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Do These Things if Your AC Won’t Turn Off

Your air conditioner works hard during the hot summer months. With this in mind, it’s not out of the question for your unit to run for a good portion of the day.

However, if you come to find that your air conditioner won’t turn off, you need to pinpoint the problem and make an immediate repair.

Here are a few things to do if you find yourself in this position:

  • Check the thermostat: maybe you reset it by mistake. Or maybe you have it set so your AC runs continuously. By setting the thermostat above room temperature, this is a signal for your AC to turn off. If it doesn’t, you need to continue your search to find out why.
  • Clean the condensing unit. It’s possible that dirty condenser coils are unable to disperse the heat, thus forcing your AC to run continuously. It may be hard to believe, but a professional cleaning can go a long way in solving your problem.
  • Change your furnace filter. With a dirty furnace filter it’s more difficult for cool air to make its way into your home. Subsequently, cooling it in an efficient manner is extremely difficult. This is a quick change that can go a long way in helping your AC run at peak performance.

If your AC won’t turn off and you have no clue as to what’s going on, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your property, diagnose the problem, and help bring the cool air back into your home!

 

Top Reasons to Replace Your Furnace Filter Regularly

It’s easy to get into the mindset that your HVAC system will always run at peak performance. However, if you don’t partake in proper maintenance, this won’t be the case for long.

One of the best things you can do from a maintenance perspective is regularly replace your furnace filter. Here are several reasons why this is important:

  • A clean filter makes for a more efficient system. As your filter becomes more and more dirty, it has to work harder to circulate air through your home. Subsequently, it takes a toll on your budget and puts a strain on your system.
  • To improve air quality. Do you really want dust, dander, and other particles circulating through your home? With a clogged furnace filter, there’s a much greater chance of this happening.
  • To prolong your HVAC system. If you don’t change your filter often, you’re putting a lot of strain on your system. This increases the likelihood that it will overheat, thus resulting in serious damage and a costly repair (or replacement).

This leads to an important question: how often should you replace your furnace filter?

Since no two homes and families are the same, you should get into the habit of checking your filter every few months. If you want to play it safe, replace your filter every three months.

If you require any assistance replacing your filter, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can visit your home, provide the necessary advice, and ensure that your system is running as expected.

 

Going on Vacation? Here are Some Tips for Your AC

Are you planning a summer vacation? Are you ready to hit the road and enjoy your time away from home?

While there’s nothing more exciting than taking a trip, you need to prepare your home accordingly. During the summer months, this means making a few changes in regards to your AC and other means of keeping your home cool.

Here are three tips you can follow:

  • Raise the thermostat to 80 degrees (or higher). With this approach, your home will use less energy while you’re away. Subsequently, your cooling bill won’t be nearly as high.
  • Close the shades. You’re searching for ways to keep the sun out, as this means your AC doesn’t have to work as hard. One of the best options is to close the shades and blinds. You don’t need natural light when you’re not at home to enjoy it.
  • Use a smart thermostat. With this, you can monitor the temperature in your home and make changes accordingly. Also, you can program your thermostat to cool your home down in the hours leading up to your arrival.

You’ll have many things on your mind as you prepare your home before leaving for vacation.

While you may have some concerns about keeping it cool and saving money on cooling costs, these tips will go a long way in helping you out. Have a great time on your trip!

5 Signs That You Need a New Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is a luxury that you may not think about often. Instead, you flip the switch when you need it and are happy that it provides the level of service you require.

However, there’s something you should remember: a garbage disposal will not last forever.

At some point, you may come to find that a replacement is necessary. Here are five signs that this may be the case:

  • Frequent clogging. There will be times when your garbage disposal clogs, but this shouldn’t happen time after time. If it does, you may need to swap out your old unit for one that is more powerful and/or efficient.
  • You’re always using the reset button. Again, this may be necessary here and there, but you shouldn’t have to rest your garbage disposal every time you use it.
  • A leak that just won’t stop. You can try to fix a leak associated with your garbage disposal, but if it won’t go away it may be time for a new unit.
  • An odor that lingers. There is nothing worse than an odor that lingers, even after you give your garbage disposal a thorough cleaning. If this is too much for you to live with, swap out your old garbage disposal for a new one.
  • You’re replacing your dishwasher or sink. If you’re doing either of these things, it’s a great time to also buy a new garbage disposal (unless it’s already new).

If you come to find that you require a new garbage disposal, you don’t have to tackle the job on your own. Instead, contact us for all the help you need.

Where to Set Your Thermostat During the Summer Months

With the hot summer months in full swing, there’s a good chance you’ve already cranked up your air conditioner with hopes of keeping your home cool.

While there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s important to answer this question: where should you set your thermostat during the summer months?

There is no right or wrong answer, as the choice is ultimately yours. However, you should consider your many options and the impact on you, your home, and your budget.

As a general rule of thumb, set your thermostat as high as possible during the summer. Here’s why: the smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature the less your cooling bill will be.

For example, get into the habit of setting your thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home and looking to stay cool. However, bump this up five to ten degrees when you leave home.

Tip: there are other more efficient ways to cool your home, thus saving you money. For example, you can open windows at night and use ceiling fans to circulate air.

Where you set your thermostat during the summer months (and any other time of the year) is a matter of preference.

