Sweltering heat of June is here, avoiding your Air Conditioning Repair in Bucks County in no longer an option as High temperatures during the next two months are in the 90s and low 100s across Bucks County, PA with heat index values above 100 degrees at times.
Do yourself a favor and take it easy in these hot days and humid nights. Drink plenty of water, stay indoors – preferably with air conditioning – and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. If you can, limit outdoor activities to the morning and evening hours.
1. Make sure your outdoor unit is clean. The outdoor part of your cooling equipment should be free of mulch or weeds. You should also make sure that it is sitting ﬂat and level, and higher than the ground around it so water does not pool in the bottom when it rains. Don’t try to do this yourself, as it is very easy to damage the lines running to the A/C condenser.
2. Use fans. On those moderately warm days, sometimes a fan is all you need to keep you comfortable in the afternoon until things cool down. If you put the fan by a window, make sure you choose a window on the shady side of the house so you draw in cooler air.
3. Check your airﬂow. Make sure the areas around the vents are clear so that nothing blocks your airﬂow-on both outlets and return air grilles. Drapes and furniture can effectively block air from coming into the room. Check that the dampers are open all the way and vacuum away any dust buildup.
4. Don’t use your dryer during the heat of the day. Your clothes dryer is blowing air out of the house, causing air to be drawn into your house to offset it. If you are drawing in hot air, your air conditioner is just going to have to work harder.
5. Turn off your humidiﬁer. For most humidiﬁers (typically the by-pass type), when they are set to the “on” or “winter” mode, moisture is added to your air every time the blower runs. In the summer you don’t want to be adding more humidity to your home; that will just make your air conditioning have to run longer. Make sure you set it to the “summer” or “off” setting before you start running your air conditioner.
6. Install a programmable thermostat, and program it. If you are able to turn the temperature up overnight or when no one is home you can really save some money on your electric bill. A programmable thermostat can be set to bring your home back to a comfortable temperature by the time you need it, and it takes the burden of switching it up and down off of you. I’m always surprised how many people have one of these thermostats but have never taken the time to set it up. Take the time and put the programming in, even if you’re not running the air conditioning yet. It will be all set for when you need it. NOTE: If you lost your instructions, they probably are available on the internet. You might also check YouTube; there may even be a video helping to explain the process for your thermostat.
7. Use blinds. Closing the blinds or drapes on the sunny side of the house can go a long way toward blocking the sun’s warmth from heating up your home. This is especially true if you use insulated blinds.
HVAC Philly provides air conditioner Repair service to Bucks County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County including Bensalem PA 19020, Bristol PA 19007, Feasterville PA 19053, Holland PA 18966, Langhorne PA 19047, Levittown PA 19054, Newtown PA 18940, Northampton PA 18067, Southampton PA 18966, Penndel PA 19047, Richboro PA 18954, Warminster PA 18974, Warrington PA 18976, Yardley PA 19067, Cheltenham PA 19012, Elkins Park PA 19027, Huntingdon Valley PA 19006, Horsham PA 19044, Jenkintown PA 19046, Glenside PA 19038, Abington PA 19001, Hatboro PA 19001, Northeast Philadelphia PA, South Philadelphia PA, Center City Philadelphia PA, Manayunk PA 19127.
Visit them online today and get your air conditioner serviced before the hot temperatures start to climb even higher
As a Philadelphia AC repair technician for over 20 years I must admit that newer Air Conditioning systems provide much better cooling but lost their durability, these small size York and Lennox condensers built in the early 1980s are still running today
For the last two decades Air Conditioning systems have been designed with efficiency as a top priority, they have become quieter, they can run on different stages, larger in size to achieve better heat transfer and they include so many new sensors, valves and pressure switches to provide an overall efficient comfort.
The one drawback is that all these added parts come with a life expectancy of around three to five years if system is professionally installed, thus a newer air conditioner failure on a hot day is no reason to assume your HVAC services provider has committed a crime when they charged you thousands for this new dead high efficiency air conditioner, it may just be a minor switch replacement that maybe covered under your warranty, but as warranty expires you will be looking at some cost, average air conditioner repairs cost fall between $175 and $484 with most homeowners reporting that they spend about $319. If you do need an AC repair, these are
Common AC problems and their reported costs:
- R-22 leak detection and repair: $445-$1600
- Air Conditioner refrigerant recharge: $150-$420
- Circuit board replacement: $160-$500
- Replace fuses, circuit breakers or relays: $45-$300
- Thermostat replacement: $80-$250
- Compressor hard start kit: $110-$260
- Capacitor or contactor replacement: $95-$410
- Compressor replacement: $1250-$1700, based on size and type
- Evap, coil replacement: $850-$1300
- Condensing unit fan motor replacement: $170-$320
- Condensate pump replacement: $95-$260
service call fee can vary from $85 to $120, depending mostly on your location and the time of year in which the call is made. The time of HVAC Contractors is at a premium in the summer months.
If Your air conditioner is not working at all, and you must replace it with a new one then you will need not to rush into hiring the first contractor you speak with.
Questions to Ask
- Are they licensed, bonded, and insured?
- Are their technicians certified by any professional HVAC organizations?
- What types of warranties and guarantees to do they offer for their work?
- How many years has the company been in business?
- Will the technician inspect the duct system as well as the unit itself?
- Is financing available for larger repairs?
- Does the company have a 24 hour 7 day a week emergency service?
- Will the company provide a written estimate before starting the work?
I would check their BBB ratings as the better business bureau does other back ground and quality of services checks when rating contractors.
HVAC Philly heating and air conditioning is a local Philadelphia PA HVAC contractors since 1994 with a BBB rating of (A+), for additional information related to AC repairs and installation visit our site.