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South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to call home. However, our local weather can be extreme – high temps and thick humidity in the summer and chilly winter weather during cold months. As a local HVAC company in Charleston, SC, we know how crucial it is to have a quality HVAC system in your home and experienced technicians to keep it working correctly.

With more than 35 years of serving the Lowcountry, we are proud to be an active part of our local community. As your neighbors, we are here for all of your HVAC needs, whether you need a new AC unit installed this summer or a heat pump replacement this winter. With a reliable team of NATE-certified technicians and decades of experience in our industry, no HVAC project is too big or small for us to handle.

We offer highly competitive pricing and convenient financing options for all of our clients. At the end of the day, our goal is to make it easy and affordable to live comfortably in your home all year long. We are committed to hard work, honesty, and integrity with every service we offer. If you aren’t 100% satisfied with our work, we’ll do our part to make it right.

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Here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners and business owners in South Carolina trust Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

  • We have been serving clients in South Carolina since 1983 – before many of our clients were even born!
  • We provide a wide range of HVAC services for both heating and air conditioning.
  • We are committed to giving our clients the highest quality products and services at affordable prices.
  • As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the best HVAC units available.
  • We are members of the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors.
  • We are members of our local Chamber of Commerce and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

If you need a trusted AC repair company in Charleston, know that our team is geared up and ready to help you today. While you browse our website, have a look at just a few of our specialties here at Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

Air Conditioning Repair in Charleston, SC

Summers in the Lowcountry are hot, humid, and sticky. After a long day at the beach or downtown with your friends, nothing feels better than kicking back on the sofa while your air conditioning cools you off. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than walking into your home and feeling warm, stale air hit your face. Those who know, know – having your AC go out during a South Carolina summer is no joke. With time, a relatively minor inconvenience can turn into a real health problem.

In situations like these, something has probably gone wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC has stopped working in the middle of summer, it’s time to call Action Heating & Air Conditioning right away. Our team of certified HVAC professionals has years of experience repairing and servicing AC equipment. It doesn’t matter how old your unit is or what brand you bought – we have the skills to get your home comfort system up and running in no time.

Here are just a few of the AC issues that our talented team can help solve for you:
Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Over time, condensation builds up in your AC equipment because of its cooling process. This accumulated byproduct must be drained regularly, or the increased amounts of moisture can damage your air conditioner’s components.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Air Conditioning Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is the substance responsible for keeping your home nice and cool in the summer. When refrigerant levels drop due to a leak, it will affect your AC equipment’s ability to cool your home. If your HVAC unit isn’t blowing cold air, this could be a reason why.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Heater Keeps Running

This is a common AC issue in South Carolina and the U.S. in general. Sometimes this problem is fixed by switching your thermostat to “auto.” If that doesn’t work, you may have a broken thermostat or a wiring issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Burning Odors

It’s normal for your heater to produce a slight burning smell if it hasn’t been used in a while. However, if you are experiencing a persistent burning smell during the summer months when your air conditioning is on, it could be a serious problem. Turn off your HVAC system immediately and call our office as soon as possible so that we may send out a technician to diagnose your problem.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Broken Air Conditioning Compressor Fan

This fan plays an important role in your AC unit’s heat transfer process. When your air conditioning fan breaks, your AC equipment won’t be able to cool your home off in the summer when it’s needed the most.

Our Special Offers

One of our goals as a company is to provide HVAC repair services at fair and competitive prices. In addition, we want you to feel confident about investing in high-quality heating and cooling systems without having to worry a lot about the costs. We make sure to provide honest and accurate quotes and we offer a variety of financing options. We want you to get the best bang for your buck, so here are some special offers.

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If you are experiencing any of the problems above, be sure to hire a professional contractor to fix your issues. For your safety, don’t ever try to make HVAC repairs on your own unless you are trained. When the time come to have your air conditioning system repaired, our team of licensed AC technicians will handle all of the hard work on your behalf. That way, you can stay safe and have peace of mind knowing you’re in good hands.

Air Conditioning Install in Charleston, SC

Your HVAC system works hard all year long. If you have gone years without much maintenance or AC repair, you probably bought a great HVAC unit. However, with constant use and even normal wear and tear, even the highest-quality HVAC systems are prone to malfunctions. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.

If you need an energy-efficient, reliable cooling system for your home or business, you have come to the right place. We have decades of experience installing new AC systems for our clients and can handle any installation project you have. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the most top-rated AC systems available in South Carolina.

