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Heating Issues: When to Schedule Repairs

November 12th, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverYou don’t want to hear it, and we don’t want to be the bearer of bad news.  That doesn’t change the fact that you will need heating repairs eventually, though. When you do, you need to schedule them as promptly as possible. The longer that you force your compromised heater to keep running, the worse off that system is going to be. This begs the question of just when you are supposed to schedule service, of course.

You just said it—as soon as possible! Well, sure, but how do you know when there is a problem to begin with? If you’re waiting for your heater to break down entirely before you schedule service, then “as soon as possible” is kind out the window, right? Ideally, you’ll notice the problem well before things get that bad. So we’ve got a few tips to help you spot the need for heating repair in St. Charles, MO right away.

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Don’t Let a Dirty Furnace Filter Cause Trouble

October 29th, 2018

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Modern heating systems, when professionally installed and serviced, are incredibly reliable. That does not mean that they’re 100% reliable,  though, or that any heater ever can be. If you encounter a salesman or service technician telling you otherwise, we recommend that you reconsider doing business with that individual. Just because no heater is 100% reliable, however, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take every precaution in order to keep yours as reliable as possible. That’s where changing the filter comes in.

It may not sound like that big of a deal, but a dirty air filter can actually lead to a lot of different issues with your furnace. In fact, it can even lead to issues requiring furnace repair in St. Charles, MO. The good news is that changing your filter is really simple, and the filters themselves cost very little. For some reason, unfortunately, many homeowners still fail to keep fresh filters in place. By the time you’ve read this post, we think you’ll understand why that’s such a bad idea.

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Is Your Heater Short Cycling?

October 15th, 2018

dog-under-blanketWe really value our clients, and that means that we really value their comfort. In a perfect world, we’d be able to install a heater for you that would never encounter operational problems. The temperatures would drop, you’d fire up your heater, and you’d be warm and cozy for as long as the chill of winter lasted. As you probably realize, however, the world is not a perfect place. At some point, you will need heating repair in Chesterfield, MO.

When, not “if”, you do, remember that we are the professionals to call. Whatever the problem may be, you can count on our technicians to diagnose the issue accurately and promptly. Then, we can go about making the repairs necessary for getting your heating system back on track right away. One common issue that homeowners encounter is short cycling. This issue is tricky, because its causes are not always serious. But, in some cases, they’re about as serious as they get!

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Why We Insist on Routine Heating Maintenance

October 1st, 2018

chilly-manAfter a long, hot, and sticky summer season, the idea of cooler weather may not be that unwelcome. In fact, that change of pace may be quite anticipated. Once the chill of winter does set in, though, you need to know that you are going to be able to live comfortably throughout the season. It won’t be long before you are pining for the hot days of summer if you are not able to cool your home properly with your home heating system.

That is why we recommend that you schedule routine heating maintenance with the O’Fallon, MO HVAC professionals here on our team. We will go over your heater with a fine-toothed comb in order to guarantee that it is ready for anything that winter can throw its way. We may not get pummelled with subzero temperatures and heavy snowfalls the way that they do in other parts of the country, but that definitely does not mean that you can afford to overlook the importance of routine heating maintenance for your system.

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Do You Need a New Furnace Installed?

September 17th, 2018

furnace-technicianWe know, we know. Temperatures are still pretty warm out there. You are not necessarily looking forward to the winter season, so why are we bugging you about it? Well, trust us when we tell you that we are only looking out for your best interests. If you are thinking about replacing your furnace in Chesterfield, MO, now is the time to start really thinking about it. It is not actually in your best interest to wait until you really need it before doing so.

When you do decide to replace your furnace, there is still a lot more to consider. Gas or electric? Make and model? Your budget? One thing that you don’t have to spend too much time on is wondering which contractor to hire for the job, though. Why not? Because you are reading this, and that means that you’ve already found the contractor that you know you can trust to do the job right! Call today!

