Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

A Guide to the Importance of Regular AC Service

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016


The cost of cooling the air in your home is significant. In some states, it is an essential piece of equipment in the home. It would be impossible to live comfortably in some seasons without air conditioning. Though the cost of servicing your air conditioning unit is an added expense to running the system, it is an essential one. Ignoring the need for AC service can prove expensive, and your unit may become inefficient over time, is more likely to breakdown, or parts will need replacing more regularly than they should. Regular AC service could save you money in the long term.

Can I Do My AC Service Myself?

It is recommended that your service be carried out annually by a qualified AC professional. Annual servicing can keep your AC unit running efficiently and prolong its life.

It is never a good idea to get into the mechanics or the electrical components yourself. However, just like maintaining a car, there are some things you can do periodically to make sure your unit is running efficiently:

  • Replace and clean air filters regularly. Buy good quality filters to make sure they do the job well. A clogged filter makes your unit more expensive to run.
  • Clean debris from the fan, compressor and condenser if you have a split system.
  • Keep bushes away from the outside unit of your air conditioner. Cut them back so they don’t clog up the fan.
  • Prevent your unit’s drain channels from clogging by passing a wire through them.
  • If you have a window air conditioner, make sure the window seals are intact so cool air isn’t escaping through them.
  • Clean the outside condensing unit with a hose and soapy water to reduce corrosion.
  • Flush the condensate drain line with a bleach and water mix to prevent algae growth.

Be careful! If you aren’t confident in what you are doing, you could do more harm than good.

What Does a Service Entail?

The value in annual professional AC service is in the problems it prevents. A professional can recognize parts which are wearing out and need replacing and identify problems that can cause costly damage.

Our AC technicians will do a number of tests to make the parts are working properly, such as clean the condensing unit coils, check the compressor, oil fan motors and make any necessary adjustments to the belts, check operating pressures and temperatures so make sure they meet the manufacturer’s specifications, and check your filter and coolant levels. They will also clean your unit and do everything possible to keep your AC unit running for the future.

A Service Saves You Money

The cost of an AC service can seem like an extra expense you can do without, especially if there is nothing apparently wrong with it. But a professional service will help keep your air conditioning system efficient. It will likely last longer and is much less likely to suffer a major breakdown (though, as with a car, regular servicing can’t prevent some things from going wrong). Increased efficiency means more money in your pocket and less money disappearing into thin air.

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How to Save Yourself the Cost of an Air Conditioning Repair

Thursday, May 5th, 2016


You cannot avoid occasional repairs to your air conditioning unit. It’s a fact of life that electrical and mechanical equipment will occasionally fail. But you can save on overall costs of running your unit by taking regular steps to improve your energy efficiency.

An air conditioning unit may be a necessity for you. But that doesn’t make the cost of running, servicing and repairing it any easier to bear. You can help prevent the need for an air conditioning repair through annual servicing, and keep running costs down through energy efficient behaviors.

Keeping Running Costs Low

  1. Install and set a programmable thermostat that can help save on heating and cooling costs.
  2. Ceiling fans help increase the comfort temperature of your room by continuously circulating the air. You can comfortably bear a high room temperature if a ceiling fan is helping the flow of air around the room.
  3. Make sure your home is insulated well, as this prevents cool air from escaping into the atmosphere and warmer air, from outside, getting in. Check your attic insulation, and seal any cracks and openings. Insulate and seal ducts, too.
  4. Don’t cool your home with air cooled by your air conditioning and then spend all afternoon cooking with your oven on. Consider using a barbecue or a microwave to cook on a hot day.
  5. You can purchase energy-efficient window coverings that let in natural light but prevent solar heat from penetrating your windows and warming up your home.
  6. Use a bathroom fan when taking a shower or having a bath to help remove heat and humidity from inside your home.

You Can’t Always Prevent Air Conditioning Repair

Older AC units are less energy efficient than newer models. Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, and with regular servicing your unit may have come to the end of its life. Keep in mind: if your air conditioning repair bill is rising and if you need it repaired regularly, if your energy bills are still rising, or if it is not as cool as it should be, then it may be time to buy a new unit.

Always Use Your Air Conditioning Properly

Many people simply don’t use their AC properly, or inefficiently. Often it is behavior which makes running an AC system expensive. Common sense practices and regular servicing will help keep your air conditioning running efficiently and well, and could extend the life of the system, saving you expensive repairs.

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What To Look for When Choosing an AC Repair Company

Monday, March 28th, 2016


When looking for the right AC repair service, you undoubtedly want to select the best company that will properly service your air conditioner and give you excellent customer service. The right air conditioning company can ensure your AC system is running smoothly all year round. Here are a few important things to look for when choosing an AC repair company .


When choosing a company for any type of air conditioning repair, it is important to consider their availability. The right company is designed to work around their customers’ schedules, ensuring efficient and timely service, as well as being ready for any possible emergencies.


Making sure the company’s technicians are EPA & HVAC certified increases the likelihood of the following:

  1. Your air conditioning system is up to date.
  2. The AC repair will be done correctly.
  3. The AC system will release any refrigerants the correct and environmentally-friendly way.
  4. The air conditioning system will run at optimal levels all year round.
  5. You get a technician with the right skills and the right experience to diagnose and correct any problems that may need AC repair.

Extended Warranties

A company confident in their abilities will generally offer extended warranties. When a company offers warranties on labor and parts, it demonstrates its confidence in the technicians’ ability to get the work done correctly. Companies that don’t offer any extended warranties may be less confident in their work, which can possibly result in the AC repair being done incorrectly.

Flexibility & Communication

A good company is always flexible with their hours and will be able to explain any details to you that you don’t fully understand. It is always best to ask for estimates, quotes, and work orders if the company does not offer them already. You want to be aware of the work that’s being done and why so that there are no surprises when the final bill is sent.


