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Questions Air Conditioning Service Companies Should Be Able to Answer

[fa icon="calendar'] September 2, 2015 at 10:31 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Think about how often you work on your air conditioner. Even if you faithfully remove and inspect your filter every month (hint, hint) and hose down the condensing unit periodically (nudge, nudge), your hands-on encounters with your air conditioner are probably fairly limited.

So what do you do when you have a question about your air conditioner?

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Home Maintenance Tips: Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioner Unit

[fa icon="calendar'] August 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM / by Home Services Expert

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At this time of year, the “heat” in our customers' voices is unmistakable. The issue may vary, but their “battle cry” often runs along the lines of, “Help! There's something wrong with my air conditioner!”

The Hignell Companies always responds to this cry for help by asking a few pointed questions. Granted, this isn't always what our customers want to hear; sometimes, they just want to know at what time we will arrive at their home to fix the problem.

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Will an Air Conditioning Service Company Fix Any AC Brand?

[fa icon="calendar'] August 14, 2015 at 2:18 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If you need an air conditioning service, chances are that you're breaking out in a sweat on two fronts: because your air conditioner is malfunctioning and because you're nervous about whether the brand you have will be able to be repaired by the service company.

Most air conditioning companies inspect, maintain, and repair all types of air conditioners, so you won't be sweating for long.

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Homeowner Confession: I Failed My Air Conditioning Service Filter

[fa icon="calendar'] August 7, 2015 at 2:58 PM / by Home Services Expert

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I arrived home after a long day at work and the house was hot. Like, walking into a sauna wearing your sweats drinking a coffee kind of hot. Strange, since I knew our programmable thermostat was set to kick on at 5 p.m. to start cooling the house to a very manageable 78 degrees. The thermostat read 82 degrees. (It really felt hotter than that). Hm. I started thinking of realistic reasons the air conditioning system hadn’t turned on.

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What to Do if There's Ice on Your Air Conditioner Unit

[fa icon="calendar'] July 20, 2015 at 12:06 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You've come to think of your central air conditioner as a virtual workhorse – humming along and running at a steady pace all summer long to keep you cool.

But if you spot ice on your outdoor air conditioner unit – whether it's spotty and scattered or thick and widespread – there's only one thing to do:

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Questions to Raise About Home Air Conditioning Repairs

[fa icon="calendar'] June 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Most of us remember two types of teachers: the ones who would say they liked questions, and meant it, and those who would say they did but seemed to grimace each time they were interrupted with one. At The Hignell Companies, we model ourselves after the former type. When it comes to heating, ventilation and air conditioning, our technicians regard themselves as teachers, too – educating our customers during every service call. Questions are integral to learning, and we encourage them because:

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10 Ways to Keep Cool in Chico During a Home Air Conditioning Repair

[fa icon="calendar'] June 11, 2015 at 2:23 PM / by Home Services Expert

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The temperature just reached the triple digits, schools out, and day campers are in full-force – summer in Chico, California is unofficially here. The outside temp recently jumped from a lovely 84 degrees to a forecasted 106 degrees! Not only have Chico residents had no time to acclimate, neither has your HVAC system. Hopefully you’ve been doing seasonal maintenance on your system, but if you haven’t and you’re faced with a home air conditioning repair, then there’s no doubt you’re looking for ways to keep cool until your system is fixed. Pull up some shade and check out the list below to help you plan a weekend of (cool) fun.

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Common Air Conditioner Repairs You Ought to Know About

[fa icon="calendar'] June 3, 2015 at 1:28 PM / by Home Services Expert

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The thought of an air conditioner repair can be a scary prospect, triggering fears about what's wrong and how much it will cost to fix. An air conditioner is one complex piece of machinery – far more complex than most furnaces.

When you understand how an air conditioner works, you might even marvel that it doesn't malfunction more frequently. But malfunction it might from time to time, and you are far from alone in facing an occasional repair. There's no doubt that some air conditioner problems are more common than others, but before you can understand what’s wrong, it’s helpful to understand the basic mechanics.

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Why is There a Puddle Near My Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2015 at 1:10 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You've probably noticed how it's usually easy for someone else to say “Don't panic” when it is you who is going through a home emergency. Still, if you notice a puddle near your outdoor air conditioning unit, the steadying advice is actually spot-on.

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Things to Consider When Faced With a Costly Air Conditioner Repair

[fa icon="calendar'] April 6, 2015 at 3:13 PM / by Home Services Expert

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An air conditioner repair hardly ever comes at a “good” time – when exactly is a “good” time, anyway? – especially when you're the one who has to figure out how to foot the bill. Invariably, the issue becomes more complex because it's worthwhile to debate whether to spend some money to repair your air conditioning system or spend even more money to replace it with a newer, more efficient one.

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