Michall Daimion Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘West Chester’

What Parts Make a Heat Pump Different from an Air Conditioner?

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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Heat pumps are similar to air conditioners. In fact, air conditioners are technically classified as a type of heat pump. A heat pump is a device that uses the circulation of refrigerant to pump heat from one location to another. In the case of an air conditioner, the system is designed to pump heat in one direction: from inside a house to the outside. A standard heat pump is designed to be able to switch the direction it can move heat so that it operates as both a cooling system and a heating system depending on the setting. 

For a heat pump to work in both modes, it has several features an air conditioner doesn’t have. To help you better understand how a heat pump is able to serve its two functions, we’re going to take a look at what parts make it different from an air conditioner. 

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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

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

Monday, 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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Thinking About a Heat Pump Installation? Let’s Talk the Dual Fuel Question

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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The spring is a time when many people consider making home improvements, such as changing out an old HVAC system for a new one. HVAC updates are especially ideal for spring because there is less need for heating and cooling and homeowners can take more time to consider the options and arrange for service with West Chester, PA, HVAC pros. 

If you’re considering making HVAC system replacements this summer, one option that has probably blipped onto your radar is the heat pump. There are numerous benefits to having a heat pump, but also one significant drawback. This drawback is why we need to address the question of whether you should install a dual fuel system heat pump or not.

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Will This Be Your Heater’s Last Winter?

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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Winter is not done with us yet! February and early March often bring some of the worst storms and deep cold weather. But as we approach the official end of the season, it’s a good time to consider how your heater is performing. Then you can ask yourself if this was the final winter it could effectively and efficiently keep your house warm. 

If it’s time for a change in your heating, you’ll want an HVAC contractor in West Chester, PA to help you out when the weather warms up so you’ll be ready for the next winter.

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Odd Furnace Sounds? Here’s What They May Mean

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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You never want to have a noisy heating system in your home. Modern furnaces are designed to run at minimum noise levels: you can expect to hear some clicking as the furnace starts up, the sound of the burners igniting, and the hum of the blower fan as it pushes air through the furnace and into the ductwork. You may also hear an occasional rattle from the metal ducts as they expand from the heat. Otherwise, your furnace will vanish into the general soundscape of winter in your home, something you barely notice.

When you do notice noises from the furnace, it’s usually a sign it needs heating repair in West Chester, PA. We’ve listed some of the more common warning noises you may hear from your furnace this season and their possible meanings. When in doubt, always call for professionals service. Furnaces are not appliances amateurs should ever attempt to repair.

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Is a Heat Pump a Viable Option for Winter Comfort?

Monday, December 14th, 2020
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If you have some familiarity with the heat pump, then you know that the major advantage of this comfort system installation is that it can operate as both a cooling and heating system. A heat pump is similar to a refrigerant-based air conditioner: it circulates refrigerant between two sets of coils, evaporating refrigerant in one coil to absorb heat and condensing the refrigerant in the other coil to release that heat. 

What makes a heat pump different from an AC is that it can change the direction it circulates refrigerant, causing the two coils to swap functions. An air conditioner can only move heat from inside the house to outside. But a heat pump can reverse the way it runs so that it moves heat from the outside to the inside. All it takes is an adjustment on the thermostat for the cooling system to become a heating system.

But this leads to an obvious concern … does this actually work in cold weather to make a viable choice for a year-round West Chester, PA, HVAC system?

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