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

How to Make the Best Use of a Ductless AC System

July 18th, 2016

If you’ve just had a new ductless mini-split air conditioner installed, congratulations! With summer on the rampage here in Rocky River, OH, it can make a huge difference in your monthly cooling bills. The same holds true if you have an existing ductless system, of course, though only if you use it the right way, with an eye on enhancing your savings without being charged an arm and a leg in the process. Ductless systems let you do that very easily. You just need to know the right way to do it.  Continue Reading

What to Look for in an Air Conditioning Service

July 11th, 2016

Westlake, OH gets hot every summer, with high humidity accompanying it that can make your home feel like a swamp. A good air conditioner is far more than a luxury in such circumstances, ensuring that your home remains cool and comfortable no matter how high the mercury rises. But in order to do that, you need help from a qualified technician to install, repair, maintain and replace your air conditioner. A good service will ensure that your AC works exactly as it should, and that it will last a good long time. A poor service will conduct repairs half-heartedly and may end up costing you untold amounts in unnecessary work. But how are you to know a good service from a fly-by-nighter? Every service is different, of course, but here are a few pointers to help you out. Continue Reading

Signs of Trouble with Your Water Heater

July 4th, 2016

We recommend regular maintenance for your water heater here in Bay Village, OH, in part because problems with it don’t tend to arise until it’s far too late. We rarely notice our water heaters, since they usually operate silently and are often tucked away in the basement or another part of the home that we don’t visit every day. By the time you spot signs of trouble, the problem may be very serious indeed. That makes it all the more important to be able to notice the early signals and summon a trained plumber to address them right away. They could spell the difference between a comparatively simple water heater repair job and a very costly one. Continue Reading

Ductless AC vs. Centralized AC

June 27th, 2016

With summer here in Avon, OH, now is the time to replace an old air conditioning system with a new one. The sooner you get your old system up and running, the more you can enjoy the enhanced savings and similar benefits that a new AC entails. While many people rightfully focus solely on traditional centralized air conditioning systems, you might want to consider the possibilities of a ductless mini-split system. Centralized systems cool their air in a single place, then use the ducts to move it through your home. Ductless systems, on the other hand, uses multiple units spaced throughout your home, each one charged with cooling a single room or section. Which one works best for your home? That depends on your specific needs. Continue Reading