Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Have Your Changed Your HVAC Filter Recently? Here’s Why It’s Important

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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If you polled all professional HVAC companies and asked them what is the one piece of advice they would give homeowners about their heating and cooling systems, almost all would give the same answer:

Please regularly change the HVAC system’s air filter! Every one to three months.

It’s a simple job, taking only a few minutes, and it makes an enormous difference in how the AC and heater run. Perhaps because it’s so simple, people often forget about it and leave the filter in place. When the filter becomes clogged, it creates serious problems that can lead to needing heating or air conditioning repair in Portland, OR.

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Ductless vs. Central Air Conditioning—Some Facts to Know

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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Are you currently considering replacing your air conditioning system? Then you may already have considered having a ductless air conditioner installed rather than sticking with the standard central air conditioning of most homes. We encourage you to take a look at ductless mini split heat pumps (yes, most are heat pumps, so they heat as well as cool) as a possible choice. 

There are several facts to know that will help you decide between ductless cooling and central cooling.

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The Dangers of Running Your AC Too Cold

Monday, July 12th, 2021
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When the heat rises to its peak during the summer, it may be hard to think of getting your house “too cold.” You’ll want as much cooling as you can get from your AC so you have a retreat from the heat outside. 

Air conditioning systems, however, aren’t designed to provide a home with freezer-like temperatures—and you wouldn’t want your home as cold as a freezer anyway. It just sounds nice on a hot day. Even though you can lower the temperature on the thermostat down to 60°F doesn’t mean you should, no matter how hot you feel. Running an AC too cold can lead to problems for your air conditioner. Plus, you don’t need it that cold and can help keep out the heat if you raise it. We know this sounds backwards, but we’ll get into why this works.

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Does It Really Matter What Size AC I Get?

Monday, June 28th, 2021
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When you start to consider your AC installation options in Portland, OR, you’ll run up against several questions: Should you get a high-efficiency air conditioner? Maybe switch to a heat pump? Or go for special features such as a scroll compressor? One question that may occur to you is how big an AC you need, and whether it’s important or not if you end up with one that’s on the larger side.

To clarify: when we talk about the “size” of an air conditioner, we don’t mean the physical size or how much size it takes up. We mean the cooling capacity of the AC system, how much heat it can remove from the air. AC size is measured as “tons,” with 1 ton equal to 12,000 BTUs of heat removed an hour. (For a point of comparison, a window AC removes about 5,000 BTUs/hour, just enough for a single room.) Standard residential central air conditioners range from 1 to 5 tons of cooling power.

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Information About Current HVAC Equipment Shortage Concerns

Friday, June 18th, 2021

The HVAC industry is currently experiencing a shortage of equipment parts, leading to price increases for contractors purchasing vital parts and units from manufacturers. Both manufacturers and some contractors are having trouble keeping important items in stock to meet needs. We want to take a moment to discuss what is happening and what it means for you, our customers.

Why Are There Shortages?

Several factors have created this situation. The normal supply chain has encountered multiple disruptions from events like the novel coronavirus pandemic, the “Black Swan” event in Texas, and an accidental blockage of the Suez canal because of an overturned freighter. When combined with a rise in demand as people anticipate a summer of record heat, the strain on the supply chain has created both shortages and a rise in prices. In some cases, manufacturers have hiked up the cost to contractors by 6–10% and may not have necessary equipment in stock to ship. 

This is not a permanent situation, but it’s caused alarm among homeowners who are concerned about the vital comfort of their households during Summer 2021.

What This Means for You

We don’t want you to worry, because the Clawson team is always here to help you. We have a highly experienced staff of technicians who can quickly diagnose problems with your AC and offer multiple solutions for repairs or replacements so we can best meet your needs in the current circumstances. We have excellent relationships with our distributors to get the parts and units needed, often before smaller contractors can. 

However, we encourage you to take action soon if you have an air conditioning concern or if you think you will need new equipment installed this season. This quick action will help prevent delays and see that your household’s comfort needs are met.

Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning is “Connecting people to Comfort”! Don’t delay calling for AC service this summer. 

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Reasons Your AC Can’t Cool the House Enough

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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Air conditioning systems have limits. For example, a residential air conditioner can change the indoor temperatures a maximum of 20°F from the outdoor temperature, and thermostats won’t allow temperature settings lower than 60°F (which is too cold for most people anyway). But if a central air conditioner is properly sized and installed, it will be able to provide enough cooling for a house to keep it comfortable throughout even the hottest summers.

