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Why Your Air Conditioner Runs in Short Bursts

June 18th, 2018

AC-technician-toolsWe will start this blog off by answering what is likely your first question right away—yes, this indicates that there is a problem with your air conditioning system. Air conditioners are designed to run in full and even cooling cycles. If your system is starting up, running only briefly, and then cycling back down, it is not working properly. It really is that simple. What is not so simple, though, is pinpointing the cause of this problem.

There are a few different reasons why your air conditioner may run in short cycles like this. Short cycling is always indicative of an operational issue, but the severity of such issues can vary wildly. While it may be the result of a problem with a very simple fix, it could also mean that you have a potentially serious problem in need of professional repair services. So without further ado, here’s why your air conditioner in Everett, WA may be short cycling.

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Yes, a Dirty Air Filter Causes Big Trouble

June 4th, 2018

man-with-filterYou already know that we are huge advocates for routine HVAC maintenance around here. You also know that we strongly urge homeowners to hire skilled, trained professionals to tune up their systems on an annual basis. The process is more complex than many people may realize, and the fact is that this type of maintenance is a job that only experienced technicians can really do right. That doesn’t mean that there is nothing that you can do for your system on your own, though.

There are a few basic maintenance tasks that any homeowner can handle. One is simply keeping the outdoor unit of the air conditioner clean and free of debris, be it fallen branches that have landed on top of the unit or grass clippings that are stuck to the fins. The other, and most important, step to take on your own is changing your air filter. With a fresh air filter in place, you can avoid a lot of trouble—including issues that could result in the need for AC repairs in Stanwood, WA!

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Can I Use the Ground to Cool My Home?

May 21st, 2018

geothermal-diagramIt sounds strange, doesn’t it? Wind, maybe. Water? Possibly. But the ground? How could that even work? The answer is with heat pump technology (which also means that you can use the ground to heat your home, too!). More specifically, we are talking about ground-source heat pumps or, as they are more commonly referred to, geothermal systems. The concepts are actually fairly basic, though the systems themselves are very complex.

There is a lot to be gained with the use of a geothermal system, but you absolutely must work with qualified technicians that are extensively trained in the design and installation of these systems. It’s a big job to get one in place, and working with our team means that you will reap the full benefits of an outstanding geothermal heat pump in Lynnwood, WA. So read on, consider the many benefits that geothermal systems have to offer, and contact us with any questions that you may have.

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Ready for a New AC? Then Definitely Consider a Heat Pump!

May 7th, 2018

red-therrmometerWashington is not necessarily known for intensely hot summer weather, but it doesn’t have to regular hit the triple digits to mean that it is uncomfortably hot outside. Even here in the PNW, a great air conditioning system is a must for homeowners looking to live comfortably throughout the entire year. The good news is that the pros on our staff are here to outfit your home with a quality air conditioning system, either as a brand new installation in a new property or as a replacement for your older system.

Before you rush into buying a new central air conditioner, however, we recommend that you take a few moments to really familiarize yourself with the options out there. You may just find that there is a system that suits your needs and personal user preferences even better than the tried and true central AC. While these are obviously great systems, using a heat pump in Snohomish, WA is also something that you should seriously consider. Heat pumps have a couple of added benefits that you’d be remiss to overlook.

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Oh No! Is This a Refrigerant Leak?

April 23rd, 2018

AC-technician-workingLook, we get it. Your air conditioner started up, and it is cooling your home. You don’t really want to—nor do you have the time to—think much more about it than that. The fact of the matter is, however, that even potentially serious problems with your air conditioning system may take a while to really prove symptomatic. It is always best to give your air conditioner a little bit of extra attention before you wind up being caught off-guard by problems with your system.

Today, we are going to be taking the refrigerant leak into consideration. A refrigerant leak is truly one of the most serious problems that you may face with your home cooling system. It can also be a tricky one to identify. One thing is certain, though. If left untreated, that refrigerant leak is going to wind up causing you some major headaches—or even spelling the premature demise of your AC system! If you suspect a refrigerant leak, then you need AC repairs in Lynnwood, WA immediately.

