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

Prevent Water Leaks from Your Air Conditioner

Monday, July 11th, 2016

One of the most important things you can do for your air conditioner is to schedule routine maintenance each and every year. Routine maintenance visits help to prevent major problems with your air conditioner, since you get an inspection and tune-up from a technician trained to recognize problems quickly.

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3 Signs You Should Schedule AC Repair Right Now

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Not sure if that problem with your air conditioner is really that big of a deal? It could get a lot worse if you let the issue go on for too long. But you don’t want to spend the money if you don’t have to! To help you out, we provide a few signs here that your air conditioner should be serviced as soon as possible.

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Can I Buy Used AC Equipment for Cheaper?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Operating your air conditioner in the hottest months is already costly at times, so we know you want to save money wherever you can on your cooling costs. Some people attempt to do this by shopping around for the cheapest AC system, something that we strongly recommend against. This can result in a greater cost overall—especially if the air conditioning equipment is already used.

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Efficiency Matters with a New Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, June 20th, 2016

When you’re shopping around for a new AC installation, you may feel tempted to look for the cheapest system you can find. Unfortunately, this may mean you have to pay more to operate your air conditioner later on, at a higher cost to you overall.

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Why Does My New AC Cost So Much to Run?

Monday, June 6th, 2016

If you’ve just upgraded your air conditioner, you expect it to run smoothly and efficiently. And rightfully so. Today’s air conditioning systems are so much more efficient than they were 15 years ago or even a decade ago, and any upgrade should result in a higher efficiency level than for a system that was running slowly after many years of use.

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Refrigerant and AC Systems: What You Should Know

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Central air conditioners need refrigerant, a chemical blend, in order to move heat around. Heat transfer is essential to the cooling process, because cool air cannot be made without first removing heat. These are the very basics of refrigerant, and there’s not too much more you really need to know about how the refrigeration process works (unless you really want to know or you’re training to be a technician).

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Why Does Water Sometimes Leak from AC Systems?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. Water leakage from AC systems is a common problem, and it’s one of the most common reasons homeowners call us for urgent repairs. There’s nothing quite as scary as having water leak into your home from the ceiling or from the walls, and you need this problem fixed quickly.

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A Bigger Air Conditioner Is Not a Better Option

Monday, April 25th, 2016

When you’re searching for a new air conditioner, there are a lot of different factors to check out on the label. You might notice an ENERGY STAR seal, the governmental seal of approval that this system uses as little energy as possible without suffering in performance and cooling output. You might also find the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), a number noting the specific efficiency rating of a system. And you should be able to find out the size of the air conditioner, in tons or BTUs per hour.

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Tune Up Your AC System before It Gets Any Warmer

Monday, April 18th, 2016

When you turn on your air conditioning system for the first time this spring, it might seem as though everything is working just fine. In the spring, when temperatures outside are mild, your air conditioner does a fine job of changing the temperature of the air. But you cannot guarantee that it will continue to work as well when temperatures spike.

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How Important Is It That I Change My Air Filter?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Your HVAC system’s air filter is likely not something you think about very often. There are many things about your air conditioner that should be left to a professional to inspect, service, and repair. However, your air filter is not one of these things. Changing your air filter is one task that not only can you do on your own, you should be doing on a regular basis. Doing so is vital to your cooling system’s performance and efficiency.

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