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AC 101: Why is My Air Conditioning Unit Leaking?

A leaking Air Conditioning Unit poses several concerns and is a major sign that something is wrong with your system. Leaking AC units can cause water damage and even a fire if it gets near electrical equipment.

So why do leaks happen in an Air Conditioning Unit anyway?
Here are some possible reasons:

-Frozen evaporator coils

If the evaporator coils form ice on them, this build-up can melt and overflow from your drain pan.

There are three main causes of a frozen coil:

1. Dirty filter: If your filter becomes dirty, it will slow the airflow through the coil, causing it to get too cold and possibly form ice on the surface. An easy way to avoid this outcome is to replace your filter as recommended by the manufacturer.

2. Low pressure in the refrigerant lines: If there is not enough refrigerant in your unit, the pressure will lower. This will reduce the coil’s ability to remove heat from the air, which causes the coil to freeze. Low refrigerant levels can cause some serious damage to your compressor so you will need to turn off your Air Conditioning Unit and call us immediately!

3. Issues with the fan: If you notice low airflow coming through your vents in addition to the frozen coil, issues with your fan are likely the cause. Shut off your Air Conditioning Unit right away and call us to correct the problem. 

-Condensation issues

Air Conditioning Units do more than simply keep the air in your home cool. They also help Air Conditioning Unitremove the humidity as well. This is done by removing condensation. If condensation is building up and overflowing, you might have condensate drainage problems. Here are three possible reasons why:

1. A blockage in the condensate drain: a blockage will cause a backup. Clear the drain if you can or call us to clean the line for you.

2. A damaged drain pan: your drain pan might be cracked and leaking condensation. It is often best to replace a damaged drain pan, to avoid future issues. 

3. A broken condensation pump: depending on where your Air Conditioning Unit is located, you might have a pump that removes the condensation. If this pump becomes broken, water can build up and overflow. Which means you will need to replace the pump.

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Air Conditioning Unit is Leaking!

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Cut Your Cooling Costs with These Six Money-Saving Tips

The summer’s heat and humidity have arrived and with them comes the need to cool your home around the clock. This constant cooling of your home will undoubtedly cause an increase in your monthly utility bills. Cooling your home really is not optional when the temperatures start hitting the 90’s, but you do have some methods you can use to help keep the cooling bill lower.


Six Tips to Cut Cooling Costs

1. Utilize Ceiling Fans: cooling

Ceiling fans help your air conditioning system by taking on some of the work. By circulating the cool air in your home, your AC will not have to work as hard to keep you cool and comfortable.

2. Seal Leaky Windows

Windows that are poorly sealed and leaking air are inefficient and they are costing you more money when you are running your AC. Utilizing weather strips and caulk to seal up any leaks will help save you money on your cooling bill.

3. Replace Your Furnace Filter Regularly 

The air filter in your furnace will naturally become dirty over time. Dust, pet hair and debris are just some of the elements that can cling to your filter, slowing the air flow. Thus, a dirty filter will cause your air conditioner to work harder, to move cool air throughout your home. It is best to change your filter as recommended by the manufacturer.

4. Close Your Curtains 

This is probably the easiest cooling cost-cutting task you can perform. When sunlight pours into your home, it warms it. So, by simply closing your curtains, especially those where the sun beams in the brightest, will help keep your home cooler.

5. Have a Programmable Thermostat Installed 

Programmable thermostats are extremely useful little gadgets. They allow you to reduce the amount of energy needed to cool your home and make sure your home is still comfortable when you get home. You program these thermostats to adjust the temperature to a comfortable level when you are home and set it to run less often when you are not there. No more wasting extra money cooling your home, when no one is there. You can see real savings on your monthly energy bill by simply adjusting your thermostat seven to ten degrees, eight hours a day when no one is home.

6. Have Your AC Inspected Annually

Having your air conditioning unit serviced once a year is one of the best ways to ensure that your equipment is running as efficiently as possible, which will save you more money on your cooling bill.  Call on the experts at Team Tiger to perform your annual AC Super Tune-Up and Safety Inspection today at (866) 844-3770  and be ready for whatever summer throws your way.

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Home Improvement Projects Where You Should Skip the DIY and Call a Professional

DIY projects can be fun and a great way to increase your home’s value; however, some home improvement projects are better left to the professionals. Safety, cost and timeliness are just some of the concerns to consider when deciding whether or not to do a project yourself or call in a pro. Check out this list of home improvement projects that are not meant to receive the DIY treatment.