At Action Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that buying a new air conditioner and installing it can be a huge source of stress. But when you work with us, it doesn’t have to be that way. We have made it our mission to make the AC installation process easy and efficient for our customers. That way, they can focus more on living life and enjoying their home while we work hard on their AC install in Charleston.

Whether you plan to replace a faulty air conditioning system or need a Carrier unit for your new construction home, we have got you covered. We will work with you directly to find the best fit for your home and budget. We are also happy to answer all of your AC installation questions prior to and during your initial service appointment.

Common Signs That You Need a New AC Install in Charleston, SC

Trying to figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced can be a tricky decision to make. Most people have a hard time letting things go, and that includes AC units. It can be hard to know when to let go of the old and welcome in the new. To help save you time and make your decision a little easier, keep the following signs in mind. If you find yourself saying, “that sounds like my AC unit,” it might be time for a new air conditioning installation.

Strange Noises

Almost all air conditioners make a bit of low-level noise as they warm up and turn off. However, if you hear loud, unusual noises, it might be a sign that your air conditioner’s time is coming to an end. Buzzing and rattling noises are often indicators of a loose part. Grinding and whistling noises may mean something more serious is happening. Because these issues won’t dissipate over time, it’s crucial to have your air conditioner examined if you hear loud, strange noises.

Frequent Repairs

Charleston AC repair is essential for keeping your air conditioner working efficiently. Sometimes, however, it makes more sense from a cost perspective to install a replacement system. This is especially true if your repairs are racking up. Some AC experts suggest using the “$5,000 rule” if you’re considering a new AC install. Simply multiply the age of your air conditioner by the costs you have been paying to repair your unit. If that amount is over $5,000, it may make more financial sense to install a new air conditioner rather than pay for expensive repairs throughout the year.

Higher Energy Bills

If you notice that your energy bill has significantly increased in price, it could be a sign that your HVAC unit is struggling to cool your home effectively. Try to be mindful of your air conditioner’s cooling cycles. If you notice frequent cycles, even in the summer, it could be the reason for your increased energy bill. In these cases, it’s best to have an expert test your system to see if a repair or replacement option is best for your family.

Age of Air Conditioning Unit

This sign is a no-brainer and one of the easiest ways to tell if you need to install a new AC system. On average, your HVAC unit will have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. If your unit is more than ten years old and doesn’t have the “pizzaz” that it once had, it might be time to think about installing a new air conditioning unit.

R-22 Refrigerant

Old air conditioners usually require a type of refrigerant called R-22. This substance is very harmful to the environment and has been all but outlawed on newer HVAC systems. If your AC unit is old enough to require R-22, you should give serious thought to replacing your system with a newer, environmentally friendly solution.

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Over our 35+ year history, we have built our reputation on honesty, skilled workmanship, and reasonable pricing. If you are on the hunt for the highest quality air conditioning repair in Charleston, SC, give our office a call today.

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Protecting Your Investment

Your air conditioning system works very hard every day, all year long to keep your home comfy and cool. Machines that work hard year-round are going to require maintenance and ongoing services to stay operational.

As a family-owned and operated HVAC company in Charleston, SC, we know better than anyone how expensive it can be to maintain an AC unit. We know that money doesn’t grow on trees. We also understand that finding last-minute resources to fix an air conditioning system can be challenging. That is why we offer extended warranties for your new or existing AC equipment. With an extended warranty from Action Heating & Air Conditioning, you benefit from repairs, replacement, and additional services covered under warranty. That way, you can enjoy your HVAC products as long as possible.

If you’re having second thoughts about purchasing an extended warranty, consider these points:
  • Generally speaking, HVAC equipment lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, warranties provided by the factory will often expire before the service life of your cooling unit is over. With an extended warranty, your indoor comfort system is covered even if the factory warranty expires.
  • Having an extended warranty on your AC system gives you the chance to project and plan for any HVAC costs. This helps you balance your budget and anticipate expenses so you aren’t caught off guard. Having a warranty will also help protect your budget against increases in labor and parts costs due to inflation.
  • If you’re thinking of selling your home, having an extended warranty may help raise your home’s value. You may also be able to transfer your extended warranty to your new home if you choose to do so.

Latest News in Charleston

Girl Scout cookie season kicks off with megadrop

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina are kicking off Girl Scout Cookie season again this year with a megadrop.The Girl Scout Cookie program continues to be one of the country’s biggest girl-led businesses. This year, the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina is starting the season off with a megadrop at its new distribution center at Smith Dray Line.“We’re delivering over 18,000 cases to our troops from our new distribution center at Smith Dray Line,” says Diane Flann...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina are kicking off Girl Scout Cookie season again this year with a megadrop.

