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What Can You Do Right Away When the Air Conditioner Breaks Down?

July 17th, 2017

woman-fan-hotAs air conditioning technicians, we always advise you to leave major AC repairs to a professional in your service area. Still, when your air conditioner breaks down completely, we have some advice to add on that may keep you cool while you wait—or that might fix the problem entirely (without the help of a technician).

When your air conditioner won’t turn on, there are some things you should check before calling a technician. Otherwise, there are also things you can do to stay cool while you wait. We’ve got some expert advice below, but call in our team when you do need same-day service from people who know their stuff.

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Could Your Air Conditioner Just Need More Refrigerant?

July 3rd, 2017

refrigerant-ac-systemA question we get a lot when we show up for AC repair is, “Does it just need more Freon?” This is something homeowners hope for, likely because they’ve heard it’s an easy solution. After all, when a car’s air conditioner stops working, the technician might say they can just recharge the refrigerant.

However, this might not be the case. First of all, your air conditioner has a lot of electrical and mechanical components and any one of them could be responsible for your cooling breakdown. Issues can also get worse over time, which is why it’s so important to call in technicians as soon as possible after an AC breakdown. In addition, a refrigerant leak is not something to be treated as normal.

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What You Should Know about Air Conditioner Sizing

June 19th, 2017

AC-flowers-outsideMost people think about air conditioning sizing much in the same way they would think about picking out a new computer or smartphone. If you have the funds, you’re likely going to pick the one with the largest amount of memory or storage. The bigger the memory, the better. However, this is not often the case in picking out a new central AC unit.

A larger air conditioner won’t necessarily be better, as we’ll describe in the guide below. For more information, be sure to contact a local HVAC technician, and definitely do so before installing a new air conditioner. It’s so important to get one that is the right size for your home!

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5 Ways to Make Your Air Conditioner Work Better

June 5th, 2017

air-conditioner-outside-wrenchWe’re grateful that the widespread use of central air conditioning means summers spent at home are not only bearable, but actually quite comfortable. That is, unless an air conditioner just doesn’t work the way you expect it to.

Your air conditioner might not be running up to your standards just yet. Perhaps it doesn’t reach the temperature setting on the thermostat fast enough, or maybe it’s costing you way too much to run each month. But there may be something you can do to make your air conditioner work better than it is right now! Follow our experts’ advice, and call our team to schedule an appointment for AC service today.

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Water Conditioners vs. Water Softeners: Which Is the Better Choice?

May 22nd, 2017

drip-water-dropsIf your home has hard water, then chances are: you notice. You might become frustrated when scaling forms around drains, the showerhead, and bathroom and kitchen faucets. Or you may notice the biggest difference when you’re showering and hard water makes it so that soap just doesn’t lather all the way.

In any case, you need to take the right steps to make hard water a problem of the past. As you look up your options for hard water remediation, you might come across two terms: water conditioning and water softening. Typically, these words describe two different types of systems that can lessen the effects of hard water in your home and on your plumbing system, but which one is right for you?

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Which Is the Best Air Conditioner for Your Home?

May 8th, 2017

Air-Conditioner-Outside-UnitMaking a major purchase is not something you can take lightly. When you buy a new car, you look at everything from fuel efficiency to paint color. However, picking out the right air conditioner for your home may require you to take some more difficult factors into consideration.

You don’t necessarily pick out an air conditioner based on how it looks. But we also strongly recommend choosing an air conditioner based on price alone. It’s a major purchase that requires careful thought, which is why we’re here to detail your options. To pick the AC that’s right for you, call a local technician today. We’d be happy to help!

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4 Reasons You Should Service Your Air Conditioner Early

April 24th, 2017

air-conditioning-service-condenserThe weather is warming up, which means your heating system can finally take a break. It’s easy to feel confident that your air conditioner will work when you need it. And it may work perfectly well—with hidden problems that don’t reveal themselves until a hot, humid day finally hits.

We encourage our customers to schedule maintenance for their air conditioning systems well before they break down, as early in the season as possible. If you’re still on the fence about whether this service is right for you, we’re here to show you why early AC service is vital to your comfort this year.

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Tips for Getting Your Sump Pump Ready for Spring

April 10th, 2017

sump-pump-basementYou deserve to be excited for warmer weather and springtime clothing. However, you shouldn’t neglect preparing your home for a season that brings beautiful scenery, but potentially disastrous consequences for your home. April showers bring may flowers, but they can also bring flooding to your home. That’s why you have a sump pump in place—but is it really ready for spring?

You should not count on a sump pump working properly if you have not put in the work to ensure it will run correctly. Get your sump pump ready for spring with tips from plumbers in Montclair, NJ, and call our team for more information about our helpful home services!

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Why Does My Gas Furnace Turn On and Off Constantly?

March 27th, 2017

natural-gas-furnace-burnersYou’ve had enough. Your gas furnace cannot seem to do its job the way you’re used to, and you’re tired of hearing the system turn on and off dozens of times throughout the day. Is there something you can do? Will you have to call in a technician? Will you need a new furnace?

Sometimes, the solution is simple—at least with the help of a qualified heating technician—and the issue can be resolved with little stress. There may even be things you can do on your own to resolve it. But, of course, something troubling may cause you to spend a lot on repairs or furnace replacement. We’re here to detail all of these situations.

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6 Signs You Need a Water Softener for Your Home

March 13th, 2017

Clean-Water-HandsToday, most water supplies have a hefty level of filtration and conditioning before they get to your faucets. And if you use ground water (a private well), you likely have your own water treatment system on site. But something many people don’t realize is missing from their homes is protection from hard water.

Hard water is the name for water with a high concentration of minerals in it, things like calcium and magnesium. These minerals are harmless to ingest, but may do a world of damage to your plumbing system. Hard water should be taken care of with a water softener as it enters the home, before it gets a chance to put your pipes out of commission. Check out the signs that a whole-house water softener is in your best interest.

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