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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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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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Does Your Tankless Water Heater Need Maintenance?

Monday, March 1st, 2021

tankless-water-heaterThe short answer to this is “yes,” but don’t worry, we’re going to explain below.

The conventional storage tank water heater is large, always pretty noticeable, and can even be a bit noisy, right? In other words, the average homeowner who has one of these systems probably knows that it needs attention and care by way of professional maintenance. After all, scaling can have a big impact on the water heater. It allows mineral buildup (calcium and magnesium mainly, but also iron in some cases), that creates problems with water pressure, temperature, and even eventual corrosion. As part of professional maintenance, tank water heaters require occasional flushing.

But a tankless system is different, right? So why does it need maintenance? Well, for the same reasons a conventional storage tank water heater does, actually. Read on as we uncover the impact of scaling on a tankless system, and therefore why tankless water heaters need maintenance.

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How to Give Your Home the Extra Efficiency Boost It Needs

Monday, February 1st, 2021

girl-huddled-in-blanket-drinking-out-of-mugWe could have also titled this post “How to Give Your Heater the Extra Efficiency Boost It Needs.” How you use your heater and how efficient your home is go hand-in-hand.

Sure, having a great heater starts with selecting the right one for your home (size matters), and having it professionally installed by trained professionals. But there are additional steps you can take to improve the cost-effectiveness of this system.

First, did you have professional maintenance done before this heating season began? If not, it’s not too late! Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components of your furnace or heating system so it performs as it should, and as safely as it should. Maintenance also extends the lifespan of your heater. A well-cared for heater has the ability to last 10–15 years whereas one that skips maintenance may only last half of that.

In addition to regular tune-ups, here’s what else you can do!

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Do You Have a Plumbing Leak? Here’s How to Check

Monday, December 21st, 2020

blue-cloth-tied-around-white-pipeIt kind of goes without saying that if you have a leaky pipe in your home that’s in a spot you can’t see or access, it’s a problem. Some plumbing issues do make themselves known fairly quickly, such as a clogged toilet or a dripping faucet. But the pipes tucked away in your home—in your basement, under the sinks, behind the walls—are far less noticeable.

A problem can occur with these pipes and go unnoticed for quite a while, causing problems all that time. If you aren’t attentive, then you could wind up wasting a lot of water, spending extra money, and winding up with property damage. So, how can you tell if you do have a hidden plumbing leak like this? By looking for the following signs:

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Signs That Your Heater Is in Trouble

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

animated-checklistLook, there is no good time to be in need of heating repairs. It’s almost never in the budget and almost always right when you need your heater the most. Heating repair needs tend to crop up the most when you are actually using your heating system frequently.

Of course, the best way to fend off the worst heating repair needs is with routine heating maintenance. If you haven’t scheduled a fall tune-up yet, now is the time! During maintenance, our team will thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust any components that need it. This allows us to catch any small repair needs before they grow into bigger ones.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that even with diligent heating system care, you may still run into heater trouble. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that it may be time to give us a call.

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Signs Your Plumbing System Needs Help

Monday, March 30th, 2020

plumber-working-on-pipe-under-sinkThere’s something tricky about plumbing leaks and other problems. They tend to hide really well! They usually happen behind walls and sometimes even under the foundation of your home. Therefore, they’re pretty undetectable.

Sure, some plumbing issues are obvious, such as a clogged drain or a leaking faucet. You don’t really need to know any “signs” of these since they’ll be apparent.

But for your hidden pipes, a leak or issue can occur and go unnoticed for a long period of time and do some damage in the meantime if you’re not attentive to your plumbing system. For these issues, there are signs you can watch out for. Read on as we uncover some of them.

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Water Heater Installation: There’s Never a Bad Time to Go Tankless!

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

tankless-water-heaterWhen you need a new air conditioner, shopping in the middle of summer can feel a little hectic. After all, it’s the busiest time of the year for HVAC contractors, and you don’t want to feel rushed into a decision, but you need cooling now.

It’s different for a water heater, though. You can literally buy it any time of the year and not worry about a huge disruption in service. So, if you’ve been considering replacing your aging storage tank model water heater, now is the perfect time to consider going tankless!

Tankless water heaters have become increasingly popular among homeowners, and for good reason. Just like with any water heater system though, there are pros and cons to going tankless. We’ll get into them below, and we’re happy to help you make an educated decision about whether or not one is right for your household.

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If You’re Losing Refrigerant, it Means THIS

Monday, June 24th, 2019

close-up-photo-of-refrigerant-linesYour home’s air conditioning system is a complicated piece of machinery. The majority of homeowners may get the basics of how an air conditioner works, but not all the intricacies involved. Therefore, you may not understand how each of the components work together, and what is “right” and “wrong” with what an inexperienced handyman might tell you about your cooling system.

For instance, have you ever been told that the refrigerant in your central air conditioner system needs to be recharged (refilled) each time you have a maintenance appointment? This is, unfortunately, a dangerous misconception. Because, if you’re losing refrigerant from your system, it actually means you have a leak. Keep reading to learn more!

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Is Your AC System Beyond Repair? Consider This Replacement

Monday, April 15th, 2019

ductless-air-handler-with-remoteWith temperatures warming, soon enough we’ll be able to start using our air conditioners on a regular basis. But, what if yours was having problems last year? If it’s aging and repairs just aren’t a cost-effective option anymore, you may find yourself facing the decision of replacing your cooling system.

Let’s say you have a central system in place. You should just stick with a new model of that system, right?

Well, not necessarily. If you have damaged ductwork that can’t handle another season of use, or your heater is aging in addition to your air conditioner, then you’d do well to consider the ductless system. Be sure to contact our pros if you’re unsure of your decision, and keep reading to learn of the many benefits of installing a ductless system.

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