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Avoid Heater Repair with Fall Heater Maintenance

by MoeBlog0

It’s already mid September, and although the weather is still warm, crisp Fall days are right around the corner. Before you know it, you’ll be running your heater nonstop to escape the winter weather. When’s the last time your heater had a check up? If you’re like most folks, chances are, it’s been a while. Getting heater maintenance before the long winter ahead will save you money in the long run by preventing breakdowns, avoiding the need for heater repair, and ensuring you’re comfortable all winter long.

Let’s check out some common heater issues that occur due to a lack of maintenance.

Inadequate Heat Flow

As a heater ages, integral parts of the machine lose efficiency due to rusting, normal wear and tear, and dirt accumulation. If you don’t properly maintain your heater, you may start to notice uneven heating in your home. Common signs include cold areas due to inadequate heat flow, rooms that get too hot, or weak air flow. If you experience this in your home, you’ll know that you’re long overdue for a tuneup. Regular maintenance will prevent these problems and stop them from becoming major issues that require expensive heater repair.

Rising Heating Bills

Another effect from an inefficient heater that hasn’t been maintained is the drain it puts on your wallet. Heaters that don’t receive regular maintenance have to work harder to keep the same temperature as a new heater. A harder working heater requires more energy to operate, and you’re going to pay for that extra energy. Over the course of a full winter, the cost really adds up. Think of it like a bicycle. If you let your chain get rusty, it’s going to be a lot harder to pedal than if you had kept your chain lubricated all along. A little maintenance really does go a long way in this case.

Loss of Warranty

Most heater warranties state that the warranty is void if your heater breaks down or is damaged due to improper maintenance. This could lead to big headaches if you haven’t had regular maintenance and need an expensive heater repair that would normally be covered by your warranty.

Avoidable Danger

Remember that your heater is a potential fire hazard. No one wants a worst case scenario. An unchecked heater could develop a deadly gas leak in its heat exchanger, become backed up due to air flow problems, or present a handful of other dangerous situations that could’ve been avoided and identified with regular maintenance.

Don’t put off heater maintenance this fall if you want to avoid costly heater repair. Your wallet will thank you, you will be comfortable all winter long, and you will have peace of mind knowing that your heater is operating safely and efficiently.

If you’re in Philadelphia, Bucks, or Montgomery County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111. We have over 20 years of experience as trusted HVAC experts in the Greater Philadelphia Area and would be happy to make sure your heater is in top condition.

Stay warm, my friends.

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Top 3 Reasons to Buy a High Efficiency Furnace

by MoeBlog0

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Do you know how efficient your furnace is?  Most folks are happy as long as their furnace keeps them warm, but older heaters can be big money-wasters.  Whether your furnace is due for a replacement, or you’re interested in saving money, consider buying a high efficiency furnace.

 

We’ll tell you how a high efficiency furnace works to save you money, and we’ll give you the top 3 reasons to have one installed.

 

What exactly is a High Efficiency Furnace?

high efficiency furnaceA furnace is considered highly efficient due to its AFUE or ‘Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency’ rating.  Simply put, it’s a measure of how efficiently your furnace takes natural gas and transforms it into hot air.  AFUE is expressed as a percentage, and it takes the year long efficiency of your heater into account.  According to the DOE, a furnace must have an AFUE of 90% to be considered a high efficiency furnace.  Be wary of manufacturers who refer to their heaters as highly efficient without having a AFUE of 90%.  The minimum AFUE for new furnaces is 80%, and some companies will try to disguise their mid-efficiency furnaces as high efficiency furnaces.  Verify that your heater is highly efficient by checking the EnergyGuide label that appears on new furnaces.

Now that you know what it takes to qualify as a high efficiency furnace, we’ll discuss why you should buy one.

 

You Need a Heater Replacement :

 First of all, if you determine it’s time to replace your furnace, getting a high efficiency furnace is a no brainer.  You’ll have to pay a bit more to get it installed, but the cost will easily be recouped in a few years. If you have to spend the money to get a new heater, you might as well get one that will save you money.

