Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling Blog

Factors to Consider When Installing a New Air Conditioner

October 16th, 2017

air-conditioning-tool-bagWe’ve still got a little while before the weather starts to consistently cool off. That means that you’re probably still going to need an air conditioner to keep your home cool during that time. If your air conditioner has failed, or you have some other reason to install a new air conditioning system, you should be sure to consider a number of factors first. You don’t want to install a brand new system, only to find out that it isn’t suited for your home situation. Have a look at some of these factors, and why they’re important.

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Problems That can Lead to Air Conditioner Replacement

October 2nd, 2017

air-conditioning-tool-bagAir conditioners can be afflicted by all kinds of issues over years of use. Some of these issues are minor, like a clogged air filter, and can be remedied without even necessarily involving professional technicians. Others, like short cycling, are very serious threats to the system that require immediate professional assistance. It’s important that you be able to tell the difference between these two classes of air conditioner issues, and that you know when to call for repairs. Let’s go over a few of the more serious problems that can lead to replacing your entire air conditioner if you’re not careful.

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Low Air Conditioner Output, and What Causes it

September 18th, 2017

air-conditioning-tool-bagLow output is a common indicator of a problem with your air conditioner. Typically, it’s the first one that homeowners notice. If your air conditioner output is low, the first thing you should do is call for professional repairs. While you’re waiting for your HVAC technician to get there, though, have a look at some of the possible causes for low air conditioner output.

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Common Air Conditioning Problems to Watch for

September 4th, 2017

air-conditioning-tool-bagSummer continues to scorch the region. We’re willing to bet that you’re probably relying on your air conditioner for most of the daylight hours to keep your home comfortable. Of course, more demand means more strain on the system, which means a higher chance for problems to develop. It’s a good idea to be aware of the common problems that can affect an air conditioner, so that you can call for repairs as soon as you start to see warning signs. Let’s have a look at some of the common air conditioning problems that you might have to deal with this summer.

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Why is My Air Conditioner Making Odd Noises?

August 21st, 2017

air-conditioner-repairIt’s especially important that you keep an eye on your air conditioner during the summer, when strain on the system is at its highest. The added demand causes more wear and tear, making it more likely that problems of various kinds will occur. You can reduce the chances of a problem cropping up by scheduling preventive maintenance for your air conditioner every spring. However, that’s never going to be 100% effective. If and when a problem does occur in your air conditioner, you need to be able to quickly identify it so you can have it repaired. The faster you get it repaired, the more damage you can prevent and the better off it will be. One of the easiest symptoms of an air conditioner problem to recognize is the presence of odd noises. Let’s go over some of those noises now.

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Let’s Find Some Ways to Save on Cooling Costs in Late Summer

August 7th, 2017

air-conditioning-plastic-grillAs we move into the last part of summer (wow, August already?), it’s a good time to make sure that we don’t slip into bad habits with air conditioning. We know it’s easy to start leaving the AC running more than it should because we’re simply sick of the heat. But late summer is an important time to be vigilant about air conditioning use: not only will this help keep utility bills under control, but it can prevent unnecessary repair calls and help extend the cooling system’s service life.

Here are some tips for reining in the high costs of air conditioning in Dunwoody, GA during the late summer season:

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Ductwork Problems? Go Ductless for Your Air Conditioning!

July 24th, 2017

ductless-wall-unit-blowing-airDucts are such as standard part of central air conditioning (as well as heating) that people take it for granted that they have to be there. If someone asks you to picture a central air conditioning system in a home, what do you see? Chances are high it’s a network of metal and flexible plastic ducts branching out from an indoor evaporator unit and reaching out to each room.

There’s no question that using ducts to distribute cool air around a home is effective. But it isn’t the only option for central cooling. If the only alternative to a ductwork system that you can think of is using ugly and inferior AC window units, we have good news for you: the ductless mini split system. We’ve talked before about the reasons to install a ductless AC, but we’d like to go into more detail here. Specially, we want to look at how ducts really can be a serious problem for an air conditioner—and why taking them out of the equation is helpful in many ways.

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Air Conditioning Tonnage: What It Means

July 10th, 2017

question-mark-badgeIf you have an old air conditioning system that just isn’t handling our Georgia summer weather the way it should, it’s time for a new air conditioning installation. The way to do this is to contact our team of HVAC professionals. You not only want our skill to put the new system in place, you want us to select a system with the right tonnage for your house.

Wait, what does tonnage mean?

This is a question people often ask when they hear about the type of AC their home needs. It’s a confusing term because it doesn’t have anything to do with how much the air conditioner weighs. If our technicians tell you that your house requires a 4 ton air conditioning system, we’re talking about the cooling power of the new unit, not its gross weight.

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Condensate Drain Troubles with Your Air Conditioner

June 26th, 2017

condenser-units-behind-fenceIf you’ve lived for any period of time in Atlanta, you know how humid it gets here—especially in the summers. This can cause some troubles for air conditioners, particularly with the condensate drain. This is a part of an AC that often runs into malfunctions over our humid summers, and our technicians are skilled at handling air conditioning repairs in Marietta, GA to fix drain troubles.

What Does the Condensate Drain Do?

If you stop to listen to the operation of your air conditioning system, you’ll occasionally hear the sound of water dripping inside the unit. This is water condensing inside the air conditioner as part of the cooling process—and the reason an air conditioning system must have a condensate drain.

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Ice on the AC Coil: Is That Normal?

June 12th, 2017

frost-on-windowCustomers trust our HVAC technicians to give them expert advice when it comes to their air conditioning equipment. A question we sometimes hear is whether it’s normal for ice to form on the indoor coil of an air conditioning system while it’s running during summer.

We understand why people might believe a frosty AC is normal. They feel chilled air coming from the vents, and what’s more natural than to have ice involved in the process? One of the ways to rig up a simple cooling system is to place a bowl of ice in front of a fan; wouldn’t it make sense for an air conditioner to work in a similar fashion?

The answer is: no it isn’t. Ice on an air conditioner coil is a symptom of a problem with an air conditioner—possibly a major one—that requires air conditioning repair.

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