Sunset Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Puyallup’

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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Why You Should Care about Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

indoor-shot-of-pretty-living-space-with-two-dogs-laying-on-floorThere are several reasons you should care about improving your indoor air quality. For instance, the level of contaminants and potentially unhealthy particles circulating through your home’s air can be greater than what’s outside, due to tight, energy-efficient construction. But this is just one example. In this post, we’re going to talk about something you’re probably quite familiar with—excess humidity.

Humidity, in essence, is moisture—moisture in the air that makes us uncomfortable when there is too much of it. The only way to rid the air of humidity is to lower the temperature. So, we all turn on our air conditioners and set them to the lowest possible temperature, when in reality all this does is make your air conditioner work too hard, rather than helping to relieve humidity in a measurable way. Ultimately, this will put undue strain on your air conditioner and cause it to accumulate damage.

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

Monday, 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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What Can Go Wrong With a Shoddy Ductless Installation?

Monday, 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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This New Year, Resolve to Get to the Bottom of Those Furnace Noises

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Shocked and surprisedBy now, you’ve already been using your furnace on a regular basis for weeks. As we progress into wintertime, now is just about the worse time to have your heater develop problems. It’s also the time of year when heating problems are most likely to occur, thanks to the added stress they’re put under. If you can detect issues with your furnace early enough though, you can call for professional furnace repair in Puyallup, WA before it’s too late.

Of course, this requires you to be especially vigilant in order to catch these problems early on. One of the first signs most homeowners notice that something is amiss with their furnace is the presence of strange and/or unfamiliar noises while the system is running. If you have in fact noticed this, then your first priority in this New Year should be to get to the bottom of it by calling in a professional for inspection and potential repairs. In the meantime, keep reading to learn what the causes of these noises may be.

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Is It Time for a New Electrical Service Panel?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Side view of male technician examining fusebox with multimeter probeThe panel of your Puyallup, WA electrical system, also known as the circuit breaker panel, is the hub of all your electrical wiring, appliances, and equipment. It is the location where incoming electricity is routed to the different circuits—each of which are designed to shut off in case of a voltage overload. If your electrical panel is more than a couple decades old, it’s time to make sure you aren’t overdue for an upgrade.

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Furnace Problems to Watch For This Fall

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

gas-burnerHeating season is here, more or less, and that means that you’re probably going to be using your furnace on a regular basis for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, you’ve already scheduled preventive maintenance to make sure that your furnace is as healthy as possible during the heating season. Even if you have, though, there is still a possibility that your furnace will run into some kind of issue during the next several months. In order to ensure that your system stays in good shape for as long as possible, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the symptoms that indicate a problem with your furnace.

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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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