Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Is It Normal to See Ice on My AC?

Monday, September 9th, 2019

No, it’s not.

But we can’t leave it there, nor do we want to. We care about our customers and want them to have working air conditioning systems. When ice starts to form along an AC’s evaporator coil (which it where it begins), it’s a sign of distress. The AC needs a professional’s eye and may require extensive repairs. If the problem at the root of the ice isn’t fixed, the air conditioner will lose cooling capacity and may suffer from a complete breakdown.

Now that we’ve put an appropriate amount of fear into you, let’s get into what this ice means and why it spells bad news for an air conditioning system.

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The Benefits of a High Velocity AC System

Monday, July 29th, 2019

At Basnett, we take pride in staying current with the finest in air conditioning and other home comfort technology. It’s an important part of our job to make sure our customers can choose from the best in equipment to keep their homes cooled through the summer weather.

When it comes to great technology in air conditioning in Acton, MA, high velocity systems are among the most advanced—and a Unico high velocity system may be the perfect new system you’ve been searching for!

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How Do AC Refrigerant Leaks Start?

Monday, June 17th, 2019
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One of the most common troubles that can affect a central air conditioning system is the refrigerant leak. Our technicians often answer repair calls for air conditioners that aren’t working right and discover that the fault comes from refrigerant leaking from the system. The big problem with losing refrigerant is that an air conditioning system is designed to operate at a specific amount of refrigerant (known as its charge). If it declines, the air conditioner will lose cooling power and eventually the compressor will suffer from permanent damage.

Why do these leaks start in the first place? Are there any steps you can take to prevent this?

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How an HVAC Contractor Knows How Powerful an AC You Need

Monday, May 20th, 2019
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Installing a new central air conditioning system into a house is a more complex process than many people realize. It isn’t as simple as picking a unit that fits inside the HVAC cabinet and sliding it into place. One of the most important decisions in an AC installation is choosing how powerful a unit the house needs for comfort.

An HVAC contractor in Harvard, MA knows how powerful an air conditioner to install through a process called “sizing.” It isn’t about the physical size of the air conditioner, but how much cooling in BTUs (British Thermal Units) it must put out in order to supply the household with sufficient cooling.

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You’ve Decided to Get a New AC—Now What?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
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The choice has been made: you can no longer trust your air conditioner to provide dependable, energy-efficient cooling for your house. With summer coming up, now is the right time to have HVAC professionals install a new air conditioner to provide you with many years of the comfort your family needs.

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AC Maintenance Can Help You Settle the “Repair or Replace?” Question

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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When spring starts, we recommend you evaluate the performance of your home air conditioning system over the previous year. Any type of central air conditioning system has a limited service life. No matter how well the AC is cared for, a time will come when continuing with repairs isn’t the best idea and the AC needs to be replaced.

Sometimes it’s easy to decide when to replace an air conditioner. If a central cooling system fails entirely and is beyond what any repair could reasonably fix, that’s a clear-cut sign it’s time for new system. But this extreme situation is rare, and you want to avoid it if at all possible by replacing the air conditioner before reaching this point. On the other hand, you don’t want to choose to pay for a replacement if less expensive repairs will keep the AC going effectively for a few more years.

If you’re currently in a bind about “repair vs. replace” for your air conditioner, we recommend calling professionals for spring AC maintenance. You should always schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system before the summer weather—and in this case you can ask your maintenance tech important questions about replacement.

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Why a Higher Setting on the Thermostat in Summer Is Better

Monday, August 13th, 2018

thermostat-settingYou may look at the title of this post and think that we’re a bit batty. “It’s summer, it’s hot outside! Why would I want to turn my thermostat up and make it hotter?”

Well, we aren’t encouraging you to heat your house. We’re encouraging you (something the Department of Energy does as well) to put your thermostat at a higher setting than you normally have it when you’re trying to keep cool. It’s likely that you have the thermostat pushed down to a setting that’s too low for ideal comfort and energy conservation.

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The Overcharged or Undercharged AC: Why You Don’t Want Either!

Monday, July 16th, 2018

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantWhat does an overcharged or undercharged air conditioning system mean?

It doesn’t have anything to do with price, and it isn’t electrically charged the way a cell phone or other mobile device is charged. The “charge” in this case refers to the amount of chemical refrigerant circulating inside an AC system.

  • Too much refrigerant: overcharged.
  • Too little refrigerant: undercharged.

To understand why either situation is a serious problem, we have to explain a bit about refrigerant.

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Why Air Conditioning Maintenance Is So Great

Monday, April 9th, 2018

service-blue-markerI know it makes us sound like a little kid when we say that air conditioning maintenance is so great—but we know its genuinely great for your air conditioning system, and that means it’s great for your home and family. We strongly recommend you have AC maintenance done each spring, and so does the U.S. Department of Energy.

The great reasons to schedule spring AC maintenance

Why is air conditioning maintenance so great? Here are a few of the reasons:

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Why Ductless Mini Splits Are So Popular in Our Area

Monday, July 31st, 2017

ductless-air-conditioning-remoteIt goes by many names, but whatever you call it, the system you see pictured above is gaining popularity in recent years. A ductless system makes it possible for people without any conventional ventilation system to get the level of cooling they need to keep an entire home cool—and warm!

Today, we’ll go into a little bit of information on how ductless mini splits work better for ductless homes than many other systems, and why they are so popular in our area. Call our team to schedule your ductless system installation in Concord, MA.

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