Once you find a sweet spot in regards to your comfort, stick with it until you see the impact on your cooling bill. If you’re okay with that side of things, you can continue to follow your plan for the time being.

Stop Cold Water Pipes from Sweating this Summer

With hot summer days (and nights) in full swing, there’s a good chance some of your home’s cold water pipes are sweating like crazy.

This doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your pipes, but you may want to put an end to this before the condensation causes you any trouble.

Fortunately, there is a simple way to stop cold water pipes from sweating. Here is what you need to do:

  • Purchase foam pipe insulation from a local hardware store or online. The kind with the peel and stick seam will make life much easier on you during installation.
  • Purchase a roll of peel and stick seam sealer so you can wrap the joints, making the insulation as tight as possible.
  • Cut the insulation the appropriate length and wrap it around any pipes that are giving you trouble.

In addition to the actual supplies, the only two things you’ll need is a tape measure and utility knife.

Once you insulate the pipes, you’ll soon come to find that this is no longer a problem. Instead, your pipes will be as dry as a bone!

If you can’t tell the difference between a sweating pipe and a leaking pipe, don’t hesitate to contact us. You don’t want to assume that insulation will do the trick, just to find that you have a leak that can result in extensive damage if left untouched.

 

3 Ways to Stay Cool Without AC This Summer

There will be times this summer when you have no choice but to turn on your air conditioner and let it do its job.

However, there are also situations in which you may be able to turn off (or turn down) your AC as a means of saving some money.

If you turn off your AC, you’ll still want to remain cool. Here are three alternative ways of doing so:

  • Open your windows. By doing this, you’re letting fresh air in from the outside. Furthermore, it’s a great way to get a little breeze, which is sure to cool you off.
  • Use ceiling fans. It doesn’t matter if you run one ceiling fan or several, this is a great way to circulate the air and cool down your home.
  • Move to the lowest part of your home. As you know, heat rises. For this reason, the upstairs of your home is likely to be the hottest during the summer months. If you want to cool off move to the lowest part of your home, such as the basement.

It’s easy to believe that using your whole-house AC is the only way to cool your home, but there are other options to consider.

There’s nothing wrong with using your AC as intended, but relying on one or more of the options above will help to keep you cool as well.

3 Times to Turn Up Your Thermostat to Save Money This Summer

Are you the type of person who uses your air conditioner day in and day out during the hot summer months? If so, you’re not alone.

While there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s important to remember that AC use will have an impact on your electric bill.

If you want to remain cool and comfortable, all the while saving on your electric bill, here are three times to turn up your thermostat:

  • When you go to work. If you won’t be home, it makes good sense to turn up your thermostat a degree or two. This won’t have any impact on you – since you’re at work – but it will definitely save you some money.
  • When you go to sleep. Yes, you want to be cool during the nighttime hours, however, you don’t have to crank your AC for this to happen. Here’s why: since temperatures are lower at night, you can probably get away with raising your thermostat.
  • When temperatures dip. There will be times when it’s so hot that you have no choice but to run your AC continually. There will also be times when temperatures dip, allowing you to turn up your thermostat and save some money.

With these tips you can remain comfortable in the months to come, all without sacrificing your budget. It’s not as hard as you think!

Smart Thermostat Features That Will Change Your Life

Have you finally come to the conclusion that it’s time to ditch your old thermostat for something new? Are you excited about the prospects of installing a smart thermostat?

While there are many of these to choose from, some are more advanced than others. Here are a handful of smart thermostat features that have the opportunity to change your life (for the better):

  • Mobile access. Forget about getting up off the couch when you want to adjust your thermostat. With a smart thermostat, you can use your mobile phone or tablet to turn up the heat or blast the AC.
  • Voice control. Even better than mobile access, some smart thermostats have voice control. This allows you to make the necessary changes all by speaking. Talk about fast and efficient.
  • Thermostat learning. You want a thermostat that learns your routines and understands what makes you comfortable. A smart thermostat can do just that, adjusting the heat and AC based on your daily preferences.
  • Regular alerts. Can your old school thermostat alert you when your AC or furnace is doing something funny? Can it tell you when your home is so cold that it could cause harm, such as a busted pipe?

It may be a big change at first, especially if you’re most familiar with a traditional thermostat, but that shouldn’t stop you from making the switch.

It only takes one day with a smart thermostat to realize that it will change your life forever.

Why is Your AC Blowing Warm Air?

Now that warmer weather has moved into the area, it goes without saying that you’ll be relying on your AC quite a bit. After all, there’s no better feeling than a cool home on a hot spring or summer day.

But what will you do if you come to find that your AC is blowing warm air? Will you know the problem and how to solve it?

There are many potential reasons for this, including but not limited to the following:

  • Check your thermostat. Is it malfunctioning? Do you have the fan set to auto instead of on? Is it disconnected or out of batteries?
  • Change your air filter. Did you know that an old air filter can cause your condenser to freeze up, thus making it unable to provide your home with cool air? Now’s the time to check your filter.
  • Low refrigerant. Over time, it’s possible that your AC could begin to lose refrigerant. There are many reasons for this, including a slow leak. Fortunately, a charge from a professional may be all it needs to once again efficiently cool your home.

If you come to find that your AC is blowing warm air you shouldn’t wait a single day to find out why. By contacting us, you can be rest assured that your problem will be solved in a timely manner, thus allowing you to put this trouble in the past.