AllTech Services, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Refrigerant 101: What You Should Know

Monday, September 13th, 2021

refrigerant-lineHow often do you think about the various components that make it possible for your air conditioner to function? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is probably “not very often.” We understand. However, there is one component in particular that you really should care about—enough to know why it’s so important and what would happen if your air conditioner didn’t have it—and that’s refrigerant. Read on to learn more!

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Tips for Cooling a 2-Story Home

Monday, August 16th, 2021

top-view-of-outside-ac-unitWhen you have a large home, it can be a challenge to keep it cool as efficiently as possible. After all, we have a lot of hot weather to battle all summer long, in addition to high humidity. This can make for a really uncomfortable environment without the right system and cooling practices in place.

Even when you do have a great air conditioning system, you want to make sure you’re not wasting more energy than necessary. Keep reading as we dive into some tips for cooling a 2-story home—efficiently! 

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Is it Too Late for Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

gloved-hands-cleaning-out-ductless-air-handlerThere is only one instance in which AC maintenance isn’t warranted. That’s when your air conditioner has completely shut down and is beyond repair. 

In all other circumstances, maintenance inspections are important. Regular inspections extend the life of your air conditioner. For many homeowners, regular maintenance helps prevent the need for expensive air conditioning repairs in Ashburn, VA later.

In this blog, we consider some of the main benefits of regular AC maintenance.

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How You Can Pay Less For your Air Conditioning

Monday, July 19th, 2021

ac-units-on-outdoor-wallAs much as people look forward to all the outdoor activities they can do in Virginia during the summer, the very thought of the searing heat can send shivers down anyone’s spine. The summers in Ashburn can become unbearable unless you have a properly working air conditioner to keep your home cool. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to maintain ideal indoor temperatures.

Unfortunately, a harder-working air conditioning system means that you will also have to deal with higher electricity bills. Since your unit will go through excessive strain, your air conditioning in Ashburn, VA might also require more frequent repairs. Between the energy bills and repair calls, you can expect to pay a lot to simply get relief from the summer heat.

What if we told you that there is a way for you to reduce your energy bills and air conditioning repair costs this summer? All it takes is a few simple things you can do to improve its efficiency, and you see significant savings.

Here are some tips that you can use to optimize your air conditioner’s performance and cost-effectiveness to enjoy summers without exorbitant energy bills.

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What Is Short-Cycling and Why Is It Bad for Your AC?

Monday, July 5th, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenOne of the most common air conditioner problems that our customers call us to deal with is short-cycling. Have you ever faced short-cycling problems with your air conditioner? That is, when your air conditioner turns on and off in rapid cycles. This issue is a symptom of several possible problems with your air conditioner, and it can cause further problems if you don’t address it immediately.

While some reasons for short-cycling could require a simple fix, other problems are too complex to deal with on your own. We recommend calling experts for air conditioning repair in Fairfax, VA to come and deal with it.

This post will discuss what short-cycling is and why it’s bad for your air conditioner to help you understand the importance of dealing with it immediately.

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These Signs Indicate You Need Air Conditioner Repairs

Monday, June 7th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitAir conditioning repairs are often time-consuming and can be quite costly—that is, if those repair needs aren’t discovered right away. Fortunately, if you are a diligent homeowner who has maintenance done at least once a year for your AC, then our technicians can alert you to small needs before they become much bigger and result in the need for emergency repairs or even premature system replacement.

Of course, even with maintenance, there is still a chance that a repair need will crop up every now and then. Therefore, it’s important that you be aware of the signs of an air conditioner in disrepair, so you can give us a call when those signs pop up, and we can get it fixed for you ASAP. Read on to learn some indicators.

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How to Help Your Air Conditioner Perform Better

Monday, May 24th, 2021

two-techs working-on-acOne of the most popular questions we get as HVAC professionals is how homeowners can improve their system’s efficiency in a way that it will cost them less to run their air conditioners, without sacrificing comfort. Considering how uncomfortable it can get outside during our summer seasons, this is a perfectly reasonable question.

And we have good news! First off, there are a number of services you can have done that will help your air conditioner perform better, plus prevent repairs. Take maintenance, for example. Annual (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) tune-ups will ensure that your system works as efficiently and effectively as its meant to for as long as it’s meant to.

You can also help improve AC efficiency by performing a couple minor maintenance tasks on your own, like changing out the air filter and making sure the outside unit of your air conditioner is free of debris that can impact airflow. Here are a couple more things you can do that you might not have considered:

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These Sounds Mean Trouble for Your AC

Monday, May 10th, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenSpring is going to come to a close, and soon enough we’ll be using our air conditioners on a daily basis. When that time comes, your AC system will be put under a lot of stress and accumulate wear and tear quickly.

Of course, the best way to fend off wear and tear for as long as possible is with routine AC maintenance. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it within your air conditioner. This helps the system work as efficiently and effectively as it should, for as long as it should.

Maintenance is key to keeping your cooling system in good shape, but repair needs can also crop up between maintenance visits, and for that reason it’s good to know the signs that something is amiss. One of the biggest signs of an AC problem is that it’s making strange or unfamiliar noises. What noises are we talking about, exactly? Read on to find out.

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The Unique Needs of a Ductless AC System

Monday, April 12th, 2021

ductless-system-air-handlerFor homeowners who want efficient and effective cooling and heating, there is a singular option that is growing in popularity: the ductless system. Rather than operating through ductwork connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, a ductless mini-split breaks up the indoor unit and blower fans to independently distribute conditioned air into each room. Small air handlers are mounted—typically high up on the walls—and each one can be set to a specific temperature.

Perhaps you’ve seen these types of systems. They’re often found in newer office buildings, doctors’ offices, and hotels. There are several advantages to going ductless, including increased efficiency—especially during the cooler months. But if not installed properly, the unique needs of a ductless AC system could leave you needing repairs or even replacement. Read on to learn more!

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The Steps of Professional Air Conditioner Installation

Monday, March 29th, 2021

outside-unit-of-air-conditioner-with-techs-workingWhen you first read the title of this blog post, you might have thought, “Wow, they’re going to tell me how to install an air conditioner? What a great way to save money!”

That’s not our goal here. In fact, trying to install a central air conditioning system on your own could end up costing way more than you were planning on spending, both with the initial purchase of your air conditioner and in the long run.

This is because an improperly installed system might not be sized correctly to begin with, meaning you won’t have an efficient system, and it could even break down quicker than it would otherwise. No, we’re sharing the steps of professional air conditioner installation with you so that you understand how important it is that you hire a pro for this job. Read on to learn more!

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