Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog

Don’t Push Your AC Over Its Limits!

October 3rd, 2019

hand-setting-thermostatYou want to avoid HVAC repair in Fresno, CA as much as possible. Even though fall has now officially arrived, the Central Valley is still experiencing blistering hot days that can reach the 90s. Your home’s air conditioning system has hard work ahead, and if you aren’t cautious about running it, you may drive it into the ground and cause an expensive repair or replacement.

Your air conditioner has limits. For example, the AC can’t lower the temperature in your house to the point where water would freeze. (Not that you would want to.) To help you know how best to keep your cooling system running in good shape at the end of the season, we’re going to look at your central air conditioner’s cooling limits.

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Do You Need New Rain Gutters?

September 19th, 2019

heavy-rainSummer is almost over. Fall is around the corner. The rainiest part of the year is right ahead.

Now is an excellent time to take a look at the rain gutters of your house and ask yourself if you need to have a new rain gutter installation in Fresno, CA. If you do, then the early fall is the ideal time to call us to arrange for the service. We offer custom continuous rain gutter design and have since we started in business more than 65 years ago. Our trucks are equipped so our experts can cut and size rain gutters to fit your house on the spot.

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Dirty Sock Syndrome: The Smelly AC Problem

August 26th, 2019

girl-pinches-noseOf all the troubles you might encounter with your air conditioning system, dirty sock syndrome is the one that triggers the most immediate reaction. It’s right there in the name—it sounds like something you absolutely don’t want in your house!

But what is dirty sock syndrome, and is it actually a significant air conditioning repair problem?

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A Moldy AC? Here’s How It Can Happen and What It Means

August 22nd, 2019

mold-cellsAs an air conditioning contractor in Madera, CA with many decades of history, our technicians have seen almost every type of AC system problem possible. You can trust us when we tell you that mold in an air conditioning system does happen, and more often then people imagine. It’s not just a cosmetic problem. We’ll explain the trouble mold causes, which include health hazards.

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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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