AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Pooler’

Is Your AC Still Using R-22?

Monday, May 24th, 2021

If you read that title and you’re thinking to yourself, “what the heck is R-22?” then this is the blog post for you! Homeowners with a trustworthy team of professionals on speed dial don’t really need to worry about the specifics of refrigerant in their system. However, the more homeowners know about the refrigerant their AC is using, the more likely they are to make a good financial decision going forward.

Today, we’re going to talk about the difference between R-22 refrigerant and R-410A. Since one of those types of refrigerant have been phased out since 2020, things could get extremely expensive for certain homeowners if they’ve got an old or outdated system.

Air conditioning in Pooler, GA doesn’t have to be complicated. Make sure you call our team with any questions you might have, or if you think your AC is ready for an upgrade.

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Which Furnace Is Your Home’s Best Choice?

Monday, November 27th, 2017

man-servicing-furnace-techThere are fewer purchases more frustrating than those requiring you to replace household fixtures like heating, air conditioning, and plumbing systems. These are typically known as “distress purchases” because they tend to be made at a point of emergency, like in the middle of winter when you’re stuck without any heat.

Hopefully, you have a bit more time so that you can consider all of the options and features in a furnace we detail below. There is no one “right fit” for every home, so consider your unique needs and check out our guide.

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How Home Heating System Maintenance Protects You

Monday, October 30th, 2017

furnace-maintenance-repairWhen we explain the importance of home heating system maintenance to homeowners, they often tell us it has never occurred to them to schedule it before. We know about the importance of vehicle maintenance—changing the oil, checking the tire pressure, etc.—because we learn about it in drivers’ education classes, and because there are hundreds of store fronts in your area advertising the best deals.

When it comes to heating and air conditioning maintenance, it’s more difficult to see the importance. Having someone come into your home, make adjustments, and inspect your system—is this really necessary for the wellbeing of your system?

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The Heat Pump: An Efficient Choice for AC in Warmer Climates

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Heat pumps are highly recommended for homeowners across the country looking to install a new air conditioning system. But they are particularly useful for those in the warmer areas of the U.S. Heat pumps can help you save money year round, not just in the summer, but they work best in warmer climates. That’s because heat pumps use the energy in the air around them to operate. Let’s take a closer look.

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What Kind of Repairs Should I Expect for a Geothermal System?

Monday, March 10th, 2014

One of the major advantages of having installation of a geothermal heat pump in your home is the incredible longevity of these systems. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the indoor elements of a geothermal system can last 20+ years, while the in-ground coils (the most expensive part of installation) can last 50+ years. That’s an enormous amount of time for you to get the full benefits of the energy-efficient performance of geothermal power.

However, durability doesn’t mean invincibility, so you can expect occasional repair needs for your ground source heat pump. Here are some repairs you might encounter from your system. Call on experts in geothermal repair in Pooler, GA when you need assistance: look to AAction Air, where our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day.

Some geothermal repair needs you might have

  • Leaks in the pipes: The underground pipes that run through your property, carrying the crucial water and antifreeze mixture needed for heat exchange, rarely develop leaks (unless they were poorly installed). But accidents from extreme weather conditions, construction, or age can still lead to leaking, and this will cause your indoor heat pump to lose efficiency. A technician can put a dye into your system and then trace where it emerges on the surface to find leaks. This allows the least amount of excavating necessary for repairs.
  • Broken reversing valve: If your ground source heat pump seems to only provide heat when need cooling, or vice versa, the problem could be refrigerant leaking… but it could also be a failed reversing valve, which means the refrigerant going through the heat pump will only go one direction and therefore you cannot switch between modes. Thankfully, this repair requires no digging: the technician needs only open up your indoor unit and replace the broken reversing valve.
  • Replacing the indoor heat pump: We mentioned above that the indoor unit has a lower life-expectancy than the in-ground elements. Normally, “replacing the heat pump” for an air-source heat pump wouldn’t count as a repair, it would be a full new heat pump installation. With geothermal, however, the underground coils will remain in place, and the unit that contains the air handler, compressor, and reversing valve is replaced if it has worn down too much. You can expect this repair to happen eventually—but with proper annual maintenance it should be many years off.

