DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Does AC Compressor Failure Mean AC Failure?

Monday, August 31st, 2020

old-air-conditionerYou are going to need air conditioning repairs eventually. No air conditioner is perfect. There is no way to guarantee 100% reliability with any AC system. While routine air conditioning maintenance will keep your system as effective and reliable as possible, there is still the chance for problems to develop. What types of problems? Anything from refrigerant leaks to motor issues and capacitor failure.

In terms of issues that you really don’t want to face, though, a failed compressor is about as bad as it gets.  We’re not saying this to alarm you. We don’t want you to live in fear of a failed compressor. But you should know that compressors can and do give out on homeowners. When they do, the question of repair or replacement becomes a very real consideration. Today, our Bergen County,  NJ central AC repair pros are going to cover the topic.

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4 Symptoms of a Struggling AC System

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

animated-checklistWouldn’t it be great if your air conditioner would sent you a text message when something is wrong with it? What if you could avoid sudden breakdowns and expensive repairs? We agree, that’d be pretty awesome! Maybe one day this will be the case, but for now, it’s up to you as a homeowner to be diligent in your care for your AC system.

This means, scheduling routine maintenance once a year (twice a year if you have a heat pump) to prevent problems. It also means knowing the symptoms and signs of an air conditioner in disrepair. So, what are some of these symptoms? We’ll explain four of them below!

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What Not to Do, If You Want an Efficient Air Conditioner

Monday, July 20th, 2020

woman-in-living-room-enjoying-cool-breeze-from-ductless-air-conditionerThere are a number of things you can do this summer that will cost you next to nothing in order to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency and lower your cooling bills.

For instance, closing your blinds and shades on south-facing windows helps you keep your home cooler longer so your air conditioner doesn’t cycle on as early in the day. Using a ceiling fan in combination with your AC helps the room feel cooler so you can turn the thermostat up a couple of degrees.

We could go on about different methods to boost air conditioning efficiency, but what we’re here to talk about today is what not to do, if you want an efficient cooling system. And what you shouldn’t do is avoid these signs of repair needs!

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AC Installation: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Monday, July 6th, 2020

technician-welding-connection-for-ac-installationWith summer officially here, we’re going to assume that if you’ve come upon a blog post about AC installation, you’re likely in a bit of a rush to get one in your home. Maybe your old system broke down, or perhaps you’ve never had central air conditioning and have decided to make the upgrade. Either way, we commend your decision—but do want to discourage you from rushing!

The thing is, too many homeowners rush into their air conditioner purchases and/or installation without really thinking through all the considerations there are to make. The AC you choose should perfectly fit your home and specific needs. Without adequate installation, you could wind up with an air conditioner that works inefficiently throughout its entire lifespan, breaks down early, or has numerous repair issues.

There’s one factor in particular that’s missed when homeowners don’t invest in professional AC installation. That’s the size of their air conditioner and the difference that makes to efficiency and performance. Read on to learn more!

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Have You Tuned-Up Your AC Yet?

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

technician-working-on-outside-ac-unitIf not, there’s no need to worry—it’s not too late!

Summer is officially here, and soon enough you’ll be using your air conditioner on nearly a 24/7 basis. Therefore, it’s important that your air conditioner is ready to do its job.

Scheduling your air conditioner maintenance before temperatures get too high is the best way to do so. Of course, it’s more important that you have your tune-ups done consistently (every year for central systems, every 6 months for heat pump systems) but arguable, it’s best to get it done before you need the system the most. Why is this so important? Read on!

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Tips to Keep Your AC Performing at Its Best

Monday, June 8th, 2020

male-and-female-technician-standing-over-outside-ac-unit-with-tool-bag-and-toolsDo you know what it takes to keep your air conditioner running as best it can, while also keeping your energy bills low and not sacrificing comfort? There are a number of factors that play a role in this, actually. Professional installation is vital, first off. Only a professional will know how to adequately size a new system for your home, and properly install it so you don’t have any operational problems right away.

Of course, if you do have a problem, you can contact our team for reliable AC services in Bergen County, NJ. But we’d also like to help you avoid expensive AC repair needs and costly cooling bills, if possible. So how exactly can you keep your AC performing at its best? Read on!

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Air Quality and AC Efficiency: What You Should Know

Monday, May 25th, 2020

vent-register-low-on-wallWhen folks hear the term “indoor air quality,” they often think about the temperature of their living space. This is certainly part of good indoor air quality, but not all of it! If you’ve lived in this area for even just a year, you know that humidity is a problem. Your air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties, but not enough to truly make a difference.

A whole-house dehumidifier, however, can successfully remove excess moisture from the air, benefiting your comfort and the air conditioner itself. Read on as we uncover the problems associated with high humidity, and how a professionally installed dehumidifier will help.

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Yes, Your Ductless System Needs Biannual Maintenance

Monday, May 11th, 2020

comfortable-woman-witting-on-couch-in-front-of-ductless-air-handler-holding-remoteIf you’re at all familiar with air conditioning maintenance schedules, which we hope you are if you’ve had a cooling system for at least a year, then you know that the typical schedule we recommend is that you have a tune-up each year. The reason for this is that the system needs annual cleaning and adjusting, as well as an inspection to check for repair needs.

This might lead you to believe that if you have a ductless system, also referred to as a mini-split, you don’t need to schedule spring maintenance for it, since you just had maintenance in the fall before the heating season started! Unfortunately, this can be a costly mistake. Biannual maintenance is one of the most important ductless services in Bergen County, NJ if you’re utilizing a mini-split.

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Give Us a Call if Your AC Is Showing Any of These Symptoms

Monday, April 27th, 2020

animated-checklistAir conditioners are complex systems that rely on a number of various components in order to function. If something goes wrong with even one of these components, it can bring your cooling efficiency and effectiveness to a halt. This is why we recommend calling a trained HVAC professional at the first sign of trouble.

Sure, there are some things you can do as a homeowner, such as changing your air filter or checking that your thermostat isn’t miscalibrated. But when you need actual air conditioning repairs, it’s best to call in a pro. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that something is amiss with your air conditioner, and give us a call if you notice any of them!

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Indoor Air and Your AC System: What You Should Know

Monday, April 13th, 2020

air-conditioning-ventYour air conditioner can be both the cause of and the victim of poor indoor air quality, but it doesn’t have to be either!

You probably do your best to keep dirt and debris out of your living space—dusting fairly regularly, doing your dishes and laundry, making the beds, etc. But do you do anything to clean your air conditioner?

Chances are, your answer to this is “no” and we wouldn’t expect it to be anything different if you’ve never heard of the great indoor air quality products and services you could invest it, or professional Bergen County, NJ AC services that can help. Here’s what you should know:

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