Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Why an Oversized Air Conditioner Is a Serious Problem

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Oversized Air Conditioner Problems

Are you in the market for a new air conditioning system, either as a replacement for an older, ailing AC unit or as part of your new home? It’s important to have HVAC professionals involved in the process from the very beginning, not just for the actual few hours of work required to put the system in place and hook it up. You’ll want them to take the proper measurements, so you can be sure you have the correct size of unit for your home. If the air conditioner is too small, it will not provide the cooling your home needs. If it is too large, it causes its own set of problems.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: It’s Already Time!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

air-conditioning-system-outdoor-unitThere are still some cold days ahead in March and even early April in Northern Virginia. March is a notoriously unpredictable period for the weather, and we’ve already swung between highs in the 70s and lows in the 30s so far this month—and it’s not even half over.

But you can use this unpredictable time for some predictable planning, such as arranging for spring maintenance for your air conditioning system in Arlington, VA. Maintenance isn’t an optional bonus for an AC—it’s a necessity to ensure the longest system life possible with the fewest repairs and the highest energy efficiency. It’s not something only we advocate: it’s a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Odd Things Your Heat Pump May Do in Winter

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Is this your first winter using a heat pump for comfort? Whether it’s because you had the system installed in the spring to prep for summer, or you’ve moved into a house that already has a heat pump, you’ll probably run into some unusual behavior from it during the winter. Most of the time, there’s nothing wrong with the heat pump—it’s simply that you’re unaccustomed to seeing the way this type of comfort system works in cold weather.

Here are two specific heat pump winter issues that seem like repair problems… but aren’t.

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How to Prepare Your AC for the Winter

Monday, December 12th, 2016

When you look at the headline of this post, you might wonder if we’ve gone a touch crazy. Temperatures are dropping and it’s already December! Why would you need to worry about preparing the air conditioning system for this kind of weather?

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The Role of Refrigerant in Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 29th, 2016

A common misunderstanding that people often have regarding air conditioning systems is that ice is used at some point in the process of cooling the air. This is why it’s easy to ignore the formation of ice along the evaporator coil—which is actually a sign of a major malfunction in the system that needs to be addressed.

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Here’s What Can Happen if You Aren’t Changing Your AC’s Air Filter Regularly

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

A part of air conditioning and heating maintenance that we stress often is changing an HVAC system’s air filter regularly. As we come to the last month of summer, any air conditioner that has a clogged filter because it hasn’t been swapped out for a fresh one can start to cause multiple problems. Below are a few of the issues your AC might face if it still has an old filter.

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Problems with Your Air Conditioner’s Compressor

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The end of summer is a period when you’ll still be running your air conditioner steadily but also have to deal with the immense amount of strain from the many months it’s been working. This is when you’re most likely to encounter AC malfunctions. The component in your air conditioner that has the highest chance of needing repair work is the compressor, which is at the core of the AC’s operation. Without the compressor, you don’t have a working air conditioner—period.

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Price vs. Quality When It Comes to AC Installation

Monday, July 4th, 2016

People are always on the hunt for ways to save money, and in general that’s a wise idea. Nobody wants to waste money on something that’s unnecessary or when they can receive the same product or quality of service for less.

But the word quality is key here. Paying less to actually receive something that’s actually less isn’t much of a savings at all! And in the case of an important piece of equipment that controls the comfort of your entire household, such as an air conditioning system, inferior quality far outweighs any upfront savings.

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When Should I Refill the Refrigerant in My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

The quick answer to this question: You will never need to refill the refrigerant in your air conditioning system.

It isn’t that an air conditioner won’t need to have more refrigerant (a.k.a. “Freon”) put into it, but a) it’s a repair issue, not a routine maintenance job; and b) even when it does need to be done, you won’t be the person doing it—it’s a task for professionals only.

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Ways to Stay Cool During an Air Conditioning Emergency

Monday, June 13th, 2016

We offer 24/7 emergency repair service for air conditioning when our customers need it. We understand that when the temperature rises, it’s vital to keep your home cool—especially if there are elderly people or young children indoors. When an air conditioner suddenly ceases working, or it won’t blow out cool air, it’s has to be repaired as fast as possible.

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