Help Allergy-proof Your Home With Proper A/C Ventilation and More


There are various kinds of over-the-counter and prescription medications you can take for allergies.  But these medications only alleviate the symptoms, not the causes.  Although it’s almost impossible to become completely allergy-free, the following are some steps you can take to avoid allergy triggers in your home:

  • Clean or replace your air filters at least once a month.
  • Keep your return air vents and grills clean.
  • Have your air ducts cleaned every few years.
  • Get regular A/C tune-ups.
  • Open window when possible for fresh air; but be smart about it.  Don’t open them when pollen or mold or other allergy triggers are high.
  • Make sure doors and windows are properly weatherstripped.
  • Dust as often as possible.
  • Use ceiling fans for energy efficiency; but keep them clean as to not spread dust.
  • Bathe and brush your pets often. Consider deep-brushing at least once a month to help prevent shedding.
  • Vacuum at least twice a week.
  • Wash bedding once a week in hot water.
  • Limit throw rugs to reduce dust and mold.
  • Choose hard surfaces instead of carpet whenever possible.
  • Wear a mask and gloves when cleaning or painting.
  • Use the exhaust fan over your stove to help reduce cooking fumes.

Even though now is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, the downside is that you may be exposed to several allergens.  We hope you’ll utilize the above tips to keep you and your family as allergy-free as possible in your home.  If you have other tips, please share in the comment section.


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Why You Need a Licensed A/C Company, Not a Hired Hand


In the State of Texas, anyone working on your air conditioning system must have the appropriate license(s).   Many unlicensed air conditioning and heating (HVAC) contractors are often “fly by night,”  meaning they won’t be around to fix whatever mistakes they make.  Additionally, most manufacturers will not honor warranties from unlicensed individuals.  These “on the side / under the table” technicians may be less expensive upfront; but they will be more expensive down the road.  When it comes to any technical service, you really do get what you pay for.

The following are warning signs that the company or individual you’re considering isn’t licensed:

  1. Their ads don’t include their license numbers, which are required by state regulated laws to be displayed in all media.
  2. The contractor requests a large down payment.
  3. The contractor refuses to put terms in writing, opting instead for a verbal agreement.
  4. There is no proof of insurance.  Most unlicensed contractors don’t carry property damage or personal injury liability, which is also required by law.
  5. The contractor can’t give you any referrals or references.
  6. You’re asked to make the check payable to an individual rather than a company.  Or worse, the contractor will only take cash.
  7. There is no company name or license number on the contractor’s vehicle.
  8. There is no written money-back guarantee.

Licensed HVAC technicians receive extensive training, industry and state certifications, and have hands-on experience in every facet of installation and repair. For this level of service and peace of mind, please see Licensed AC Repair in Dallas

If there’s any doubt as to whether the contractor is licensed and insured, don’t use the services. It’s much better to be safe now than sorry later.

Source:  10 Warning Signs of an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor


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Attic Safety for A/C Season


It’s critical for home and business owners to have catwalks in their attics that go to their air conditioning equipment, furnace flue, roof vents, and often water heaters. You don’t need anything fancy. (After all, you won’t be entertaining in your attic.) But you do need to make sure these catwalks are sturdy and secure, not just for you and your family but for A/C technicians as well.

Before you start working on your catwalks, you need to know that many people are allergic to fiberglass. So if you’re going to take the “do-it-yourself” route, be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves.

You also need to know that catwalks are not suitable for long-term storage, and should be used strictly for walking to your equipment. If you want storage space, you might consider hiring a professional to install actual flooring.

The following are simple steps to creating catwalks:

  • Purchase some 2×4 or 2×6 inch lumber for your platform wide enough to sit on the top edges of the bottom chords and extend above the the level of the insulation. For the walkway itself, you also need sheets of 5/8 inch plywood narrow enough for access to your attic access hatch.
  • Cut the 2×4 or 2×6 inch boards to match the width of the plywood. Then cut your 5/8 inch plywood to make gussets that run from the bottom of the cord to an inch or two below the top edge of the 2×4 or 2×6 inch boards.
  • Glue and screw a gusset to one of the faces of each of your boards, using deck screws, not drywall screws.
  • Clear all insulation next to the chords.
  • Apply construction adhesive on the top and bottom of each chord, and set the board extension and its gusset in place.
  • Drive screws through each gusset and into the chord in a zigzag pattern for stability.
  • Screw the plywood to the top edge of each board extension, ensuring the end of each plywood sheet lands on a board and is secured by at least four screws.
  • Push the insulation back to where it was originally.

