AC Repair, AC Tune-Up & Air Conditioning InstallationHahira, GA, Quitman, GA, Lakeland, GA, Valdosta, GA, Douglas, GA & Adel, GA
At Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning, we bring more than 50 years of experience to every job big or small. Whether you need a ductless mini-split for your sunroom or a massive installation in a multiple-story hotel, we’ve got you covered.
Beat out the hot Nashville, Valdosta & the surrounding areas weather with a reliable and efficient system.
No matter the issue, Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning can fix your A/C system. Call us today!
Regular maintenance is important to a long system lifetime.
When it comes to air conditioning in places like Nashville or Valdosta, Georgia, we’re serious. We know beyond general comfort, air conditioning is often critical for health and safety. We offer a 100% guarantee our customers will be fully satisfied, plus we offer after-hours service. Our techs are NATE-certified and our company is licensed, bonded, and insured. We know when your air conditioning system is broken, there’s no time to waste. Plus, we recognize for many people with respiratory or cardiac conditions, air conditioning is more of a necessity than a luxury.
With our five+ decades of experience, we’ve seen it all. Give us a call and we’ll take care of you.
Quick Tips to Solve Air Conditioning Problems
When the heat spikes, we get a lot of phone calls. Remember, air conditioners are designed to handle normal, average temperatures. Before you call for a repair, ask yourself if the weather is typical for our climate.
If it is, and the air conditioner continues to misbehave, call for a repair. If it’s exceptionally hot or humid, it may take your air conditioner some time to catch up. That said, here are three things you can check to save yourself a repair visit:
- Check the thermostat. It seems overly simple, but trust us, it’s easy for someone to accidentally knock the lever from cool to heat. The thermostat provides the “marching orders” for your air conditioner, so if it’s inaccurate or sending the wrong messages, setting it might solve the problem.
- Check and change the air filter if necessary. The air filter is more than catching airborne pollutants. When it becomes clogged, the air conditioner has to work harder to push air through the entire system. This strains and ages the equipment. A dirty filter causes several problems, including short cycling. Short cycling refers to frequent air conditioner starts and stops before fully cooling the home.
- Take a walk around your outdoor equipment. Your AC compressor needs good airflow. We recommend a two to three-foot buffer zone around the AC compressor. Plants and flowers easily grow quickly and “suffocate” the AC compressor. Yard waste and debris from storms accumulate and often end up inside the AC compressor. This may damage the fan blades or obstruct the airflow. Clear the area around the AC compressor and check for twigs or leaves stuck in the vents. If easily reached and the fan is off, pull it out. Otherwise, call a pro.
When You Need a Pro HVAC Technician
If you’ve checked the thermostat, the filter, and the AC compressor but your air conditioner is still blowing hot air, give us a call. Other signs you need a professional include:
- Strange noises. If you hear squeals, clicks, grinding, banging, or knocking noises, then you need to call a professional.
- Odd odors. It’s common for air conditioners and furnaces to smell a little when they first kick on each season. There’s probably dust in the system which shakes loose the first time it runs. If, however, you smell something burning, metallic, or musty, give us a call.
- Abnormal behavior. If your utility bills spike without a justifiable weather event or your AC frequently starts and stops, give us a call.
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Georgia Cooling Systems We Service
One of the most common ways to cool a home is an air conditioner paired with a furnace in a traditional central heating and air set-up. Most people don’t realize, air conditioners don’t “chill” the air.
It’s more accurate to say they extract heat and moisture from it. This leaves cooler air. Air conditioners work hard in our part of the country, so while an average air conditioner lasts around 12-15 years, it’s usually a little less here in Georgia and Florida.
Ductless technology continues to gain in popularity here in the states. Popular in Asia and Europe, ductless technology is used as an air conditioner or a heat pump, to both heat and cool a space.
As you can imagine, European and Asian homes are often smaller and in older buildings without existing ductwork. Ductless mini-splits solve this problem in a more efficient way than the noisy “window units” we’re accustomed to seeing here in the U.S.
Ductless mini-splits consist of two main components. There’s the quiet indoor air handler unit, that connects through a small, three-inch hole to an outdoor compressor unit. Multiple indoor units, depending on the model, may connect to a single outdoor unit.
This allows you to use ductless technology to handle one room or an entire home. Some homeowners also choose to boost their central air in certain zones or rooms, like sunrooms with a single unit.
A heat pump works year-round to both heat and cools a home. Like an air conditioner, it extracts heat from the indoor air and exhausts it outside. In the winter, it reverses its process and pumps in warm air from the outdoors.
While we recommend an annual tune-up for air conditioners, we recommend two tune-ups each year for heat pumps because they perform both functions. Heat pumps are, historically, more popular in the south because they don’t combust fuel like a furnace, to create heat.
In times of extreme weather, most heat pumps have an auxiliary heat source, called heat strips which can provide extra warmth in the home. These are heated using electricity and can be expensive to use, compared to a gas furnace.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
A traditional heat pump is also known as an air-source heat pump because it pulls heat from the air. A geothermal heat pump performs the same process except it pumps heat from the ground or a nearby water source, such as a pond or lake.
When cooling, the geothermal heat pump exhausts the heat indoors to the ground or water through a series of ground loops. They are extremely energy efficient, compared to traditional heating and air systems.