Advanced Home Services Blog

Pay Attention to These Signs Your AC Needs Repair

July 25th, 2016

If you go to turn on your air conditioner and nothing happens, then you of course know that something is seriously wrong and you need to call for repairs right away. But what if it seems to be working—albeit with troubling symptoms? When is the right time to call for air conditioner repairs then?

In order for your air conditioning system to last all through summer and for the years to come, you should schedule regular maintenance to prevent emergencies, and should stay on top of any repair needs, even if seemingly minor. To determine if you need to call for AC repair, pay attention to the following signs we’ve mentioned below.

Continue Reading

Don’t Ignore Plumbing Problems: 3 Signs You Have a Leak

July 18th, 2016

One of the most disheartening facts about plumbing leaks is that they are often hard to detect. This means you may not even know you have a problem until it’s too late to prevent a large part of the damage. Leaks are the most common plumbing problem there is, and can create a number of different issues for your home. If you understand what to look for, however, you’ll know when it’s time to call in a professional plumber. We’ve shared 3 signs below that indicate you are experiencing a leak, even if you haven’t noticed one yet.

Continue Reading

Get the Right AC Facts: How Often Your Air Filter Should be Cleaned or Changed

July 11th, 2016

Is your air conditioner functioning to its full capacity? Since we are officially in summer and temperatures are only going to increase, we certainly hope this is the case! However, if you aren’t changing or cleaning your air filter on a regular basis, then you are preventing your AC from working as efficiently as it could.

This is one air conditioning maintenance task that you can and should do on your own. Your air filter is designed to protect the inside components of your HVAC system. Over time, they become congested with dust, lint, dander, and other debris that can negatively impact your air quality and cause your air conditioner to perform poorly.

Continue Reading

Test Your AC Knowledge: Does Closing Air Vents Save Money?

July 4th, 2016

As you likely know, the standard central air conditioning system in a typical home distributes conditioned air through ducts and into the various rooms of your home. The air is dispersed through vents in your walls, which are covered by grills which have shutters behind them that can be moved to direct airflow.

Though directing airflow is the main purpose of these flexible shutters, many homeowners assume that because they can shut the vents all the way, this is a good way to close off their air conditioning to rooms that are not in use, and thus save money. However, this is actually not the case. In fact, closing up vents in your household or doing anything to obstruct them can actually cause more harm than good to your system.

Continue Reading

What Could Be Causing My AC to Short-Cycle?

June 27th, 2016

When professionally installed and serviced, a residential air conditioner can last for many years, giving you the cooling relief you deserve with no issues cropping up. Of course, just like any other important home appliance, air conditioners are not immune to problems.

As air conditioning systems become more advanced—and in turn more complex—it’s only natural that you will run into a problem eventually. One of the most common problems that exist is an air conditioner which cycles on and off rapidly while not efficiently cooling the space it’s in. This process is called short-cycling.

Continue Reading

The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance

June 20th, 2016

It’s no secret that you rely heavily on your home’s water heater. After all, it is likely the most used appliance in your home. Whether it’s taking a hot shower when you get up in the morning or washing the dishes at night, without a working water heater life can get very inconvenient and uncomfortable. In order to ensure that you have the hot water necessary to cook and clean, you need to take care of your water heater.

Continue Reading

Air Conditioning Installation: Why Size Matters

June 13th, 2016

When beginning to shop for a new air conditioning system, you may be tempted to choose the biggest one you can afford. A common misconception is that the actual size of your system doesn’t matter as long as everything else you need is in alignment.

The fact of the matter is that the size of your air conditioner actually matters a lot. This is the one factor that determines whether or not it will be able to properly cool down the home in which it’s installed. Your AC can experience issues whether it’s oversized or undersized, which we discuss below.

Continue Reading

Is an Electronic Air Cleaner Worth It?

June 6th, 2016

When springtime hits, your indoor air quality can actually be worse than that of outdoors. You may assume that the air filter that came standard with your HVAC system is enough to combat this, but that’s not the case. In fact, that filter is meant to protect the inside components of your system, not your indoor air.

That’s not to say that it has no effect on your indoor air. By changing it at least every 3 months you’ll ensure that the filter doesn’t become clogged and prevent debris from being caught in it. However, that’s not the air filter’s main purpose. For truly clean air, you’d be wise to consider an electronic air cleaner, which can be installed direction into your home’s heating and cooling system.

Continue Reading

Can Zone Control Cooling Improve My Air Conditioner’s Efficiency?

May 30th, 2016

Summer is not that far off, which means it’s well beyond time to make sure that your air conditioning system is ready for the stress that is about to be added to it. Preventive maintenance and prompt repairs can ensure that your AC is in good shape for summer, but what if you could do more to improve its efficiency?

You can make your home more comfortable as well as more energy efficient by adding a zone control cooling system to your home. Keep reading to learn more about these systems and the benefits that they can provide.

Continue Reading

The Importance of Water Softening System Maintenance

May 23rd, 2016

Hard water—while not necessarily unhealthy—can cause multiple problems for your plumbing system. This includes hard-to-remove scaling and dry skin and hair when you shower, due to excess minerals. To combat these effects, you’ll want to consider adding a water softener system to your home.

Most water softening systems today are manufactured in order to be self-cleaning, making them a very convenient home improvement product. However, this doesn’t mean that you should neglect maintenance on this system.

Continue Reading