Refrigerant Leaks From Your AC Need Fast Repairs!

June 27th, 2022
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Refrigerant leaks are a problem that can strike any air conditioning system. Just because they’re common doesn’t mean they aren’t serious. A refrigerant leak will lead to a string of problems that eventually conclude with an air conditioner permanently breaking down when its compressor fails. 

In this post, we’ll look at why refrigerant leaks are such a problem for an air conditioner and how you can recognize leaks so you can call us for air conditioning repair in Qualicum Beach, BC.

The Danger of Refrigerant Leaks

People often misunderstand the job of refrigerant in an air conditioning system. They may know that the refrigerant is what somehow makes the air cooler, but they may also believe that the air conditioner runs off the refrigerant as if it were a fuel source. 

So we want to make this clear: an air conditioning system does not use up refrigerant like a fuel. The amount of refrigerant in an AC, known as the system’s charge, should remain constant for the life of the unit. Refrigerant goes through a process of evaporation and condensation to allow it to move heat from indoors to outdoors, and during this process, it never dissipates. 

This is why leaks are trouble: they lower the charge of the air conditioner. This makes it harder for the AC to absorb enough heat to provide adequate cooling. But there are even more problems. An AC is designed to run at a specific charge, and if that charge drops because of leaks, it jeopardizes the whole air conditioner. Not only will heat absorption drop, but the AC will drain extra power, its coils will freeze, and the compressor will finally overheat. A burnt-out compressor is expensive to fix, and in many cases, it’s more cost-effective to replace the whole AC.

Noticing Refrigerant Leaks

Leaking refrigerant is difficult to notice at first. These leaks are tiny, often the size of pinholes, that form at spots of corrosion along the refrigerant lines. But you can pick up on when an AC is running with lower refrigerant by looking for these warning signs:

  • A hissing or bubbling sound coming from parts of the AC. These are the sounds made by gaseous or liquid refrigerant escaping from refrigerant lines.
  • A change in indoor humidity. With lower amounts of refrigerant, an air conditioner will pull less moisture from the air as the refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coil. You’ll often notice a change in humidity before you notice a drop in cooling. 
  • Ice forming along the evaporator coil. It may seem odd that less refrigerant would cause ice, but this is an example of why the balance of refrigerant is so crucial for an AC. Too little refrigerant won’t absorb enough heat to warm up, so it will remain too cold and cause ice to form on the coil.
  • The air conditioner begins to turn on and off rapidly, known as short-cycling. Many different malfunctions can cause this, so you’ll want it looked at regardless of whether it’s due to leaking refrigerant. 

Please act quickly when you suspect something is wrong. The sooner we’re on the job, the less danger of your air conditioner needing a larger repair.

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How Your Thermostat Works With Your AC—And How You Can Take Advantage of It

June 13th, 2022
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There are many misunderstandings about how air conditioning systems work that we encounter. For example, air conditioners don’t “use up” refrigerant and won’t need to have any more put in unless the refrigerant leaks out. 

One of the most common misconceptions about air conditioning systems is about how the thermostat controls the AC. People often believe that the farther they lower the thermostat, the harder the air conditioner will work to deliver cooling. So if people want faster cooling for their house, they’ll push the thermostat setting to its lowest temperature. Except, this isn’t how the thermostat or AC works. 

Below we’ll examine the thermostat-air conditioner connection and how you can use this knowledge to save energy while still keeping cool in summer. 

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Several Special Benefits of Regular AC Maintenance

May 16th, 2022
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In April we posted about how it’s a great month to schedule your regular air conditioning maintenance to prepare for the coming summer. It’s May now, but that doesn’t mean you’ve run out of time or passed the “expiration date” for maintenance. We’re still in spring and your AC hasn’t started the heavy work yet—this is also a good time for you to call us to arrange for professional air conditioning maintenance in Courtenay, BC. We have an excellent residential maintenance program, the Comfort Club, to make it easy for you. Don’t delay, however! You don’t want the hot weather to catch you off guard with an AC that isn’t in the best shape to handle a heatwave.

Perhaps you need a bit more convincing? We’ve put together a few of the benefits of regular AC maintenance tune-ups and inspections that you don’t hear about as much, but which are still valuable.

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Does My Home Need an Air Purifier or Air Filter?

May 2nd, 2022
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People have great concern about the air quality in their homes than ever before, and this means an increase in homeowners interested in air filtration and air purification systems. 

For anyone unfamiliar with indoor air quality (IAQ) systems, it can feel overwhelming to approach the many types of filters and purifiers available, starting with the question of whether a home needs one or not. Below we’ll look at these options and what may best suit your needs for better indoor air quality.

