DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. Blog

Is It Time to Start Thinking about Heater Maintenance Already?

August 22nd, 2016

It may seem too early to start thinking about how well your heating system is operating—particularly considering that our temperatures are still soaring. However, winters are brutal here in this part of the state, and even more so if you don’t have a properly operating heater.

Routine preventive maintenance is imperative to your avoiding costly emergency repairs or even premature replacement of a broken down heating system. Heating system maintenance should be conducted at least once a year—but is right now the best time to do it? With the beginning of autumn just one short month away, it is definitely time to consider making an appointment. Read on to learn why.

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Understanding the Importance of a Clean Air Filter

August 15th, 2016

When you live in a climate that experiences the summers that we do, there’s no mistaking that you need a reliable and efficient air conditioning system for your home. However, as much as we rely on these cooling systems we sometimes fall short of caring for them.

Scheduling regular professional maintenance is essential to a fully functioning AC system, but there is one task that you should be doing much more often that 1-2 times a year: changing your air filter. This is one maintenance task that homeowners can and should do on their own. Keep reading to learn more about why.

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4 Reasons That Professional AC Replacement is Critical

August 8th, 2016

As we near the final stretch of summer, you may have come to realize that it’s time to replace your air conditioning system. Many homeowners are tempted to replace their AC system all on their own. However, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a professional, who is trained in this line of work, do this job.

You may also want to think twice about hiring an unlicensed “amateur” or general handyman to do the job. In almost all cases, they are going to lack the experience, tools, and certification to ensure that your AC installation is done correctly. Call one of the licensed HVAC professionals on our staff to having your cooling system installation done right the first time.

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Air Conditioner Sounds You Should Never Ignore

August 1st, 2016

Have you noticed any air conditioning problems this season? As we are well into the summer heat, hopefully the answer to this is no, since you are relying on your system just about every day. Of course if you do experience any air conditioning problems, our team is here to assist. But how exactly do you know when it’s time to give us a call?

One of the most common signs that something is wrong with your AC system is weird sounds. No air conditioner is ever going to be silent of course, but if you notice sounds that are unfamiliar to anything you’ve heard before, then repairs—or an inspection at the very least—are most likely needed.

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What Are the Advantages of a Ductless System?

July 25th, 2016

There are many types of air conditioning systems out on the market today, each with their own set of benefits. And while one unit may be great for one home, another may be a better fit for yours. If your home doesn’t already have ductwork installed, then one option you may want to look into is the ductless cooling system.

Ductless cooling uses a split-system similar to a traditional central air conditioning unit, however it has indoor air handlers that contain each of the components of an indoor evaporator unit, eliminating the need for ductwork. When a ductless unit is installed, your HVAC technician will drill a small hole in the wall to connect these air handlers to an outdoor unit that contains the refrigerant and drain lines the system needs to function. This provides many advantages, a few of which we’ve shared below.

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When is Air Conditioning Repair Just Not Enough Anymore?

July 18th, 2016

It’s not always easy to tell when your air conditioning system just needs a simple repair or if it may be time to consider a replacement. There are a number of reasons you may want to upgrade your system, however if you still have a few years of life left in your current system, this may not financially make much sense.

On the other hand, you don’t want to keep throwing money at an old and outdated system that isn’t working as efficiently as it should. If your air conditioner is showing troubling symptoms but you are unsure whether repair or replacement is the best option, then you should call on one of our professional HVAC technicians to take a look.

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Should Ice be forming on My AC?

July 11th, 2016

One of the most common questions homeowners have for our technicians is, “Is ice on my air conditioner normal?” It may seem as though it is—after all, an air conditioner’s job is to supply cold air, right? Unfortunately, ice is not normal and you would be right to be concerned if you discover this issue.

Ice on air conditioners is not a rare problem, but one that should be taken care of right away. But how does ice form on your AC? And most importantly, why should you worry if ice is forming on your air conditioner? We’ve answered this and more below.

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Yes, Your Air Conditioner Has an Indoor Unit!

July 4th, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions we hear of amongst homeowners is the belief that their central air conditioning system is merely an outdoor unit connected to some ducts that bring conditioned air inside. Many individuals might not even realize when they move into a new home that they do in fact have an indoor unit.

The indoor unit works seamlessly—or at least when it’s functioning properly it does—with your outdoor unit to keep your home comfortable all summer long. This component of your air conditioner is typically located in an attic, basement, closet, or garage and is near where your furnace is located.

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Can UV Germicidal Lights Improve Your AC Performance?

June 27th, 2016

There are a number of exceptional indoor air quality products on the market today that help remove harmful contaminants from circulating through your home. One of the most powerful among these options is UV germicidal lights. These UV lights target microorganisms such as mold spores, bacteria, viruses, germs, and more.

The ultraviolet rays from this device, while safe for humans, effectively disrupt the cellular functions of the bacterial cells, killing them off and preventing them from spreading any further. While this has invaluable benefits for your health and indoor air quality, it’s also beneficial for your air conditioning system. But how?

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Common Heat Pump Problems to Watch for This Summer

June 20th, 2016

Summer will officially be here very soon, and when it hits you’ll be relying on your heat pump more and more in order to keep cool. As a result, your system is going to be put under a lot of stress. This stress and strain on the system means that there are more chances for issues to develop with your cooling system.

In order to keep your heat pump in the best possible shape this summer, it’s important to keep an eye out for problems that could arise during this warmer season. Below we’ve covered a couple of the common heat pump problems that warrant repair calls in the summer.

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