Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Do You Really Need to Change Your AC Air Filter?

Monday, June 21st, 2021

outside-unit-of-air-conditionerThe short answer to this question is, “yes,” but don’t worry, we will elaborate below…

Many homeowners don’t realize the true nature of the standard HVAC air filter, thinking that it has to do with their indoor air quality. This air filter does help with your indoor air quality, but its purpose goes beyond that. In fact, if you’re relying only on this air filter to protect your indoor air quality, then you’re likely not doing enough–but that’s a subject for another day.

The purpose of this particular air filter is to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its components. It’s a very small part of your air conditioner, but it has a pretty big job! As you might guess, it gets clogged up with dust and other debris over time, and therefore, it has to be changed out.

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What Happens During AC Maintenance?

Monday, May 24th, 2021

outdoor-ac-unitIf you’ve followed our blog for a while, then you know that we talk about maintenance a good deal. This is because of how important this service is. Many homeowners think this is actually a “luxury” service only for those who can afford it. However, air conditioning maintenance is a necessity if you want an air conditioner that performs as it should.

Maintenance tune-ups help our professional spot small system problems before they grown into much bigger ones. This helps your system operate smoother and last longer, which is good news for your budget. But, what actually happens during this service? Read on to discover what you are really paying for!

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Heed These Signs You Need AC Repair

Monday, May 10th, 2021

old-air-conditioner-unitLet’s say you’ve just come inside after a fun, but hot, day of enjoying the outdoors, and you’re looking forward to taking a cool shower and then relaxing in your air-conditioned home. But alas, instead you return home to a house that’s hotter than it should be, even though you set your programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat to come on before you arrived home.

If you find yourself facing this scenario, you won’t be happy. We wouldn’t be either! But the good news is that you do have our technicians on your side to help. Read on as we uncover some of the warning signs of an air conditioner in disrepair, and then if any of them seem familiar, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Have You Scheduled This Important AC Service Yet?

Monday, April 26th, 2021

outdoor-ac-unitIt makes sense that when hearing a recommendation for an air conditioning service you don’t need right now, you may initially dismiss it. After all, unless something is seriously wrong with your cooling system—for instance, if you notice a loss of cooling power—you’re probably tempted to put off “optional” services like maintenance, especially if your cooling system is performing just fine.

But what if your system could operate better than just fine? The fact of the matter is, it can. Just like maintenance on the car you drive, routine air conditioning maintenance is essential to the performance of your cooling system as well as repair prevention. And as a trusted resource for professional HVAC system services, our team has the responsibility to share with you just how important maintenance is.

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7 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

Monday, August 31st, 2020

AC-outdoor-unitYour air conditioner isn’t silent, but if someone asked you to explain the noise that your air conditioner makes, you’d probably have to pause and think about it before you could answer, right? That’s because your air conditioner does make distinctive noises, but as long as the system is healthy these noises are always relatively quiet.

If you’ve noticed this summer has made your air conditioner develop some new habits, then it’s time to reach out to us. You need AC repair in Plainfield, IL. It’s just that plain and simple.

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Is It Ever Too Late for a Cooling System Tune-Up?

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

outdoor-ac-unit-with-clipboard-and-paper-resting-on-topThe simple answer to this is, “No.”

Well actually, that’s not true. It is too late for a cooling system tune-up if your air conditioner has completely broken down and is beyond repair. But hopefully, you won’t let it get to that point!

The thing is, most HVAC professionals–including our team–recommend that you have your air conditioner maintenance done in the spring before you need your AC system the most. The reason we suggest this is so that you have plenty of time to get it on your schedule and have your system inspected, but also so that if we find any repair needs, you can get those on your schedule too before summer hits.

But that doesn’t mean that if you never scheduled maintenance this year, you should just skip it! In fact, we’d rather you be consistent with your tune-ups than worry about what time of the year you have it done. Regardless of the time of year, maintenance will benefit you in a number of ways, including:

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4 Reasons Your AC Is Freezing Over…

Monday, July 20th, 2020

…And What to Do About It! 

frozen-ac-condenser-unitYou likely understand at least a little about how your air conditioner works. There is a fluid called refrigerant inside of it that absorbs heat to transfer it from your home to the outdoors while putting the air through a process that cools it and sends it back into your home. The hot air from your home is released from the condenser unit–the outside unit–of your air conditioner as the AC runs.

