Is a DIY AC Capacitor Replacement a Good Idea?

August 15, 2022

If you are experiencing signs of your older air conditioning system not doing its job properly, you may be tempted to try to replace the air conditioning capacitor. Here at Hawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Galt, we want to help our community be safe and cool each summer. What Is an Air Conditioning Capacitor? A capacitor is a metal cylinder that stores energy to give your air conditioning unit a big jolt of electricity before it turns on. This electricity begins the process of running the motors and compressor and then keeps the energy flow at a lower

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4 Reasons Why Your House Is Humid With AC

July 20, 2022

Air conditioning is a popular way to make your house cool and comfortable on hot days. However, you might notice that your house still feels humid, even though you’ve had the air conditioner running all day. There are a few reasons why this might be the case. 1. It’s Very Humid Outside If it’s extremely humid outside, your air conditioner might be struggling to keep it cool and moisture-free inside your home. This is especially true when it’s storming. If you live in a climate where there are a lot of hot days and thunderstorms,

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Does My Air Conditioning System Pollute the Air?

June 13, 2022

The long, hot summers in Galt, CA mean you rely on your air conditioning system for at least half of the year. The heavy workload on your air conditioner might make you wonder if the unit causes air pollution or harms the environment in other ways. Here’s what you need to know about air conditioners and air pollution. Electricity Use All air conditioners use electricity. If your home solely runs on solar power, then your air conditioner has a smaller impact on air pollution than it would if you use the electrical grid for power. If

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5 Steps to Unclogging a Blocked AC Drain Line

May 19, 2022

During summer, your AC system plays an integral role in ensuring your home stays cool. The last thing you’d want is to get home to find your AC not working due to a clogged condensate drain line. When that happens, you’ll need to address the problem right away. The good news is that it’s relatively simple to do so with some guidance from our specialists at Hawk Heating & Air Conditioning. Although remaining on top of all the elements that keep your home running can seem overwhelming, the simplest way to avoid a clogged AC drain line is through routine preventative AC maintenance.

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How a Smart Thermostat Can Save You Money

April 19, 2022

You may have heard about how smart technology can boost your home security or make things more convenient, but the question you probably want to ask is whether it saves money. Let’s look at the smart thermostat, for instance. Would it cut down on your heating and cooling bill? What a Smart Thermostat Does Essentially, a smart thermostat is a programmable thermostat and then some. This means you can create your own heating and cooling schedule, ensuring that the system turns on when you’re home and stays off when you’re out or asleep. This, above all,

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Getting Your AC Ready for Spring: An Overview

March 15, 2022

Your air conditioner needs to be ready for spring and summer in California, and that means doing a little bit of maintenance. Ultimately, you’ll want to work with an HVAC company to perform the most comprehensive checks and repairs, but you can, and should, do some tasks yourself. Change the Air Filter The air filter needs to be replaced every few months. The frequency is determined by the material of the filter, the pollution levels outside, and the presence of pets and smokers in your household. This simple task will keep the indoor AC unit free

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Deciding When to Get a New Air Conditioner

February 15, 2022

Although most homeowners put plenty of thought into what size and style of air conditioner they want to purchase, too few consider what time of year to make the move. Choosing the right season can make a big difference when it comes to how much you pay and how comfortable your summer is. If possible, plan your new air conditioner purchase a year ahead of time so that you can be deliberate about when you purchase and install it. Getting the Best Deal By far the best deals on air conditioners tend to be available during

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How to Choose the Right Furnace

January 11, 2022

Regardless of whether you are searching for an electric or gas furnace for your Galt, California, home, this guide will give you some basic things to consider to ensure you get the right furnace for your needs. Furnaces come in four types. They are electric, natural gas, propane, and oil. Each furnace type operates slightly different from the others and has its own operating costs. Electric Versus Natural Gas Furnaces The two most common furnace types you will find are electric and natural gas. Electric furnaces are less expensive to purchase and maintain. However, since they

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3 Common Furnace Noises and What They Tell You

December 20, 2021

Many households tend to rely on their furnaces quite a bit during winter, and as a result, problems and breakdowns become significantly more common. In some cases, your furnace may start making unusual noises that you’ve never noticed before. There are several types of sounds that you may notice, and they tend to be symptoms of different issues. 1. Banging or Booming If you have a gas-powered furnace, you may have noticed loud banging or booming sounds from the appliance. Usually, this is a result of there being a buildup of gas within the

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Are There Ways to Conserve Heat in the Winter?

November 19, 2021

The winter season means cold weather and all the concerns that come with it. Homeowners will appreciate a working furnace although they may not be entirely fond of high heating bills. Wasted heat contributes to such costs and more, which is why conserving heat seems wise. A few simple tips could help keep waste and the expenses down. Try a Lower Temperature Some might be in the habit of keeping the temperature at a certain level. Maybe lowering the temperature a few degrees would save energy without taking away from comfort. Lowering the thermostat two or

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