Category: Air conditioning

5 tips for getting your AC ready for summer

Prepare Your Air Conditioning for Summer

Summers in the Birmingham-metro area can be brutal: high temperatures, humidity, little rainfall. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner not to function correctly when the time comes. 

Keep your home and your family comfortable this summer by testing out your AC unit before peak summer arrives. 

Here are five things you can do to beat the heat of a harsh Alabama summer: 

1. Clean or replace your AC filters.

It may seem obvious, but so many people forget to change their air filters regularly. Most filters should be changed every three months, but some should be changed or cleaned more frequently if you have pets inside your home. 

The same is true if you or a family member has allergies. Dust, pollen, and animal dander, among other particles, can float around your home for weeks, or months, if improperly filtered out. 

A clogged or coated filter can also cause your AC to work overtime to circulate air. Set yourself a reminder to regularly change or clean your filters, so your home’s air is flowing smoothly. 

2. Check your outdoor unit for debris. 

Thanks to springtime storms, leaves, sticks, or other debris can often get caught in the outdoor unit. Your outdoor unit looks like a large metal box. Inside that box are fan blades. Sometimes, dirt and leaves can coat the fan blades, causing them not to work correctly. 

Anything inside or outside of your home that blocks airflow or reduces performance should be addressed immediately so efficiency can be improved. 

3. Remove anything blocking your indoor vents.

A primary culprit to AC units working overtime in the summer is being blocked by everyday household items. Toys, drapes, or furniture on top of or in front of vents can reduce airflow, causing your AC unit to work harder. 

Make sure to keep all vents inside your home free from obstruction. 

4. Know the age (and retirement age) of your home’s AC unit. 

When was the last time you thought about the age of your AC unit? Most units have a lifespan of about 15-20 years, depending on model and maintenance over the years. 

If your home is 15 years old or older, and you’ve never had your air conditioner replaced, it might be getting time to consider having your existing unit serviced and thoroughly looked over.

5. Call in an AC professional. 

There are many things in your home you can DIY, but dealing with equipment and systems associated with cooling your home might not be in your wheelhouse. Not to worry. Our technicians respond to both emergency needs and annual inspections, plus everything in between. 

Your residential air conditioning unit is too important to put off maintaining your systems properly. 

GuinGuard is here to help you get ready for summer

Before summer heat becomes unbearable, contact us to find out more about our GuinGuard program

With GuinGuard you receive: 

  • Regularly scheduled maintenance.
  • Free labor on regular maintenance.
  • Standard maintenance parts replaced free of charge.
  • Priority service.
  • Air filters cleaned or replaced.
  • Check operating and safety controls.
  • Oiling and lubrication.
  • And much more. 

If you feel that GuinGuard is right for you, contact us today or fill out the form below. We’ll be glad to talk to you and answer any questions you might have about your AC. 

Contact Guin Service, LLC, serving Birmingham, Hoover, and Mountain Brook, AL, for AC Repair or Replacement as well as home generator installation. We’ve been in business for 60 years because we do what’s right for our customers. You can always trust us to be honest and have your best interest in mind. Just give us a call today at 205.407.1737.

3 questions to ask before you DIY that AC repair

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It’s about to get hot in Alabama. Sweltering temperatures and humidity call for reliable air conditioning, no matter who you are. So when something’s not working correctly, should you always call a professional? 

It may be tempting to save yourself a service call, but there are some essential things you should know (and ask yourself) before you attempt to DIY repair or service your air conditioning unit. 

Question 1: Do I have the right tools for the job? 

You may need items, such as an adjustable wrench, a cordless drill, an insulated screwdriver, needlenose pliers and more. While these may be everyday items in a garage toolbox, there might also be other items that could come in handy, such as a voltage tester. 

You also need to make sure you have the right materials to make the appropriate repairs. Do you have a fan motor, compressed air? 

If you’ve answered “yes” to these items, keep reading. If not, call us. We’ve got the right tools for the job every time. 

Question 2: Are you comfortable working around electricity? 

Many homeowners think that AC repair is simply a matter of replacing parts that are worn or broken. There’s a little more to it than that. 