 

Money in Your Wallet :

 Let’s say you have a 12 year old furnace operating at 70% AFUE.  If you upgrade to a high efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 93%, you are going to save big in the long run.  How big? Think of it this way, for every dollar you spend on heating, you lose $0.30 to inefficiency with the old furnace and only $0.07 with the high efficiency furnace.  That $0.23 difference between furnaces might seem small, but over time, you will save a significant amount of money.

 

Mother Nature Will Thank You :

Saving money feels great, but saving the planet feels even better!  With a high efficiency furnace, you can add Mother Earth Protector to your resume. A high efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 90% saves an average of 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions per year.  Can you imagine if everyone upgraded to a high efficiency furnace?

Buying high efficiency furnace is a smart move.  Just make sure you find the right HVAC company to install it.  An amateur installer will cancel out any savings you’ll get with an efficient furnace.  Also, efficiency doesn’t stop at the heater.  A large amount of efficiency is lost in the ducts. Be sure to have your HVAC contractor take a look at your ducts.

 

If you need heating repair or service and live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111.  We have over 20 years of experience offering competitive pricing, free estimates, and unparalleled professionalism.

Stay warm my friends.

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Is My Gas Furnace To Blame For Dry Indoor Air?

by MoeBlog0

The air in the home can get rather dry in the winter, leaving many Philadelphia homeowners cursing their gas furnace. But is the furnace really to blame? That’s what you want to know. “Is my gas furnace to blame for my dry indoor air, Do i need a Furnace repair !!!?

What a gas furnace does and how it affects air quality?

A gas furnace heats the air in the home by burning gas, raising the temperature so you don’t freeze. Now, there are two types of furnaces: atmospheric combustion and sealed combustion.

An atmospheric combustion furnace draws combustion air from the house, while a sealed combustion furnace pulls its combustion air from the outdoors. With the former, when air is taken from your home and used to burn the natural gas to heat your home, it leaves a void, a void that must be filled by outside air. “For every cubic foot of air that enters the furnace, another cubic foot of air has to come into your home to make up for the air that gets used by the furnace,” explains Rob Devitt, HVAC Philly service technician.
So when an atmospheric combustion furnace is running in a conditioned space, it causes dry outdoor air to enter your home, lower humidity, and yes, dry out the air. When an atmospheric combustion furnace is running in an unconditioned space, like an attic, garage, or crawl space, it should not affect humidity.
A sealed combustion furnace, because it pulls combustion air from the outdoors, will not dry out your air either.

Furnace Repair And Dry Indoor Air

If the air in your home is too dry, it typically means you are getting too much outdoor air inside your home. This could happen for a number of reasons, including: Leaks in the Building Envelope: High infiltration rates can bring a lot of cold, dry air into your home, warns Devitt. Over-ventilation: Too much ventilated air means you are spending more on heating and humidifying. Leaky Duct-work: Duct Sealing can help reduce duct leakage, improve energy efficiency, and help better indoor air quality (IAQ). Though it should not be done until duct testing has been done to verify ducts are sized correctly.

When in doubt, schedule a total energy solution audit This is perfect for homeowners who notice inadequate heating or cooling in one or many rooms, warm or cold spots in certain rooms, high utility bills, mold or mildew infestations, and, of course, issues with humidity. Completing recommended repairs following a Total Energy Solution Audit will not only improve comfort, but shrink energy bills and improve the quality of your indoor air.

If you have any questions about alleviating Dry Indoor Air, or if you wish to schedule maintenance for your Gas Furnace, please CONTACT US today at 215-725-6111. Whether you need to schedule an appointment for repair, installation, or a comprehensive home performance audit, HVAC Philly can handle the job. Regardless of what type of heating system you have in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties our team has an affordable solution. Contact us today to learn about all our options and solutions for your Heater repair and installation service in Philadelphia. We look forward to working with you soon.