The Girl Scout Cookie program continues to be one of the country’s biggest girl-led businesses. This year, the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina is starting the season off with a megadrop at its new distribution center at Smith Dray Line.

“We’re delivering over 18,000 cases to our troops from our new distribution center at Smith Dray Line,” says Diane Flannagan, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. “They’ve been an amazing partner and all of our troop leaders are here picking up cookies, so girls will start selling them today and they go through the middle of March.”

Flannagan added that almost a quarter-million boxes of cookies were planning to be sold Saturday with troops picking up boxes every week until the end of the season.

“Across the state of South Carolina we’re distributing almost a half a million boxes, so it’s very exciting and the girls love it; when they’re selling Girl Scout cookies they’re running a business for the first time in their lives.”

The Girl Scouts also earn rewards and make money to do things in their community. They also learn all of the facets of running a business including money management, entrepreneurship, customer service, and goal-setting.

“Girl Scout cookies have been sold for well over 100 years and we’ve been using this distribution process to distribute cookies for well over a decade because there’s just no way we can do this out of an office, you got to have a distribution center to do it.”

This year, the Girl Scouts introduced a new cookie, the Adventureful, which is a brownie-inspired cookie with caramel, that’s expected to be a great seller.

“We’re also keeping our price at $4 a box, so it’s a great bargain,” Flannagan said. “Our girls in Eastern South Carolina averaged last year selling 450 boxes per girl.”

The megadrop is Girl Scout of South Carolina’s biggest drop in the state with distributions happening in areas including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Orangeburg, Beaufort, and Florence.

US Dept. of Labor: Charleston Walgreens employed 12-year-old worker

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A Charleston location of the nation’s second-largest pharmacy chain is in violation of child labor laws, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.A Walgreens store located at 1115 Old Town Rd. in Charleston failed to comply with federal labor laws setting minimum age standards and limiting the number of hours and times a minor-aged employee can work.The department’s wage and hour division found the store allowed a 12-year-old employee to work before reaching age 14, the minimum age for emp...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A Charleston location of the nation’s second-largest pharmacy chain is in violation of child labor laws, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

A Walgreens store located at 1115 Old Town Rd. in Charleston failed to comply with federal labor laws setting minimum age standards and limiting the number of hours and times a minor-aged employee can work.

The department’s wage and hour division found the store allowed a 12-year-old employee to work before reaching age 14, the minimum age for employment in non-agricultural occupations covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, a news release stated.

“We take any allegations of minors working under the age of 14 very seriously, especially if it’s non-agriculture,” U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist Colin Trimble said.

The investigation also found that the store allowed the minor to work more than 8 hours on a non-school day, more than 18 hours during a school week and after 7 p.m. on multiple days, which violates work hour standards for employees under 16 under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Walgreens could not provide the required documents to prove they paid the minor over a two-month period. The department found Walgreens did not maintain records of pay and lacked records of hours worked and the date of birth for the worker.

The department assessed Walgreens with a $7,034 civil money penalty for the child labor and recordkeeping violations and recovered $368 in back wages for the youth.

Trimble said the investigation reviewed a two-year period between July 2019 and July 2021. The incidents took place in April and May of 2021.

“Minors under the age of 18 who decide to work they deserve safe working experiences that don’t jeopardize their health, wellbeing, or education,” Trimble said.

Trimble also said they tend to find child labor violations in certain industries where minors are more likely to be employed, like retail, restaurants, grocery stores, or recreational establishments like marinas and golf courses.

“We prioritize the protection of young workers regardless of the industry they’re working in,” Trimble said.

Live 5 reached out to Walgreens, but they said they would not be making a statement at this time.

For more information about child labor laws, click here.

You can also contact the agency’s helpline at 866-4US-WAGE.

Copyright 2022 WCSC. All rights reserved.

14 unwritten rules of Charleston, SC

There is a certain pride that comes with living or growing up in Charleston. Often, it manifests itself in quirky ways, like specific city knowledge, trends, and colloquialisms. Think: What is proper etiquette when walking down King Street? We’ll get into that. If you happen to be lucky enough to be from the Holy City, here are a few unwritten rules you may know to be true submitted by readers on ...

There is a certain pride that comes with living or growing up in Charleston. Often, it manifests itself in quirky ways, like specific city knowledge, trends, and colloquialisms. Think: What is proper etiquette when walking down King Street? We’ll get into that.

