G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Maintenance’

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

Monday, 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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Keep Your AC Coils Clean!

Monday, 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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AC Tip: Keep the Drain Line Clear

Monday, 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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Tips for Cooling Your Home Affordably

Monday, April 24th, 2017

dollar-in-grassWe do not have the hottest summer weather in the nation here in our geographic region. That doesn’t mean that the heat of summer cannot be oppressive, though, nor does it mean that the costs associated with cooling our homes cannot be an issue. The good news is that there are some ways in which to cool one’s home more affordably without the expense that comes with investing in new, high efficiency air conditioning equipment.

Keep the following tips in mind when cooling your home this summer, and you may start to see your energy costs drop. If you are interested in replacing your existing AC system with a more efficient model, just let us know. We’re happy to ensure that you are able to cool your home the way that you want to. Let us know if you require any AC services in North Seattle, WA.

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AC Maintenance Is Not a DIY Service

Monday, March 27th, 2017

technician-working-on-acWe know that many homeowners like to take things into their own hands when it comes to the services that they need around their homes. The fact of the matter is, though, that there is simply no replacement for professional training, experience, and expertise in some cases. If you are serious about getting the best performance that your air conditioner has to offer, then you need to schedule your AC maintenance  in Marysville, WA with trained professionals.

As you’ll see below, air conditioning maintenance is a much more involved process than you may realize. When completed properly, it can certainly benefit you in many different ways. Being done properly requires more than the toolbox in the garage and a few minutes of watching online tutorials, though. Leave it to us so that the job is done not only thoroughly, but properly.

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Is Your AC Ready for Action?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

We know, we know. The temperatures outside are anything but hot at the moment. It is true that you are not going to need your air conditioner in the immediate future. It is also true that the heat of summer has a way of sneaking up on some homeowners, though. That is why we start to recommend routine air conditioning maintenance in Everett, WA around this time of the year.

The benefits of professional air conditioning maintenance are too many, and the consequences of overlooking it too serious, to ignore. Don’t wait until the last minute, discover that summer has arrived sooner than expected, and then convince yourself that your system can make it through another season without a tune-up. Instead, call today, and be sure to ask about our maintenance plan.

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The Risks You Take in Ignoring AC Maintenance Needs

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Sometimes it can be fun to live a little dangerously. This is why some people choose to go skydiving, bungee jumping, and even – fail to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance? OK, so that last one is not exactly in the same category as swimming with the sharks, but it is not entirely without its risks. In fact, the failure on your part to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance in North Seattle can directly lead to a number of undesirable problems. As you will see in reading the information below, professional AC maintenance is a must if you hope to use your air conditioner to the fullest of its potential. Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today to schedule air conditioning maintenance with a trained technician. 

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What to Expect During a Routine Maintenance Appointment

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

In the summertime, you may look forward to running your air conditioner in the middle of a long, hot day. But this summertime wear and tear may eventually cause problems for your AC that could lead to costly repairs. If you haven’t already scheduled air conditioning maintenance for the summer, now is the best time to contact a technician who can restore efficiency and performance to your system and keep your air conditioner running smoothly for the rest of the season.

If you’ve never called for air conditioning maintenance, you may be unsure of what to expect. During a repair call, a technician fixes your system to get everything back in working order. During a maintenance visit, a technician performs services that restore efficiency and prevent damage to your system.

  • Clean System Components: Dirty air conditioning components may interfere with heat exchange, while debris may damage mechanical parts. Debris in the fan motor, for example, may cause the outdoor fan to turn too slowly. Since the evaporator and condenser coil help refrigerant to remove heat, a dirty coil may restrict heat absorption, causing your home to feel warmer and your energy bills to rise. A technician will check these and other parts that may need to be cleaned.
  • Check Refrigerant Levels: Low refrigerant levels often indicate a leak, which should be repaired immediately to avoid a sudden breakdown. Refrigerant absorbs the heat in your home and releases it outdoors. Low levels can decrease efficiency and may lead to major repair needs, such as compressor damage.
  • Inspect Your System for Repair Needs: Another important step of routine air conditioning maintenance is inspection. You may have a damaged AC component that you have not noticed. If there is damage that needs immediate attention, the technician will let you know so that you can schedule repairs as soon as possible.

