Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for August, 2016

Is Your AC Capacitor Wearing Out?

Monday, 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.

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What Kinds of Benefits Can an Upgraded Thermostat Provide?

Monday, 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!

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Replace Your Old Air Conditioner This Fall

Monday, 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:

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Signs of Trouble with Your Pool Heater

Monday, 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:

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Stay Cool While Waiting for Air Conditoining Repair

Monday, 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. 

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