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

Why Is There Water Dripping from My AC?

June 20th, 2016

In a town with summers as hot as Rocky River, OH, anything out of the ordinary with your air conditioner needs to be carefully noted. That can include anything from odd noises to spikes in your bill, but should be dealt with quickly, since it usually signals a problem that can result in a breakdown if you’re not careful. Among the potential signs of trouble are sounds of dripping water or actual puddles forming around the base of the system. Initially, this may not be much cause for alarm—water drips from car air conditioners, after all, and that’s not usually a problem. In the home, however, it needs to be dealt with quickly by a professional service. Continue Reading

Watch Out for Low Air Flow

June 13th, 2016

With summer all but here in Westlake, OH, it pays to keep a close eye on your air conditioner for any signs of unusual activity. Generally speaking, if the system behaves unexpectedly for any reason, it usually signals some sort of a problem that could lead to a serious breakdown if you don’t address it. This can include both obvious signs of trouble and subtle ones, though the subtle ones require more careful attention to detail in order to catch. Continue Reading

How to Drain Your Water Heater

June 6th, 2016

We always recommend regular water heater maintenance for all homeowners in the Avon, OH area. Of all the appliances in your home, water heaters are the most vulnerable to neglect, since they do their jobs quietly and are usually tucked away in little-visited corners of the house. Annual maintenance can help you get a handle on any problems before they get out of control, and you can even take steps yourself to help out the process.

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Short-Cycling Can Cripple Your AC

May 30th, 2016

Summers in Westlake, OH are hot and brutal, and any time your air conditioner can’t do the job, you need to address the problem very quickly. Otherwise, you could be left without adequate air conditioning in the middle of a heat wave, which is an active health concern as well as a serious blow to your household comfort levels.

One of the subtler signs of an air conditioning problem is short-cycling, when the system turns on and runs for a brief period, then turns off again, only to turn on again just a few minutes later, and so on. It doesn’t sound like much, but it can cause a great deal of damage to your system, and if you detect it, you should call in a repair service immediately. Continue Reading

When Is Replacing Your AC Better Than Repairing It?

May 23rd, 2016

As long as your air conditioner is still covered by its warranty, getting it repaired when it breaks down is a no-brainer. It’s when the warranty expires that you need to be concerned. Regular maintenance and care will help your air conditioner last for a while after the warranty gives out, but sooner or later you’re going to have to replace your system, and that may come after it has suffered a breakdown. There are a few general signs that replacement may be in order, as well as a convenient mathematical formula to help you make that determination.  Continue Reading