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

Air Conditioner Not Cooling? 5 DIY Fixes to Try

Monday, June 21st, 2021
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There are a number of issues that could potentially afflict your cooling system, and require professional air conditioner repair in Pittsburgh, PA. As we head into summer and temperatures warm up even more, it’s important to make sure that your AC is prepared. Hopefully, you had maintenance done so you can be alerted to any repair needs before they grow into emergency problems, such as a complete system breakdown. Tune-ups are also vital to avoiding problems like a system that won’t cool.

This is understandably frustrating—your air conditioner has one job, right? If it can’t cool, then all you’re doing is paying to use a system that’s not even able to keep you comfortable. What can you do? Read on as we uncover 5 DIY methods you can use when you have a malfunctioning air conditioner.

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8 Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill This Summer

Monday, June 7th, 2021
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As temperatures begin to spike here in the Pittsburgh area, we probably don’t need to tell you that it is time to ensure your air conditioner is well-prepared for the heat. Not only that but now is the perfect time to ensure you’re using all your home comfort systems and appliances as efficiently as possible. After all, who wants to pay more than necessary on their energy bills this summer?

One of the first steps in doing this is having an energy audit completed, which we’ll dive into more below. Another is making sure your air conditioner is well maintained. Read on as we cover these and more tips on how to cut yoru energy bills this summer!

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Is It Too Hot Upstairs? Tips for Year-Round Comfort

Monday, May 24th, 2021
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No matter what season it is, it can be frustrating when your home is hotter upstairs than it is anywhere else in your home. That’s why we’ve provided some great tips below to help you combat this issue. Read on!

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Air Filter Buying Guide: Choosing the Right Filter for Your Home

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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Did you know that the air filters that come standard with your HVAC systems aren’t there to protect your indoor air quality at all? They certainly don’t hurt, but they’re actually in place to protect the interior components of the HVAC systems themselves from dirt, dust, and other debris that can get in and harm their components.

So, when we talk about air filters, we’re talking about air filtration systems—systems that will help improve the health, breathability, and safety of your indoor air. And don’t worry, finding just the right air filtration for you home isn’t something we expect you to do all on your own. This is what we are here for! We are home comfort and home efficiency experts and you can count on us to lead you the right direction with your air filtration options, which all starts with MERV.

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Pros and Cons of Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

Monday, April 26th, 2021
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More and more homeowners these days are exploring the option of going ductless for their cooling needs, and for good reason. Ductless systems are highly efficient, and effective at providing individualized cooling throughout the home.

But that doesn’t mean a ductless system is right for every home. Could it be right for yours? We’ll explore the pros and cons of this system below.

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Should You Bother with AC Repairs This Late in the Season?

Monday, August 10th, 2020

female-hand-writing-in-day-plannerDid you know that this is the time of year you’re most likely to have air conditioner troubles? This is particularly true if you skipped maintenance this past spring. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner to ensure it performs powerfully, operates efficiently, and doesn’t give you any unexpected surprises over the summer season.

But by this time of the year, your cooling system has undergone a lot of work, and natural wear and tear can take its toll. So too can any small repair needs that grew over the season without you knowing if you did skip that tune-up. To address the question we asked in the title of this blog post, yes, you should bother with AC repairs this late in the season, lest you want a dysfunctional system next spring! But how do you know if your system is in need?

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One AC Myth You Should Never Believe

Monday, July 13th, 2020

woman-looking-surprisedYou may hear a lot of advice over the years on how to boost efficiency and performance for your air conditioner. Some of this advice is worth listening to—investing in professional maintenance for your cooling system, changing your air filter every 1-3 months, clearing out the space surrounding your outdoor unit—and some is, well, not.

For instance, have you ever heard from an HVAC “professional” that your air conditioner’s refrigerant is something that needs to be refilled on a routine basis? Unfortunately, they may be telling you this because either they actually believe this is the case—meaning they aren’t actually a trained and experienced professional—or they’re trying to get more money from you.

The one AC myth you should never believe is that your refrigerant needs to be refilled, what we call recharged, every maintenance session. Read on to learn what’s wrong with this concept!

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“Is It Worth Repairing an AC Compressor, or Should I Replace?”

