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Alpine Air Heating & Cooling provides HVAC services to residents of Georgetown, Brampton, Milton, Oakville and Burlington. Our blog provides excellent information and tips on ensuring the heating, air conditioning and ventilation in your home runs perfectly.

6 Signs Your AC Needs Repair or Replacement

When your AC is failing there are some signs that are quite apparent, while some may be less obvious.  Being aware of these warning signs will allow you to get professional help before the problems occur.  Below are 6 Signs that your AC may be failing:

1.   No Cool Air

At some point, you may find that your air conditioning system simply isn’t doing its job. Even at full blast, the air coming from your vents just isn’t as cold as it used to be – or isn’t cold at all. This could be a sign that your system is need of serious repair as its blowing hot air. So, how to tell if home ac compressor is bad?

For instance, the lack of cool air could mean that your system’s compressor has failed. It could also mean that you’re your system’s Freon levels are too low. When that time comes, you might have to replace the unit. You should know a thing or two about replacing the ac compressor.

2. Poor Air Flow

If you are noticing weak or little airflow through your AC vents, the unit’s compressor may be failing. In case certain areas or rooms in your home are getting cold air while others are not, then the trouble might be with your ductwork and it’s a sign that your AC system needs urgent repair.

Over time, debris can get stuck in your air conditioning vents. Not only does this obstructs airflow, but it also presents a health risk to you and your family. Having your air conditioner’s ducts cleaned is a great way to restore airflow and ensure that your AC system is working well when you need it the most.

3. Thermostat Problems

At times the trouble is not with the air conditioning unit, but with the thermostat itself. One way to tell if your thermostat is a problem is if one part of your house is very cold while another part remains at the same temperature. Another sign is when your HVAC is set for 70, but the temperature is off by around 10 degrees.

4. Moisture Where It Shouldn’t Be

Moisture Where It Shouldn't Be

Moisture or leakage around or near your system can be an indication of problems. When you see leaks from your air conditioning system, it can mainly because of two reasons.

In the most serious cases, the leak could be refrigerant. Refrigerant leaks can cause serious health risks to you and your family and need to be repaired at once. You must call an air conditioning repair expert right away.

Water pools adjacent to your air conditioner might show that the drain tube which disposes of the air conditioner condensation is either blocked or broken. This is not as serious an issue but should be tackled quickly to avoid other less important problems like mold growth and rust.

5. Strange Sounds

Squealing, grating, grinding sounds from your air conditioner might be a sign that you need a replacement unit. These noises imply that something is wrong inside the unit. Failure to service the unit could result in a pricy breakdown.

A squealing noise means that the belt has slipped out of place. It may also indicate that a metal component in your air conditioner requires more lubrication. A grinding sound may mean that your motor’s bearings are broken.

6. Strange Odors

Pungent or foul smells from your air conditioning vents normally mean that your conditioner’s wire insulation has burned out. Musty smells generally indicate that there is mold inside your unit or ductwork which must be taken care of without delay.

Apart from these 6 signs that are directly related to your HVAC unit, there is one other red light that you’re missing. Additionally, you can learn about these 10 air-conditioning maintenance issues.

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Signs It's Time to Replace the Furnace

When winter comes the heating system becomes the most important equipment at home. This is crucial to make sure that everything works properly before the emergency occurs or the furnace becomes unsafe to operate.  There are several signs indicating that furnace should be replaced before it creates an emergency situation.

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Central Air Conditioner vs. Window Air Conditioner

Air conditioners work based on the phase conversion principle, when a substance changes its state from liquid to gas and/or vice versa. An AC’s main components are: a coil evaporator, a fluid compressor, and a condenser. These components are connected with refrigerator tubes with a refrigerant circulating them.

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Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Summer

Temperature at your home is a crucial part of what we refer to as home comfort. This is because any home’s sacred duty is to keep winter cold, snow, summer heat, rain, and wind outside and to provide healthy and comfortable temperature and humidity levels.

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Electric Fireplace Pros and Cons

Fireplace creates unique ambience in the house as the interior acquires rustic luxury feel. With advent of electric fireplace that does not even need a chimney, fireplaces became more affordable. Now even people who live in small houses, condos and apartments can experience the warmth of a fireplace. 

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Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs to Be Replaced

Everything has a lifespan, even if it is a brand name air conditioner that has been serving you faithfully for years. The day will come when you have to make a choice whether to repair your air conditioner again or replace it. Sometimes it might be a very difficult decision especially if the air conditioner is relatively new or if cost is a factor. There is however a number of signs that will help you out and determine the moment to get a new one. 

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Air Conditioning Tips to Get Ready For Summer

Those hot summer days are on their way. You are sure to have a lot of things on your getting-ready-for-hot-weather checklist. This is not about buying the best new swimsuit or renting a beach house. The question is whether or not your air conditioning system is properly set up for several months non-stop use.

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