflow resistance.

That said, it’s important that you change the air filter on a regular basis, but how regular? A general rule of thumb is every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter and the level of contaminants or particles in your home. We’ll elaborate more on this below, as well as just why it is so important to change that filter on a routine basis.

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“How Can I Boost My AC Efficiency This Year?”

Monday, March 28th, 2022
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If you’ve lived in our climate for even just a year, then you know how important it is to have a powerful and effective air conditioner. But what about the expense of running one? While the cost of electricity isn’t in our control, we can certainly help you with some tips to utilize your air conditioner more efficiently.

There aren’t many things we’ll tell you to do on your own when it comes to servicing your air conditioner–for good reason, it’s for your safety as well as the integrity of your cooling system–there are some things you can do to help your system work more efficiently and cost less.

Of course, our first tip is going to be to schedule maintenance. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, adjust, and clean the components of your air conditioner that need it. We recommend this service once a year–twice a year if you have a heat pump system. Now, onto the other tips for boosting AC efficiency!

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Avoid Cooling System Problems with This Important Service!

Monday, March 14th, 2022
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Spring is a vital time of the year for an HVAC contractor. Why? Because it’s when we get to provide one of the most important services there is for your air conditioner–maintenance! And in a place that gets as warm as Modesto, this is an essential need.

The reason we recommend this service now is because it’s before you need your system the most. Having maintenance done now gives your system the best chance to get through this summer and the summers to come as reliably as possible! Read on as we uncover what professional AC maintenance will grant you.

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Beware These Common End-Of-Season AC Repair Needs

Monday, October 11th, 2021
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It’s officially Fall, and while we can still likely expect some heatwaves throughout the rest of the year–after all, it is California–it’s just about time to turn our attention to our heating systems. In fact, it’s never too early to schedule heating system maintenance, if you haven’t done so already!

That said, it’s likely you have been using your AC system pretty consistently over the last few months. The absolute last thing you need now is an unexpected breakdown or huge repair issue when you still need your system.

We have some good news, fortunately! Most AC repair needs show very clear symptoms well before these issues cause your air conditioner to break down. So if you notice any of these symptoms, you can give us a call right away. Once repaired, you can rely on your air conditioner not only for the rest of our warm weather. but when you need it as temperatures warm up again next spring.

Remember, you shouldn’t ever try to formally diagnose or repair a faulty air conditioner on your own. There are potentially harmful components involved, such as the chemical refrigerant. But you can be diligent and give us a call if you notice any of these troubling AC repair signs:

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The Troubles With Old AC Units

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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We encourage our customers to invest in energy-efficient heating and air conditioning equipment in Modesto, CA for their homes. The newest high-efficiency air conditioners can make a tremendous difference in how much energy a house uses and also helps the home lower its impact on the environment. 

We also recommend people upgrade to this new equipment because we know too many homes that keep their air conditioners far longer than they should. Letting an air conditioner sit in place years after it should normally retire leads to numerous problems and unnecessarily high costs. 

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Are Window ACs an Energy-Efficient Option for Cooling?

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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More than 75 years ago, Robert Sherman invented the window air conditioner. Most homes and buildings today have some type of air conditioning system, making it easy to overlook what a tremendous breakthrough in comfort the window AC was. At the time, central air conditioning was bulky and extremely expensive, and few homes had any type of ductwork to allow it. Thanks to the window AC, homes everywhere could enjoy summer cooling. This single invention opened up the sunbelt to a population boom.

But that was long ago. Window ACs are still here, but advances in technology have made central ACs affordable for many homes. Is there a serious choice between the two for today’s homeowner? Can window ACs compete when it comes to saving energy?

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Unique Ductless Needs to Be Aware Of

Monday, July 19th, 2021
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When it comes time for you to choose a new air conditioning system for your home, there are so many options to choose from, right? To make sure that your AC system of choice works as effectively and efficiently as it is meant to, you’ll need to ensure that you work with a professional to find one that fits your specific home and budget.

One of the options you’ll find in your research is the ductless HVAC system.

Rather than utilizing a system of air ducts to function–connected to a single indoor air handler and outdoor unit–a ductless system does not use ductwork. It’s comprised of a single outdoor unit and up to 4 indoor air handlers, which can be discreetly mounted up on the walls in the rooms where you need cooling (or heating).

If you already have a ductless system, you’re familiar with this concept. If, however, you aren’t a ductless owner yet and you’re considering it, then you should learn about the unique needs your system may have.

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An Equipment Shortage Notice for Commercial Customers

Friday, July 9th, 2021

We want our commercial customers to know about current challenges we are facing obtaining HVAC equipment and parts due to the effects of the pandemic and disruption in the supply chain. Manufacturers have already increased their prices due to material shortages and rises in metal costs. Our suppliers anticipate the situation will worsen before supplies are replenished.

What You Need to Know

If you currently have needs for heating and cooling system replacements or installations, we recommend scheduling the work as soon as possible. We will work with your individual needs and budget to find a solution that works for you. If you already have scheduled an installation, you need take no further action—we’ll contact you about the service if we haven’t already. 

If you have repair needs, we advise you to plan ahead and schedule an appointment now. This will help ensure we can provide the necessary equipment and fixes for your facility’s HVAC systems.

We also encourage you to schedule routine maintenance if you haven’t already done so for this season. Maintenance is the best way to prevent emergency breakdowns and other malfunctions that may be more difficult and expensive to fix.

We Are Here to Help You

At DeHart, you are the heart of our business. We are committed to providing you with the same level of HVAC service as we always have. Please feel free to call us to discuss any concerns you may have or questions about the equipment shortage. We’ll see your business thrives through the summer. 

DeHart Plumbing, Heating, and Air Inc. is your trusted resource for commercial HVAC service in Modesto, CA and beyond. Contact us today!

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