Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Refrigerant Leaks Need to Be Fixed ASAP

Monday, July 8th, 2019

service-timeWe want to preface this blog post by saying that all air conditioning problems are serious. All air conditioning problems require prompt attention. Not all air conditioning problems are necessarily equal, however. Case in point: the refrigerant leak. No AC issue is a welcome development, but few strike fear into the heart of the AC user quite as much as the refrigerant leak. The reason for this is quite simple. Refrigerant is what makes cooling your home possible.

If you have any reason at all to believe that you’ve got a refrigerant leak in your air conditioning system, then you need to schedule air conditioning repair in Middletown, DE, immediately. The longer that you wait to do so, the greater the risk of serious damage to your home cooling system. Of course, before you can schedule your refrigerant leak repair services, you first need to recognize that you’ve got a refrigerant leak! Read on to learn more about potential warning signs.

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Why Your AC Might Shut Down

Monday, June 24th, 2019

air-conditioning-repairThe modern residential air conditioning system is a complex piece of refrigeration equipment. Any type of complex machinery is in danger of breaking down at some point, no matter how well it was built or how well it is cared for.

Does hearing this make you worried about your AC’s performance this summer? If you’ve kept up with annual maintenance for the system, you probably won’t run into any problems—but there’s never a 100% guarantee the air conditioner won’t shut down on you during an extremely hot day.

When you have an AC that won’t start, you may need an HVAC company in Middletown, DE to repair it. In some cases, the problem is simple and you can get the AC running yourself. We’re going to look at some of the reasons your air conditioning system may shut down, and which of them will require calling pros to fix the AC.

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Is It Time to Replace My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 10th, 2019

trane-condenser-backyardAs the summer starts, you may have concerns about the performance of your air conditioning system and whether it’s better to have a new one installed this year. You may have noticed the AC didn’t work as well as you wanted last summer, or perhaps you think that the unit is old enough that continuing with repairs will be a bigger money drain.

We’re glad you’re turning over these ideas in your head, because it shows you’re paying attention to your home’s air conditioning in Dover, DE. It’s smart to keep a watch on an air conditioner so you can have problems dealt with before they become even bigger problems—such as an emergency breakdown during one of the hottest days of the summer.

The best way to answer the question in the title is to call our professionals to consult with them about your AC’s future. Below we’ve given you some of the major warning signs of an AC ready to retire so you’ll have a better idea of what job you’ll need our technicians to do.

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3 AC Problems You Can’t Ignore

Monday, May 27th, 2019

ac-repairIf there was an air conditioner that never developed problems, we’d be the first ones to tell you about it. Until that time comes, of course, you’ll just have to rely on some good old fashioned air conditioning repair and maintenance services.

It’s also important that you don’t ignore repair problems when they do arise. Down below, we’ll list three in particular that you should never ignore.

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What’s the Deal With Smart Thermostats?

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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Smart thermostats are all the rage… Yet, it’s not as if “dumb” thermostats are going obsolete. In fact, we’ll be the first ones to tell you that a programmable thermostat is all you need to run your air conditioner efficiently.

But that’s not to say programmable thermostats are infallible. There’s a lot you’re missing out on by not using a smart thermostat (in particular, we’re talking about money).

In this post, we’ll go over what the deal is with smart thermostats and why upgrading to one is a worthwhile air conditioning service in Maryland.

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Why You Shouldn’t Start Your AC Without Maintenance

Monday, April 29th, 2019

ac-maintenanceAfter last year’s summer began to cool off, there was finally a day that was the very last. Without your realizing, there was one day of the season that became the last day that you used your air conditioner.

Since then, your air conditioner has had plenty of time to collect dust—and we don’t just mean that figuratively.

If your AC has developed any issues over the winter, the best thing you can do is refrain from using it until you’ve had it tuned-up. Instead of waiting just before the summer returns, however, you can get that maintenance check out of the way anytime before summer.

Here are some reasons why that’s a good idea:

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AC Maintenance: Get it Over With!

Monday, April 15th, 2019

more-ac-problems-more-moneyHave you heard about the countless benefits of air conditioning maintenance? Did you know that getting air conditioning maintenance makes your AC more efficient? Makes it less likely to develop repair issues? Makes it last longer, in general?

We’ve found that the average homeowner has no problem understanding these benefits of AC maintenance. Rather, the problem is that they just never get around to scheduling it! We don’t blame you, of course—it’s just part of human nature. It’s the same reason why so many people only go to the doctor after they start having problems.

That being said, here’s our take on why AC maintenance should be done now instead of later:

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3 Causes of Compressor Failure

Monday, August 6th, 2018

compressor-in-outdoor-unitAn easy way to understand the purpose of refrigerant in your air conditioner is by comparing it to blood in the body. The refrigerant flows through the AC system, changing from a gaseous state to a liquid state, and leaves your home nice and cool as a result. Without the perfect amount, the system (or body) will fail to operate properly. However, this phase change is impossible without the compressor, the component that pumps the refrigerant through the system. In this analogy, then, the compressor is the heart. Likewise, a broken compressor won’t be cheap to fix. Before it gets to the point that you need to call an AC repair service, you can first look out for the symptoms of compressor failure as explained in the causes below.

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Say Goodbye to Hot Spots in Your Home

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

couple-satisfied-with-temperature-recline-on-white-couchAre there some rooms in your home that always seem several degrees warmer than the rest of the house? Rooms upstairs and those facing the sun throughout the day usually get it the worst. In the HVAC industry, we actually have a term for those rooms: hot spots.

A basic air conditioning system won’t immediately fix hot spots, which can be frustrating. The last thing you want to do, though, is lower the AC further to try and beat the heat in those rooms. It’ll probably work, but now the other rooms in the house will be way too cold. Plus, you simply shouldn’t have to use more energy than you really want to.

There are two solutions for hot spots, one for each type of air conditioning setup: Duct and ductless systems.

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How AC Maintenance Saves You Money

Monday, June 11th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairSummer’s here, and you’ll be running your AC more than ever. This also means your monthly electric bill is about to go up too. This doesn’t mean, however, you must resign yourself to paying any more than necessary. Even if your AC system is running fine, you can still reduce your monthly bill through a regular maintenance schedule. Sounds good? We’ll go through the hows and whys below to explain how investing a little in your AC system now can save you more money over the long haul.

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