Archive for July, 2015

What Steps Are Involved in an Air Conditioning Maintenance Plan?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

If you own an air conditioner – and living in Portland, OR, you likely do – then it behooves you to schedule a maintenance plan at least once a year and maybe more often than that. These tune-up sessions will help prevent possible breakdowns by spotting big problems while they’re still small. In addition, a maintenance plan will help lower your monthly bills by helping you air conditioner function more efficiently. If you haven’t scheduled a maintenance session in a while, you should do so immediately. It will help it perform better and maybe cut down some of those high energy bills for the rest of the summer. Here’s a brief outline of the steps involved in an air conditioning maintenance plan: (more…)

Get Your Heater Checked Out Before the Summer Ends

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Homeowners in Portland, OR don’t usually think about their heaters in the summertime. Not when high temperatures and higher humidity rightly put the focus on air conditioning. But cool weather will be here before you know it, and before it arrives, it pays to make sure your heating system is ready. A maintenance visit from a trained technician can do wonders in that regard, and getting your heater checked out before the summer ends can ensure that the fall and winter months are problem free. (more…)

What Happens When Refrigerant Levels in My AC Drop?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Refrigerant is a vital part of the air conditioning process, but few people truly understand how it works. Ideally, your air conditioning system keeps it on a closed loop, and levels shouldn’t go down at all. This flies in the face of popular perception, which suggests that air conditioners consume refrigerant like a car consumes gasoline. Nothing could be further from the truth. Accordingly, if an air conditioning technician simple adds refrigerant to your system, he’s not fixing the problem. You need a trained professional to locate the place where it’s leaking and seal it before recharging refrigerant levels. Knowing what happens when refrigerant levels drop can help explain the process better. (more…)

3 Things to Look for in Your Duct Cleaning Service

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The ducts in your AC system move cool air from your air condition system into the various rooms and hallways of your house.  Over time, a certain amount of dust will build up in your ducts, spreading throughout your home to lower the quality of air, and even clogging the ducts themselves in the worst cases. Here in Portland, OR, you can find plenty of companies that will clean the ducts for you. But before you pick up the phone, make sure you have the right team for the job. Here are 3 things to look for in your duct cleaning services: (more…)