Make sure you take excellent care of your geothermal heat pump so that the repairs you do need will be few and far between. When it is time for geothermal repair in Pooler, GA, contact our experts at AAction Air.

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Air Conditioning Repair FAQ: Why is My System Icing Up?

Monday, May 13th, 2013

We need our AC systems for a lot of the year in Savannah, GA, so it’s important to take note of any problems, and to call for repair as soon as possible. One of the most common air conditioning problems  we see  occurs when your evaporator coil ices up. There are various reasons for frost in the system, and we’d like to review some of them in this post. Remember, there’s no substitute for professional service, so when you need Savannah, GA air conditioning repair services, make sure you call a certified technician at  AAction Air.

Here are a few possible reasons for your system icing up:

  • Clogged air filter: Your air filter is designed to prevent the accumulation of dust and debris on AC system components. Such materials can negatively affect the effectiveness and efficiency of your cooling system. The air filter is therefore a vital preventive measure. But when it becomes clogged, it becomes an obstruction. By blocking the cool air that the air handler emits, the cool air becomes trapped within the evaporator and this can quickly cause the coils to freeze over. Remember to check your air filter about once a month during peak cooling times to ensure that it’s not causing any airflow problems.
  • Duct leak: Your cooling system relies on the integrity of sealed ductwork to distribute the conditioned air throughout your home. But when there’s a duct leak, it can cause a system imbalance. Depending on where the duct leak is, it may lead to ice building up on your coils as a result of high humidity.
  • Low refrigerant: Your AC relies on the efficiency of the refrigerant cycle. Your outdoor compressor pressurizes the refrigerant and sends it through the coils. This process relies on a specific amount of refrigerant to function properly. When your refrigerant is low, typically caused by a leak, it can cause your system to work harder and this system imbalance may cause your coils to ice up.

There are still other reasons for your system icing up, including high humidity levels that can overwhelm your air conditioner. For exceptional Savannah, GA air conditioning services, call the experts at AAction Air Conditioning & Heating today! 

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Air Conditioning Basics: What is an Evaporator Coil?

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Enrolling in a routine maintenance program, or taking care of that strange noise before it becomes a major problem, are both important things you can do for your air conditioning system. But it’s also important to know a little bit about your AC: how it works, what it’s made of, and what are its different components. We enjoy informing our clients about the air conditioning basics. In this post, we’d like to explain what an evaporator coil is, and what it does in your cooling system. For more information, or to schedule a Savannah air conditioning service, call AAction Air today!

An evaporator coil is typically a pyramid-shaped unit that is made up of copper coils and aluminum fins or grilles. It is located indoors in your air handler. It facilitates an important aspect of the refrigerant cycle. As the refrigerant condenses in the outdoor unit back into a liquid, it is pumped by the compressor through the expansion valve, which controls the rate of refrigerant entering the evaporator coils. The evaporator coil works by evaporating refrigerant, which causes it to absorb heat as it cools your indoor air. This heat is then sent to the outdoor unit, and the cycle continues.

Your evaporator coil is just one part of the refrigerant cycle, but it’s incredibly important. However, it can develop problems, as with any mechanical component. For example, if you neglect to change your air filter regularly, or if your ductwork becomes blocked with debris, then your evaporator coil can actually frost over. Because the cooled air has nowhere to go, it sits in your air handler and disrupts the cycle of evaporation and condensation.

For more information about your evaporator coil and how its operation impacts your comfort, get in touch with your local Savannah air conditioning technician at AAction Air today!

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Air Conditioning Installation: Choosing the Right System

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

When you purchase a high-quality air conditioning system from a trusted, established manufacturer you are taking the first step towards ensuring your comfort throughout the long, hot summer months. Choosing the right air conditioning system for installation in your home, however, can be a challenge in and of itself. If you are unsure about what you should be looking for in your new AC, call the Savannah, GA air conditioning installation experts at AAction Air. We are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule service.

One of the first decisions that must be made about your new air conditioning system is what size that system must be. Even the best air conditioners will fail to keep your home comfortable if it is not properly sized for your home. Only a qualified air conditioning installation professional can determine what size your air conditioning system must be to maximize efficiency and performance. If it is too small it will struggle to maintain comfortable temperatures. If it is oversized it will short cycle frequently, increasing the risk of damage.

