Unique Gifts for Homeowners To Worry Less

How to Give Your Loved Ones Peace of Mind this Christmas

Better and Cheaper gift than Netflix for Mom and Dad or Grandparent

It is always hard to know what Christmas gifts to get for your loved ones. This can especially be true when you are trying to find presents for adults, especially for our mothers and fathers. No matter who you have on your Christmas list, they probably do all have something in common: they would like to find ways to make life easier.

When you are looking for unique gifts for homeowners on your gift list, there is one great present that is sure to provide anyone with a great sense of relief and appreciation. It is the gift of removing stress and worry about the maintenance of their home.

The Gift of Taking the Worry Away

Life is hard enough without having to worry about anything breaking in your home. Imagine if you could give someone you love the peace of mind to know that they don’t have to worry about the heat not working. Not only that, but they also wouldn’t even have to worry about changing their air filters!

While you may not be a DIY expert and handle all the work yourself, you don’t have to. You can purchase a special membership plan for professionals to expertly handle the work a home needs.

At Standard Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning we provide a VIP Maintenance plan that does exactly that. Letting trained HVAC professionals handle this work means you’re having the experts with all the necessary tools and experience to fully address regular maintenance needs as well as detect any problems.

Best gift for new homeowners – home maintenance package

Perfect Gift for New Homeowners

Being a new homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities, and many that some people don’t realize. Suddenly you have to know where your breaker box is, to remember to regularly change your air filter and to know where the water supply shut-off is. For young people who are just starting out, their life is probably also very busy with other things like a new job, a new marriage, a new child.

If you have a loved one who is a new homeowner, you probably know that something they are lacking is time. New commitments of home maintenance can be taxing on someone who is still figuring things out.

Helping them enjoy their home without the problems (or even the worry of problems) is a great holiday gift. Giving your friends and family the gift of professional home maintenance will mean they can learn how to take care of their home without missing important tasks before little issues turn into big, expensive problems.

Best Gifts for a Housewarming Party

Since this is such a fantastic gift for new homeowners that will help them handle the new responsibilities they face, it doesn’t have to be a holiday gift.  Giving the gift of worry-free home maintenance is the perfect gift to give new homeowners at a housewarming party.

Perfect Gift for Mom, Dad and Grandparents

Handling the everyday tasks of running of a home can be tiring for anyone, but especially for those who are starting to feel the aches and pain of age. Taking care of the maintenance needs of a home can be taxing as we get older. But when these important tasks don’t get done, like changing air filters or cleaning out debris from your AC, big problems could happen.

  • The furnace could stop working in the middle of winter.
  • The AC could freeze up, causing an expensive repair.
  • A persistent drip could lead to water damage under the sink.

Basic home maintenance on your home’s plumbing or heating and cooling system are vital to keep everything running smoothly. Your HVAC and plumbing system are designed and built to last for many, many years. At Standard Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning we have seen how leaving minor problems unaddressed has led to un necessary and expensive repairs or even a complete system replacement happening years before it should have been needed.

Give the Gift of a Home Maintenance Plan

Air filter getting changed in furnaceStandard Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning provides maintenance service to homeowners in the Manhattan, KS area. We are regularly called out to handle the tune-up or cleaning of a home’s cooling system before summer starts or do work on a furnace before a cold Manhattan winter sets in.

The needs of regular maintenance can be difficult or too much for many homeowners to handle on a regular basis. So we also provide a yearly maintenance plan for our experienced team to handle a majority of the ongoing tasks that homes need throughout the year. Homeowners who sign up for our Standard VIP Program receive a wide variety of annual tune-ups and cleanings that keeps a home comfortable, energy efficient, and safe.

Included in the Standard VIP Program:

  • We replace filters twice a year
  • We check for dangers, like potential gas leaks
  • We clean and maintain HVAC units that help them last longer
  • We undergo a Carbon Monoxide check every fall
  • We ensure your AC system is in working order in the spring
  • We ensure your furnace is ready to go before the winter

And that’s not even all that comes with VIP membership. You will also get discounts on repair work, extended warranty on parts AND priority scheduling.