And voila! You now have catwalks so you don’t need to worry about falling through the ceiling. Although that scenario might make a good slapstick YouTube video, it could also cause you to end up in the hospital with a broken limb or two.


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A Visual Walk Through of A#1 Air’s Spring A/C Tune-up

Spring has sprung!  And while spring brings beautiful weather and a great deal of outdoor enjoyment, it also marks the ideal time to maintenance equipment that helps keeps homes and businesses operating with cool, comfortable indoor environments.  Our crazy Dallas, Fort Worth weather may be up and down right now; but when our summertime heat and humidity kick in, they kick in with a vengeance.  The best time to prepare for those elevated temperatures and sticky humidity is now.

Having an A/C tune-up performed in the spring means you are ensuring your system is ready to work before you need it the most – the summer.  That way when the heat kicks in, your A/C still kicks on and you still stay cool.  More often than not, air conditioning equipment is not given the consideration it deserves. Let’s take a visual walk through of A#1 Air’s precision spring A/C tune-up and go over some of the top benefits of having this type of preventative maintenance performed.  

Feel free to skip ahead to any of these key sections:

An air conditioning tune-up can be worked starting indoors or outdoors. It really depends on the time of day and how hot the attic is.  While we check for over 30 potential problem areas, just a few of the checks and repairs we perform are:

  • Balance of the refrigerant
  • Complete electrical checks
  • Drain line cleaning
  • Evaporator pan cleaning
  • Coil inspection
  • Full cleaning of the blower
  • Duct integrity check
  • Supply and return temperature checks
  • Condenser coil cleaning
  • Indoor and outdoor motor checks
  • Air filter checks

Of course we always shut off all power to the system before we begin any work.  This protects both the system and our technician(s).  Let’s start our walk through indoors.

 Inside System Checks


This picture is a quick indicator that not all air conditioning systems are alike; therefore they should not be treated as such. If we are the company also installing the equipment it’s important to note that we use a top support system to ensure the furnace itself is anchored, as it should be.  That way we know our technicians will be able to remove and install service panels easily, without worrying about the system bowing and buckling.

When we inspect and clean the evaporator coil condensate pans and drain lines (where water flows from your evaporator coil drain pan), we check for clogs.  This flow could be routed to various places.  Sometimes a build up of dirt and grime create a mess and interferes with proper draining. Most drain lines can be blown out, providing they’ve been serviced annually.  If not, the proper cleaning may be more extensive.  Also, every unit should have a drain safety switch.

Being that the evaporator coil is an essential component of your air conditioning system, it’s important to keep it clean. A dirty evaporator coil can increase utilities cost, decrease comfort level, damage the compressor, and ultimately shorten the lifespan of your system. Keeping your filters changed and clean also helps the coil to work more cleanly and efficiently.  However, if the coil has a high corrosion level, it will be in your best interest to replace it with a new one.  

We’ll also look at the electrical circuits and blower motor.  Cleaning the motor and blower assemble improves reliability and efficiency while equaling less money out your pocket. With the panels off we can visually inspect wiring to seek out worn, cracked, or loose wire connections. Our technicians will verify the motor capacitor capacitance and compare this to the manufacturer’s specification. If our diagnostics show the capacitance to be below the manufacture’s specifications, we will recommend replacing it.  Otherwise, it could cause the motor to overheat, consume more electricity, or become unreliable.

All capacitors have a life expectancy, as any mechanical component does.  However, some factors that contribute to early failure are loose connections, voltage exceeding the capacitor rating, and overheating.  Our technician will verify that the proper voltage and amperage are within specifications.


