Gowland's Heating & A/C Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Odd Smells From Your AC: What They Might Mean

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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Strange sounds can warn you of an air conditioning system in need of repair work. These noises include clanging, grinding, loud clicking, hissing, and bubbling. But your ears aren’t the only sense you can use to determine if your AC is asking for help. An air conditioner can often give off strange smells that will warn you it’s time to call the Gowland’s team for AC repair in St. Bernard, LA

Below we’ll list the most common cautionary odors and what they can mean for your air conditioner.

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Enjoy the Coming Summer by Having Your AC Professionally Tuned-Up

Monday, April 11th, 2022
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Do you want to head into the coming summer—guaranteed to be another hot and humid one—with an air conditioner that’s worn down, dirty, energy-wasting, and possibly in danger of failing when the temperature is at its highest? Of course you don’t. But that’s what you’ll have if you don’t arrange for a spring tune-up and inspection with HVAC professionals. 

This annual AC maintenance is one of the most important services you can schedule for your cooling equipment. It pays off in numerous ways. We should know: we’ve handled many AC tune-ups over the more than 20 years we’ve been in business. We’ve seen how much they benefit homes, and we don’t want your home to miss out on these benefits. We’ll go over several of the reasons you want an AC tune-up each spring.

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Does a Burnt-Out Compressor Mean My AC Must Be Replaced?

Monday, September 13th, 2021
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The “dead compressor” is one of the most feared problems with an air conditioner. The compressor is the most powerful part of an air conditioner, the component that uses the most electrical power to run. It’s also essential for an AC to provide cooling power. If a compressor fails because it burns out, the conventional wisdom is that the part is far too expensive to replace. Instead, professionals must replace the entire air conditioning system. 

But conventional wisdom isn’t always correct. If you’ve wondered if a burnt-out compressor is the end of the line for your AC, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll go into the four different options you have when your air conditioning system’s compressor dies to see which one is best for your situation.

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Understanding “Tonnage” and Your Commercial HVAC System

Monday, August 16th, 2021
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You need new cooling/heating for your commercial business. How many tons of heating and cooling does your facility require for proper climate control?

“Wait a minute … tons of cooling? That doesn’t sound right. How can heating and cooling be measured as tons?”

We know that this sounds odd when first hearing it. If you don’t work in commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration, the idea of “tons” when it comes to heating and cooling has a bizarre ring to it. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the weight of the HVAC equipment. But knowing the proper “tonnage” of your commercial HVAC in Covington, LA is essential for getting new equipment that does what you need from it without wasting energy.

Follow us below as we explain tonnage for people who don’t work in HVAC. 

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Why Is Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
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When your home’s central air conditioner is running, you’ll expect to hear several sounds from it: the whir of the motors powering the fans and the compressor, a slight rattle from the vents as the system starts up, and the occasional dripping of water. 

So you know that water is involved at some point in the cooling process. It therefore might not come as a surprise when you see water leaking from the AC’s cabinet. But what is causing this? Is it something that requires calling us for AC repair in Covington, LA?

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Is It Too Late to Schedule AC Maintenance?

Monday, July 19th, 2021
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When was the last time you scheduled a maintenance visit for your air conditioning system? Like any other appliance with moving parts, you should know that your air conditioner also requires maintenance to ensure smooth operations and long life. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not bother with their air conditioners until it starts giving them serious trouble and requires them to call professionals for AC repair.

If you are wondering whether it is too late to call a professional for air conditioning maintenance in Slidell, LA, you should know that it is never too late. It is only too late to schedule maintenance when it breaks down beyond repair, and you need to entirely replace the unit.

Ideally, you should schedule maintenance during spring to get the task out of the way at a convenient time in the year. However, it is better late than never. If you have not scheduled AC maintenance this year, you should schedule it now.

We will discuss the consequences of not maintaining your air conditioner to help you understand why it is good to stay current with maintenance.

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Know the Cooling Limits of Your AC

Monday, July 5th, 2021
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When it gets hot and humid in New Orleans, you’ll need your AC working hard to keep you cool. But this is a good time to ask how hard your air conditioner can work. You probably already know that your air conditioning system cannot make your house as cold as the inside of a refrigerator, and if you look at the thermostat you’ll see it has the lowest setting of 60°F, which is already pretty cold for most people. 

We’re going to discuss the actual limits of your AC, which can help you know how to get the best services with the fewest problems from your air conditioning in Slidell, LA.

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Setting Your Thermostat for Summer Savings

Monday, June 21st, 2021
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Air conditioning systems offer you a much-needed respite from the intense summer heat. The system can keep your home cool and comfortable for you to come back to after a long and tiring day at work in the heat.

Unfortunately, as the temperatures start going up, so do the bills as your HVAC system works harder to keep your home cool. Many people do not realize that it is easy to cut down on excessive energy bills if they learn how to manage their thermostat settings.

Keeping your home cool and comfortable during the summer while ensuring that the bills do not get too high requires finding a delicate balance in your thermostat’s settings during the summer.

We’ve written this guide to help you get the best out of your air conditioning in Slidell, LA, while saving a substantial amount on your energy bills.

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Tips to Get the Most from Your AC in Summer

Monday, June 7th, 2021
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June is here and so is the hot summer weather. We can soon expect to have daily highs in the low 90s, and that means home air conditioning systems will be running regularly. The whirr of the compressor from your AC will become a part of your daily life. 

You might not realize it, but you may not be getting the most effective summer performance from your air conditioning in Marrero, LA. The AC could be costing you more than it should to run, or it’s not delivering the highest cooling capacity. But that’s why we’re here—we have advice and AC services that can help your air conditioner deliver the best for your household over this summer. Here are a few tips to maximize your home’s cooling so you can have an even better, cooler summer. 

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“Dirty Sock Syndrome” in Your AC—The Lowdown

Monday, May 24th, 2021
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You don’t need much more description of what “dirty sock syndrome” is like than the name. You know what that smell is like, and it’s not pleasant, to put it mildly. 

But what does “dirty sock syndrome” actually mean aside from the terrible odor? It’s a type of AC problem that is unfortunately common in a place like New Orleans where there are high humidity levels in the summer. If you are running your air conditioner system and notice that ugly odor of piles of unwashed socks (once again, ewww), then you may have an air conditioner that’s got a bad case of dirty sock syndrome.

So let’s put clothespins on our noses and move forward to find out what dirty sock syndrome is and what can be done about it.

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