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Employee Profile: Christian Wimmer

July 6th, 2017

Christian is Westland Heating & Air Conditioning’s newly promoted Comfort Consultant. Christian has been in the HVAC Industry since 1999. Christian was born and raised in Avon where he attended school through graduation. Christian lettered in Football and Basketball and continues to use the lessons he learned on the field and the court at home and in his career.

Here is Christian’s first-hand account of his experience in the HVAC Industry:

I started in the field as a helper, just an extra set of hands and a gopher (go get this or go get that). I learned right away that this business is not always a 9-5 day and sometimes a day could be 16 or more hours. I worked in many different capacities in all the years I’ve been with Westland; from helper to foreman in the install department, maintenance tech to lead service tech on equipment that’s more expensive than a lakefront mansion. Every day was different and an opportunity to learn something new, or teach something new to an up-and-coming tech. Our industry was changing when I entered it and hasn’t stopped to this day. It’s that reason that I really enjoy what I do and feel as though I was very lucky to start my career at Westland. I’ve been a part of many projects at Westland that I’ve said, “Nobody else could do this”. I’m thankful that Jeff Mitchell (the original owner) was the one who hired me and helped me along the way as I worked into different areas within the company. His tireless work ethic and endless knowledge of the industry showed me what it took to be successful in this business. He is still involved in the business as our Service manager, and is has been an incredible resource to me as I move into the Comfort Consultant role. To put it simply, Jeff is Westland’s Siri and Google rolled into one.

As I transition into my new role at Westland, I want to educate our clients and potential clients on proper system operation and help them understand their systems. There are many different options that range from simple Wi-Fi thermostats and efficiency systems, to the filters that will make your home “pet hair free” or “reduce your sick time”. Some of these options sound great, but can actually reduce system performance or eventually lead to costly repairs. Most homeowners are unaware of the products and services that can increase system performance or make their home more comfortable. I feel that my real life experience in the field, and time spent performing projects our clients are looking to have done, provides an assurance to the homeowner that they are in good hands with Westland.

My time away from work is spent with my family, my wife Kristina and our three kids, Madison, Seth and Fynnley; and our dogs Remington and Cole. Kristina has been the most important person in my career. She sacrifices a lot so I can put the time and energy into my work. Our two oldest, Maddie (16) and Seth (13), were the driving force in making HVAC a career and not just a job. Providing for them and giving them a solid foundation was and is one of my top priorities. Our youngest, Fynnley (22 months) gives me energy to keep advancing within the industry and learning every day. With the varying ages, our family is in constant motion and always going different directions. My favorite days are the ones we all are able to sit down together and eat dinner as a family. We enjoy camping and the outdoors together, whether it’s walking the dogs or a family game of horse. My son and I enjoy fishing and taking turns beating each other in intense games of basketball.

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Is It Time to Call an AC Repairman?

September 10th, 2018

ac-repairman-going-over-paperworkWe understand no one really likes calling in for air conditioning repairs. If you’re absolutely desperate, sure, you’ll reluctantly call in. But before it gets to that point, you might be wondering if you can put off that call just a little bit longer.

You could, but you’d be placing your AC at risk of damage and possibly add some unnecessary dollars to your energy bill. We’ll give you a few scenarios where you really don’t want to put off that AC repair call any longer.

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Don’t Get Left in the Cold! It’s Time for a Yearly Tune-Up

August 31st, 2018

There’s no better time to get a tune-up than right before a new season. If you haven’t been keeping up with maintenance, we forgive you—but we don’t want your luck to run out.

The fact is, many HVAC system owners are waiting until their systems break down before making a repair call. But HVAC systems don’t just break down within seconds—there’s usually a problem that has been silently degrading the system’s performance over the span of months. When the wrong part breaks or stops working, that’s when you get problems.

Since most furnaces use gas or oil, neglecting maintenance can be especially costly or dangerous.

  • Gas furnaces need to be checked annually to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • When dealing with gas or oil fueled heaters, age can have a larger effect on their efficiency and safety than with electric furnaces.
  • A faulty ignition or pilot can prevent the heater from functioning efficiently or at all.

Maintenance can prevent up to 80% of HVAC system problems before they happen. That leaves only a 20% chance you’ll need repairs at a time when you need it most. And if you sign up for our service agreement, that 20% will be mitigated with discounts and priority service.

