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Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning Experts at Razor Share Why Your Air Conditioner Is Not Cooling

At Razor Heating & Air Conditioning, the primary focus is to provide Saskatoon and surrounding area customers with quality work, prompt service and innovative real-world solutions to everyday mechanical and home comfort issues. Whether it be an upgrade or repair to your current home or mechanical needs of a new home Razor Heating and Air are the people to turn to for all your Air Conditioning, Heating and Indoor Air Quality needs. Their real-world, on-the-job trained employees have the industry experience and know-how to look past the rough edges of renovation or construction. The professionals at Razor strive to bring you quality products and services with a budget-minded solution. Razor Heating & Air Conditioning is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE EXPERT!


Why Your Air Conditioner Is Not Cooling.


An A/C that’s not cooling your home is a big problem. After all, that’s its one job.

When you’re A/C doesn’t perform as it should, it’s frustrating, time-consuming, and very hot.

There are several reasons your air conditioner may be failing to perform. The experts at Razor Heating and Air Conditioning are going to walk through each one – and how best to fix it.


1. Your Thermostat Isn’t Cooperating



Your first stop is your thermostat. You should make sure that your thermostat is not only set to ‘ON’ but that it is set to ‘COOL’. Test that it’s working by setting the thermostat several degrees cooler than the stated temperature. You want to feel that chill!


If you can hear the air conditioner running, but minutes later still don’t feel any cool air coming through the vents, there could be something wrong with your thermostat and its electrical wiring. Fixing that problem is best left to a professional. You should also make sure all your windows and doors are sealed shut, and your supply and return vents are open and unblocked. It’s little things like this that are easy to forget about but super easy to fix.


2. A Breaker Has Been Tripped

This tip is only for those homeowners whose air conditioners are not running at all. Your A/C runs on electricity. No electricity going to your air conditioner means no cool air making your home a summer paradise. It’s time to travel to the location of your breaker panel and do a check. The breakers for your air conditioner should be clearly labelled. Flip them off and on again, and see if this makes a difference.

 

3. Your Air Filter is Clogged

Just because your air filter is located in your furnace’s blower doesn’t mean it isn’t used by your air conditioner. Your furnace’s air handler is what pushes the cooled air through the filter, through your ductwork, and into your home.

Therefore, if your air filter becomes clogged with dirt and debris, it’ll act a lot like a cork in a bottle: little to nothing is getting past it. Razor Heating and Air Conditioning recommend checking your filter once a month and changing it at least every 3 months – more often if you have hairy pets, allergies, or a lot of people living in your home. Air filters can be found at local hardware and home stores. Make sure you replace your current filter with one that is the same size.


4. Your Outdoor Unit is Coated in Dirt and Debris


 

 Sensing a theme here? Dirt is no friend to an air conditioner. Your air conditioner condenser is located outside your home and left exposed to the elements when in use. After a while, all that wind and rain is bound to blow some dirt and debris into it. If there’s too much dirt, your condenser can’t perform the heat exchange process efficiently. There are things you can do to help with this particular problem. 


  For example, tidying up the landscaping around your condenser will help keep branches, bushes, and other vegetation from adding to the debris buildup. Razor   Heating and Air Conditioning recommend keeping about 46 centimetres of space clear on all sides of your condenser. You should also wash your condenser regularly with water and soap. Gently wipe away dirt from the condenser fins, being very careful that they don’t break. In the offseason, make sure your condenser has a cover and it is secured tightly.


5. Houston, We Have a Mechanical Problem

While annual maintenance is an excellent want to reduce your risk of mechanical breakdowns, they can still happen. Whether it’s a broken fan motor or compressor, a mechanical problem could be the reason you’re A/C is not cooling properly. If you suspect a mechanical problem, you should call Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning Experts at Razor Heating and Air right away.

