Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Tips for Boosting Home Efficiency This Summer

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

outside-ac-unit-sitting-on-pile-of-moneyIn our previous blog post, we addressed the importance of professional annual AC maintenance, with one of the benefits of this service being that it helps your air conditioner work as efficiently as it’s meant to. But did you know there is more you could be doing in order to ensure its efficiency and therefore its ability to cool your home affordably? There is!

Read on as we uncover some of our top tips for staying cool in between maintenance sessions, and for the years to come.

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Now’s the Time: Schedule AC Maintenance Today!

Monday, April 18th, 2022

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitHave you ever wondered when the right time to schedule professional air conditioning maintenance is? If you ask a qualified and experienced HVAC professional, they’ll likely tell you that the answer is in the early spring, before you actually need your cooling system the most.

This is a good recommendation! Of course, another question homeowners often ask our professionals is, “do I really even need air conditioning maintenance?” We get it–you could be wondering why you’d want to pay for a service on your air conditioner when the system is operating “just fine.”

The fact of the matter is, “just fine” isn’t always good enough. Your air conditioner, for example, might not be operating as efficiently as it otherwise could be. This means you’ll be paying too much to use the system, plus it can accumulate wear and tear at a faster rate than it otherwise would. Routine maintenance helps reduce repair needs, increase equipment lifespan, and improve efficiency. Read on to learn more!

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No, That Sound Isn’t a Figment of Your Imagination: Signs You Need AC Repairs

Monday, September 6th, 2021

outside-ac-unitWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–there is no such thing as an air conditioner repair need that crops up at a convenient time. Still though, you might be wondering why you can’t just wait until next year to address any AC repairs you might have right now, since fall and winter are right around the corner anyway.

Well, we still have some warm days ahead, for starters, and the last thing you need is an unreliable air conditioner to break down on you when you need it the most. Plus, letting an air conditioner sit in disrepair all season long could lead to a breakdown next year when you need it to function reliably!

Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that you need AC repairs. 

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

two-technicians-smiling-and-standing-over-outside-ac-unitFall is just around the corner, but for now, we’re still dealing with warmer temperatures. While cooler weather might be calling our names, this is no time to ignore your air conditioner.

After all, the end of the season is the most likely time for something to go wrong with your air conditioner. This is especially true if it’s an aging system–that is, once it’s 10-15 years old. Now, some of the signs of a failing air conditioner can be fixed with our repair services. But once your air conditioner reaches a certain age, it’s really time to consider an upgrade and replace your air conditioner. Read on to learn more!

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Ice and Air Conditioners Don’t Go Together: Here’s Why!

Monday, August 9th, 2021

ice-on-air-conditionerHave you recently noticed ice on the coils of your air conditioner? Are you wondering if it’s a normal thing? Ice and air conditioners are a bad combination. In the case of frozen coils, these usually result due to a refrigerant leak or a clogged air filter. The airflow in your system becomes uneven, so that coils are unable to stay warm. As the temperature of the coils drops, they freeze and are unable to function properly. This can prevent your AC from cooling well. 

In the case of a refrigerant leak, it can lower the pressure levels of this coolant in your system. As a result, the internal temperature of the system falls, and ice forms over the coils. Refrigerant leaks are worrying due to other reasons too.  It’s the chemical substance responsible for actually cooling your home. Without it, or without enough of it, your compressor (the heart of your air conditioner) will struggle to perform and may even break down years before its time. 

Here we highlight some of the most common signs that your AC coils may have ice on them. We also discuss what you can do to resolve the problem. 

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4 Signs You Need AC Repairs

Monday, July 26th, 2021

technician-working-on-air-conditionerHave you noticed how air conditioner problems always happen at the most inconvenient times? The reason why this happens is that the AC has to overwork during a really hot summer day. When the components are pushed beyond their capabilities, a part with a minor fault is likely to break down.

This is why we suggest getting regular air conditioning service in Maplewood for your AC. Here are some signs which suggest that your AC is in need of urgent service. 

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How Maintenance Helps Improve AC Performance

Monday, June 28th, 2021

happy-family-sitting-on-couchChecking your air conditioner once in a while and calling a professional to take care of its routine maintenance can be more crucial than you realize. Waiting for something to go wrong with your AC before calling a professional could be a very expensive mistake. If you don’t care for your air conditioner’s maintenance needs, you might find yourself calling a professional for air conditioning repair in Scotch Plains instead of more affordable maintenance services.

Calling a well-trained professional to examine your AC regularly can help you make sure that they identify any potential problems and address them before they require expensive repairs.

We’re going to tell you about some of the benefits of air conditioning maintenance to help you understand how maintenance improves your AC’s performance.

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3 Signs of an AC in Disrepair

Monday, August 10th, 2020

two-techs-with-tool-bag-by-outdoor-ac-unitDid you know that this is the time of year you’re most likely to experience an AC repair issue? Now, no air conditioner will last forever, but yours should be able to make it through this summer–especially if it’s under 10 years of age and it’s been routinely maintained.

What’s that? You haven’t scheduled maintenance yet?

That’s okay! It’s more important that you’re consistent with scheduling tune-ups each year than it is what time of the year you have it done. But regardless of whether you had maintenance done yet or not, it’s important to know the signs of an air conditioner in disrepair. Otherwise, cooling system problems can go unaddressed until they lead to much bigger emergencies, like a total breakdown.

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How Can You Help Boost Your AC Performance?

Monday, July 13th, 2020

floor-vent-for-hvac-systemSummer is here! It’s been here for a bit, actually. This means that it’s time to look for ways to stay comfortable in our homes, where we may be spending a lot more summer than usual. So, don’t you want to make sure your air conditioner is in good shape?

We know this isn’t an exciting topic, but when you think about how much money you could save with an efficient and effective air conditioner, you’ll certainly start to be a little pumped about keeping it in good shape. And this means making sure you’re using it as efficiently as possible!

The good news is, there are things you can do to boost the efficiency of your air conditioner—some of which will cost you nothing. When your cooling system works efficiently, you don’t need to worry about sudden, costly repairs or breakdowns. Read on as we uncover tips and tricks for boosting your AC performance through improved efficiency.

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Should You Consider Going Ductless This Year?

Monday, May 18th, 2020

wall-mounted-air-handler-in-modern-living-roomOne of the top reasons homeowners often choose to go ductless is because they’re able to take care of their air conditioning and heating needs all in one system. Also known as a ductless mini-split, the ductless systems has been gaining popularity, as they’re great for keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

We get it though—choosing the best HVAC system for your home and specific needs can be overwhelming. After all, there are a number of great options out there to choose form. Our advice is to speak to a trained professional before making a final decision. Not all homes are a perfect match for going ductless, and it’s important to be aware of how your home’s setup plays a role in cooling and heating efficiency. For many homes though, ductless is definitely the way to go.

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