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When to Call a Professional HVAC Company

September 17th, 2018

AC-technician-workingThere are a lot of capable homeowners out there. We understand this. We also understand that such homeowners, as well as those that are not really that capable, like to take things into their own hands when it comes to different projects around their homes. The difference between a capable homeowner and a responsible homeowner is that a responsible one will understand when the service in question is beyond his or her capability. Certain jobs call for a pro.

This is almost always the case when it comes to heating and air conditioning services. Are you unsure of when you should get in touch with your professional HVAC company in Columbia, MD (ahem, us, ahem)? If so,  then this is the post for you. We respect your drive and DIY ethos, but that does not change the fact that our professional, experienced technicians are the ones that should be handling your HVAC services for you! 

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Ask a Contractor: Is Maintenance Worth It?

September 3rd, 2018

AC-unitWe could not tell you what they encountered in their lives that would make them so distrustful, but there are homeowners out there that refuse to accept the necessity of routine HVAC  maintenance.

There’s nothing wrong with my heater, they say.

My air conditioner is running decently enough, they think.

Oh no, I need to schedule HVAC repairs! they eventually realize.

If we were really only interested in lining our own pockets, we’d actually be telling you to go ahead and skip over the maintenance that your air conditioner and heater need to succeed. That way, we’d make our money on lucrative replacements and frequent repair needs. When it comes to HVAC in Annapolis, MD, however, we are the company to trust. And trust us—

Routine HVAC tune-ups are most definitely in your best interest!

Don’t just take our word for it, though. Read on to learn more about the benefits of professional HVAC maintenance.

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Why Is There Water All Around My AC?

August 20th, 2018

question-markYou may think that you know the warning signs to look out for when it comes to problems with your air conditioning system. An AC that is blowing warm air, for instance, is obviously a problem. An air conditioner that makes very loud noises when running, or that keeps shutting down rapidly, is an air conditioner that likely needs air conditioning repair in Columbia, MD. What about those problems that you didn’t realize may develop, though? What about something like an AC with a water leak?

Whoa whoa whoa, you may be thinking—a water leak? My air conditioner doesn’t have a water supply line. It doesn’t hold water in a tank. And it doesn’t have any use for water in its cooling process. So how could a water leak even be possible?  That’s what we are going to explore today, and you’re right—it’s not really a water leak. Or, at least, it’s not a water leak in the way that you’re probably thinking of it.

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What’s the Deal with Refrigerant Leaks?

August 6th, 2018

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With August upon us, homeowners throughout the area know that there is some serious heat yet to come. We are not even quite in the home stretch of the summer’s heat, truth be told, and this is not a point at which you can start to ignore potential signs of trouble with your air conditioning system in Columbia. Of course, we’d also argue that there is never a point at which you should be ignoring such warning signs, but that’s beside the case.

That being said, not all air conditioning problems are quite as serious as others. Any and all warning signs should be taken seriously, because even those that seem “minor” could be indicative of very serious issues. Many AC problems actually share warning signs, muddying the waters further, so your best bet is to have the situation assessed by a trained professional regardless of what the actual symptoms may be. You certainly would not want something like a refrigerant leak to go undiagnosed, after all.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Worth My Money?

July 23rd, 2018

tankless-water-heaterThe answer to this question may be frustratingly vague, but bear with us—it might be. Why can’t we just give you a straight answer? Because, at this time, we don’t have the information necessary to determine if the tankless water heater is a good fit for you. We can tell you that it is a good fit for a lot of homeowners, and we’ll help you to better understand the pros and cons of tankless water heaters in the post that follows,  though.

Before that, let’s just remind you of one more thing that we can tell you confidently. You are only going to get a great performance from your water heater, tankless or otherwise, if that system is installed and serviced by skilled, trained professionals. Our technicians fit the bill completely. Read on, contact with any questions that you may have, and leave your water heater services in Columbia, MD to us. And now,  let’s take a closer look.

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Nobody Told Me My AC Could Leak Water Everywhere!