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Tips to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

by MoeBlog0

If the past week’s cold weather has told us anything, it’s that fall is here and winter is near. Soon, it’ll be time to fire up those furnaces and start paying heating bills. What is the best way to cut down on your heating bills? By making sure your home is energy efficient!

Read on for HVAC Philly’s tips to make your home energy efficient during the upcoming winter season. There are several ways to make your home energy efficient, and many of them are simple and easy to do!

 

Don’t Make Your Furnace Work Too Hard

 

             First, start by turning down the thermostat when it’s cold; even setting the thermostat two degrees cooler will save you money and reduce emissions by about 6 percent. You might not even feel the difference, especially at night or when you’re out of the house (a programmable thermostat can help here). You’d be surprised at how many people waste money heating their house so they can walk around in a t-shirt. Throw on a sweater and lower that thermostat! Also, uncovering your windows on sunny days during the winter is a great way to get some free solar heating.

 

Get an Energy Efficient Thermostat

 

            Many people have older thermostats that simply turn on and off. You can save a lot of money by upgrading to a new, programmable model. These newer thermostats will save you money since they tell your heater to heat less if you aren’t around or if there is already sufficient heat in your house.

 

Reduce Heat Loss

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             Do you have old, poorly insulated windows? Consider buying heavier curtains you can draw at night to block the heat from escaping. You can also reduce heat loss from ducts by sealing leaks and insulating ducts where feasible. Next, check your doors. If you feel cold air coming in around the edges, or if your door feels significantly colder than the wall next to it, it might be a good idea to get a new door that keeps heat in better.

 

             The best step to take if you’re serious about having an energy-efficient home is to have a home energy audit. A professional auditor will come into your home and identify where most heat loss comes from. Often, you will be losing heat in places you never expected. A professional auditor can also help you establish remedies for the heat loss happening in your home.

 

Don’t Heat Empty Rooms

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  If you have rooms in your house that you don’t occupy often, make sure you aren’t wasting money heating them. Partially (not all the way) close the heating vents in these rooms; they’ll be colder than the rest of the house, but you can always adjust the vents to heat them up when you need them.

 

Consider Replacing or Repairing Your Heater

 

            If you aren’t performing regular maintenance to your furnace, you could be losing money due to inefficient operation. Read here for HVAC Philly’s furnace maintenance tips. New furnaces are extremely efficient and can save you an average of 40% on heating costs if you have a furnace that is over 15 years old. Talk to your HVAC technician to determine if you would be better off getting rid of your old inefficient furnace.

 

 

If you follow all of these tips, your house will be energy efficient in no time! If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give us at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111 for all of your heating needs. We also provide free estimates!

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How to Find the Right Air Conditioning Repair in Philadelphia

by MoeBlog0

Summer is in full swing in Philadelphia, which means it’s the busiest time of the year for air conditioning repair. When your air conditioner breaks down in the summer, you’ll need emergency air conditioning repair. With temperatures in the upper 90’s, going without air conditioning for an extended period can be dangerous and costly. When your AC breaks down there are two things you should do: Stay cool and call a professional. There are a lot of professional HVAC companies out there, so how do you find the best one? When you search air conditioning repair Philadelphia online, there’s an overwhelming amount of companies that appear. Don’t worry though, we’ll tell you exactly what to look for to find the best air conditioning repair in Philadelphia.

Start With Experience

When you first start your search for air conditioning repair Philadelphia, you’ll see a lot of companies. The first criteria you can use to narrow your search is experience. While this isn’t the end all be all of a good HVAC company, years of experience usually translate to better and faster service when you need it. Also, an air conditioning repair company that has been around will have word of mouth about their business one way or another, so you can avoid any bad eggs. At HVAC Philly, we have over 20 years of experience in AC and heating repair. We’ve seen it all, and we have it down to a science.

Ask for Reviews

Make sure you do your research on whichever Philadelphia AC repair company you choose. It’s easy for a company to fabricate a few positive reviews on their website. Be sure to check services like Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google Business to get a better idea of how each company treats their clients. You should also ask a prospective AC repair Philadelphia company if they’ve had clients in your neighborhood for a trusted testimonial.