If your air conditioning is not managing the job of cooling your house, either never getting to a comfortable enough temperature or creating uneven cooling with hot spots in some rooms, then you may need air conditioning repair in Oregon City, OR, or possibly even a replacement system. 

Below we’ll examine some reasons you may have an AC that’s struggling to do its job.

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What to Know About High-Efficiency Air Conditioning Systems

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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Are you looking to have a new air conditioning installation this spring? If so, you have several choices to make about what type of AC to get. For example, you might decide to have a heat pump put in rather than an air conditioner, which takes the place of both the AC and the heater. If you’re staying with a central air conditioner, you can pick a model similar to the one you currently have, or you may wish to look at the newest high-efficiency models.

Just the words high efficiency are tempting—people imagine a system that will chop down on their bills. But there are some facts to know about high-efficiency air conditioners that will factor into your decision. We’ve got the important low-down on going for high efficiency.

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It’s Spring: Time to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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Although spring started officially last month, we’re only starting to see the warmer weather arrive now, as “official” spring turns into “practical” spring. And when the spring weather arrives, it means that summer heat is not far behind, and you’ll need your AC running to keep the house cool.

You want to make sure your AC system is prepared for the summer, and this point in spring is the best time to arrange for professional air conditioning maintenance with our technicians. We have a special maintenance program to take care of you: The Clawson Customer Assurance Plus Program (CAPP). As a member, you’ll not only receive regular 21-point inspections and tune-ups for your heating and air conditioning equipment, you’ll enjoy other great benefits:

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Choosing a New AC When Your Old One Is Past Repair

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Your old air conditioning system is no longer able to do its job, and air conditioning repair in Vancouver, WA won’t rescue it because the repair would cost too much compared to purchasing a new system.

So what’s the next step? Although fall has already started, you don’t want to go long without a working air conditioner in your home, since hot weather can still crop up. Fall is also a good time to leap onto a major AC upgrade because it’s usually easier to schedule the service. You can start right now by finding a new air conditioner and we’re here to help.

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Was This the Last Summer for Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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Sometimes saying goodbye is hard. With a central air conditioning system, you don’t have any special personal attachments to it, not like you might have to a beloved car or a swell pair of shoes. It is as functional as objects come. The reason saying goodbye to an AC system is hard is that you have to pay for a new one and you’re probably worried the process will be a hassle.

However, when it comes to air conditioning in Tigard, OR, our technicians live by the slogan “Connecting People to Comfort”! If you need an air conditioning system replacement, we’ll make the process smooth and easy. We don’t want you to worry about making the choice to get a new AC.

So now the question is … do you need a new AC? Was this summer the last one your current air conditioner was able to handle?

Consider the age of the air conditioner

System age is one of the big factors in determining if an air conditioner is ready for replacement. It’s not the only factor, but it has an effect on all the others. If you don’t know how old your air conditioner is, check on the plate located on the back of the condenser. This plate will either have the manufacture date or a serial number you can use to find out the date on the manufacturer’s website. The standard central air conditioner that received routine maintenance lasts an average of 10 to 15 years. A system over 15 years is a candidate for a replacement since it will be at a higher risk of repair costs and inefficient performance.

How dependable was the AC this summer?

Did you experience a mostly trouble-free summer with your AC? That’s always a good sign, although never a guarantee this will be the case next summer. If the air conditioner needed repairs or seemed to struggle to keep up with the heat, get a professional’s opinion on replacing it.

Rising cooling costs

Your cooling bills for this summer are almost certainly higher than in previous summers because you spent more time indoors—as most people did. However, if you compare the bills to previous years and check on the wattage used, you may notice the rise is higher than you can account for. If the cost has risen over the last few years, the AC may be dying and it’s time to save money with a more efficient newer model.

Repairs and repairs and repairs

A single repair in the summer doesn’t signal the end of an air conditioner—especially if this is the first repair the system has needed in years. But if repairs are an annual routine, or you needed more than one repair this year, you’re sinking too much money into a declining system. When you call for another repair, ask the technician if you wouldn’t be better off replacing the whole system.

When in doubt, please consult with our experts. We’re here to see you have the comfort you need without paying for something you don’t.

At Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re “Connecting People to Comfort” every day. Schedule service to see if you need a new air conditioning system.

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