Why Your Air Conditioner is Not Cooling

Now that winter is coming to an end, temperatures are finally going to begin going back up. Of course, this means that you will no doubt begin using your air conditioner. Odds are it’s been a while since you’ve used your air conditioner, which means you might be surprised if it doesn’t work the way you remembered.

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How Often Should You Replace Home Air Filters?

Don’t panic, but if you only change your air filters once a year, there’s a problem. A dirty, dangerous, and potentially expensive problem.

So… how often should you replace home air filters? Manufacturers recommend changing your home air filters at least every 30 days. Some folks swear that you only need to replace them seasonally. The discrepancy boils down to the fact that you need to change filters whenever they’re dirty—and that varies.

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Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps

If you enjoy low maintenance and energy efficiency, it’s a good idea to consider geothermal heat pumps for new homes or an HVAC replacement. Geothermal heat pumps can be used anywhere and can help lower the amount of energy used in your home.

The common refrain about geothermal (or ground-source) heat pumps is that they’re expensive to install but pay for themselves in lower utility bills. In short, that’s true. For those who plan to stay in their home more than a couple years, it’s a worthy investment.

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10 Holiday Heating Tips

Making sure your home is as comfortable as possible is especially important during the holiday season, when the weather has turned cold and odds are you have more friends and family visiting than usual. The following are ten holiday heating tips that will help you keep your home warm and safe while keeping your heating costs down:

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Why Does My Furnace Have a Burning Smell?

Burning smells are one of the most common concerns about furnaces. Heating your home should not smell like someone forgot something on the stove, nor like someone has been conducting a science experiment gone awry. Fortunately, you can stop worrying about whether a burning smell from a furnace indicates a gas leak. That would carry a rotten egg-like odor.

Note that if you’ve gone more than a year without a furnace tune-up, now would be a good time to schedule an appointment with your local St. Louis HVAC company. Cleaning and maintenance take care of many causes of furnace smells.

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Why is My Furnace Clicking?

Furnaces should operate quietly with only a hum or the sound of airflow through the ducts. Thankfully, you don’t get the knocking and hissing that you would from a radiator.

Clicking sounds from a furnace should not be ignored, though. The problem could be in the ducts, signaling heat loss that is wasting your money and fuel. More importantly, clicking furnaces often have a problem with the gas or oil ignition.

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Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter Season

After months of inaction, a home furnace needs some help getting back into running shape. Dusty, dried-out parts are more likely to break down randomly at an inopportune time if you skip your fall tune-up. Some professional furnace maintenance can even lower your winter heating bills and make your equipment last years longer.

Here’s what every homeowner should to to prepare a furnace for winter, every year.

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Energy Saving Tips for Winter

As bad as the sweltering summer feels, the winter cold is more dangerous. It’s important to keep your family warm, but the heating needs of a Missouri winter also make it difficult to keep energy bills low.

The good news is that you can pile on the wool socks and ugly sweaters, then spend a weekend making your home more energy-efficient all winter long.

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Why Does My Furnace Leak When the AC Is On?

Scratching your head because the furnace is leaking water while the air conditioner is on? You’re not alone. Furnace leaks are troubling for homeowners, and our St. Louis HVAC technicians receive plenty of calls about this issue. As you might have guessed, the leaking water is condensation that has failed to drain properly.

You might try checking your drain pan and drain line to look for any blockage or tilting that you can fix yourself. We suggest calling for HVAC repairs to be safe, make sure that your furnace has not been damaged, and get everything straightened out. Continue reading “Why Does My Furnace Leak When the AC Is On?” »

Schedule an AC Cleaning & Tune-Up

Seasonal air conditioner maintenance has a lot in common with going to the dentist — except that it’s completely painless, fortunately! With just one appointment, you can enjoy cleaner and stronger air conditioning. And just like that dentist appointment, an air conditioner tune-up also prevents bigger and costlier problems down the road.

That’s why every HVAC expert will tell you the same thing: you’re doing yourself a solid favor by remembering to schedule an annual AC cleaning and tune-up. Believe us, we’d rather service your AC when it’s convenient for you, rather than come out for an emergency repair later this summer. Continue reading “Schedule an AC Cleaning & Tune-Up” »