Signature HVAC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘West Chester’

Own a New Home? Here’s Why We Recommend You Schedule AC Service

Monday, September 13th, 2021
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Purchasing a home is an adventure. It has its joys as well as obstacles, and once you’re finally ready to move in, it can feel like you’ve run a marathon or been on a 24-hour bumper car ride. Now you and your family are moving in and adjusting to your new house—and likely finding plenty of things you’d like to change or improve. 

We know this is, well, a lot. You’ve already gone through one rollercoaster, and now you have a list of other tasks. We want to draw your attention to one task that may slip past you, but which is one of the most important: schedule service for the AC. It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, having professionals inspect and maintain the central air conditioner can save you many hassles later.

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How Long Can I Expect My AC to Last?

Monday, August 16th, 2021
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When the summer comes to an end—and despite the current heat, that end arrives in a bit over a month—we recommend our customers take stock of their central air conditioners. An AC goes through plenty during a summer, and some warning signs can indicate that a cooling system is ready for replacement. 

This topic brings up a question people often have about their central air conditioners: how many years of service can they expect from theirs? 

It’s a good question, and it has several answers. Below we’ll go into the details of the life expectancy of a central air conditioner. 

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Why Can’t My Central Air Conditioner Keep Up With the Heat?

Monday, June 21st, 2021
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This isn’t what you signed up for when you got your air conditioning system for your home (or you inherited the air conditioner when you moved into your current home). You expect a central AC to provide enough cooling to keep your home comfortable, no matter the heatwave outside. And yet right now you’re struggling to stay cool even when the AC is working full-throttle. You can feel cool air coming from the vents, but it apparently isn’t enough. Why is your air conditioner experiencing problems keeping up with the hot weather?

There are many possibilities for this problem, and they range from simple ones you can correct on your own to more complicated issues requiring central AC repair in West Chester, PA, or even a full system replacement. Below, we’re going to get into some of the more common causes of an AC that can’t keep up.

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Warning Signs Your AC Is Leaking Refrigerant

Monday, May 24th, 2021
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Last year we wrote about the role refrigerant plays in your air conditioning system: it’s not an energy source for an AC but rather how an AC removes heat from the air to cool it down. In that post, we briefly talked about why both too much and too little refrigerant is major trouble for an air conditioner.

Today we’re going to get into details about having too little refrigerant, which is a common cause for air conditioning repair in West Chester, PA. The refrigerant lines in an air conditioner can develop leaks due to corrosion, and this problem can start affecting an AC system after only five years in service—it’s not just an “old air conditioner” problem!

Refrigerant leaks need repairs as soon as possible, since a low refrigerant charge puts the entire system in jeopardy. But refrigerant leaks aren’t often obvious at first, so we’ve put together a list of warning signs that will tell you it’s time to call us to check out the AC.

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Why It’s Important to Have Your AC Professionally Sized

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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“Sizing” an air conditioning system? You may not have heard the term before and find it a bit odd. You’re not going to wear the air conditioner. Is that about making sure an air conditioning system fits in the space it’s supposed to go?

What sizing means with air conditioning installation is finding out how powerful a unit is needed to provide the required level of comfort for a home without wasting energy. It’s a vital step in AC installation, and one you don’t want to get wrong. That’s why we recommend only having professionals take care of your next air conditioning installation in West Chester, PA.

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5 Signs You May Need an AC Replacement

Monday, April 26th, 2021
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In our last post, we wrote about the importance of scheduling regular air conditioning maintenance this spring (and every spring). One of the benefits of regular maintenance is that it helps an air conditioning system last for as long as possible. However, no amount of maintenance can make an AC system last forever. It’s best to get ahead of a failing air conditioning system and notice the early warnings that it needs a replacement in the near future. 

Below are five major ways to tell it’s close to the time when you should schedule an air conditioning replacement in West Chester, PA.

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April Means It’s Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, April 12th, 2021
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April is the full first month of spring. Even though it can sometimes bring cold weather surprises (such as dropping below 45°F) here in West Chester, this is when the temperatures start their gradual climb toward the highs of July. And that means it’s time to turn your attention to your air conditioning system. Is it ready to handle the coming hot weather? The best way to be sure is to call a reliable HVAC company West Chester, PA and schedule air conditioning maintenance. In other words, call Signature HVAC!

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Why Your Heater Is Leaving Cold Spots in the House

Monday, January 18th, 2021
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A central heating system is supposed to provide warmth throughout a home, reaching to all the rooms connected to the ductwork. Although not all rooms warm up the same way, the heater should at least provide a general even comfort level for everyone in the household.

So … why is your heating system not doing this? Why are you discovering rooms that are colder than they should be? 

Uneven heating like this is a common issue a house may encounter, and it often requires professional heating repair in West Chester, PA to correct it. Below are some reasons for these cold spots appearing in your house.

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How an Energy Recovery Ventilator Helps Your Home in Winter

Monday, January 4th, 2021
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Conditions in a house get stuffy during winter. The doors and windows must stay closed to keep heat trapped inside. The only way to enjoy any fresh air that sweeps out the stale and polluted air is to open up windows—and who wants to do that when it’s below freezing outside? 

But there’s a solution. Open doors and windows aren’t actually the only way to enjoy fresh air. We can install a device called an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) in your HVAC system that lets you enjoy fresh air all winter without the chills.

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Can My Gas Furnace Become Dangerous?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
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Giving a straightforward answer to this question might sound alarmist, so before we give that answer, here’s important information to know:

Gas furnaces are built to the highest safety standards for use in homes and rarely create dangers for households where they are used as long as the furnace is cared for properly and repaired as needed. 

If gas furnaces were a routine danger for homes, they would never be allowed in homes in the first place! So please take solace knowing that with the right assistance from West Chester, PA, HVAC experts, your furnace should offer you years of safe operation.

However, yes, your gas furnace can become dangerous. 

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