Advanced Home Services Blog

It’s Almost Time for a Heating System Tune-Up!

August 22nd, 2016

It may seem too early to be thinking about our heating systems, particularly when temperatures have yet to drop below 80 during the day. However, as kids start heading back to school it’s a busy time of year, and it’s very easy to forget about this important task.

Continue Reading

How Often Do You Change Your HVAC Air Filter?

August 15th, 2016

It may be nearing the end of summer, but we still have plenty of warmer weather to contend with in the next month or so. As such, you’ll want your AC system to effectively get you through the rest of the summer season as efficiently as possible. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your system’s air filter though, then you may have a problem with that.

Your air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is there to protect its inside components from dirt, dust, and other debris that can obstruct airflow and make it harder for your system to do its job. Dirty air filters can also lead to problems with iced over coils and damaged AC components. But how often should you change your air filter? The short answer is—it depends. The longer answer has been provided below.

Continue Reading

Beware These Common End of Season Air Conditioner Issues

August 8th, 2016

As hard as it may be to believe at the moment, the cooling season will be over in just a couple short months. In the meantime, we have plenty of days of soaring temperatures left to contend with. Hopefully, your air conditioner has served you well this summer and you haven’t had any huge emergencies.

However, the end of summer is usually when air conditioners are likely to suffer breakdowns. They may be constructed to stand up to high temperatures and many years of use, but they can only take so much—particularly without regular maintenance. If your air conditioning system is aging or hasn’t had professional maintenance in a while, then you’ll definitely want to be aware of some of the common end of season AC issues you may have to deal with.

Continue Reading

What Happens During Your AC Maintenance Appointment?

August 1st, 2016

With the soaring temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately, we hope that you haven’t had any problems with your air conditioning system. If you’ve had a routine maintenance appointment done in the past year and followed up with recommended repairs, then you probably haven’t. However, avoiding maintenance can lead to many problems, including premature system breakdown.

We understand that many people avoid AC maintenance because they believe it’s an unnecessary cost. On the contrary though. Having maintenance done saves you money by helping you stay on top of small repairs and problems before they become huge, costlier emergencies. To truly help you understand the importance of maintenance, we’ve shared some of the steps our HVAC technicians take during this appointment below.

Continue Reading

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