Get an Estimate and Compare

The sad truth is, some HVAC companies will try to rip you off. Getting an estimate to compare to another company’s is a great way to make sure you aren’t getting a bad deal. Of course, during the summer heat waves, you’ll want to get air conditioning repair as soon as possible, so you may have to settle for calling around to other companies or researching average prices for the estimate you were given.

Ask About Insurance

An air conditioning repair Philadelphia company is required to be bonded, licensed, and insured in order to operate in the state of Pennsylvania. Make sure you ask to see proof of insurance from whoever you have come to fix your air conditioner. Some people will try to take advantage of the summer heat and operate amateur HVAC businesses. If someone who isn’t properly insured is working in your house and gets injured, you could be held liable.

Ask About 24 Hr Emergency Air Conditioning Repair

When you need summertime air conditioning repair Philadelphia, find a company who offers 24 hour emergency air conditioning repair. Summer is the busiest time for AC repair, so if a company doesn’t offer emergency AC repair, it could take days until someone can come to see you.

If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give us a call at 215-725-6111. With over 20 years of experience in Philadelphia AC repair, we offer unparalleled professionalism and quality service.

Stay cool my friends.

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Air Conditioner Not Working? Here’s how to stay cool.

by MoeBlog0

The heat is here to stay in Philadelphia, and our air conditioners will be working full force during the upcoming summer months. Having your air conditioner not working due to a break down is an emergency during the summer. If you need your air conditioning repaired in the summer, you’ll want to find a company like HVAC Philly who offers 24 hour emergency HVAC service. Even so, Summer is the busiest season for HVAC repairs, so you’ll want to keep your house cool while you wait for a tech to arrive. Read on for our tips on how to stay cool in the Philadelphia heat if you have a case of your air conditioner not working.

Air Conditioner Not Working? Follow these steps:

Shut Out the Sun

The blazing summer sun will heat up your home if you let it. If your air conditioner breaks, the first thing you should do is make sure all windows and doors are shut and close the blinds. This will keep your house cooler as you block out the summer rays. Use lights sparingly; they can add heat to a room as well.

Keep Your Body Cool

Even if your house warms up, you don’t have to! Stay cool with iced water, frozen treats, or a cool, wet cloth around your head or neck. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you can even try going to bed with slightly damp sheets that will keep you cool until your body temperature drops while you catch some Z’s. Your body uses water to regulate temperature, so make sure you stay plenty hydrated as well.

Don’t Cook Inside

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Summertime is perfect for grilling! Cooking up chicken in the oven might be delicious, but using a stove or oven inside will add unnecessary heat to your house. So fire up the grill, order out, or eat a cold meal, and you’ll keep cool all day.

Be Smart With Your Fans

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Use small, portable fans to blow hot air out of the house. This can be especially useful on the second floor of your home where hot air frequently gets trapped. You should also adjust your ceiling fans so that they rotate counter-clockwise. Otherwise, they’ll just push hot air around the room.

Go to the Movies or a Museum

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What better way to stay cool than a dark, chilly movie theater? Kick back with a bucket of popcorn and watch your favorite movie while staying cool. You can also go to the Philadelphia art museum where the paintings require a strictly controlled, comfortable climate. You’ll enjoy culture, stay cool, and forget you have an air conditioner not working at home. It’s a win-win situation.

Sleep Alone (On Cotton Sheets)

As great as it is to cuddle in bed, you’ll stay cooler if you sleep by yourself at night. Don’t forget to put on some lightweight cotton sheets before you go to bed. They breathe better than other fabrics and will help keep you cool during your summer slumber. Also, don’t forget to open the windows at night to let trapped heat out. When the temperature finally drops, you’ll be happy you did.

Get Emergency HVAC Service

If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, call the pros at HVAC Philly at 215-725-6111 for 24 hour emergency air conditioning repair. We have over 20 years of experience and offer unparalleled professionalism.

Stay cool my friends.

