Freedom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

Should There Be Ice on My AC’s Evaporator Coil?

June 12th, 2017

question-mark-badgeLiving in Minnesota means getting used to ice. We deal with it a lot during a significant stretch of the year. We get so accustomed to seeing it, that when it appears on an air conditioner during the summer, we might assume it’s normal.

For people who aren’t HVAC professionals and don’t know the details about how an air conditioner works, it makes some sense for ice to appear on an AC’s evaporator coil. During the summer, the air conditioner sends out chilled air; why wouldn’t there be ice associated with that?

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Debunking 3 of the Biggest Air Conditioning Myths

May 29th, 2017

two-air-conditioning-systemsWe have years of experience working with air conditioners during the spring and summer in Minneapolis-St. Paul. During those years, we’ve run into many misunderstandings people have about air conditioners, how they run, and how to best take care of them. These various air conditioning myths have been around as long as residential air conditioners have been common. But unfortunately they can spread faster because of the Internet, and they’re harder to stamp out with truth from knowledgeable professionals.

But we’re going to try to stamp out a few myths as best we can. At least we can offer our customers a debunking of the three myths that can be most destructive to an air conditioner. Whenever you need professional assistance with your air conditioning system, contact us and we’ll take care of everything.

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High Humidity and What It Does to an Air Conditioner

May 15th, 2017

water-dropletsOur last two blogs dealt with topics about rough summer conditions: humidity in your home and how heat affects your air conditioning system. Today we’re going to combine these two and examine how humidity specifically affects an air conditioning system. With the high humidity we experience here in the Twin Cities (we can thank all the lakes for that), air conditioners face some unusual problems. Let’s examine some of the more common ways high moisture levels in the air can make it necessary for you to call for air conditioning services in Plymouth, MN.

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How the Summer Can Harm Your AC

May 1st, 2017

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Now that it’s May, and summer will officially arrive in only a few weeks, the time has come to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system—if you haven’t already done so. You don’t want to be caught unprepared when the serious heat and humidity starts. May is a slower period for HVAC technicians, making it easier to schedule the maintenance job at a time that’s convenient for you.

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8 Ways to Dehumidify Your Home

April 17th, 2017

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headSpring thaws the snow in Minnesota. But it also ushers in the first rush of humidity. This is a consequence of being the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes! (Actually, it’s twelve thousand.) Humidity not only makes the heat of the middle of the year feel worse, but it encourages the growth of allergy-triggering molds and creates water damage inside homes.

The best way to deal with high humidity inside a home is to have air quality specialists install a whole-house dehumidifier. (Don’t spend money on a portable dehumidifier. These devices pose fire risks and won’t get the job done you need.) When correctly paired with an air conditioning system installed by a professional, a whole-house humidifier balances relative humidity levels in the comfort spot between 30% and 50%.

For assistance with whole-house dehumidification in Minneapolis, MN and throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, contact our staff. Below are ways to help lower your indoor humidity in the meantime. (Don’t worry, we’ll be there soon to have the right dehumidifier in place.)

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Test Run Your Air Conditioning in Early Spring

April 3rd, 2017

air-conditioning-plastic-grillEven the harsh winters in Minneapolis-St. Paul must come to an end at some point—although they can linger through April and spring sudden surprises on us just when we think we’ve at last hit warm weather. Now that the temperatures are warming up, with highs in the 50s, it’s time to look forward to the hotter weather. And that means making preparations for our air conditioning systems.

The most important step to take to get an AC ready for the hard work of summer is to have it professionally maintained during the spring. However, there are some steps you can take to check out the air conditioner’s operation. In fact, we recommend you give your air conditioning system a test run to see where it may have problems. This will make professional maintenance easier for the technicians since you’ll be able to tell them about any odd behavior you noticed from the system. If you do the test run after maintenance, you’ll have enough time to arrange for repairs before the warm weather sets in. (Yes, even with the best maintenance, an air conditioner can develop malfunctions.)

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Does a Heat Pump Need Maintenance Twice a Year?

March 20th, 2017

service-reminder-watchSpring is now officially here—even if the warm spring weather hasn’t arrived along with it. However, that’s what we expect in Minnesota. The rest of March and April will see gradual warming, maybe some sudden spikes in heat, but the periods of rough cold weather aren’t done.

No matter what conditions are like outside during the early spring, it’s the time to schedule regular maintenance from professionals to tune-up and inspect your household heat pump. This is the best way to ensure quality performance over the coming summer, as well as to end the winter on a strong note with a healthy system.

But if you’re thinking you can skip maintenance for the heat pump because you already had annual maintenance for the system in the fall, we have some information about heat pumps we need to share with you.

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Dealing with March Lambs and Lions: Heating Repair and AC Prep

March 6th, 2017

sun-and-snowflake-badgeMarch has a reputation as a month with unusual and difficult to predict weather patterns. The proverbial saying that “March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb” means that the month starts in winter and ends in spring, so people should expect bitter cold through much of the month, with warming setting in soon after the official start of the new season (which is March 20 this year).

However, like many old proverbs, the “lion to lamb” saying doesn’t describe the full truth—and anyone whose spent March in Minnesota can tell you this. In fact, the proverb is often reversed, so March enters like a lamb and then leaves like a lion. Now we’re getting closer to what March in Minnesota is actually like: highly unpredictable!

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Is Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance Necessary Every Year?

February 20th, 2017

Family_and_House_Outdoors_Family_ParkLast week we focused on the many benefits that you’ll enjoy when you sign up for our Freedom Club, which includes our detailed AC and heating maintenance programs. The Freedom Club provides you with excellent maintenance service for both of your comfort systems, with a visit for the heater in fall and the air conditioning in the spring. (Spring is coming up soon, so now is a great time to enroll and have the AC tuned-up before the first warm days arrive.)

I Don’t Know… Do I Need This Every Year?

We understand that people are often wary about signing up for programs that mean paying money upfront. There’s a worry that maybe this isn’t necessary. Maybe you can take care of your AC and heater on a case-by-case basis. Or perhaps you can skip a year here and there, it probably won’t make a difference.

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The Benefits of Our Freedom Club Maintenance Program

February 6th, 2017

heating-and-cooling-housesAll right, let’s take a look at the weather forecast for February here in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Yes, it’s going to be cold. That’s no surpise… even people who don’t live here know how Minnesota winter can get.

But even though people know about the intense cold weather we experience, they still often don’t take the most important basic steps to arrange to keep their furnace or other heating system in the best possible shape. One of these basic steps is to sign up for an HVAC maintenance program. This not only means regular maintenance for the heating system each fall, but maintenance for the air conditioning system in the spring as well.

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