Air Conditioner Articles

Why Is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

August 12, 2022
Blog Title: Why Is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up? Photo: ice on coil cooler of ac unit

If your air conditioner stops blowing cool air or stops all together, check to see if your indoor unit is frozen. Call us at Robben and Sons to learn more!

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How to Properly Size an AC System

April 7, 2022
How to Properly Size an AC System

In the heat of the summer, it’s easy to assume that bigger is better when it comes to air conditioning (AC) systems. Obviously, if you have an air conditioner that’s too small in your Portland home, you will not be able to keep your temperatures consistently low even if the unit is running constantly. 

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Why Is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

July 16, 2021
Why Is My AC Blowing Hot Air? A pair of adult male hands feeling the flow of air coming out of an air vent on a wall near a ceiling. Man with hands in front of an air vent feeling for air flow.

It’s the first really hot day of summer in Clackamas when the floor fans and the open windows just don’t cut it anymore. You head over to your thermostat and select “air conditioner” and wait for that refreshing icy air to start blowing out of your vents. When you check a few minutes later, you feel only hot air. Why?

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Does an AC Help With Allergies?

March 31, 2021
Does an AC Help With Allergies? Close up of a young woman sneezing into a tissue.

Does an air conditioner (AC) 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 there are now 50 million seasonal allergy sufferers in America, so any and all help is welcomed.

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Common AC Purchasing Mistakes to Avoid

August 18, 2020
Homeowner determining their budget as part of the common AC purchasing mistakes to avoid

When it’s time to invest in a major home appliance like an air conditioner (AC), you want to be well informed. The good news is technology has made it easy to gather a great deal of information in a short period of time. The bad news is there are so many makes and models of air conditioners available, the entire process can get quickly overwhelming.

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4 Signs I Need a New AC Unit

June 17, 2019
Air Conditioning Equipment outside of an Hold House.

Robben and Sons understands that air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life here in Oregon City, OR. A well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and monthly filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years.

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4 Things You Should Know About Your AC Unit

June 12, 2019
Top view of an air conditioner unit outdoors in hot summer season. No people.

Air conditioning isn’t exactly a stimulating topic to bring up at parties. It’s not something most people think about too excessively. But at Robben and Sons, we’re obsessed with it! We want to share with you some things that you may not have known about your air conditioner (AC). We’ve made this list to help you become an informed consumer and get the best out of your purchase.

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3 Health Benefits for Using Your AC While Sleeping

May 16, 2019
Shot of a young woman sound asleep in her bedroom.

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.

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Does My Air Conditioner Eliminate Mold?

April 26, 2019
Mold on the ceiling in an apartment.

At Robben and Sons Heating, 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.

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Why is My Air Conditioner Making Noise?

April 15, 2019
Mature male peering inside an upper wall white grid air duct on a silver wall near a white ceiling. A guy inspecting a heating and cooling air register duct for maintenance.

It’s normal for your air conditioner to create some noise when running—that simply means it’s working. Although older units are typically louder than newer ones, all air conditioning noises are not the same.

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Does Your AC Help With Allergy Symptoms?

March 21, 2019
Close up of a young woman sneezing into a tissue.

Seasonal allergies are a burden for many. Air conditioners, or ACs, when properly maintained, can noticeably reduce symptoms for allergy sufferers. Air filters catch pollen, dust, and other irritants, producing higher-quality air.

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Get Your Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance

March 19, 2019
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An air conditioner, just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At Robben and Sons we recommend getting your air conditioning unit serviced and cleaned once a year. The optimum time is in the spring to ensure your unit will run with the most efficiency during the hottest summer months. You need…

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What Does SEER Mean?

August 22, 2018
The photo shows money being fumbled near a thermostat.

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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Video – Replace Your Air Filter

April 25, 2018

If it’s getting hotter in your car than it should be, there could be a problem with your car air conditioning. When you do your own car ac repair, there are a few things you need to start with. Here, Bruce Bonebrake shows you how to diagnose problems with your car air conditioning, whether it’s…

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4 Signs That I Need a New AC Unit

April 17, 2018
An old air conditioner that needs to be changed.

Air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life here in Portland. 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 need a replacement? Age How old is your…

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A/C, Heat Pump, Furnace or a Hybrid System? What’s right for you?

July 28, 2017
A collection of air conditioning, heaters, and furnaces.

Whether you have a new construction or ongoing remodel project, or maybe it is simply time to replace your HVAC system’s components, you will eventually need to make the decision about installing a heat pump or air conditioner/furnace system, or a hybrid system. The question begs to be asked: What is the difference between a…

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Summer in Oregon is beautiful, but beware it can also get HOT! Make sure your A/C works properly.

July 11, 2017
This is a picture of bridge going towards the city, Portland.

The weather forecast calls for more summer heat with continued very warm or hot temperatures. To stay comfortable you may be running your cooling air conditioning unit all day and all night. To fight the heat it is advisable to set the temperature early on to give the a/c system a chance to battle the…

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How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill This Summer

June 27, 2017
This is a photo of dollar bills spread out with a thermostat to represent saving money.

With the dog days of summer just around the corner, you may be running your AC more and more. We want to go over some of the ways that you can save money and energy with your HVAC system this season. Seasonal Service and Maintenance There is simple maintenance you can do at home, like…

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The Benefits of Ductless AC in Oregon

June 15, 2017
Contemporary living room with white sofa, air conditioner and closed door.

Ductless air-conditioning (A/C) systems can be the perfect answer for that room that’s never quite cool enough or for that new addition you’re building. It’s a low-maintenance and affordable option to upgrading to a newer A/C unit when more cooling is needed inside your Portland home. The ductless system works, obviously, with no ducts, as…

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The Importance of Air Conditioner Maintenance

April 12, 2017
Man looking at Woman to discuss the air conditioner

Regular annual maintenance on your AC will go a long way in preventing that situation from happening. The best time of the year for AC maintenance is Spring

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