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How to Avoid Common AC Repair Scams

by MoeBlog0

For $50 off your next A/C repair, give us a call and mention this blog post!

 

It’s air conditioning season in Philadelphia. If you have an air conditioner breakdown, you’ll need emergency HVAC service to get your house to a comfortable climate ASAP, and it’ s important to hire the right HVAC company when you need quick service.

While the majority of HVAC companies are honest, there will always be a few bad apples out there who will try to take advantage of your situation with a variety of common HVAC scams. At HVAC Philly, we want to provide you with tips to identify and avoid common AC repair scams, so you can protect your wallet and report predatory HVAC companies.

AC Repair Scam #1: The Tune-Up

Have you ever seen an ad or been contacted about an air conditioner tune up for a price of around $59? The price seems too good to be true, and it is. If you fall for one of these tune-ups, you’re really just paying a contractor to come give you a sales pitch. 9 times out of 10, they’ll perform a “tune-up” and proceed to tell you about a serious problem they found that needs replacing. If you think about it, these tune-ups only benefit the HVAC company if they can sell you an expensive repair or new part. When contractors are paid an average of $35/hr, they’re losing money to send a technician to drive out to your house and perform a tune-up for only $59.

In general, you should be avoid these tune-ups. If you do have one, don’t be surprised if the technician finds a “problem” that needs repairing. Remember, you can always get a second opinion if you want to be sure that there’s no problem. You’re not obligated to the company who performed the “tune-up” to fix it.

HVAC Scam #2: The 12 Year Warranty

Popular manufactures of air conditioning and heating equipment such as Lennox, Bryant, Trane, and Goodman all provide free warranties on their parts that are attached to the serial number on your unit. Often, you can extend these warranties by 2 years for just a few dollars more. Some HVAC companies might try to sell you on an extended warranty for your newly installed air conditioning system. Again, if the warranty seems too good to be true, it probably is. Commonly, these companies will offer a 12 year parts and labor warranty for FREE. What’s the catch? Well, hidden in the contract you sign, there will be a preventative service agreement stating that you’ll agree to pay hundreds of dollars per year in preventative service to be eligible for the warranty.

If you see these kinds of warranties, be sure to ask about any preventive service agreements and carefully read anything before you sign it.

AC Repair Scam #3: The Ever-changing Estimate

Whenever you agree to pay a HVAC company for services, make sure you have an agreed upon price in writing. If your HVAC technician tells you a repair will be “about $_____”, he might as well be waving a big red flag around. In other words, he’ll probably try to charge you a higher price when the repair is over.

A written estimate protects you from paying predatory prices and allows you to protect yourself if the repair isn’t completed. You can also use a written estimate to get a second opinion and make sure you aren’t paying too much for a simple repair.

HVAC Scam #4: The “Professional” Contractor

Out of all the HVAC scams we’ve covered so far, this one will cost you the most money. Have you ever had an amateur repair job? They usually cost you more money than you should have to pay. Beware of amateur contractors who try to pass themselves off as licensed HVAC technicians. Do your research before hiring a HVAC company; read their reviews, and check their rates online. It’s perfectly okay to ask for a HVAC technician’s license when they come to your house. If a company has too many bad reviews or gives you excuses as to why they can’t show you their license, look for another company.

Hopefully you never have to deal with any of these HVAC scams, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you live in Philadelphia, Bucks, or Montgomery County, call HVAC Philly at 215-725-6111 for trustworthy and professional ac repair repair.

Stay cool my friends.

 

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Professional Philadelphia Air Conditioning Repair Is the Best Bet

by MoeBlog1

Nothing will put you in a bad mood like an AC breakdown; especially in the middle of a hot summer day in Philadelphia. Not only do you have to deal with an uncomfortable home climate, but you also get the unexpected expense of air conditioning repair. Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s hot outside, and your friend is really good at DIY home improvement. He can just come over and fix your air conditioner, right? Wrong.

It’s tempting to have a friend or family member attempt air conditioning repair for you. They’ll charge you a fraction of what the pro’s will, and they’ll be able to do it sooner. The truth is however, amateur air conditioning repair will cost you more in the long run.

