JMS Air Conditioning and Heating Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Is a Heat Pump Right for You?

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Heat pumps are a marvel of modern technology. They exist as an alternative to air conditioners and furnaces and can be perfect in our California climate. Heat pumps are some of the most efficient heating models around. They run on electricity, function without a system of air ducts, and can provide instant heating and cooling from the flip of a switch.

To get more into the why of how a heat pump runs so efficiently, we’re going to have to talk about what exactly it does. After all, these systems don’t just magically create cold or hot air, there is a system in place to move heat from one place to another.

You might be asking yourself, “Why are heat pumps in Los Angeles, CA a good idea?” And we’ll be sure to answer that question below

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Get the Most Out of Your AC Installation

Monday, October 28th, 2019

While the rest of the country turns on their heaters and prepares for the chilly, windy, Halloween weather, we’ve got a few hot days approaching! If you were looking for a moment to buy an air conditioning unit, now is a perfect time!

Air conditioning installation is a touchy subject. Homeowners are always trying to save money by having an amateur or a family member set up their central air conditioning unit, but the truth of the matter is that this will most-likely yield negative results. Setting up HVAC in Los Angeles, CA isn’t a simple task, and one small problem in the installation can come with a plethora of expensive repairs down the line.

We’re not just trying to sell you service, we honestly don’t want you falling into the trap of a faulty AC installation, eventually calling us for repairs that could have been prevented.

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3 Tips to Increase AC Efficiency

Monday, October 14th, 2019

There isn’t a homeowner we’ve spoken to who would turn down a chance to save money, especially when it comes to cooling costs. Installations, repairs, maintenance, and energy bills all add up and give air conditioning the expensive reputation it has today.

Air conditioning can be expensive, sure. But it doesn’t have to be.

As we get further into the 21st century, cooling systems are getting more and more efficient and less energy-intensive. This means that eventually, while newer brand air conditioners get more powerful and efficient, AC replacement in Los Angeles, CA is a more comprehensive solution. If you’re not ready for replacement, then you’re in for a treat because there are several nifty tricks that can be done today to help lower those energy bills and increase the overall effectiveness of your air conditioning. No, this is not a joke. Keep reading!

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Do You Need AC Repair?

Monday, September 30th, 2019

It’s a simple question really. We’re not like those other, chilly areas in the rest of the country. Here in LA, you’re going to get way more use out of your air conditioner than the majority of the United States. That’s the reason we keep asking homeowners to be vigilant about their air conditioners. One little problem could mean a disastrous few days of heat without any respite!

Though, we get it. Not everyone has a background in HVAC as we do. AC repair in Los Angeles, CA can be expensive and hard to schedule when life gets busy. You might not be home for half of the time that your AC is malfunctioning, so it could be twice as hard for you to figure out there’s even a problem.

That’s why we’ve provided a few tips to help keep your AC in good condition and to assist in narrowing down when your system is on the fritz.

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Negative Noises: Sounds Your AC Should Not Be Making

Monday, September 16th, 2019

We get these kinds of questions all the time. From grinding, to hissing, to rattling, air conditioners can make all sorts of noises when you’re sharp enough to notice them. So firstly, we’d like to tell you that you’re not crazy and that those noises really are coming from your AC. Secondly, we’d like to tell you that the best solution to all problems that could be causing those noises would be to contact a professional for AC repair in Los Angeles, CA.

Though, curiosity can still take the better of us. So, you’re probably still wondering what these noises mean exactly, and what could be causing them? There’s nothing wrong with diving into a little research to have some ideas as to what could be causing these noises.

Keep reading if you’re interested in the noises your AC is making!

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The Most Common AC Repairs

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The AC unit is the core of your cooling system. It is used to cool the indoor air by removing the heat and helping manage the humidity levels in your home. There are quite a few reasons as to what can be causing the air conditioner to not operate fully or at all, and we at JMS Air Conditioning & Heating would like to list the most common causes that lead to the need for air conditioning repair services.

Clogged Air Filter Symptoms

Clogged filters will prevent the air conditioner from operating correctly or at all. Filters are designed to gather the lint, dirt, dust, and debris floating in the air and once they reach capacity, the airflow is restricted. Every 1-3 months the filters should be replaced or cleaned according to the manufacturer’s suggestions, but also to take into account that there are variables that might require maintenance sooner.

AC Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant does not get used up like fuel or oil, but continues to cycle. If there is not enough of it, it indicates that a leak will cause the air conditioner to not work effectively. It is required that a licensed technician be the one to repair and recharge your refrigerant issues.

Thermostat Settings

The thermostat is frequently the issue when an AC is not working properly. Usually, this is a simple fix. The thermostat may need readjusting, new batteries, or perhaps a replacement may be in order.

Dirty AC Condenser Coils

The outdoor unit features the condenser coils, and because of the exposure to the outdoor elements, they can get built-up with dirt and debris. Be sure to annually hose down the coils to ensure proper function. If you are not comfortable doing this, hire a pro to clean them for you!

Air Conditioner Contactor Problems

Contactors for the blower motor, the condenser fan motor, as well as the compressor, make an electrical connection to start the unit. In the event there is arcing and pitting on the contactor, it may become difficult for an electric current to start the motors.

AC Drain Line Keeps Clogging

The drain line commonly clogs from the buildup of dirt, dust, and lint. Clogs cause the drain pan to fill and overflow, which in turn causes water damage and potential mold growth to the surrounding surfaces and components.

Need to Clean AC Evaporator Coils

The heat in the air is absorbed by evaporator coils, and with the help of a series of air ducts, cold air is sent back inside. Corrosion can occur on the coils, but with cleaning, you can avoid it.

Tripped Breaker & Blown AC Fuse

The breakers and fuses help prevent the air conditioner unit’s motor or compressor from overheating. When technicians come to inspect a non-responsive air conditioning unit, the first thing they often check is the breakers.

Bad AC Capacitor

Without the capacitors, there is no functioning of the motors to power the compressor and fans. The start capacitor initiates a jolt to activate the motor, and a series of jolts delivered from the run capacitor continues the operation of the motor. Without one or both of the capacitors, the air conditioning unit runs inefficiently.

Failing AC Compressor

The refrigerant is supplied with energy from the compressor, so it can properly propel through the coils and carry out the heat exchange. A failed compressor will not stop the AC from running, but it will not efficiently cool the home. As the compressor continues to run hot, the overheating eventually causes it to seize without enough refrigerant to prevent it. Also, the compressor will fail if there is too much refrigerant being returned.

Air Conditioning Troubleshooting, Diagnosis, Emergency Repairs & More

Air conditioning repairs are necessary and are eventually needed. Though, you can significantly reduce the breakdowns with routine maintenance services. When repairs do occur, you have the expertise of JMS Air Conditioning & Heating to make the repairs effectively and in a timely manner.

Do you need help with your air conditioning in Greater Los Angeles, California? Call JMS Air Conditioning & Heating today!

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Major Benefits from an AC Maintenance Plan

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Purchasing a new air conditioner without a maintenance plan is a recipe for disaster. No matter how punctual you are with replacing the filters and paying attention to your AC’s needs, nothing can replace scheduled maintenance performed by a certified technician. Luckily for homeowners, AC contractors are begging for consumers to choose them for maintenance, which leads to some great deals out there for the average person in need of AC maintenance.

So, what are some things to look out for when it comes to an air conditioning maintenance plan? Obviously, not every maintenance plan is going to look the same, so it’s a good idea to go through the most important qualities of AC maintenance along with what we provide so you can choose the best AC maintenance in Los Angeles, CA. You don’t have to compromise on quality care for your cooling systems.

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