6 Possible Reasons Why Your AC Unit Is Short Cycling

October 18, 2022

Air conditioning problems are always frustrating. And when the Seattle, WA summer is in full force, you most certainly need your AC unit to be doing its job effectively. However, if your cooling system is short cycling, it can affect your comfort, energy bills, and the overall health of the appliance. When an air conditioner is short cycling, it will typically only run for a few minutes at a time before shutting off prematurely. As a result, it takes significantly longer for your home to reach your preferred temperature, which uses more electricity and puts extra wear and tear on

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How R401a Outperforms R22 and Why You Should Upgrade Now

September 13, 2022

Refrigerant is often referred to as the lifeblood of home cooling systems. Without it, air conditioners would simply be moving air around rather than lowering its temperature. Refrigerant is the magical addition that transforms residential ACs from glorified fans into veritable powerhouses that can create and maintain comfortable living environments. While you probably don’t think much about the refrigerant that moves through the air conditioner in your Seattle, Washington home, now is definitely the time to do so. This is especially true if your current air conditioner was manufactured before 2010. What Is R401a Manufactured under

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What Is an AC Capacitor and Can It Be DIY Replaced?

August 10, 2022

Most folks have a good understanding of what an air conditioning unit is and how to use it. In fact, most people couldn’t live without the creature comforts of temperature-controlled air. But when it comes to the inner workings of an AC unit, many people are left in the dark. If your air conditioner has stopped working and you are trying to troubleshoot the problem, you may have come across the term “capacitor.” But what is an AC capacitor, and can you replace it yourself? Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning has been proudly servicing the Seattle area in all things heating

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What Can I Do When My AC Unit Freezes Up?

July 19, 2022

You may be surprised to see your AC unit freeze up. Can it really do that in the heat of the summer? It happens more frequently than one would think. You can do something about the situation. It’s important to find out why your AC unit froze up so you can prevent it from happening again. Thaw It Out If you see your AC unit frozen over, the first step is to turn the unit off at the electrical breaker box. You then need to let the ice thaw. It can take up

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Reasons Your Home Feels Humid When Your AC Is Running

July 15, 2022

Seattle is one of the most humid cities in the country, and this can make it extremely difficult to properly manage your home’s humidity level. High indoor humidity can create numerous problems. For starters, it will make your home feel hotter and more uncomfortable. It also forces your air conditioner to work much harder, which can lead to increased wear and tear, more frequent need for repairs, and higher energy costs. High humidity can also potentially lead to water damage and allow mold to grow inside the home. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with high

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Do Air Conditioners Create Air Pollution?

June 4, 2022

Having adequate air conditioning in your home is a necessity. However, more and more homeowners are becoming concerned about the possible environmental impact that comes with running their AC almost constantly for a large part of the year. Specifically, many people wonder about how much air pollution their air conditioning system might be causing. Here is everything you need to know about air conditioning and how it can contribute to air pollution. The Impact of HFCs One potential impact of air conditioners is that they can release HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) into the atmosphere. The refrigerant used

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Why Is Your AC Leaking Water? 6 Potential Causes

May 18, 2022

Air conditioning units are relatively complex, and for them to effectively cool down your Seattle, WA household, it requires many different components working together harmoniously. With so many parts collaborating to keep the appliance running, there are a variety of things that can potentially go wrong with the equipment. When an AC unit does malfunction, you may notice several different symptoms, but one of the most common occurrences is the appliance leaking water. Not only is a leaking AC unit a clear red flag that something’s wrong with the system, but it can also cause major water damage in your

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Cleaning Your Window AC in 6 Steps

May 7, 2022

The window AC is one of the simplest air conditioning systems you can have in your home. This devise is convenient for individuals who live in apartments or other dwellings that do not have a central HVAC system installed to effectively cool the entire property. Like the other types of air conditioners, a window unit needs regular maintenance to function effectively throughout its service life. One of the ways to maintain the system is by cleaning it to get rid of any dirt. When the window AC is kept clean and properly maintained, it becomes more efficient,

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Can I Save Energy by Sleeping With My Windows Open?

April 14, 2022

It can feel refreshing to open your windows in the evenings and let the cool outdoor air in. Fresh air, especially during the evening in Seattle, is conducive to a good night’s sleep. As the outdoor air gets cooler, you may wonder if it is best to open your windows at night and turn off your air conditioning. While opening your window at night does improve natural ventilation and might reduce your energy bill, there are several factors to consider before ditching your AC for open windows. The Pros and Cons of Natural Air Ventilation

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Common Reasons Why Your AC Is Not Cooling Your House

August 19, 2021

In the summer of 2021, temperatures hit record highs all across the country. As a resident of the Puget Sound area, it’s likely that you were expecting your air conditioning unit to make your home livable under the intense heat. Unfortunately, you might have noticed your system not cooling your house that well. Apart from because of higher-than-normal temperatures, an HVAC unit not cooling your home can indicate that you failed to set it up correctly for summer or that something is broken. At Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning, we have been serving the Western Puget Sound community since 1987. We

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