It’s a Gift That’s Better than Netflix

You can purchase a VIP Maintenance Program membership from Standard for someone other than you. The recipient’s home we will be servicing just needs to be in our service area which includes the greater Manhattan area as well as Wamego and Junction City.

The cost for most homeowners to receive a full year of this VIP Maintenance is less than the cost of Netflix. For just about $13/month, your loved one will get to spend time doing what they enjoy instead of handling such tasks as cleaning out a dirty AC condenser or even driving to the store to buy a new air filter to install.

Call Standard today at (785) 776-5012 or send us a message online to get more information about purchasing a VIP Maintenance package for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Map of Manhattan, Wamego and Junction City and other Kansas towns Standard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning services

 

History of Home Heating Trends

How Kansas Led the Way for Energy Efficient Gas Heat

Standard Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning serving Manhattan, KS since 1923

It’s always comforting to come home to the gentle hum of a well-working furnace pushing warm air through your vents. If you’re like most Kansans, you have a gas furnace working efficiently to conveniently keep your home comfortable no matter how cold it is outside. This wonderful technology of furnaces are a luxury we’ve all gotten used to. But obviously it’s not always been like this.

If anyone knows how much things have changed, it is our team at Standard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning. We have been installing heating systems to homes across the Manhattan area for nearly 100 years! We have seen the many changes in HVAC technology and how dramatically these advancements help homeowners enjoy even more reliable and comfortable heat.

History of Heating Trends in Kansas and Across America

Old wood burning fireplace to heat a homeLife was very different across the United States 80 years ago. From cars to sources of entertainment, our grandparents and great-grandparents lived very different lifestyles than we do today. How they heated their homes was also quite different.

And while life has changed and become more efficient and convenient for so many of us, it’s not the same from state to state. The way we heat our homes in Manhattan is not the same as those on the coasts. You may be surprised to learn how heating trends have changed over the years and how they are still dramatically different in different states.

 

 

Coal & Wood Heat

Old fashioned wood fired heating unitBack in the 1940s, about 3 out of every 4 homes was heated by coal or wood, with most of that 75% using wood. Back then, Kansas was right in line with these statistics for relying upon burning wood for heating. Where Kansas was different was with coal. While about 55% of homes across the country were heated by coal or coke, here in Kansas that number was closer to only 40%.

As you can imagine, this source of heat comes with a host of problems and difficulties. There is no wonder why, when at the turn of the century, less than 2% of all homes were still heated by coal or wood. Today, heating with wood or coal amount for just 2% of all American homes. The greatest average usage is in Vermont where about 1 in 10 homes are heated by burning wood.

We saw a lot of change how homes were heated in the 1950s. Coal and wood usage dropped from a combined 75% to just 45% in just a decade. The decline was even more dramatic in Kansas homes. By 1950, heating by wood was only happening in about 6% of all homes across the Sunflower state.

Heat from wood burning has made a bit of a comeback recently. Sometime in the 1990s there was an uptick of people converting their home to use wood for their heat source. Although the popularity of wood-heating has since decreased over past decades.

Kerosene & Fuel Oil

Here is where we really see how Kansas differed from the rest of the country in how we heated our homes. Kansas did not rely upon kerosene and fuel oil as most other states did. Nationally, 1 in 10 homes used this heat source in 1940. But in Kansas, it accounted for less than 4% of homes.

As this source of heat became less popular, today it has all but disappeared from homes here. By 2000, only 2 homes in a thousand in Kansas use kerosene or fuel oil for their heat.

However, things are very different in the northeast. In states like Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island you’ll find most of the homes are heated this way.

Heating Trivia “In Maine, what percentage of homes are heated with kerosene or fuel oil?”

