Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Arlington’

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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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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Should You Get a New Furnace in Time for Winter?

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Here we are in the fall, and we can expect to enjoy some gorgeous weather in Virginia in the coming months before the winter cold really arrives. During this space between the temperature extremes of the year is when we recommend that you evaluate your home furnace to see if it needs to be replaced. If you have a furnace that’s only a few years old, it will probably be fine for the winter—as long as it receives its annual maintenance inspection and tune-up. (Get on the schedule for maintenance before it gets crowded!)

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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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3 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Are you frustrated by the way that your air smells? An odd smell is one of the most common indicators that your indoor air should be evaluated, but it’s not the only one. In fact, indoor air quality is not so easily assessed by the senses alone, and it may take a professional evaluation to figure out what’s exactly in your air. Let’s take a look at three ways you can keep your indoor air clean! 

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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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Can I Do Air Conditioning Maintenance on My Own?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The answer to this question is a little bit of “yes” and whole lot of “no.” Let’s start with the “no” part first.

No, You Must Leave Annual AC Maintenance to HVAC Professionals

We cannot exaggerate how important regular air conditioning maintenance is to the performance and longevity of a cooling system. For every year that an AC misses its spring maintenance tune-up and inspection, it will lose around 5% of its energy efficiency and it will also be at an increased risk of suffering from malfunctions or even a complete system breakdown. Regular maintenance will prevent around 85% of repair needs and help a system work for 15 to 20 years without a major loss in efficiency.

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Now Is a Great Time to Install a New Air Conditioning System

Monday, March 28th, 2016

The temperatures are now starting to warm up as we move into spring. The air conditioning system in your home might not be doing much work yet—maybe an hour here and there during the middle or one of two days out of the week—but its heaviest period of use is coming up… soon!

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When Your Heating System Just Won’t Heat: Steps to Follow

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Last month, we discussed the importance of ensuring your heating system is regularly serviced to maintain the efficiency of the system. Sometimes though, despite your best efforts as a diligent homeowner, you find yourself facing a detrimental winter problem: your heating system just won’t heat.

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