Another inside, and often neglected, part of your system is the ductwork.  Some things that A#1 Air considers when determining the best way to improve energy efficiency, comfort, and promoting healthy indoor air quality is:

  • The age of the system
  • Prior work on the duct system
  • Proper sealing
  • Past cleanings
  • Return air
  • Current state of ducts

Some ductwork problems are obvious while others need a closer look to reveal hidden problems.  Our technicians will inspect the integrity of your ductwork system and make any recommendations needed.  For more information, please see Benefits of Duct Sealing by Energy Star.  A#1 Air can take care of any needs for both ductwork and air duct cleaning.

There have been many studies or articles on indoor air quality that can be found on the Internet; however good indoor air quality begins with a properly installed and maintained cooling system and air filtration system. In short, there is dirt and dust all around us. While I’m not going to get into detail on indoor air quality for the sake of this post, I am going to stress how important it is to install filters properly and change or clean them regularly. 


A dirty air filter can have a negative impact on your A/C system, such as causing the system to cycle less, the evaporator coil to freeze up, or air to not flow properly from the vents.  It can also cause your system to cool less or stop cooling entirely.  A collapsed filter can cause quite a mess and much damage.  An A#1 Air technician can explain the different filters to you and the benefits (or lack thereof) of each.  Proper sizing is always key.  For now, some tips on selecting a good air filter are:

Air Filter Recommendations to Use as Guidelines

 ·       Pleated filter – good performance and helps with indoor air quality.  Is considered an upgrade when compared to fiberglass filters

 ·       Hepa filter – captures most air borne particles such as dust, dust mites, mold, bacteria, and other allergens.

 ·       Electrostatic filter – uses static electricity that charges the filter so it acts like a magnet to remove dirt, dust, dust mites, and bacteria. Needs frequent cleaning. 

Installing the right HVAC filter in your system and replacing or cleaning it properly helps to keep your A/C system running at peak performance and in an energy efficient manner.  While the general rule of thumb for when to change or clean is once a month, it also depends on the size of the home or building, how many occupants, visitors, etc. go in and out.

A slightly dirty filter actually cleans more efficiently than a brand new filter. That’s because the trapped layer of dirt and dust helps block smaller particles that try to get through.  Just don’t let the dirt build up beyond anything more than slight.  “Slightly dirty” is the optimal phrase here.  No dirt hanging out of the filters, please!


This image shows the drain safety switch.  Every air conditioning system should have a drain safety switch.  This ensures the unit will shut off, preventing water damage to ceilings, floors, walls, or furniture. The drain safety switch is a small investment for safe guarding your valuable property and to help ensure a comfortable, healthy indoor environment. 

In this picture one of our technicians is checking the movement of the float to ensure there are no obstructions that will prevent the switch from operating properly.  His next step will be to activate the switch to verify that the system will shut off.  These are very simple procedures, but important to prevent an overflow of water.  As a word of caution, always install the safety switch lower than the drain pan.  I’ve seen too many of these installed incorrectly, causing issues where there doesn’t need to be.

Now let’s move outside.

Outside System Checks


As you can see, our technicians enjoy their careers!  They are committed to providing great, friendly service, no matter how many tune-ups or other services they perform – and no matter how hot and humid our North Texas climate is. 

During our tune-up, we clean your outside system.  The cleaning process means to remove any grass, weeds, leaves, and other debris that may reduce the airflow. While we don’t recommend any flowers, foliage, fences, etc. around your outdoor unit (see Springtime Do’s and Do Not’s for Your A/C System), if you just must have foliage near by, we recommend allowing at least 24 inches of space around the unit so it can breathe properly, not pull dirt and debris into itself, and not get overheated. This will also allow a big guy like me room to clean and maintain your system!

Our technicians will unscrew the grille on top of the outside unit so we can clean any debris inside the condenser. It is amazing how many leaves, pieces of fallen tree branches, etc. end up inside this cavity. While we have the fan motor fully visible we can look for signs of the motor over-heating, any bearing problems, and fray wires.


We’ll also check the electrical portion of the condenser.  Identifying electrical problems can be difficult without the right tools. Two must have tools that our technicians most definitely have – knowledge and skills!  We also utilize true RMS volt amp ohm meters, as they are very accurate and dependable.  When we combine our knowledge and skills with this meter, there is no guessing games or changing out parts unnecessarily to try to solve problems.  

