Command Comfort Blog : Archive for August, 2013

How Low Refrigerant Leads to Air Conditioning Repair

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

When you turn on your air conditioning system and it starts to cool your home one of the main reasons that it is able to accomplish that is because of the use of a refrigerant. We wanted to explain a little bit about how AC systems work and what can happen if your system has low refrigerant. Give us a call here at Command A/C if you need any kind of air conditioning repair services in Long Beach, CA.

How Air Conditioners Work

If you have a central air conditioning system then you likely have a “split” system which means that you have an indoor evaporator unit and a separate outdoor condensing unit. The evaporator is so-called because it contains the evaporator coils. Likewise, the condensing unit is called that because it contains the condensing coils.

These series of coils contain a compressed refrigerant. The evaporator coils get very cold and a fan in your home pulls in warm air from your home, passes it over the evaporator coils so that the refrigerant inside can absorb the heat from the air. The newly-cooled air is then pushed through your ductwork and into your home. The heated refrigerant is then circulated to the outdoor condensing coils where another fan blows outside air over the coils to exhaust the heat from the refrigerant.

You can see that if there isn’t enough refrigerant then your system could run into some serious problems. Here are a few of those problems:

  • Not enough cooling – If your AC system doesn’t have enough refrigerant then it won’t be able to absorb enough heat from your home. This will likely result in your home not getting cool enough.
  • Inefficiency – If there isn’t enough refrigerant in your home then your AC system will have to work harder to work with the amount that it has which will reduce its efficiency. If you notice that your energy bills are increasing even though you aren’t running your AC any more, it could be that you have low refrigerant.
  • Icing – Another common sign that you have low refrigerant is if your AC is icing up. You will likely notice it around the evaporator coils in the indoor unit.
  • Gurgling – If you hear your AC system producing a gurgling noise it could be that you have low refrigerant and the air bubbles in the lines are making that noise.

For any and all your air conditioning repair needs, contact the Long Beach, CA air conditioning professionals at Command A/C.

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How to Maintain Energy Efficient Cooling

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

We all want to be able to keep our homes cool while using as little energy as possible. But what can homeowners do to make sure that their AC and their home operates as easily as possible? Here at Command A/C we are dedicated to the comfort of our customers and to the quality of work that we do. We wanted to help our customers keep their homes working as efficiently as possible so we put together a quick explanation of some of the things that you can do to increase the efficiency of your home. Give us a call if you need any kind of air conditioning services in Orange, CA, like installation, repair or maintenance.

Orange, CA Air Conditioning Tips: How to Increase Efficiency

Check out a few ways that you can increase the efficiency of your home.

  • Get regular maintenance – Probably the best and easiest way for you to increase the efficiency of your home is to get regular air conditioning maintenance. As your air conditioning system operates it will naturally start to deteriorate and develop problems that reduce its efficiency. During regular maintenance visits, your technicians will look for any of those developing issues and repair them which could return some of that lost efficiency to your system.
  • Duct sealing – Energy star estimates that in the average household, up to 20% of the air moving through the ducts can leak out. Not only is this incredibly wasteful, but it could also reduce the comfort of your home. Getting your ducts sealed is a great way to reduce those leaks so that you can keep more of the cooled air that you’ve paid for in your home.
  •  Duct repair – In addition to leaks, your ducts can also develop many other problems like collapses, and kinks. If your ducts weren’t installed properly, there might also be unnecessary bends and turns throughout your ducts which can restrict the flow of air through the system.
  • Evaporator coils – In order to cool your home, your air conditioner pulls in warm air from your home and passes it over a series of very cold evaporator coils. These coils can become clogged with dirt, dust and bacteria which could restrict the flow of air through the system. Sometimes they can also get clogged with ice which would keep air from freely flowing through the system.

When you need any air conditioning services in Orange, CA, call Command A/C. We have years of experience working with all different types and brands of systems. We can fix any issue that you might be having so give us a call today.

