Bud Matthews Services Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Reasons to Get Rid of the Old Window ACs

Monday, April 29th, 2019

old-window-unitCentral air conditioning systems started to become common for residential buildings in the 1970s. But many homes in the Durham area still rely on window units to provide their summer cooling. We recommend you have these window units replaced, either with a standard central air conditioning system (if you have ductwork in the house for it) or a ductless mini split system (a flexible option that makes it easy to transition away from window units).

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Is Your AC Losing Refrigerant? How to Tell

Monday, April 1st, 2019

air-conditioning-maintenance-technician-checks-mainfoldTo create lower temperatures indoors, your air conditioner uses the circulation of refrigerant, a chemical compound that can easily change between liquid and gaseous forms. As the refrigerant evaporates in the indoor coil of the AC, it absorbs heat and makes the air cooler. Then the refrigerant condenses in the outdoor coil, which releases the heat to the outside. This process is called heat exchange, moving heating from one place to another.

Without refrigerant, an air conditioner cannot carry out heat exchange, and that means no cooling. But that’s not the worst part! Without the proper amount of refrigerant, the entire AC is in danger of failing—usually permanently.

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We’re Ready to Inspect and Tune-Up Your Air Conditioner

Monday, March 18th, 2019

calendar-scheduling-bookLet’s all say a big “Hello!” to the official first day of spring, which is this week!

For HVAC technicians like us, spring has an important meaning—it’s the season of air conditioning maintenance! This is when we encourage all our customers to arrange for a visit from one of our technicians to put their ACs through the gamut of inspections and tune-ups that will help them perform at peak condition during the coming hotter mid-year weather.

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Sending the AC Off Right (Repair Anything That’s Wrong)

Monday, October 1st, 2018

autumn-backgroundI guess we gave the whole game away in the title! But you aren’t reading our blog for suspense thrillers with big twists at the end—you want to know how best to take care of your HVAC equipment, and we’re here to help. We’ll assist with any HVAC services in Hillsborough, NC you may need, including for your heating system. But right now, we want to concentrate on the air conditioner, which is coming to the end of its season of heavy work. The cool weather is coming, and it’s time to set up the winter vacation plans for the air conditioner.

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When Even the AC Is Too Hot: Why an Air Conditioner Overheats

Monday, August 20th, 2018

thermometer-going-redWith the weather so hot at summer’s end, everything is in danger of possibly overheating—including your air conditioner. Air conditioning systems are designed to operate in hot weather. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be much use to anyone. But the extra load of work, combined with all the strain and wear the AC has accumulated already during May, June, and July, can cause the motors or other components to overheat.

If your air conditioner stops cooling or its fan breaks, call for a Cary, NC, HVAC contractor to get the issue fixed. Any air conditioning technician worth calling knows all the different reasons why a cooling system might fail toward the end of the summer. Below we’ve listed a few of the most common ones that we see when we’re helping rescue ACs in August and September:

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The AC That Won’t Shut Off—Why Is This Happening?

Monday, June 25th, 2018

air-conditioning-grillHow much do you run your air conditioner during the summer? You might say, “All the time,” but you know that’s an exaggeration. On hot days it may feel like you have to keep the air conditioner’s compressor running continually to keep you cool, but the compressor of an air conditioner is designed to go through cycles as it lowers the indoor temperature to meet the setting on the thermostat. You should hear the compressor turn on and off a few times during a hot day.

If the air conditioning compressor really is running nonstop, then there’s something wrong with it. There are a range of possibilities, and we’ll look at a few of the most common. If you do need air conditioning repair in Chapel Hill, NC, you can reach our professionals 24/7 for the fast service necessary to get you cool again.

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Have You Scheduled Air Conditioning Maintenance Yet?

Monday, May 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantThe heat of summer is already here in May, with some days climbing into the 90s. Air conditioning systems across the state are already getting to work managing the comfort of homes. Your home is probably one of them.

Now be honest: Did you remember to schedule air conditioning maintenance in April? If you didn’t, don’t worry—you can do it now as well. But don’t hesitate any longer! Your air conditioning system, your budget, and your household will be better off once this essential annual tune-up and inspection is finished.

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Watch for Late Season Air Conditioning Problems

Monday, September 4th, 2017

air-conditioner-units-near-grassOur last series of posts have concentrated on plumbing issues and how our team of excellent plumbers can help you out. But we handle a wide variety of home services, and a service you may need us for during these last few official weeks of summer is help repairing your air conditioner. Your cooling system underwent a lot of stress this summer—one of the hottest on record for Durham!—and that can add up to an air conditioner that fails late in the season.

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Why Does My AC Cost So Much to Run?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

air-conditioner-money-saverHere in the deeps of summer in Durham is when we’ll rely on our air conditioning systems the most. You’ll expect to see an increase in your electrical costs when the AC has to spend extra time running in order to keep your house cooled down to a comfortable temperature.

However, do you think you’re paying more to run your AC than you should? Whether this is a new development or an issue you’ve always had with the system, it’s worth looking into. There could be some simple steps to take to fix the problem—or maybe you have a malfunctioning air conditioner that needs to be repaired. We’ll look at some of the possibilities below.

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Early Watch for Air Conditioning Repair Signs

Monday, June 12th, 2017

spinng-AC-fanIt’s already hot here in Durham, with temperatures climbing into the 90s during some days—and it isn’t even officially summer yet! We can expect many more blistering hot days to come, especially during July, which is only a month away.

You’ve got your air conditioning system running already, we’re certain of that. If you’ve had the system regularly maintained with annual inspections and tune-ups from professionals before the heat hits, the AC has a good chance of working through the season without encountering major malfunctions or a drop in efficiency. But professional maintenance can’t prevent all problems with an air conditioner, so below we’ve put a list of warning signs an AC may send out during this time of the year that it’s time to call us for air conditioning service in Durham, NC.

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