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Spring and Summer Can Be Tough on Indoor Air Quality

April 9th, 2018

comfortable-womanSpring is in the air, flowers are blooming, trees are blossoming, and allergies are attacking. That last part isn’t so great, is it? It’s par for the course, though. The fact of the matter is that, much as we look forward to spring and summer weather, it can really wreak havoc on our indoor air quality in Everett, WA. If you are serious about enjoying high indoor air quality in your home, then you may need to invest in some new systems to do so.

The good news is that the comfort professionals on our team are here to help. We don’t just sell some of the finest indoor air quality systems around. We’ll also help you to find the right ones for your needs, and we’ll make sure that your new systems are installed perfectly every step of the way. Remember, maintaining comfortable temperatures in your home is only part of the battle. Maintaining great indoor air quality is a necessary step in winning the war for your comfort all year long.

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Summer Is Just Around the Corner: Is Your AC Tune-Up?

March 26th, 2018

AC-topviewIf you are a regular reader of our blog, then you certainly know that we are huge proponents of routine maintenance around here. Our bottom line isn’t our financial bottom line, it is our desire to ensure that our clients are completely satisfied with each and every service that we have to offer. So yes, we like to remind everyone about how important routine maintenance is periodically. Why? Because our technicians are incredibly skilled at tuning ACs up, and we want to see you satisfied!

Why should you schedule air conditioning maintenance in Snohomish, WA each and every year? Well, that is the focus of today’s post. We’d hate to see you miss out on the many, many benefits that annual tune-ups have to offer. So why not kick back, relax, get a vision of summer working in your head, and review the reasons why you want to schedule annual AC maintenance. When you decide yes, we’re here to heed the call!

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Ask Our Electricians: What Is Knob and Tube Wiring?

March 12th, 2018

stripping-wiresWe do not expect our clients to have a great understanding of how their electrical systems work. That’s what our fine electricians in Marysville, WA are here for. As a homeowner, however, you should have some idea of how your system works—as well as why you may have some concerns about its components, including its wiring. If you live in an older home, then you may have knob and tube wiring in place.

While this is not the disaster that some outlets would lead you to believe, it is a good idea to have your system updated if this is the case. Today, we are going to talk about what knob and tube wiring actually is, and why using it in your home is not really ideal. As always, we urge you to contact a member of our team with any questions that you may have. Remember, only licensed, professional electricians are qualified to service your electrical system.

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Ask Our Electricians: How Do GFCI Outlets Work?

February 26th, 2018

Our modern lifestyle absolutely demands that we have electricity flowing throughout our homes. The heaters that we use to keep warm, the chargers that keep our laptops and phones charged up, and countless other appliances and devices are all dependent upon the use of electricity. While electricity is so commonplace that we hardly give a thought to it or its use in our day to day lives, it is important to remember that electricity is still quite dangerous.

While electricity still has the potential to be as dangerous as ever, however, our modern electrical systems have an ace up their sleeves—several of them, actually. There are many different safety devices and precautions in place, and the GFCI outlet is one of the most effective and reliable. Chances are that you have GFCI outlets in your house, even if you don’t actually know what they are. Today, we’ll discuss how these outlets work, where they should be installed in your home, and why you need to hire professional electricians in Marysville, WA.

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Ask Our Electricians: What Types of Fuel Do Generators Use?

February 12th, 2018

generatorOur electricians in Lynnwood, WA are some of the finest in the industry, so it is no wonder that so many homeowners turn to them for informed answers. Some of the questions that they frequently field address whole-house generators. More specifically, which type of fuel sources should homeowners consider when it comes to fueling their whole-house generators. As is the case with most questions regarding electrical systems, the answer is more complicated than simply suggesting the one “best” option.

Today, we want to take this opportunity to discuss some of the various fuels that may be used to power the generators that you use to keep your home up and running in the event of a power outage. If you have any questions, of course, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We know that investing in a new generator is a considerable expense, and you want to make sure that you are making the right decisions every step of the way.

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