Electric Heat

Many homes today use electric furnaces to heat their homes. We can thank Thomas Edison for inventing the lightbulb which was what was used in the earliest electric heaters. This was at the end of the 19th century. However, it was so incredibly rare as a heat source back in the 1940s that it wasn’t even counted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Even in the 70s electric heat had not really caught on. Only about 1 in 12 homes used electricity for heat.

But the popularity of using electricity to heat homes began to rise in the following decades. According to the U.S. Census, by the 1990s a quarter of all American homes were heated this way. Today, a third of all homes across the country are heated by electricity.

Heating Trivia ”Which state has the highest percentage of homes using electric heat today?”

History of Heating with Gas

Natural Gas drilling rig in Texas, a main source of heating energy in KansasThe standard way most homes are heated across America today is with gas from a utility company. Gas heat has been around for a while. We can trace some of its roots back 100 years when inventor Alice H. Parker patented the first gas fired furnace.

Back in the 1940s, at least 1 in 10 homes were heated with gas.

Here in Kansas, you might say we were ahead of our time. Even as far back as 80 years ago, a quarter of homes in Kansas were using gas heat. Only a handful of other states were using it as much or more than Kansans.

But there were 3 states that really were early to embrace gas heat. In fact, about 45% of Texas and Oklahoma homes were using gas, California topped the list with having two-thirds of all homes heated by utility gas.

Things quickly changed for homeowners in the Sunflower State. By 1950, at least 60% of all Kansas homes used natural gas. That’s more than double the amount of homes to adapt to natural gas over the previous decade.

Fast forward to the end of the 20th century. In 2000, half of all homes across the country were getting its heat from a gas utility company. But in Kansas, 71.5% of homes are heated with gas.

Our state is among several midwestern states that veered off the national average. Illinois and Utah really varied from the norm with having more than 80% of their homes heated by gas. The only other states that had as much, or more, homes using gas heat as Kansas are Colorado and Michigan.

Manhattan, KS is a Different Story

Here in Riley County, we don’t seem to follow the statewide trend. While more than half of the homes in our county do rely upon utility gas for heat, it is not as dramatic. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, gas is used to heat 56% of Riley County homes. This is 15 percentage points lower than the state average, but nearly in line with the national average of 51%.

What are homes in our area using instead? Electricity. Compared to the Kansas average of 17.2%, at least 34% of homes in Manhattan and other towns in our county rely upon electricity to heat our homes. That is about 7,500 homes.

Converting to Natural Gas

A great benefit to using natural gas as your heating source is your monthly energy bill. Natural gas is a much cheaper energy source than electricity. Many homeowners are choosing to convert their electric system to a gas system. They end up with lower energy bills and a lower environmental footprint having a system that is so much more energy efficient.

Is natural gas available for your home? It is possible that natural gas was not an option for your home at one time, but that may have changed. Check with your neighbors. If any of them are using natural gas, then it’s likely you will be able to as well. You can also call the Kansas Gas Service to check for availability to your home. You will also want to ask if they are currently offering any rebates for converting to natural gas.

If you’re wondering about switching from electric to gas, contact us at Standard. We are professional furnace system installers serving the larger Manhattan, KS community. Not all areas, especially in rural Riley County provide access to natural gas, but many areas are serviced by Kansas Gas Service. We can help determine if gas is available for you and provide a free estimate for what it would take to convert the heat source in your home.

Heating Trivia “In 2000,nearly half of all homes in which state had no heating source?”

Heating Today & Future Trends

The options for heating your home have never been better. Today you can choose from a variety of furnaces that use traditional heating sources but do it in an energy-efficient way. Beyond better gas and electric furnaces, new options are now available. These different types of heating units are becoming great new solutions to the heating problems many of us once just had to learn to live with.

Heat Pumps are a new option that wasn’t available to homeowners decades ago. Ductless mini split systems are also a new option for heating your home. What is great about both systems is that they provide both the heating AND cooling your home or space needs. They can be the solution to those places you have had to use space heaters and window air conditioning units.

Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning provides professional installation, maintenance and repair for heat pumps and mini split systems in the Manhattan area. Call us today at (785) 776-5012 to learn how these systems work and if either is right for your home. You can also contact us online for a free estimate.