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Projects That Are Not Made For DIY

1. Electrical Updates

Outdated electrical components and wiring pose many problems for homeowners in terms of safety and convenience. While upgrading an electrical panel, wiring, adding more outlets and other updates are great home improvement projects, they are also dangerous. Electricians spend a great deal of time learning how to handle electricity safely and properly. So, when it comes time to upgrade your home’s electrical work, it is best to call in the professionals here at Tiger!

2. Roofing

Repairing or replacing a home’s roofing is a monumental task that is better left for licensed professionals. DIY roofing projects are extremely dangerous and often quite costly, calling the pros when a new roof is needed is the best way to go.

3. Plumbing Work

Even the smallest plumbing repairs can go extremely wrong, extremely quickly. Imagine the mess an improperly installed toilet or piping could make. Avoid the hassles of leaks, water damage and sanitation issues by calling one of our expert plumbers to handle all of your plumbing needs.

4. Adding an Additional Bathroom 

Who wouldn’t love an extra bathroom in their home? The added convenience Adding a bathroomand home value makes the idea of adding another bathroom appealing. However, building an additional bathroom is not an easy DIY project to take on yourself. Hanging drywall, laying tile and installing fixtures often require a professional’s touch to get them right. Running new plumbing lines, hooking up the water supply, wiring the space and placing ductwork are tasks that can be dangerous and expensive when done incorrectly. When it comes to adding a new bathroom, it is best to leave it to the pros.

5. Structural Changes

Licensed professionals are vital when it comes to making structural changes to your home. Some projects will require special permits, depending on where you live, a  licensed pro should know what is needed. Knocking down walls without knowing what damage it will cause is extremely dangerous. Other projects may weaken your home’s foundation. These types of projects will go more smoothly when left to the professionals.


When deciding whether or not to give a home improvement project the DIY treatment, consider these important questions.

  • Is this project worth the time and effort I will have to put into it?
  • Do I have the necessary tools and skills to do this project correctly?
  • What are the safety issues I should consider?

DIY projects can be fun; however, it is often best to leave the larger or more dangerous projects to the professionals.

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How to Protect Your Air Conditioner from Storm Damage

These past few weeks have brought a lot of rain and storms to the area. In addition to all of these storms, the temperatures have also been climbing. You have likely been running your air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, thunderstorms can pose a serious risk to your ACFollow these handy tips when a strong storm hits and help protect your
Air Conditioner from the elements.

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-Turn Off Your AC During Thunderstorms 

Whenever possible turn off your air conditioner before a storm hits. Strong storms typically mean lightning. Electrical surges are common when lightning hits and you don’t want your AC’s electrical components destroyed, or risk a fire! If the weather is particularly hot, you can usually run your AC until the sky darkens. Keep in mind, however; lightning might be flashing before the rain comes so don’t wait that long, to turn off your unit. 

-Cover Your AC Before A Storm

Covering your air conditioning unit can be a great option to help protect it during a strong storm. Fast winds, hail and flying debris can cause some serious damage to the exposed components on your unit. You can use a tarp or even a board to cover your AC, to help protect it when severe weather hits.

*Make sure your cover is secure so it doesn’t turn into debris itself to cause damage elsewhere, and after the storm passes, remove the covering before starting up your unit again.

-Clean Up Your Yard

Speaking of flying debris, cleaning up your yard is a great way to help reduce the amount of debris that can be tossed around. Well before a storm hits, pack away outdoor furniture, toys, your barbecue pit and anything else that’s not tied down. Clean up branches that might have fallen and remove anything else that could puncture your AC equipment. Collaborate with neighbors to clean up their yards as well. Storms have no respect for property lines!

*If the storm is already rolling in or you see lightning, it is best to skip this step. Your own safety is more important. 

-Inspect and Clean Your AC Before Start-up

Once the storm has passed and it is safe to go outside, it is a good idea to do a thorough inspection of your AC unit and refrigerant piping to check for damage. Be sure to clear any debris that might be covering your air conditioning unit. As long as you’re certain that the unit is free from damage and debris, turn it on and monitor to make sure it’s working as it should.

-Get Professional Help

If despite your best efforts, your unit or piping has been damaged, call us right away at (866)844-3770We can also help you prepare for the storms ahead and reduce your equipments risk of being damaged.

