Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

The Refrigerant Myth We Don’t Want You To Believe

Monday, August 8th, 2022

refrigerant-line-behind-acIf you’re like many homeowners, you might not actually understand how exactly the refrigerant in your air conditioner works. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, and know that it is important, but aren’t quite sure what it actually does. 

Refrigerant is what makes the cooling process even possible in your air conditioner. It is literally the chemical substance that enables your air conditioner to do its job in cooling down your home.

There’s a common misconception about this substance, however, that too many people believe–that refrigerant is a fuel that depletes from your system like gasoline does from a vehicle. But this isn’t true at all. Actually, your cooling system is supplied with enough refrigerant upon manufacturing to ideally last its entire lifespan! Therefore, if your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak that has to be repaired.

Read on to learn more, including why this misconception is harmful to believe.

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“Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?”

Monday, June 27th, 2022

old-rusty-air-conditionerSummer has officially begun, and temperatures are starting to warm up. If you’ve already turned on your air conditioner for the season and discovered that it has some troubling symptoms, you may be wondering if you can put off managing them.

Typically, it’s always best to contact a professional to take a look if your air conditioner is struggling, whether it’s not cooling as powerfully as you think it should be, you suspect ductwork damage, it’s making strange noises, or anything else that seems suspicious.

In many cases, we’ll be able to conduct a repair for you and your air conditioner will get you through the rest of summer reliably and efficiently. It is possible, however, particularly if you have an aging system, that it’s time to replace your cooling system altogether. Read on to learn the signs that this time is nearing.

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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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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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How to Use Your AC More Efficiently

Monday, April 20th, 2020

illustration-of-green-house-and-money-on-scaleYou won’t meet many homeowners here in the New Jersey area who aren’t thankful for the use of central air conditioning. It’s essential in making our homes not only comfortable, but bearable. If your cooling system isn’t working the way you expect it to though, then it might be time to call for repairs, or if you haven’t scheduled it yet, maintenance.

When you skip necessary repairs and maintenance, you run the risk of your air conditioner behaving inefficiently. The good news is, in addition to staying on top of these needs, there are steps you can take to improve your AC efficiency, and therefore use less energy and save money. Read on for some of these steps.

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Tips for Shutting Down Your AC for Winter

Monday, September 9th, 2019

AC-Condenser-UnitChances are, you’re still going to need your air conditioner to run for a little bit longer, even though the official end of summer is just a couple weeks away. In fact, even fall can introduce some surprise heat waves. Eventually, you’ll look at the upcoming weather forecast, see temperatures dropping, and know that winter is coming.

At this point, it’s essential that you have your heating system tuned-up and inspected to prevent problems with it. You can arrange for this with our team as soon as you want to! We provide comprehensive and thorough maintenance for all types of heating systems. But in addition to heating maintenance, there’s something else you’ll need to do with your HVAC systems this time of the year.

You’ll want to winterize your air conditioner! That’s right, we don’t recommend simply turning off the air conditioner and leaving it. It can suffer damage over the winter if this occurs, and that damage can jeopardize its functionality when you need it again next year. So, how exactly do you prep your AC for the off-season?

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Tips for Using Your AC Most Efficiently

Monday, July 29th, 2019

ac-on-pile-of-moneyIf there’s anything that the majority of homeowners want to know, it’s how to make their air conditioner more efficient so they can save money on their energy bills. Considering how uncomfortably hot it can get during our long summers, it’s only natural that you are one of these homeowners!

And we have good news—there are a number of AC services that will help with this, including preventive maintenance to help fend off repair needs and lower your bills. There are also HVAC and indoor air quality products that can help with this too. Plus, simple things like adjusting your thermostat a few more degrees higher than you normally due, and changing your air filer very 1-3 months, will help!

Interested? Keep reading to learn more!

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Why Join a Maintenance Plan for Your AC and Heater?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

clipboard-document-homeSome of the major investments you own are things you take every opportunity to protect. Your car, for example, hopefully receives regular oil changes and tire rotations. Your computer likely has antivirus protection installed. And you may use surge protectors to reduce the possibility of power surges that can slowly wear out your electronics.

The devices you don’t see or think of so often, though, may miss out on some of this protection you typically put into your investments. When it comes to your HVAC equipment—your heating and air conditioning equipment—the best way to make sure you get the service you need is with an HVAC maintenance plan from a local contractor.

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How to Program Your Thermostat Efficiently

Monday, August 14th, 2017

thermostat-hand-78Energy costs are always high in the middle of summer when you have a central air conditioner. While it may seem there’s little you can do to control costs, we have a couple of ideas. First, it’s important to see that your air conditioner gets regular maintenance, appointments for a tune-up with a trained technician each and every year. You’ll also need to change the filter once a month.

The rest is a job for the whole family. Finding an efficient thermostat setting can greatly reduce air conditioning costs, but it may take some time at first. See what we mean below, and call our air conditioning contractors in Scotch Plains to learn more!

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Why Would an Air Conditioner Leak Water?

Monday, July 17th, 2017

AC-evaporator-coil-air-conditioningA water leak from your air conditioner can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages—yikes! First, let’s clear up some initial confusion about this topic. No, your air conditioner does not use water to run (unless it is an evaporative cooler, systems which are only common in dry desert climates). So where is the water coming from?

More importantly, what can you do to prevent water from leaking in the first place, and what should you do when you notice a problem? We’ll cover all of that in today’s guide. For more information, reach out to our friendly team!

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