Air Conditioning Articles

5 Common AC Problems

June 21, 2024
5 Common AC Problems. HVAC tech at AC unit.

When your air conditioner (AC) is running at peak efficiency, you win.

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Air Conditioners: Things You May Not Have Known

June 14, 2024
Air Conditioners: Things You May Not Have Known. AC Units.

Though air conditioners are a major part of modern life, they hold many secrets few people know about.

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Summer Savings Tips for AC

May 24, 2024
Summer Savings Tips for AC. Money with a themostat.

It’s summertime in Oregon. The team at Bens Heating AC and Electrical hopes you find time to relax with friends and family, taking in the beautiful sunny days. On days when it gets a bit too sunny, you can jump in a pool or bask in the cool breeze your air conditioner provides.

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3 Signs It’s Time For a New AC

May 17, 2024
family sitting in front of fans.

Should you repair or replace? That’s always the big question when it comes to major home systems like air conditioning (AC).

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Why is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

July 21, 2023
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Few things in life can be more frustrating than your air conditioner malfunctioning over the summer—but it can and does happen. Luckily, Ben’s Heating, AC and Electrical has solutions to help keep you from boiling!

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When Do I Replace My Air Conditioner?

June 30, 2023
Woman dealing with the summer heat

Before shopping for a new unit, let your Ben’s Heating, AC and Electrical LLC specialist perform an honest assessment to see whether AC replacement or repair would be more cost-effective. That way, you’re guaranteed the maximum mileage from your current one.

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Why Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

June 16, 2023
Image of technician working on a thermostat. Why Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

It’s about to heat up here in Oregon City. Make sure your air conditioner (AC) is primed for the Oregon summer heat rays by scheduling a seasonal maintenance visit.

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Ductless ACs Improve Indoor Air Quality and Control Humidity

September 7, 2022
Ductless ACs Improve Indoor Air Quality and Control Humidity. Image depicts ductless system circulating cool air in all white room.

Your home’s Indoor air quality is often two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These pollutants contribute to many diseases as well as respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies. It Might Be Time to Split Installing a ductless air conditioner (AC), also known as a…

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3 Telltale Signs It’s Time for a New AC

August 10, 2022
a photo of an outdated and dirty air conditioning system

Deciding on the ideal time to replace your air conditioning system in Oregon City can be a challenge, so here are three areas our Ben’s Heating, AC & Electrical professionals suggest you monitor for telltale signs.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance Checklist

July 13, 2022
Technician spraying chemical water onto air conditioner grid to clean

Can you imagine a hot Portland summer without air conditioning? Your air conditioning system can be your very best friend on the warmest days. 

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

July 3, 2022
ice on coil cooler of dirty air conditioner

The ice buildup on your air conditioner creates the inability for it to cool effectively and puts stress on the compressor (your outdoor unit if you have central air conditioning). Over time, this can lead to a costly repair or the need to replace the compressor. 

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Common AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2022
Blog Title: Common AC Problems and Solutions Photo: Bag of repairman's work tools on top on ac unit

Our team at Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to be aware, prepared, and ready to solve these air conditioning issues so you and your family can stay cool this summer.

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How to Properly Size an AC System

May 9, 2022
Blog Title: How to Properly Size an AC System Photo: AC Unit Fan

Our professionals at Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning would be happy to help you select the best-sized air conditioner for your particular Oregon home. In the meantime, here is a peak into how our trained experts calculate air conditioning needs.

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3 Health Benefits for Using Your AC While Sleeping

September 15, 2021
Shot of a young woman sound asleep in her bedroom

At Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand that depending on your air conditioner to run efficiently is crucial to helping you get the good night’s sleep you deserve. We also know how critical sleep is to everyday life, so we make it a priority to provide our customers in the West Linn, OR, area a cooling system that ensures the utmost comfort all hours of the day or night.

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How Does Your Central Air Conditioner Cool Your Home?

June 11, 2021

Air conditioners do so much more than just cool, like dehumidify your home or business and help keep your inside air cleaner. Understanding a bit of its basic components and how they work can help you identify a problem or malfunction when it occurs.

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Spring Money-Saving Tips

April 5, 2021
Woman's hand opening curtains in the bedroom with natural light and garden background.

