Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog

Electrical Troubles in an Air Conditioning System

July 29th, 2019

electrical-panel-repairsAir conditioners are complicated electrical devices. The combination of an intricate electrical system and the use of chemical refrigerant makes it tricky for a non-professional to be able to diagnose what’s wrong with an air conditioner, let alone understand how to fix it.

Electrical issues are the most common type of malfunction that can bring an air conditioning system to a halt and cut off cooling to a house. Below we’ve listed the electrical malfunctions our technicians often see when they come to repair a customer’s faulty air conditioner.

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Electrical Trouble in Your AC Can Mean Tripped Circuit Breakers

July 15th, 2019

stripped-electrical-wireWhenever an air conditioning system abruptly shuts down—the fan won’t come on, the compressor won’t come on—one of the first things we recommend homeowners check is their electrical panel. A tripped circuit breaker might have caused the air conditioning system to lose power. Resetting the breaker may solve the problem.

Or … the problem may come right back. If this is the case for your air conditioning system, there’s something else wrong, such as electrical trouble in the AC. You may need to have our professionals check on the system and repair it. Let’s look a bit further into this situation.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Idea for My House?

June 20th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterYou may have heard about the tankless water heater as a replacement option for the standard storage tank water heater. A tankless water heater applies heat to the water that passes through its heat exchanger, so it heats up water whenever there’s a demand for it. When a hot water tap comes on, water starts to flow through the heat exchanger, which activates it and turns on the gas jets. The heat only remains on when the water is moving, and shuts off when the demand stops. There’s no need to store the water at any point.

The tankless water heater offers several excellent benefits compared to the traditional tank water heater. Just listing those may make it sound like a tankless water heater is automatically the better option:

  • Higher energy efficiency
  • Longer system life
  • Won’t run out of hot water
  • Small size

But we recommend you look before you leap! If you are getting ready to replace your old water heater, it is best to call on our professionals for the job. They’ll help you select the ideal system to meet your needs and your budget.

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Why Your Air Conditioning System Isn’t Turning On

June 5th, 2019

man-a-fan-a-planWe’ve written before about the signs to watch for that will warn you it’s time to schedule professional air conditioning repair in Fresno, CA. But no sign is clearer that you have an air conditioner in trouble than when the air conditioner just won’t turn on when you need it.

Please don’t panic if you find you’ve got a non-responsive air conditioning system. In many cases, there’s a simple issue behind it and you won’t need to call for a repair technician. Once you’ve eliminated the basic explanations, then you should turn to an HVAC professional. Do not open up either cabinet of your AC system and attempt to do repairs on your own!

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A Leaky Air Conditioner? Here’s What May Be Happening

May 20th, 2019

water-dropletsWhen your home’s air conditioning system is running during the summer, you will occasionally hear the sound of water dripping coming from the indoor cabinet. This is normal—you are hearing the sound of the water condensation that collects along the evaporator coil dripping down into a pan beneath it. This water (called condensate) is a standard part of how your central air conditioning system removes heat from the air. Once the water collects in the condensate pan, it leaves the house through a drain and line that leads to the outside.

However, you only want to hear water dripping in the air conditioner. You don’t want to actually see water leaking from the unit and pooling around it. When this happens, it means a problem in the condensate removal system that needs to be fixed.

Below, we’ll look at why you may have water leaking from your AC system.

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Congratulations to Purl’s Race Team!

May 17th, 2019

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Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning is proud to sponsor the Davidson Racing team. And we’re even prouder to announce the team’s fantastic race on March 23rd at Madera Speedway. Beans Davidson placed 3rd and Kurt Davidson Jr. placed 4th in their class!

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At Purl’s, we create custom sheet metal for many of the Central Valley’s local race teams. We’re proud to support all types of racing and to help our local teams bring to life their custom sheet metal designs and ideas.

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Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning: “Quality Is the Cornerstone of Our Success” since 1952!

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Adding Central AC to a Home: What You Should Know

May 15th, 2019

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Residential central air conditioning has a long history going back to the 1920s. But many decades would pass before central AC systems became common and affordable for homeowners. Today, 90% of new houses are constructed with central air conditioning systems, which is a significant change from only twenty years ago.

The central air conditioning system has replaced the old window units that were once the main way for homes to enjoy cooling. Window units have a limited use, conditioning only small areas. They’re also unattractive-looking, block light, and make a home less secure. All around, central air conditioning is the superior choice for a home, and it also allows for indoor air quality improvement additions.

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MadTown Robotics Wins the World Championship!

May 2nd, 2019

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We’re thrilled to announce that MadTown Robotics won the 2019 World Championship at Houston!

Purl’s is a proud sponsor of MadTown Robotics, which was founded in 2004 at Madera High School by math teacher Alan Hollman. The original four-student team of young robotic engineers soon grew and is now comprised of more than 50 students from three local high schools: Madera High School, Madera South High School, and Sherman Thomas. MadTown Robotics is dedicated to furthering the curiosity and knowledge of students and training them to excel at teamwork.

The team has received many awards over the past fourteen years, including winning the Central Valley Regional and the Sacramento Regional Championship. Now they’ve gone all the way to win the World Championship! Congratulations to all the winners from our family at Purl’s!

At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, “Quality Is the Cornerstone of Our Success!”

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Getting Ready to Turn on Your AC for The First Time This Year

April 22nd, 2019

woman-enjoying-lifeOur summer weather can sometimes arrive abruptly during spring. We’ll switch from cloudy and cool weather straight to the big heat. You want to know that the first time you need your air conditioning system for the year that it will turn on and do its job right.

Before you switch on your AC for the hot weather, go over these recommended steps. They’ll help you prepare the air conditioning system and give it a better start to the season.

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When the Second Floor Keeps Getting Too Hot!

April 11th, 2019

thermometer-going-redTwo-story homes often encounter problems with their upper floors getting much warmer than the lower floors. Heat rises, so heat tends to gather in the upper levels of a house. Another cause is heat coming through the roof on sunny days. A hot upper floor can happen even in a home with a powerful heating and air conditioning system and well-designed ductwork, and it can occur at any time of the year. However, ineffectual ducts and malfunctioning comfort systems can contribute to the problem.

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