Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Poor Cooling From Your AC in the Fall? Here’s Why

Monday, October 7th, 2019

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headOrange County only gets a small amount of relief from the heat in October. We can expect to have weather hovering in the 80s on many days this month. You’ll give your air conditioner a few small breaks, but you’ll think about the system less and less. Because of this “fall mindset,” you may not pay much attention to drops in cooling levels around your house.

If you notice a change in the volume of cooling from your AC or rooms that are warmer than they should be when the air conditioner is running, you may still need to schedule air conditioning service in Irvine, CA to have it fixed. Keep in mind, we can always have spikes in heat in Orange County at any time of the year—you want an AC you can always depend on!

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Air Conditioner Hard Starting? Get It Fixed!

Monday, September 9th, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitYou’re probably familiar with hard starting in vehicle engines. You turn on the ignition in an old car, and the motor grunts, grumbles, and struggles before it starts. This happens more often in colder climates than ours, but everyone knows what a hard-starting engine sounds like.

An air conditioning system can also hard start, although it makes different noises. Buzzing and humming sounds from the outdoor condenser cabinet indicate the compressor in the AC is fighting to get started. An air conditioner making a general racket when it turns on is probably hard starting.

And if your home’s AC is hard starting, don’t let it continue!

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Reasons Your AC Keeps Tripping Its Circuit Breaker

Monday, July 29th, 2019

installer-stripping-wireOne of the first things we recommend people check when their air conditioning system suddenly stops working (fans, compressor, all of it) is to check the electrical panel. The circuit breaker to the air conditioning system may have tripped and cut off the electricity. Resetting the tripped breaker will restore the AC to normal working order.

But what if this keeps happening? If you’re often walking to the electrical panel because the AC once again shut itself off, there’s something wrong. It might be with the electrical panel itself—if it’s an old panel, ask an electrician to look at it and determine it’s time for an upgrade. But it’s more likely you’re due for some good ol’ air conditioning repair in Irvine, CA from our skilled HVAC technicians.

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How Zone Control Works in an Air Conditioner

Monday, July 15th, 2019

inside-air-ductHere’s the standard way central air conditioners all used to work: the air conditioned by the evaporator coil is pushed into the ventilation system by the blower fan in the air handler, sending the air to every vent in the house. On the surface, this sounds like exactly what a central AC is supposed to do.

But consider this comparison: what if you turned on one light switch in your house, and instead of a single light coming on, all the lights in the house came on? That’s incredibly wasteful of energy. But this isn’t much different than turning on the air conditioner and having cooled air sent to every room, even if those rooms don’t need cooling because no one is in them.

This is where zone control HVAC systems make the difference. Zone control divides a house into different “zones” that can be cooled separately from the others. For example, there’s no need to cool empty bedrooms when everyone is gathered downstairs.

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Ways You Can Cut Down on Summer AC Costs

Monday, July 1st, 2019

air-conditioner-money-saverSouthern California summers are wonderful—and sometimes not so wonderful when the serious July, August, and September heat waves hit. Air conditioning systems run often during the middle of the year, and the drain they place on electricity means higher utility bills throughout the season.

There’s no way you can completely avoid a rise in electrical costs during summer—unless you never turn on the air conditioner at all, and you don’t want that. But there are ways to improve air conditioning system efficiency and cut down on unnecessary use. Those summer electric costs don’t have to be that high! We have advice on keeping summer AC costs within reason.

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AC Not Off to a Good Start This Season? Let’s See Why

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

air-conditioner-evaporator-coilThe first serious week of warm weather for the middle of the year in Southern California is a good time to watch carefully the performance of your AC. If the air conditioner is starting off with poor performance that doesn’t keep your home cooled down the way it should, you want to have the proper AC repair in Orange County, CA done right away. You can trust our experienced team to handle whatever you need. And that job starts out with discovering why your AC isn’t keeping up the way it should.

Here are a few of the most common reasons we find an air conditioner isn’t up to its job:

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Why Your AC Keeps Stopping and Starting

Monday, May 6th, 2019

ac-with-toolsAir conditioning systems get to work early in the year in Southern California. Unfortunately, that means they’re also likely to start showing signs of malfunctions earlier as well—extra time for the stress to set in.

The best way to help protect your air conditioning system is the have it professionally maintained before the hottest weather arrives. Even the best maintenance can’t stop all problems, and in this post we’re going to look at one of the major malfunctions you may run into that’ll require you call for air conditioning repair in Orange County, CA in early summer.

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Should I Put More Refrigerant in My AC Before Summer?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantIn our last post, we wrote about why it’s important to schedule air conditioning maintenance service before the summer weather arrives. There are many potential AC malfunctions a maintenance inspection can catch, and one of these is noticing that the pressure of the refrigerant in the air conditioner has dropped. This usually means a leak a sprung somewhere, allowing refrigerant to escape. If this is the case, your technician can patch up the leak and put in the amount of refrigerant that was lost to restore pressure. You can trust our technicians with these services for your air conditioning in Orange County, CA.

But what about routine refrigerant replenishing? Is this something to have done before the summer, just to give the AC a bit of a boost?

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AC Maintenance Is Always Smart in April

Monday, April 8th, 2019

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When is the best time for you to call up HVAC professionals to schedule air conditioning maintenance services? Choose one of the following:

  1. Any time before the summer weather arrives
  2. Any time during spring
  3. Any time as long as you don’t skip it for the year
  4. April

Although none of these answers is incorrect, (d) is the best answer, while (c) is the worst. Yes, you should have maintenance for your air conditioner each year, but it’s also best to have it done before the summer weather and during spring—and April is the best month of spring to have it done.

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The MVP Value Plans Help Your AC Each Year

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Maintenance-plans-logoAt Saddleback, we offer membership in our Member Value Program (MVP). We offer different program levels depending on your needs: a Plumbing Value Program, an HVAC program, and the ALL STAR Value Plan for Comprehensive Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing System Coverage. Of course, we recommend customers take advantage of the extensive ALL STAR Value Plan so they can have three major home maintenance services taken care of annually.

Right now it’s time to think about air conditioning maintenance in Orange County. There are few regular service jobs more important in our climate than ensuring cooling systems work at their best. Our hottest days are extreme, and even the milder summer weather puts a strain on central air conditioning in homes.

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