Sunset Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Are You Sure You’re Using Your AC Efficiently?

Monday, August 12th, 2019

vent-on-wall-near-floorWhat if we told you there were completely affordable, and even free methods to prevent air conditioning repair? What if we also told you that you could help improve the overall efficiency of your cooling system by following these methods?

The fact is, all it takes is giving proper attention and care to your air conditioner. Keep reading to learn more about how to boost your cooling system’s efficiency, lower costs, and prevent repair needs, too!

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Why Your Air Filter Matters (It’s Not What You Think!)

Monday, July 29th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterThere’s a fairly common misconception out there about air filters. Many homeowners believe that its only purpose is to prevent allergens and pollutants from entering and contaminating your indoor air—and that’s the reason technicians tell you to clean or replace it once a month. This isn’t the whole truth, however.

The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is in place to do more than just preventing allergens from moving back into your airstream. It actually blocks dirt, dust, and other debris from the inside of your air conditioner, protecting the system itself! When an air filter is too dirty, though, the impact on your air conditioner can be just as negative. Wondering why? Read on!

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What to Do about a Cooling System That’s Not Cooling

Monday, July 15th, 2019

woman-feeling-hot-and-cooling-off-in-front-of-fanIt may not ever get as blistering hot in our area as it does other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get significant use out of our air conditioners each summer. Chances are by now that you’re using yours on a daily basis, and in doing so, you expect it to work effectively and efficiently as possible.

Of course, you can help ensure this is the case by scheduling routine maintenance once a year—twice a year if you have a heat pump. Professional maintenance allows our team to thoroughly inspect your system for any small repair needs, adjust components, and clean the system for optimal efficiency.

But no matter how well you take care of your system, there’s always a chance that something can go amiss. This is particularly true if you have an aging air conditioner! One of the most common calls we get regarding AC repair emergencies is about an air conditioner that won’t cool—a very obviously frustrating problem!

What’s going on when this occurs? We have 3 possible answers for you:

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5 Signs That You Need AC Repairs Now!

Monday, June 17th, 2019

animated-checklistSummer is almost officially here, and if the recent heat wave is any indication, we’re going to be using our air conditioners pretty regularly in the coming months. As such, you need your cooling system to perform as expected when it’s under extreme pressure. The last thing you need, after all, is a sudden breakdown and repair call just when the temperatures hit their peak.

The good news with this is that most cooling system problems give out signs and symptoms long before they force the system to shut down entirely. And while you should never attempt to formally diagnose or repair a malfunctioning air conditioner on your own (they contain dangerous components such as refrigerant that requires special training and licensing to manage safely), you can still spot the signs that you need AC repair. Here are five fairly common signs that you do:

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Don’t Neglect Refrigerant Leaks!

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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Should I Replace My Air Conditioning System Before Next Summer?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

air-conditioner-repairNow is right about the time where everyone starts to think about what to do to get their homes ready for the fall and winter seasons. If you’re one of those people, not so fast! You may still have some decisions to make regarding your air conditioning system before the summer comes to an end. Namely: should you replace your air conditioning system now instead of waiting? Read on to find out more about why it might be a good idea to get yourself a new air conditioner before worrying about getting ready for heating season.

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Why Is My Air Conditioning System Making Those Weird Noises?

Monday, September 10th, 2018

ac-repairTake heed of that noisy AC. It’s not just acting up for the sake of annoying you and your family, we promise.

A loud system that shakes, grinds, bangs, whirs, hums and so forth is a system that needs professional attention sooner than later. And please don’t wait! The sooner you hire a pro to evaluate, the sooner you can get back to comfort and peace of mind. While you should fully expect your AC to make a certain amount of noise based on the age and type, excessive noise is a clear indicator that something’s wrong.

For air conditioning services in Puyallup, WA, you know who to call: Sunset Air! But read on for some more info about what the heck is going on with that noisy AC of yours.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Output Is Low

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Frozen-Air-ConditionerYour air conditioner is vital for keeping your home cool and comfortable during the summer, which makes it especially annoying when the system stops working correctly. If your air conditioner is not cooling your home as well as it should be, there could be a number of different reasons why. Most of those reasons are going to require professional services to be fix, but there’s no harm in learning a bit more about them while you wait for your appointment.

Read on to find out why your air conditioner output is low, and what you can do about it.

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