If you can reduce that usage in Portland, you will be able to make a difference in our environment and save yourself some money as well. Take some of the following ideas from our professionals at Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning to heart and make some money-saving resolutions today.

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

August 14, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many lives around us, both health-wise and financially. At Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we remain committed to providing the best service to all our Oregon customers during this difficult time. Let’s stick together as a community and help each other whenever we can. We can certainly understand how…

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Do I Really Need an AC Tune-Up?

May 18, 2020
Man Working on AC

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 Oregon City. It’s easy to bump things like an air conditioner tune-up down the priority list,…

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3 Health Benefits for Using Your AC While Sleeping

August 15, 2019
woman waking up refreshed after getting 3 health benefits for using her AC while sleeping

A major part of your health relies on getting a good night’s sleep. That’s why it’s not just important to run your air conditioner during the hot summer days. You also need to keep your home comfortably cool at night as well. At Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand that depending on your air…

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Does My Air Conditioner Eliminate Mold?

July 2, 2019

At Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re often asked, “Do air conditioners kill off mold?” This is a common misconception. A properly maintained and functioning air conditioner (AC) can decrease the likelihood of mold growth. This is because it acts as a humidity balancer. But if mold forms, the air conditioner can’t prevent it from growing.…

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4 Signs I Need a New AC Unit

June 7, 2019

Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning understands that air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life here in Gresham, OR. A well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and monthly filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years. How do I know if I need repairs for my unit or if I…

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Does an Air Conditioner Help With Allergies?

May 15, 2019
A young woman blowing her nose during allergy season in Portland

Does an air conditioner help with allergies? In one word, yes. Actually two words, yes if. If you properly maintain the air conditioner. Air conditioners can help filter your home’s air and control its humidity, which are both helps in the allergy world. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), it’s estimated…

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How to Save Money on Your Air Conditioning and Energy Bill

August 27, 2018
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The US Department of Energy says that air conditioning can account for up to 47% of your utility bill. At Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we take energy efficiency seriously. Here in Oregon City we understand that air conditioning is crucial for comfort during the hot months and our advice may help you save money…

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What Does SEER Mean?

August 15, 2018
Technician talking to a woman about her SEER rating.

When it comes to your air conditioner (A/C), 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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3 Signs You Need a New Air Conditioner

July 31, 2018
Sweating Asian girl cooling herself with big fan

Air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life during the summer here in Portland. 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 or if you need a replacement? 1.…

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How to Choose Between Quotes for Your New Air Conditioner

July 14, 2018
Residential heating and air conditioner compressor units near residential house|Calculator & money

When you’re faced with replacing your air conditioner, it can be daunting. It seems there’s so much to know. Even when you have your standard three quotes from contractors, how do you know which one to pick? You may be tempted to simply choose the lowest bid, but don’t do it––at least until you’ve checked…

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Why is My Air Conditioner Making So Much Noise?

June 14, 2018
Curious young woman with glass leaning against the door listening to a conversation

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 Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend a maintenance inspection at least once a year to inspect…

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

May 25, 2018
Air conditioning system installation embedded on wall of building.

An air conditioner is a standard appliance in interior comfort. The Energy Information Administration reports that AC units account for almost 20 percent of yearly electricity consumption in the US. At Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we believe that knowledge is power: The more you know about the appliances you are using, the more effectively…

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Why is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

May 24, 2018
Hot summer day. High Summer temperatures

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. We want to keep you cool at Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, so here are a few simple things that you can check before you call us or request service…

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Why is Air Conditioning Maintenance Important?

April 26, 2018
Close up view on HVAC units (heating

An air conditioner, just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service for it to run efficiently. We recommend getting your AC unit serviced and cleaned once a year. You should do this in the spring, to ensure that your unit will run with the most efficiency during the hottest summer months. Why is this…

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Does My Air Conditioner Help With Allergies?

April 23, 2018
Closeup portrait of young beautiful dog breed Golden Retriever

Does an air conditioner help with allergies? Yes, if you properly maintain the unit. 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…

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Common AC Purchasing Mistakes

March 29, 2018
2 air conditioning units outside.|Smiling technician servicing a hot-water heater

Purchasing a new air conditioner can be a daunting task, but we’re here to help! Here are some common purchasing mistakes to avoid when buying a new air conditioning system in Portland, OR. The Wrong Sized Unit It is easy to buy a unit too large or too small for your space. A larger unit…

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