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3 Reasons to Schedule Your Air Conditioning Tune-Up ASAP

Remember how hot and miserable last summer was? Temperature records were broken all over the place and who knows what this summer will have in store for us! Your air conditioning is one of your best defenses against the summer heat and you do not want it to give up on you during a hot spell. So, whether you have already been running your AC unit or you are still holding out, now is the perfect time to schedule a tune-up. 

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Here Are Three Benefits of Scheduling an Air Conditioning Tune-Up

1. Helps Prevent Your Unit From Breaking Down When You Need it the Most

The temperatures will reach into the 90’s and 100’s several times this summer, we can basically bank on that fact. When the temperatures climb that high, you will want to know that your air conditioning unit will be able to keep up with the heat. Yearly maintenance and tune-ups are one of the best ways to help ensure that your AC will keep working for you when you need it the most.

2. Extends the Lifetime of Your Unit

If your unit is not properly maintained, it will likely fail you sooner than it should. This will mean that you will need to replace your AC well before you should have to. Annual tune-ups are an excellent way to save you money or needing to buy a new unit sooner than expected.

3. Saves You Money

Another way that AC tune-ups can save you money is on your energy bill. Annual maintenance helps to keep your Air Conditioning Unit running as efficiently as possible. The more efficient your AC is, the more money you will save on your energy bill.


Summer is approaching quickly, making now the best time to schedule your Air Conditioning Tune-Up and beat the rush!

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Why You Should Not Rely on Luck Alone When it Comes to Maintenance

Luck and St. Patrick’s Day go together; however, when it comes to caring for your heating and cooling equipment, luck is not a great policy. Your air conditioner and furnaceluck are major pieces of equipment inside your home and it is vital to stay up to date on maintenance to ensure they continue to run at optimal levels. 

Benefits of Regular Maintenance:

-Helps extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment.
-Ensures that your equipment is running as efficiently as possible, saving you money.
-Serves as an early warning system for potential safety concerns that might arise.
-Improves your indoor air quality by keeping coils and blower parts in your AC cleaner.
-Decreases the costs and frequency of repairs.
-Can help to improve air circulation in your home.
-Creates better comfort control for your home.

Manufacturers typically recommend that you have your heating and cooling system serviced twice a year. Once in the fall/winter months for your heating equipment and once during the spring/summers months for your cooling equipment. 

You can call us anytime at (866) 844-3770 to schedule your manufacturer recommend maintenance inspection. 

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That if you join our Heating & Air Conditioning Club Membership Program, these bi-annual maintenance inspections are free with your membership? Call (866) 844-3770 to learn more!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day
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Daylight Savings Time is This Weekend! Are You Ready to Spring Forward?

Daylight Savings Time is upon us once again. We will all spring forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. on March 12th, when Daylight Savings Time officially begins. While the idea of losing an hour this weekend may not sound like a ton of fun and our sleep schedules will take a few days to get used to the change, there is still one major benefit of the time change this weekend. The start of Daylight Savings means that we get an hour of more sunlight in the evenings. No more walking out of work after 5:00 p.m. and feeling like the day is over because the sun is setting. So the time change does come with some benefits after all. 

Here are some handy tips to help you get the most of your time changing experience!

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Daylight Savings To-Do List:

We change our clocks twice a year, so here is a list of three tasks you could plan to tackle when daylight savings begins and ends.

1. Dust and clean vents.

Something about vents just seems to call out to dust. It is also extremely easy to overlook vents when cleaning. Go ahead and wipe all of that built-up dust from your vents this weekend.

2. Do a quick battery check. 

It is recommended that you check/replace the batteries in your smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors, twice a year. Changing your batteries the same time that you change your clocks is a great way to remember to stay up to date on this important task. 

3. Change the direction of your ceiling fans.

During the warmer months, you want your ceiling fan to spin counter clockwise, this helps to push cooler air back down into your home. 

 

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Annual Maintenance, Equipment Checks and Your Wallet

Maintenance is an important part of home ownership and you don’t want to leave yoMaintenanceur heating and cooling systems off your yearly maintenance checklist.

By performing yearly maintenance and regularly checking your equipment, you can greatly extend the life of your units. Plus, you can fix any small problems before they grow into large, expensive problems.

It’s advised that at the very least, you have your air conditioning unit cleaned and checked early each spring before the weather gets too warm. And you should have your furnace checked each fall in late September or early October, before the first freeze.

By having your heating and cooling units inspected each year, you can ensure that whenever it’s time to flip on your air conditioning or furnace, it will run smoothly. Remember, maintenance means fewer unpleasant surprises down the road.

