Air Conditioning Articles

Do I Need to Chemical Wash the Condenser on My Air Conditioner?

November 17, 2020
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The answer to this question is it depends. For some air conditioners, our Trouth Air Conditioning professionals recommend it. For others, we might not. Take a minute to read a little more about the process and give one of our experienced team members a call here in Lake Charles, LA, to discuss if this might be right for you and your home.

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What Is the Difference Between Single-Stage and Variable-Speed ACs?

October 20, 2020

With the recent rash of storms in our region, you may be needing to replace the air conditioner (AC) in your Lake Charles home. The International Energy Agency predicts the number of air conditioners (AC) worldwide will increase from 1.6 billion units today to 5.6 billion units by 2050. No matter what else is going…

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How to Properly Size an AC System

October 13, 2020
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Air conditioner loads must be calculated carefully, so you can match the unit to your cooling needs. Our professionals at Trouth Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal would be happy to help you select the best-sized air conditioner for your particular Louisiana home. In the meantime, here is a peak into how our trained experts calculate air conditioning needs.

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How Environmental Issues Can Affect Your AC

August 31, 2020
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When you’re looking at how your air conditioner works, it can depend on a wide variety of factors. Most people realize that the brand you select, the size, the features, and the efficiency rating all play a role in how well an air conditioner will cool your Lake Charles home.

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Heat Gain Prevention Tips

August 17, 2020
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Our team at Trouth Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal wants to help you prevent heat from building up inside your home as much as possible so that your air conditioner can be more effective and efficient. Here are some tips to consider.

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Top Causes of AC Failure

June 19, 2020

It’s the first really hot day of summer when open windows, sun-blocking shades, and the ceiling fans just can’t cut it anymore. You resign yourself to finally turning on your air conditioner (AC)—only to find it blowing warm air, making funny noises, or simply not cooperating at all. It’s a scenario we all dread, and…

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How Can I Afford a New AC System (and Other HVAC Equipment)?

June 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many lives around us, both health-wise and financially. At Trouth Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal, we remain committed to providing the best service to all our Louisiana customers during this difficult time. Let’s stick together as a community and help each other whenever we can. We can certainly understand…

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When Is It Time for a Split-System AC Replacement?

May 20, 2020

Most split-system air conditioning (AC) units are designed to have a long lifespan of 15 to 20 years when well maintained. After that point, even if your system seems to be cooling your Sulphur home, you may want to consider replacing it. As technology continues to improve, newer models are typically more efficient than older ones…

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Do I Really Need an AC Tune-Up?

April 30, 2020

Home ownership comes with a great deal of responsibilities and an ever-growing to-do list. Add to that the responsibilities of a career and a family, and you see why modern life runs at a constant, fast pace here in Moss Bluff. It’s easy to bump things like an air conditioner tune-up down the priority list,…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Switch From R-22

December 10, 2019

First thing’s first—what exactly is R-22? R22 is a refrigerant for your air conditioner, but it is most commonly known as Freon®. Since 2010, Freon has been banned from production and has since been replaced with R-410A (commonly known as Puron®). While it might seem easier to stick with R-22, here are five reasons why…

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Replace Your AC

November 6, 2019

Let’s fast forward to next summer. It feels like 110 degrees outside and, true to Louisiana summers, the humidity is at 100 percent. Then the worst of the worst happens: your air conditioning unit breaks down. Now you have to try to schedule an appointment during the busiest time of the year, and it could…

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Why Is Your Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

August 28, 2019

You go to bed on a hot summer’s night, basking in the icy breeze from your air conditioner. The next morning, you wake up in a sweat realizing your air conditioner, or AC, is blowing hot air! If you find yourself in this situation, there’s no need to panic. We at Trouth Air Conditioning and…

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Is It Normal For My Air Conditioner to Turn On and Off?

August 5, 2019

When an air conditioner (AC) turns on and off in rather quick successions, without running for longer periods, this is called short cycling. It’s fairly common, but when it happens it means there’s something wrong with the AC. Do not leave these occurrences alone. They will increase your energy costs, usually indicate a larger problem,…

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Common AC Problems and Solutions

July 16, 2019

When the weather gets really hot in Moss Bluff, the last thing you want is a broken air conditioner. Many common problems with air conditioning systems can arise. Our team at Trouth Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal wants you to be aware, prepared, and ready to solve these air conditioning issues so you and your…

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The Phaseout of R-22 in Air Conditioners

June 13, 2019

No doubt you’ve heard of Freon®, the refrigerant gas used in your air conditioner. But maybe you haven’t heard of or made the connection with its generic name––R-22 (refrigerant 22), or HCFC-22 (hydrochlorofluorocarbon 22). And maybe you also haven’t heard that by the year 2020, it’s being phased out of usage herein the U.S. This…

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What Is SEER and What Does It Mean?

May 30, 2019

When it comes to your air conditioner (AC), a common term used in the HVAC business that you’re likely to see everywhere is your air conditioner’s SEER. But what exactly is SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a rating system of the air conditioner’s cooling capacity to power input, i.e., it’s the…

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Should I Really Schedule a Maintenance Inspection for My Air Conditioner?