 

6. The Refrigerant in Your Air Conditioner is Leaking

Air conditioners use continuously circulating refrigerant to cool air. Normally the level of refrigerant never changes and your air conditioner is perfectly fine. If you spring a leak, that refrigerant level drops – and so does the amount of cool air you get. Refrigerant leaks can be identified by ice buildup, hissing noises, or a noticeable decrease in cooling efficiency. If you think you have a refrigerant leak, turn off your air conditioner and call us right away. This is a problem that should only be handled by experienced professionals.

 

7. Your AC Wasn’t Properly Installed

Unfortunately, this is seen all the time with both air conditioners and furnaces. An improperly installed air conditioner just won’t provide the cool air you need in an efficient manner. This is something you’ll notice after you get a new air conditioner. They can provide you with a second opinion, and do what they can to fix any potential problems. The size of your air conditioner is also incredibly important. If it’s too big or too small, you won’t be able to efficiently cool your home. Before you buy an air conditioner, meet with a qualified home specialist who can perform an evaluation and make recommendations.

 

 

8. Your Air Conditioner is Over the Hill

There comes a day when even the best air conditioner in the world just gets to be too old. Generally, after 15 years, you want to start paying close attention to how your air conditioner performs. If it gets to a point where you’re spending hundreds of dollars a year to keep it going, or you’re A/C is not cooling your home at all, it’s time for a replacement. The experts at Razor can perform an in-home consultation and walk you through the latest models, making recommendations for your home and your needs.

 


Get Help from the Professionals at Razor Heating and A/C

Trusted Saskatoon's Heating and Cooling Experts, Razor Heating and A/C are there to help you with all your need Heating, Air Conditioning, and Indoor Air Quality Needs. Contact Razor today!


Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning & Furnace Experts Discuss Quality Boiler Installation

At Razor Heating & Air Conditioning, the primary focus is to provide Saskatoon and surrounding area customers with quality work, prompt service and innovative real world solutions to everyday mechanical and home comfort issues.

Whether it be an upgrade or repair to your current home, or mechanical needs of a new home Razor Heating and Air are the people to turn to for all your Air Conditioning, Heating and Indoor Air Quality needs. Their real-world, on-the-job trained employees have the industry experience and know-how to look past the rough edges of renovation or construction. The professionals at Razor strive to bring you quality products and services with a budget-minded solution.

 

THEY ARE YOUR TRUSTED SASKATOON AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE EXPERTS!


Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning & Furnace Experts at Razor Heating discuss proper boiler installation:


Importance of a Quality Boiler Installation

 

Just like a furnace, the importance of a quality boiler is installation is key for proper operation. A boiler that is installed improperly can cause premature failure in the unit and can result in you spending more money to repair it or replace it. There was a case where Razor Heating and Air Conditioning came in and repaired a boiler installation that was installed by a different company improperly. Make sure your boiler installation is done correctly the first time.

 


Things to Consider When Having a Boiler Installed in Your Home:


- Product Quality: 
Do some searches about the quality of the brand you're installing, or ask your HVAC professional about the brand.


- Company Reputation: 

Make sure to check how long the HVAC company has been in business, their reviews and testimonials, and any installation photos they have.


- HVAC Service: 


Make sure that the company you hire also offers service in addition to installations. In the case that you do need assistance with your new boiler installation, you want to know the company can help.


- Boiler Warranty: 


Ask the company what warranty is offered with your boiler installation.


A high-quality boiler can last for many years, but proper care and maintenance are important. They can provide you with the proper services needed to keep your boiler working effectively. If you need more details about boiler installation in Saskatoon contact Razor Heating and Air Conditioning today!


Trusted Saskatoon's Heating and Cooling Experts, Razor Heating and A/C are here to help you with all your need Heating, Air Conditioning, and Indoor Air Quality Needs. Contact them today!



Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning & Furnace Experts at Razor Talk About How the Cold Affects Vehicles

At Razor Heating & Air Conditioning, the primary focus is to provide Saskatoon and surrounding area customers with quality work, prompt service and innovative real world solutions to everyday mechanical and home comfort issues.