It is important to check voltages and amperages on the compressor as well as motor and electrical circuitry to confirm that they’re working properly. Recording these readings will allow us to track any differences each year, giving your technician additional information that is important to identifying and addressing problems early.  Contactors and relays have many uses in an A/C unit and must be checked for any voltage drops through its points.  If this is detected, changing a contactor is an inexpensive protection against having to replace a compressor.  We use extreme caution in this case, as there are multiple voltage sources.

A common condition on an A/C unit is capacitor failure. Capacitors come in many shapes, sizes, and voltage ratings, but they all have the same function. In short, capacitors shift the electrical phase to provide the efficiency and start power for the compressor and fan motor. A failing capacitor creates higher amp draw (energy consumption), causing compressors and motors to overheat and eventually fail. If your fan motor is running slow then stops cooling down and starts again, shut your system off and call a certified technician before any further damage is done to the system.  A quick note on why capacitors go bad is that it usually has to do with an improper power supply.  While there are many reasons for failure, this seems to be the most common.


We ensure connections are good by first visually checking all wires while looking for connection burn marks, oxidized ends, connection ends for corrosion, and tightness of connections.  After all the parts are checked, the system is cleaned, the drain is cleaned, the ducts are inspected, filters are inspected and cleaned, the blower and coil are cleaned, and a few other items are checked, we are ready to check the refrigerant charge.


Our technicians will ensure your system is equipped with the proper refrigerant charge to battle the heat. Heat can cause havoc on the outdoor condenser unit, which is home to many parts.  This includes the compressor, fan motor, contactor/s, capacitor/s, digital boards, and other components. Proper refrigerant charge not only keeps the system running efficiently, but it also cools the motor windings, which will prevent the compressor from overheating.

How important is a refrigerant charge? Superheat and subcool not only allows our technicians to charge the system accurately, but both provide information if the system is not working properly.  Correcting any charge will maximize system performance, which in turn will save you money as your system uses less energy.

Speaking of refrigerant, A#1 Air gives all customers up to 2 lbs. of Free – for free – with every tune-up!  Check out our current special Tickets & Tune-up’s that not only includes 2 lbs. of free Freon, but 2 free Texas Rangers tickets, a ball cap autographed by Derek Holland, and a chance to win a free Texas Rangers jersey.


Finally, with a simple garden hose, we’ll spray and wash the dirt and grim from the condenser. Cleaning these A/C coils is important and will save you money in the long run. A clean condenser will help the unit perform efficiently, while lowering your refrigerant head pressure. Higher head pressures will cause higher indoor temperature, hotter coils, hotter compressors, and hotter condenser coil temperatures.

How Often Should I Have my Air Conditioner Tuned-up?

It is recommended that an air conditioning system have a precision tune-up annually. This will ensure that you are getting the best reliability and efficiency out of your A/C system before you need it most during the sweltering months.  It also helps to get the full life of your system and helps to save you money in energy bills. 

Preventative Maintenance

A good preventive maintenance program would detect early problems before they start and before full system failure occurs.  We have various A/C preventative maintenance programs for homeowners.  For business owners, we customize a program that is specific to your needs and circumstances. 

For an A/C tune-up or any other services or questions, simply give us a shout!



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Tickets & Tune-ups Special


With the brutal Texas heat on its way, NOW is the time to make sure your air conditioning system is in tip-top shape. A thorough A/C tune-up will help your system run smoothly, save you money on energy bills, and help to prolong the life of your system.

In addition to the benefits of an A/C tune-up, you can score big with our special offer.  We’ve enlisted our tune-ups in the big leagues with our Tickets & Tune-ups special promotion!

Our Tickets & Tune-ups Offer includes:

  • Free Texas Rangers Tickets (2)
  • Free Texas Rangers ballcap, autographed by Derek Holland (1)
  • Free entry for a chance to win a free Texas Rangers jersey (1 winner only)
  • Free Freon (up to 2 lbs)
  • A thorough inspection of over 30 potential problem areas in your A/C system, including a complete condenser cleaning.

All for just $99!

We’re very proud to be an official partner of the Texas Rangers, and even more proud to have Derek Holland personally endorsing our services.

