MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Your AC to Break Down

Monday, November 26th, 2018

ac-maintenanceHomeowners are willing to spend a lot of money on a highly efficient and effective air conditioning system. Yet, as time passes and they begin to take the AC for granted, some may neglect to have it serviced for necessary maintenance and repair checks.

Of course, we understand. After installing an AC, the goal should be to spend as little money as possible—not to find new reasons to spend money! But what if we told you that spending the money on a couple maintenance calls is the key to reducing AC expenses? If you’re intrigued, or simply confused, keep reading and we’ll explain.

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AC Installation Is Not a DIY Job!

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

air-conditioner-installationWe don’t condone anyone to do their own, DIY air conditioning installation. You might be thinking, “Of course not, because how would you make any money?”

True. It is our job, after all. But mostly, we’re worried about the extra time and money it will cost you after the fact. Many homeowners who embark on these DIY installations don’t realize how many things can possibly go wrong in an AC installation—and it’s not always apparent at first.

The experience of a professional HVAC contractor can recognize a good installation when they see one, and it’s what gives them the confidence to guarantee a job well done. However, we can’t say the same for amateur installations. We’ll give you a few reasons why DIY doesn’t work out the way you think it would.

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AC Problems That Cause Energy Bill Spikes

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

blue-question-markNow that we are in the hottest months of the year, have your summer energy bills gone sky high? It would be unbearable to go without AC in this muggy Missouri heat, but you can take measures to identify problems and lower your consumption. If you are seeing pricey bills, one of these reasons listed below is most likely the culprit.

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3 Things to Look for in an HVAC Contractor

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

hvac-contractor-working-on-ourdoor-ac-unitIf you do your research, you’ll probably find countless reasons why you should choose this HVAC contractor over that HVAC contractor. But the fact of the matter is this: If you’re not already a professional HVAC contractor yourself, it’ll be tough to see the signs of what makes a truly good one.

In our opinion, however, what matters most is availability and true expertise in what it takes to make you feel the most comfortable in your home. In this post, we’ll give you three things that you should look for to find a good HVAC contractor.

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Watch for Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, May 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairKansas City summers are as hot as they come, and a good air conditioner is more a necessity than luxury when the thermometer starts to rise. The last thing you need is a breakdown just when the summer temperatures are at their highest, or a sudden repair call forcing you to scramble to rearrange your schedule just to keep your home comfortable.

We’re using our air conditioners right now, but the weather is still comparatively cool. That means now is an excellent time to watch for the signs that you need repairs. While you should never formally diagnose a problem with your air conditioner (AC units contain delicate and complex components that require formal training and licensing to address, as well as potentially dangerous material like chemical refrigerant), you can still spot the signs that something is wrong.

Generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match the normal functions of your air conditioner is reason to call a repair service. You’re likely familiar with how your system operates, even if it’s just a subconscious acceptance of the “normal” sights and sounds. That should make it easy to notice anything out of the ordinary.

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How to Spot a Leak in your Ducts

Monday, August 21st, 2017

air-conditioning-duct-leaksSummers mean regular air conditioning use, and prudent homeowners will take steps to ensure their systems are running reliably all summer long. But the unit itself is only one part of the entire air conditioning system, and those other components run into trouble too. The good news is that a qualified air conditioning technician can usually correct issues with all of those components. The bad news is that they can often be more difficult to spot.

Once you get past the air conditioner itself, the ducts remain the most common spot for problems, notably leaks and breaches which can cause issues throughout the entire AC system. Unfortunately, spotting a duct leak or breach can be exceedingly difficult, since ducts are usually placed in out-of-the-way locations like behind your walls or in the attic. You can’t call for repairs until you spot the problem. So how do you do that when the problem is hidden?

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How to Lower Your AC Bills This Summer

Monday, July 24th, 2017

AC-upgrades-and-repairsKansas summers are blazingly hot, with healthy amounts of mugginess and humidity thrown in for good measure. A reliable air conditioner is as important as electricity and running water in those circumstances. Going without it can make your household miserable at best, and it may even become a health hazard at worst. That means you need your air conditioner to run for many long hours, and to a certain extent, you need to be prepared to accept higher monthly bills regardless of what steps you take.

But those high bills can often hide unnecessary costs, and while you will be paying more for your air conditioner during the summer, make sure you’re not paying more than is absolutely necessary. You can take a number of steps to lower your AC bills this summer. Some of them involve upgrades to your system which may require the services of a professional. Others, however, can be easily implemented by homeowners on their own (and indeed, you may already be practicing some of them yourself).

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Repair or Replace a Faulty Air Conditioner?

Monday, July 10th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairKansas summers are hot and muggy, and we’re right in the middle of yet another scorching July here in the heartland. Your household air conditioner becomes as important as your electrical or plumbing system in conditions like these, and you need your system to run all day every day in many cases just to stay on top of the heat.

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Tips for Installing Ductless AC Systems

Monday, June 26th, 2017

ductless-air-conditionerDuctless cooling systems and other types of alternate air conditioning can be a huge benefit to the right home. There are a fair number of households in our area built before the advent of air conditioning, or otherwise unable to support the ducts required by a central air conditioning system. Ductless mini-splits get around that issue, as well as allowing for a finer level of control over the cooling power in your house. Not only can you set different temperatures in different parts of the home to suit your tastes, but by turning off the air in unused parts of the home while running it in inhabited parts, you can cut down on your cooling bills considerably.

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Why Ice Forms on Your AC Unit

Monday, June 12th, 2017

frost-on-air-c onditioningAir conditioners get put to the test every summer here in Kansas, and this summer looks to be no different. If you take a look at your unit, you might be surprised to see ice or frost forming on the interior coils. It’s not uncommon, and most people don’t think much of it. After all, air conditioners are supposed to be colder, aren’t they? In point of fact, however, that ice or frost constitutes a serious problem, which requires a trained technician to repair.

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