AC installation Sacramento



What to expect: AC installation Sacramento

It is important to be ready if you are planning to have an AC system installed in your home. Unlike other appliances, AC Home installations will take time and a lot of work to install. Most homeowners don’t know what to expect and end up getting disappointed. 

Preparing yourself and your home and an AC installation is, therefore, important in ensuring that the process is smooth and painless. It also makes your technician’s work easier such that they won’t have to spend an unnecessarily long time in your home. Our Sacramento HVAC professionals explain what to expect during AC system installations.

It Might Take Time 

Normally, a Sacramento AC installation will take between 8-14 hours. However, this might not always be the case. For example, in homes with an existing AC system that needs replacement, the HVAC replacement process might take more time. You might consider setting apart a full day where your contract can work uninterrupted. This way, you can allow the contractor to work undisturbed in the shortest time possible. 

Talk to your residential AC company about the time expectations. Your contractor will be able to provide a more accurate estimate based on these variables as well as the size of your home and type of AC system you want. 

Home Preparation for Replacing Your HVAC System

To prepare your home, make sure that there is enough space for the installation process. Clear the area outside the house by removing any obstacles that may hinder the installation. If you have animals and pets, make sure they are put away in a cage or away from the contractors as they work. This way, there is no risk of them getting injured or injuring the contractors. 

Your Placerville HVAC professional might need some space on your driveway for their vehicles. Clearing the driveway allows them to park closer to the house. It also makes it easier to carry heavy equipment. 

Put all your valuables in a safe location. This makes it easier for your contractor to do their work and reduces the chances of them interfering or damaging your things. 

Your contractor will have no problem working in a well-prepped area. They will also have an easier time installing the required safety measures such as floor protectors on your floor. 

Unplanned Events 

Sometimes, home improvement involves breaking and destroying things before you can build them back up. These are, usually, small projects within the main project that are important in the overall success of the installation. 

They include tearing down of walls, upgrading electrical lines within the wall, fixing or repairing worn out ductwork, or repairing drywalls. While it does not necessarily mean that all this will happen, St. Paul HVAC company, McQuillan Bros, explains that it helps to prepare for unplanned circumstances that might arise as a result of the installation. 

Make sure that your contractor confirms with you first before making any additions or modifications to your house. This way, you will stay updated and decide whether you want to incur the additional cost. 

Finding a reliable contractor 

A seamless ac replacement Sacramento will make it easier for you to enjoy a friendly ambiance for long. For this, you need a professional service provider who will create a pleasant experience and ensure you are satisfied with your HVAC system. 

At Gilmore Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing, we believe in offering our clients nothing but professional service. Contact us today and enjoy a lifetime guarantee of professional services for your home.

The Difference Between HVAC and Air Conditioning



If your home has central air, it can be one of the most important items in your house during the summer. In the event that your air conditioner needs service, you may call an HVAC company to help. However, there is a difference between your HVAC system and your air conditioner. Let’s take a look at what that difference is.

Your Air Conditioner Is a Standalone Component in the Home

When a problem occurs with your air conditioner, it generally doesn’t interfere with your ability to heat your home or push air through ducts inside of it. An air conditioner simply cools your home but doesn’t do anything beyond that.

Therefore, if your home is having trouble getting cold, an HVAC professional from Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ in Placerville will generally only spend time looking at this one component. At Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣, we can repair, install or maintain air conditioners as well as maintain your home’s furnace in a convenient and affordable manner.

The HVAC Refers to the Entire System

Your HVAC system includes your furnace, geothermal pump or other product used to keep your home warm. It also includes your air conditioner and the assorted parts needed to keep the home cold.

The ducts that carry air to and from your home are part of its HVAC system as well. It may be necessary to have them inspected or cleaned by a professional on a regular basis to ensure that they function properly.

In some cases, issues with an air conditioner may actually be caused by improperly installed or dirty ducts. This is why it is important to have a professional diagnose the issue as it can save you both time and money.

If you need to have an HVAC component repaired, maintained or replaced, contact our Placerville, CA, office today! In addition to standard HVAC service, we can also help with leaky faucets, broken toilets or other plumbing needs that your home may have.

Should You Use Your AC When it’s Smoky Outside?



If you’ve so much as glanced out a window the last couple of weeks, you have likely noticed that golden-red tinge to the light that means forest fire season is here in Northern California. Not only are there dozens of fires burning in California at the moment, but firefighters in Oregon and Washington have their hands full as well. As a consequence, the entire coast is dealing with smoky, hazy air.

But the biggest concern isn’t how the air looks, but what it can do to your body.

 

Breathing smoky air produced by forest fires can be bad for your health.

