Can the Speed of an Air Conditioner Fan Be Changed?

September 15, 2022

Having a functional and high-performing air conditioner in your Spokane, WA, home is becoming increasingly important. In Eastern Washington, record-breaking heat is becoming the norm, and buying the best and most efficient AC model you can find isn’t guaranteed to provide the results you want. Without proper installation and settings that are streamlined to suit your living environment, your air conditioner may not be able to create and maintain a comfortable indoor climate. Read on to learn everything you need to know about AC fan settings, including why they can and should be changed. Four Hundred Cubic

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AC Capacitors and When to Replace Them: A Guide

August 11, 2022

You might have had a capacitor blow if you’ve heard a loud pop and your air conditioner stopped working. AC capacitors are an important part of the air conditioning unit and can wear out over time. A malfunctioning capacitor can cause your air conditioner to overheat and shut down, or it can keep the compressor from starting. Here’s what you need to know about AC capacitors and when it’s time to replace them. What Is an AC Capacitor? Capacitors are used in air conditioners to help start the compressor. The capacitor stores electricity and releases it

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Home Air Conditioning and Higher Humidity

July 20, 2022

When summer is incredibly hot and you must run your air conditioning unit more than usual, the humidity level in your home could increase. Humidity is basically how much water vapor is in the air. Your air conditioning unit puts out cold air and therefore cooling water vapor. Our bodies are already at a high moisture level. When the humidity in the home or outdoors is high it doesn’t allow our bodies to cool. Significant moisture in the air creates an uncomfortable living situation. There are ways to regulate the humidity in your home

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How Many Years Does an HVAC System Last For?

June 13, 2022

Whatever it is you own to heat and cool your home, the fact is that it will need replacing after a while. The only question is how long that will be. To answer this, though, there are a few factors you need to take into consideration. There are three major questions you should ask yourself when you’re figuring out how long your HVAC will last. What Type of HVAC System Do I Own? We’re being intentionally broad by saying “HVAC system.” HVAC stands for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning,” and it encompasses everything from furnaces

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Common Causes Behind AC Water Leaks

May 19, 2022

Traditional air conditioning units produce condensation as they cool your home. Your AC has a built-in draining system that should securely remove the water. However, your home can still experience leaks when something goes wrong in the system or an essential component hasn’t been maintained. Here are the most common causes behind AC water leaks. Improper Installation Window units need to be tilted slightly backward to ensure the water moves out of the system and away from your home. If the unit is completely level, the moisture inside could overfill your overflow pan. You also need

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How to Install a Smart Thermostat

April 15, 2022

Installing a smart thermostat is a great way to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. Many are designed to be a do-it-yourself installation project. You should make sure the thermostat you’re planning to buy is compatible with your heating and cooling system. Turn Off Your HVAC System Turn off your HVAC system at the breaker panel. It may require flipping multiple breakers. The breaker panel should be labeled. Remove the Faceplate You need to first remove the faceplate, which should easily pop off. If it doesn’t, check for hidden screws.

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Is Your AC Unit Ready for Spring? Consider These Steps

March 17, 2022

It’s close to springtime, and you’ll want to ensure that your air conditioner is up to the task of cooling your home for the next several months. To that end, you can tackle the following small jobs. Replace the Air Filter Every homeowner should at least replace the air filter. It’s usually located in the indoor air handler or return vent. A dirty air filter can wear out an AC by making it struggle harder to circulate the air. Every three months is the recommended frequency for filter replacement, but you’ll have to do it more

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3 Steps to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

February 17, 2022

Your furnace works hard to keep your home comfortable, but it can only take on so much wear and tear before starting to decline. If you aren’t careful, you could find yourself needing to pay a giant bill to have a new heating system installed. However, if you commit to the proper habits and furnace upkeep routine, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy several extra years of reliable heating. 1. Scheduled Tune-Ups Your furnace needs regular professional maintenance to stay healthy and continue performing at peak levels. During a tune-up, your technician will clean the furnace

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The Link Between Damaged Ductwork and Home Comfort

January 13, 2022

At NORCO Heating & Air Conditioning, we help customers in the Spokane area keep their homes comfortable in every season. We are experts in the complete care of heating and cooling systems. However, there is one component of your home comfort equipment that you may not think about too often. Your ductwork guides treated air to the proper zones, and a problem in your ducts can compromise the whole system. Dust and Ducts There is always some dust floating around your home. The air filters in your system remove some of the larger particles before they

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Furnace, Air Conditioning, and HVAC Code Overview

December 20, 2021

As a property owner, it’s important that the equipment in your home is safe and properly installed. To ensure that this is the case in all homes and businesses in a certain area, local municipalities will typically put into place a specific set of rules that will outline how a new installation should be completed and what is needed for repairs and maintenance. These codes are reviewed every few years, and changes are made when necessary. Older homes don’t need to constantly have work done to keep up with the changes. Old work is generally grandfathered in.

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