Do You Need a Garage Heater?

September 26th, 2016

Garage heaters sound like a luxury, and depending on the circumstances you might not need one. But winters are very cold here in Avon, OH, and many homes have detached garages or similar set-ups with no real heating system. A separate garage heater may be an excellent solution, sized to your space and able to provide heating on a moment’s notice. Whether you need one or not depends on the circumstances, but when making your decision, you should consider the following factors. They can help you determine if such a system is right for you. Continue Reading

Watch for Problems with Your Boiler

September 19th, 2016

With September comes fall weather here in Bay Village, OH, and that means your heating system will soon be called upon to keep your home warm day in and day out. This is a good time to run your system for a period and check for any problems that may occur, especially with boilers, which a number of local households use. The sooner you can spot a serious issue, the more time you’ll have to schedule a repair service. But if you’re not a professional, how do you know what to look for? Proper diagnosis requires a trained technician, it’s true, but you can still spot general signs that something is wrong on your own. Continue Reading

Is Your Heater Ready to Be Replaced?

September 12th, 2016

With temperatures cooling throughout September here in Rocky River, OH, the time has come to give your heater a thorough look and determine whether or not it’s up to handling another cold winter. If you’re confident that you can get through to the spring with it, then you’re likely in good shape. If there’s cause for concern, however, then now is the time to make the decision to replace your heater, instead of waiting for trouble to arrive in the middle of the winter. Why now, and how can you make that determination? Here are a few tips to help you out. Continue Reading

The Benefits of Scheduling Heater Maintenance

September 6th, 2016

Labor Day weekend is a chance to relax and enjoy yourself with friends and family. It’s also a good spot on the calendar to issue a gentle reminder that heating season is on the way, and that your heater could do with its regular maintenance from a trained technician. Maintenance isn’t the same thing as repairs: it’s more of a tune-up, which gives the technician a chance to look over the system and make any adjustments or schedule further work if necessary. Doing so now gives you plenty of room to maneuver: scheduling the maintenance at your leisure and leaving space for any further work before the cold weather descends for another winter here in Westlake, OH.

But what, specifically, are the benefits of scheduling heating system maintenance? Here’s a quick guide. Continue Reading

Is Your AC Capacitor Wearing Out?

August 29th, 2016

Avon, OH is reaching the end of another long, hot summer, and hopefully, your household air conditioner has come through it with no problems or concerns. Now, however, is the right time to pay close attention to your system. All that use over the past few months may have really punished older or more worn components, causing them to breakdown with just a few more weeks of hot weather to go. The capacitors, in particular, are cause for concern, since they are vital to the basic functions of the air conditioner itself. They’re built to last, but they also shoulder a heavy load through the summer, and when they start to fail, you need to get them replaced as quickly as possible. Continue Reading

What Kinds of Benefits Can an Upgraded Thermostat Provide?

August 22nd, 2016

Your home’s air conditioner is the central player in keeping your home cool this August, but numerous ancillary systems play their part as well. The ducts, for instance, carry the cool air through your home, while the thermostat helps you control exactly when your system turns on and off. Most thermostats in the Bay Village, OH areas do their jobs quietly and without complaint. In fact, many are designed to last for decades or more without significant problems. If your thermostat is at least ten years old, congratulations on making such effective use of the resource! Continue Reading

Replace Your Old Air Conditioner This Fall

August 15th, 2016

An older air conditioner can do wonders provided it’s received regular care and the workload is manageable. Unfortunately, here in the dog days of August in Rocky River, OH, “manageable” may no longer be the right word. Late summer is a good time to give your older air conditioner a critical look, seeing if months of regular use and weeks more to come has pushed it to the breaking point. Making the decision to replace your old air conditioner is very sensible at this time of year, since it gives you months to plan for the new system and have it installed  when the air is cool enough to go without AC for a few days. As always, only you can make the decision to replace your air conditioner. But we generally use three basic criteria to help make the call: Continue Reading

Signs of Trouble with Your Pool Heater

August 8th, 2016

A pool is an outstanding way to keep cool during our hot Westlake, OH summers, as well as being a marvelous place for families to bond and have a little fun in the sun. Most pools rely on pool heaters to keep the water at an even temperatures, and they can be great for early morning dips when the heat may not have quite reached the boiling point yet. But like any other appliance, your pool heater can run into trouble from time to time, and while we recommend annual maintenance to keep such troubles to a minimum, you never know when trouble is going to strike. The sooner you spot the signs of a problem with your swimming pool heater, the more swiftly you can respond and the lower the cost will be. Here’s a few signposts to alert you to any potential problem with your system: Continue Reading

Stay Cool While Waiting for Air Conditoining Repair

August 1st, 2016

You never can tell when trouble is going to strike your air conditioner, and while you can minimize the risk by watching for signs of trouble and scheduling annual maintenance sessions with your local air conditioning technician in Avon, OH, sometimes a breakdown is inevitable. Once you’ve determined that it’s not some quick-fix solution (like the circuit breaker or someone turning off the thermostat without telling you), shut the system off—even if ‘s not running—and call a repair service.

While you wait for them to arrive, it’s important to stay as cool as possible. Besides the obvious tips like dressing in lightweight clothes and drinking lots of water, we have a few pertinent tips to help you get through the heat wave unscathed.  Continue Reading

How High Humidity Affects Your Air Conditioner

July 25th, 2016

It’s hot in Bay Village, OH, and we’re not just talking about the Cavaliers. Temperatures soar every July and for that you need a strong, reliable air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, we also deal with sweltering humidity as well, and that can have a huge impact on your system. The good news is you can take steps to addressed it, but it helps to understand how high humidity affects your air conditioner to get a sense of what you need to do to fix it. Continue Reading