Signs of a Bad Thermostat

July 29, 2021

Your air conditioning system’s thermostat is an essential component of its operation. Most thermostats last between seven and 10 years. However, as they start to go bad, there will be a few key signs that will let you know it’s time to replace your existing thermostat. AC Constantly Running One confusing sign of a bad thermostat is a constantly running air conditioning system. If you have your air conditioning system set to auto or run mode where it’s only supposed to kick on when the indoor temperature gets above what your desired interior temperature is, your

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Get the Most From Your AC This Summer

July 19, 2021

The summer should be relaxing and enjoyable, but a broken air conditioner can ruin it. Getting the most from your air conditioner takes more than just knowing how to turn it on. Here are some ways you can help it run better and keep your utility costs down. A Little About Your System Before looking at how you can improve your system’s performance, take a few minutes to learn how it works. This extra knowledge helps you understand why these tips work, and may help you implement them even more. On the surface,

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AC Vacation Settings

July 12, 2021

Summer means it’s time to go on a much-awaited family vacation. Before you leave for your trip, it’s important that you make sure you have your house in good order. You don’t want to come back from your vacation to a house that is too hot. Among the essential things that you have to get right before leaving is setting your air conditioning. You are likely wondering—what do I set my AC to before I leave for vacation? At Gallagher’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we receive numerous phone calls from our customers asking this question. We

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How To Keep My Home Cool Without Air Conditioning?

June 29, 2021

As the days start to get hotter, people are looking for ways to remain comfortable indoors without having to solely rely on an AC unit. You may be trying to save on electricity costs or not have the space to install an air conditioner. Perhaps your existing AC unit is broken or not producing enough cool air? Regardless, there are many ways to keep your home’s indoor space cool and comfortable. Keep reading to learn about 15 ways you can lower your indoor temperature. 1. Install Blinds Windows are responsible for letting in around 25%

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How Does Central Air Conditioning Work?

June 16, 2021

The summers in northern California are an amazing experience but still need the relief of an air conditioner. However, keeping that air conditioner running can seem stressful when you don’t understand how it works. Learn how your central air keeps your home cool, and what you need to know to get the most from it. Circulating Air The first thing to know about any HVAC system is that it depends on its ability to circulate air. But the circulation doesn’t only include what flows through your system. Your circulating fan draws air in

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How To Clean Air Conditioning Unit

June 6, 2021

When the springtime air starts to fill your home, it can invigorate your desire for that much-awaited home maintenance. One of the biggest tasks on your list is likely cleaning your centralized home air conditioning system. By having the right strategy to follow, you can make the cleaning process smooth and easy this year. Start by Collecting the Proper Tools It’s never a good idea to just jump into your springtime air conditioner maintenance without taking the time to collect the proper tools. If you do, you’ll likely find yourself running back

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How Many Watts Does an Air Conditioner Use?

May 24, 2021

HVAC systems help to keep things running smoothly in the home: They keep everyone in the home feeling comfortable, reduce the amount of humidity in the air, help to heat or cool the home and help to promote healthy airflow. It’s no wonder they require a great deal of electricity. The size, type and age of an air conditioner determines how many watts per hour it uses. Small air conditioners can use as little as 500 watts while larger air conditioners can use 3500 watts. Given that air conditioners can use so much electricity, it’s wise to make sure they’re

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell?

May 14, 2021

Many people use their air conditioning units to cool their living spaces as the weather outside warms up. Therefore, you need to ensure your AC system is working well before the onset of the hot summer months. One of the problems you might notice once you switch on your AC for the first time is unpleasant odors coming from the system. Several causes might be the main culprit, and knowing the exact reason why your air conditioning system is emitting funny smells can help you determine how to eliminate them. Below are common AC odors, what each means, and how

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Why Do Air Conditioners Freeze Up?

May 7, 2021

It may seem a bit odd that your air conditioner freezes up. After all, they work on the hottest days of the year. This doesn’t stop the freezing issue. So long as the root cause of freezing isn’t addressed, you will still have problems. As long as the AC unit is running, it can create ice. While this may seem like a good thing, a frozen air conditioner will not cool your home. How Air Conditioners Work The first factor to understanding why an AC freezes up is knowing how it should be working. Air conditioners

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What Are The Major Parts of an Air Conditioner?

April 26, 2021

Air conditioners cool your home to comfortable levels in summer. In winter, you set the air conditioner to low and use it to reduce the humidity in your home. Basically, the system replaces the hot air in your home with cool air. This air is blown over chiller pipes by a blower fan. Inside these pipes is a coolant fluid that flows from inside your home to the AC outdoor unit. The chiller in your AC works the same way as the one in a refrigerator. When the air blows over the chiller pipes, the pipes cool that air, and

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