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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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Do Not Ignore These AC Repair Symptoms

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

technician-working-on-air-conditionerSummer is moving right along, and temperatures are moving right up. You’re already using your air conditioner on a regular basis, and hopefully it’s doing its job quite well. The last thing you need, after all, is a sudden breakdown and repair call when temperatures are at their peak. And the best way to avoid this scenario is with routine maintenance. If you haven’t scheduled your AC tune-up yet this year, it’s not too late!

Of course, even with maintenance, you can still run into the need for air conditioning repair in Bergen County, NJ, especially with an aging system. The good news is that most repair needs give off symptoms well before they’ve affect your air conditioner too much. But it is a very good idea to give our experts a call as soon as you notice any of these signs, which include:

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Is Your AC doing this? It’s Time to Give Us a Call

Monday, May 13th, 2019

return-air-vent-on-wall As the warm weather gets underway, we recommend you pay attention to how your air conditioning system is running. If you’ve already scheduled maintenance service for it (and it’s not too late to do so if you haven’t!), the air conditioner will probably run without any problems. Keeping an AC in top-flight condition is a big part of what maintenance is for.

But even with routine service, you may need air conditioning repair in Bergen County, NJ during the summer. Watch for some of the signs below during the beginning of the season—they’ll help warn you in time to get the professional repair assistance you need.

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Beware These Common End-of-Summer AC Issues

Monday, September 12th, 2016

We recently discussed how now is the best time to get your heating system maintenance done. But with temperatures soaring as of recently, you may still be putting your AC system through a lot of use. And with the cooling season just about over, you probably aren’t giving much thought to repairing the system if something goes wrong.

However, as your air conditioner has been working hard the last few months, you want to be aware of some common late season Wyckoff, NJ AC repair issues you might run into during these final weeks of use. Keep reading to learn more about these common issues and remember to take good care of your AC system!

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When is Air Conditioning Repair Just Not Enough Anymore?

Monday, 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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Signs Your Air Conditioner May Be Low on Refrigerant

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Your air conditioner works by removing heat and humidity from your indoor spaces and transferring it to the outside. The chemical that facilitates this transfer is refrigerant. Unbeknownst to a lot of homeowners is the fact that every single air conditioner has to have an exact amount of refrigerant to operate correctly. There is no set standard for this as each manufacturer determines what this amount is according to the the design of the unit. What does this mean for you? This means that if a refrigerant leak develops with your system, it won’t have the necessary amount of refrigerant to run as it should. However, there are some telltale signs that indicate a refrigerant leak has developed in your system, and the experts at DB Heating & Cooling would like to share these with you:

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What’s That Sound?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

We are getting closer to air conditioning season here in Westwood, and spring offers a great time to test your AC to make sure it’s running as needed. If you choose to test your system before the hot weather arrives (and we recommend you do), you’ll want to listen to your air conditioner. Why? Because strange sounds are one of the main ways your AC lets you know that things are not ok. If you do hear something odd, your best course of action is to turn off your air conditioner and call the experts at DB Heating & Cooling for assistance.

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Why Are Parts of the Air Conditioner on the Outside of the House?

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Air conditioners are a staple of 21st century life, but the specifics on how they work are often known only to professionals. Services that offer air conditioning repair in Teaneck can usually explain the details if something goes wrong with your system, but home owners can also educate themselves about certain particulars. For example, why are parts of the air conditioner on the outside of the house? The short answer is to vent hot air. But how does a unit designed to produce cool air end up producing hot air?

The components on the outside of the house usually include the condenser valves, the compression coils and the condenser motor. This is where the process of air conditioning begins. Refrigerant gas enters the valve, which places it under a great deal of heat and pressure, and then moves to the coils, where the heat is bled off into the surrounding air. The liquid – still under pressure – then moves inside, where it passes through an expansion valve and into the evaporator coils. As it evaporates, it pulls heat from the surrounding air, which can then be blown into your house to cool it.

That process only works if the refrigerant is in liquid form and it won’t reach liquid form without giving off a great deal of heat. Obviously, you don’t want any of that hot air in your air conditioner, since it will defeat the whole purpose of air conditioning. Hence, that part of the cycle is often left outside. The hot air can be vented into the outside atmosphere and the condenser array can do its job without interfering with the second part of the cycle (the one that produces the cool air). It’s a strange set-up but it makes a lot of sense in terms of efficiency. And with air conditioners, efficiency is the name of the game.