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Planning for a New AC Before Summer? Here Are Some Tips

April 18th, 2022
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No central air conditioning system lasts forever. In fact, it’s rare for an air conditioner to last much longer than 15 years without turning far too expensive to run and continue to repair. You may be in a situation where you know you’ll need a new air conditioning installation in Qualicum Beach, BC before the summer heat arrives. 

If this describes you, we want to help. Installing a new air conditioner can seem daunting, but we have tips to help make the process easier for you.

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April Is the Month for Air Conditioning Maintenance!

April 4th, 2022
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We want our customers to enjoy comfort from their HVAC systems that is reliable, effective, and affordable. One of the best tools we have to help them achieve this is regular maintenance service and our special residential maintenance plan. Through the plan, our valued customers receive fall tune-ups and inspections for their heating systems, and then in spring their air conditioners get the same quality treatment.

Guess what season it is? The calendar says April, so it’s spring. Even with cooler weather, April is the ideal time to arrange to have maintenance done for your home’s central air conditioning system. If you aren’t already a member of our residential maintenance plan, we recommend you talk to us today to sign up. We’ll then get you on the schedule for air conditioning maintenance in Tofino, BC, or elsewhere in our wide service area. 

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Do I Need to Make Any Plumbing or Heating Changes for a Tankless Water Heater Installation?

March 21st, 2022
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The tankless water heater is growing in popularity in homes with each passing year. Many homeowners love having this addition to their household as a replacement for a standard storage tank water heater. There’s plenty to love: Tankless water heaters consume much less energy than standard water heaters, have longer service lives, take up less space, and provide unlimited hot water without running out (provided the water heater was accurately sized when installed—that’s why you always want professionals on the job).

There are some potential drawbacks to tankless water heaters. They aren’t right for every home or situation. They cost more than other water heaters to install, and although they save money over their service lives, this initial higher price tag may not fit with some household budget. And there’s also the question of other changes that may need to be made to the plumbing and heating system to accommodate a water heater installation in Parksville, BC. Although not true for all homes, some will need to make more extensive changes to adapt to how a tankless system works.

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Should Your Repair or Replace Your Boiler at the End of the Winter?

March 7th, 2022
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Our weather is starting to warm up, but it’s still cold enough that homes will need to depend on their heating systems for a bit longer—and we all know that March and early April can toss surprise cold snaps at us. Still, this is the time of year when we recommend that homeowners take stock of their heating system if it’s started to show signs of problems. 

In this post, we’ll look at boilers. Boilers can last longer than forced-air heaters (furnaces, heat pumps), but they still won’t last forever, no matter how much we’d like that. If you have started to run into problems with your boiler—such as poor performance, reduced heating, strange noises, higher energy bills—at the end of the winter, you’ll want to consider whether the heater needs repairs or if it’s time to replace it entirely. We offer complete boiler service in Port Alberni, BC and throughout Courtenay, BC and the surrounding areas, so we can shed some light on this conundrum and help you make the best choice for your home comfort future.

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Have You Had Your Fireplace Professionally Cleaned? Here’s Why to Schedule It

February 21st, 2022
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You might think that a natural gas fireplace is as durable as a heating system gets. Fireplaces can last for many years, and since most people who have a fireplace in their home use it mostly for atmosphere and additional warmth rather than as a main source of heating, fireplaces don’t see the same level of use as furnaces or boilers. They also don’t burn wood and therefore don’t produce creosote, soot, ashes, and other byproducts that make regular cleaning so critical for wood-burning fireplaces. In fact, one of the reasons most people prefer gas fireplaces is they don’t require daily cleaning and maintenance. 

But gas fireplaces do require professional maintenance and upkeep on a regular basis, and if you don’t have an annual cleaning and inspections for your fireplace Campbell River, BC, it could turn into a costly problem—and the fireplace might even become unsafe. We offer gas fireplace cleaning and maintenance, and we’ll explain below why you should make this a regular service in your home. 

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The Big Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning

February 7th, 2022
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The ductwork inside the walls and attic of your house is probably filled with dust and debris. You won’t necessarily know this because it’s hard to see the inside of the ducts. But those dirty ducts will have a negative effect that can create serious problems for your comfort and your bills.

We recommend that our customers schedule duct cleaning every three to five years. If you haven’t had duct cleaning in more than five years, or you’ve never had it done before, it’s a great time to call us for this service. Curious about the benefits of duct cleaning? We’ll explain more below.

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