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Sounds from Your AC That Warn of Repairs

July 9th, 2018

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We don’t yet have air conditioning systems that can self-diagnose malfunctions and report them to homeowners in detail. (We’ll get there one day, probably.) But air conditioners have other ways of sending warnings to a household that they’re in trouble. There’s a drop in cooling power, a rise in electric bills, and repeatedly tripping circuit breakers.

One of best ways to determine that your cooling system needs air conditioning repair in Cherry Hill, NJ is to listen for unusual sounds coming from it. Anything different from the hum of the fans and compressors and the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down could be telling you of a malfunction. Don’t try to investigate these problems on your own, since these noises have multiple potential causes. Call for an HVAC professional and they’ll track down the trouble so it can be fixed fast.

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How Does a Ductless Air Conditioner Work?

June 25th, 2018

ductless-mini-split-on-wallYou may have heard that there are choices for ductless heating and cooling systems available. If your first idea of a “ductless air conditioner” is a window unit, then we’re happy to tell you that there is a much better way to send cool air into your home without using ducts. In fact, the development of ductless mini split heat pumps have made window ACs unnecessary for homes. A house without ductwork in it can enjoy cooling in multiple rooms without having to block up a single window with an ugly, inefficient, and limited capacity AC unit.

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Warnings That Your AC Needs Repairs Soon

June 11th, 2018

air-conditioning-unit-repairedWe know that it’s a bit early to start talking about getting an air conditioner repaired. Summer doesn’t officially arrive for more than a week, and the local weather hasn’t hit a consistent heat streak yet. But an air conditioner can fail at any time. If you head into the summer knowing what warning signs to watch for, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding a major air conditioning breakdown on one of the hottest days of the year.

When you notice any of these warnings signs that your AC isn’t working the way it should, call for a Haddonfield, NJ, HVAC contractor to check it out and see what needs to be repaired. The sooner you act, the less opportunity for the air conditioner’s problem to worsen.

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Options for a New Air Conditioning System Installation

May 28th, 2018

Is this the year when you have a new AC installation in Cherry Hill, NJ to keep your home cool? With summer weather approaching, right now is the best time to arrange for this service with our professionals.

But choosing a new air conditioner for your home isn’t a cut-and-dried process. You can’t walk into “Super Air Conditioning Mart” and point at a unit and say, “Yeah, I want that one.” Nor can you shop for a central air conditioner online and rely on customer reviews. A new air conditioning system requires careful consideration as well as work with licensed HVAC installers to make sure it’s the ideal system for the specific requirements of a home. Because there are more options for home cooling than ever before makes the selection process even more involved—and that’s just one more reason to work with professionals!

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Let Us Make You More Comfortable with a Dehumidifier

May 14th, 2018

When the weather starts to heat up in the climb toward another New Jersey summer, you can also expect the humidity to climb as well. Nobody wants to deal with a day that’s both hot and humid! When relative humidity rises above 60%, it can make a warm day feel 8°F to 10°F hotter. In your home, this often means the difference in whether you turn on your AC or keep it off.

“Doesn’t the air conditioner take care of humidity?” you ask. The answer is: “Not really.” An air conditioner does have some natural dehumidification properties because as it absorbs heat through the evaporator coil, it also collects moisture along the coil, drawing it from the air. But this is a side-effect of how the AC works, not its purpose. Unless an air conditioner is designed with dehumidifier controls, it isn’t enough to handle balancing a home’s relative humidity in the comfortable zone around 45%.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance in Spring Means Huge Benefits

April 30th, 2018

service-reminderThe first part of spring is often unpredictable—those April snowstorms the worst! But spring means warmer weather is coming, and hot weather is not far off. This is the best time of year to arrange for professional maintenance for your home’s air conditioning system. A technician comes to your house and inspects the AC, makes adjustments and tune-ups as necessary, and cleans the components that need it. If the technicians spots a repair need, you can have it done early—before summer arrives.

Maintenance is beneficial for your air conditioner and you in a number of important ways:

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Was This the Last Winter for Your Boiler System?

April 16th, 2018

gas-boiler-gaugeThe question in the title is another way of asking if it’s time for you to have a new boiler installed in your house. For any residential heating system, the day will come—usually during the spring when it’s about to shut down—when the heater should be replaced by professionals.

But how can you tell that your boiler has reached the end? Below are some of the ways to determine if you need a replacement boiler. However, make sure you consult an HVAC pro before making a choice.

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Don’t Let Gas Furnace Repairs Go at the End of the Season

April 2nd, 2018

hands-opening-heating-cabinetApril may bring showers, but it’s also a time when the annual climate starts the ascent toward staying warm through the summer. Good news in most ways—but unfortunately one way it isn’t good is that it makes it more likely for homeowners to ignore a malfunctioning gas furnace. When people know they soon won’t need the furnace running for a long stretch, they might shrug off what looks like small malfunctions. Those can wait until the fall, can’t they?

We don’t recommend anyone take this approach! It’s always best to have gas furnace repairs done as soon as possible after you notice something is wrong. Arrange for a heating contractor to come to your house, inspect the system, diagnose the problem, and have it remedied.

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Energy Efficiency and Furnaces: The Basics

March 19th, 2018

inside-a-natural-gas-furnaceAs winter winds down, homeowners often evaluate the performance of their home heating systems. Is it time to retire that old furnace that can’t seem to keep up? If it is, what type of furnace should replace it?

There are many questions people have about furnaces when they’re shopping for a new installation. Many of them are about energy efficiency: “How is efficiency measured? What does AFUE mean? Is a high-efficiency furnace automatically a money-saver?”

We’re going to get into the basics of furnace efficiency to provide you with some answers.

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Aren’t All Furnaces Basically the Same?

March 5th, 2018

inside-gas-furnaceWelcome to March! The month when winter officially ends. But the weather never obeys any “official” dates, and we can still expect chilly weather to come our way. You’re home heating system in Cherry Hill, NJ still has some work ahead. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t begin to plan to put in a new furnace if your current one is nearing the end of its service life.

Why give any thought to a new furnace? Aren’t they all basically the same?

Not at all! Furnaces all work on the same principle: they heat up air, which a blower fan then sends into the ventilation system. But furnace models have many differences. They can run from a variety of fuel sources, use different methods to transfer heat into the air, and have a range of features affecting performance and energy efficiency. We’ll take a look at some of these important furnace variations.

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