Standard Heating furnace installer unloading van at Manhattan, KS home

HOME HEATING TRENDS TRIVIA ANSWERS

  1. 2% of all homes in Maine are heated with some sort of fuel oil. That’s 4 out of 5 homes!
  2. Florida has the highest percentage of homes (87.2%) using electric heat. South Carolina comes in 2nd with 58.4%.
  3. Nearly half of all homes (44.3%) in Hawaii report using no heating source.

A Better Way to Buy Air Filters?

Life Hack: Smart Air Filters & Automatic Delivery

For nearly 100 years Standard Plumbing. Heating & Air Conditioning has been servicing furnaces and air conditioners in homes and businesses across Manhattan, KS and the surrounding communities. Frequently we discover there is a preventable issue that is causing any of a lot of different problems. This issue is simply having a dirty air filter.

We cannot say this enough: you need to regularly change your filter.

Removing a dirty air filter from a furnace and its time to buy air filtersA dirty air filter seems like a little thing, but it can cause a wide variety of problems for your home. Dirty air filters can cause you system to break down. It can shorten how long your heating and air system lasts. And not just that, but a dirty air filter can increase the amount of allergens and microscopic pollutants that flow through your home.

Air filters are probably the easiest part of their heating and cooling system that a homeowner can handle on their own. However, many people forget to change it regularly. Often people aren’t aware of how frequently they need to change their filter.

Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to remember when it’s time to change your filter?

…to never be without a new air filter when it’s time to be changed?

…and to never have to run to the store to buy a new air filter again?

Scheduling Air Filter Delivery

Thanks to the modern convenience of online buying, there is a great way to help make sure you don’t forget doing this task when it needs to get done. The simple step to putting your air filter changing schedule on autopilot is to use a purchasing option available at sites like Amazon.com.

We want to be clear: We are not paid to promote Amazon. But it is a company that makes available a service that allows you to buy all the air filters you need at one time.

But just wait – that’s not even the coolest part.

What makes this life hack so great is that you can choose to have Amazon deliver each of those filters individually at the time when you need to change your air filter – an automatic delivery!

Amazon calls this service Dash Replenishment

Dash Replenishment service from Amazon to get filters automatic delivery

With Dash Replacement, you order the type of filter you need and arrange for each of them to be delivered to your home to match your air filter replacement schedule.

Cost of Automatic Air Filter Deliveries

The good news is that getting your air filters this way is not likely going to cost you much more than what you’re paying now. If you typically pick them up from a local Manhattan store, then you will have the new expense of paying for shipping. Often you need to pay for shipping on any orders under $35. But if you’re one of the 100 million of Americans who are Amazon Prime members, you won’t need to pay shipping costs.

Going High Tech with Smart Air Filters

Do you love finding new ways for technology to make your life easier? You may be interested in a new type of air filter that’s now available. You can get an air filter that tells Amazon when you need to get a new one.

Yellow sensor device on Smart Air Filters that send information to an app on when your dirty filter needs to be changedSmart Air Filters use Bluetooth technology to connect to an app on your mobile device. These filters have a sensor directly on the filter. The device sends information to an app you download on your phone. You’ll be able to get detailed information like air flow levels and usage. When air flow measures are reduced low enough, the sensor signals the app to tell you that it is time to change the filter.

How often should you be changing your air filter? The EPA recommends that you check your air filter each month to see if it needs to be changed. But we know a lot of people aren’t really doing that. Having one of these filters, like a Filtrete Smart Air Filter, means the sensor will be doing this regular checking for you.

As you can expect, new technology usually comes at a higher price. These smart filters cost more than traditional filters, often as much as 4 or 5 times more.

Smart air filters can also take care of handling the Amazon orders for automatic delivery of new filters. For example, with the Filtrete brand of air filters, you can connect the app to your Amazon account (learn more about that here).

