Red Rock Mechanical, LLC Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

How Do Those Wall-Mounted ACs Work?

Monday, June 20th, 2022

ductless-system-sending-out-snowflakesThis is a question we often hear. People look at an object mounted on a wall that’s sending out cool air and which looks like a slimmer window AC. But it’s only hanging from the wall, it doesn’t actually go through it. If you understand the basics of air conditioning, you’ll know that an AC has to exhaust heat outside or it can’t work. So how is that unit on the wall doing the job of sending out powerful cooling? 

Those wall-mounted ACs are part of a system known as a ductless mini split heat pump, and they’ve become more and more popular for households over the last two decades. If you’re interested in using a wall-mounted AC in Burlington, VT, either as an addition to your current HVAC system or to provide comfort to your entire house, our technicians are happy to talk to you about them and answer all your questions.

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Some Additional Benefits of AC Maintenance

Monday, May 9th, 2022

tools-on-ac-unitSpring is the season of air conditioning maintenance in Burlington, VT. It’s the best time of the year to arrange for this service to clean, adjust, tune-up, and inspect your AC so it’s ready for the heat of the summer. 

We talked about some of the major benefits of maintenance in a post last month. Today we want to go into a little more detail and talk about some of the other ways getting AC maintenance can benefit you. These may not seem obvious at first, but over the life of your air conditioning system (as well as the air conditioning system after it) and your time in your home, you’ll see a significant difference.

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Want the Best from Your AC This Summer? Call for Professional Maintenance

Monday, April 11th, 2022

There’s a touch of spring in the air, even if we still have to deal with cold weather. That’s how April usually is. We know the weather will start to warm up and, eventually, the heat will settle in—and that makes now the right time to arrange for air conditioning maintenance in Burlington, VT

This is the time of the year that we in the HVAC industry call the “shoulder season,” the period between extreme weather conditions. During April and May, we have fewer service calls for either heaters or ACs, so we can shift our focus to helping our customers install new HVAC systems and maintain their current ones. Just call us to schedule your AC maintenance visit and we’ll have no trouble finding a convenient time to get the job done. 

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End of Summer Question: How Long Will Your AC Last?

Monday, September 13th, 2021

air-conditioner-white-bgNo air conditioning system will run year after year—there is no “endless summer” when it comes to an AC. An air conditioner that receives regular maintenance each year and has repairs done promptly as needed can put in many years of effective and efficient cooling. But eventually it will reach a point where its performance falters and it costs too much to run, and it’s best to replace it with a new system before it suffers an emergency breakdown. 

This brings up one of the Big Questions about residential air conditioning: How long can you expect your central air conditioner to last? You want to know when it’s time to plan for a new AC installation and leave aside scheduling air conditioning repair in Essex, VT.

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Late Summer Signs You May Need a New AC

Monday, August 16th, 2021

air-conditioner-with-dirty-coilsAugust is the time when air conditioning systems face serious challenges. Not just because of the heat, but also because of the wear and tear they’ve gone through in the first part of summer.

Regular maintenance in spring is an immense help with getting an AC through the entire summer, including the heaviest period during August. But there’s a case of air conditioning fatigue in late summer that no amount of maintenance or repairs can help—an air conditioner that’s too old. 

During the end of summer, you may notice signs from your air conditioner that it’s ready for retirement, either right now or in the coming fall when you won’t need cooling as much. Follow us below for a list of the major warning signs you need new air conditioning in Essex, VT.

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The Difference a New Thermostat Can Make for Home Cooling

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

setting-thermostatAre you looking for ways to improve your home’s air conditioning in Plattsburgh, NY, but you also don’t think it’s time to have your current AC system replaced? If the reason you want better cooling is that the AC isn’t doing the job you expect from it, then the best next step is to arrange for us to check out the system and repair it—and the sooner, the better for your cooling and your bills.

But if the AC is working the way it always has, but you want greater convenience and lower bills, then we recommend calling us to look into options to upgrade the thermostat. This can not only benefit your cooling, but it will also improve your home heating as well.

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Didn’t Schedule AC Maintenance in Spring? It’s Still Not Too Late!

Monday, July 19th, 2021

service-reminder-clockOh no, did you forget to arrange to have our professionals maintain your AC in spring? No worries, you can still have it done. You may think that it’s too late and maybe feel tempted to wait until next spring, but this can spell trouble for your home cooling system. We encourage you to call us for this important air conditioning service in Essex, VT as soon as possible.

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What Can Go Wrong When an AC Has a Clogged Filter

Monday, July 5th, 2021

man-with-furnace-filterOne of the top pieces of advice we have for homeowners when it comes to their air conditioning system is, “Replace the air filter regularly.” We’d wager that if you asked a hundred HVAC technicians for their top piece of AC advice, more than 90 would give the same answer. It’s easy to do, and it prevents so many problems. 

During routine maintenance, our technicians will take care of changing the filter. But during the rest of the summer you will have to do the job—usually every 1 to 3 months, depending on the strength of the filter. It isn’t a tough task, and if you have any questions about it, you can always ask our team. If you want to know why this is so important, we’ll list some of the problems that a clogged filter can cause an air conditioner. 

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Why Is Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 21st, 2021

water-dropletsYou know if you see water leaking from pipes or the water heater in your home that there’s trouble. But when you notice water leaking from the cabinet of your air conditioner, you might feel confused. Your air conditioning system isn’t hooked up to the water line in your house, so where is this water coming from? And is leaking water a reason to call for technicians to repair the AC?

The answer to the last question is usually yes. We’ll answer the first question as well as get into why water may be leaking from the AC below. 

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Why Does My AC Keep Turning Off Too Early?

Monday, June 7th, 2021

vent-cover-in-ceilingA common cause for an AC failing to keep a house cool enough during summer is because the air conditioning system isn’t completing its full cooling cycle and instead shuts down early. Sometimes the air conditioner may come back on soon after and repeat the process; this is called short-cycling. But the AC may also simply shut off and stay off for a long stretch. Either is bad news for your comfort, since it doesn’t give the cool air ample time to spread through the rooms, and short cycling brings the added problem of extra strain put on the system.

Below we’ll go over some of the more common reasons your AC might be shutting down before it’s done its job.

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