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Why You Should Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance This Spring

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

No one wants to deal with the hassle of air conditioning maintenance appointments. There is a common, if exaggerated, perception that they can be inconvenient, expensive, and generally unpleasant. That desire to avoid unnecessary discomfort has led many people to neglect their air conditioning maintenance until a problem presents itself. Unfortunately, that tactic does little in the way of actually saving time or money. In fact, it often ends up costing more money in the long run, when parts need to be replaced that could have been saved with maintenance. Let’s take a look at why air conditioning maintenance is so important, and why you should schedule it this spring.

Prevention vs. Cure

The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies to air conditioning maintenance just as well as anything else. Regular preventive maintenance allows your HVAC technician to identify and fix any developing problems before they have a chance to cause a complete breakdown. By waiting to have a professional examine your system until something breaks, you are ensuring that it will be more expensive to fix. Though you should not ignore any repair needs that crop up, you certainly should not eschew preventive maintenance until your system stops working.

Why Spring Maintenance Is Preferable

The best time to conduct preventive maintenance on any system is right before you plan on using it more often. With air conditioners, that ideal time is in spring. By scheduling your annual air conditioner maintenance appointment during the spring, you are ensuring that your system will be ready for the increased strain of summer. If you wait to conduct maintenance until some other time, you may end up having your air conditioner break down in the middle of summer. You don’t want to wait around for an HVAC technician to arrive in the middle of a hot summer day with no air conditioning, do you? Spring maintenance is the best way to make sure that doesn’t happen.

If you haven’t scheduled your spring AC maintenance yet, call Command A/C. We provide air conditioning maintenance services throughout Anaheim, CA.

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Reasons to Install a Heat Pump for Home Heating

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Heat pumps are a fairly new, and very effective, method for home heating. Though they are still not well known among many homeowners, they are gaining more and more popularity across the country due to the unique advantages they offer. If you have never heard of heat pumps, read on to find out why they’re such a great choice for home heating.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a heating system that does not use combustion of any kind. That is, it doesn’t burn fuel to create the heat that it uses. Instead, it takes preexisting heat from the surrounding environment and transfers it into the home. It is actually very similar to an air conditioner, the difference being that air conditioners transfer heat out of your home while heat pumps transfer heat into it.

A heat pump has two main parts, an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The two units are installed inside and outside the house, respectively, and connected by refrigerant and power lines. When the heat is turned on, the outdoor unit evaporates refrigerant in a coil to draw thermal energy out of the air. The refrigerant gas then travels down the refrigerant line with the thermal energy, and into the indoor unit. The indoor unit condenses the refrigerant gas back into a liquid, releasing the thermal energy into the home.

Benefits of Installing a Heat Pump

The number one reason that people install heat pumps in their homes is because they are energy efficient. By using preexisting heat instead of burning fuel, a heat pump has to expend far less energy to accomplish the same amount of heat output. A heat pump will quickly pay for itself through saving money on your heating bills.

Heat pumps are also safer than combustion systems, which produce toxic combustion gases by burning fuel. A heat pump only uses electricity to operate, so there is no need to worry about things like carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you’d like to know more about heat pumps, call Command A/C to speak with one of our specialists today. We provide heat pump repair and installation services throughout Anaheim.

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What to Check if Your Furnace Isn’t Lighting

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Usually, your heating system is rather reliable, so it can be frustrating when your furnace suddenly stops working. If you get no heat at all from your furnace, it usually means that the burners aren’t lighting up in the first place. Repairs are usually a job for professionals, and most experts don’t recommend that you attempt to check inside the unit on your own for your safety and because there are so many parts that it can be difficult for a homeowner to understand what exactly has gone wrong. But there are a couple of things you can check before calling for furnace repair.

The Thermostat and the Circuit Breaker

The one part you should always check first is the thermostat. This may seem obvious, but professionals often arrive to a home only to find that a child has changed the programming or that the thermostat has accidentally been switched into cooling mode. Try turning the temperature a bit to determine if the heater is working at all. But keep in mind that if you have to set the thermostat to a very high temperature before it finally clicks on, you’re not in the clear. Something is causing your unit to run incorrectly and it must be addressed before the parts become too worn down.

You can also try checking your fuse box or circuit breaker. Modern gas furnaces still rely on electricity to start up, and you may only need to reset a tripped breaker or replace a blown fuse.

Call for Repairs and Schedule Regular Maintenance

When an examination of the thermostat and the circuit breaker doesn’t yield any success, calling a technician is your best bet. It may turn out that a small part like the flame sensor needs replacement or cleaning, or that a larger problem requires you to replace your unit. But it’s better to know about the problem now than attempt to fiddle with the system on your own only to have it fail again soon.

