Mike Smith Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘West Monroe LA’

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 Happens When Your Heater Isn’t Installed by a NCI-Certified Technician?

Monday, January 30th, 2023

When your heater needs to be replaced, the installation is a significant part of the cost. It can be tempting to hire an amateur, someone with some home-improvement skills but no regular heater installation experience, and no specific training. They might be a cheaper option. Or, if you’re a DIY enthusiast, you might wonder if you can do the installation yourself. 

What are the benefits of having a qualified technician install your heater, and what are the risks of amateur installation? We’ll give you a full rundown of the reasons why a highly-trained professional should be the only person installing heating equipment in your home.

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All the Reasons Heating Maintenance Saves You Money

Monday, December 19th, 2022

Sometimes, homeowners are reluctant to spend money on regular maintenance for a heating system that seems to be working just fine. They may imagine that they should save that money for when repairs are needed, or when their heater needs to be replaced. However, they are incorrect. We believe it’s important for our customers to be well-informed about all issues surrounding their home comfort systems, and information about how they can save money is definitely part of that. Heating maintenance will actually save you money in several different ways, and we’ll tell you all of them.

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Here’s Why You Don’t Want a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, December 5th, 2022

Gas furnaces have many components, and it can be easy to get confused about terms like “flame sensor” and “pilot assembly” and be unclear about just how critical a part is to your furnace’s ability to function. For simplicity’s sake, let us state for the record that without a heat exchanger, you don’t have a furnace. While other components are also very important to the function of your heater, and all problems should be addressed promptly by qualified technicians, a cracked heat exchanger is an emergency causing not only heating failure but also serious safety hazards.

So we’d like to help you understand what a heat exchanger is, how it works, why it might crack, and what to do if it does so that you can navigate that situation with the seriousness it requires.

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How Good Indoor Air Quality Impacts Your Household

Monday, September 12th, 2022

We’re all very aware of how things we can see and hear affect our household. A big mess or noise pollution from nearby activities are hard to ignore. Air tends to be something we don’t think much about unless it is too hot or cold. After all, you can’t hear it, and you’re not going to trip over it. But poor indoor air quality can have some very negative consequences in your home, and good indoor air quality has tremendous benefits for your house and everyone in it.

Here are some of the ways that having high IAQ or indoor air quality can positively impact your quality of life.

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Portable vs. Whole-House Air Filters

Monday, August 15th, 2022

If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, you may be considering what type of air filter will work best for your needs. There are benefits to each, and if you have questions about an air filtration system in West Monroe, LA, we can help you determine the best choice for your home.

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