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Late Season Air Conditioning Problems You May See

September 17th, 2018

autumn-backgroundSummer officially ends in two weeks, but that’s only on the calendar. We can still expect warm and hot days moving into the early fall, and that means your home’s AC isn’t finished with the hard work yet. This is a time of year when all the accumulated stress on the system may cause it to malfunction.

Please don’t ignore any need for AC repair in Voorhees, NJ, no matter how late in the year: fixing problems promptly with a call to HVAC professionals is the best way to ensure the trouble doesn’t worsen and that the AC will enjoy a long service life. And you certainly don’t want to have to deal with a busted AC when you try to turn it back on next year in the spring!

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Are Your Cooling Bills Too Steep? Let’s Find Out Why

September 3rd, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverSeptember rarely brings much relief from summer heat, and the utility bills you receive each month reflect this. But if you’ve recently looked at your utility bills and thought the costs for electricity were higher than normal—and you can’t account for the increase—you may have an air conditioning system draining too much power.

Of course, you expect an increase in electrical bills in summer because this is when the air conditioner runs the most often. The compressor in an AC drains a large amount of electricity. You may, however, be spending more than necessary. When the bills turning alarming, we recommend you find out why.

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How the Refrigerant in an AC Works—And Why It Matters

August 19th, 2018

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedOne of the parts of how an air conditioner operates that few people aside from HVAC technicians understand is the refrigerant that allows the AC to cool down a space. People often assume that refrigerant is part of how the air conditioner is powered, and that eventually the refrigerant will run out and more will need to be put in.

This isn’t how refrigerant works, however, and we’d like to go into the details of what refrigerant is, what it does, and why knowing this may help you detect a possible repair in the future.

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Making the Choice to Replace an AC: Some Tips

August 6th, 2018

question-mark-badgeWhat is the eternal question? Is it “To be or not to be”? Maybe. But here in the HVAC world, the eternal question is “To repair or to replace?” It’s a question most homeowners have to face at some point with their air conditioning systems. When is it best to scrap the repair and instead replace the entire air conditioning system for a new one?

Here in the second half of the summer, you may be facing a malfunctioning air conditioner that just isn’t doing the job you need from it—or perhaps it has failed entirely. We have some tips to help you start thinking about what to do with your Haddon Heights, NJ air conditioning system in the immediate future: the screwdriver or the scrapheap?

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The Best Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioning System

July 23rd, 2018

ductless-mini-split-air-handlerYou may have already seen a ductless air conditioning system before, but weren’t sure what it was. If you’ve noticed a unit up on the wall of a room that looks like a sleeker version of a window AC that doesn’t protrude through the back of the wall, that’s an air handler of a ductless air conditioning system—also known as a ductless mini split heat pump. Ductless systems work through these wall units, each of which connects to a single outdoor unit where the heat is exhausted. It’s like a central system, but with the indoor component divided into smaller parts that send air directly into the living spaces rather than using ducts.

Ductless systems are becoming more popular for use in homes in the U.S. (they’re already huge in Europe and Japan) for a number of good reasons. Below are some benefits of going ductless to consider if you’re thinking of getting a new HVAC system in the near future:

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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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