Capacitors: An AC Part That Can Fail on You This Time of Year

October 26th, 2020
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The final heat of the year can often bring the need for a major central air conditioning repair in Slidell, LA. Any home AC has already seen plenty of extreme heat this year, and if it’s managed this far without needing repairs, that’s great. (In fact, we’d wager the reason is that the system received professional maintenance in spring—no better way to prepare an AC for the “battle” with summer weather than with a pro tune-up before the season.)

As your AC comes to the finish line for the year, there are several malfunctions that may crop up because of the long strain. Even the best maintenance in the world can’t stop all malfunctions from a stressful summer. One common trouble air conditioners can encounter at this period is failed capacitors. This is an easy malfunction for our technicians to fix, so as long as you watch out for it and know the signs it’s occurring, you should have an easy end to hot weather.

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What You Need to Know About AC Replacement

October 12th, 2020
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October is the season known for many things: candy, trick-or-treating, costume parties, and marathon viewings of Universal Horror Films. But you probably haven’t thought of it as the season of air conditioning replacement. But it’s definitely one of the best months for making a significant upgrade to your AC system if the time has come to retire it. The air conditioner has just completed another hard summer keeping your house cool, and if it seems like it was its last summer, than the cooler period of October is a perfect time to schedule service with us to install a new one.

Below are a few considerations about AC replacement we want you to know before getting started.

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No Matter the Season, Fast AC Repairs Are Vital!

September 28th, 2020
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It may be fall now, but when it comes to air conditioning repair, when you need it you need it. This isn’t a time when you can delay getting a faulty air conditioning system fixed just because there’s a chance—and only a chance—you may not need it for a few months.

In general, leaving any sort of equipment with a malfunction is a poor idea. But neglecting AC repairs can put you in a trouble spot, either in the immediate future or further down the road. We’ll explain more about why fast AC repairs in Slidell, LA are important no matter the season and no matter the upcoming weather forecast.

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Grade Your AC’s Summer Performance

September 14th, 2020
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Your air conditioning system doesn’t go to school and come back with report cards. But we recommend you give your AC a report card at the end of every summer because it’s a good way for you to analyze the system’s performance. Fall is an ideal time to make upgrades or even a full replacement to your AC, and the grade you give the air conditioner will help you think about your future home cooling.

Use the classic grading system of “A” through “F” and answer this question: “How would I rate the overall performance of my air conditioning this summer?”

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This Is the Time of Year to Be Watchful for AC Repair Problems

August 31st, 2020
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With temperatures in the upper 80s and sometimes the 90s and relative humidity above 80%, this is a time of year when we need to rely heavily on our home air conditioning systems for comfort. (By the way, if your air conditioning system doesn’t have a dehumidifier built into it, we recommend calling us for whole-house dehumidifier installation. It can make an enormous difference in comfort and how much you run the AC.)

Because we depend so much on air conditioning systems at the close of the summer, and because air conditioners have already put in so much hard work in the first half of the season, this is a period when ACs are at the highest risk of malfunctions and even full breakdowns.

This post is our way to help remind you to keep a close watch for indications you need AC repairs in Slidell, LA. We are ready to help the moment you’ve got an AC dealing with late-summer woes!

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Don’t Hesitate With an AC Replacement—Even in Late Summer!

August 17th, 2020
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We can guess the story: you have an older AC, but it’s been running well the last few years and you don’t see any reason to purchase a new one yet. You head into the summer season, and all seems well. And then, kablooie—the air conditioner stops working, or it can no longer keep up with your cooling needs.

Can you get it fixed? Possibly. You can call our technicians to come take a look at the system and give you an idea of what they need to do. But if the AC is extremely old (over 15 years in service) or worn down and the repair would cost more than it’s worth (such as more than half the cost of the replacement), you may want to consider a new AC installation in Slidell, LA.

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The Heat Pump Difference: Is It the Right AC Alternative for You?

August 3rd, 2020
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Let’s talk about the heat pump. If you aren’t familiar with the heat pump as an HVAC option, here’s the lowdown:

A heat pump is similar to an air conditioner. It uses electricity to power a compressor that places refrigerant under pressure. The refrigerant circulates between two sets of coils, indoors and outdoors. Hot refrigerant moving from the compressor first releases heat by condensing in one set of coils, then the cold refrigerant absorbs heat by evaporating in the other set of coils. What’s different with a heat pump is that it can reverse the way it circulates refrigerant. An AC can only move refrigerant so it absorbs heat from the indoor coils and releases heat through the outdoor coils. A heat pump can switch this process, bringing heat from the outside indoors. This means it’s a heating and cooling system in one.

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Why You Should Trust Professionals With Your AC Services

July 20th, 2020
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We understand many homeowners are looking for ways to make their money go farther. We encourage that! But a big part of improving home finances is understanding where to invest the money in professional services. You can take over doing all the garden work yourself—but when it comes to handling air conditioning services, from repairs to a replacement, you only want to trust to a full professional Slidell, LA air conditioning company. Don’t try to do the work on your own, and don’t let an amateur talk you into using their unlicensed service!

Why is it so important that you turn to professionals only for AC services? Here are a few of the best reasons.

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When Is My AC Problem an Emergency?

July 6th, 2020
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We take great pride at Gowland’s with the speed of our service. It’s why we say that we are available at your convenience rather than ours. We are ready with 24-hour emergency service for air conditioning repair in Slidell, LA, and throughout the New Orleans area because we know how much our customers depend on their cooling equipment during hot and humid Louisiana summers.

But we also understand that people may feel hesitant about calling for emergency repairs. “What counts as an emergency?” they ask. “When do I need to have repairs right now?”

The simplest way we can answer this is, “If you think it’s an emergency, treat it like one.” You won’t regret calling for service even if the situation wasn’t as urgent as you first believed. When you think you need help right away, go with that instinct. And please, don’t try to repair the AC yourself or look to an amateur who makes big promises to do it. You won’t like the results.

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Basic Repair Warning Sounds From Your AC

June 22nd, 2020
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You never want an air conditioning malfunction to sneak up on you, since it can mean losing cooling for your house during one of the hottest days of summer. You can’t predict all air conditioning problems ahead of time, but the majority will give off some warning signs. If you know what to look for—or in this case, listen for—you can call our repairs experts in time to head off a bigger disaster.

Odds sounds are among the commonest ways that an air conditioner signals something is wrong with it. Please don’t overlook these strange noises just because the cooling capacity of the AC still seems fine. These sounds almost always indicate a problem that will worsen without attention from technicians.

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