Mike Smith Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Dirty Coils: What They Mean

Monday, June 5th, 2023

Your air conditioner’s coils, the tubes that contain the refrigerant, have a lot of work to do. In fact, there are two separate jobs happening at different points in the loop of coils that the refrigerant runs through. And this work can only be accomplished if the coils are clean. What problems do dirty AC coils cause? How do they get dirty? Can you clean them yourself? We’ve got the answers for you.

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3 Signs of Mold Growth on Your Ductless AC

Monday, May 8th, 2023

Ductless systems are amazing. They’re more efficient than central air conditioners, both because the motors are smaller and because they avoid the energy loss from leaky ductwork that is so common in central air systems. They can be installed in all kinds of situations where there is no room for ductwork. The ability to individually control the temperature of each zone is a benefit to your comfort as well as a way to cut down on your cooling bills. However, no system works perfectly all the time. One of the things you need to keep an eye out for with ductless AC systems is mold growth. Here’s what you should pay attention to.

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What Does the SEER Number Mean?

Monday, April 10th, 2023

Some parts of the country are still dealing with the last of the winter snow. Here in Louisiana, though, summer is not far away. And if your air conditioner struggled to get through the heat last year, you might be considering getting a replacement so you won’t have to worry that the old one will break down just when you need it most, on the first sweltering day of the season. 

When you’re considering AC replacement options, you’ll notice that they all have SEER ratings. What does that mean? How will it affect your choice? The SEER rating requirements have changed recently, so you’re not the only one that could use some more information. Here is a breakdown of the facts for you.

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Compressor Problems: Repair or Replace?

Monday, March 27th, 2023

The compressor is the heart of the air conditioner. It does the critical job of pumping the refrigerant throughout the entire system of evaporator and condenser coils, and your air conditioner can’t live without it just as you can’t live without your heart. Unfortunately, sometimes an air conditioner problem results in a broken compressor. What can you do then? Do you need a new AC unit?

We’ll talk you through the things most likely to cause compressor failure, what your options are once it’s happened, and some considerations to help you make the right choice about how to move forward.

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What You Do and Don’t Want To Hear From Your AC

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Your air conditioner is a powerful piece of equipment that may make some noise when it is running. Often, those sounds are normal and nothing to worry about, though you should be familiar with them. That way, when there is a problem, you’ll recognize it right away.

If your air conditioner does not sound like it is running properly, don’t ignore those sounds. Call for air conditioner repair in West Monroe as soon as possible if you hear something that doesn’t sound quite right coming from your AC unit.

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5 Ways to Save Money on Your AC This Summer

Monday, July 18th, 2022

During the hot summer months, air conditioning in West Monroe, LA is essential for overcoming the sticky, almost unbearable heat. Summer has the distinction of having the highest electric bills, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

If you’re worried about paying high energy bills caused by frequently running your air conditioner, it’s essential for you to know that there are steps you can take to reduce those costs. These steps aren’t intended to make your home uncomfortably hot; instead, they’re meant to help you increase your cooling system’s efficiency. Here are a few effective ways to save money on your AC this summer. 

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Central AC or Ductless Air Conditioning?

Monday, July 4th, 2022

July is typically when things really start to heat up. This is when your air conditioning in West Monroe, LA is put to the test. If you’ve realized that your air conditioner can’t do all you need it to, an upgrade may be necessary and that’s when you should consider both ductless and ducted models. 

When we talk to homeowners, we often find that they don’t know the difference between the two models, that they have difficulty weighing the pros and cons of each system, and they can even feel overwhelmed with options. That’s why we’re here to help you. We’ll start with a run-through of the benefits below and you can always talk to our professionals for more information 

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How to Keep Your AC System Going Strong

Monday, June 20th, 2022

Temperatures are rising and summer is almost here. You can prepare for the hot sunny days by ensuring your air conditioning system in West Monroe, LA is working properly. One of the best ways to do this is through AC maintenance. Maintaining your AC unit helps lower the costs associated with both energy usage and repair and keeps your unit running efficiently. 

If you’re unsure where to begin, we’ve compiled some tips for improving your unit. This routine isn’t meant to take the place of annual professional service, but can help with the lifespan of the unit. The average air conditioning unit is meant to last 15–20 years, but this can be shorter if it’s not properly maintained.

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The Merits of a Zone Control System

Monday, June 6th, 2022

If you’re trying to get better control of your home, then it’s important to consider a zone control systems. Zone control systems are segmented systems that use a series of dampers that allow how to heat or cool your home in segments. A complete zone control system will use a series of dampers and individual thermostats to control your home. 

Zone control systems in West Monroe, LA give you adaptive control and more flexibility than a standard centralized AC or heating system can. If you have a space that struggles with even temperature control, then we suggest investing in one of these systems. Today, we’ll run through some of the best benefits of these systems. Remember, the best way to ensure that your zone control system works for you is always to hire a professional for the work.

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How to Identify an AC Repair Need

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Summer is right around the corner and we’re sure that you’re excited. While it’s exciting to think about the clear skies, warm weather, and summer vacations you might have planned, it’s also important to think about the ways that you can prepare your home for the warm weather. This is a time of year when you want to spend time vacationing, but you’re eventually going to come back to your humble abode. When you do, it’s important that it’s cool and efficient. This is something we can help you with because we’re well versed in everything air conditioning in West Monroe, LA. Let’s talk about the clear signs that you need to contact a professional for your air conditioning repair this season. 

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