Professional Air Conditioning Repair Means Expert Service

Yes, we’re impressed that your cousin Troy built you a kitchen table from scratch, but there’s no way he has the air conditioning repair know-how that comes with years of experience. After over 20 years, we’ve seen it all at HVAC Philly. Often times, a problem that might seem like a simple fix is actually a complex problem that only an experienced technician can identify. These types of repairs are where you’re going to lose big with an amateur repair man. We’ve had a lot of repairs where we had to fix amateur work, and it ended up costing the client much more than it would’ve if they had done the repair right the first time.

Botched Amateur Repair Stories

A client called us the other day to take a look at their one year old air conditioner. It wasn’t running, and their breaker tripped every time they tried to turn it on. One of our skilled techs Air Conditioning Repairarrived on location, and as soon as he opened the condenser panel door, he noticed that the wires between the contractor and condenser fan motor had been cut and reconnected using wire caps. One of those wires shook loose from its cap and was in contact with the common wire that runs to the compressor. This caused the compressor to short, and the customer had to pay for a new one. Any professional HVAC tech knows that wire caps aren’t appropriate to use in this situation. They can easily shake loose from the vibration of the compressor and fan motor.

Another client called us because she was getting less air pressure from her unit after an amateur air conditioning repair job. It turns out that her friend installed a blower motor capacitor with the wrong capacitor rating. We easily fixed the problem, but the client ended up spending unnecessary money on what would’ve been a simple fix had she gone with the pros.

Philadelphia Air Conditioning Repair Pros Are Insured

To operate an HVAC business in Philadelphia, a company is obligated to be licensed, bonded, and insured. This protects both you and the company you hire. Air conditioning repair involves working with hazardous chemicals, so if you have an uninsured friend working on your AC unit and he gets injured, you could be held liable. Working with a professional company protects you as a consumer as well.  If something goes wrong with your AC unit due to a botched repair or faulty part, any reputable Philadelphia air conditioning repair company will do right by you and fix the problem. This isn’t the case if you hire an amateur to do your repair.

Professional Repair Maximizes Efficiency

Don’t forget that a professional HVAC company has access to the newest tech and the most trusted parts. There are amateurs out there who have experience with air conditioning repair and can perform acceptable repair, but pro’s like our technicians at HVAC Philly have air conditioning repair down to a science. 99% of the time, a licensed HVAC technician will perform repairs that will leave your system running more efficiently than a handy friend.

As for dealing with the summer heat when your A/C breaks down, HVAC Philly offers 24 hour emergency service. If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give us a call at 215-725-6111. We offer unparalleled service and competitive pricing. Stay cool, my friends.

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Spring AC Repair Will Save You Money This Summer

by MoeBlog0

Well folks, it’s official. Spring has sprung, and Summer is closer than ever. You’ve probably turned your AC on at least once by now, so you should know whether or not it’s in working condition and ready for spring. If you have an old air conditioner and haven’t had it checked out yet, don’t delay! You could save time and money by identifying any AC repairs you didn’t know about. Read on for the benefits of getting Spring AC Repair before you encounter major problems.

Get AC Repair Before it Becomes a Headache

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Old air conditioners need AC repair much more often than new units. If your air conditioning unit is over 7 years old, chances are you’ve had to repair it before and probably will need to again soon. Getting early Spring AC repair will save you money in more than one way. First off, if you get your air conditioner checked out by a trustworthy HVAC technician, you’ll get a tune up that will keep your unit running smoothly throughout the summer. If there are no repairs needed, then great, you’ll be ready for the hot weather and can rest easy. If your HVAC technician does identify a potential problem, you can save money by getting AC repair before it becomes a major headache.

Save on Utility Bills

We know that older air conditioners break down more often than new ones, but don’t let us AC Repair Utility Billsscare you. If you’ve been taking good care of your air conditioner, you may not need a major AC repair this season. What you’ll probably encounter, however, is old, inefficient parts putting a strain on your system and wallet. Identifying and replacing weak parts that are causing your air conditioner to run inefficiently will reduce your monthly utility bills and prevent breakdowns from happening further down the line.