Our technicians know that to get to the root of the problem, diagnose, and repair faulty units, you have to be comfortable working around electricity. The power has to be safely and securely off before repairs, replacement parts, or adjustments can be made to your units if you DIY. It’s a matter of your safety. 

Question 3: Do you have time to run a few diagnostic tests? 

Some people love surprises. When the AC goes out suddenly, and it’s in the middle of a heatwave, that’s one surprise you don’t need. If you’re looking for a “quick fix” and think that it’s easy enough to handle yourself, you may be in for yet another surprise. 

Diagnostic tests are an essential part of repairing an air conditioner unit. You must find out precisely what’s wrong with it before you can fix it. Otherwise, you’ll spend even more time (inside a sweltering home) and money. 

When DIY isn’t working for you, give us a call

By now, you probably have thought through, Googled, or attempted to self-diagnose any problems related to your AC unit. That’s good. You might have an idea as to what the cause of the issue is – even better. 

If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions and are ready to tackle the problem yourself, be sure to think safety first

If you’re less than convinced you can DIY the problem, or if the problem seems too big to handle, give us a call today at 205-595-4846 or fill out the form below. We’ll be glad to talk with you about options for AC repair. 

Contact Us

Contact Guin Service, LLC, serving Birmingham, Hoover, and Mountain Brook, AL, for AC Repair or Replacement as well as home generator installation. We’ve been in business for 60 years because we do what’s right for our customers. You can always trust us to be honest and have your best interest in mind. Just give us a call today at 205.407.1737.

No Matter the HVAC Need, We Are Here For You

Residential HVAC Systems

Timing is everything. And, let’s face it. The time when your HVAC unit decides to break is never a good time.

When the temperatures are below freezing, the heat goes out. When it is scorching outside, the air conditioner breaks. It is like winning the lottery—but backwards.

Fortunately, our team at Guin Service is here for all your HVAC needs. Whether you are needing a new heater installed or your air conditioner repaired, our knowledgeable and friendly professionals have more than 50 years of experience in serving both commercial and residential HVAC needs.

HVAC Services Tailored to You

Not every HVAC need is the same for every home or office building. As a result, our team at Guin Service provides a number of HVAC services so that we are better able to meet the needs of our community.

Let’s take a look at ways our experienced professionals can handle all your HVAC installation, repair, and replacement needs.

Installation

Your heating and cooling system is one of the biggest players in your energy bill. As a result, you want to make sure you are installing a system that is energy efficient, as well as effective in heating and cooling your home.

Our team can handle a number of high-efficiency install needs, including but not limited to:

  • Natural gas
  • Electric furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Gas and electric heat pumps

Repairs and Replacements

Chances are that when you need a repair completed on your heating and/or cooling unit, you needed it yesterday. Our highly trained professionals work hard to repair and maintain your HVAC unit so that you are not without heat or air for too long.

Whether it is a simple fix or an entire section of your HVAC unit needs to be replaced, our professionals are able to handle the job right then and there!

Stay Ahead of the Game with GuinGuard

The best way to ensure your HVAC unit never gives out at the worst time is to stay ahead of the issues with GuinGuard. When you sign-up for this maintenance package, you are allowing yourself to prevent heating, cooling, and generator issues, as well as saving money on utility bills and service calls.

Benefits of joining GuinGuard include:

  • Cleaned and replaced air filters
  • Regularly scheduled maintenance checks
  • Free labor on regular maintenance
  • Priority service
  • Oiling and lubrication
  • Minor adjustments of belts and pulleys
  • And much more!

Discover how our team at Guin Service in Birmingham, AL, can help improve the safety in your home!

Contact Guin Service, LLC, serving Birmingham, Hoover, and Mountain Brook, AL, for AC Repair or Replacement as well as home generator installation. We’ve been in business for 60 years because we do what’s right for our customers. You can always trust us to be honest and have your best interest in mind. Just give us a call today at 205.595.4846.

 

HVAC Service Contracts: Are They Worth It?

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Let’s be honest, most people don’t see the need for a HVAC service contract, and truly don’t understand how they and their equipment can benefit from having one. Unfortunately, this is a prime example of how what you don’t know can hurt you. While you can wait until your AC malfunctions to reach out to a professional, there’s actually a much better, more cost-effective way to keep your HVAC equipment running optimally.

