A-1 Mechanical Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Help! My AC Is Running but Not Cooling My House!

Monday, June 17th, 2024

If you can tell your air conditioner is on, you have every right to expect to feel the cool air it should be providing. But what if you don’t? You might need AC repair. Several issues can cause an air conditioner to make noises as though it’s running properly without actually cooling your home. We’ll explain the possibilities.

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Is Your Air Conditioner’s Fan Broken?

Monday, May 20th, 2024

When you can hear your air conditioner turning on, and the compressor is humming away, but you’re still not getting the cool air you need to make your home comfortable, what in the world is going on? Chances are, you’ve got a problem with your air conditioner’s fan. What’s the problem? What should you do about it? We’ve got answers for you.

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These AC Noises Mean You Need Repair

Monday, May 6th, 2024

Oh, dear. Did you hear that? Is your air conditioner making a strange noise? An odd sound coming from your air conditioner is often the first sign that you need air conditioning repair in Holt, MI. But how can you tell if the sound you’re hearing is a sign of a problem or a perfectly normal sound for the AC to make?

Your cooling system’s noises should be low, steady, and consistent. The compressor comes on with a deep hum. The fan makes a whirring sound. Anything other than that is a sign that something is wrong. The noise you’re hearing from your AC can tell you a bit about what sort of repairs it might need. Here are some of the most common problem sounds.

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How Maintenance Prevents AC Repair Needs

Monday, April 8th, 2024

This spring, make sure you schedule air conditioner maintenance before the temps get high enough that you’ll need to run your AC. How important is maintenance for your AC system, you ask? Well, it can save you from all kinds of bother, trouble, and expense. 

Want your air conditioner to run more efficiently? Get maintenance. Want to make sure it will be as effective as possible in heat waves? Get maintenance. Want to keep the system running for as many years as possible before you have to replace it? You guessed it… maintenance. And perhaps you’d like to eliminate the need for air conditioner repair. Well, maintenance cuts AC repair needs by 85%. Let us explain how it works.

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Are Heat Pumps and Mini Splits the Same Thing?

Monday, July 17th, 2023

Are you on the search for a new HVAC system? Have you been Googling heating and cooling near me, trying to figure out what type of system is the best? Many homeowners who are in the market for a new air conditioner or furnace are feeling confused by all the options that are now available.

One of the systems that has probably come up in your research is a heat pump. You may even be confused if you’re searching for an air conditioner and you’re constantly getting something with “heat” in the name. 

A common question we get is: “Are heat pumps and mini splits the same thing?” The short answer is yes, but they also have many differences. Let’s go over what heat pumps and mini splits are so you can be an informed homeowner when it’s time to purchase a new system.

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How to Set Your AC During Extreme Heat

Monday, June 19th, 2023

Extreme heat is an issue that’s becoming more common in Michigan. In fact, we just experienced record-high temperatures and it’s not even summer. These heat waves are occurring earlier in the season and happen more often. 

When unusually high temperatures are in the forecast, homeowners want to know: “What temperature should I set my AC at during extreme heat?” The simple answer is you should set it at the highest temperature that you’re comfortable with. But there’s more to it than that.

It’s also important to seriously ask yourself how well your AC has performed when temperatures have skyrocketed. You can’t afford to be without your air conditioning system during a heat wave. Let’s take a look at some things to consider so you can hopefully avoid an interruption in service during record-high temperatures.

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5 Common AC Repair Needs & What’s Behind Them

Monday, June 5th, 2023

Summer is just around the corner and you’ve probably got a lot of plans to maximize your enjoyment of the weather! One thing that can put a real damper on summer fun is an air conditioner that’s not cooperating.

That’s why we put together this blog so you can be aware of potential AC problems right when they start to get a jump on calling us for AC repair in Lansing, MI.

Having AC problems addressed right away is important for 2 reasons. The first is that it will hopefully keep a minor issue from becoming a major repair. The second is that it guards against a complete breakdown in service.  Let’s take a look at 5 common AC issues and what’s usually behind them. 

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Why NATE and EPA Certifications Matter for HVAC Contractors

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

When it comes to choosing an HVAC contractor, there are a lot of factors to consider. You want to choose one that has the expertise and skills to handle whatever job you’re hiring them for, whether it’s a major system installation or a minor AC repair that has been bothering you. 

Most homeowners know they should never hire an HVAC company that isn’t licensed, bonded, and insured. But what other qualifications should you be looking for that’ll help you choose a company that’s highly qualified and knowledgeable in the field of HVAC? 

Well, one of the easiest ways to determine if a company is qualified is to look at its list of certifications. These are important because in order to earn them, the company needs to adhere to a rigorous certification, training, and continuing education process. Let’s look at some of the accreditations that indicate an HVAC company is well qualified to handle your HVAC needs.

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Check Out Our Blog for Advice on All Things HVAC

Wednesday, May 10th, 2023

Be sure to bookmark the A-1 Mechanical blog to start learning the ins and outs of HVAC.

We’ll regularly post energy saving tips, how-to’s on troubleshooting your systems, and breakdowns on even the most complex industry related terms and concepts.

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How to Save on AC Installation This Summer

Saturday, March 11th, 2023
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Many homeowners wait until an AC unit fails beyond repair. While A-1 Mechanical provides excellent air conditioning installation services even in emergencies, knowing the warning signs of a faltering air conditioning system is important to save money. If you notice cooling costs are rising, performance is wavering or you experience frequent breakdowns then you should begin to consider new air conditioners.

Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Replaced

As summer heat rises, older units can often show indications of failure. Beyond monitoring energy use be alert to these top signs your air conditioner is going to break:

  • Uneven temperatures throughout the home
  • Shutting down before the desired temperature is achieved as known as short cycling
  • Refrigerant leaks, frozen lines and odd noises from outdoor unit
  • Odd smells from vents when the air conditioner is running
  • Constantly running or blowing warm air
  • Unit is older than 10 years

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