What your air conditioner doesn’t use or need though, is ice. It’s easy to assume that ice would be involved since your air conditioner provides chilled air to your living space. But moving heat from one area to another shouldn’t involve any ice development at all, and yet…

Ice Has Formed On Your AC

When this happens, the first thing you should avoid is trying to remove the ice on your own. The ice is there for a reason (which we’re about to get to) and our pros need to get to the root cause and solve it before the ice can be thawed and removed. Otherwise, you could do further damage unintentionally, while doing nothing to help avoid the development of ice in the future. So, why does this occur?

  1. It’s humid outside. A standard central air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties–it draws in hot air but also humid air from your home. When that humid air moves over the cool indoor evaporator coil, condensation forms, and if the coil is too cold, the moisture can freeze.
  2. There is dirt and grime on the coils. Any debris that settles on the evaporator or condenser coil creates an insulating layer. This means in the case of the evaporator coil, it can no longer absorb heat. As a result, the coil freezes over.
  3. Your air filter is clogged. The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is in place to protect the inside components from the above-mentioned debris. If it gets too clogged, airflow is restricted and the lack of warm air can lead to the evaporator coil freezing over.
  4. You have a refrigerant leak. If there isn’t enough refrigerant moving through your system, there won’t be enough to draw in enough heat from your home. The remaining refrigerant will be too cold and ice will form.

“What Can I Do About It?”

If the ice is already present, then the best thing you can do is to call our staff. If you’re looking to avoid this problem altogether, the best thing you can do is call our staff still, but to schedule routine maintenance! During maintenance, we’ll thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your system to make sure it’s in good shape so you don’t run into this problem.

It’s also important that you do one small maintenance task on your own–change your air filter every 1-3 months during periods of system use. This will help you avoid ice development and a whole host of other operational problems.

Contact our team at the first sign that you need professional Joliet AC service! Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc., where we put your comfort first.

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Why You Should Never Leave a Clogged Air Filter in Your Cooling System

Monday, July 6th, 2020

air-filter-closeupWith summer well underway, it’s time to start using our air conditioners on a routine basis, if you’re not already doing so. This also means it’s time to make sure your AC isn’t operating with a clogged air filter in it!

This doesn’t sound like an exciting task to manage, but we guarantee that leaving a clogged air filter in your cooling system will threaten your comfort, hurt your air conditioner, and cause your cooling bills to rise. Wouldn’t you like to avoid all that?

You might not realize how important a role your air filter plays in the overall performance of your air conditioner, but we’re here to fill you in. Read on to learn more about this HVAC component and how much power it has over your home comfort each summer.

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4 Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

outside-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-topAir conditioner repair is one of those professional services you never want to put off. You may be tempted to—after all if your system is still running and you don’t really have repairs in your budget, why bother? Well, because by ignoring repair needs, you risk your air conditioner completely breaking down when you need it the most, right in the middle of summer.

We urge you to take care of your system as soon as you realize you need a repair. But, how do you know when this is the case? We ask this knowing that you aren’t an AC expert—that’s what we are here for! But it is important for you to know the basics, and know the signs that it’s time to call a pro, which we’ve shared below!

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Is Going Ductless Worth It?

Monday, June 8th, 2020

woman-with-remote-turning-on-ductless-air-handler-in-her-living-roomOur short answer to this is going to be “yes,” of course, but we don’t expect you to take that at face value. Also, ductless systems aren’t the right choice for every home, but they’re a great home comfort addition for many!

In case you aren’t already aware of what a ductless system is, as the name implies it does not rely on ductwork. It’s also a heat pump system, meaning that not only can it be used to effectively cool your home, but by the flip of a switch it will efficiently heat your home in the winter as well.

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