What are the benefits of having a HVAC Service Contract?

Since having a service contract like GuinGuard is going to help you properly maintain your equipment, there are countless benefits that can come from it. By simply being proactive and having a professional assist you in maintaining your HVAC system, you’re going to be far less likely to experience any unexpected problems or repairs. Trained HVAC professionals are going to be able to spot a problem before it even affects you and, in most cases, prevent it from happening again. Along with saving money on avoidable repairs, you’ll also save countless dollars on utility bills by having a system that runs efficiently. Not to mention your equipment is going to last much longer.

What’s included in a service contract like GuinGuard?

While this isn’t true for every HVAC company, GuinGuard, offered by Guin Services, is an extremely cost-effective service we offer that comes with many perks that are hard to pass up. These benefits include:

Regular maintenance reminders and visits. Once you’re signed up, you can count on our team to give you a call to schedule a time to come out for regular maintenance twice a year. This includes one pre-season cooling service and one pre-season heating service. During these biannual visits, our trained technicians will inspect your HVAC system and ensure everything is in good working order.

Free standard maintenance parts and labor. Along with standard maintenance parts being replaced free of charge, you’ll get free labor on regular maintenance as well. This includes checking operating and safety controls, cleaning and replacing air filters, and even the minor adjustments of belts and pulleys. This in itself is going to help you keep more money in your pocket when it comes to maintaining your system.  

Documentation of regular maintenance. After inspecting your equipment, your technician will give you a report that states if any services, repairs, or replacements are necessary. This is great to have in order to keep up with equipment warranties, and also to have on hand when you decide to sell your home.

Priority service. Also, as a GuinGuard member, you can expect priority service from our team. In the unfortunate event that you do experience a issue with your equipment, you’ll be at the top of our list of service visits.

Sign Up for GuinGuard Today

Signing up for the GuinGuard service contract can only save you money, so what are you waiting for? Give us a call at 205.595.4846 to ensure your HVAC equipment gets the care it needs to run efficiently for as long as possible while saving you money on bills and costly repairs.

How You Can Lower Your Energy Bills by Keeping Your Air Conditioner in Tip-Top Shape

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Do you want to lower your energy bills while extending the life of your air conditioning unit? If you’re like most homeowners, you probably answered yes, but you’re not exactly sure how. Well, the good news is, you don’t have to be an HVAC expert to keep your AC performing its best. There are many things you can do to keep your AC in tip-top shape, and your home perfectly cooled during these hot summer months. Just follow our recommendations below to make your AC’s job easier, and your energy bills lower.

  • Change Your Air Filters Regularly – Dirty air filters can restrict the airflow from the AC, meaning large buildups of dirt and debris will make your AC work twice as hard to cool your home. To avoid this issue, check your filters about once a month, especially during the summer when you’re using the AC every day, and change them out as needed.  
  • Check Your Outdoor Unit – You’ll also want to keep your outdoor, or condenser, unit uncovered and free of debris. This is where all the heat from your home is pushed outside. If it’s covered up, it’ll just have to work that much harder, and take that much longer, to cool your home. Simply cleaning around the area and cutting vegetation back away from the vents can ensure the unit has the airflow it needs.
  • Ensure Ductwork Is Insulated – This is something you’ll want a professional to check at your next scheduled maintenance visit. Wherever the ductwork runs through unconditioned spaces, your HVAC professional will need to make sure it’s sealed so that it isn’t leaking out any conditioned air. These leaks cause your AC to overwork, leading to you wasting money on energy bills.
  • Schedule Regular Maintenance – Annual maintenance is probably the best way to keep your AC in tip-top shape while lowering your energy bills. With a regular maintenance plan like Guinguard for commercial and residential spaces, you can have someone come out and check your unit regularly, and even get free labor and parts. Not only do maintenance plans like these save you money on upkeep, but they’ll help reduce your energy costs throughout the year.

By following the recommendations above, you’re going to help your AC run more efficiently, which means you’ll probably see a decrease in your energy bill. Of course, if you don’t think your AC is running optimally, there are plenty of other ways an HVAC professional like the ones at Guin Service, can take a closer look and get your AC in tip-top shape for the summer.