Unfortunately, busy schedules can make it hard to remember to have your much needed yearly maintenance compl10411_image6 copyeted. A great way to stay on top of your heating and cooling maintenance schedule is to sign up for an annual club membership.

That way you can completely forget about your annual
maintenance schedule, because when it’s time for your systems to be maintenance, someone will contact you to remind you and help you schedule an appointment.

A club membership is the easiest way to ensure that your air conditioner and furnace remain at their top performance levels!

Other great benefits of an annual club membership are:

  • SAME DAY SERVICE – GUARANTEED!
  • Reduced diagnostic fee
  • 10% Discount on all repairs
  • FREE Precision Tune-Up and safety inspection on your furnace and AC
  • Replacement Discounts
  • *$250 off a Complete New System
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6 Energy Saving Tips You Need To Try This Winter!

Winter has arrived in the Midwest and with it comes cold weather that can drive up your energy costs. No one wants to waste money unnecessarily and that is where these six handy energy saving tips come into play!

6 Energy Saving Tips You Need To Try This Winter!

1.  Let the light shine in.

Heating your home can be a major expense during chilly days. Give your furnace a bitenergy saving of a break and use the sun to help warm your home naturally. Open your curtains during the day and let the sunshine in. This action will help warm your home and cut energy costs.

*Remember to close your curtains again at night to help trap the warm air inside your home.

2. Switch over to LED lights.

Winter brings shorter days and less sunlight. Meaning, you are using more energy lighting your home. Help cut energy costs by switching over to more energy efficient and LED light bulbs. 

3.  Prevent leaks.

Drafty doors and windows can drastically increase your heating bill each month. Even small leaks can really add up. It is best to make sure that you have properly sealed all of your doors and windows with caulk or weather strips. 

* If you are concerned that your home may be leaking cold air, call us at (866)844-3770 to have an energy audit performed. An energy audit can show you all of the ways that your home is wasting energy and how you can potentially save a lot of money in the long run.

4. Keep the heat flowing.

Avoid blocking heating vents whenever possible. Not only is blocking heating vents a potential fire hazard but it also forces your heating system to work harder to keep your home warm. Make sure that your vents are not blocked by furniture, toys, clothes, etc. 

5.  Make sure that your furnace is working properly. 

An old, inefficient and/or malfunctioning furnace or heating system can have expensive consequences. Schedule a furnace tune-up and safety check today to ensure that your heating system is functioning at optimal levels. 

*Remember having your heating system cleaned and maintained annually will increase the lifespan of your equipment and keep your system running at peak performance levels, saving you money in the long run.

6. Consider adding more insulation. 

If your energy bill is higher than you believe it should be during the winter months, you may have an issue with your insulation. Insulation, especially in vulnerable locations like your attic, plays a major role in your home’s energy efficiency needs. 

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3 New Year’s Resolutions that are Better than Joining the Gym

2016 is quickly coming to an end and you may be making your resolutions for 2017.  Popular resolutions include: joining a gym, starting a diet or quitting a bad habit. While personal and professional resolutions are important, it is also a good idea to add a few New Year’s resolutions for your home as well. 

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Keep These 3 Resolutions in Mind for 2017:

1. Replace Your Furnace Filter.

Your furnace filter plays a vital role in keeping your heating and air conditioning systems running smoothly. Plus, your furnace filter is an important tool when it comes to improving your home’s indoor air quality and keeping your family healthier. 

2. Have Your Ductwork Cleaned.

Speaking of your indoor air quality, if it has been awhile since you have had your ducts cleaned, the beginning of 2017 is a great time to give us a call. Dust mites, allergens and tiny particles love to accumulate in your ductwork. Once you turn on your HVAC system, those particles are blown into the air you and your family breathe.  Poor indoor air quality can lead to the worsening of allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues. 

3. Take Control of the Humidity in Your Home.

Humidity is an important part of life in the Midwest. Unfortunately, maintaining the right levels of humidity in our homes can be tricky. Too much humidity can lead to mold and mildew growth inside your home. Too little humidity can dry out your skin and nasal passages. Both of these scenarios can be harmful to you and your family’s health. In order to ensure that your home stays between the 30-50% humidity mark, it is a good idea to have a humidity assessment performed. 

If you need any help reaching any of these New Year’s resolutions for 2017, just give us a call and we will be there for you. 

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