Air Conditioning

Close up of an outdoor air conditioner.

Ballard Natural Gas is your #1 HVAC contractor in Seattle, WA and the surrounding communities. We are the leading company for all of your air conditioning needs. If you need repairs, maintenance, or a brand new system installed, the technicians at Ballard Natural Gas are the qualified and professional crew for the job.

We provide the highest quality service for your air conditioner. We also aim to educate and inform our customers. Informed decisions are good decisions. We want you to feel confident we are qualified to perform the service for which you are hiring us.

Air Conditioning Basics

The four main components to your air conditioner are:

Condenser: The condenser is the outside metal unit and where the gas from the compressor is condensed into a liquid. The gas entering the condenser is very hot. The temperature is then lowered, so the gas can convert back to a liquid.

Compressor: The compressor is inside the condenser. It circulates the pressurized refrigerant, to concentrate the heat, and changes the low pressure gas to high pressure.

Evaporator: The evaporator is the part of the system inside the home. In simple language, it absorbs the heat from your home.

Expansion Valve: The expansion valve controls the amount of refrigerant in your system.

All of these pieces are connected by a copper tube that handles refrigerant, creating a closed loop. Heat is collected in the evaporator, sent outside to the condenser. The heat is removed, and the cool air is recirculated back into your home.

AC Facts

An Air Conditioner Doesn’t Create Cool Air.
What happens in the AC process is actually the removal of heat from the air. Your AC uses a chemical called refrigerant to remove heat and transfer it outside. The warm air runs through the lines and coils in your unit and goes from liquid to gas and back again. During this process, the refrigerant removes the heat and transfers it elsewhere so that when the air comes out the other side, it is cool.

Your AC Will Remove Humidity.
Lower humidity helps the overall comfort level in your home by making you feel cooler, even if the temperature is the same.

Your Air Filter Needs To Be Checked And Replaced Every Three To Six Months.
(depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations)
A dirty air filter restricts your air flow, which reduces efficiency, costing you money, and over time can put stress on your unit and could cause a costly repair.

Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance.
Your air conditioner needs regular checkups to keep it running in tip-top shape. Having regular annual preventative maintenance will bring your system longer life and fewer breakdowns over all.

SEER
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency, which is calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame. A higher SEER rating means greater energy efficiency.

How Much Money Can a New Air Conditioner Save You?

Our SEER energy savings calculator can help determine how much you could save on your utility bills. Simply enter your current unit's SEER value and compare it to a newer, more efficient system. You can even customize it to better match your home's system for a more accurate calculation.

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At Ballard Natural Gas, we provide all the services you need to keep your AC running in top-notch shape. Call us at 206-784-8101 for repairs, maintenance, or new-system installation.

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Air Conditioner Repair in Seattle, WA 98112

“I needed a repair right away and Ballard arrived in less than an hour. Great service from Garrett! He was able to fix it quickly and explained everything to me. I wish all service repair from other companies was this fast, good and personable. I loved getting his bio/background in an email prior to his arrival. Nice to know who’s doing the work and that they’re super qualified.” – Tvic W.

Air Conditioner Repair in Capitol Hill, WA 98112

“Garrett was friendly, helpful and focused on trying to help us today. He quickly identified the problem and then came up with the solution. He is an asset to Ballard Natural Gas Service.”

– Julie B.

Air Conditioner Repair in Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

“Garrett was highly professional and personable. He diagnosed our problem and fixed it quickly.”

– Anonymous G.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98102

“We had our system installed in 2005 and have had Ballard service them ever since. Garrett came out and was friendly and professional throughout. Great company and top notch employees!”

– Jeff G.

Air Conditioner Repair in Seattle, WA 98107

“Your tech Matt Deehring was very professional and knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to work with him.”

– Amy D.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98103

“Garett was here today for my heat and air conditioning maintenance. It was a pleasure to have him here. I had many questions regarding my role and responsibility for maintaining the furnace and air conditioning. Garett was calm and comfortable explaining the many details I inquired regarding my role keeping the furnace and air conditioning working properly. Thank You for Garett and all future maintenance please send Garett. Beverly Wagener”

– Beverly W.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98103

“We had a typically great experience with BNGS today. Garrett provided both excellent service and information in the follow up, and was generally just a pleasure to deal with. Thanks!”

– Joshua L.


Ballard Natural Gas proudly provides HVAC service to Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 206-784-8101, or request service online today.