You must also consider the pros and cons of different systems and decide what your air conditioning priorities are. Traditional central air conditioning systems are a very popular home cooling option. They are extremely effective and can be quite efficient. However, they depend on a ducted forced air system to distribute conditioned air throughout your home. If you do not have an existing ductwork system you may want to consider a ductless mini split system instead. This type of system does not require the installation of bulky ductwork.

Many homeowners these days are concerned about the impact that their air conditioning system may have on the environment. A heat pump or geothermal air conditioning system is a great way to reduce the amount of energy that you use to cool your home. This also helps cut down on energy costs.

Whatever decision you make about the type of air conditioning system you purchase, the advice of a qualified professional is very valuable. Before scheduling your Savannah, GA air conditioning installation, call the technicians at AAction Air. We’ll make sure that you make the right decision for your home.

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Air Conditioning Guide: Air Conditioning Sounds That Could Mean You Need Maintenance

Monday, April 15th, 2013

If your air conditioner has begun to make strange sounds, especially banging, popping, and rumbling, then that may be a sign you need to schedule maintenance or repair service. Call AAction Air for AC maintenance in Savannah, GA today. An AC technician will perform a full inspection and cleaning of the various parts of your air conditioner, and will also advise on component replacement options, if necessary. For air conditioning service in Savannah, GA, call AAction Air.

As the cooling season rapidly approaches, make sure your air conditioner is working correctly. In order to get the best cooling performance from your AC system, whether it’s central forced air, ductless mini split, geothermal, or solar, taking heed of the warning signs is an essential part of maintaining your system. If you notice any of the following sounds, call AAction Air in Savannah, GA to schedule an inspection.

  • Increased AC volume. If your outdoor AC unit has become significantly louder over the years, this may be part of its general wear and tear. Excessive noise, though might indicate a problem with the condenser, which can grow to be very loud, even when fenced in. If you know that your unit is new, then it is possibly the compressor, which pressurizes the refrigerant. In either case, call a professional air conditioning technician to get it looked at.
  • Whistling. That irritating high-pitched whistling emitting from your ductwork often indicates air escaping from somewhere within the cooling system. Have your ducts checked by an air conditioning specialist. Problems with your ductwork can reduce the efficiency with which your air conditioner operates.
  • Humming. If there is a persistent humming sound emitting from your unit, combined with starting problems, then this could indicate a bad capacitor. This mechanical issue needs to be taken care of promptly, before it can take a significant toll on your entire cooling system.

If you hear strange and unusual sounds such as these, or any others, you may need to schedule repair for your Savannah, GA air conditioning system. For more information, or to schedule service, call AAction today.

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Air Conditioning: Cooling Your Home Efficiently

Monday, April 8th, 2013

As the temperature begins to rise in Savannah, GA, homeowners are looking for ways to make their air conditioning more efficient. As the ratio between energy input and cooling output, efficiency is a complex measurement that depends upon the condition and quality of your AC unit itself, ductwork, home insulation, and other factors as well. Cooling your home efficiently can therefore require several different aspects of the system working cooperatively. For a range of air conditioning services in Savannah, GA that can help improve efficiency, call AAction Air today!

Let’s take a look at some ways you can make sure that you’re cooling your home efficiently:

  • Clean or replace your air filter. While this is one of the easiest ways to improve the efficiency and performance of your air conditioning, it is often overlooked. Routine inspection of your air filter during peak usage times will probably reveal it to be covered in dust and debris. This eventually begins to hamper airflow, and if it becomes clogged, then it can actually damage your system.
  • Enroll in a maintenance program. It’s never too early or too late to enroll in a program of routine maintenance. There is no substitute for professional care. A biannual or annual visit offers comprehensive inspection and cleaning services. It will help you improve your energy efficiency as well as extend the life of your air conditioning system.
  • Upgrade. If you have to repair your air conditioner frequently, or if it is getting older, you should consider upgrading to a more recent model. Doing so can often make much more financial sense than continuing to repair an obsolete model. By investing in your future cooling comfort with a new central air or ductless mini split, you can ensure that your money is well spent.

These are just a few of the many ways to improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner for this upcoming spring and summer months. To learn more about air conditioning efficiency in Savannah, GA, call the experts at AAction Air today! 

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