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

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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Yes, Duct Cleaning Is Worth It—Here’s Why!

Monday, September 13th, 2021

If you’re like the average homeowner, you probably don’t think very much about the air ducts snaking their way through your home. Ductwork is hidden from view for a reason: they’re not exactly aesthetically pleasing and you really shouldn’t need to think about their condition too often. However, from time to time they will need some attention. Over the years they can accumulate pinhole leaks and tears, or improper installation could lead to loose joints later on. Lastly, you can find yourself with dirty ducts, which have a negative impact on not only your indoor air quality but your comfort and HVAC efficiency too.

Fortunately, you only need to turn to us for professional, comprehensive duct cleaning. And yes, it’s worth it! Read on to learn why.

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The Factors of a Successful AC Installation

Monday, August 16th, 2021

There are two main factors to consider when having a new air conditioner installed. The first is, what type of air conditioner you should have installed. While the conventional central air conditioner may have gotten you through our sweltering weather for the last 10–15 years, it doesn’t automatically mean this is the most efficient option for you. Ask us about variable speed systems, heat pumps, or ductless systems.

The second factor is properly sizing the system. As long as your air conditioner is installed by a team of experienced professionals, you don’t need to worry about it being properly sized … but this is more important than you might realize.

Proper air conditioning size is determined by a process called a cooling load calculation. This is actually one of the most important parts of AC installation, and if it isn’t done correctly it can lead to a number of problems, including premature system replacement. Keep reading to learn more!

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Is a Ductless HVAC System Right for Your Home?

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
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Summer is steadily progressing along, and temperatures aren’t going to cool down any time soon. When you live in a climate like ours, you know as well as we do that our air conditioners have been through a lot of work, and still have a lot to go through this summer and fall. That being said, if you have an older or ill-maintained unit, it may be time to consider if replacement is a good option for you.

If you are considering air conditioner replacement, you’d do well to look into a ductless system! Ductless cooling and heating systems are becoming more and more popular in recent years, and for good reason. Want to learn more? Read on!

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What Type of Air Conditioner Is the Best?

Monday, July 19th, 2021
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Has it come time for you to replace your old cooling system with a newer model? Buying a new air conditioner is not an easy decision, nor is it one you want to rush into. It’s a major purchase and therefore a major investment in your home comfort. Considering the variety of options available, you may feel overwhelmed.

One of the most significant factors you’ll want to consider when purchasing a new air conditioner is whether you want to stick with a traditional central air conditioner or if you want to go with another type of model. For instance, an HVAC type that’s been growing in popularity is the ductless heat pump system.

Read on as we compare costs, running expenses, installation factors, and other criteria that will help you determine what type of air conditioner is best for your specific home and comfort needs.

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Heed These Signs Your AC Needs Help!

Monday, July 5th, 2021
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Imagine this scene play out: You’re sitting inside your home on a hot summer day, but you’re not worried about the temperature outside, because you have a powerful and efficient air conditioner inside. Until suddenly, it stops working!

So first, you check your thermostat. You note that the settings are correct and it’s displaying as it should. Okay, so next you check the electrical panel—did the HVAC circuit breaker trip? Nope, it’s fine. Well great, what’s going on?

Now’s when you call for emergency repairs—but it’s a hot day and everyone’s air conditioner is breaking down, so you’re going to have to wait…

This doesn’t have to be your reality! Keep reading…

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