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Summer 2013

Most common AC repairs in the summer

The summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. However, we all like to come inside and enjoy the cool air from our AC. All the use your air conditioning system gets during the summer can cause it to break down. There are a few common repairs that tend to happen with AC systems. Check out this quick list of a few of them.  If you’re having any problems with your air conditioning system make sure you call your local air conditioning repair contractor immediately.

Air Conditioning Blowing Warm Air

Does your air conditioning system just blow hot air into your home? This problem is, unfortunately, very common. It can sometimes be caused by a bad thermostat in your home that is telling your AC that you don’t need any more cooling. However, the problem can sometimes be much worse. It could be that your AC’s compressor isn’t working well or that the fan motor is broken. All of these issues require the services of a professional air conditioning technician.

Not Enough Cooling

This is another common problem with air conditioning systems: your AC is blowing cool air but not enough of it. This can be frustrating because only certain portions of your home might be getting cool but not the rest. Broken thermostats could be the cause of this issue as well. But in many cases this issue is caused by a clogged air filter or a bad fan motor. If the fan motor is the problem it means that the fan isn’t turning fast enough to push the air through your home. A clogged air filter would be restricting the flow of air into your home.

Unusual Noises

Strange air conditioning noises is a very common issue that homeowners have. When your air conditioning system starts to break down it can sometimes make a new noise. Squealing, gurgling and hissing are all very common noises that homeowners should listen for. Squealing is usually a sign that your fan’s belt is old and needs to be replaced. Hissing indicates a refrigerant leak and gurgling can sometimes indicate that you have low refrigerant in your system.

Clogged Air Filter

Probably the most common cause or air conditioning issues is a clogged air filter. Your air conditioning system likely has an air filter located somewhere near the return air vent. This air filter is there to keep dirt, dust and debris from damaging the moving parts of your AC. If the filter isn’t changed regularly it can get clogged and restrict the flow of air through your air conditioning system. This will lead to a number of different problems including not enough cooling, inefficient operation, increased wear and tear and many other problems.

When you need air conditioning repairs make sure that you call your local contractor. Your air conditioning system is a critical part of your home’s comfort and any services that you need should be handled by a pro.

10 Great Ideas for Summer Family Fun

When the weather warms up everyone loves to head outside and enjoy the sunshine. But what will you do once you’re actually outside? Check out our awesome list of fun summer activities that are great for kids and adults.

  1. Homemade Ice Cream – Even if you don’t have an ice–cream maker, you can still make your own ice cream at home. Check out this terrific Ice Cream In A Bag recipe. You can even put together your own ice–cream sundae bar with all the toppings that you can imagine.
  2. A lemonade stand – Nothing says "summer" quite like a lemonade stand. There are many lemonade mixes and recipes at the store that are affordable and easy to make. Be sure to bring napkins, an umbrella to stay cool, a tablecloth and a box to hold money. Your kids can also decorate the stand with balloons and banners.
  3. Breakfast for dinner – Lots of people think that breakfast is the best meal of the day. Pancakes, waffles, butter, syrup, whipped cream, strawberries, eggs, bacon: almost sounds like desert doesn’t it? Having breakfast for dinner is a great way to break with your routine and try something new. It’s also the perfect time to make some pancake art. You could use food coloring to make a pancake rainbow. You may also get really creative and make pancake words or try to draw the face of the kids’ favorite movie character. Clean, old condiment bottles work great for this.
  4. Backyard camping – Turn your backyard into the great outdoors by setting up your camping tent and pulling out the sleeping bags. There are a number of fun and safe activities to do including watching movies in the tent, telling scary stories, and making shadow puppets.
  5. Build a fort or a secret hideaway – Not only is building a fort or a secret hideaway a fun project, but it could be very healthy for your children. If you have space in your yard you can work with your children to design a tree house or hideaway. You can also bury some items in the ground with a treasure map, plant some flowers or mark the area with some rocks. You can also take this activity indoors and construct a number of secret hideaways in their bedrooms or in your living room.
  6. Photo scavenger hunt – Digital cameras make this activity easy. You can do this at your local farmer’s market, the mall or any other outdoor place. You’ll have to create a theme for them to focus on like numbers, the alphabet, animals, colors, etc. After they’re done you can go home and look at all the pictures. You may even want to create a photo book for them.
  7. Plant a summer garden – Gardening is a great way to connect with nature, get some exercise and sunshine and also teach your kids about gardening. There are some easy and fun projects you can do with your kids. You could also think about doing a themed garden as well.
  8. Get out the sidewalk chalk – There are almost an infinite number of things that you can do with sidewalk chalk. You could turn your driveway into an art canvas, a racetrack, or another planet. The options are huge and it will keep your kids occupied for a very long time. When they’re done clean–up is easy: just hose it down.
  9.  Create an outdoor movie theater – This is easier than it sounds and can also be pretty inexpensive. If you have a giant TV then you can just move it outside. You’ll need to make sure that you have access to electricity, light control and a bathroom. If can get your hands on a projector you could hang a white sheet from your garage and set up a sound system for a more immersive experience. Check out this handy list of children–appropriate films.
  10. Fly a kite and launch a rocket – Take to the skies this summer! If your kids are inclined for a more explosive adventure you can head to your local hobby store and get a rocket kit. If not, try teaching them how to fly a kite.