Avoid Long AC Repair Wait Times and Sweaty Summer Breakdowns

Losing your air conditioning in the summer is a nightmare. If it’s hot enough outside, you’ll have to leave your house to find a cooler climate while you wait for a repair. Don’t forget, hot summer days are peak business times for HVAC companies. If your AC breaks down on a hot day, a lot of companies are going to make you wait. Getting early spring AC repair will ensure that your air conditioner works when you need it to. You’ll also be ahead of the curve and will get prompt service since few people get a head start on AC maintenance. Fortunately, if you do have a summertime breakdown and live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, HVAC Philly offers 24 hour emergency air conditioning service.

Get ahead of the curve with AC repair this spring. It’ll save you money over the summer and help you avoid the headache of a broken air conditioner. Best case scenario, there’s nothing wrong with your unit, and you’ll get a tune up that will keep your AC happy all summer.

For unparalleled HVAC service from trusted experts with over 20 years of experience, give HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111. Stay cool, my friends

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When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

by MoeBlog0

It’s springtime in Philadelphia. As we enter April, the warm spring days will slowly turn to hot summer ones, and our air conditioners will be working in full force.

Since the weather isn’t quite warm enough for air conditioning yet, now is the perfect time to make sure your A/C unit is ready for spring. In some cases though, it’s much more cost effective to replace your air conditioner instead of getting it repaired. Let’s explore when to replace your air conditioner.

How Old is Your A/C?

Age is one of the first indicators that it’s time to replace your air conditioner. Old air conditioners are much less efficient than new ones due to dated technology and years of wear and tear. Even the best-maintained air conditioners lose efficiency as they age.

replace your air conditionerIf your air conditioner needs a to be repaired, and you aren’t sure whether or not you should just replace it, you can use the “5000 test” to decide. Simply multiply the cost of the repair by the age of your air conditioner. If the outcome is more than $5000, then you should replace your air conditioner.

For example, say your air conditioner is 9 years old, and you get a quote for a $400 repair.  When you multiply (9 Years) x ($400), you get $3,600, so you’ll be fine with a repair for now.

Let’s look at another case. If you have an 12 year old air conditioner, and you need a $500 repair, you’ll get $6000 and should look into finding a replacement.

In general, an air conditioner is good for around 13-15 years. Any longer, and you’ll be seriously wasting money.  If you’re wondering how much you can save with a new air conditioner, give us a call today. We’ll help you figure out whether or not a new air conditioner is right for you.

Consider the Efficiencynew air conditioner philadelphia

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a measure of how much energy your air conditioner needs to provide a unit of cooling.  The required SEER for air conditioners was 10 until 2006. Now, the requirement is 13, which means 30% less electricity consumed and paid for.

Now, it’s common to see models with a SEER of 16! That means 60% less energy consumption cost than a standard air conditioner from 2006. These units are more expensive, but again, we can help you determine exactly how much you’ll save and if you should buy a new air conditioner.

Don’t Forget the Ducts

When most people think of an A/C replacement, they’re thinking of the mechanical A/C unit that does the cooling, but it’s just as important to consider your ductwork.  Leaky ducts can lose up to 30% of cool air before it can do anything!  The best air conditioner in the world won’t make a significant difference if you’re losing all the cool air it outputs through your duct work.

The same goes for general insulation in your house. A leaky house puts necessary strain on your A/C system.  An HVAC technician can also examine your ductwork and general insulation to ensure there are no weak spots. Just make sure you pick the right one.

If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call today at 215-725-6111! We have over 20 years of experience and offer unparalleled service. Most importantly, we are HVAC technicians, NOT salesmen. We want the best for our customers and will never try to sell you unnecessary repairs or replacements.

HVAC Philly
1437 Lake Road
Feasterville, Pa 19053
United States Of America 215-725-6111 info@hvacphilly.com

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