Collier's Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

FAQ: Major AC Problems That Require the Professionals

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Homeowners are often scared of touching their furnaces or boilers because of how dangerous they can be- but as with any HVAC machine, there can be dangerous problems with your air conditioner as well! Often not as explicit, because let’s face it, a machine that cools is a lot less dangerous than a machine that heats things up. (Nobody is every scared to touch their freezer, but they’d be crazy to touch their stovetop!)

Dangerous problems from an air conditioner can be a lot more insidious than your boiler or furnace. Problems like refrigerant leaks, mold, and an overheating compressor, can still cause major health problems for you and your family if you’re not careful. If any of these problems sound remotely familiar, contact air conditioning service in Syracuse, IN as soon as possible.

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If My Compressor Burns Out, Should I Replace the Whole AC?

Monday, August 19th, 2019

compressorThere are a lot of issues that homeowners may encounter with their home cooling systems. It’s unfortunate, but it’s just a fact. There is no way in which you can make any air conditioning system 100% reliable. Routine maintenance will get you as close as possible, but even that can’t guarantee a problem-free lifespan. All this being said, there are certainly some problems that are more serious than others. Compressor burnout is up there at the top.

If your compressor burns out, you are definitely dealing with a major issue. Before you start jumping to worst-case scenario conclusions, though, you really need to take a step back and assess the situation as a whole. Some folks will tell you that replacing your entire air conditioning system is your only option in this scenario, but that’s not really true. So read on, and remember that we’re here for all of your air conditioning services in Syracuse, IN.

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Why Are My Cooling Costs So Much Higher Than Normal?

Monday, August 5th, 2019

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Now that we’re entering the late summer, you’ve had a chance to look over a few months of utility bills with the electrical costs of the air conditioning on them. Have these bills been much higher than what you’re used to? Can you think of a reason why this might be, such as more people in the home, fewer days on extended vacations, or anything else? If you can’t identify the cause of this increase in the cost to cool your home, the issue may be with the air conditioner itself.

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Ice on Your AC? No, That Shouldn’t Be There

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

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This is a topic we need to talk about with all homeowners who have a central air conditioning system. It’s a topic people often misunderstand, and that leads to them failing to call for the AC repairs they need in time. Ice on an air conditioning system indicates that something is wrong—it may be a minor repair issue, or it may be a serious malfunction that puts the entire cooling system in jeopardy. The only way to know for certain is to call HVAC repair technicians.

Okay, let’s get into the “ice on the AC” confusion and why it’s trouble.

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How You Can Cool a Big House Without Using Ducts

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Oh dear. You’ve got your eyes set on a nice old home that is within your budget and suits your needs and desires perfectly. There’s only one problem. It is not set up with a central air conditioning system, and you have no interest in dealing with hauling window units around before and after each hot summer season. Guess the hunt for the perfect home continues, eh? Actually, there is another option to consider.

With a ductless mini split HVAC system, you don’t need air ducts at all in order to enjoy whole-house cooling—or heating, for that matter, but more on that momentarily. Before we go any further, let us just remind you that even the best ductless system is going to fail to impress if not installed and serviced by a skilled, trained professional. That is why you should choose to work with our team.  We’re the HVAC company in Syracuse, IN, that you can trust for a job well done.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Hard Starting? We Have the Cure

Monday, June 24th, 2019

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You’re probably familiar with a car that’s hard starting. Think of a winter day when it takes a few tries for the motor in your vehicle to finally turn over, making a real struggle to get the “juice” it needs to come to life.

The same problem can occur in a central air conditioning system. A powerful motor runs the compressor that’s at the heart of the AC. Sometimes, this motor will have trouble getting started because it’s not drawing enough voltage or it can’t overcome resistance. The same way you don’t want a car to hard start, you don’t want an AC to hard start either. It means too much stress put on the compressor motor and may eventually lead to this vital part of the system burning out. Replacing a compressor is expensive, and often it’s better to put in a completely new AC system (new outdoor condenser and indoor evaporator coil) than get a new compressor.

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Get Your Commercial HVAC System Checked Before Summer

Monday, June 10th, 2019

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The first official day of summer is coming up soon, and the hot weather is beginning starting to settle in. If you have already arranged a maintenance check for your home’s air conditioning system with Collier’s, that’s fantastic. But if you also own and operate a business in Northern Indiana, have you made the same arrangements for its air conditioning system? If you haven’t, you can rely on our team at Collier’s to take care of this as well for you. We are proud to provide service for commercial HVAC in Syracuse, IN!

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Changing the AC’s Air Filter—Some Tips

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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In our last post, we went over a few steps to take before your air conditioning system in Fort Wayne, IN gets down to the serious work of handling the summer heat. One of the most important of those steps is changing the HVAC air filter for a clean one. A clogged filter causes a slew of problems, from increases in utility bills to a drop in airflow through the ventilation system. It can even cause the AC to trip a circuit breaker.

But we only spent a paragraph on the air filter in that post. Here, we’d like to go into greater detail and offer some tips for the proper care of the air filter.

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Before You First Turn on the AC …

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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The warm weather is on its way! Soon, you’ll be turning on your home’s central air conditioning system and keep it running for a few hours (at least) during the day.

But wait—before you adjust the thermostat to activate the air conditioner, there are a few steps to do and checks to make. We recommend you do them at least a few weeks before you anticipate when you’ll start using the AC. You may need to schedule air conditioning repair in Plymouth, IN before the season starts, and now is a good time to find out if you do!

Follow the steps below to help your air conditioner have the best possible start to the summer.

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New HVAC Installation Time? Consider Zone Control!

Monday, April 29th, 2019

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Spring and early summer is the best time to arrange for big HVAC services in Plymouth, IN, such as installing a new air conditioner. Contractors’ have less packed schedules at this time and can easily arrange for a consultation and convenient appointment to have the installation done.

Since you have a bit more time to think about how you want to upgrade your HVAC system with a new installation, here’s something we recommend considering: zone control.

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