April 12, 2019

Summer is quickly approaching. On the most scorching of days, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is your HVAC system breaking down. That’s why you should schedule an inspection and tune-up for your air conditioner as part of your spring cleaning. You might not want to spend the money now, but a costly…

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Understanding Your Air Conditioner

March 28, 2019

As the philosopher Aristotle once said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” An air conditioner (AC) is no exception. It’s made out of many different parts, working together to keep you cool and comfortable. If one of these parts malfunctions, the air conditioner can’t function together as a whole. To get…

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The More You Know About Your AC

September 7, 2018

HVAC systems are much like cars – the more you know, the better you can take care of them. AC units and furnaces often get overlooked in general home maintenance since they are mostly out of sight and run behind the scenes. Let’s look at a few things about your AC unit that you may…

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Central AC

August 21, 2018

Aside from the professionals, like ours at Trouth Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal, who really thinks about air conditioners and their components? Air conditioners keep your Sulphur, LA home or business cool and comfy when the outside temperatures are high, and that’s all you really need to know, right? Well, air conditioners do so much…

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Thermostat Settings – On or Auto?

July 30, 2018

Heat, Cool, and Off are the straightforward settings of one switch on many thermostats. But what about the other switch? Should you choose On, or Auto? What’s the difference? On means the fan is going to run continuously, 24/7. Auto means that the fan will only run while the system is actively heating or cooling…

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Does an Air Conditioner Help with Allergies?

June 15, 2018

Air conditioners can help filter your home’s air and control humidity, and both of these things are important in the allergy world. It’s estimated there are now 50 million seasonal allergy sufferers in America. Properly maintaining your HVAC system is the difference between your air conditioner helping with those allergies and it aggravating them. Trouth…

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Central Air Conditioning Basics

May 31, 2018

Here are 4 of the main parts to your central air system: Condenser This is the outside metal unit. This is where the gas from the compressor is condensed into a liquid. The gas that enters the condenser is very hot. The temperature is then lowered so that the gas can convert back to a…

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Air Conditioner Purchasing Mistakes

April 30, 2018

The Wrong Sized Unit It is easy to buy a unit too large or too small for your space. A larger unit does not necessarily mean more cooling power. Each AC system is designed for certain sized spaces, different cooling needs, household age, etc. A unit that is too large or too small is inefficient…

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When Do I Need a New A/C?

April 1, 2018

3 Signs You May Need a New AC Unit Air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life here in Sulphur, LA. A well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and monthly filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years. So how do you know if you need repairs for your unit…

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Save Money this Spring

March 26, 2018

With the dog days of summer just around the corner, you may be running your AC more and more. We want to go over some of the ways that you can save money and energy with your HVAC system this season. Seasonal Service and Maintenance There is simple maintenance you can do at home, like…

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How to Save Money on Your Air Conditioning Bill

February 27, 2018

The US Department of Energy says that air conditioning can account for up to 47% of your utility bill. At Trouth Air Conditioning, we take energy efficiency seriously. Here in Sulphur, LA we understand that air conditioning is crucial for comfort during the hot months and our advice may help you save money on your…

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Time to Schedule Your Spring Maintenance

February 16, 2018

The best time to schedule your system maintenance call is BEFORE something fails. Your air conditioner is too important to neglect, service yourself or wait until something breaks. Call the experts at Trouth Air Conditioning to come to your Sulphur, LA. home in once a year to do a routine air conditioner maintenance visit. If…

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My A/C is Making Noise

January 19, 2018

Your air conditioning unit will always make some noise when running, and older units are louder than newer ones, so consider the age of your unit before getting too concerned about the noise that it is making. At Trouth Air Conditioning, we recommend a maintenance inspection at least once a year to inspect the health…

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Why is My AC Freezing Up?

October 16, 2017

A freeze up is when a layer of ice forms on the outside of your AC unit. Whether you have a window unit or a central air system the causes and effects of this, as well as the solutions, are the same. The ice build up on your AC unit creates an inability to cool…

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Why is My AC Making Noise?

September 21, 2017

Your air conditioning unit will always make some noise when running, and older units are louder than newer ones, so consider the age of your unit before getting too concerned about the noise that it is making. At Trouth, we recommend a maintenance inspection at least once a year to inspect the health of your…

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Does My Air Conditioner Kill Mold?

August 28, 2017

Your air conditioner can do several things––keep your home’s indoor air cooler than outdoor temperatures, help to keep indoor airborne allergens at bay, and help keep your home’s humidity low. But one thing it cannot do is kill mold. It can help prevent mold, but once it exists, your air conditioner cannot kill it. If…

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Why is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

August 7, 2017

What happens when you turn on your air conditioning unit and it blows hot or warm air? There are many reasons this might be happening, but we know it is not acceptable here in Sulphur. We want to keep you cool at Trouth Air Conditioning, so here are a few simple things that you can…

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

May 3, 2017

An air conditioner is a standard appliance in interior comfort. The Energy Information Administration reports that 87 percent of homes have an AC unit, accounting for almost 20 percent of yearly electricity consumption in the US. At Trouth, we believe that knowledge is power – the more you know about the appliances you are using,…

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