Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

AC Repair FAQ

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Air conditioners need to be repaired at least a few times during their service lives. The only problem is that in order for a professional to perform sensible repairs that are needed for your AC, you’ll need to call us when you suspect a problem. This is probably the most important, and often neglected, part of the process.

In order to mitigate that issue, we’ve included a brief FAQ centered on repair issues and when to call a professional for help. Ideally, we’d ask that you call us even if you’re not sure if there’s a problem or not, but most homeowners want a more specific response than that—so here you go!

AC repairs in Westlake, OH aren’t to be scoffed at. Don’t let heatwaves take you by surprise and cause a small issue in your AC to get much worse. Call us today!

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Choosing the Right AC Unit for Your Home

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Air conditioners come in all shapes and sizes, and in order to choose the right one, you’re going to have to do a little bit of research. From central air conditioners, to ductless mini splits, to even heat pumps, you’ve got a wide selection to choose from if you’re in the market. The only problem is, unless you’re familiar with the HVAC industry, you’re probably confused as to what the differences are between them.

You’re not the only one! Homeowners everywhere get confused when signing up for AC system installation in Westlake, particularly because air conditioners are so different these days. Different models have different functions, different SEER ratings, and cool homes using different technology.

So today we’re going to dive into the three main types of air conditioners we offer and talk about what separates them.

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Enjoy the Benefits of a Filter Change

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Changing your air filter is one of the best things you as a homeowner could do for your heater, full stop. While it might not be the be-all-end-all for any heating problem, it can definitely provide relief for your system if it’s dealing with efficiency problems or a decrease in effectiveness.

Today, we’re going to talk about what a filter change in your heater can do and when you should look outward to a member of our team for anything requiring professional attention. For instance, heater maintenance in Rocky River, OH can be a great boon to your heater’s efficiency when combined with the replacement of an air filter in your heater, ensuring the system is working properly and consuming only as much energy as it needs to.

So, if you’re interested in seeing what you can do for your heater as a homeowner, keep reading below!

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Refrigerant Phaseout 2020: Everything You Need to Know

Monday, January 13th, 2020

The term “Freon” has become a household name in most areas of the country. That’s not a coincidence: this type of refrigerant has been associated with air conditioners for decades. The problem is, as we’ve grown more environmentally conscious in the last 10 to 20 years, we’ve realized that Freon is an incredibly toxic, ozone-depleting material that has escalated the degradation of the environment.

While there are some tradeoffs for this if the material provides useful for HVAC in Westlake, OH, the difference here is that there is an alternative refrigerant that functions just as well (often better) called R-410A that is thousands of magnitudes less harmful to the environment than Freon. Legislation was passed to limit the amount of Freon used, and as of January 1st of this year, production and import of R-22 (Freon’s industry name) has been completely halted.

So what does this mean for you? Keep reading and we’ll tell you.

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Why Newer Air Conditioners Are More Efficient

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

It doesn’t matter how much money you spent on your air conditioner 20+ years ago, all models produced today are going to run more efficiently. According to the EPA, replacing your old AC with a newer, more energy-efficient model, could reduce your utility bills by 20–40%. That’s a huge amount of savings, right?

Now, you’re probably asking yourself about what the big difference is between an old and new air conditioner, right? Well, components like a variable speed air handler, a thermal expansion valve, and other pieces can provide immense differences over time as you use your air conditioner. Certain types of air conditioners are getting better at high humidity, which also makes them more efficient. The bottom line is that there are much more efficient models out there to look into if you’re in the market for HVAC service in North Olmstead, OH. We can help explain a little bit why these models are more efficient if you keep reading!

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Central AC FAQ: Common Questions

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Central air conditioning is the most commonly installed, repaired, and maintained type of AC in the United States, and that’s for good reason. They’re a solid choice for cooling, even if we like to talk about ductless heat pumps and geothermal, we should give credit where credit is due. However, central air systems aren’t without their own set of misconceptions and questions that we sometimes get.

To make this a little bit easier for the both of us, we’d like to talk about the different questions we often hear about central air systems. When you’re thinking about purchasing air conditioning in North Olmstead, OH, a central air system is definitely a great idea if you’re ready for a new installation.

So, let’s get into some of our frequently asked questions, and perhaps we can shed some light on them for you.

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The Value of a Great AC Maintenance Plan

Monday, August 26th, 2019

When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, an air conditioning maintenance plan is well worth the cash. A lot of the time, homeowners think that if they’re just vigilant enough looking out for problems, their AC will last forever, but this is not a good mentality to have. Considering the lifespan of an AC unit, as well as looking out for signs of inefficiency and energy waste, an AC maintenance plan is becoming more widespread.

Not just that, but a yearly maintenance plan to check up on your AC could save you a ton of money in the long run. Inefficiency leads to higher energy bills which can run your budget through the roof. It’s also bad for the environment when everyone lets their air conditioners run as inefficiently as possible.

That’s why, if you’re looking for air conditioning maintenance in Avon, OH, we’ve listed our own AC maintenance plan below to help get you back on track.

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HVAC Repairs: 3 Signs That It’s Time

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Air_Conditioning_Air_Conditioner_Repairing_Cold_Temperature_Work_Tool_Examining-meVigilance is key when it comes to a healthy heating system. If there are any strange noises, smells, leaks, or other phenomena occurring, you should always contact a professional to take a good look at your Avon, OH, HVAC system. Even with that disclaimer, it’s also helpful to know the signs that your system might need some serious repair.

Technicians often use a checklist to inspect specific components of your HVAC system to find problems. While you might not have a professionals’ checklist (unless you become a certified HVAC technician yourself), we can go over some of the more overt signs that there’s a serious problem with the machinery that controls the temperature of your home. This way you’ll know when to call the professionals.

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Fix Refrigerant Leaks Immediately!

Monday, July 29th, 2019

man-with-desk-fanDon’t let the title of this post mislead you. We are not suggesting that you should fix refrigerant leaks on your own immediately. Rather, we’re telling you that you need to contact a member of our team to fix them as soon as possible. Why? Because running an air conditioner that is low on refrigerant is going to put your system, your budget, and your comfort at serious risk. And this is definitely a job for HVAC professionals only.

When it comes to your air conditioning in Avon, OH, our team is absolutely the one that you want handling the repairs. What you need to do is learn how to recognize the signs of a potential refrigerant leak to begin with. Only then are you going to be able to respond to the threat in a timely fashion. Read on to learn more about what the refrigerant in your air conditioner actually does, as well as signs of trouble.

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AC Tip: Change That Filter!

Monday, July 15th, 2019

changing-filterIf you are serious about avoiding the need for air conditioning repair in Avon, OH, there are a few steps that you really need to take. You need to schedule your AC installation with trained professionals you can trust. That’s us. And you need to change your air filter regularly. That’s—well that’s actually up to you. Here’s why.

The air filter in your air conditioner plays a vital role in its overall performance. It also needs to be changed once every 1-3 months,  depending upon a few different factors. Yes, we’ll change your air filter when we tune up your system each year. And yes, you need to change it as needed the rest of the year! If you think that a dirty air filter can’t really be that big of a deal, then this is just the blog to set things straight.

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