How R401A and R22 Are Different and Why It’s Important

September 12, 2022

Like many homeowners in Sacramento, CA, you’ve probably heard of the forthcoming change in residential AC refrigerants. In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out the use of R22. The first step in this phase-out was to outlaw the production of new air conditioners that rely on this refrigerant. As of January 2020, R22 can no longer be legally produced within the United States, and the importation of this refrigerant has been outlawed as well. If you haven’t started doing so already, now is the time to learn more about R401A and its effectiveness as a replacement for R22.

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Will a Home Warranty Plan Cover My HVAC System?

September 5, 2022

Home warranty plans can be a smart financial investment and one that has the potential to save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. While you will have to pay a monthly or yearly fee for the warranty, just like any other insurance coverage, it can be well worth it by ensuring you are covered if any issues arise. Most of these plans are designed to cover things that your homeowner’s insurance policy does not, such as your major appliances or your home’s plumbing and electrical systems. Depending on your specific policy, a home warranty may also cover some or

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Is It Safe to Use a Pressure Washer on My Air Conditioning Unit?

August 18, 2022

Every spring and fall, Sacramento residents should clean their air conditioner’s coils. This includes removing fallen debris, cleaning dust, and removing pollen buildup. The unit could be damaged if your AC coils do not have the proper airflow. However, you may wonder if power washing your AC unit is safe. Why You Should Never Power Wash Your AC Unit Let’s admit it, using a power washer can be fun. However, when it comes to cleaning your AC unit, it can also be hazardous. Power washers or pressure washers create thousands of PSI of water pressure.

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Is It Easy to Replace a Central Air Conditioning Unit’s Capacitor?

August 14, 2022

In the Central and Northern Sacramento Valley, we rely upon our air conditioning systems to get us through about April until October without any hiccups. You might have watched some videos and read some articles online to try to figure out the problem you are experiencing with your air conditioning system. The videos may refer to a failed capacitor and show you how to replace it. They will usually say that you can try replacing the capacitor as a first step in trying to solve your cooling issue. Please read the entire article before you attempt this repair.

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Which AC Unit Will Be More Efficient? Choosing Between a Mini-Split and a Central AC Unit

August 6, 2022

Choosing between a mini-split unit and a central AC unit can be confusing for many people. Mini-splits are designed to work without ducts, and they can offer flexibility that central air units do not have. However, the primary question most people have when they start looking for new AC units is about efficiency. To find out what will be most efficient for your building, you’ll need to look at a few things. One important aspect of the overall energy efficiency equation per building is the actual energy rating on the individual unit you are looking at.

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The Best Time to Have a New HVAC System Installed

July 15, 2022

When the heating and air conditioning system in your Sacramento, CA home reaches its lifespan or has a major component failure, it’s time to plan for a new one. You may also want to replace your HVAC unit under other circumstances. Let’s take a look at the best time to have a new HVAC unit installed so that you can optimize your comfort and save money. Major HVAC Unit Component Failure Most of the time, heating and air conditioning systems operate effectively without any issues. However, skipping an annual tune-up, operating the system with a dirty

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9 Common Issues Associated With Air Conditioner Compressors

July 15, 2022

A compressor is the heart of your air conditioning unit and an expensive component in the cooling cycle. Your AC unit’s compressor keeps your living space comfortable and cool during the hot summer by transforming power into energy. The role of this device is to circulate refrigerant through your air conditioning unit. Compressors can last between 10 and 15 years with proper care and maintenance. However, failure to service your air conditioner can lead to increased wear and tear. Debris, dust particles, or refrigerant leaks significantly impact the performance of your cooling unit’s compressor. You have

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Easy Ways to Make Your AC Unit More Energy Efficient

July 7, 2022

On average, the American home spends about $2,200 a year on energy bills, with about 42% of that going to heating and cooling. If your AC unit is outdated, inefficient, or improperly sized for your home, those costs can be even higher. With the current high cost of living, it has become increasingly important to make sure that your AC unit is as energy-efficient as possible to help save you money. But, before you can start implementing energy-saving strategies, you need to know some signs of an inefficient AC unit. Rising Energy Bills

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What Is the Lifespan of an HVAC?

June 20, 2022

It’s only logical to get the most out of your HVAC system, given that it’s a substantial investment. An often-asked question by homeowners is, “What is the expected lifespan of an HVAC system?” There is no specific response to this question since the longevity of your system is determined mostly by how you maintain it. Typically, you will find that some brands last longer than others. Your HVAC System’s Lifespan A typical HVAC system can last for 15–25 years, depending on several factors. It’s also important to keep in mind that the longevity of

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Everything You Need to Know About Static Pressure in Your HVAC System

June 12, 2022

There are many factors that affect the overall health and efficiency of the HVAC system in your Sacramento, California home. However, static pressure easily ranks among the most important. This is the measurement of resistance to airflow within your heating and cooling system’s ducting. When static pressure is at the perfect level, you’ll enjoy lower home energy bills and increased home comfort. Your HVAC equipment will also last longer and have fewer problems. Following is everything you need to know about static pressure, including how it’s measured, what happens when it’s off-balance, and how to avoid common issues in this

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