Whether it be an upgrade or repair to your current home, or mechanical needs of a new home Razor Heating and Air are the people to turn to for all your Air Conditioning, Heating and Indoor Air Quality needs. Their real-world, on-the-job trained employees have the industry experience and know-how to look past the rough edges of renovation or construction. The professionals at Razor strive to bring you quality products and services with a budget-minded solution.

 

THEY ARE YOUR TRUSTED SASKATOON AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE EXPERTS!




Experts at Razor Heating & Air Conditioning Discuss How the Cold Affects Vehicles

Saskatchewan winters are really hard on vehicles. If you are one of the lucky ones to already have a Unit Heater for your garage then you know what I am referencing to. If not, here are some of the benefits that can be experienced, from the experts at Razor Heating & Air Conditioning themselves. 

Q: How does the cold affect vehicles? Does it have many negative effects?


The rubber compound in all-season tires hardens when temps drop below? 7C, causing them to lose grip, whereas winter tires stay soft and stick to the road in sub-zero temperatures.

Motor oil thickens when cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over on the first start of the day. This is further exacerbated by the fact that battery output drops by about half at -18C. It also declines gradually with age, so an older battery that’s fine in warm weather might fail in the cold.

Your engine runs least efficiently during the first 20 minutes or so after cold start-up, before it has warmed to operating temperature.

 

Windshields will be more vulnerable to damage. Never use hot water to clear a frosted windshield, as it could crack. Alcohol sprays, such as Frost Buster, Prestone Heat or ordinary rubbing alcohol are safer alternatives. These can also be added to washer fluid to increase freeze-up protection.




Some of your items will be more susceptible to harm depending on the materials they are made of. Wood and metal will expand and contract during freezing and thawing, which can cause the material to warp or weaken and sometimes split or crack. Leather and other materials may yellow or degrade more easily after being exposed to freezing temperatures.


There are many reasons to support the installation of unit heaters whether it be recreational, storage, or for the purpose of a shop function. 


Trusted Saskatoon's Heating and Cooling Experts, Razor Heating and A/C are here to help you with all your need Heating, Air Conditioning, and Indoor Air Quality Needs. Contact them today!

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Razor Heating and A/C, Trusted Saskatoon Cooling Experts- 10 Things You Didn't Know About Air Conditioning!

At Razor Heating & Air Conditioning, the primary focus is to provide Saskatoon and surrounding area customers with quality work, prompt service and innovative real world solutions to everyday mechanical and home comfort issues.

Whether it be an upgrade or repair to your current home, or mechanical needs of a new home Razor Heating and Air are the people to turn to for all your Air Conditioning, Heating and Indoor Air Quality needs. Their real-world, on-the-job trained employees have the industry experience and know-how to look past the rough edges of renovation or construction. The professionals at Razor strive to bring you quality products and services with a budget-minded solution.

 

Here are TEN things you didn't know about air conditioning. 

Nobody expects your ears to perk up when overhearing a conversation about air conditioning. As far as most homeowners are concerned, as long as they’re cool when they need to be and warm when they need to be, what else is there to care about? So, this goes out to everyone politely stifling a yawn when their HVAC technician starts explaining the ins and outs of their air conditioning unit. Air conditioning can be interesting!

To prove it, here are our Top 10 Fun Facts About Air Conditioning.



1. Forget comfort - the first air conditioner, designed by Willis Carrier in 1902, was designed to control the humidity in a New York publishing house. Its effects helped ink to dry faster and smudge free, as well as keeping the paper from expanding and contracting.



2. Do you love catching a summer blockbuster at the movie theatre? You can thank air conditioning. Moviemakers released their big pictures during the summer because people sought out the air-conditioned buildings to escape the heat.




3. Air conditioning makes springtime bearable. Allergy sufferers and asthmatics can thank air conditioning for providing them with clean, filtered air indoors.




4. All those “40 is the new 20” people can thank AC for prolonged life expectancy and the world changing advances in medicine. Without cool, controllable environments, certain medicines could never have been created and certain illnesses could never have been cured.




5. You wouldn’t be reading this article if it weren’t for air conditioning. That’s right, you can thank AC for the development of computer technology and manufacturing.