Bottom Line: Best Air Filter Advice

However you go about purchasing your air filter or keeping track of changing it, one thing is important. You need to regularly change your air filter. Having a clean air filter in place will keep down on the pollutants and irritants flying through your air. Clean filters will also help your system to work properly and at peak efficiency. However you do, make sure you find a way that works for you to stay on top of changing your air filter.

Biggest Furnace Issues during Cold Weather

Most Common Problems during Freezing Temperatures

A good quality furnace can last for many years, possibly even decades. At Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we have serviced heating systems that are over 20 years old. It’s more possible than you may realize. Keeping up with proper maintenance of your HVAC system is the most important determination of how long it will last. Beyond home heating system maintenance, there are certain situations homeowners should know about in order to keep their furnace working at optimum performance.

The extreme cold snaps we experience can experience in Kansas in the winter can put your furnace to the test. The extra demand on your home’s heating system and can lead to furnace problems that are more likely during very cold weather.

Snow over pinecones and Kansas horizon

How cold weather affects your furnace

As temperatures drop outside, the more work your furnace must do to heat your home.

Here we will go over the most common issues for heating systems in extremely cold weather. Understanding these problems will help you be prepared to handle issues quickly or even prevent them from happening at all.

Top 5 Common Furnace Issues During Cold Weather:

1. DIRTY AIR FILTER

Filters that are clogged could cause your furnace to cycle on and off frequently. A dirty air filter can lead to poor air flow through your ducts. This could even cause your entire HVAC system to stop working.

DIY REPAIR: Change your air filter

2. THERMOSTAT PROBLEMS

Are you noticing your furnace is cycling on and off? Problems with your thermostat could keep your furnace from adequately warming your house. The problem could be that your thermostat should be calibrated.

DIY REPAIR:

      • Make sure your thermostat is set to a temperature at least a few degrees from the current temperature.
      • Check to see if you need to change the thermostat’s batteries.

If neither of those steps fixes the problem, contact us and a certified heating & air technician will calibrate your thermostat.

3. DRY AIR MAKES IT FEEL COLDER

Thermostat set to heat to 68 degreesDoes your house feel colder than what your thermostat is set at? This could be because of by dry air. Dry air is a regular winter issue for our area. The solution to improving indoor humidity levels is something that works alongside your heating and cooling system.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION:

Getting a residential humidification system installed will greatly improve your dry air problems. Call Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in  Manhattan to learn about getting a humidification system installed in your home – (785) 776-5012.

4. FURNACE SLOW TO HEAT

This is one of the most aggravating furnace issues during cold weather, when it is taking too long to warm your home up when you return at night after work? You could be setting the temperature too low during the day.

Whether you control it manually or by programming it, you may be setting it too low. The amount of work your furnace needs to do to get the temperature back up to your evening thermostat setting may be simply too demanding to happen as quickly as you need.

DIY STEPS:

      • Try putting your daytime setting (or the period of time you are away from home) to a higher number than usual. The downside is that you may see an increase in your energy bill. But it should remedy your problem of not being able to get your temperature to reach the desired number at night.
      • This cold weather problem could be happening because you have an old or failing furnace. You may need to consider getting a new heating system installed. A new furnace will heat your home more thoroughly and efficiently, an improvement you can expect to see with lower monthly energy bills.

A programmable thermostat is a great way to control your home’s system and save money and energy. Standard can install a new digital programmable thermostat to help you best regular the temperature in your house. Learn about all the thermostat options we provide.

Standard Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning technician working on furnace in a Manhattan home

5. HEAT OFF FROM A POWER LOSS

Your furnace won’t work if there is no power to it. Here in our Manhattan area, we know what a big winter storm can do. A widespread power outage can leave us in the dark and freezing cold for days. But even a small power outage can stop your furnace from working and leave you confused to come home to a cold house.

DIY STEPS:

      • If your home lost power, you could just need to relight your furnace’s pilot light.
      • You can check to see if a circuit tripped, cutting the power off from your furnace. Check the breaker box to make sure all circuits are on.