July 9th, 2018

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There are a lot of potential problems that you may encounter with your air conditioning system over the course of the cooling season. We would love to tell you otherwise, but our honesty and integrity are far too important to us to stretch the truth in such matters. No air conditioner, even when expertly manufactured, flawlessly installed, and meticulously maintained, is going to be 100% problem free. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you’ll see every problem coming, or even that you’ll realize certain problems were possible!

Case in point: The Legend of the Leaking Air Conditioner. Now, you’ve probably heard that refrigerant leaks are a major air conditioning problem—we will certainly have a blog written on that soon, so be sure to check back—but you may not have heard that air conditioners in Columbia, MD can leak water, as well. And the fact of the matter is that it’s not really a “leak” in the way you may be thinking of it. Read on for some much-needed clarification.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Needs a Clean Filter

June 25th, 2018

air-filterRegular maintenance of any air conditioning system is an absolute necessity. If your air conditioner is not well-maintained, then there is no way in which you can hope for your AC to function at peak performance and efficiency levels. That being said, you also need to keep in mind that your annual air conditioning maintenance really needs to be completed by skilled, trained professionals—mostly, anyway. We say mostly because there actually are a few vital maintenance tasks that you can handle on your own.

The most important of these is simply changing the air filter. And trust us, it really is simple to do. Some homeowners love being involved in the upkeep of their homes and systems. Others are always fearful that they’re going to do more harm than good. Fortunately, changing your air filter, which you should be doing every 1-3 months, is so simple that literally anyone can do it. And if you think that this means it’s not that important, think again! 

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Enjoy a More Efficient Cooling Performance!

June 11th, 2018

AC-leavesOh great, here comes the big sales pitch about why I actually can’t afford to not invest in a brand new air conditioning system. Not at all! Sure, investing in a brand new, high-efficiency air conditioner is going to get you a more efficient air conditioning performance. However, we totally understand that not everyone has the money lying around to go out and purchase such a system at any given moment. That is precisely why today’s post will focus on simpler, cheaper ways in which to boost cooling efficiency.

After all, we all want to live comfortably in our homes. Nothing pains us more than to imagine one of our valued customers living in discomfort just because he or she is worried about the cost of cooling the house effectively throughout. With that in mind, read on to learn some very basic ways in which you can start living more comfortably and how to do so more affordably. Contact us with any questions you have regarding air conditioning in Columbia, MD.

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Is This the Year for Replacing My Air Conditioner?

May 28th, 2018

replacing-ACReplacing an air conditioner may not be the most exciting way in which to spend your money. It is a necessary investment, however, because no air conditioning system is ever going to last forever. That being said, we completely understand that homeowners want to use their air conditioning systems for as long as possible. After all, you don’t want to waste your hard-earned cash by replacing your system prematurely, right?

Even so, we must remind you that waiting for your air conditioner to break down entirely really is not the way to go, either. Getting the most from your existing system is one thing; allowing it to completely die, on the other hand, is not going to do you any favors. So how do you know when it is time to replace your air conditioner in Columbia, MD? Well, read on for some helpful tips that will help you to determine if this is the year to do so.

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How Routine AC Maintenance Benefits You

May 14th, 2018

AC-with-moneyWhen you need to use your air conditioner in order to cool down your home, you should not find yourself waiting with fingers crossed, hoping that the system springs right to life and is able to adjust temperatures successfully. That is the level of confidence, or lack thereof, that is appropriate to a poorly maintained air conditioning system, though. The fact of the matter is that you are only really going to be able to count on your AC when it is tuned up annually.

While you may be a very hands-on homeowner, the smartest homeowners are the ones that accept that some jobs are simply beyond their skillset. There is plenty that you can handle around your home, but routine air conditioning is always a job for trained professionals. That is why it is such a good idea to enroll in our maintenance program in Columbia, MD. Doing so not only ensures that you have access to the routine maintenance that your system needs, but it also entitles you to some added benefits.

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