Climate Mechanics LLC Blog

Why Replace My AC This Fall?

October 1st, 2018

question-markSummer has ended, and our temperatures are gradually dropping. Soon, it won’t be long before we’re firing up our heaters. If that’s the case, why would we be talking about replacing your air conditioner? Now that the worst is over, can’t we put it off until next year?

You could—in fact, that’s what many homeowners do—but we don’t think it would be wise. We’ll explain why below.

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Have Your Heater Tuned-Up (Before You Need It)

September 17th, 2018

furnace-technicianOh, come on, you’re thinking. I’m still running my AC here and there. You want me to start thinking about my heater now? I am not ready to start thinking about the winter yet! 

Well, that’s the whole point. It’s still relatively warm out. Nighttime temps will be dipping pretty low, pretty soon. But for the most part, the chill of the autumn season is barely being felt—let alone the chill of winter! So why should you be thinking about your heater tune-up at this point?

Because it’s a preventative measure.

The purpose of heater maintenance is to help prevent the need for heater repair in Voorhees, NJ. That means that you don’t wait for something to go wrong before scheduling this vital service. Will it make your heater invulnerable? No, of course not. Nothing can do that. Will it benefit you in a number of different ways?

Well, just read the information below, and you tell us!

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Are Your Ducts Hurting AC Performance?

September 3rd, 2018

ductCentral air conditioning systems, heat pumps, and furnaces are all common, reliable heating and/or air conditioning systems. Do you know what else they all share in common? They are all forced air HVAC systems, meaning that they use a fan in order to force heated and/or cooled air throughout your home through a system of air ducts. Now, this can be a very effective way in which to heat and cool one’s home. It can also have some issues, though.

Chief among the problems that you may encounter with such systems are problems with the air ducts themselves. If your air ducts are not in great working condition, then there is no way you can hope to use your HVAC system as successfully as possible. Your home may be decently heated or cooled, but performance levels just won’t be where they should be. Read on to learn more about how duct issues affect your HVAC system’s performance.

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Can I Cool My Home More Efficiently?

August 6th, 2018

The short answer to the question posed in the title of this post is yes, you can.  The longer answer, and the one that we’re sure will excite a number of our clients and readers, is that you can actually do so without spending a whole lot of money. If you have an old AC or one that is seriously inefficient, then upgrading your system to a more efficient model makes a lot of sense.

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If you’re just not satisfied with your existing setup, though, we’ve got some tips to help you affordably boost its efficiency. As the past couple of months have confirmed, we really do need to run our ACs regularly if we hope to make it through the cooling season comfortably. When you make us your Mt. Laurel,  NJ HVAC company of choice, you’ll be able to do so without draining your budget. Just keep these tips in mind!

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Why Does My AC Keep Shutting Down So Quickly?

July 23rd, 2018

woman-with-fanDang, my AC has shut down again. That’s annoying. Oh well, it will start back up in a minute, no big deal.

If you find yourself experiencing this particular issue when cooling your home, do not downplay it and write it off as nothing more than a minor annoyance. The problem has a name—short cycling—and it is far more serious than many homeowners seem to realize. There are quite a few reasons why you may experience this problem.

We are not alarmists, but we also have a responsibility to our customers. That includes ensuring that they understand just what is at stake when faced with any particular problem. Not every issue leading to short cycling has the potential to do serious damage to your air conditioner, though at least one poses a serious threat. And, whatever the precise cause of the problem, short cycling itself will do damage over time. Here’s why you may need professional air conditioning service.

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Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

July 9th, 2018

man-with-fanIn our last post, we talked about refrigerant leaks and why they are such a problem. We’ve previously discussed the (unfortunately pervasive) issue of leaky ductwork on our blog. Today, we are going to talk about a different type of leak in your AC. The water leak! Confused? If so, then you have every right to be. After all, you may well know that your air conditioner does not actually use any water in its operation, and it does not have a water supply piped to it.

Does this mean that you are imagining the sight of water surrounding your indoor unit (or the feeling of wet socks on your feet!)? Of course not. It does mean, however, that this is not really a “water leak” in the way that you are thinking of it. Fortunately for you, our Pennsauken, NJ HVAC pros are here to shed some light on the matter. Be sure to contact a member of our team with any questions that you may have, or if AC repairs are ever needed.

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Why Is a Refrigerant Leak So Serious?

June 25th, 2018

temperature-guageNew Jersey may not be as closely associated with truly oppressive heat as, say, Arizona or Florida. But that definitely does not mean that you can try and eek by without a great air conditioning system in place. When summer does strike here in Cherry Hill, NJ, it can strike pretty hard. The last thing that you want to do is to realize that your air conditioner is just not up to the task of cooling down your home effectively or reliably, which is why prompt air conditioning repair is always best.

Now, there are a number of different reasons as to why your air conditioning system may fail to live up to your deservedly high expectations. Some problems you can resolve on your own, like if your air filter is very dirty and is restricting airflow. Others, like leaky ductwork, will need to be diagnosed and resolved professionally. There is one AC problem that really threatens to damage your system, potentially beyond repair, and that is the refrigerant leak.

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Heat Pumps, Central ACs—What’s the Difference?

June 11th, 2018

question-markWe are already more than a week into June. The hottest weather of the year has not really hit yet, but it’s coming. This does not mean that it is too late for an AC replacement. If you have any concerns about whether or not your air conditioner is going to make it through the rest of the cooling season successfully, please let us know right away. Our air conditioning installation professionals will have a new unit in place for you ASAP.

Of course, this all begs the question of, should you decide to replace your AC, which type of system do you choose. Some homeowners are quite happy with the traditional split central air conditioning system, and with good cause. However, whether you are replacing an old system or investing in your first system for a newly constructed home, we think it’s in your best interest to explore your options. You don’t want to overlook a system that you’re not aware of which is actually the perfect fit, right? 

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Why Refrigerant Leaks Are a Major Concern

May 28th, 2018

AC-tools-on-topYour air conditioner does not somehow generate coolness, the way that your furnace or boiler generates heat via electric resistance or the combustion of fuel. Instead, that coolness that you are feeling is really the absence of heat. Your air conditioner removes heat from the air in order to cool it down before recirculating that air throughout your home. The refrigerant in your air conditioning system plays a vital role in this process and, without a proper refrigerant charge, your air conditioner will be in serious trouble.

Today we are going to discuss how refrigerant works in your air conditioning system, as well as some ways in which you can spot signs of trouble with your air conditioner that could be related to refrigerant leaks. The moment that you do, give us a call. Refrigerant leaks can, unfortunately, do very real damage to your AC in very short order. Prompt AC repairs in Cherry Hill, NJ are definitely in your best interest.

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AC Tip: Change Your Filter!

May 14th, 2018

With summer descending upon us once more, it should go without saying that you are going to need to keep your air conditioning system working at peak performance levels. This mostly means that you both need to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance in Cherry Hill, NJ, and that you need to report any potential problems to a member of our team right away. That being said, there is one seriously important task that you can and should be handling on your own: changing the air filter.

Yes, it is a simple thing to do, but that doesn’t mean that it is not worth doing! In fact, just changing your air filter regularly, typically every 1 to 3 months, is one of the best ways you can keep your system working properly. If you fail to change the air filter as needed, there are a number of unfortunate issues you are likely to encounter. Learn more about them below.

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