According to the CDC, breathing smoky air can irritate airways, and presents a serious risk to people who:

  • Have heart or lung diseases, such as coronary artery disease or asthma.
  • Are of an advanced age, due to their increased susceptibility to heart and lung diseases.
  • Are particularly young. Children have airways that are still developing, and they actually breathe more air, proportionally speaking, than adults do. They also spend more time outdoors.

Obviously, you want to stay indoors as much as possible when air quality is particularly poor. An easy way to determine the current air quality in your area is by referring to the AirNow website, which is a service provided by the EPA.

AirNow generates air quality forecasts and current condition information for just about the entire country. The AIrNow page for your area will display the current Air Quality Index, the overall forecast for the day, and the forecast for the next day.

To briefly break down the significance of the AQI scores:

  • Good (0 to 50): The air doesn’t present any risks
  • Moderate (51 to 100): Acceptable air quality, but could cause problems for extremely sensitive persons.
  • USG (101 to 150): USG means “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” and means that people with lung disease, children, and the elderly could face health risks.
  • Unhealthy (151 to 200): This means the air presents health risks for just about everyone, and sensitive groups are at significant risk.
  • Very Unhealthy (201 to 300): Everyone is at significant risk.
  • Hazardous (301 to 500): Emergency conditions are in place, as everyone faces serious health consequences.

AirNow is a great resource for knowing how healthy it is to be outside, and whether you should remain indoors. But raises an important question:

So, it’s smart to stay indoors when the air is bad. But does running your air conditioning pose a health risk when the air is smoky?

If you’ve run the air conditioner in your car when passing by a fire—or a particularly fragrant cattle farm—it’s pretty obvious that the great outdoors can quickly contaminate the passenger compartment.

This raises a pretty logical question: If you run my home’s air conditioner when it’s smoky outside, will that bring the smoke particulates and other harmful pollution into my home? Thankfully, the answer is no. It’s safe to run your AC, regardless of the severity of forest fire pollution in your area.

While your outside unit expels a lot of hot air, that air isn’t coming from inside your home and being replaced with outside air. Air conditioners are heat exchangers. They use a closed coolant system to absorb heat from the air inside your home and then use powerful fans to push a lot of outside air over that same coolant system, suck out the heat, and then exhaust that heated air back outdoors.

At no time does outdoor air get pulled into your home. Thus, pollutants don’t have the opportunity to intrude into your home, except when you open a door or window.

Window AC units can allow some contaminants to penetrate around the sides of the unit, if it hasn’t been sealed properly. But aside from this concern, both central AC and window AC units will keep you cool without risking your health.

At Gilmore Heating Air & Plumbing, we know how important it is to not only keep your family comfortable but healthy as well. If you have family members with sensitive health conditions, and you want to know what air conditioning solution is best for your family, Gilmore can help. To learn more, give us a call, or send us a message, and our AC experts will work to find a solution that works right for you!

Diagnosing Residential Air Conditioner Problems



Your residential air conditioning system needs periodic attention. Even so, problems can happen. Before calling for help, it’s possible to save time and money by doing some AC troubleshooting of your own.

AC Doesn’t Run

  • If your system doesn’t turn on at all, make sure it’s getting power. Check the fuse or circuit breaker. If your system has a secondary breaker near the outside unit, verify that it’s on.

Air Conditioner Turns On and Off Too Often or Not Often Enough

  • Your system cycles based on a sensor you know as the thermostat. Verify that it is set in the ‘cooling’ position. If it is located in a small, isolated room, other rooms may not cool properly. Consider moving it to a larger, more centrally located room.
  • If your system starts and stops frequently, it may be too big, or a register could be blowing on a thermostat.
  • If your system seldom cycles off, you could have low refrigerant levels or faulty relay switches.
  • Dirty filters and intakes can prevent your system from pulling in enough air to properly cool your home. Check your air filters and exchange them regularly to keep your home comfortable. Alternatively, consider upgrading to a media filter, which only requires semiannual attention.

Water Accumulating Under the AC

  • Pooling water in your AC unit’s drip pan could mean a broken condensation pump or a blocked drain line (if it’s the latter, you can try clearing the line with bleach). Either way, that water means it’s time to schedule service. You should consider installing a safety shutoff switch that will turn the unit off if drain lines back up.

AC Runs, But Doesn’t Blow Cool Air

  • If your system blows warm air, check that the outside unit is running, and that its airflow isn’t blocked by leaves or debris.
  • If the fan on the outside unit isn’t turning, turn the thermostat fan switch to the ‘off’ position. If the inside fan continues running, turn off your system breaker and schedule service. Your problem could be insufficient refrigerant. Your air conditioner is a closed system. If it’s low on refrigerant, you have a leak, which commonly occurs at valves or in the coil. Finding a leak is work for a professional.
  • If your blower motor is running but not cooling, your system is probably frozen, and needs professional attention.