If you happen to be lucky enough to be from the Holy City, here are a few unwritten rules you may know to be true submitted by readers on Instagram + through emailand if you’re not from Charleston, you might want to save this article for future reference.

“Never talk politics at Happy Hour. Always discuss the weather.”Reader Ken B.

“During rainy season, keep an eye on the tide charts when planning to drive through downtown.” Reader Erin C.

“Don’t be using the horn when driving unless it’s an absolute emergency and even then, probably don’t use the horn.” Anon Reader

“Handwritten thank you notes are a must!” – Reader Ellen D.

“King Street sidewalks:

“Keep an eye out for the one-way streets ” – @charleston_food_spot

“Don’t have any part of your tires on the asphalt when you park at the beach … $50 parking ticket automatically (might be higher now).” – @thejoelsario

“Don’t feed the seagulls!” – @holycityglass

“When the [Krispy Kreme] hot sign is on, you always have to stop…” – @stan_kablick

“Always have an umbrella during the summer, regardless of the forecast ” – @kateringram

“When merging on to 17 N. from Coming St. downtown, KEEP moving! Change lanes LATER!” – @eruss28

“You don’t have to pay the meter on Sundays!” – @charleston_food_spot

“East Bay from the aquarium to Harris Teeter is a 2 lane street, but it only fits one car.” – @notcharliehabakus

“Shop local. Support local. Eat local…” – @jeanneaeverett

Recycling your Christmas tree in Charleston, SC

Sure, the holidays are all fun and games — but if you celebrate Christmas, you know that sooner or later you have to deal with that “Night of the Living Dead” tree in the corner. That doesn’t mean it’s Dumpster-bound. Instead, we have some tips on how to put an old tree to good use.Curbside pickupCharleston County will ...

Sure, the holidays are all fun and games — but if you celebrate Christmas, you know that sooner or later you have to deal with that “Night of the Living Dead” tree in the corner. That doesn’t mean it’s Dumpster-bound. Instead, we have some tips on how to put an old tree to good use.

Curbside pickup

Charleston County will recycle your tree for you: all you have to do is bring it out to the curb for your usual pick-up day. To make sure it gets properly recycled, you’ll need to remove the tinsel, garland, tree stand + ornaments before bringing it out.

Drop-off recycling

Maybe you just can’t wait for curbside pickup. Drop the tree off yourself at Charleston County’s McGill Bees Ferry Compost Facility or any staffed centerexcluding the Signal Point Road location. Be sure to properly secure the tree to your car if you opt for this route. Bonus: If you drop your tree off before Jan. 10, you’ll get a free bag of compost at the Bees Ferry facility.

Natural feeders

Give back to Mother Nature by making a natural bird feeder. Get creative with edible ornaments (think: orange-apple garlands and peanut butter pine cones), then set the tree out for birds to eat + take shelter. If your property includes a pond or lake, you can toss in the tree to make a natural reef, giving local fish a home.

Make your own mulch

When you take a tree to a recycling center, they turn it into mulch anyway. So, why not use it for your own yard + spring garden? Ideally, you could shred the tree (for example, Home Depot has mulchers for rent), but usually, by the time the holidays are over, the needles will be falling off. You can spread them in garden beds or over the lawn.

After fire and a pandemic, a mainstay of Charleston’s food scene mounts a comeback

The moment he realized that Magnolias could not reopen quickly or easily last summer, restaurant owner T.J. Parsell thought to himself, “How can it really get any worse after the last year that we’ve had?”The pandemic had been a doozy for fine dining — even for an iconic Charleston establishment like Magnolias.When the upscale Southern restaurant first opened on East Bay Street in the summer of 1990, it ushered in a culinary renaissance in a city that was still rebuilding a year after Hurricane Hugo smas...

The moment he realized that Magnolias could not reopen quickly or easily last summer, restaurant owner T.J. Parsell thought to himself, “How can it really get any worse after the last year that we’ve had?”

The pandemic had been a doozy for fine dining — even for an iconic Charleston establishment like Magnolias.

When the upscale Southern restaurant first opened on East Bay Street in the summer of 1990, it ushered in a culinary renaissance in a city that was still rebuilding a year after Hurricane Hugo smashed into the South Carolina coast.

The restaurant’s sophisticated take on Southern food in a modern atmosphere dazzled discerning critics and longtime locals alike, catapulting both the restaurant and the city itself to culinary fame as a must-visit food destination.

