Air Conditioning Articles

Why Is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

August 17, 2022
ac unit blowing hot air, a pair of adult male hands feeling the flow of air coming out of an air vent on the wall

It’s the first really hot day of summer in Turlock when the floor fans and the open windows just don’t cut it anymore. You head over to your thermostat and select “air conditioner” and wait for that refreshing icy air to start blowing out of your vents. When you check a few minutes later, you feel only hot air. Why?

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Video – Energy Saving Tip 4

July 31, 2022
Video - Energy Saving Tip 4

Using natural light instead of artificial light inside is an easy way to save on your energy bill and keep your home cool.

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How Does an Air Conditioner Work?

July 19, 2022
Top view of an air conditioner unit outdoors in hot summer season. No people. How does an air conditioner work?

As a homeowner here in California, it’s always a good idea to learn as much as you can about your appliances. That means knowing their basic operations, what features are included, and if any necessary upkeep is involved. Needless to say, this is no exception for your air conditioning (AC) unit.

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Video – Energy Saving Tip 3

June 30, 2022
Video - Energy Saving Tip 3

Close your blinds on sun-facing windows during the day to keep the sun from heating up your home and causing your AC to use more energy.

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3 Telltale Signs It’s Time for a New AC

June 17, 2022
3 telltale signs it's time for a new AC

Should you repair or replace? That’s always the big question when it comes to major home systems like air conditioning (AC). Repairs are easier on the pocketbook in the short run, but too many of them can add up.

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3 Telltale Signs It’s Time for a New AC

April 16, 2022
Air Conditioning Equipment. 3 Telltale Signs It’s Time for a New AC

Should you repair or replace? That’s always the big question when it comes to major home systems like air conditioning (AC). Repairs are easier on the pocketbook in the short run, but too many of them can add up.

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Why Do I Need Spring AC Maintenance?

March 9, 2022
latino air conditioning technician. Why do I need spring air conditioning maintenance?

An air conditioner (AC), just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At Valley Air Conditioning & Heating, we recommend getting your air conditioning unit serviced and cleaned at least once a year. The optimum time is in the spring to ensure your system will run with the most efficiency during…

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What Is Short Cycling?

December 8, 2021
Room wall temperature thermostat turn dial to set. What is short cycling?

Short cycling is a term used in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) world to explain a situation where a furnace or air conditioner turns on and off too frequently. The “short cycle” is the period of time that your HVAC equipment is actually running, and the shorter this cycle, the harder your system needs to work.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

August 11, 2021
Why Is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

If your air conditioner stops blowing cool air or stops all together, check to see if your indoor unit is frozen. What exactly will that look like?

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When Is It Time for a Split-System AC Replacement?

July 19, 2021
When Is It Time for a Split-System AC Replacement?

Our Valley Air Conditioning & Heating team can help you learn more about current split-system models as well as help you evaluate whether your current system requires repair or replacement.

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Do I Really Need an AC Tune-Up?

May 17, 2021
Do I Really Need an AC Tune-Up? Portrait Of Young Male Technician Repairing Air Conditioner

Home ownership comes with a great deal of responsibilities and an ever-growing to-do list. Add to that the responsibilities of a career and a family, and you see why modern life runs at a constant, fast pace here in Modesto. It’s easy to bump things like an air conditioner tune-up down the priority list, both in terms of time and money. It’s very likely you have higher priorities requiring more urgent attention than an air conditioner that seems to be working just fine.

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AC Maintenance Checklist

March 26, 2021
Technician spraying chemical water onto air conditioner grid to clean

Here’s a comprehensive air conditioning maintenance checklist, courtesy of our professionals at Valley Air Conditioning & Heating, to help keep your system in excellent working order.

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Why Do I Need AC Maintenance Now?

March 12, 2021

An air conditioner (AC), just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At Valley Air Conditioning & Heating, we recommend getting your air conditioning unit serviced and cleaned at least once a year. The optimum time is in the spring to ensure your system will run with the most efficiency during the hottest summer months. You need to be able to rely on your air conditioner for your comfort here in Oakdale.

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Air Conditioning Repair in Modesto 95358

October 7, 2020

“Very professional excellent service on time, great customer service. The service tech Shawn was excellent explain everything, masked up and gloves on. Very happy with the services would recommend to anyone. Thank you for everything 5* work.”

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The Phaseout of Your AC’s R-22 Refrigerant

August 17, 2020
The rear panel of an air conditioner | The Phaseout of Your AC’s R-22 Refrigerant | Oakdale, CA

R-22, or HCFC-22, was originally developed to replace CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), the world’s first refrigerant, because they were damaging the ozone layer. As a result, their production was halted in the United States in 1995, with HCFCs replacing them.

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Air Conditioner Repair in Modesto, CA 95355

August 5, 2020

“Incredibly helpful! Shawn showed up early and ready to go. Love that their technicians prioritize safety and use masks. Shawn was thorough with troubleshooting, and was very transparent. He was willing to talk through the issues with our AC and furnace, and provided explanations every step of the way. The entire experience was very pleasant,…

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Thermostat Repair in Modesto, CA 95355

July 28, 2020

“Shawn at Valley Air Conditioning was awesome! He came an hour an a half early, which is great when you don’t have air. Fixed the problem with the thermostat and had it up and running quickly! I would highly recommend Valley Air and Shawn hands down!”

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Air Conditioner Repair in Modesto, CA 95355

July 14, 2020

“My air conditioner gave out during the hottest days. I called Valley Air first because my sister recommended them. James came out to check if it could be repaired and communicated my options clearly. I chose to get a new one. Richard reviewed the bid thoroughly with me and answered any questions I had. I…

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How Can I Afford a New AC System (and Other HVAC Equipment)?

June 12, 2020
Couple Looking Over Bills

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many lives around us, both health-wise and financially. At Valley Air Conditioning & Heating, we remain committed to providing the best service to all our California customers during this difficult time. Let’s stick together as a community and help each other whenever we can. We can certainly understand how…

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Kind, Efficient and Trustworthy Service

October 30, 2019

“The gentlemen that have come to the house are always very kind, efficient and do a great job. I always feel like I can trust the work they do. Highly recommend their service plan.” – Amanda B.

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