Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

The Dos and Don’ts of AC Repair

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Air conditioners are durable machines. They’re often able to cool your home for years on end without anything but routine maintenance visits and a repair every now and then. However, just because they’re durable for the most part, doesn’t mean you can reach your hands inside the system and start making your own repairs.

Homeowners are more prone to DIY solutions rather than calling for AC service in Bucks County these days. We understand, it always feels better to make a repair yourself. DIY solutions have erupted on the internet and it’s because homeowners are constantly looking for another answer as opposed to just calling the professionals. The truth is, calling the professionals is usually the best solution you can count on. Let us explain.

Today, we are going to dive into some of the best and worst practices of AC ownership, the kinds of repairs you can make yourself, and what is best left to a pro.

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Springtime Preparations for Your AC

Monday, March 30th, 2020

While it might not feel like springtime yet, we assure you that it’s basically right around the corner. Before you’re busy opening up the windows, cleaning off the porch, and enjoying the fresh air for the first time in months, we implore you to take a second and read about some of the benefits that could come from getting your AC ready for summer.

We get it, summer might not be for a few more months—but it’ll be here before you know it, and you want your air conditioner to be ready and willing to keep you cool! So, let’s take a good look at what can be done to prepare your AC for the summer and how calling our team for AC maintenance in Doylestown, PA can be the right move.

Sound good? Keep reading below if you’re interested.

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If You’re Installing a New Air Conditioner, Keep These Things in Mind

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

It may be cold now, but warmer weather is just a few weeks away. Most people are getting their homes ready for the summer heat, even if they’re dealing with freezing conditions at the moment. If you’re looking to install a new air conditioner in preparation for the summer, there are a couple of things you need to consider first. Not every air conditioner is ideal for every home, and installing the wrong kind could cost you a lot of money and time. Make sure that the air conditioner you pick is the best for your needs by taking note of the following.

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Why Size Matters with Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 30th, 2016

If you’re looking for a new air conditioning system for your home, there are a lot of different factors that you need to consider. One of the most important factors to consider is size. The size of an air conditioner has a huge effect on how effective it is, how long it lasts, and how often it’s going to develop problems. Let’s take a look at why your air conditioner needs to be the right size.

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How Dust and Dirt Affect Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Dust and dirt are so common it may seem like they shouldn’t have a big impact on your air conditioning system; unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Just as getting sand in your smart phone can cause you endless problems, dirt and dust can have the same effect on your whole home AC. The problems may not be apparent at first, but if dust and dirt are left to accumulate on your system, you will start to see the effects, and they won’t be positive ones.

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Reduce Stress on Your Air Conditioner with the 20 Degree Rule

Monday, July 20th, 2015

This is the time of year when we really feel the heat and humidity, prompting many people to find relief in their whole home air conditioners. While it is your AC’s job to keep you cool, it’s important to be smart about temperature setting. Keeping your air conditioner at 70s degree when it’s over 90 degrees outside can really push your system to the limit for a long period of time. Your best approach to reducing stress on your AC while also maintaining indoor comfort is to use the 20 degree rule.

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Common Misconceptions About Air Conditioning Costs

Monday, April 27th, 2015

With summer on the way, residents of Bucks & Montgomery Counties, PA, are gearing up for heat and humidity. That means keeping your air conditioning unit maintained and ready to go, but it also means keeping an eye on costs. We all want a cool comfortable home in the summer months, but we also want to avoid paying an arm and a leg for it. Sadly, common misconceptions about air conditioning costs can be quite pervasive, and while you may think you’re saving money, the opposite may actually be true. Here’s a brief list of some common myths to be aware of.

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Have You Scheduled Your Air Conditioner for Maintenance Yet?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Spring gives homeowners a window of opportunity to get their homes ready for summer, and part of your spring cleaning should always include scheduling a maintenance appointment for your home’s air conditioning system. Why? The wear and tear from last season, coupled with potential debris and dirt that may have accumulated over the winter, provides ample opportunity for your system to perform poorly or malfunction. The air conditioning experts at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling are scheduling spring maintenance appointments now for Doylestown and the surrounding areas, so call us today and get your AC system ready for summer.

Why Schedule Maintenance?