For air conditioning maintenance in Mill Creek, WA, call one of the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. With our Pre Paid Maintenance Program, you’ll receive twice yearly maintenance and valuable discounts. Pick up the phone today!

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Is It Too Late to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

When your air conditioning appears to be functioning properly, it may be easy to forget to schedule regular maintenance. However, yearly maintenance is an important step toward maintaining a fully functioning air conditioning system and making sure your system won’t slow down or run into problems later on.

You should call a technician once a year to be certain that your system is operating to its full potential. However, if you feel you’ve waited too long, or you’ve never had your system professionally maintained, it’s not too late to schedule air conditioning maintenance in Mill Creek with an expert technician from G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

Scheduling Maintenance Promotes Energy Efficiency

Calling a technician now can help ensure that your system is energy efficient. A technician will check for any debris accumulation or wear and tear that could be affecting your system and will perform all necessary adjustments to make sure everything is running smoothly. During inspection, a technician will alert you to any issues that may become a problem in the future. Your air conditioner will be thoroughly cleaned and inspected to make sure your system does not short cycle or malfunction for maximum energy efficiency. If you feel your air conditioning has become less efficient over the years, consider once-a-year maintenance so that your air conditioner remains energy efficient for the life of the system.

Scheduling Maintenance Saves You Money in the Future

A technician can alert you to any small problems with your system that could cause major issues in the future. Any minor dents, bends, or leaks may develop into larger problems later on. Regularly scheduled maintenance can prevent the development of costly damage that could have been resolved at an earlier time. A technician will examine coils, motors, and other parts you cannot check on your own. This can extend the lifespan of your system so that a premature replacement is not eventually needed.

Even if it’s been longer than a year, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to schedule your Mill Creek air conditioning maintenance and prevent future problems with your system.

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Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance before the Summer Hits

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

It’s easy to take for granted that an air conditioning system will operate fine for years without much help from you. If your AC needs to have repairs, you can schedule them and then forget about it until another repair need crops up later.

However, an AC must have regular maintenance—done every year from a licensed professional—for it to live up to the standard its manufacturer set for it. Similar to a car, an air conditioner that does not receive routine maintenance to inspect it for problems and take care of necessary adjustments and tune-ups will not last long—especially if you use it extensively during the summer.

However, signing up for regular maintenance is a snap: just contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. and ask about our pre-paid maintenance program. Get this task done in spring before the summer heat arrives so you will have sufficient time to take care of any repair needs discovered during the maintenance visit.

What happens to an air conditioner if it doesn’t receive annual maintenance from an HVAC technician?

  • The system will begin to age rapidly, leading to a premature breakdown and need for replacement.
  • The increasing amount of stress from deterioration will begin to lower the system’s efficiency by 5% per year, if not more. This will lead to an increase in electrical bills.
  • The air conditioner will begin to incur frequent repairs.
  • The cooling performance of the system will start to drop.

Maintenance consists of a number of inspections and tasks that will reduce strain on the AC and see that it operates at its best. These steps include:

  • Changing the air filter.
  • Clearing the condensate drain.
  • Tightening all electrical connections.
  • Cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils.
  • Checking on the refrigerant charge.
  • Looking over the motors to spot extra stress and loss of lubrication.
  • Checking on airflow levels.
  • Replacing failing capacitors.
  • Tests on the electrical systems.
  • Visual check for malfunctions.

A maintenance technician will alert you to anything in the system that needs repairs beyond those that are part of the regular tune-up so you can schedule the work.

At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., we encourage our customers to have their air conditioning maintenance in Mill Creek, WA done during the spring (and have heating maintenance in the fall). When you sign up for our pre-paid maintenance program, along with your two tune-ups per year you will also receive a 10% discount on parts and labor for all repairs, priority scheduling (jump to the head of the line!), and never pay overtime rates. Place the care of your air conditioner in our skilled hands and you will enjoy many years of effective and efficient service from it.

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