Emergency Heating Repair in Manhattan

Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Manhattan, KS provides maintenance service, routine repairs, installations and 24-hour emergency service. We service the entire area including Wamego and Junction City.

If your furnace isn’t properly working, call us at (785) 776-5012 for immediate service. You can also contact us to schedule a seasonal furnace tune-up and a free evaluation of your home heating needs.

Standard promotional graphic for 24/7 emergency furnace repair service

We know furnace and air conditioning emergencies can happen any time of day or night and on any day of the year. For that reason, our Standard team of skilled technicians is available 24/7 for service!

Air Conditioner Making Weird Noises

What does it mean when your AC grinds, hisses or squeals?

It’s normal to hear sound coming from your air conditioning unit. It’s probably most noticeable when it turns on. But while some types of noises and level of noise is common from an air conditioner, do you think you are hearing something that might not be normal?

Irregular sounds from any part of a heating or cooling system is often the first sign of trouble. You should not ignore any sound you think is odd or different than usual.

Air Conditioner Making Weird Noises: Diagnosing Problem Sounds

AC Making odd noises diagnosis for hissing, buzzing, squealing, and clankingWe often refer to the normal sound air conditioners make as a hum. But it’s definitely going to be louder than a person humming.

Your outdoor unit, called the condenser, can be expected to be loud enough to be heard when you’re outside or in a room not far from where it’s located. Most AC units operate with sounds that can be as loud as 70-80 decibels. That’s about as loud as a dishwasher running or hearing light traffic.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re hearing something different than you’re used to. That might not be a problem, but it’s something you do need to look into. You will want to listen closely and identify what type of sound it is making. Depending on the sound, any number or problems could be happening with some part of your air conditioning system.

At Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve received calls from homeowners who’ve described a wide variety of different odd sounds their AC is making. Our team knows what each sound could mean and can address and fix whatever the problem is, no matter what type or make of system it is.

Metallic or Grinding Noise

If your AC is making a noise that sounds like metal is grinding together, that definitely is not normal and does indicate there is some sort of problem.

Possible problem #1: It’s very likely you have a problem with your compressor. Specifically what you could be hearing are the pistons in your compressor not working properly.

Possible problem #2: The blower fan belts are loose or damaged. That noise could be the sound of the fan belt rubbing up against other AC components.

Solution: Call a professional. If the problem is a fan belt, that is not easy to repair on your own. However, depending on how quickly you caught and responded to the problem, it might be a relatively easy repair for an HVAC technician to handle. If the issue is the compressor, it may need to be completely replaced. Having a professional technician look at your system will ensure that the right problem is diagnosed and properly addressed.

Hissing or Screaming

If you hear what sounds like a hissing noise or even something like screaming, you do not want to delay getting it addressed.

Possible problem #1: These sounds could indicate something as dangerous as a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant leaks aren’t just potential dangers to your health, but they can cause further problems in your cooling system. A leak left unaddressed could damage AC valves.

Possible problem #2: A hissing or screaming sound could mean your compression pressure is too high.

Solution: First, turn off your AC. Since the problem could be a hazard to your home and family, you should shut off your cooling system if you hear hissing coming from it. Then, call a professional right away to thoroughly and safely handle whatever issue is causing this sound. Call Standard for service in the Manhattan, KS area at (785) 776-5012.

Squealing AC

Are you hearing a high-pitched squealing sound?

Possible problem #1: Do you have an older AC unit? If so, this sound likely indicates a problem with your air conditioner’s motor fan. The belt on your motor fan may have slipped. Newer air conditioners do not use a belt system.

Possible problem #2: This sound could mean there is a problem with the bearings on the AC motor fan. This may be the case if you have a new AC that does not have a belt.

Solution: If you have sufficient home repair skills, you can attempt necessary maintenance to tighten up and/or readjust any components that may be loose or out of balance. But your best bet would be calling a professional technician to adequately diagnose and fix any and all problems.

