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How Long Do Home Heating & Cooling Systems Last?

Even the best heating and cooling systems will reach the end of their service life eventually. However, their expected lifespans can be shortened or prolonged depending on certain factors. In today’s post, local air conditioning and heating service contractor Reliable AC & Heat discusses how long heating and cooling systems last and the factors that affect them.

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Dealing with a Failing AC Capacitor

Air conditioning systems deliver reliable cooling performance when their capacitors are in good shape. The capacitor is the component that stores energy in an electrostatic field. It stabilizes voltage and gives the motors of your air conditioner the necessary jolt to get them started. Capacitors generally come in two separate types: the start capacitor, which turns on your AC, and the run capacitor, which keeps it in operation. When the capacitors start failing, this can lead to a host of problems. Reliable Air Conditioning & Heating, a trusted expert in heating and air conditioning services in the area, discusses more here.

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How to Protect Your Outdoor HVAC Unit When Doing Yard Work

During the summer when the weather is nice, many people plan a number of activities. Some homeowners also take advantage of this time to take care of their yards and outdoor living spaces. When working outdoors in your yard, you should be careful not to damage your outdoor HVAC unit.

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Ways to Cool a Windowless Room

Some people have rooms in their homes that don’t have windows. Cooling is a common challenge for these areas, especially when temperatures outside are high. Windows help cool spaces down by providing ventilation and airflow, contributing to your indoor comfort. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can cool down a room without windows. 

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How to Reset Your Digital Thermostat

The thermostat works to regulate heating and cooling inside your home to keep its environment both consistent and comfortable. If you haven’t been able to maintain the correct temperature lately, you may have to reset your thermostat. The task is simple enough once you know the essentials. A trusted air conditioning installation company in the area, Reliable Air Conditioning & Heating, shares how to do it here:

Is Your Air Conditioner Safe From the Rain?

In general, water and electronics don’t mix. As HVAC contractors, we here at Reliable AC & Heat often get asked by homeowners if their air conditioner’s outdoor unit—the other half of a split system—is protected from the elements. In today’s post, we share a look at whether or not the elements have any effect on outdoor HVAC units.

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What Should Your HVAC Maintenance Agreement Include?

Regular maintenance is key to a long-lasting HVAC system. Unfortunately, remembering to call your air conditioning and central heating service providers for routine checks and inspections can be difficult, especially if your HVAC unit isn’t really showing any signs of a problem. One way to get around this issue is by signing up for a maintenance agreement with your local HVAC contractor.

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Turn Your Heat Off Nightly

With parts of the country struggling with power at the moment, now is a great time to consider how you can save energy yourself with your own HVAC system. One solution that many people believe is effective is turning off the heat at night while you sleep. Winters in Los Angeles aren’t particularly harsh, so this solution might actually have some merit. But is it really a good idea?

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How a Clean Attic Helps Ensure HVAC Efficiency

The attic is one of the most overlooked areas of your home. It’s usually out of sight, so it’s easy to disregard it. If you haven’t gone up there in a long time, you might want to give it a thorough cleaning. In doing so, you’ll be discouraging pest infestations, reducing the risk of fire and establishing cooler, drier conditions for storage.

Reasons Why Heating Units Can Trip the Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers protect home appliances from damage caused by excess current from an overload or short circuit. When they trip, they cut off voltage flow through the circuit. It’s not uncommon for this to happen occasionally, but if it happens repeatedly there might be a problem with the equipment itself. If this occurs every time you turn on your heating unit, it may be time to have it inspected by a certified technician.