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Help! I’ve Got Hot Spots!

August 14th, 2017

Service-timeWhen you cool your home, it is not enough to do a decent job of it. You want your entire home cooled effectively, and that means that you’ve got to cool your entire home evenly. Unfortunately, this is something that homeowners sometimes struggle to do consistently. So what’s the problem? Well, as is the case with so many AC issues, there are a number of potential answers to that question. That is why working with professional AC repair technicians is so important.

If you are not able to cool your home evenly, then you simply are not going to be able to live in the level of comfort that we know you deserve. Do not tell yourself that it is normal to have hot spots throughout your home. This is only “normal” if you are not normally able to cool your home successfully! Working with our technicians can help you to avoid the inefficiency, discomfort, and system strain that can result from hot spots.

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Beware These Ominous AC Noises

July 31st, 2017

An air conditioner unit outside a brick home in a residential neighborhood. The air conditioner is in a back yard in the hot summer season.The best way to prevent the costliest of air conditioning repairs is by scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance before summer even begins. If you skipped it this year, however, that’s okay—it’s not too late to schedule a tune-up with us and sign up for our comprehensive AC maintenance program.

Even with maintenance, however, there is always a chance that you may need Des Moines, IA air conditioning repairs at some point—after all, no home comfort system lasts forever! Your air conditioner is really no exception, with a limited lifespan of which when it nears the end, it’s a good idea to look into the possibility of a replacement. When the time comes, we can help you determine whether repair or replacement is the better option. In the meantime, beware of these noises, and be ready to call in a professional when you hear them.

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Is There Ice on Your Air Conditioner?

July 17th, 2017

AC-technician-workingIf so, then we have something to tell you — this is a bad sign! Yes, your air conditioner has one job and one job only: to cool your home. However, there is a major difference between a home cooling system and a freezer. While you may look at an air conditioner with ice on it and think it is just working a little too effectively, the fact is that ice on any air conditioning system is a sign of trouble.

The good news is that not every problem causing an air conditioner to ice over is going to be very serious. The bad news? At least one of them is. When it comes down to it, no matter what is causing this ice to form on your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA, acting quickly to resolve the problem is definitely in your best interest. Here are some potential causes of the problem. Remember, our technicians are always here to help. 

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Surrounded By Water?

July 3rd, 2017

woman-with-fanThere are certain air conditioning problems that, while inconvenient and annoying, are not exactly surprising or perplexing. A system that is blowing lukewarm air, for instance, or an AC that is making strange, loud sounds. These are not very surprising problems for such a system. What may be surprising to discover one day, though, is the fact that your air conditioner appears to have a sprung a leak and is now surrounded by a pool of water. What’s so surprising about this? For starters, the fact that your air conditioner does not actually use water in its operation.

Now, if you were to call us and tell us that your system is surrounded by water, we would not insinuate that you are mistaken or that you are pulling a prank on us. This problem can and does develop with air conditioners — it’s just not exactly the result of a leak as you’d normally define it. If your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA is leaking water, here are a few potential causes. Contact us with any questions that you may have.

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Why Opt for Ductless Cooling?

June 19th, 2017

ductless-blower-and-remoteHomeowners today do not lack for options when it comes to the way in which they choose to cool their homes. This is a good thing, but the sheer number of options can also prove a bit overwhelming for homeowners. If you are ready to replace your air conditioner due to a breakdown, or if you think this is the curtain call for an existing system and are looking forward to replacing it in the fall, keep ductless mini split systems in mind.

Ductless air conditioning systems have much to offer homeowners, and much to recommend them. While a ductless mini split may not be right for every home or every homeowner — no system is — they can benefit certain homes and homeowners in many different ways. Keep the following information in mind, and let us know if you are ready to start using a ductless air conditioner in Des Moines, IL.

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Never Leave a Dirty Filter in Your AC

June 5th, 2017

man-holding-air-filterOnce the heat of the summer season is upon us, you are going to want to flip on your central air conditioning system or heat pump and cool the air in your home effectively, reliably, and efficiently. This is not going to be possible if you fail to schedule the routine air conditioning maintenance service that your system needs in order to excel in its operation, though. Enrolling in our maintenance program makes it easy to ensure that your air conditioner is prepared for the work that lies ahead, year after year.

However, there is one aspect of air conditioning maintenance that really cannot wait a full year between being completed. That is the act of changing your air conditioner’s air filter. These filters typically require changing every 1-3 months, and cannot sit in the system until our technicians come out for yearly maintenance. While the bulk of your AC maintenance in Des Moines, IA must be left to trained professionals, this is one simple task that you can handle on your own to great benefit your comfort and your air conditioner itself. 

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Should I Replace My Water Heater?

May 22nd, 2017

tank-water-heaterThe water heater in any home, regardless of occupancy numbers, does an incredible amount of work throughout the year. Unlike a system such as your heater or air conditioner, your water heater in Des Moines, IA does not have an off-season. Your water heater not only provides hot water for your showers and cleaning, but also for those other appliances — dishwasher, clothes washing machine — that require hot water in their operation. It is a big job, and today’s water heaters are manufactured to ensure that they stand up to the task.

Great as many of the water heaters on the market today may be, though, there is not a single water heater out there that is perfect. All water heaters will require repairs from time to time, and your water heater is going to need to be replaced eventually. When should the replacement happen, though? After all, you don’t really want to wait for your system to break down entirely before replacing it, do you? Here are some tips to help you decide if your water heater has reached the end of the line.

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Common AC Problems: Blowing Warm Air

May 8th, 2017

rising-thermometerWhen the heat of summer is at its worst, you need your air conditioner to really step up to the plate and keep your home cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, there is no way in which to guarantee that it is always going to be able to do so. All mechanical systems, including air conditioners, are subject to occasional operating problems. These issues are most likely to present themselves just when you really need your AC the most, so learning to recognize potential signs of trouble is very important.

Shy of a complete system breakdown, an air conditioner that is blowing warm air is probably the clearest sign that something is wrong with the system. If your AC is blowing warm air, there are a number of potential problems that could be causing the issue. Not all of them are serious, but there is a possibility that you are going to need professional AC repairs in Des Moines, IA. If you do, make ours the number that you call.

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Do I Need Professional Air Conditioning Repairs?

April 24th, 2017

AC-unit-outdoorsDuring the hottest time of the year, you really need your air conditioning system to step up to the plate and to cool your home effectively and reliably. While we would love to install an air conditioner for you that is guaranteed to work properly at all times, this is simply not possible. While investing in quality equipment and having that equipment regularly tuned up by trained professionals will help you to get the best cooling experience you can, no air conditioner is perfect.

That is why you really should learn how to spot the signs that you need air conditioning repairs in Des Moines, IA. You see, the fact that an air conditioner is operational does not mean that it is operating properly. Most problems will not result in an immediate breakdown of your air conditioner. However, they can do very serious damage over time if given the chance. When it comes to repairing your air conditioner, swift action is always best.

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Are You Ready to Replace Your AC?

April 10th, 2017

question-markDon’t let this post get your hopes up too much. It is still going to be a while yet before your air conditioning system is put into regular rotation. That is precisely the point, though. It only makes sense to replace your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA before you really need it to be there for you, right? If you wait until the summer season to get underway before replacing your system, then you risk a period of discomfort while you wait for your new AC to be up and running.

At the same time, we fully understand that a brand new whole-house cooling system is a major investment for most homeowners. That is why we are here to help you decide if the time is right for a full replacement. Following are a few points of consideration to keep in mind when weighing your options. Just remember that the fact that your AC can be repaired and kept running does not meant that it should be.

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