Maintenance for your air conditioner isn’t a quick visual review of the system; it’s a full tune-up that entails cleaning, adjusting, lubricating and small repair, plus a thorough inspection of the system. Checks are performed as well as performance testing. Why is this appointment so involved? To provide you and your AC system with the following kinds of benefits:

  • Better energy efficiency – your air conditioner was made to operate at a specific level of energy efficiency, but when maintenance isn’t performed annually, your system can lose up to 5% of this efficiency every year.
  • Improves comfort – when your system is in optimal shape, as it will be after a maintenance appointment, it will be better able to achieve your set temperature.
  • Helps prevent repairs – the reason your technician thoroughly inspects your AC system is to discover any developing or existing problems. This helps get you ahead of potential repairs.
  • Extends life of the system – keeping your system in good working order means that your system doesn’t operate under stress. This helps extend the life of your air conditioning system because it reduces and/or eliminates premature aging, which can contribute to malfunction, breakdown and early replacement.

Always Hire a Professional

To gain the benefits maintenance has to offer, it’s always best to hire a trained expert to perform the work. The professionals at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling have been helping customers with their ACs since 1976, so call us today and schedule your spring maintenance appointment!

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Which Air Conditioning Services Do I Need?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The modern air conditioner is a complex and intricate appliance. Servicing it requires a technician with special training and professional-grade tools. It isn’t a job you can do on your own, so when you need assistance with air conditioning in Radnor, PA, make sure you call experienced professionals for the job.

But what services should you have for your air conditioning system, aside from the work done to install it in the first place? We’ll go over the two services you should schedule for your air conditioning if you want it to work effectively and efficiently for many years.

To handle all necessary AC services, look to one company: Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We have helped homeowners in Bucks and Montgomery Counties stay cool since 1976.

The 2 key air conditioning services you need

  • Regular maintenance: Similar to car, an air conditioner needs regular “tune-ups” to ameliorate the effects of wear and tear and aging. You need to schedule a maintenance visit from a professional technician once a year. Without this regular work, an AC will start to lose efficiency and be prone to more repairs. A complete inspection and tune-up for an AC should take about an hour, and it will cover all the components of the system: coils, compressor, motors, electrical system, condensate drain, ventilation, thermostat, etc. The technician will handle adjustments and tightening connections, and clean off the coils and the condensate pan. If the technician catches any spots where the system requires repairs, he or she will help you arrange for the necessary repair work.
  • Targeted repairs: Although today’s air conditioners are built to high standards, no machine can ever be 100% repair-free. Eventually, you will need to call for repairs from a specialist. If you have regular maintenance done, the technicians will usually catch the problems in time before they start to cause serious malfunctions. But whenever you sense something amiss with the AC, such as strange noises from the cabinets or a drop in cooling power, you need to call for a repair technician to locate what is wrong and then fix it. Ignoring repair issues will lead to poor performance and likely full system breakdown.

If you combine these two services—maintenance once a year, repairs done promptly as needed—you should have an air conditioner that will exceed its estimated lifespan and deliver you many years of quality cooling.

Call us today to get started with maintenance, and keep our contact information handy for repairs. Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling offers same-day service for repairs as well as maintenance plans for all major brands, makes, and models of air conditioning in Radnor, PA.

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Ways to Avoid Paying Too Much for Air Conditioning This Summer

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Spring is here and that means summer can’t be too far behind. In Lansdale, air conditioning systems are an absolute godsend in keeping high temperatures at bay. But because you will probably use your air conditioner every day, monthly bills are apt to be higher than normal too. That’s to be expected of course, though the high temperatures might hide some unnecessary waste in the bill. You’re already paying a lot, so you shouldn’t have to pay any more than is absolutely necessary.  Here are some ways to avoid paying too much for air conditioning this summer.

  • Schedule a maintenance session. Air conditioning systems build up dust and debris over time, which can increase friction and wear and tear on moving parts. Loose fittings, low refrigerant levels and unclean filters can also interfere with your air conditioner’s ability to do its job. A maintenance session can address all of that, improving efficiency and helping your unit perform at its very best.
  • Consider a cost-saving upgrade. Smart thermostats and zone control systems can help you cut down on monthly costs considerably, the first by analyzing your cooling habits and helping you make the most of them and the second by allowing you to turn off the cool air in parts of the house you aren’t using. Over time, the savings could very well pay for the cost of the upgrade.
  • Add insulation. Most people think of insulation as something that keeps the heat in, but the same principle works for keeping heat out as well. If you can, add more to your home before summer hits. You’ll be surprised how much you can save.

This comes on top of more straightforward ways to avoid paying too much for air conditioning this summer, such as dressing in light clothes and setting the thermostat for a few degrees warmer than you otherwise might. Here in Lansdale, air conditioning maintenance and upgrades can be performed by the experts at Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Give us a call to make an appointment and let us show you what we can do!

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