Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Archive for June, 2017

3 Tips for Doing Air Conditioning Repair the Right Way

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

During one of our summers in Virginia, a home’s air conditioner will receive a serious workout. An AC here has to deal not only with overcoming high heat but also high humidity. (Although you can have a special dehumidifier integrated into your HVAC system to assist with this.) All this stress can lead to an air conditioner that needs repairs to keep it running effectively and efficiently.

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When Should I Refill the Refrigerant in My Air Conditioner?

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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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Air Conditioning Repair in Fairfax, VA: AC Constantly Running

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

There are a few sure signs that an air conditioning system is in trouble, and an AC that runs constantly is definitely one of them. There are many different reasons why your air conditioner may be running constantly, and it is always necessary to contact a professional Fairfax, VA air conditioning repair technician if you experience this problem in your home. During the hot summer months you cannot afford to take any risks with the condition and performance of your air conditioning system. Call OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. at the first sign of trouble with your AC. Protect your comfort and the condition of your air conditioning system during the hottest time of the year.

One reason that your air conditioning system won’t stop running is simple user error. If you have set your thermostat incorrectly your AC may be struggling to reach a temperature it cannot attain. Make sure that you have not accidentally set your thermostat too low and that you have it set to “auto”. If you have the fan set to “on” then it will continue to run until you adjust the setting. Of course, not all problems with your AC will be as simple to resolve. It is also possible that your thermostat is faulty. If it is not able to read temperatures accurately then your system will not operate correctly.

Another problem that could lead to this issue is leaky ductwork. If your air conditioner is producing cold air but it is being lost en route to the different areas of your home through air leaks, it will continue to replace that lost energy. This not only has a negative impact on the comfort level in your home but can also put unnecessary strain on your system, leading to further problems and high cooling costs.

To learn more about possible system failures that could cause your AC to run constantly, call the Fairfax, VA air conditioning repair professionals at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. Our skilled technicians will be able to determine with certainty what the issue is and how best to repair the problem.

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Some Things to Consider for New Water Heater Installation

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

The water heater is one of the most important appliances in a home. Unlike the air conditioning and the heating systems, a household water heater is expected to work throughout the year, no matter the season. You always need hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. When you’re in the process of having a water heat put into your house—whether it’s the first installation for a new home or a replacement system for an older unit—you need to put some extra thought into your options.

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When to Schedule Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Sometimes it can be difficult to know when you need to call for air conditioning repair –  homeowners start to notice problems with their system, but they just ignore them and hope they go away. This usually just results in the problem getting worse. Call the Alexandria, VA air conditioning repair professionals at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. for you think something is wrong with your system. We have years of experience working with countless homeowners to help them get their AC system back up and working again fast. Check out some of the common signs that could mean that you need to call for repair.

  • Strange noises – This is one of the best ways that you can tell if you need AC repair. Your AC unit has a number of moving parts that should make some noise during operation, but pay attention if you AC gets louder or starts making a sound you haven’t heard before. Hissing can be a sign of a refrigerant leak, squealing could be a problem with your fan belt, and gurgling could be a problem with your condensate drain.
  • Inefficient operation – If you notice that your utility bills are going up even though you haven’t been running your air conditioner more often, it could mean that your AC is having problems cooling that are causing it to use more energy. This likely means that you need to call for air conditioning repair.
  • The air filter – One of the easiest to prevent air conditioning problems is a clogged air filter. Your AC’s filter is there to make sure that any dust and dirt don’t get into the internal moving parts. If the filter isn’t changed regularly it can get clogged and cause inefficient cooling or a frozen evaporator coil.

For air conditioning repair in Alexandria, VA, just call the friendly specialists at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc..

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How to Tell That You Need a New Water Heater

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

A good storage tank water heater that received a professional installation should last you more than a decade without any significant loss of heating power or hot water volume. You may need to schedule an occasional repair for it, however, and you must remember to arrange for an annual inspection and tune-up from a professional.

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What Issues Does Air Conditioning Maintenance Address?

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Air conditioning maintenance isn’t the same as air conditioning repair. A repair session is designed to address a single specific problem or issue. Maintenance, on the other hand, is a bit of a catch-all, designed to keep the unit clean and efficient, as well as noting potential trouble spots for later repair. Ideally, you should plan for such a session at least once a year, and when it comes to air conditioning maintenance, Fairfax has the experts you can count on. But what issues does air conditioning address? Read on for the answers.

  • Cleaning. Dust and dirt are the enemy of an efficient air conditioner. They increase friction between moving parts, clogged filters and lines, and generally lead to more wear-and-tear on the system. A maintenance session is designed to clean off the dust and help your system operate more efficiently.
  • Refrigerant. Refrigerant makes your air conditioner function, but when leaks occur, you can lose a great deal of its cooling power, as well  as running the risk of further harm to other components in the system. A maintenance session can recharge refrigerant levels to their prescribed amounts.
  • Air filters. Filters become clogged over time, which reduces their efficiency and causes problems for the entire system. A technician can exchange old filters for new ones, and keep the air flowing smoothly.
  • Bolts and fasteners. Individual components can sometimes rattle in their housings when their bolts are loose, using a lot of unnecessary energy in the process. Tightening those bolts as a part of a regular maintenance session will prevent a lot of wear and tear.

All of that comes on top of the most important part of a maintenance session: spotting big problems while they’re still little ones and setting up an appointment to treat them without the fuss and cost of waiting for a breakdown. When it comes to air conditioning maintenance, Fairfax residents can turn to the experts at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc.

We have the skills you need to perform a first-rate air conditioning maintenance session and address the issues that prevent your system from being as efficient as it could be. Give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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Ways to Stay Cool During an Air Conditioning Emergency

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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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3 Reasons to Change Your Air Filter

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Your air conditioning system has an air filter in them that are there to keep dust, dirt, insects and other contaminants from getting into the equipment. There are huge benefits to regularly changing those air filters.  In this post, we will explore how keeping your air filter clean can increase efficiency and reduce repair.

For all your Alexandria, VA air conditioning service needs, make sure that you call the professionals at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigerant, Inc. We offer complete repair, installation and maintenance for all different types and brands of systems.

  • Reduce repair – One of the most common causes of air conditioning repair is a clogged air filter. A clogged air filter will restrict the flow of air through the system and put more wear and tear on your air conditioner. It can also cause problems like a frozen evaporator coil or inadequate cooling.
  • Increased efficiency – Another huge potential benefit of regularly changing your air conditioner’s air filter is that you could increase the efficiency of the system. When your AC has a clogged air filter it will have to work harder to pull air in, which leads to increased energy consumption.
  • Extended life – When your air conditioning system has to work harder to cool your home it will develop more problems more often. This can not only increase repairs and decrease efficiency, but it could also cause your equipment to prematurely break down.

For all your Alexandria, VA air conditioning repair, installation and maintenance needs, call OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigerant, Inc. As part of our regular maintenance visits our technicians will make sure to change the air filter in your AC.

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What Does MERV Rating Mean for Air Filters?

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

If you are concerned as a homeowner about the health quality of your indoor air, one of the best options available to you is the installation of mechanical air filters. These filters trap pollutants moving through your HVAC system. If professionally chosen and installed, an air filter can eliminate more than 99% of the irritants in the air, resulting in a much healthier indoors.

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