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5 Revealing Tips for Choosing the Best A/C Company in Dallas/Fort Worth


Regardless of whether you’re having your current air conditioning system serviced or are looking to purchase a new one, the most important factor to consider is which A/C company to use.  The following is a resourceful checklist to ensure you make the right decisions for your home’s cooling needs:

checkmark Don’t go by price alone.  The old cliché “You get what you pay for” couldn’t apply more when it comes to your home’s cooling system and your family’s comfort.  Unfortunately as in all industries, some companies are not as forthright as they should be, which is one reason they may offer you a so-called “deal.”

checkmark Check credentials.  Even though most companies are honest, it doesn’t mean they’re highly competent.  They may not properly train their technicians, not keep up with industry standards and new energy efficient technologies, and they may not offer the most consumer-trusted brands.  Today’s complicated systems require technicians to have highly specialized skills. However, many companies just don’t invest enough resources to train their technicians properly, which can result in faulty installation and poor service.  Make sure your chosen company’s technicians are certified by the EPA, ACR, and NATE.  Also check for the proper State contractor license and that any permits required are obtained.

checkmark Beware of price quotes without diagnostic testing.  There is no way an A/C company can know what your needs are without properly diagnosing your current system.  If you’re given a quote without this important step, reject the offer, as either the company is not following industry best practices and standards or simply wants to “make a sale” and doesn’t really care about your needs or safety.

checkmark Check for 24/7 availability and work guarantees.  Many companies may say they’re available when you need them, but only end up charging you exorbitant fees “after hours” services.  Unless your air conditioning system only works Monday through Friday, 8 to 5, your A/C contractor shouldn’t either.  Choose a company that is available 24/7/365 and does not charge any over time fees.  Also check for work guarantees.  If you come across a company that doesn’t offer a 100% money back guarantee, keep looking until you find one that does.  Confidence and guarantee is craftsmanship speaks volumes.

checkmark Only choose a company that the owners stand behind.  Too often people use A/C companies or individual contractors who offer super-low prices and don’t consider anything else.  But do these companies have owners who stand behind their work?  Can you even tell who the owners are?  What are their reputations?  Are they hands-on operators or do they just sit back and collect money and not care what goes on with the services, as long as the cash keeps rolling in?

At A#1 Air, we may not always be the cheapest, but we are the best.  In fact, we’re rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and have countless happy, repeat customers.  All of our technicians are drug tested and background checked before we ever hire them.  Then they are fully trained and certified in our own in-house training facility before they ever show up to your door or interact with your family.  They also attend in-house bi-weekly training and eduction of a very advanced level in order to keep up with industry standards and best practices as well as new energy efficient technologies.  We also train on customer service skills.

We offer a 100% money-back guarantee, additional guarantees, and various warranties.  And we never charge overtime fees, no matter what time of day or night.  We truly do stand behind our work, and our owners are front and center, not hidden.  They are active operators of the company and set our own internal standards and have raised our company to be a standard setting leader in our industry.

“We’re the best in the biz because we treat everyone like family.” – Owners & Operators, James & Sherry Green.

Try us out today!  With our 100% money back guarantee, no overtime charges, and safe and fully trained and certified technicians, there is no risk to you at all.  Check us out and contact us now:

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Spring Is Just Around The Corner! Some Do’s and Do Not’s for Your A/C System


Spring brings on new beginnings – and cleanings!  With spring just around the corner, that means it’s time to start planning your home’s spring cleaning, your landscaping, and maintenance and cleaning of your air conditioning system.  Trimming your overall household budget should also be on your to-do.

Top, trusted manufactures and air conditioning experts recommend spring tune-ups on your air conditioning or heat pump so your system has its maintenance complete before the scorching temperatures arrive, forcing your system to labor to its max.  By following these helpful tips, you’ll not only stay cool and comfortable this spring, you’ll also get your budget cleaned up by wiping away unnecessary costs on your energy bills.

