Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

AC Replacement: Should You Stick with a Central AC System?

Monday, September 10th, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundBeing residents of the areas we serve ourselves, we understand that going without an air conditioner in the summer is simply not an option. So when yours dies on you, or its age indicates that it is just about time for a replacement, you may be tempted to rush out and replace it with a newer model of the same type of air conditioner you already have. For many homeowners in our area, this means sticking with central air conditioning in Pittsburgh, PA .

There are a number of benefits to sticking with central air conditioning, and this may end up being the best option for your specific home and needs after all, but it’s not the only option there is. Whether your ducts are in bad shape or you’re simply looking for an alternative for your cooling needs to save you money, then you’d do well to consider the ductless system.

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Schedule Your End-Of-Season AC Repairs Now!

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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We may still have a decent number of summer days left, but soon enough temperatures will drop, and we’ll start focusing our attention on the cooler weather, and therefore our heating systems. This doesn’t mean you should forget about your air conditioner though!

There are a few key areas of your air conditioner where the technicians on our staff see problems with more often than other parts. This is especially true near the end of summer after your air conditioner has been working day in and day out. You’re at less of a risk of problems if your air conditioner had maintenance done by a reputable HVAC company in Bethel Park, PA, but you could still run into some repair needs, that should not be ignored.

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This Thermostat Mistake Could be Costing You

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Stock image of hand adjusting thermostatSummer is an enjoyable time of the year around our area, but the heat can admittedly get a bit tiresome for many, especially indoors! When you’re out enjoying the summer weather all day, the last thing you want to do is come home to a living space that is just as hot—you want a fully efficient and effective air conditioner to great you. This does not, however, mean that you should blast your air conditioning in Pittsburgh, PA as low as the thermostat will go!

Many homeowners result to this as a solution to the heat, but the recommended temperature setting during the summer is 78°F, according to the Department of Energy. If you keep setting it lower and lower thinking it will help you get cooler faster, you’d be making a mistake. Now, if you’re setting it lower and lower and you do not feel cooler at all, then there might be something wrong with your air conditioner, which will get to down below. Read on to learn more!

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Don’t Believe Refrigerant Myths (Or Other AC Misconceptions)

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Myths or Facts concept with business woman hand drawing on blackboardThe good ol’ World Wide Web has made it pretty easy for people to access information on just about any topic with a few keywords in a search bar. However, this also makes it pretty easy for people to access incorrect information, too. As a result, many myths have spread about various home services and appliances, with your Pittsburgh, PA air conditioning system being no exception.

Using that same power of the internet, we’d like to dispel some of these myths, particularly one about refrigerant loss. Keep reading to learn about this and other AC misunderstandings you may have never realized you had.

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Count on a Pro for a Summer-Ready Air Conditioner

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

HVAC technician working on AC outdoor unitWhat exactly do we mean by a “summer-ready air conditioner,” anyway? Well, we mean an air conditioner that has been properly maintained. Sure, there are some basic maintenance tasks you can do on your own. This includes changing or cleaning the air filter in your air conditioner every 1-3 months during periods of use. It also includes making sure your vents and outdoor unit are unobstructed to allow for proper airflow.

But in order to truly make a difference in your air conditioner’s performance and efficiency, you want to schedule professional maintenance once a year (twice a year if you’re utilizing a year-round heat pump system.) This is one of the most important, if not the most important, air conditioning services in Whitehall, PA you can invest it. But, what exactly happens during the maintenance process? How do our technicians ensure your air conditioner will last all summer long?

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Does Your Air Conditioning System Need a Tune-Up? 

Monday, May 21st, 2018

ac-top-condenser-fanMost air conditioning experts recommend having your air conditioning unit inspected and serviced at least once a year. The ideal time for this routine maintenance is during the spring months, so the unit is ready for the summer when you need it most. If you’d like your tune-up to be scheduled automatically, consider a professional maintenance plan.

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Get Your Air Conditioner Serviced This Spring

Monday, March 26th, 2018

AC-repair-maintenanceSpring is here, and that means mild weather and lots of rain. You’re likely still using your home’s heating system quite a bit this time of year, but soon enough you’ll be turning on your air conditioner every day to keep cool while the temperatures soar. Before that happens, however, it pays to schedule a servicing session to your air conditioner. Not only can it avoid nasty surprises over the summer, but it will help your air conditioner do its job more effectively. Here’s a breakdown of what it all entails.

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Don’t Wait: Schedule End-of-Season Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, August 28th, 2017

AC-repair-maintenanceAs the summer draws to a close in the upcoming weeks, you may still need your air conditioner for a bit longer. A heat wave can come at any time, and humidity levels can rise out of control. But if your air conditioner shows signs of slowing, you may be tempted to put off repairs until next year’s spring shows its head.

But we believe this is a mistake. Read on to find out how much worse your air conditioner can get the longer you wait, and why we think it’s in your best interest to make AC repairs ASAP. For more advise or to reach out to a qualified technician for your air conditioning repair in Bethel Park, PA, give us a call!

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Thermostat Habits that Raise Your Bills

Monday, August 14th, 2017

digital-thermostat-male-handMany people don’t give a second thought to how they set the thermostat. After owning a central air conditioner and heater for several years, how you set the thermostat becomes second nature. When it’s hot, you walk over to the thermostat and adjust the settings, and if you’re worried about your bills, you may raise the temperature.

It turns out that some of the most seemingly harmless thermostat habits can raise our bills quite a bit. In fact, even when we think we set the thermostat to help save money, we may actually do the opposite. Find out what habits you should consider changing below. Call our expert technicians to learn from the best!

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Here’s What You Should Know About AC Refrigerant

Monday, July 31st, 2017

ac-maintenance-air-conditioner-unit-toolsRefrigerant, a substance you may sometimes hear referred to by a name brand—Freon—is a necessary component of any conventional central AC system. There are a lot of misconceptions about refrigerant that cause some homeowners to assume problems exist where they don’t, or worse—that there is no problem when one does exist.

Your air conditioning system is charged with a set amount of refrigerant upon installation (which may not be “Freon” by name). We want to tell you more about the purpose of refrigerant and why low refrigerant may be more of a problem than you think.

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