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How Does Routine Maintenance Prevent Future Air Conditioner Repairs?

A lot of people think of Air Conditioning maintenance is the same as Air Conditioning repairs, and indeed most companies that offer air conditioning repair also offer maintenance. But there are a few subtle differences. Maintenance appointments are designed to minimize the risks of more serious repairs later on down the line, as well as helping your air conditioning system perform more efficiently and lower your monthly bills. So how does routine air conditioning maintenance prevent future air conditioning repairs? A few quick answers can be provided below.


Dirt and duct-build up will increase friction on moving parts. Loose components can rattle in their housings and waste energy. Clogged air filters reduce the flow of air into your home. All of these things serve to increase the strain on the air conditioner’s interior workings. The longer the strain remains high, the greater the chances of a major breakdown occurring. A timely maintenance appointment from a trained professional will reduce those burdens and thus lower the risk of repairs. By cleaning the dust and replacing small worn parts with new ones, the air conditioner doesn’t need to work so hard to do its job, and the larger, more important parts will last much longer.


An even more important issue arises when refrigerant levels are low. That creates ice on the evaporate coils, which represents lost cooling potential that isn’t going into your home. Furthermore, the ice insulated the air you want to be cooled from the refrigerant that’s supposed to be cooling it. Your AC unit will thus work much harder to cool your home and the risk of a breakdown increased exponentially. A simple maintenance can recharge the refrigerant to its specified levels and prevent such problems from ever occurring.


If you know how routine maintenance prevents future air conditioner repairs, the next step is to call Black Hills, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning to help you. We provide expert Air Conditioning Maintenance, as well as anything else related to air conditioning repair and we’d rather help you stop big problems before they start, instead of waiting for them to make your life difficult. Give us a call to set up an appointment today!
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The Importance of Hiring a Professional for Air Conditioning Repairs

Air conditioning systems are deceptively simple to explain: They remove heat from inside a building by cycling refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor coils. A compressor serves as the “engine” for the operation, and blower fans draw air across the coils to either absorb or release heat. However, anyone who has ever opened up the cabinet of an AC and tried to make sense of its parts will know that air conditioners are extremely complex machines. As HAVC technology advances, cooling systems will continue to become more intricate.

If you have problems with your air conditioner and require repair work, you need to rely on professionals to take care of the job. Don’t open up the cabinet and try to troubleshoot the problem on your own with the help of a DIY guide from online; for a number of important reasons, this work must be left to trained technicians.


Call Black Hills, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning for professional Air Conditioning Repair service .


Reasons to Rely On Professionals for AC Repair

  • Protect Your Investment: Air conditioning systems are a major investment in comfort, and replacing one is an expensive alternative to precision repairs. Without the knowledge that professionals have regarding repairs, you or amateur technicians risk causing damage to an AC that may require that you have the whole system replaced. Trained technicians can take care of complicated repairs without causing any other repair issues (or worse).

  • Repair Speed: Even if you could figure out how to manage a repair on your own, it would take a prohibitively long time to perform it correctly. Repair professionals know how to take care of jobs as fast as possible so you will only lose your AC comfort for a short time before a problem is fixed.

  • Maintain Efficiency: The careful balance between the components of an AC makes it easy to cause the system to work inefficiently due to an amateur repair. A poor repair job might seem to restore the air conditioner to operating condition, but leave the system running inefficiently and draining extra power. This will mean higher energy bills that you could have avoided with professionals on the job.

Finding Professional Repair Service Is Easy

If scheduling repair work from professionals were a huge hassle, we could understand why customers might not want to bother. But finding quality work takes no more than picking up a phone and calling Black Hills, Inc. Heating & Air

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Reasons You Need to Regularly Change Your AC’s Air Filter


Every air conditioner has an air filter, whether it be a standard replaceable model or an elaborate system outfitted with UV lights and the like. Its purpose is simple: to collect dust, hair, and similar bits of debris before they enter your system. Most air filters are designed to be replaceable, meaning that you should switch them out with a new version every few months or so. How often depends on your unique circumstances –a family with lots of pets, for example, may need to change filter more than a family without pets – but the principle remains the same. Air conditioning systems need fresh filters in order to work their best.


