Sunset Air Blog

Don’t Neglect Refrigerant Leaks!

May 20th, 2019

two-outdoor-ac-units-with-power-and-refrigerant-line-showing

It would be easy to say that modern homeowners live luxuriously. At least, when we’re speaking about our expectations of home comfort. The potential issue with this, however, is a luxury is often taken for granted.

Take the comfort offered to you by an air conditioner, for example. If one day your air conditioner just up and quit on you, you’d likely be surprised … and annoyed. The fact is, air conditioners aren’t just a luxury. They’re a necessity when temperatures reach their highest. And when you have any problem with yours, it should absolutely be a concern.

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Shopping for a New Cooling System?

May 6th, 2019

ac-unit-on-pile-of-moneyWe’re very fortunate in our area of the U.S. that we don’t typically need to worry too much about soaring temperatures making it unbearable to be in our homes without a functioning air conditioner. Still though, cooling systems are vital to our overall comfort in the summer months. If yours broke down last year, or was showing signs of wear, you may be considering the purchase of a new one this year.

If so, you have a number of considerations to make. First off, while you may find that simply upgrading to a newer version of your current model is all you need, in many cases it may actually serve you better to consider a whole different system type. For instance, just because you have a traditional central system in place now, doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from ductless cooling. Read on to learn more about your options.

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AC Maintenance: It’s That Time of Year!

April 22nd, 2019

technician-servicing-outdoor-ac-unitThe shift in the weather is here as we progress through spring and slowly but surely approach the heat of summer. This makes now the best time to arrange for your air conditioning system’s annual maintenance visit. There are a few basic jobs you can do on your own when it comes to maintaining your AC, such as regularly changing the air filter. But full maintenance that makes a difference in the overall performance of your system should be left to the pros.

Only a trained and experienced technician can handle the numerous tasks, like inspecting motors and electrical connections, as well as cleaning coils and moving parts, that go into professional maintenance and tune-ups. You can rely on our team to provide your AC system with top quality maintenance each year.

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The Importance of Professional Electrical Services

April 8th, 2019

plug-in-outletThere are a number of projects within your home that can be “do-it-yourself” (DIY) projects, but some typically require the assistance of a trained and experienced professional—such as electrical work.

Finding trustworthy and affordable electricians can be a challenge, but you want to ensure that you’re going with someone who not only has your home’s energy demands in mind, but your safety as well. Choosing a general handyman or an overenthusiastic neighbor might cost less upfront, but in the long run it could wind up costing you more in repairs. Additionally, you could find yourself facing injury and property damage.

Keep reading to learn some of our reasoning behind why it’s so important to only choose a professional electrician for whatever electrical service you need done.

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Don’t Neglect These End-of-Season Heater Needs

March 25th, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceSpring is officially here! It’s time to turn off our heaters for the season and turn our attention to our air conditioners without giving it a second thought.

Well… not quite.

In these final days of cooler weather, neglecting your heater is actually the last thing you want to do. If you had maintenance done this past fall, you likely don’t have much to worry about. But even with maintenance, good old-fashioned wear and tear can wreak havoc on an aging heater, and just ignoring problems ‘til next year can leave you with a completely malfunctioning heater in the fall! So, what should you do?

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“Help! My Furnace Is Blowing Cold Air”

March 11th, 2019

vent-near-floor-in-roomWouldn’t it be nice if your home’s furnace could work without fail year after year and never need any kind of professional service done on it? We wish this were the case for you, but really the only way of accomplishing this would be to buy a new heater every time your existing one had a problem—and well, that just doesn’t make much sense!

Honestly, even if you are diligent in caring for your furnace, you’ll eventually encounter some problem, even if it’s minor. And the best thing you can do for your furnace is learn to recognize the signs of a problem, so you can contact our team and get repairs on your schedule right away. One of the most common furnace repair calls we get is in regards to a furnace that’s blowing out cold air.

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What Can Go Wrong With a Shoddy Ductless Installation?

February 25th, 2019

technicians-hands-working-on-ductworkOne of the most common alternatives to ducted forced-air heating and cooling systems in modern homes is the ductless mini split system. Rather than operating through a network of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems basically break up the indoor unit and blower fans—air handlers—and distribute conditioned air into the individual rooms of your home, independently of one another.

If you’ve ever been in a friend’s home and seen something up on the wall that sort of resembles a window AC, but doesn’t go back through the wall, what you’re looking at is part of a ductless system. Those wall hanging units are hooked up to a single outdoor cabinet, creating a central heat pump system, but without ducts.

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Don’t Ignore Those Flickering Lights—Here’s Why

February 11th, 2019

brick-wall-with-recessed-lighting-shining-on-itPerhaps flickering lights in your home is so commonplace that you’ve simply figured it’s “just something that happens.” This may especially be the case if you live in an older home. However, this shouldn’t be acceptable! In fact, you could be putting your home and its occupants in danger. Electrical issues that cause flickering lights can be serious. Electrical fires account for hundreds of injuries each year, through no fault of the homeowner, but are almost entirely preventable.

So what if it’s just a single bulb or light fixture that’s flickering? Then you probably only need to switch that one out. However, if you find that multiple lights are flickering in a room or throughout your living space, the cause is very likely an outdated electrical system with either frayed wiring or too much demand being placed on it. It’s worth noting here that flickering lights certainly are not the only sign of electrical trouble! There are a number of other indicators to watch out for that it’s time to upgrade your electrical system, which we’ve gotten into below.

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Does Your Home Need New Windows?

January 28th, 2019

large-window-in-homeNot many homeowners think very much about this, but homes today are built with energy efficiency in mind. This means that construction is tight, as to not allow any conditioned air to escape. Factors like proper insulation, weatherstripping, and keeping your doors and windows closed when you run your HVAC system help with this as well.

However, the latter doesn’t do much good if you need window replacement service. Drafty windows or older windows that are losing their seal can result in your losing out on a lot of your conditioned air. This means during the winter you may keep turning your thermostat up to make up for the cold air entering your home and the warm air leaving, and pay for energy that you shouldn’t even have to. But how do you know if your home actually does need window replacement?

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Why You Should Label Your Circuit Breakers

January 14th, 2019

two electricians working with an electrical panelWhether you own a home or are renting a room, we think it’s important you at least understand the basics of the electrical system in your home, in order to know what to do when something goes wrong. One component of your electrical system that is particularly important is the electrical panel—also referred to as the circuit breaker box. This is responsible for dividing up the electrical power in your living space into circuits.

Perhaps you’ve moved into a home in the past where the electrical panel or fuse box was already labeled, so you could easily find which switch led to which outlet or appliance. But your current living space may not have come with this useful guide. So what can you do? Create one yourself! This is actually not a very difficult task—though you will want a housemate or a friend to help.

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