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Thinking About Replacing Your Heater?

September 11th, 2017

service-timeThe fact that our winters are somewhat mild compared to those in other parts of the country should not lull you into a false sense of security. If your existing heater is in no shape to handle another heating season, you are going to want to have that system replaced before the onset of winter strikes. What about those instances in which the heater is not on the brink of disaster, though? After all, it is always best to replace your heating system before a complete and total breakdown.

Before we really reach the point where our heaters are needed regularly, we suggest that you give the following information some serious thought. We are not trying to rush into the purchasing of a new heater, and the fact is that our technicians are skilled in keeping heaters up and running as long as possible. Just because your heater in Everett, WA can be kept going, however, does not mean that it should be.

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Keep Your AC Coils Clean!

August 28th, 2017

evaporator-coilAh, cleaning the house. Not exactly the most exciting way to spend a day, is it? Even so, it is something that needs to get done on something at least resembling a regular basis. What about those areas or pieces of equipment that are not covered by your regular cleaning schedule, though? What about the coils in your air conditioning system? Now, this is not something that we’d expect you to clean when you’re vacuuming the house, but it does have to be done.

There are 2 coils that you need to be concerned with when it comes to your air conditioner in Lake Stevens, WA. These are the evaporator coil, which resides in the indoor unit of your AC, and your condenser coil, in the outdoor condenser unit. Both of these coils play a major role in the overall cooling operation of your air conditioning system. If they are very dirty or otherwise compromised, you will struggle to cool your home with the success that you deserve.

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A Good Time to Upgrade Outdoor Lighting

August 14th, 2017

outdoor-sconce-lightingWe’ve had some pretty hot weather around here of late, and the days have been lasting a decent stretch of time. Even so, we’re about a third of the way through August. That means that fall and winter, along with their shorter days, are really not that far away. You may not want to think about that just yet, and we don’t blame you. We do, however, want to remind you that being prepared for the darker time of the year is definitely in your best interest.

Before the daylight really starts to slip away, it is a good idea to think about upgrading your outdoor lighting system in Marysville, WA. Once winter sets in, you are probably going to become less and less inclined to taking care of such projects around your property. Don’t let the opportunity for some great improvements pass you by! Contact a member of our team to consult with a qualified professional. We’ll make sure that your outdoor lighting system is just right for your needs and preferences.

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4 Ways a Dirty Air Filter Impacts Your Home

July 31st, 2017

dirty-air-filter-impacts-home-4-waysWhy is it that so many HVAC professionals tell their customers to change their air filter? The answer might actually surprise you. Many homeowners assume that the reason a dirty air filter is so problematic is due to the contaminants in the air, and they assume that’s why we tell them to replace or clean said air filters. This isn’t entirely the case, however.

Your air filter is in place to do more than prevent allergens from moving back into your airstream. It blocks particles from damaging the inside of your AC system by pummeling it with dust and debris, or jamming the fan. However, when an air filter is dirty, just as much damage might occur. Keep reading to learn 4 ways a dirty air filter impacts your home, and when you need professional air conditioning services in Snohomish, WA, turn to our team!

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Why Use an Air Cleaner or Purifier?

July 17th, 2017

blowing-nosePollution is a problem that we’ve all heard about, and we’ve all seen photos from different parts of the world — or even our own country — where smog is high and air quality is very, very low at points. A lot of homeowners think of their living spaces as being havens from such issues, but the fact of the matter is that indoor air quality is actually often worse than the air quality outdoors! Don’t worry too much, though, because we can help.

Our indoor air quality technicians install and service various air cleaners and air purifiers in North Seattle, WA. Whatever the particular situation in your home may call for, we’ve got you covered. We also have the training and expertise necessary for determining precisely what that particular situation calls for to begin with. If you are concerned about the air that you’re breathing in your home, contact a member of our team today.

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Boost AC Efficiency with These Simple Tips

July 3rd, 2017

dollarChances are that if you want a dry, arid summer season, you are not going to be moving to the Pacific Northwest. We have a fair amount of gray, rainy weather around here. That does not mean that temperatures never get oppressively hot during the summer season, though. It may not be Phoenix-level hot, but the fact is you are going to be using your air conditioner with some regularity over the course of the summer season. You don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to cool your home when you do.

No matter how much you may run your AC, you want to keep your energy bills to a minimum. More affordable cooling does not mean that you have to entirely replace your air conditioning system, though. Keep the following tips in mind, and run your air conditioner in Lake Stevens, WA without dreading the arrival of your next electricity bill.

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Have You Noticed Ice on Your Air Conditioner?

June 19th, 2017

frost-and-iceThere are certain issues that you will immediately recognize as being potentially serious problems with your air conditioner. If, for instance, you notice that your air conditioner is blowing hot air into your home, that is a pretty clear cut sign that the system is not functioning properly. Would you immediately spring into action if you noticed that there was ice on your air conditioner, though? After all, the sole function of an air conditioner is to keep things cool, is it not?

While this may be true, at no point in its normal operation should an air conditioner be freezing anything. Ice developing on the air conditioner is definitely a sign of trouble. While your system may not break down entirely as the result of ice developing on it, serious problems can arise if you do not figure out why your system is icing over, and what you have to do about it. Leave your air conditioning repairs in Everett, WA to the pros on our staff, and enjoy a job done right.

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Electrical FAQ: Do I Need Repairs?

June 7th, 2017

plugThere are certain problems that you may encounter in your home that don’t really demand immediate attention. A dripping faucet, for instance, should be fixed as soon as possible because it wastes water and drives up your bill, but it isn’t an emergency that requires immediate action to be taken. Any issues with your electrical system, on the other hand, could lead to dangerous operating conditions.

If you do need electrical repairs in North Seattle, WA, it is absolutely vital that you have them completed ASAP. The longer that you ignore any warning signs of trouble, the more likely it becomes that your system will suffer serious damages and potentially put your health or the condition of your property in jeopardy. But what are some of the warning signs to look out for?

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AC Tip: Keep the Drain Line Clear

June 5th, 2017

air-conditioning-technicianWait a second, you may be thinking, what are they talking about? My air conditioner doesn’t use water at all! Why would I have to keep a drain line clear? It is true that your central air conditioner or heat pump does not use water in its operation as it cools your home. However, it is also true that the condensate drain line is an integral part of any home cooling system. So where exactly is this water coming from? Well, the answer is right in the name of the drain: condensation.

Your air conditioner in Marysville, WA evaporates refrigerant in order to remove heat from the air surrounding and passing over it. During this process, though, the system also draws moisture out of the air. The moisture condensates on the evaporator coil, before dripping down into the condensate drain pan and draining out of your home via the drain line. A clogged up drain line can cause a number of different problems.

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Should I Replace My Water Heater?

May 22nd, 2017

tank-water-heaterQuick, think of the most exciting way in which you could spend a decent chunk of your hard-earned cash! If we were to follow up on this question and ask if “replacing my water heater” was your answer, you’d probably stop reading this post right now. We understand that replacing a water heater may not be all that exciting an investment to make, but it is one that can prove hugely beneficial for you, your budget, and the day to day operations of your home.

The fact of the matter is that a malfunctioning water heater in Snohomish, WA is a serious problem — though not as serious as one that has broken down entirely. When do you stop repairing, though, and opt for a replacement? When do you call it quits with your water heater in order to prevent a total breakdown in the near future? There is no right answer to these questions, unfortunately. What we have to offer, though, are a number of tips to help you to determine if a water heater replacement is your best course of action.

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