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What Is Refrigerant, and What Does It Do?

August 12th, 2019

close-up-view-of-refrigerant-lineRefrigerant is a necessary component of your air conditioner. Your unit has an evaporator coil that evaporates the excess moisture in the atmosphere, along with the heat, using the refrigerant. The heat energy transfers to the refrigerant which cycles through the system to the condenser coil which will deposit the moisture and heat. This is the gist of the cooling process.

Sounds simple, right?

Well, when it comes to AC repair in Frisco, TX, the type of refrigerant can make a huge difference in both cost and environmental impact. If you encounter a refrigerant leak in your system, these differences can become monumentally important when it comes to the lifespan of your air conditioner.

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Keep a Fresh Filter in Your Air Conditioner!

July 29th, 2019

man-with-filterIf there is one single step that you can take to keep your air conditioner in Plano, TX, in the best working condition possible, then it is definitely scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance. If there is one single task that you can handle on your own to help your AC succeed, then it is definitely changing your air filter.

Yes, really. It’s that important.

While your air filter will be changed during your annual AC tune-up, it is important to remember that once a year just is not going to cut it. Your air filter will typically need to be replaced every 1-3 months, depending upon a number of different environmental factors. Failure to keep a fresh filter in place can have much more serious consequences than other homeowners realize.

In today’s post, we’ll clarify precisely what this standard air filter in your AC does, and the risks of failing to keep a fresh filter in your home cooling system.

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Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains

July 15th, 2019

pipe-flowIf there is a single plumbing problem that we can pretty much guarantee that every homeowner will encounter at some point,  then it is definitely the clogged drain. Just because clogged drains are inevitable doesn’t mean that you have to actively help them to form, though. If you think you’re not contributing to the drain clogs in your house, you’re probably being overly confident.

In today’s post, we are going to look at some of the basic precautions that you can take to avoid clogged drains in Plano, TX. We’ll also let you know why you should contact a professional plumber on our team if and when you do run into drain clogs. It is not a problem with as simple a solution as you may believe. Whatever it is that you need to get the most out of your plumbing system, you can count on our team to do it right. 

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Why You Should Never Skip Your AC Tune-Up

July 1st, 2019

AC-technicianWe get it. You know that technically your air conditioning system is ready for a tune-up. However, you also know for a fact that your air conditioner is functioning just fine as is. So—why bother with a tune-up? Sure you can wait until—

We’re going to jump in and stop you right there. The fact of the matter is that, regardless of whether or not your air conditioner is functioning at the moment, it needs annual maintenance. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Once a year. Every year. That’s the schedule that you need to stick to. And with good reason.

Air conditioning maintenance in Frisco, TX, is all about preventing problems from developing. Not addressing existing problems. That’s repair, not preventative maintenance. If you want to keep problems with your air conditioner to a minimum—and no amount of prevention is going to eliminate the risk of problems developing entirely—then routine maintenance is the answer.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Short Cycling?

June 17th, 2019

AC-toolsIf you’re asking yourself “what is short cycling?”, then this is the blog post for you!  Short cycling is a problem that affects many air conditioning systems. The good news is that short cycling does not always mean that there is a serious problem with the system.

The bad news is that sometimes, it does.

This highlights the importance of scheduling your air conditioning repairs in Sherman, TX, with skilled, trained professionals. It’s not just about resolving the problem the right way, the first time. It’s about accurately diagnosing the problem to begin with. If you want to know for certain that your technicians will get to the bottom of the situation in order to get your AC  back on track fast, then our number is the one to call.

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3 Signs of Main Water Line Problems

June 3rd, 2019

underground-pipeIf your main water line stops supplying water, your quality of life is going to suffer. Just think: your home’s access to clean drinking water is reduced or cut off entirely. Your ability to shower, wash the dishes or the clothes, clean, and cook are all going to be heavily hindered.

While it’s difficult to prevent these kinds of problems from happening, the next best thing you can do is have them fixed as soon as possible. That will ensure that no more money is needlessly spent on leaking water or on water damage.

If any of the following signs apply to your home plumbing system, you might want to call up a plumber in Plano, TX for a professional opinion.

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The Most Common AC Issues After Winter

May 20th, 2019

ac-maintenance-techniciansWinter is over, and those hot temperatures are gradually starting to roll back in… soon it’ll be time to break out the air conditioner!

But hold on just a second. You wouldn’t go run the 100-yard dash right after sitting on the couch for 5 consecutive hours. In a way, that’s what you’re asking for your air conditioner to do when you turn it on after the long winter break.

When homeowners turn on their air conditioners for the first time after winter, here are some of the problems they tend to develop:

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Got a Loud Air Conditioner? Here’s Why

May 6th, 2019

loud-noisesDoes it feel like your air conditioner is particularly loud?

Many homeowners might assume it’s just their imagination, or that the problem will go away. In truth, a loud air conditioner is actually a valid concern. It could mean the AC was not properly installed. Or if the loud noises started happening only recently, it could be due to a number of issues in the ducts.

Either way, we’ll help you get down to the bottom of it. It’s important to have it checked in case it’s something worthy of needing attention from an expert of air conditioning repair in Frisco, Texas.

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Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

April 22nd, 2019

water-heater-inspectionA good water heater will last you just over 10 years. However, that time can be shortened if your water heater’s tank develops a leak. There’s no way to patch up a leak in the tank, so your only option is a complete replacement—that’s a cost that no one wants to be surprised with.

But don’t fret—leaking doesn’t always guarantee a replacement. We’ll go over the different kinds of leaks your water heater can develop, the causes of leaks, and what you can do to minimize the risks.

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There’s More to Ceiling Fans Than You Think

April 8th, 2019

ceiling-fanWhen you think of a ceiling fan, you’re not thinking of something as high-tech or as powerful as a dedicated air conditioning system. And we’re not going to try and tell you that a ceiling fan makes a great substitute for an air conditioner—you simply can’t compare the two.

However, the mistake many people make is in assuming that a ceiling fan is, indeed, supposed to be used as a substitute for air conditioning. In reality, there are much more effective uses for a ceiling fan. Here are just a few of them:

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