Buzzing Air Conditioner

If your AC is buzzing instead of just humming, that means you need to look into potential problems. Many different issues could be causing your AC to buzz.

Outside AC unit compressorPossible problem #1: Your AC system has some components that are malfunctioning. The issue could be something as minor as loose parts or damaged feet on your outdoor compressor. The fan blades could simply be loose or out of balance.

Possible problem #2: A buzzing sound could also mean big AC issues. You could be dealing with such serious problems as a refrigerant leak or a broken compressor.

Possible problem #3: You could have an electrical issue.

Possible problem #4: You could simply have a dirty air filter.

Solution: First, make sure to change your air filter if it’s dirty or clogged. If that doesn’t resolve the buzzing sound, and you can easily identify a loose part or a missing or damaged foot, you can try to fix that yourself. But if that doesn’t stop the buzzing sound, call a professional. A trained HVAC repair technician, like those on our team at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, will have the tools and skills to identify the problem and get it fixed.

Banging, Clanking or Rattling

Possible problem #1: Does it sound like something is banging around? Parts inside your air conditioner can become loose or break off and create a banging noise.

Possible problem #2: Your compressor may need to be replaced.

Solution: If you can spot the loose part and tighten it yourself safely, you may be able to fix the problem. But if that doesn’t stop the banging, call in a professional right away. A loose part can create a lot of havoc on your system and start damaging more components if not fixed soon.

Any Weird AC Sound

Different or unusual sounds coming from your air conditioner are important to notice and address. These are clear signs that something is wrong with your air conditioner. It’s always a safe bet to immediately turn off your air conditioning system once you hear concerning sounds. While some reasons for these sounds could be minor and easy fixes, others are more problematic and even potentially dangerous to your family. In either case, whatever the problem is will likely cause even further problems or damage if you don’t act to get it fixed quickly.

If you are in need of professional AC repair service because you have an air conditioner making weird noises, you can be thankful that your system only needs a repair instead of a more expensive full system replacement. You can have peace of mind knowing that an AC repair from a trained technician will not only fix the problem but also ensure no other looming problems exist. You can expect to have your air conditioner back to proper working order and last for many years to come.

Standard Plumbing Heating & Air COnditioning repair technician fixing an AC

When Air Conditioning Repair Saves You Money

A good AC repair might even save you money in the long run. With your cooling system working as it should, you may even notice energy bills going down. When your AC is malfunctioning, that often means it’s working harder to keep you cool. Having it properly fixed, adjusted and cleaned will allow your system to work at peak efficiency. Plus, by getting the repairs done right away you have likely avoided, or at least put off, more expensive repairs or even an entire cooling system replacement.

What if My AC is Not Worth Repairing?

While not likely, you may be dealing with a problem that means your air conditioner is beyond repair. But more often than that, you could find out that the necessary repair you need really isn’t worth it.

Reason to not get your air conditioning system repaired include:

  • TOO MANY REPAIRS
    If your repair is quite expensive and this isn’t the first fix your AC has needed recently, it may be time to consider getting it replaced. Repair costs add up, and that money would be better spent invested in a more efficient system.
  • AN OLD AC SYSTEM
    Even if this is the first time it’s ever needed a repair, if your AC is at least 10 years old, it’s likely on its last legs. You could be facing more repairs or even suddenly finding that it stops working completely.
  • HIGH ENERGY BILLS
    You might be dealing with a cooling system that is too old, disfunctional or even the wrong size unit for your home. There are several reasons why an air conditioner may be using up a large amount of energy to properly cool your entire home. If so, this may be a good time to choose to invest into a new system that will lower your monthly bills and help the environment with reduced energy consumption.

Standard Plumbing, Heating & AC technician in Manhattan, KSYou need to make sure you work with a professional and qualified heating and cooling company to ensure you get a repair that fully addresses the existing problem as well as look (and resolve) and other potential issues. Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing quality, professional air conditioning repair service for nearly 100 years. Located in Manhattan, KS we are licensed to provide service to residents and businesses in the surrounding towns including Wamego and Junction City.