Here Are a Few Reasons You Need to Regularly Change Your AC’s Air Filter

The most obvious reason is that it improves the overall quality of your indoor air. A clogged filter won’t do much to keep debris out of your system, which means you’ll find more dirt and debris in the air. That means dirtier furniture and increased irritation of the nose and throat. In asthmatic or similar sensitive family members, it may even provoke an attack.


Furthermore, clogged filters often translate to lowered air flow, which means that your air conditioner won’t be able to do its job as effectively. That means it will work harder to provide the same levels of comfort, increasing strain on the system and adding unnecessary costs to your monthly bills.


Along those lines, dust and dirt that isn’t picked up by your filter can coat the interior components of the air conditioner itself. That translated into increased friction, clogged lines and insulation on the coils, preventing the unit from doing its job.


A routine maintenance session from a qualified technician can handle many of these problems, and typically includes an air filter change, though you should regularly change your air filter every few months on your own to supplement those efforts. For an air conditioning system maintenance, give the experts at Black Hills, Inc. Heating & Air conditioning a call. We pride ourselves on our thoroughness and professionalism, and we’re dedicated to making your AC unit as efficient as it should be!
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How Duct Cleaning Improves Air Quality

You may not realize how much dust, dirt, and other debris can become trapped inside the ductwork that runs through your walls and ceiling. Because ductwork remains mostly out of your sight, you won’t notice the thick layers of dust that will begin to cost the interiors of the ventilation shafts after only a year without cleaning. You may keep the rest of your house spotless, but inside the ductwork hides a growing source of air contamination that requires professionals to eliminate it.

Call Black Hills, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule your Professional Air Duct Cleaning.

How Does Duct Cleaning Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Just like modern homes maintain a strong seal against outdoor air, ductwork contains airtight seal along its length to prevent air escaping to assure maximum HVAC efficiency. But there’s a downside to this: the dust and other particles that the HVAC system draws in through the return air vents will start to gather inside the channels with no way to escape… except to get blown out through the exit vents and into the living spaces, where will circulate once more into the return vents. More particles will join it, and the reservoir of pollutants inside the ducts will grow.

Consider this fact: an average six-room home will circulate a total of 40 lbs. of dust through it each year. The majority of this dust will remain inside the ductwork, where normal household cleaning cannot reach it. Without allowing outside air to filter through the home—which is impossible during the colder and hotter times of the year—none of this contamination will dissipate. It will instead lower air quality, leading to allergy-like symptoms, skin- and eye irritation, breathing, and in some cases serious illnesses.

A professional duct cleaning job will remove most of the pollution inside ducts. Professionals use high-powered vacuums to put the ventilation system under “negative pressure” to agitate dust, dirt, and other debris from the duct walls; this makes it easy for the suction to remove the particles. Duct cleaners also address specific areas using rotary brushes for the most thorough cleaning possible.

If you have not yet had duct cleaning for your home, you need to schedule it as soon as possible and put a stop to the decline in indoor air quality. Call Black Hills, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning and arrange for our trained cleaners to sweep away the hidden dust and dirt from your home.
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Save Energy and Improve Home Efficiency with a New Air Conditioning System


Do you want to cool your home more efficiently this summer? Call the Washington air conditioning technicians at Black Hills Heating & Air. We offer installations for high-efficiency AC systems, as well as other home energy tips and ways to save on cooling costs.


We’ve put together a few tips that can help you save energy, including how to shop for a high-efficiency AC System. Feel free to call us if you have questions or need more information about the systems we install or our cooling services.


When installing a new AC system, always choose a high-efficiency model, but be sure that your home is properly insulated and sealed. Also, make sure you hire an air conditioning contractor you can trust to make sure that your system is sized correctly for your home. An AC system that is too big may make your home too cool, and reduce efficiency. A system that is too small will have to work harder to cool your home.


In addition to choosing the right system, make sure that you have made any home improvements to ensure that your home is ready for a new high-efficiency system. Otherwise, you won’t get the most savings and return on your investment. While there are many different Energy Star and high-efficiency models on the market today, we can help you choose the one that matches your needs and budget.


Call the Washington Air Conditioning experts any time – whether you have general questions about our air conditioning services, or you need to schedule an appointment to consult with one of our friendly staff members about a new high-efficiency air conditioner. Let us help you start saving energy and lowering your utility bills. Call Today!
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