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AC Blowing Hot Air? 7 Possible Causes and Solutions.

Posted by Gregg on Aug 29, 2017 2:38:09 PM

It seems like it always happens at the worst time: friends are coming over for dinner, you’re hosting a birthday party, or it’s family movie night, and suddenly your air conditioner either goes out or starts blowing hot air. Don’t panic, there are a number of common AC issues that you may be able to solve quickly and cheaply on your own.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before calling in the pros.

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Topics: Cooling

Air Conditioners and Freon®: What You Need to Know

Posted by Gregg on Aug 24, 2017 12:18:36 PM

Freon® is the trade name of a group of refrigerant gasses that have been in use since the late 1920s. Freon products have been used extensively in commercial applications, such as food storage, processing, and transportation. Most homeowners are familiar with Freon’s use in refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning units.

Freon gasses fall into the categories of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFs), which have been found to negatively affect the earth’s ozone layer. As a result, they have been in the process of being phased out since 1987 as part of the Montreal Protocol. That’s raised a number of questions for homeowners as they look to repair or replace household appliances, especially air conditioning units, that use Freon.

Here’s what you need to know to decide how to handle your Freon-based AC.

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Topics: Cooling

Which Central Air Conditioner Pairs Well With My Current Furnace?

Posted by Gregg on Aug 17, 2017 9:18:25 AM

Are you thinking about adding a central air conditioner to your home? Or maybe you’re ready to upgrade your current central air? If so, it’s wise to think ahead and ask what adding or upgrading means in terms of compatibility with your current furnace. The answer can depend on a number of factors. Let’s start with the basics and work our way to the more complex.

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Topics: Cooling

6 Things Air Conditioning Experts Want Homeowners to Know

Posted by Gregg on Aug 1, 2017 9:58:26 AM

Air conditioning experts are partners in helping maintain and service your entire HVAC system. They love to talk about the ins-and-outs of heating and air conditioning, and not just when they're making small talk during a seasonal tune-up. So, since you may not have one to talk to for a few months, here are six tips those pros really want you to know to help keep your system running smoothly for years to come.

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Topics: Cooling

Heat Wave: Home Cooling Options For The Hottest Days of Summer

Posted by Gregg on Jul 25, 2017 10:14:44 AM

They’re called the “dog days” of summer — the hottest days of the year. They usually start mid-July and continue, well, they can continue for quite a while here in the upper Midwest. It’s the time of year we’re all looking for ways to keep cool, especially when we’re at home. But, hopefully, we don’t have to spend a fortune doing so. There are actually quite a few home cooling options for homeowners that won’t break the bank.

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Topics: Cooling, Summer

AC Repair: What You Can Fix Yourself and When to Call a Pro

Posted by Gregg on Jul 13, 2017 3:12:22 PM

Air conditioner on the fritz? It always seems to happen when it’s hottest and muggiest, right? Or on the weekend! So, when can you avoid an AC repair, and when do you have to call the pros? Here are some tips to help you diagnose the problem.

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Topics: Cooling

What Is the Average Lifespan of a Central Air Conditioner?

Posted by Gregg on Jul 11, 2017 2:42:33 PM

A central air conditioning system is a significant investment in a home and most homeowners look forward to theirs lasting a good many years. Still, many homeowners wonder what they can realistically expect from their system, especially if it’s a little older. Many also ask if it makes sense to upgrade an older system, even if it’s working just fine. Well, wonder no more. Here's everything you need to know about the average lifespan of a central air conditioner.

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Topics: Cooling

Is Your HVAC System Still Using AC Freon®? It May Be Time to Upgrade

Posted by Gregg on Jun 22, 2017 12:11:01 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which includes Freon®, a refrigerant once common in air conditioners and freezers. Scientific evidence determined that HCFCs are significant ozone-depleting substances. The phase-out was implemented as a result and manufacturers stopped using HCFCs in 2010. However, many appliances made and installed before that may still be using Freon.

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Topics: Cooling

HVAC Rebate: What You Need to Know About Cool Cash

Posted by Gregg on Jun 13, 2017 8:59:27 AM

Never heard of Cool Cash? Heard about it but wondering just what it’s all about? You’ve come to the right place. Especially if you’re looking to save on installing a new cooling system ahead of the summer heat. Cool Cash can help you do just that—and save big!

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Topics: Cooling, Carrier

Try These Air Conditioner Repair Tips Before Calling a Professional

Posted by Gregg on Mar 28, 2017 2:37:00 PM

We’re finally into spring with summer not far behind, meaning it will soon be time to start up the air conditioners for the season. After several months of sitting idle, it’s a good idea to do an initial check of your air conditioner to make sure everything is in tip-top shape to avoid costly repairs. Here are some start-up steps to take, as well as some DIY tips to try, in the event your unit isn’t running quite as expected.

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Topics: Cooling