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Why is My Air Conditioner Making Clicking Noises?

With any forced air heating or cooling system, there’s going to be sounds associated with air flowing through the duct work, in fact, it’s one of the main reasons people opt for the quieter radiant heat in the winter. Some units give off a light whirl that is ignored as background noise after a homeowner becomes familiar with it, while others sound like an Airbus A350 preparing to leave the runway.

While the sound of airflow is a necessary evil with a forced air-conditioner, there are some other sounds that are an indicator that something may be malfunctioning within the system. One such racket is a persistent clicking noise that may develop within the air-conditioner over time. While the clicking noise isn’t as sinister as a loud banging or the crackling of fire coming from your utility room, it’s still important to be checked out for one of these main causes:

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What is the Life Expectancy of My HVAC System?

Whenever we install a new heating/cooling system we are always asked the same question: “How long will it last?”. The simple answer: it depends on how well you maintain it. Every manufacturer makes their system slightly different than another and one part could last longer than another. For example, if a manufacturer produces systems that have poor quality compressors, then the overall life expectancy could drop significantly because compressors are sometimes more expensive to replace than the system itself.

Here is a chart which outlines the average life expectancy of HVAC systems based on how much maintenance you use, national averages, and plain old estimates. Please keep in mind that these are estimates, not guarantees. Your brand could result in higher or lower life expectancies.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

Leaks are generally never a good thing, whether you’re talking about a car tire, a hot air balloon, or important government documents. An area of the house that experiences leaks frequently is the air conditioner and, although it’s not quite as an imminent threat as a hot air balloon spiraling into a lake, the pooling of water near the A/C is something that should be tended to sooner rather than later as it can indicate a bigger problem.

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Why Does My Hot Water Heater Pilot Light Keep Going Out?

The hot water heater is one appliance that we often take for granted. When you hop in the shower or in the bathtub you expect that when you turn the nozzle to “hot”, you’ll get hot water. For some homeowners, the water comes out cold because, quite simply, the water heater is completely off. Hot water heaters go off for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common reasons we find is the pilot light simply won’t stay on. Read More

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Why is My Furnace so Loud?

Loud furnace noises come from all kinds of reasons. The problem is to understand the cause, and from there, see how the situation can be remedied. You may be able to fix some of the problems yourself; others will require the expertise of an HVAC specialist.

Loud noises coming from your furnace while it is running could be caused by any of a number of issues. For example, you may have a problem with the fan that blows hot air through your vents. That might be due to the fan bearings being worn out. In that case, these bearings will need to be replaced.

If your furnace is making a loud noise just as it starts, this could be caused by a serious problem called “delayed ignition.” This occurs when unburned oil builds up in the fire box chamber and is ignited all at once. This can be dangerous, and you should call a qualified HVAC specialist immediately. Read More

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Furnace Not Kicking On? Here’s Why

A furnace not kicking on is one of the most alarming things of the winter. There you are nestled in on a chilly winter night watching movies. You press the thermostat up a couple more times and nothing. What once was just a nuisance is quickly turning into a cause for panic as the potential dangers start to run in your head – what if the pipes freeze, what if your electronics are damaged, what if we freeze?

Ideally, the problem of your furnace not turning on will happen during the day and at the very beginning of the heating season. Unfortunately though that’s not always the case because of all the variables that could be causing the issue. Here are some potential causes and fixes of this very stressful scenario: Read More

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Comfort Pro Cares: Win a FREE Lennox Heating System!

Every year Comfort Pro runs an event called Comfort Pro Cares where we choose one family in need to win a free Lennox heating system. Winter can be brutal and some of our neighbors are still without heat. We started the annual event in 2010. Every November, we run the contest and make our decision by the end of the month. Read More

Why is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

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Home AC units have dozens of parts that must function properly in order to efficiently cool your home. When one part goes out, the whole unit could malfunction. One common problem many residents notice is that their air conditioner blows warm air. This warm air is likely the result of a bad part or a refrigerant leak and will require an AC repairman to look at it. Here is the FULL list of problems which may cause an AC to blow warm air: Read More

How Does an Air Conditioner Work?

Air conditioners (AC) work hard to keep your home comfortable, even on the hottest summer days. Unless you are an HVAC technician, you likely don’t know exactly how an air conditioner works. Knowing about how the system works can help you use it more efficiently, and understand why maintenance is important. So we’re going to break it down from start to finish.

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When You Should Replace Your Air Conditioner

Many people put off getting a new AC longer than they should. It’s no wonder- like dental work, air conditioner replacement can be expensive and uncomfortable. But to use the dental analogy again, it’s a terrible idea to delay when all the warnings are there. It’s common knowledge that machines will always go belly up at the most inconvenient times – say a busy Fourth of July weekend or during a record-breaking high. So don’t let your old AC get the better of you. Keep an eye out for these signs – your air conditioner may be telling you it has had enough.

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