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How Do You Choose the Right HVAC Company?

October 19th, 2020

tech-working-on-ac-systemIt’s that time of year—fall is upon us and temperatures are cooling. Soon enough, HVAC professionals throughout our area will be busy with maintenance and repair calls.

Are you looking to have a new heater installed this year? Or perhaps you need to schedule a tune-up for your existing system? Whatever the case, the best time to address this is now, before it becomes too hard to get an HVAC technician out at a time that’s most convenient for your schedule.

But we don’t mean you should rush to find someone. In fact, rushing to find an HVAC professional could leave you with someone who’s not a professional at all. You could wind up with inefficient and ineffective heating, and/or high service costs. So, we encourage you to take your time and consider the following factors when choosing the right HVAC company for your needs.

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Is Your Air Conditioner About to Call It Quits?

October 5th, 2020

two-techs-looking-over-air-conditionerThe summer season is “officially” over, but we still have plenty of warm weather to contend with. Now is a great time to check and make sure your air conditioner is still in good shape. If your system had no problems keeping you cool over the past few months and you had maintenance and repairs done in the spring, you likely have nothing to worry about.

On the other hand, if your system was struggling to keep you comfortable, or struggling to keep you comfortable affordably this past summer, then it may be showing you signs that it’s about to call it quits. Read on as we uncover some of the top signs that it’s time for you to consider an AC replacement before next spring.

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Is It Too Early for a Heater Tune-Up?

September 21st, 2020

technician-looking-over-furnaceIf the weather this past week was any indication, even though the official start of fall is here, our temperatures are still trending on the high side. So it may seem silly, perhaps even absurd, to already be talking about our heating systems.

Here’s the thing though–when temperatures do cool down and you need your heater, you’re going to want it to actually run, and to do so efficiently and effectively as possible. One way to help ensure this is the case is by scheduling routine heating maintenance. So, no, it’s not too early to think about a heater tune-up. Read on to learn why!

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Should You Buy Your New AC Now?

September 7th, 2020

old-degrading-air-conditionerIn just a couple of weeks, the official start of fall will be here. And in just a couple of months, the temperatures will start to show that. We’ll be turning our attention to our home heating systems, ensuring that they are properly maintained and ready to meet our wintertime needs.

But what if you have an aging air conditioner that struggled a bit this summer? If it’s still running “fine,” should you bother replacing it now, or can you just wait until next spring?

You know the phrase, “better safe than sorry”? It applies here. Sure, your air conditioner may be functional still. But if it is aging or experiencing any of the symptoms we’re about to describe, you may be facing a completely broken down system when you go to turn it on for the first time next year. Why not avoid that by investing in a new system now? Read on as we dive deeper into this.

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AC Compressor Troubleshooting: Repair or Replace?

August 24th, 2020

ac-compressorOver the years, standard wear and tear can create a lot of—expected—repair needs for your air conditioning system. Particularly with our summers, which are hard on air conditioning systems. You could find yourself facing component replacements, failed capacitors, refrigerant leaks, and even ductwork damage.

Scheduling professional maintenance will help you avoid the most sudden and expensive air conditioning repair needs, but smaller ones still need attention. By skipping maintenance or neglecting repairs you risk the failure of an essential component: the compressor.

With most AC system components, a simple swap out is usually the best option. But with a compressor, the most expensive component there is, the question becomes, “Should I replace my entire air conditioner?” Our well-trained staff can help you make an informed decision on the matter, but you should know there is a good chance we’ll recommend a complete system upgrade. Read on to learn why.

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How to Listen for Signs of AC Trouble

August 10th, 2020

woman-covering-earsWouldn’t it be nice if someday there was a way for our air conditioners to tell us when they weren’t feeling well? Like, an app that sends us a text message saying, “Help! My refrigerant is low!” or “I think I have a bent fan blade.”

The truth is, this reality is probably not too far off in the future. But for now, it’s up to homeowners to keep an eye and ear out for problems and give our team a call to investigate. One of the most common signs of a problem is strange or unfamiliar noises coming from the air conditioning system. What sort of noises do we mean? Read on!

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It’s Not Too Late! Schedule This Important AC Service Now

July 27th, 2020

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitCould it ever be too late for air conditioning maintenance? Well, yes. If your air conditioner has completely broken down to the point that it’s absolutely beyond repair, then it would be too late. Chances are, however, you wouldn’t continue reading this blog post if that were the case. You’d likely be checking out our AC replacement services instead, right?

Right.

If you are still reading, it’s probably because you realized, it’s midsummer and you haven’t had your AC professionally inspected yet and you’re wondering if that’s okay. Maybe you’re considering “just skipping it this one time.”

We really want to encourage you not to ever skip a tune-up. Consistency is more important than the time of year you have AC maintenance done, even if we do recommend it be done in the spring before you need your system the most. Read on to learn more about why this AC service is so important.

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How to Prioritize the Health of Your Indoor Air

July 13th, 2020

woman-holding-sign-about-healthy-airA lot of homeowners don’t realize this, but the air inside their homes can be of worse quality than the air outside. At least, this will be the case if you don’t have the right indoor air quality solutions in place. This is particularly true if your home was built in the last few decades. Today’s dwellings are built “tightly,” which allows for high energy efficiency since no conditioned or heated air, depending on the season, can escape.

This is fantastic news for HVAC efficiency, and will help keep your utility bills low, but it’s not such great news if you suffer from allergies or asthma symptoms. Since no air can get out, this also means that contaminants such as pollen, dirt, dust, and pet dander don’t have a way out as well. Even the healthiest individual can be negatively impacted by poor indoor air quality. So, what’s the answer? Read on as we uncover how to prioritize the health of your indoor air.

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What Does a Bad Capacitor Do to Your AC?

June 29th, 2020

outdoor-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-topHere’s the thing—air conditioners are complex! They’re electronic devices involving wires, switches, capacitors, and many other components. When something goes amiss, there is often an electrical reason behind it. This isn’t always the case, of course, as air conditioners are susceptible to natural wear and tear. But a good rule of thumb if your well-maintained AC is showing troubling symptoms is to call a pro to check out the electrical connections.

We recommend calling pros versus trying to resolve the problem on your own for safety reasons—only a licensed and experienced professional should ever deal with all the wiring that’s involved.

We can tell you though, that if it is an electrical problem, it could very well have something to do with a failing or broken down capacitor. Read on to learn more!

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How to Choose the Right Cooling System for Installation

June 15th, 2020

woman-enjoying-the-breeze-from-her-ductless-air-handlerWhen it comes to AC systems, you’ll see all sorts of terms come up, from central air conditioners and ductless systems to heat pumps. For homeowners who haven’t purchased a new cooling system in a while, this can all be overwhelming. After all, you probably have no desire to spend hours a day searching for the best cooling system to buy.

Fortunately, our team can give you the lowdown, and you don’t have to worry about searching far and wide for the information you need. You can just give us a call! In the meantime, we’ve shared some basic information below about a few types of AC systems we install and service, and what their differences are.

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