July 9th, 2018
How can an AC do too much? You can always lower the thermostat, right?
Well, this is true if you don’t want your home to be too cold. And if your air conditioner was correctly sized for the house, adjusting the thermostat to a comfortable level is all you need to do.
The problem we’re talking about in this post is when your AC works too hard in another way. It’s called short-cycling, and it leads to high utility bills, uneven cooling, and eventually a busted air conditioner that needs to be retired before it’s time.
June 25th, 2018
The warm weather is here, and it’s only going to get hotter over the next two months. Your air conditioning system is going to earn its keep—or at least you hope so.
But what if it isn’t? If you’re noticing the house feels warmer than it usually does in summer, or there are hot spots in rooms that are supposed to be cooled, your first instinct will probably be to turn down the thermostat farther than its standard setting. We don’t recommend this. If the AC is having to run longer to keep you cool, there’s something wrong with the air conditioner. Below, we’re going to examine a few of the potential reasons you’ve got an air conditioner that can’t keep up.
June 11th, 2018
Maybe it’s not as sinking and unpleasant a feeling as trying to start your car and having it fail, but turning on an AC during the summer and not having it provide cooling isn’t something you want to experience. But it can happen to even the best cared-for air conditioner. It’s usually nothing that professional air conditioning repair in Westfield, NJ can’t fix!
We’re going to look at why your AC isn’t doing its job so you’ll know when to call our technicians for the repairs that will get your home cool once more. When in doubt, please don’t try to do any DIY work on your air conditioner, since you may cause even more damage to it.
May 28th, 2018
You probably know that something called refrigerant (also referred to as Freon, which is a specific brand of refrigerant) is an essential component for your air conditioner to do its job. But do you know how it works? It’s not actually a type of fuel, like gasoline in a car, which is consumed in order to create the energy to run a system. Refrigerant instead circulates without being consumed. But refrigerant is not like oil in a car either, which circulates but eventually degrades over time and needs to be replaced.
To answer the question in the title, refrigerant should remain at the same level for your AC’s service life and never need to be replaced or have more put in. If you hear a supposed AC “expert” tell you that your system’s refrigerant needs to be regularly topped off, don’t believe them. The factory set charge of refrigerant in your AC is exactly what it should be.
May 14th, 2018
We’re now moving toward the edge of summer, so if you haven’t yet arranged for your regular spring air conditioning maintenance, we recommend having it done soon. When the summer heat hits, you won’t want to be without your AC for long.
But… you want to make sure that you have full, thorough, professional air conditioning maintenance service. This includes a complete inspection, cleaning, and tune-up. At this time of year, many HVAC contractors start offering “Spring Tune-Up Specials,” advertising a low-cost to come to your house and prep your air conditioner for the approaching hot weather. These tune-up specials can be as low as $35, which sounds like a great deal. But it isn’t.
April 30th, 2018
You’re probably happy to read this headline, because it means summer is getting closer and you’re that much nearer to not needing your home’s furnace at all. (At least until toward the end of the year.) But when the warmer weather settles in and the furnace won’t have to run, should you shut the system down entirely?
The answer depends on the type of furnace installed in your house. The main reason to shut down a furnace for the season is to avoid energy waste or possible safety hazards, and this isn’t the same for all furnaces.
April 16th, 2018
The heater for your home is about to go on a long break as the warm weather settles in for the middle of the year. There isn’t much you need to do to shut down a heating system for summer. Make sure that it doesn’t have any leftover repair issues, and if it does, call us for heater repair in Union Township, NJ. Trust us, you want any malfunctions taken care of, no matter the season!
But what if those heater repairs are just delaying the point when it’s going to break down? If you have an old heating system that you suspect doesn’t have many more years of life left to it, then spring is an ideal time to arrange to have a new heater put in. The big question is “repair or replace?” It’s often the most important decision you’ll have to make about your heating system, since it will have a large impact on your comfort and your budget—a negative impact if you end up making the wrong choice!
But we’re here to help you make the right choice! Below are some guidelines to help you start thinking about “Repair vs. Replace.”
April 2nd, 2018
People think of corrosion and rust as something that only occurs with an appliance that uses water. A water heater or a boiler might rust, but why would a gas furnace? It doesn’t sound like it should happen.
But it can and it does. It’s something you may find happening to your furnace at some point. Why does it happen, and what does it mean for the furnace when corrosion starts? We’ll explain more, as well as tell you what you should do about it.
March 19th, 2018
Energy efficiency. It’s a big concern people have about appliances today. It isn’t enough for an appliance to work, it should also work without unnecessarily draining power. Modern manufacturers know how important this is to customers and make their products to match, and the U.S. Department of Energy has put in place the ENERGY STAR program to test and mark products that conserve power.
The efficiency question is a vital one for furnaces because they are essential appliances for home comfort and because they consume a large amount of energy each winter. An electric iron with the ENERGY STAR label may save a few cents. A high-efficiency furnace can potentially save hundreds of dollars.
Because we know that you are probably interested in furnace efficiency, we’re going to answer some of the questions we often get from customers about it.
March 5th, 2018
March is one of the trickiest months when it comes to figuring out the weather. The first part of the month is in winter, and the last is in spring, although it can sometimes act as if the opposite were true. This is why you always need to pay attention to your household heating system at this time of year. It’s getting close to the day when you can shut down the heater for the season, but cold weather may linger for a while or even come back in a fury.