Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog

Common Furnace Repair Needs

October 7th, 2019

furnace-service-technician-flashlightIt may not be chilly enough to use our heating systems on a regular basis quite yet, but soon enough colder weather will be here. The best way to make sure your heater is ready for that colder weather is to schedule maintenance before it hits. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, adjust, and clean your furnace.

All of this works to lessen the chance you’ll run into a sudden breakdown. Still though, even with maintenance, it is probable that at some point, you will need furnace repairs. Some are more serious than others (more on that below) but all should be managed with the same level of care if you expect your furnace to operate effectively and efficiently all winter long this year.

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The Importance of Home Energy Audits

September 23rd, 2019

window-sill-of-a-houseHave you ever had a home energy audit done for your living space? Do you know what a home energy audit is? This is a professional service offered by only a select few HVAC professionals.

A professional home energy audit helps technicians determine where your home is losing energy, and wasting money as a result. During this service, a trained member of our team will come to your home and conduct assessments that look at a host of factors to see where in your home you could benefit from a home energy solution.

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It’s Time, Schedule Your Furnace Maintenance Today

September 9th, 2019

technician-working-on-furnaceIt’s hard to imagine needing your heating system on a regular basis quite yet, but that time will come soon enough. When it does, you want to ensure that it’s ready to perform as efficiently and effectively as possible, without fear of it breaking down suddenly on you.

Maintaining your furnace well before winter begins is a great idea, as it helps you fend off problems that can crop up and help prevent a scenario where you’ll be stuck with a malfunctioning heater in the middle of the season when you need it the most. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of getting your furnace professionally maintained.

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Schedule Late-Season AC Repairs Today!

August 26th, 2019

outdoor-ac-unit-with-tools-on-topYou’ve been using your air conditioner diligently this summer, right? Which also means, of course, that you had maintenance performed on the system before the summer began.

What’s that? You skipped maintenance this time around? First off, that’s okay! It’s never too late. If you haven’t had your system maintained you can still give us a call. Sure, it’s more convenient for your schedule to have it done before you need the system the most, but it’s more important that you have the service done regularly than how often you have it done.

Regardless of whether or not you have maintenance done, however, it’s important that you take care of any late-season repair needs ASAP. Sitting on them and ignoring them in hopes your system won’t break down before the season is over isn’t a great idea. Even if the AC doesn’t fail you this year, it certainly can next. That said, here are some common signs it’s time to give our team a call, today:

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Thermostat Practices to Avoid

August 12th, 2019

outdated-thermostat-being-adjustedDid you know you could be hurting the efficiency of your air conditioner simply by how you’re using the thermostat? Your thermostat is essentially the brain of your entire HVAC system, so if something is wrong with it, something is wrong with your system.

But we aren’t really talking about something being physically wrong with your thermostat, or the way the device communicates with your air conditioner, but rather how the way you use it causes your AC to perform, for better or for worse.

We’re going to cover a couple of behaviors that many homeowners still follow when it comes to their thermostat practices, and share with you why it’s not the best route to take.

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One Refrigerant Myth You Should Never Believe

July 29th, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-ac-unitOne of the most commonly asked questions from homeowners is, “how often does my refrigerant need to be refilled?”

The answer might surprise you—hopefully, never!

Your air conditioner’s refrigerant should never need to be refilled—what we refer to as recharged in the HVAC industry. This is a common misconception though, that refrigerant is something that depletes over time, similar to gasoline from a car or oil from an appliance in your household.

How does refrigerant work, and what would cause a refrigerant loss? Read on!

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Keeping Your AC in Good Shape at the Peak of Summer

July 15th, 2019

ac-vent-near-floorWhere would we be without the modern convenience of air conditioning? Certainly not comfortable in our homes this summer, that’s for sure! Of course, just having a cooling system in place isn’t always enough. We also want to stay comfortable affordably.

That said, your air conditioner—as nice as it is to have—may not be keeping up to the standards you expect of it. Maybe it doesn’t reach the desired temperature on your thermostat fast enough, or perhaps it costs you too much to run from month-to-month.

But, there could be something—actually there could be a several somethings—you can do to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency and therefore keep your AC in good shape at the peak of summer, while costing you as little as possible.

Curious? Read on.

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How Healthy Is the Air You Breathe?

July 1st, 2019

interior-of-homeWe’re not talking about the air outdoors—that comes with its own challenges. Your indoor air can actually be of worse quality than that of the outdoors, without the right indoor air quality products or services in place.

The “problem” is that homes today are built very tightly. This means that no air is allowed to escape out of crevices, or drafty windows or doors. Everything is sealed up quite nice, which is great news for the efficiency of your cooling and heating system! But it’s not the best news for any allergy or asthma sufferers in your household.

There are a number of indoor air quality products that might benefit you, but today we’re going to talk about the whole-home air purifier in Whitehall, PA, and why it surpasses portable air purifiers in improving the health of the air you breathe.

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Heed These Signs of AC System Problems

June 17th, 2019

technician-working-on-air-conditionerComparatively speaking, our summers are fairly mild in our part of the country. Still though, heat is relative to what we’re used to—so when an air conditioner breaks down on an 80°F+ day, we have a right to complain! Of course, we don’t ever want you to reach that point, if we can help it. The best way to prevent any problems with your air conditioner is by scheduling annual maintenance with a professional—or biannual maintenance if you have a year-round heat pump.

But even with maintenance, repair needs can still crop up. Ignoring or delaying them can only cause more harm to your AC system. Some good news in all of this is that most AC repair issues do give out signs and symptoms well before they cause your system to break down entirely. While we would never recommend a homeowner formally diagnosing or trying to repair a faulty AC by themselves, you can certainly spot the signs that you need air conditioning repair, and give us a call from there.

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Is Your AC System Prepped for Summer?

June 3rd, 2019

animated-checklist-with-3-items-checked-offWith the official start of summer less than a month away, we hope you’ve given some thought to the state of your air conditioner. We imagine you have, since you likely needed it recently with the surge of warmer temperatures.

That said, is your air conditioner ready for summer? It’s not too late for your cooling system, if the answer is “no.” We’d rather have you schedule your professional maintenance session now, or even in the middle of summer, than not schedule it all this year!

Professional maintenance allows our technicians to fully inspect and clean your air conditioner, making any needed adjustments and/or recommendations for repairs. And as important as professional maintenance is, there are even a few smaller tasks you can and should do to ensure your system is prepped for summer.

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