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The Importance of Air Conditioning Maintenance in Cypress, CA

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Living in California is great for homeowners that enjoy the summer heat, but if you hope to make it through the summer comfortably you need an air conditioning system you can rely on. While purchasing a high-quality air conditioning system from a trusted manufacturer and scheduling your AC installation with a qualified professional is important, you must take further steps to get a quality performance. Contact the air conditioning pros at Command A/C today to schedule the air conditioning maintenance services in Cypress, you need to ensure you comfort this summer.

Professional air conditioning maintenance is absolutely necessary if you want to get the most efficient, reliable performance possible from your air conditioning system. An air conditioner in Cypress, CA will see a lot of playing time over the course of the summer months. This level of demand is going to take a toll on your air conditioning system, no matter how high end it may be. It is just the nature of any mechanical system to incur some general wear and tear.

This wear and tear can impede the efficient operation of your air conditioning system, forcing it to work harder than it ought to to keep your home comfortable. If even one component of your air conditioner is not operating properly then you cannot expect the system as a whole work at maximum efficiency levels. Routine air conditioning maintenance gives your AC maintenance technician the opportunity to inspect and tune up your system, addressing this wear and tear to minimize its impact on the efficiency of your system.

Routine Cypress, CA air conditioning maintenance is also a great way to reduce the risk of damage to your air conditioning system. The longer you allow your AC to operate in a compromised condition the more wear and tear it will experience. If you wait long enough this fairly minor issue can lead to some serious, costly problems. Schedule regular, professional maintenance to avoid any disruption to your comfort.

If you are ready to schedule professional air conditioning maintenance, call the Cypress air conditioning technicians at Command A/C today. We have the skill and training necessary to keep your AC operating properly. Let us help you cool your home with confidence this summer.

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Maintaining High Indoor Air Quality this Summer

Monday, August 5th, 2013

It is tempting, once the heat of summer really sets in, to seal up your home as tightly as possible and crank your air conditioning system up to high. In doing so, though, you risk reducing the quality of the air that your breathe in your home. At Command A/C we understand that the quality of the air that you breathe has just as big an impact on your comfort as the maintenance of comfortable temperatures. That is why the Cypress, CA indoor air quality specialists on our team have put together some tips for you to help maintain high indoor air quality this summer.

Living in California during the summer months means that you will be operating your air conditioning system pretty frequently. If you depend on a ducted, forced air distribution system to circulate cooled air throughout your home then you need to know that your air ducts are in good condition. Heat naturally moves to cooler areas, and when your air ducts are full of cooled air warmer air, and the pollutants therein, can make its way in through tears and leaks.

By scheduling professional duct sealing service in Cypress, CA with Command A/C you can increase energy efficiency while also increasing indoor air quality. We will make sure that your ducts are properly sealed to keep pollutants out. You want your air ducts circulating cool, comfortable air, not airborne pollutants.

Also, remember that ventilation is an important player in maintaining high indoor air quality. It is understandable that you want to cool your home efficiently, but do not keep your windows sealed up all season long. Doing so will result in stale, low quality air. Once the sun goes down shut off your AC for a few hours. Let the cool night air in and, if you have them, use your ceiling fans to circulate fresh air throughout your home. When the sun comes back up and begins to heat things up again, close your windows and pull your blinds to trap the cool air inside.

For more tips on enjoying high indoor air quality in Cypress, CA during the summer months, call Command A/C. We are happy to help you live more comfortably. Contact us today to schedule service.

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Duct Map Design for Duct System Install in Cypress, CA

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

airflow graph_instagramWith quality installation, comes quality design. Command A/C demo’d an old system and completed the duct map design prior to beginning our work on installing a 4ton duct system. The previous 4ton split system had duct work installed to only handle 670cfm’s. A properly installed 4ton duct system should be capable of distributing 1,600cfm’s. The previous installers obviously didn’t take this important fact into consideration. The client is very happy with the upgraded work and we are too!

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