Yet in all of its 31 years, Magnolias has faced no greater challenge than the one-two punch of the pandemic and its accompanying labor shortage, followed by the devastating August kitchen fire that forced the iconic restaurant to close for more than five months. (An investigation later determined the fire was accidental after flammable items were discovered near a pilot light on a gas appliance, according to Charleston Chief Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh.)

Such a combination of pandemic and fire would have destroyed almost any other restaurant, according to Bobby Williams, the chairman of the S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association.

“But Magnolias is just that strong,” said Williams, who is also the CEO and co-founder of Lizard’s Thicket. “People have a special place in their hearts for Magnolias. It is the crown jewel of Charleston, and it’s one of those places that you can always recommend.”

Now, at long last, customers will finally be able to return to Magnolias again.

After a five-month hiatus, if all goes according to plan, Magnolias will reopen its doors either this week or next, making the restaurant’s recovery a much more emotional comeback than a return to business as usual.

“You know, you question what you did for God to put you through this test,” Parsell said as he reflected on the obstacles his restaurant has overcome. “And this has just been unlike anything we’ve had to endure.”

He mentioned the sacrifice of his employees — the servers, the line cooks, the dishwashers, the chefs, the managers — the folks whose lives bore the brunt of the restaurant’s temporary closure.

“It’s the people who are working in the restaurant that make Magnolias what it is,” Parsell said ahead of the reopening. “And with everything that’s been happening in the labor market, particularly in the restaurants, that was really the most trying thing we had to address.”

And so, Parsell made a pivotal decision.

He wouldn’t just encourage Magnolias employees to return to work when the restaurant reopened. Instead, he continued to pay them during the entire five months that Magnolias was closed.

Parsell knew he was taking a risk by paying his employees throughout the restaurant’s closure. But he said he felt like he needed to give his employees a strong reason to return.

Most of the funds, Parsell said, will be covered by business interruption insurance, which helps companies recoup major financial losses if they are forced to close or suspend operations due to a disaster.

The only tricky thing has been working out the wages for workers like servers and bartenders who earn a majority of their income through tips. No matter what insurance decides to cover, Parsell said he has promised to pay a fair wage even if he has to pay it out of his own pocket.

“It’s so important to keep these people on the payroll in a fair way, with a fair wage because I don’t expect somebody to come back to us if we don’t show up for them,” Parsell said of his decision.

The choice comes at a time when most restaurants are still getting squeezed by a nationwide labor shortage. In a recent survey of 3,000 U.S. restaurant operators, 77% said they did not have enough workers to meet demand, according to the National Restaurant Association.

It was also a decision informed by some hard lessons learned during the peaks and valleys of the coronavirus pandemic.

Between mandated dining room closures and other pandemic restrictions, Parsell said annual sales at Magnolias tanked by 40% between 2019 and 2020. But in 2021, when pent-up demand sent customers racing back to restaurants, Magnolias struggled to keep up.

To cope with its lack of staff, the restaurant limited the number of reservations it could offer on a nightly basis and, on especially busy evenings, Magnolias staggered reservations so the kitchen would not get overwhelmed.

The delivery of a steady paycheck, which came with no strings attached during the restaurant’s temporary closure, may have paid off.

An estimated 75% of Magnolias staff will be returning when the restaurant reopens, including the heavy-hitters in the kitchen.

Don Drake, who first joined Magnolias as a sous chef in 1991 and is now its culinary arts director, will still be at the helm of the kitchen. The restaurant also confirmed Kevin Southerlin will be returning as chef de cuisine, along with executive sous chef Landice Simmons and sous chefs Elliott Wells and James Simmons.

“The truth is we have people that have been with us for 10, 15, 20 years. They have remained loyal to us, and I have remained loyal to them,” Parsell said.

One of those people is Ed Murray, who has been a server at Magnolias ever since it opened.

He was there on the restaurant’s first night, and can still recall every detail, right down to the number of meals they served (178). And he’s looking forward to being a part of Magnolias’ triumphant return.

“You’ve got to make yourself eye-appealing and make sure that you’re ready to go,” said Murray, who is the last original hire who still works at Magnolias.

“Being a waiter is like going on stage,” he continued. “You’re looking out at a bunch of strangers, and you have to win them over and, at the same time, you have to win them over to the restaurant.”

He let out a chuckle.

“But let me tell you,” Murray said. “Magnolias is special. It’s service. It’s food. It’s hospitality. It’s everything.”

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