If you know why parts of the air conditioner are on the outside of the house, you also know that the delicacy of the system requires professional attention when something goes wrong.

For air conditioning repair in Teaneck, give the technicians at DB Heating & Cooling a call. We can fix just about anything, so contact us today!

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Air Conditioning Repair Tip: Why Change the Air Filter

Friday, April 18th, 2014

An air conditioner needs annual maintenance, consisting of an inspection and tune-up, for it to run efficiently and effectively during the year. It takes the knowledge of an HVAC professional to perform maintenance, so you should seek out a maintenance program from a trusted contractor to handle this task for you each year.

You can take a few maintenance steps on your own. One of the most important is to regularly change the air filter on your air conditioner; you might need to do it as often as once a month during the summer. We’ll explain why this is such a crucial step. (If you don’t know the location of the air filter for your system, ask a repair technician.) If you need air conditioning repair in Bergen County, NJ because of air filter troubles, call on DB Heating & Cooling—any time of the day or night!

Why replacing the air filter is necessary

  • To prevent debris contamination: The air filter is located where the return air vent brings in air from inside the house to circulate through the AC. Dust, lint, pollen, dander, hair, and larger particles like gravel can come with this air. If these pollutants get inside the air conditioner’s cabinet, they will cause damage leading to inefficient operation and eventually repair needs. Dust can cause motors to run down and evaporator coils to ice over, while large contaminants can bend fan blades. If the air filter becomes too clogged with the objects it traps, it can develop damage that will allow the debris to get inside.
  • To maintain airflow: As the filter catches more debris, it will start to slow down the airflow into the air conditioner. A thick clog can choke off the flow to almost nothing. Even minor clogging will restrict flow enough that the AC will need to work harder, and this will cause a drain on power. You will notice a spike on your energy bills as the filter becomes congested.

A bit more on filter change frequency

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you should change the filter every 1–3 months depending on the type of AC, where you live, the time of year, and how much you use the system. During the summer, when you run the air conditioner frequently, you should change the filter every month. During cooler seasons, you can lower the frequency, although make regular checks to see how fast the debris builds up.

Regular maintenance will help you with this task, since your technician will detect how quickly the filter clogs up. (Changing the filter is part of a maintenance visit.) To sign up for the maintenance plan at DB Heating & Cooling, or to schedule air conditioning maintenance in Bergen County, NJ, call one of our staff members today.

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Air Conditioning Repair in Emerson, NJ: Damaged Ductwork

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

In a central air conditioning system, the ductwork exists to move cool air into every corner of your house. Ducts usually run through the crawlspaces in your home or in unobtrusive areas like the attic. Since they’re out of sight most of the time, it may take some time to notice damaged ductwork and call a service professional to correct the problem. That can result in higher energy bills in the interim, and air conditioning repair in Emerson can take on an added urgency thanks to our hot, muggy New Jersey summers. The quicker you can spot the problem, the quicker you can get it restored.

Ductwork can become damaged in a number of ways:

  • It can crumple or become distended  if your home is damaged in a storm or starts to settle.
  • Fiberglass or similar material can clog ducts
  • Rust and similar damage are not uncommon, and the fittings between lengths of ductwork and wear out over time.
  • Without regular cleaning, your ductwork can become dusty, and dust can seep in through cracks and similar leaky spots as well.

The result of all of that is impeded air flow and – in the case of holes or leaks – cool air lost through the damaged component. Not only does it force your air conditioning system to work harder, but it may result in a complete loss of cooling to the affected part of your home. In the case of dust and similar build-up, the quality of your indoor air may be affected, as particles and contaminants are carried through the air into the home. You may notice that your airflow is severely reduced, or that your monthly bills are higher due to the AC unit having to work harder to cool your home.

Repairing damaged ductwork is the purveyance of professionals. A trained service tech can isolate the source of the problem, and determine what precisely is needed to correct it. In some cases, that might mean nothing more than a cleaning. In others, the damaged ductwork will need to be removed and a replacement length sealed in its place.

For damaged ductwork and similar issues, you can trust the experts at DB Heating & Cooling. We’re dedicated to customer satisfaction, and conduct our operations with thoroughness and professionalism at all times. Call us today to schedule an Emerson, NJ air conditioning repair service.

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