An excellent air conditioning company will allow you to take your time when making a decision. Particularly if you’re purchasing a new unit or deciding between a replacement and repair, you may need time to go over your finances and consider your options before making a final decision. Some companies want to pressure you into making quick decisions which might not be always the best choice for you. Choosing a company that allows you to think it through is always recommended.


Look for an AC repair company that has a good reputation. So much business comes from referrals, and there’s a big reason behind that. If you can’t get a direct referral for a great AC repair company in your area, check online and look for customer testimonials or reviews. It is essential that the company you choose has established a reputation in the local community for quality service and excellent AC repair work.


Make sure that your air conditioning repair company holds a state licenses. Most states require that air conditioning contractors obtain licensing in order to protect consumers. All air conditioning contractors are required to display their licenses information on their website, advertisements, and trucks. If you are in doubt, you can always ask for the contractor’s license number. Another way to verify licensure is to call the state office where the contractor is doing business.

These are simple guidelines to follow. By choosing the best AC repair company, you’ll get the best in quality service in maintaining your air conditioning system.

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Basic Guide to Maintaining an Air Conditioning System and Avoiding Premature AC Repair

Thursday, March 17th, 2016


When it comes to owning an air conditioning system in your home, it is similar to maintaining other necessary machinery. Just like cars, ACs need regular maintenance and repairs to take care of minor and major issues. This basic guide will provide you with some tips on getting the most out of your AC and extending the system’s function, all the while helping you avoid premature AC repair.

Bare Necessities to Avoid AC Repair

  1. Change the Filter – In order to get the most out of your air conditioning system, a general rule is to change the filter on a monthly basis. This helps deter any clogs that may occur and decrease the effectiveness of the system. If filter clogging does occur, it will cause the fans to work at below-optimum performance and can also cause overheating. So remember to change those filters once a month. If you haven’t done this in months (or ever), go ahead and change them immediately.
  2. Keep the Area Around the Unit Clean – Because the air conditioning system is design to allow air in effortlessly, it is possible for any debris, grass, and leaves to get sucked into the system. Debris can also collect on the outside of the system and hinder air from entering the system or letting it breathe. Keeping an area of about 6 inches around the unit clean from any type of vegetation will help avoid possible issues. If the area around the outside unit is clear but you’re still having issues with your unit, contact Peaden for an AC repair.
  3. Turn Off Humidifiers – If you have a humidifier, it is very advisable to turn it off while operating the AC. Having the humidifier on will increase the need for more cool air to circulate, requiring your unit to work harder.
  4. Schedule Regular Maintenance – Regularly scheduling professional maintenance will allow AC repair technicians to check up on your system and all of its components. A maintenance tech will do certain things to ensure proper working order, such as making sure there aren’t any clogs, cleaning any coils, and measuring the Freon levels. The technician may point out any minor problems that can be taken care of quickly to help avoid a more costly AC repair in the future.
  5. Be Aware of Irregularities – Irregularities, such as the air conditioning system not maintaining a comfortable temperature or strange noises coming from the unit, may indicate problems that should immediately be addressed by an AC repair specialist. Be aware of how your unit works and sounds normally so that you can catch any irregularities quickly.

Following this very basic guide will help you get the most out of your air conditioning system and help it provide you with optimal cooling whenever you need it. For more information about AC repair and maintenance, or to schedule an appointment with an AC repair specialist, contact Peaden today!

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Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Peaden HVAC technician with replacement air conditioner

Replace Your Air Conditioner Before it Costs You More

Besides your air conditioner breaking down unexpectedly, how can you tell if it is time to replace your home’s air conditioning unit? Like any piece of equipment, air conditioners can wear out. When air conditioners become worn they can break down more frequently. As air conditioners age they can struggle to cool your home effectively.  If you find that your energy bills are increasing your A/C unit could be costing you money.

Here are a few signs that you might need a new air conditioning system

  • Your AC unit requires frequent repair- If your air conditioning system is requires regular service calls to stay running, it is a sign that you may need to replace your system. The cost to replace your system could be cheaper than continuing to repair your air conditioner.
  • Increased energy bills- If your energy bills have been increasing, and you are not using more appliances than normal, your air conditioner could be the culprit. Over time air conditioners can become less efficient, which means they use more energy to cool your home.
  • Your home is always humid- Your AC unit makes an impact on the humidity levels in your home, so if you start to notice dampness inside, then this may be a sign that you need an new AC system. Having extra moisture in the air can also leave other areas of your home in need of attention because hardwood can swell and paintings can warp when they are in humid areas.
  • The air conditioner is noisy- A loud air conditioning system could be an indication that your have a mechanical problem. It can also be a sign that your air conditioner is running at its max capacity to cool your home. Either way a loud AC unit is a sign that your air conditioner is in need of replacement.
  • The air conditioning system is more than 10 years old- As air conditioners get to be older than 10 years, some of the major components can become worn and break. The saltwater environment on the beach is very harsh and can accelerate the deterioration of your air conditioning.

If you need help evaluating your system, let Peaden Air Conditioning take care of your home cooling needs. We can dispatch one of our expert NATE certified technicians to evaluate yours system. Our technicians can perform a diagnostic survey on your air conditioning system to determine if you should repair or replace your system. If you determine you would like to replace your air conditioning system, one of our Comfort Consultants can help you find a system that fits your needs and your budget and financing programs are available.

Peaden Air Conditioning Plumbing and Electrical is there for all your home service needs. We install and replace air conditioners in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola, Gulf Shores and all the other great communities in Northwest Florida. Let us show you why we are the “Professionals You Can Trust.”

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