Grade Your AC at the End of Summer!

September 20th, 2021
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Each summer, your air conditioning system takes on a heavy burden: keeping your house and family comfortably cool through the heat. It’s easy to take an air conditioning system for granted—a utility that’s always there when you need it—but age and wear eventually overtake any AC. Even the best maintenance won’t keep an air conditioner running forever. 

Now that summer is ending, we recommend you take stock of your air conditioning system’s performance over the season. Think about how well it cooled the house, how dependable it was, if it needed repairs or other services, how much it cost to run, its age, etc. Take all this information, and then give your air conditioner a grade on the standard “A through F” scale you remember from school. Then check our reference guide below.

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Get to Know Your AC: The Major Parts That Keep You Cool

September 6th, 2021

Air conditioning systems are complex refrigeration devices, meaning all their parts contribute to helping cool down a house. It would take up too much space to list all the parts, so in this post, we’re going to look at only the key parts that actually create the cool air you feel coming from the vents. Knowing these parts will also give you a better overall grasp of how your AC works–which will help you recognize when it isn’t operating right.

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Do You Think You Paid Too Much to Cool Your Home This Summer?

August 23rd, 2021
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If you do, then we can help you. When it comes to air conditioning in Wayne, PA, we’re the local pros with more than 40 years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining air conditioning systems. 

Central air conditioners make large demands on the electrical system of a home. That’s one of the reasons an overworked AC can cause a circuit breaker to trip. When an air conditioner goes into its cooling cycle, the compressor consumes about 3,500 watts per hour. To put this in perspective, running the AC in “fan-only” mode consumes about 500 watts per hour. This will give you an idea of how much energy goes into cooling your house.

If you noticed steeper electrical costs this summer, there are several possibilities for why it’s happening. We’ll look into these causes and some steps you can take to get those bills down.

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Why Did the AC Trip a Circuit Breaker?

August 9th, 2021
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Are you having an issue with your air conditioner lately where it keeps tripping the circuit breaker at the main panel? So you often have to flip it back, only to have it trip again after some time. If this sounds familiar, chances are that your AC is developing issues that require professional AC repair in West Chester, PA.

In this blog, we will go over the main reasons why air conditioners develop this problem and how to fix them.

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When an AC’s Compressor Dies, Does the AC Have to Be Replaced?

July 26th, 2021
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If you’re reading this because the compressor in your home’s air conditioning system has burnt out, we do have to be honest that this is not great news. The compressor is the heart of an air conditioning system, almost literally because it causes refrigerant to circulate through the rest of the air conditioner and carry out the heat exchange cycle that cools your house. The compressor consumes the most amount of electricity of any component in the AC (and often all the appliances in your house), and when it fails, it may mean the entire AC is finished.

But is this always true? You may have heard that “dead compressor = finished air conditioner.” There is some truth to this. There are also exceptions. We’ll take a look at four different steps you can take when AC repair in West Chester, PA won’t bring back a compressor.

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Reasons Water Is Leaking From Your AC

July 12th, 2021
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As the temperature begins to go higher here in Pennsylvania, ensuring your air conditioner is in optimal working condition will become vital to your comfort at home. As long as your air conditioner is working fine, you have nothing to worry about.

If your AC starts giving you problems though, you need to get in touch with professional technicians for HVAC service in West Chester, PA, to come and fix it immediately.

A common AC problem that should prompt an immediate call to HVAC professionals is when the unit starts leaking water inside your house. If your air conditioner is leaking water, it is not a good sign. Are you confused about why that is happening? Don’t worry because we have you covered.

We will discuss some of the reasons your AC might be leaking water in this post so you can understand the importance of calling professionals for AC repairs immediately.

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Why Does My AC Keep Turning On and Off So Often?

June 28th, 2021
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If your air conditioning unit keeps turning on and off constantly without completing a cycle, this is a bigger problem than you might think. This problem is also called short cycling, and West Chester residents face this problem quite often.

As temperatures start getting higher during the summer months, it is necessary to make sure that your air conditioning system is prepared to keep your home cool and comfortable during the searing heat. If you are already facing a short cycling problem with your AC, you should not waste any time in calling professionals for air conditioning repair in West Chester, PA.

In this post, we will tell you about some of the problems that could be causing your AC to repeatedly turn on and off so that you can understand the severity of the situation and call professionals to come and fix your AC.

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How Cool Can Your AC Make Your Home?

June 1st, 2021
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Have you ever looked at the thermostat for your house and seen the lowest setting—which is usually 60°F—and wondered if the air conditioning system could make the house even cooler than that? True, you wouldn’t want it to be colder than 60°F, which is already too cold for most people, but what are the actual limits of an AC? 

This isn’t a frivolous question. Even if you don’t want to turn your home into an icebox during the summer, understanding the boundaries of what your air conditioner can do will help you know how best to set the thermostat and how to avoid pushing your AC harder than its limits. We’re going to examine those limits below.

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Don’t Lower Your Thermostat This Summer Season: Raise It!

May 17th, 2021
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Did you know that your air conditioning system uses 3,500 watts of electricity per hour? To put that into perspective, the HVAC system’s fan only uses 750 watts/hour when the AC isn’t running, and an electric oven uses 2,150 watts/hour. The AC is one of the biggest consumers of electrical power in your house—perhaps the biggest unless you own an electric water heater. 

In other words, you can expect an increase in your electric bills each summer to enjoy your air conditioning in Wayne, PA. But it doesn’t have to increase as much as it currently does. There are many ways you can cut down on AC use and lower your electricity bills during summer. One of the simplest methods is to raise the thermostat rather than lower it.

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Is a Small Refrigerant Leak in an AC Really a Big Deal? (YES!)

May 3rd, 2021
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Refrigerant is the life-blood of an air conditioning system. In fact, it functions in a way similar to how blood works in the human body: a pump circulates it through the system, allowing it to carry out vital functions. But while blood carries oxygen, refrigerant carries heat. 

Of course, there are differences between how refrigerant works in an AC and how blood works in the human body, and there’s one important one to point out because it helps to answer the question in the title. The human body makes more blood if any is lost. An air conditioner doesn’t make more refrigerant if it’s lost. And when refrigerant levels start to drop, it means trouble.

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