Scheduling regular maintenance is also recommended to keep your furnace running as it’s supposed to and prevent burner problems from occurring. With furnace maintenance, a technician will clean the burner, the flame sensor, and any other part that could cause the unit to stay turned off or to run inefficiently. The professional will also inspect the unit and make any necessary adjustment.

Call Command A/C today to schedule a standard maintenance visit or to see an expert for more information regarding our furnace repair service in Anaheim.

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How Faulty Thermostats Affect Your Air Conditioning System

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Your air conditioning unit is an investment, and when you turn it on, you expect to forget it’s a hot day in Anaheim. So when your air conditioning won’t run properly, you may worry about costly repairs. While this is a definite possibility, one surprising reason you may need repairs is a faulty thermostat.

An air conditioning technician is the best person to determine what the source of the problem is. However, here are some of the ways a faulty thermostat could affect your air conditioning system.

System Won’t Start or Is Hard Starting

Of course, you know to call a technician when there is no cool air coming from your air conditioning, so that you won’t have to deal with the summer heat. But did you know that the thermostat may actually be at fault, even if it appears to be on? If your system won’t switch on at all, it is very likely that the thermostat cannot properly sense the temperature in your home. The thermostat tells your system when to turn on and off, so when a sensor inhibits this process, your AC will not know when to run. Similarly, a faulty sensor may cause the condenser unit to turn on and off repeatedly, also known as hard starting.

Inadequate Cooling

If you receive inadequate cooling from your AC system, but it is still blowing air, it could signify a variety of issues, including low refrigerant levels or blocked airflow. However, it may mean your system has trouble sensing the correct temperature or reading the desired setting on your thermostat. If you use a manual thermostat and your home always feels too hot or too cold, it may be because it is often difficult to set the temperature accurately with this kind of display. You may consider a new digital thermostat instead, which will also allow you the freedom to set the temperature to change automatically at certain times of the day.

At Command A/C, we can set you up with a new digital thermostat that won’t cause you as many problems as a manual thermostat might. Call us today for AC repair in Anaheim.

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Causes of Reduced Cooling Power in Your AC

Friday, June 27th, 2014

People flock to Anaheim from all around the world for the summer season, where we enjoy warm weather that manages not to edge into the extremes of Los Vegas, Phoenix, or Santa Fe. However, it can still get hot, and if you have an air conditioner that begins to show signs of wavering in its steadfast task of keeping your home cool, you need to call for professional repairs immediately before you lose your valuable cool air.

There are a number of reasons that your air conditioner can start losing its cooling ability. Our staff at Command A/C is familiar with all these causes of reduced conditioning power and they know how to fix them. For all your needs for AC repair in Anaheim, CA, count on our outstanding service.

Here’s Why You Might Be Losing Cooling Power from Your Air Conditioning System

  • Clogged air filter: This is the #1 reason that ACs can start to struggle, and fortunately it is easily preventable. The air filter is designed to protect the interior of your air conditioner’s evaporator cabinet from contamination that enters through the return vents. The filter traps debris and allows the air to pass through. Over the span of a month, the debris trapped in the filter will build up to the point that it will choke off airflow. Reduced airflow means reduced cooling power. Change the air filter once a month during the summer and whenever else you use your air conditioner on a regular basis. If your cooling does not recover after changing the filter, call for repairs.
  • Loss of refrigerant charge: The refrigerant that cycles through an air conditioner remains at a set level known as its “charge.” Refrigerant does not dissipate or get used up during normal operation; however, leaks can cause the charge to drop, and when that happens the system will struggle to absorb the same level of heat that it once did. A decrease in refrigerant charge will also cause damage to the compressor, which can overheat, so call for repairs immediately that will seal the leaks and recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.
  • Impaired outdoor fan: The exterior fan plays an important part in the heat exchange cycle that cools down a home. It draws warm outdoor air across the hot refrigerant in the condenser coil, which allows the condenser to release heat to the outdoors, and then the fan vents away the heat. Should the fan malfunction (due to damage, broken motor, broken fan belt), the refrigerant will not release sufficient heat and then will be unable to absorb as much heat from the indoors. You should always leave the job of repairing the fan to professionals.

The best way to avoid AC repair in Anaheim, CA is with regular maintenance. Call Command A/C today and sign up for our Ultimate Service Agreement, which will deliver you two precision tune-ups a year (one for your AC, the other for your heater) as well as preferred service scheduling and a 15% discount on all service repairs. You can rely on us for all your air conditioning and heating needs.

