Picture Rocks Cooling Heating & Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Got an Old AC? Great Reasons to Upgrade to a New One at the End of the Year

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

If you’ve got an air conditioner that’s past its prime, you might be thinking that you’ll consider getting a new one in the spring, before the weather gets hot. That’s definitely an option, but it might not be your best option. There are some very good reasons to consider choosing a new AC system now and getting it installed this fall. Here are some factors to weigh.

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Tips to Ease Late Summer Stress on Your AC

Monday, August 28th, 2023

Autumn is approaching, but right now it’s still very hot, and your air conditioner has been working hard to keep you comfortable these last few months. The last thing you want right now is a major AC repair or a breakdown leaving you stranded in the heat while you wait for a technician. How can you keep your AC unit running smoothly for the rest of the summer? Here are some tips for limiting stress on your air conditioner.

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This Is One of the Most Common AC Problems

Monday, August 14th, 2023

While it’s possible to encounter a truly odd air conditioner issue—a nest of snakes in the outdoor unit, perhaps!—in general, AC technicians see the same handful of problems over and over. As a homeowner, if you can spot these problems when they start, you can get repairs sooner and avoid the major complications that occur when air conditioners are forced to run even though they’re struggling. One common symptom of serious AC problems that you should keep an eye (or ear) out for is short cycling. Here’s what you need to know.

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Why Won’t My AC Evenly Cool the House?

Monday, July 17th, 2023

Summer in Arizona! It’s pretty incredible out there, isn’t it? Make sure you drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen, and if you start to overheat, get back indoors where you have a reliable air conditioner.

But wait—what’s that you say? Your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home evenly? If you have hot spots in your home that your AC unit can’t seem to cool, or some rooms stay much warmer than others, we’ve got solutions for you.

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Cut Your Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

Monday, July 3rd, 2023

The cost of running your air conditioner all summer really adds up. But in our area, you can’t really do without it. If you can’t just stop using the AC, what can you do? Here are some tips on how to lower your electric bills by using your air conditioner as efficiently as possible this summer.

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What to Expect When You Schedule AC Repair

Monday, June 5th, 2023

Of course, it would be wonderful if appliances always operated smoothly and nothing ever went wrong. But complex systems like air conditioners have many components that can encounter problems, and even the best air conditioner will occasionally need repairs. When that does happen, make sure to get repairs done promptly, so the problem doesn’t worsen.

If you’re not sure what to expect when a technician comes to repair your AC unit, you’ll be better prepared once you’ve read this.

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Catch AC Problems Early and Keep Repairs Small

Monday, May 8th, 2023

It can be tempting to postpone all kinds of things that might be inconvenient or costly. When you suspect that something is wrong with your air conditioner, and you don’t know just how bad it is or how much it will cost to have it repaired, you might try to push it out of your mind and hope for the best.

But that’s the last thing you should do. Delaying air conditioner repairs can be catastrophic. Prompt repair can resolve a small issue before it becomes a big problem. Here are some examples to encourage you to take quick action and avoid AC disasters.

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Lasting Benefits of AC Maintenance

Monday, April 24th, 2023

Springtime in Arizona is truly gorgeous. But don’t get so caught up in the beautiful weather that you forget what’s coming next. When summer hits, you need to be ready for it, which means that your air conditioner needs to be ready for months of hard work. How can you be sure that you’ll have consistent, effective air conditioning all summer? By scheduling AC maintenance now.

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AC Repair vs. Full Replacement: Everything You Need to Know

Monday, April 10th, 2023

It’s about to get hot again, folks. How’s your air conditioner doing? Is it ready for another long season of hard work keeping your house cool? Or has it been having a rough time? Will it need significant repairs before you can count on it to work?

When an air conditioner has major problems, should it be repaired or replaced? We’ve got some tips for you to help make that decision.

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Wait, What’s That Sound from My AC?

Monday, March 13th, 2023

Your air conditioner will always make some noise. It’s got a big job to do, after all. But there are certain sounds that indicate that it’s operating properly—the hum of the compressor, the whir of the fan—and other sounds that indicate your AC needs repairs.

If you hear anything sudden, loud, or unexpected from your air conditioner, you need to get a technician to take a look at it. Here are some of the sounds an AC unit might make, and what kind of issues could cause it to make those noises. 

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