Premier Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Conyers’

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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Ways to Tell You May Need Air Duct Sealing

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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We’ve written in previous posts about how leaking air ducts can steal money from your heating and cooling budget without giving you an extra bit of comfort. Quite the opposite, in most cases!

When you have leaking air ducts, the best course of action is to call our team to test the ducts, gauge the extent of the problem, and seal the leaks to restore the airtightness of the ventilation system. When it comes to duct services in Conyers, GA and throughout South Metro Atlanta, we’re the team you can trust to get the job done.

This raises a good point, however: If you can’t see the ductwork in your house because it’s hidden in the walls and up in the attic, how can you know you need air duct sealing? There are ways you can detect the problem so you know it’s time to call us.

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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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Are Gas Furnaces Dangerous to Have in Homes?

Monday, December 20th, 2021
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Any natural gas-burning appliance in a house has the potential to become hazardous. This is true of any appliance that burns any type of fuel. Electrical devices can create dangers from high voltage shocks or electrical fires. 

This is a way of showing that, although a gas furnace can present dangers for a house, it isn’t much different in that way than many other appliances you use regularly. Because of the power of gas furnaces, people often find them intimidating and worry about them more—but if they were significant dangers, they would never be allowed into residential homes in the first place.

Your gas furnace can create hazards for your house, but you can prevent most of them through some basic steps. Modern gas furnaces are built to high standards of safety, and with the proper attention, you can minimize the possible harm to almost nothing. That’s what we’ll focus on in the rest of this post.

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Want to Pay Less for Heating This Winter? Here’s What You Can Do

Monday, December 6th, 2021
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When cold weather arrives, the cost to heat your house rises. That’s common sense and you expect it, just the way you expect to pay more to run your AC during the summer.

You’d like to pay less for home heating, of course, but you may not think that’s possible. “Heat costs are what they are,” you might say. But the truth is really that heating costs are often more than they should be. You don’t have to be a fatalist about heating costs—you can take steps to pay less and still enjoy comfort. 

We offer several heating services in Conyers, GA that can help you wrangle control over your heating bills this season. There are also several steps you can take on your own to help. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Why Is My Heater Shutting Off Early?

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
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The HVAC system in your home is designed to turn on the heating system when the thermostat registers that the household needs warmth. The thermostat signals the heater to start its heating cycle, and then it runs until the thermostat detects the home’s temperature has reached its target setting. The thermostat then has the heater cycle down until it’s needed again.

As the winter temperatures continue to fall, you’ll notice your heating system will run in longer cycles. This is normal: your house will lose more heat to the outside, requiring the heater to run for longer to reach your desired temperature. (We recommend a setting of 68°F, which not only makes the heater run less often but also slows down heat loss to the outdoors.) 

But you may be experiencing something … different. A heater that seems to run in shorter and shorter cycles, shutting off early before it can heat up the house enough, then turning back on a short time later and repeating the process. Why is your heater doing this? And what can you do about it?

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