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Boosting Your Cooling Efficiency

September 3rd, 2018

AC-outdoor-unitThe heat of summer sticks around longer in our area than it does in, say, New England. While there are homeowners in cooler climates that are undoubtedly starting to shut down their ACs for the season, ours are going to be up and running for a bit longer. Is yours up and running efficiently, though?

If not, why are you settling for a less efficient AC performance than you deserve?

When you schedule your air conditioning services with our team, your system will function as reliably as possible. Even so, you want to be sure that you are not overpaying for your comfort.

That is why, today, we’ll be giving you some tips for boosting your air conditioning efficiency.

Keep them in mind, and be sure to call us when you need any air conditioning services in Chesterfield. Our technicians are some of the finest in the industry, and we want to be sure that you are cooling your home as successfully and affordably as possible. 

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When to Replace an Air Conditioner

August 20th, 2018

AC-tools-on-top-of-unitWait a second, we’re nearly at the end of the summer season. Why the heck would I bother replacing my AC when things are hopefully going to be cooling down relatively soon? Well, doesn’t it make more sense to replace your air conditioner in Chesterfield, MO at the end of the season, rather than waiting until you really need a new air conditioner and trying to have it done then? We think so. Of course, that still leaves you with the question of when an air conditioning replacement is actually necessary.

Look, there is no set date that any air conditioner is going to just give up and quit on you. While AC systems will have an expected lifespan, this doesn’t mean that the system will stop working on the day it hits that point. It also doesn’t mean that the system will necessarily even last that long, unfortunately. So what’s a homeowner to do? Wait for the system to break down before replacing it? No way! Here are some tips to help you decide if an AC replacement is necessary.

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How Can Heat Pumps Both Heat and Cool?

August 6th, 2018

condenser-green-leavesIf you have expressed to family and/or friends that you are thinking about investing in a new air conditioner, then you may have heard some of them recommend a heat pump.

“It’s great,” they’ve said.

“You’ll save money,” they’ve claimed.

“You’ll be able to heat and cool your home,” they’ve boasted.

“Yeah, right,” you’ve murmured. If it sounds too good to be true, after all.

Well, we’re here to tell you that you should have more faith in your friends and family! They are absolutely right in their assessment of the heat pump system. This is one case where a deal that sounds too good to be true is, in fact, true! But how is this possible? Read on to learn more about how it is that a heat pump in Chesterfield, MO is capable of both heating and cooling your home.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Needs a Fresh Filter

July 23rd, 2018

man-with-filterYou have had it drilled into your head over and over again. Your air conditioner needs annual, professional maintenance. If you are a responsible homeowner, then you are diligent in scheduling annual maintenance with trained professionals that you can trust. In fact, you’ve probably already joined our outstanding maintenance program. You may still be falling short in one particular area, though, and that is in changing your air filter as needed. Yes, we’ll do it during your tune-up, but that’s not enough.

Your air filter is going to need to be changed somewhere in the every 1-3 month range, though there are a lot of different factors that can influence just how frequently yours will require changing. And before you ask, yes, it really is that important. Leaving a dirty air filter in your HVAC system can have a number of detrimental effects on that system, as you’ll see in the post that follows. So read on, and remember to schedule your AC services in Chesterfield with us.

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There Is No Such Thing as a “Minor” Refrigerant Leak!

July 9th, 2018

question-markThere are plenty of times in life when one may be hesitant to recognize a problem, or when one may be quick to downplay just how important any given problem really is. If you own a home and use an air conditioning system to keep yourself and your family comfortable throughout our brutally hot and humid summer season, then you cannot afford to develop this type of mindset in regards to refrigerant leaks. Refrigerant leaks of any size are serious problems demanding prompt attention.

That being said, it begs a rather obvious question: how do you know if there even is a refrigerant leak in your system? It is not as if you are a professional HVAC technician—after all, if you were, you wouldn’t need us to tell you all this. Well, the “silver lining” here, though that may be testing the limits of the phrase, is that a refrigerant leak will typically give you some clear signs that something is wrong and that professional AC repairs in Chesterfield, MO are necessary.

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