Premier Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

How Long Should My AC’s Compressor Run?

Monday, July 4th, 2022
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One of the small pleasures of the summer season is the satisfying thunk noise of the compressor in an air conditioning system turning on. As this part of the AC goes to work, it means cool, refreshing air will soon flow from vents around the house. 

If you’ve lived with a central air conditioning system before, then you’ll know its compressor doesn’t run constantly when you have the air conditioner turned to cool off the home. Instead, it runs periodically and then powers down for a stretch. These periods are known as cooling cycles, and they help to keep the temperature in a house from becoming too cold and to prevent the compressor (the most powerful part of an AC and the one that uses the most electricity) from overheating. But how long should the compressor run at a time?

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The Sounds That Mean Trouble For Your AC

Monday, June 6th, 2022
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You likely know what the normal noises are that your air conditioner makes while it is running. Sounds like the whoosh of air through your ducts and even some movement from the ducts themselves when they expand or contract are all probably normal. But when your AC begins to create new sounds, then it may be time to pay closer attention.

A noisy AC may be a system that needs repairs. And if that is the case, the sooner a technician arrives to address the problem the better off things will be. But what sounds are we talking about? We are happy to tell you below so you know exactly when to call us for repairs.

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Top 5 Myths About ACs We Want to Debunk

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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Any important home appliance will have several myths surrounding it, such as the old idea that putting ice cubes down a garbage disposal will sharpen the blades. Well, garbage disposals don’t have blades, and ice cubes can damage the disposal. Toss that idea in the trash and you’ll save yourself disposal grief.

Air conditions have their own body of lore, much of it false. Although some of these misunderstandings are harmless, others can lead to poor operation and wasted money. Below, we’ll debunk several major AC myths we encounter far too often.

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What’s That Moldy Smell Coming From the AC?

Monday, May 9th, 2022
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Here’s an odor you don’t want floating around inside your house: a moldy stench that smells like a pile of dirty socks. It seems to be coming from the air conditioning vents. What’s causing it and what can you do about it?

It won’t shock you to learn that what you’re experiencing is a common problem with air conditioners known as “dirty sock syndrome.” Yes, the people who named it knew exactly what they were talking about. No, nobody has tossed a bunch of dirty socks into your HVAC system (I mean, we don’t think so). But the odor is coming from the same source as smelly socks—bacteria from microbes. You’ve got a source of it in your AC, and we can probably guess what it is. Below we’ll talk more about how dirty sock syndrome happens in an air conditioner and what you can do about it.

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Watch Out for AC Refrigerant Leaks! Here’s Why (And How)

Monday, April 25th, 2022
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One of the more common air conditioning system malfunctions that our technicians repair is refrigerant leaks. Leaks most frequently occur in AC systems older than five years. This is because the copper refrigerant lines may start to corrode after this period due to exposure to formaldehyde in the air. A small spot from formicary corrosion (a type of corrosion that affects copper) will allow pinhole leaks to start in the lines and allow refrigerant to escape.

This may sound like a minor problem. It’s not! Refrigerant leaks will put your air conditioning system in jeopardy of failure and the possible need to replace the entire AC. We’ll explain more about the danger of refrigerant leaks and how to know when it’s time to call us for air conditioning repair in Conyers, GA.

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What Size AC Do I Need for My House?

Monday, April 11th, 2022
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If you’re currently looking for a new air conditioning installation in Conyers, GA to deal with the upcoming summer, we’re glad you’re asking a question like this. The size of an air conditioning system is one of the most important factors in choosing which AC to install. It’s not something you want to get wrong either. Go too big or too small, and you’ll have an air conditioner that doesn’t do what you need and will cost you far too much to do a bad job.

The good news is that you don’t have to make this choice yourself. It’s best to leave sizing a new AC to professionals like ours. Below we’ll get into why sizing an air conditioner is so important and how we find out the right size AC for a house.

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Watch for These Signs of an AC Compressor in Trouble

Monday, March 28th, 2022
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All the parts of a central air conditioning system are important, but the compressor is at the top of the pyramid. Not only can an air conditioner not do its job with a failed compressor, but the end of a compressor’s lifespan often is the end of the whole air conditioner’s lifespan. This is because compressors are expensive components to replace, and it’s often more cost-effective to get a new AC if a compressor is no longer under warranty. 

However, if you know what to look and listen for, you can sometimes catch a dying compressor early and arrange to have expert technicians fix it. Below we’ve listed several of the warning signs of compressor troubles. Don’t hesitate to call us for repairs: the problem may not end up being the compressor, but you’ll still be glad you had professionals investigating early. You’ll have a much lower chance of getting caught with no cooling in your house during the summer. 

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It’s Almost Spring—Get on the Schedule for AC Maintenance!

Monday, March 14th, 2022
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Spring is a strange time of the year for HVAC contractors. We’re used to a steady stream of calls in winter and summer from customers who need fast service to restore their broken heater or AC. Then the mild weather of spring comes along, and most people will need neither HVAC system operating.

This doesn’t mean we don’t stay busy—just a different kind of busy. Many homeowners choose this time of year to have old air conditioning systems replaced or to make upgrades on their systems. If you aren’t looking for a new AC, there still is an important service you need to arrange with our technicians: a regular maintenance tune-up and inspection. 

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AC Noises and What They Might Be Telling You

Monday, September 27th, 2021
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Central air conditioners run quieter than ever before, which makes strange sounds more obvious. When you hear your AC starting to make noises you haven’t heard before, please don’t shrug them off. Often, these sounds are warnings to call our technicians for air conditioning repair in Conyers, GA.

Below is a list of some of the more common warning sounds you may hear from your AC and what they might mean.

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Why Your AC May Be Having Trouble With the Late Summer Heat

Monday, September 13th, 2021
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The heat of summer rarely lets up in September. It often gets even more intense. You may have noticed that your air conditioning system, after encountering few troubles making your house a cool oasis, has started to struggle with comfort. For example… 

  • Some rooms are hotter than others
  • You’re pushing the thermostat setting lower than usual
  • The AC is staying on longer 

These are all signs of an air conditioner having trouble keeping up with the heat. Because an AC is sized to provide a house with the comfort level its occupants need, this failure indicates something is wrong with the air conditioner. We’ll look closer at what may be happening.

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