Parker Services Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Why You Need a Professional for That AC Repair

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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When the temperature starts to rise this summer, you might run into an air conditioner problem that puts a serious halt to your comfort. This can be rather alarming, when an air conditioner stops sending out the cool air you expect it to, or doesn’t send out any air at all.

It’s tempting to handle repairs on your own. After all, HVAC technicians are busy and you have no time to waste! Plus, there are dozens of online tutorials, so what can go wrong?

Well, unfortunately, plenty. Attempting repairs on your own could lead to more problems with the air conditioner instead of less, can void the manufacturer’s warranty on the system, can leave you spending way more than you thought you’d have to and can even lead to injury.

Read on to learn just why it’s so important to call on a professional when you need a repair for your air conditioner… any repair!

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How to Boost Your AC Efficiency This Year

Monday, April 25th, 2022
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Any type of air conditioner is going to get quite the workout in our area, not only during the summer but practically year-round. Fortunately, modern central air conditioners are very durable and can take the heat while returning chilled air to your living space.

But, the question you might be asking yourself is, “How much am I going to have to pay to use my air conditioner this summer?”

The cost of keeping comfortable can seem pretty steep. But the fact of the matter is, you might be paying more than you really need to! There are a number of ways that a cooling system can lose efficiency and increase your utility bills as a result. However, there are also a few ways you can boost your AC efficiency and lower those bills! Read on to learn how.

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AC Installation: Central Air Conditioner Vs. Ductless Systems

Monday, March 14th, 2022
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When you live in a climate like ours, it’s no secret that you need a powerful air conditioner to keep your family comfortable and safe throughout the year, let alone at the peak of our summer season.

Purchasing a new air conditioner can and should be a very careful purchase, and not one to rush into. You want to ensure you’re working with an experienced team, first off, who will inform you of your options and make sure that your system is properly installed and matched for your specific home.

An overpowered air conditioner can be just as detrimental to energy efficiency as an underpowered one, which is why you should always trust a pro to size your new central air conditioner.

But wait… what if a central air conditioner isn’t your only option? It’s a great option! But you might want to consider going ductless. Read on to learn the ins and outs of both these cooling options in order to help you make a decision about your next cooling system installation.

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It’s Never Too Early for This AC Service

Monday, February 28th, 2022

Does summer ever really end when you live in Tallahassee? Sure, we may have had some cooler temperatures this weekend, but the truth is that our air conditioners get a workout pretty much all year long.

And that’s why it’s never too early for air conditioning maintenance! Professional maintenance tune-ups ensure that your HVAC system is working as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

You might be wondering though, is it really necessary? Read on, and decide for yourself.

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Signs That It’s Time for an AC Replacement

Monday, December 6th, 2021

Summer may be behind us this year, but if you’ve lived in the Tallahassee area for even just a year, then you know summer temperatures never really leave us for too long. Therefore, our residential air conditioners go through a lot more work than those in other parts of the country with actual fall and winter weather.

If yours experienced any trouble this past summer or more recently, it’s a good idea to consider if it’s time to replace the system altogether. The last thing you need, after all, is for your air conditioner to completely break down on you in the middle of a heatwave, which you know as well as we do can happen in January, let alone now. Read on to learn some of the leading signs that it’s time to replace your air conditioner.

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Will a Dirty Air Filter Hurt My Air Conditioner?

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
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Are you one of many homeowners who thinks that the only reason to consider the condition of your HVAC system’s air filter is because of the allergens and particles that could be in the air? If so, you’re only partially right.

There are a number of homeowners who assume that a dirty air filter is an issue because it keeps the air dirty, and this is why we advise our customers to change their filters every 1–3 months. So if you’re not suffering from allergies or any other ill effects of poor indoor air quality, you don’t have to worry about it, right?

Well, not quite … helping your indoor air quality is only a tiny part of what these air filters do. Their actual purpose is to protect the air conditioner itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and hurt the air conditioner’s sensitive components. So, yes, a dirty air filter will hurt your air conditioner. Read on to learn how.

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Don’t Let These “End of Season” AC Repairs Haunt You!

Monday, November 8th, 2021

We know, it’s funny to call it “end of season” when really our air conditioners are needed year-round. Still, we do have some reprieve this time of the year … usually. So you might be looking forward to turning off your air conditioner for several weeks and not giving it another thought until you need it again next spring.

Well, we’ve got some news for you: this might be a mistake. If it wasn’t clear already, your air conditioner goes through a lot of work each and every year, throughout the year. This means two things: it really needs annual preventative maintenance from trained and experienced professionals, and it can accumulate wear and tear quickly.

Annual preventative maintenance will help fend off the worst repair needs, but it’s still important to be aware of the signs your air conditioner needs repair, even if it’s between maintenance sessions or it’s right before a seasonal break.

Read on to learn what these signs are!

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It’s Never Too Late for This Important HVAC Service

Monday, October 25th, 2021
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When you live in Florida, you know that summer never really ends. Sure, temperatures cool down for a bit in the winter—maybe a handful of weeks if we are lucky. But ultimately, we end up using our air conditioning systems a lot more than our heaters, if we ever use our heaters!

We’re only half-joking about that.

Those of us in the southeast need to pay special attention to our air conditioning needs, because our cooling systems accumulate wear and tear at a lot faster rate than an air conditioner in, say, upstate New York.

This means that air conditioning maintenance is vital. While any HVAC professional will tell you that the best time to have this service done is in spring, “before you need your air conditioner the most,” when you live here there’s never a bad time for a tune-up.

In fact, consistency matters much more than timing. We encourage our customers to have AC maintenance done once a year—twice a year if you have a heat pump. Read on to learn why!

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What to Know about Ice on Your Air Conditioner

Monday, October 11th, 2021
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It’s a warm fall day, and you walk outside to notice something strange … your air conditioner has ice developing on it.

Now, perhaps you think for a minute that this might be normal. After all, the task of an air conditioner is to chill the air, so isn’t ice involved in the process?

Unfortunately, this can be a costly assumption to make. Air conditioning systems simply do not use ice in any part of their process in order to cool your home, and ice is not an effective way to cool any living space (an argument can be made for putting ice in a portable evaporative cooler—but we’re not calling this effective or efficient!)

So, what does it mean when ice is forming on your air conditioner, and what does this mean for your home comfort? Read on and we’ll help you understand.

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Broken Down Compressor: Should You Repair or Replace Your AC?

Monday, September 27th, 2021
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Throughout the lifespan of your central air conditioner, there are some things that can go wrong. Actually, we shouldn’t even say that: what we really mean is that your air conditioner will suffer from natural wear and tear. Florida air conditioners have to work a lot harder than air conditioners in homes up north, so it’s understandable that you’ll need repairs every now and then.

This can include worn motor bearings, failed capacitors, damaged air ducts, and refrigerant leaks. There is one repair issue in particular, though, that could be detrimental to the functionality of your air conditioner, and that’s compressor damage.

This is a repair need that’s particularly unpleasant to face, as the compressor is essentially the heart of your air conditioner and the most expensive part of your air conditioner. So if you have a broken down compressor, the question becomes, “should I replace the compressor or the entire air conditioner?” The short answer is probably the latter, but read on as we dive more into this issue.

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