Monday, June 29th, 2020

compressor-inside-ac-unitHere’s the thing—you can’t repair an air conditioner’s compressor if it breaks down. The compressor of your air conditioner is essentially the heart of the system, responsible for allowing the refrigerant process that even makes it possible for your cooling system to… well… cool.

So, if that’s the case, why are we even writing this blog post? If repairing the compressor isn’t possible, isn’t the only option to replace it?

Well… here’s the thing. The real question you should be asking here is, “should I replace my AC compressor, replace the outside unit of my cooling system, or replace the entire air conditioner?” To be honest, the answer to this is, “it depends” and that’s why this blog post is so important. When it comes down to it, it may simply be best to replace the entire air conditioner, and here’s why:

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4 Reasons to Go Ductless This Summer

Monday, June 1st, 2020

ductless-air-handlerIf you’ve only ever used a central air conditioner for your cooling needs, you might not know that there is a singular alternative that takes care of both your cooling and your heating needs—a ductless system! Also known as a ductless mini-split, this has become a preferred option for many homeowners. They’re great at efficiently keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer, providing you with year-round comfort.

We understand that choosing the perfect air conditioning system for your home may seem like a daunting task. There are, after all, many great options to choose from. Our advice is to speak with a trained professional before you make any final decisions. After all, not every home is well equipped for a ductless system, but yours may very well may be! Read on to learn more.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance and Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe & Comfortable

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Lives everywhere have been upended as the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic. Gatherings have beenOutdoor Cooling Unit called off, businesses have been shuttered and people are advised to stay home whenever possible. As the government continues to preach social distancing on every available screen, it is understandable that you would be wary of allowing another person into your home. However, that being said, the verity of the matter is: nobody sent a pandemic memo to your HVAC system, therefore, unfortunately, it could still break down. Preventative air conditioning maintenance is the answer; and we, on the other hand, are much more considerate than your HVAC system. At Boehmer Heating & Cooling, we’ve taken the steps to ensure your health, safety, and overall comfort in these difficult times.

As inconsiderate as it would be for your system to break down right now, these stay-at-home orders only mean longer run times and increased strain on your air conditioning system, thus maintenance has never been more crucial. Take the significant extra hours spent at home, add the soaring temperatures on the forecast, and a bonus side of allergy season to create the perfect scenario for disaster.

Fear not! Simple preventative maintenance will reduce the likelihood of untimely breakdown and repairs. 

Fact: Properly maintained HVAC equipment maximizes the life expectancy of your system, $100 now could save you thousands later, not to mention the headache that comes with an unexpected breakdown or premature replacement.

Over and above the financial benefits of HVAC maintenance there are other advantages to getting ahead of the problem. 

One being: it will improve the quality of the air circulated throughout your home. 

The quickest and simplest way to improve your home’s air quality is to replace your furnace filter regularly; but did you know dust and debris don’t only collect on the filter? Any moving part in your system can accumulate dust, bacteria, and contaminants, meaning we could find particles inside your air ducts, the condensing unit, and even inside the furnace itself. Bad news: all of that build up gets circulated into the air you breathe, acting as a trigger for family members with allergies, asthma or other respiratory ailments.

The next being: it will reduce your energy usage and costs. 

Yes, I know I said “over and above the financial” but saving money can never be ignored. Maintaining your system will ensure it’s operating at peak efficiency, bringing down the amount of energy you use and, in turn, the amount you pay for it.

Your Safety Matters

The health and safety of our customers are vital to us. That’s why in these extraordinary times, we’re taking safety precautions to ensure that we can provide the same level of service that you’ve come to expect from us without breaking the need for social distancing. Each of our trained and certified technicians are following CDC guidelines for health and safety and they’ll arrive at your home with:

  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Face masks
  • Shoe covers

Open communication can also be constructive. Discussing any worries you might have with us beforehand can help get both parties on the same page and create a safe situation for everyone.

The toll this virus has taken on the world appears boundless. Whether it be your health, livelihood, savings, or sanity it seems no one was spared. Regardless, we understand times are tough and money may be tight. Yet, the fact of the matter is, right now, your home is your only refuge, and discomfort in your only place of refuge might just take the last ounce of your sanity. We are offering comfort, good indoor air quality, and peace of mind in the form of simple, preventative maintenance.

Schedule your maintenance appointment with us today.

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