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Air Conditioning

What’s the Main Difference Between Evaporator & Condenser Coils?

In the muggy Michigan summers, a problem with your air conditioner’s evaporator or condenser coils could leave you very uncomfortable. Knowing how each of your coils work, however, can help you troubleshoot the problem for DIY or professional service.


Essential A/C Troubleshooting Tips for Your Traverse City Home

Your A/C needs to be fixed again. Should you call an HVAC technician? Not yet. Before spending the time, money and other resources on repairs, you should check and make sure the problem isn’t something fairly simple that you can resolve on your own. To that effect, here are five A/C troubleshooting tips to try before calling a professional.


Is It Time to Replace the Air Conditioner?

If your annual A/C maintenance has you thinking about a replacement or an upgrade, you’re not the only one. With air conditioners aging year by year and new, more efficient technology continually coming onto the market, upgrading to a new model can make a lot of sense. But when does it become really necessary to replace the air conditioner? Here are some signs to watch out for.


How to Run the A/C More Efficiently This Summer

Dreading the high air conditioning bills Northwest Michigan summers often bring? By taking steps to run the A/C more efficiently this season, you can cut your bills and enjoy better performance from your system.


An Ounce of Prevention: Common Air Conditioner Problems

One of the most important tasks you can do this spring is to schedule your annual preventive maintenance call for your air conditioner. The most common air conditioner problems are highly preventable with a little A/C TLC, and as an added bonus, your system will operate more efficiently to save you money on cooling costs.


End-of-Season A/C Care Will See Your System Through Winter

End-of-season A/C care this fall is directly related to reliability and performance at startup next spring. Spending months in mothballs is hard on the outdoor half of an air conditioner. Mechanical equipment sitting idle is especially vulnerable to conditions that degrade materials and components. While the system air handler and evaporator stay warm and dry indoors, outside in the backyard, the compressor and condenser are exposed to the extremes of the elements. No one knows how cold or long this winter will be, but managing end-of-season A/C care involves taking preventive measures to address the things under your control. Here… Read More »


Your Noisy A/C Compressor: It’s Squealing for Attention

If you are experiencing a noisy A/C compressor, it would likely be wise to have the sound checked out by a professional immediately. Although some unusual noises that emerge from your compressor simply indicate the need for a minor adjustment, others may signify a more serious issue. By putting off the maintenance or repair of a smaller problem, your air conditioning unit may be significantly damaged. Your professional HVAC technician is trained to recognize the source and significance of unusual compressor noises in order to evaluate such things as operation condition, and even the remaining life of your unit.


The Oversized Air Conditioner: Why Bigger Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better

Does your air conditioner provide the comfort and even climate you want in your home? Homeowners may be unaware if the air conditioner in their home is improperly sized. If you do have an oversized air conditioner then you may be paying too much in energy costs and getting too little in home comfort.


The Thermal Expansion Valve: How It Can Boost Peformance in Your Next A/C

If you’re shopping for a new cooling system this summer, consider one with the thermal expansion valve (TXV). This small upgrade will improve the performance and longevity of a heat pump or air conditioner. The valve adjusts the amount of refrigerant that the compressor sends into the evaporator coil inside the air handler. It senses the cooling load indoors and only fully opens when the load is high.


Air Conditioning Basics: The ins and outs of Cooling

Learn a few air conditioning basics to help keep your home cool this summer. Understanding the ins and outs of how your cooling system operates will help you recognize a problem before it turns costly.


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