S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

How a Faulty Thermostat Can Create AC Problems

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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Do you usually think of your thermostat as a part of the HVAC system? Or do you consider it something separate, a basic control panel on the wall that you have to adjust occasionally when somebody in the house starts complaining about it being too hot or too cold?

The thermostat is a control panel, but it’s also an essential part of the HVAC system. The thermostat connects you to the air conditioner and blower fan, but it also monitors temperatures in the house to detect and regulate how the AC works. If a thermostat has faults, such as miscalibrations or lost connections, it can create a slew of cooling troubles in your home. Often, those troubles may not at first seem like they’re coming from the thermostat, although professional HVAC technicians can track down the source for accurate air conditioning repair in Bellevue, WA.

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Some Easy Ways for Better Summer AC Efficiency

Monday, May 6th, 2019

piles-of-billsDuring the summer, you want your air conditioning system to work. But simply working isn’t enough. Your air conditioner should also be efficient so it won’t drain more power than it needs in order to run. When AC efficiency dwindles, utility bills go up.

The good news is that keeping an air conditioner energy efficient isn’t difficult. There are a few simple steps you can take that will give you the best chance at a low-cost summer of cooling.

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AC Maintenance: Why It’s Great

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

air-conditioning-maintenance-technician-checks-mainfoldSpring is the time to prepare your air conditioning in Kirkland, WA to handle the upcoming summer weather and make sure you’ve always got a cool house to retreat to when the days get too hot. There are some basic steps you can take to help ensure your AC is in top shape, such as changing the air filter and giving the system a short test run on a cool day so you can look for any indications something is wrong.

But there’s one critical step for AC springtime preparations that all HVAC contractors and the US Department of Energy recommend—scheduling air conditioning maintenance with licensed professionals.

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Air Conditioning Repairs Are Still Crucial at the End of Summer!

Monday, August 27th, 2018

technician-checking-on-ac-pressureWe can’t say for certain how many remained days of summer warmth to expect. Summer has a calendar end date, but the summer weather doesn’t. For this reason, air conditioner repairs don’t have a calendar end date either. As we move toward the last full month of official summer, the ACs in our homes will continue to perform an essential service—and keeping up with repairs is an essential part of ensuring they can do this service!

No matter the type of late-season air conditioning repair in Bellevue, WA you might need, rely on our team of HVAC technicians. We have emergency services available 24 hours a day, and we have certification from leading industry organizations such as NATE (North American Technician Excellence). We’ll treat you as if you’re our only customer—that’s how important your satisfaction is to us.

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Did You Have Your AC Maintained in Spring? Here’s How You Benefited!

Monday, August 13th, 2018

money-into-piggy-bankTaking care of your air conditioning in Bellevue, WA is a big part of our job. One of our strongest recommendations for our customers is to sign up for our regular maintenance program to take care of their cooling and heating systems. During spring AC maintenance, our technicians inspect and tune-up a home’s air conditioning system to help it perform its best over the coming summer.

“Hey, that’s great—but I already signed up and had my AC tuned-up.” That’s great—and we’d like to share with you how you benefited this summer because you took this important step. After all, we want you to keep current with your regular maintenance appointments: it’s good business for us and great comfort and savings for you.

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How Technology Has Pushed Energy Efficiency in the Last 5 Years

Monday, July 30th, 2018

air-conditioner-on-leavesThe air conditioning system has been around for over a century. The first electro-mechanical model was installed in a Chicago paper plant in 1902. But people tend to think of air conditioning technology as static—current ACs are pretty much just the same as the air conditioners from back in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, over the last 5 years of development, we’ve gone from having 16 SEER air conditioners (SEER is a measure of energy efficiency) as the highest in cooling efficiency. Now it’s common for homeowners to purchase 25 SEER air conditioners.

What got us to this point? How has technology increased air conditioning energy efficiency so high in so short a time?

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What to Do If Your Air Conditioner Stops Working

Monday, July 16th, 2018

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headOn a hot summer day, the last thing you want to happen in your home is to have the air conditioning system stop working on you. Maybe the air coming from the vents has turned to room temperature, or maybe no part of the AC is coming on at all. Whatever the case, when this happens you’ll be trapped with a hot and stuffy house until the problem is solved.

And it can be solved, so don’t worry. You can take a few steps to see if there’s a simple solution to this air conditioning dilemma. If there isn’t, we recommend you call for air conditioning repairs in Bellevue, WA or the surrounding areas with our experts. We’ll get to the bottom of the AC malfunction fast and have your cooling restored to you, whatever it takes.

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Are There Good Reasons to Install Ductless Air Conditioning?

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

ductless-unit-blowing-cold-airYou may have heard about ductless air conditioning systems, also known as ductless mini split heat pumps. (There are “cooling only” models, but most are heat pumps capable of working in heating and cooling modes.) Ductless mini splits are common in many parts of the world, such as Japan and throughout Europe. They’re becoming more popular here in the U.S. as an alternative to either using a central system with ductwork or window air conditioning units.

You may not have considered going with a ductless system for your next HVAC installation simply because you don’t know much about them or haven’t seen them in action. We think you should give them some serious thought, because there are some good reasons to have them installed. Here are situations where ductless mini splits are an excellent choice:

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4 Best AC Practices for Increasing Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Monday, June 18th, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverSavvy homeowners know that the best way to cut costs is by reducing their bills. Naturally, running your air conditioning system as efficiently as possible is one way to save a little extra every month.

Many efficiency issues can be resolved from the very outset—your HVAC contractor in Bellevue, WA should install a unit that works best for your needs.

But after that, the rest is up to you and how you choose to run your unit. Here are four things you can do to increase energy efficiency in your home.

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Watch Out for Offers of Low Cost AC Repairs This Spring!

Monday, May 7th, 2018

hand-holding-wrenchWhen the spring warmth comes along, air conditioners all around the Seattle area turn on for the first time of the year. The sound of the whirr of the AC compressors brings out a certain strange figure from the shadows: the sneaky “repair” guy who drives a van with stenciled lettering and who offers to repair air conditioning troubles for a super cheap rate.

We know it’s tempting to take a low, low cost offer to repair an air conditioner that isn’t working right, or even to have it maintained. If you’re stuck with an overheated house and you’re stressed about scheduling the work, going with the fellow who says he can do the work now and not make a big dent in your coming vacation budget may be an appealing route.

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