Some Do’s and Do Not’s To Keep You Cool and To Save Money:

  • DO Get Regular A/C Tune-ups.  With A#1 Air’s Ultimate A/C System Tune-up for 50% Off, we’ll inspect over 30 potential problem areas, clean your condenser, and even add up to two pounds of free Freon.
  • DO Caulk or Weatherstrip Windows and Doors.  This process will ensure windows and doors are tightly sealed to keep heat out and cool in.  When your system doesn’t have to work as hard, it runs more efficiently.
  • DO Spray for Bugs and Pests in Your Yard.  Often ants, rodents, or other pesky critters can infest your system, chew on wires, and more, causing your cooling system to work harder or completely shut down.
  • DON’T Plant Flowers Around Your Outside Unit.  We all love spring flowers but they have no place around your outside system.  Unfortunately planting flowers or shrubs allow dirt, debris, and mulch to get sucked into your unit(s), causing it to malfunction.
  • DON’T Put Wooden Fences Around Your Outside Unit.  Many people mistakenly think they’re protecting their outside system(s) by surrounding it with a wooden fence.  Or they simply want to cover them up to have a more attractive yard.  You probably know what happens when you lay a towel over a hair dryer that is on.  The coils turn red and overheat because of blocked airflow.  The same principle holds true with wooden fences around your outside cooling system.  It blocks the airflow needed and can cause the condenser coils to overheat.

At A#1 Air, we love our clients like family.  We we want you to stay cool and comfortable this spring.  So if you have any questions about how to ensure your A/C system or heat pump stays in tip-top shape throughout the season, feel free to contact us any time, 24/7!

Source – HGTV Sping Home Improvements & Energy Efficiency Tips

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Crazy Dallas Weather Increases Need for Heating & A/C Maintenance

The infographic below of January’s weather illustrates just how dramatic the highs and lows are in D/FW:


When winter starts to come to an end and we start seeing 70 degree temperatures; we all want to believe that it’s probably going to stay that way. But that’s rarely the case here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  This past month, we went from highs of 70 degrees down to the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s – in some cases, we had drastic 40 degree temperature changes overnight!  On New Year’s Day, the temperature dropped from 71 to 33 degrees!

Severe weather fluctuations can be really hard on your heating and air conditioning system.  That’s why it’s important to get regular heating and A/C maintenance to ensure your system is in tip–top shape all year ’round.

While it may be comfortable outside now, in the last few weeks we not only had cold temperatures; but schools and businesses were closed due to dangerous icy conditions on the roads.  So don’t be fooled by this great weather!  We never know what’s around the corner.  It’s best to be prepared now.

Don’t let the crazy weather leave you in the cold.  Stay up-to-date with your heating and air conditioning maintenance, and you should have issue-free comfort inside no matter what the temperatures are like outside.


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When to Replace Your Heating & Air Conditioning Equipment

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Although a new heating and air conditioning system may not be just what your sweetheart wanted, it could be time to replace it or just update certain components.  You definitely don’t want your date to be too cold or too hot, depending on our crazy North Texas weather – or you could end up in the dog house!  The dog house is pretty cold, no matter what the Texas temperature is.

So how do you know when it is time to replace or revamp your system?  Consider these things:

Your system is old

If your heat pump, air conditioner or furnace is over 10 to 15 years old, chances are it’s time to replace them. Newer systems are highly energy-efficient and can save you as much as 20% on your energy bills.

Your system constantly needs repairs

This is a sure sign that your system isn’t running as efficiently as it once was, and may not last much longer.

Some rooms are hotter or colder than others

Although this problem may have to do with faulty equipment, it could also be caused by poor insulation or duct problems. Regardless, it’s best to have an assessment performed by a professional.

You see an increase in your energy bills

If you’re away from your home for extended periods of time, a programmable thermostat will ensure your home is being heated or cooled only when you need it. This will enable you to conserve energy and save money.

Your home feels too dry or too humid

Excessive dry heat in the winter or humidity during the summer could be due to faulty components in your equipment.  It may just be a simple fix, some routine maintenance, or you may need a new system.

Too much noise

If your heating or cooling system is noisy, the problem could be an undersized duct system or a bad indoor coil of your cooling system. It is important to get this problem checked out before your system completely malfunctions.

If you think it’s time to replace or upgrade your heating and air conditioning system, A#1 Air has great news. This month only, it’s our “Last Chance” Warehouse Clearance Sale, with all furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioning units at 60% off. Plus we offer you our Sweet Sixteen year parts and labor warranty for free AND free financing with approved credit.

See Last Chance Heating and A/C Warehouse Clearance Special and contact us now for more details!

Source: Energy Star Heating and Cooling Checklist

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