Don’t wait for your heater to break down this season. Contact Westland Heating & Air Conditioning today for a comprehensive maintenance check for your entire heating system.

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Why Is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

August 27th, 2018

man-feeling-hot-in-front-of-fanWe can think of one thing worse than an air conditioner that stops working when you need it most:

An air conditioner that blows hot air instead of cold air.

But we’re not just saying that as some kind of joke. There are certain kinds of AC issues that can do the opposite of what your AC is intended to do. If your AC is ever blowing out air that isn’t cold, there could be a problem. We’ll help you figure it out so you can know whether you just need to reprogram your thermostat or if it requires calling an air conditioning expert in Fairview Park, OH.

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Which AC Is the Most Efficient?

August 13th, 2018

blue-question-markWe don’t want to disappoint you later, so we’ll just say it now:

The most efficient AC depends on you and how you use it.

We know that’s not exactly the answer you want to hear. It would be better if there was one simple answer, but that won’t be the case when it comes to finding the most efficient AC for your home.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t help you. Some HVAC configurations are wiser than others, depending on how your home was built and what heating or AC systems you may have already. We’ll go over a few common scenarios and tell you which AC would be the most efficient for you.

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3 Common Ductless System Problems

July 30th, 2018

ductless-ac-blowing-cool-airIf you’re not familiar with ductless heat pumps, the main thing you need to know is that they can both heat or cool your rooms and that they’re very efficient. If you read enough about the benefits of ductless systems, you’d think they were pure magic and ran on miracles.

That’s not to say we don’t love ductless heat pumps. But we also don’t want to pretend they don’t have their own share of troubles. In fact, if you’re the owner of a ductless system, we’re happy you’re here. To help you get the most out of your ductless system and for as long as possible, we’ve listed three common ductless AC system problems.

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What Do You Need in a Commercial HVAC Service?

July 16th, 2018

employee-enjoying-air-conditioning-in-officeWhat makes a commercial HVAC company a good one? It’s when they understand the needs of a business. Most HVAC companies are fully equipped to perform residential services, but it doesn’t mean that they know commercial HVAC. Commercial HVAC requires different systems, methods, and strategies for cooling or heating your building with the utmost efficiency.

Here are a few services and products that a good commercial HVAC company in North Ridgeville, OH should be proud to offer.

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An HVAC Contractor Can Install the Right System

July 2nd, 2018

hvac-technicianThere are several options and configurations out there to consider for your heating and cooling system. Many homeowners, eager to install their system, might settle for a standard system that fulfills the bare minimums. However, if they take the time to research all their options sooner instead of later, they might be able to save some time and money.

A thorough conversation with an HVAC contractor should help you get everything right the first time. To help you out, we’ve listed some points to consider or bring up while speaking with an HVAC contractor in Rocky River, OH.

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Watch Out for AC Trouble This Summer

June 18th, 2018

hvac-technician-air-condition-repairSome equipment you only use part of the year, such as a lawn mower or a snow blower. Otherwise, it’s out of sight and out of mind. That is until you need to mow your yard or clear a driveway. Then you worry about all the things that might go wrong in your time of need. The same is true for your AC system. For much of the year in Ohio, it’s on the backburner. When summer arrives, however, be on the lookout for these common signs of AC trouble.

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The Importance of Refrigerant in Air Conditioning

June 4th, 2018

air-conditioner-outsideMaybe you’ve heard about refrigerant, you’re in need of recharging yours, or you’re simply looking to expand your knowledge about how your air conditioner works. Whatever the reason, it’s always a good thing to know how the major systems around your home operate, especially when they’re so vital to your day-to-day comfort. To learn more about this important component to your household electronics keep reading. We’ll go over all the pros and cons for you, and discuss how we can make your life better by cooling things off.

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3 Things to Look for in a Quality HVAC Company

May 21st, 2018

trane-hvac-systemA quality HVAC system is the lifeblood of your home. You count on it functioning day after day, season to season, and continuously all year long. It protects you from the elements and, with the right indoor air quality additions, filters the air your family breathes. It is reliable and efficient without creating unexpected spikes in energy costs.

Partnering with a knowledgeable, trustworthy HVAC company is paramount to the enjoyment and longevity of your most personal investment: your home. You want to make sure that you don’t rush into this partnership and you take the time to find a contractor who will do the best work for you.

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