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Your AC Needs Repairs: Is It the Thermostat?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

One of the reasons you should always leave air conditioning repair jobs to licensed and trained professionals is that often it’s difficult to tell exactly what in an AC system has failed and requires fixing. Central air conditioners are complex devices that consist of multiple systems working together, and failure in one of them can affect the others. Your home’s air conditioner consists of the condenser, the evaporator and air handler, the ventilation, and the thermostat.

It’s the last of these that concerns us here. A malfunction in the thermostat can lead to problems elsewhere in the air conditioner that resemble major mechanical or electrical failures. When you call for air conditioning repair in Anaheim, CA because your AC either won’t turn on, won’t turn off, or cannot deliver the expected amount of cooling, one of the first things the technicians will check when they arrive at your house is the thermostat. Sometimes it will only take some rewiring and re-calibration to fix the trouble—although there are times when it’s advisable to replace an old thermostat with a new one.

At Command A/C, we are familiar with the ways that a malfunctioning thermostat can cause trouble. When you call us, we will quickly get to the bottom of the problem and restore your cooling.

Thermostat Issues That Will Affect the Entire AC

The most common trouble that afflicts thermostats is temperature reading miscalibrations. When the sensors in the thermostat start picking up readings either above or below the actual temperature, it will result in the air conditioner turning on and off at incorrect times. This will lead to energy waste and discomfort. Fortunately, this is a simple fix for AC technicians. If you have an older manual model thermostat, you may consider updating to a more precise digital model.

Wiring failures are another frequent issue with thermostats. Most thermostats use a set of five wires to communicate with the air conditioner, and each wire takes care of a single task. Losing a wire connection can result in AC fans and a compressor that won’t start or stop. These often resemble problems within the air conditioner, but will only require the technicians to fix the wiring problems in the thermostat.

Perhaps the biggest problem that a thermostat can have is poor placement within a house. If a thermostat is located in a spot where it encounters direct sunlight, exposure to drafts, or is placed too far from the center of the house, it will pick up “ghost readings,” false temperature recordings that will lead to erratic AC behavior and uneven temperatures. Usually, the thermostat will need to be moved to a better location to fix the problem.

Although thermostat repairs are frequently easier than other major issues with an AC, the malfunctions will cause larger problems to develop if left without attention. Whenever you sense that you need air conditioning repair service in Anaheim, CA, do not hesitate: call Command A/C right away.

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Condenser Repair Issues with your Air Conditioning System

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Living in California means you really put your air conditioner to work, particularly during the summer months. When your unit works hard, it will start to see normal wear and tear. One of the components that can be affected by normal wear and tear is your condenser. If you have any concerns about the operation of your air conditioner, schedule professional air conditioning repair service in Anaheim with Command A/C.

The condenser is the part of the system that releases heat. The condenser consists of heat coils, fins and a fan, and if any one of these parts becomes damaged or broken, it can affect your whole air conditioning system. There are a number of things that can wrong with the condenser unit of your air conditioner:

  • Condenser fan won’t start
  • Condenser fan runs very slowly
  • Fan is making noises, such as ticking, clicking or buzzing
  • Fan blades get loose, start to wobble or become bent
  • Fan blades fully separate from fan motor
  • Fan won’t stop running
  • Coils are dirty
  • Coils have ice on them
  • Low refrigerant causes condenser to operate poorly
  • Bent fins

The first thing to know about any air conditioning repair is that it should be done by a trained professional. Why? Your air conditioner is a complex mechanical device; it runs on electricity and has refrigerant going through the entire system. This can create a wide margin for error and potential injury. Second, knowing what symptoms to look for can help your specialist pinpoint the problem faster. Here are a few symptoms that may indicate a poorly-running/broken condenser:

  • No air flow
  • Warm air flow
  • Significantly decreased air flow
  • Clanging or clunking noises (from fan)

How can your condenser contribute to or create these potential problems? Let’s start with the condenser fan.

The condenser fan blows the heat from the condenser coils into the air, helping the coils cool down. If the fan is malfunctioning, or not running at all, the heat transfer process can get interrupted, which can then affect the temperature of the air flow. Now let’s move on to the fins of your outside unit.

Outside air enters your AC system through the fins. Even though the fins are metal, they are easily bent. If they become bent, they can have a slowing-down effect on the airflow of your system because air is not getting through them. This can potentially slow down the airflow in your entire system.

Lastly, if you are hearing clanging or clunking noises coming from the area around the condenser fan, a blade may have become bent or loose. It is important to get this fixed as it has the potential to turn into a more serious problem.

Call an Expert Today

If you suspect that your air conditioner’s condenser may need repair, call Command A/C and let one of our trained technicians conduct your air conditioning repairs in Anaheim.

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