We often tout the benefits of air conditioning maintenance, which most people don’t think about very often. But here in the middle of summer, with temperatures high and your air conditioner needed every day, the benefits can be immeasurable. We recommend maintenance sessions once or twice a year, either at the very beginning or very end of cooling season. If you haven’t had maintenance scheduled for the last 12 months, we strongly recommend setting it up. It can pay huge dividends not only this summer, but for many summers to come.
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Air conditioners all come with a warranty, covering the individual components in the event one or more of them breaks down. In most cases, you won’t need to start looking for a new air conditioner until after the warranty expires. But by taking steps early in your air conditioner’s life, you can extend its longevity well past the warranty expiration date—by many years in some cases. Your mileage may vary but early action is key. The more you do over time to keep your air conditioner working at maximum efficiency, the longer it will last.
We’re still in the throes of winter here in Ohio, but spring starts in less than a month, and while cool weather will likely continue, we’re on the tail end of the need for our heating systems. If your furnace is on its last legs, you can probably set up a replacement in the off-season to get a new one put in. There are a number of advantages to doing so. Since you won’t need your heater and can arrange for the replacement according to your schedule, instead of rushing the way you would if an old heater breaks down for the last time in the middle of winter.
You don’t need to be an expert to recognize the problem when you turn your furnace on and cool air emerges from your vents. Indeed, the air may actually be warm, just not as warm as you expect, which means the system will have to work harder to do its job and your bills will go up accordingly. The benefit of a lack of heat coming from your system is that you can tell right away that a problem exists. But Rocky River, OH winters get extremely cold, and you can’t afford to sit on a malfunctioning heating system for long. While you should never attempt repairs yourself, it helps to understand what might be causing the lack of heat, to get a better sense of the complexities involved. Possible causes can include the following:
But Rocky River, OH winters get extremely cold, and you can’t afford to sit on a malfunctioning heating system for long. While you should never attempt repairs yourself, it helps to understand what might be causing the lack of heat in order to get a better sense of the complexities involved. Possible causes can include the following:
Now is not an ideal time to experience problems with your furnace. With the weather already cold in Rocky River, OH, things are bound to get colder soon, waiting on a serious problem could only make things worse. And if you don’t think your furnace can make it to spring, you need to move on it now, before the need for a reliable heating system becomes too great to risk a day to install a new system.
Many homes in the Rocky River, OH area rely on forced-air furnaces to keep warm in the winter. They work by generated heat via a series of burners that warm the air through a heat exchanger, then blow the warmed air through your ducts with a fan. It’s a reliable and efficient system, but it can still run into trouble from time to time. Only a qualified repair technician can properly identify a problem with your heating system and make repairs, but certain common symptoms often crop up that will alert you to the problem. With forced-air furnaces, this includes a reduced flow of air through your ducts. Here’s a quick breakdown of why that happens and how it causes problems for your system.
Cool weather has arrived in Rocky River, OH, and with it comes increasing use of your heating system to stay warm. Hopefully, your heater is ready to go and can handle the long winter without a hitch. You can help it out a great deal by taking steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency. That way, the heater won’t have to work so hard to do its job: lowering your monthly bills and reducing the risk of a more serious breakdown to boot. In addition to common sense steps like setting your thermostat a little lower than you normally would and covering cracks in your door frame with weather stripping, you can look into the following additions to your home to help:
With temperatures cooling throughout September here in Rocky River, OH, the time has come to give your heater a thorough look and determine whether or not it’s up to handling another cold winter. If you’re confident that you can get through to the spring with it, then you’re likely in good shape. If there’s cause for concern, however, then now is the time to make the decision to replace your heater, instead of waiting for trouble to arrive in the middle of the winter. Why now, and how can you make that determination? Here are a few tips to help you out.
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:
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.