Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Does Your AC Need a Tune-Up? Or Repairs?

Monday, August 5th, 2019

tools-on-ac-cabinetAugust can often be a rough time for air conditioning systems. They’ve already taken on a few months of intense Santa Fe mid-year weather, and the heat often ramps up even more during August and September. This is why air conditioners are at the highest risk of breaking down during the late summer, and why it’s a good idea to pay attention to any warnings that your home’s AC is in trouble.

When an air conditioner does begin to show signs of malfunction, such as making odd noises, losing cooling power, or stopping and starting too often, people sometimes wonder if they should arrange for an air conditioning tune-up in Santa Fe, NM before the trouble gets bad enough that they need repairs. But this isn’t what an AC tune-up is for, as we’ll explain.

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What’s the Sound Coming From My Air Conditioner?

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

tech-with-acWhen it’s time to schedule air conditioning service in Rio Rancho, NM to fix a wonky cooling system, it would be nice if the AC just told you something was wrong. Maybe flash words on the thermostat, “This system is losing refrigerant and must have professional repairs right away.” Or a warning bell that goes off and alerts you to call the local HVAC pros.

One day this technology may appear in homes. At the moment, you’ll have to make do with knowing the less obvious warnings from an AC that it’s time for professional service, such as sounds that are out of the ordinary.

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How Your AC Benefits from a Fresh Filter

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Living in New Mexico means running your air conditioner. A lot. Considering just how much we depend upon our home cooling systems to keep us comfortable during our long, grueling summers, it only makes sense that you do everything possible to protect that system’s overall condition and its cooling performance. The best thing that any homeowner can do for any air conditioning system is to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance with trained professionals. Even this is not really enough, though.

Why? Because annual maintenance is just—annual. And the filter in your air conditioner needs changing more frequently than that—typically every 1-3 months. And that means that it is really up to you to ensure that the filter in your air conditioning system is clean at all times. If you’re wondering if it’s really worth the trouble, keep in mind that A) it’s quite simple to change the filter and B) it is definitely worth the minimal effort. Here’s why.

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Did You Schedule AC Maintenance Yet?

Monday, June 10th, 2019

service-blue-markerWe offer 24-hour air conditioning repair services because we know plenty can go wrong with a home’s AC during the summers in Santa Fe, and not always at a convenient time. We’re glad to offer AC repair in Belen, NM and elsewhere whenever our customers need it. But we also want our customers to get the best possible performance from their air conditioners so they rarely need to call for repairs in the first place.

With our routine maintenance service for air conditioning systems, we can help you avoid air conditioning troubles throughout the summer and enjoy many other benefits that come with the well-cared-for cooling system.

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Prevent Your AC From Overheating This Season

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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When it gets hot, you’re going to run your air conditioner. The hotter it gets, the longer and harder your air conditioner has to run. And that could lead it to overheat and stop working.

So is it any wonder that summer is the time of the year that we receive most of our requests for air conditioning services? If your AC isn’t tuned-up to handle the summer heat, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that it can’t keep up.

Overheating isn’t the only way that air conditioners fail during the spring and summer, but it’s one that every homeowner should be informed about. Below are three ways that air conditioners commonly overheat and what you can do to prevent it:

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Why Think About Air Conditioning Just Before the Cold Season?

Monday, October 1st, 2018

We’re officially in the first weeks of the fall season, and that means gradually lowering temperatures. It begins with colder nights, and before long, the days will be cold too! I’m shivering just thinking about it. So why would we want to think about air conditioners at a time like this?

After all, we just got done with summer! Well, you can just think of us as being early for next year. There are a few good reasons why now is a good time to think about air conditioning, and we’ll go into more details down below.

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Your Guide to Air Conditioner Refrigerant

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

hvac-tech-recharging-refrigerantStandard air conditioners and heat pumps work thanks to a little chemical known as refrigerant. You may have heard the term in passing while speaking to an HVAC contractor in Albuquerque, NM, or maybe you’ve heard it casually referred to as Freon (which is actually a trademarked brand name). Several air conditioning misconceptions concern what refrigerant is and what it does, so we’ll break it down for you in this post.

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3 Things to Consider with Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, May 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-serviceSummer will soon be here, and if your air conditioner is on its last legs, the time has come to seriously think about replacing it. New air conditioning installation should ideally take place before the summer starts, when you have time to plan it properly. Not only does that allow you to take advantage of all the benefits of a new system, but you can avoid the problems that might come from trying to run your old, worn-out system for another summer. (There’s nothing worse than experiencing a catastrophic breakdown in the middle of a heat wave and having to scramble to install a new system when the temperature hits 100 degrees.)

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Call for Air Conditioning Repair for Short Cycling Issues

Monday, April 30th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairsAs spring turns into summer, temperatures in the area will continue to rise. You’re going to be using your air conditioner more and more often in the next few weeks, which makes this a perfect time to note any problems with your air conditioner and call a repair service immediately. You should never attempt to diagnose a problem with your air conditioner yourself, but you can spot the signs that something isn’t functioning the way it should simply by noting any differences in your system’s performance.

Among the things you should watch for is a process known as short cycling: turning on and off again very quickly multiple times throughout the day. It doesn’t sound like much, but in fact, it can signal a significant problem.

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Short Cycling is a Problem with Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 16th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairWe’re very early into air conditioning season, but chances are you’ve already run yours on a reasonably frequent basis. Soon enough, summer will be here and your system will be called upon to run every day. If there are repair issues or other problems with your system, now is the time to act. Doing so will usually cut down on the cost of repairs since the damage hasn’t had as much time to spread. It also gives you the flexibility to schedule repairs at your leisure, instead of reacting to a sudden breakdown and letting it disrupt your life.

Among the things you should check for in your system in the phenomenon of short cycling. What is it and why is it a problem? The answers can be found below.

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