Archive for July, 2017

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill continuously stresses the importance of servicing your heating and cooling equipment regularly. It’s similar to a car’s engine–if you don’t check on it and tune it up every so often, it will certainly break down. This summer, the heat has been brutal so it is more important than ever to ensure that you air conditioning will last you the whole season and keep you comfortable.

One thing that may be stopping some people from scheduling these service appointments is the fact that mechanical trades often get a bad rap as untrustworthy, leaving a bad taste in a consumer’s mouth for the whole repair and service industry. Heating and cooling repair and sales companies have sometimes been lumped into this category; however, there is good news for the HVAC industry and consumers alike: there are a great deal of new ways to check the reliability and dependability of HVAC repair companies.

Internet research in the form of company history, customer testimonials, company ratings and BBB reports are just the start toward keeping customers well-informed about the HVAC company they choose to use for repairs and maintenance. These online descriptions allow the dependable, reliable and trustworthy HVAC companies to stand out, like Climate Zone.

So, what does a proper heating and air conditioning service actually do for your unit? There are standard maintenance steps for properly cleaning, lubricating and correcting the temperature control system. The main focus of a tune-up is to clean and balance your system, making sure all parts are running as efficiently and smoothly as possible. An air conditioning service should consist of:

  • Safety component and thermostat calibration check
  • A complete visual system inspection
  • An operational assessment
  • Gas or oil pressure and pilot light adjustments (for heating equipment)
  • Measurement and correction of temperature difference between the source and return air
  • A system cleaning and standard air filter replacement

Generally, a service appointment should happen right before the start of major season changes, before the hottest and coldest parts of the year in Haverhill. The best way to remember this is to add a note in your calendar or add an item to your Spring Cleaning list or Fall Activities list. It’s easier to clean and fix your air conditioning or heating systems in these milder seasons because of the nice weather, but also because heating and cooling companies will not have jam-packed schedules fixing broken systems yet for those who didn’t receive maintenance on their systems. This may mean discounted-rates on your servicing, too!

Finally, the most important thing to consider when choosing a company for an air conditioning or heating tune-up is their certifications. Are the professionals trained, experienced and certified technicians? Never let someone who is not properly equipped to fix your HVAC system, if for no other reason than for your family’s personal safety. The most national recognized technical certification is the NATE (North American Technician Excellence), an independent, third party certification body for HVAC/R technicians. You can find out more about NATE at their website, www.natex.org. Be sure to ask any company you speak to if their technicians are NATE-certified.

Feeling more convinced about the importance of a comprehensive air conditioning? If you haven’t received maintenance on your air conditioner yet this summer, give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill a call at 978-912-7677 and learn about our service process, raving customer reviews and technician certifications. You can also request an appointment with us online if that’s easier.

You’ve made it through the majority of summer and have settled in to the thought of cooler fall nights. With everyone using their air conditioner right now we’re getting a lot of questions in the height of AC repair season. We’ve compiled a few of the more common ones in hopes that one of these might be a question you have as well:

What temperature should my thermostat be set at during hot summer nights?
If you are interested in saving money and energy by decreasing your air conditioner temperature at night, the first thing to do would be to invest in a programmable thermostat. The technology available in thermostats nowadays allows you to stay comfortable throughout your evening and while you sleep without having to lift a finger or get out of bed to change the thermostat. That being said, you can actually achieve better sleep with a room set around the 67 degree mark.

How do I know if I have the right size air conditioner?
The proper size of a home air conditioner is fully dependent on the load calculation of your home – this can be determined by a Climate Zone professional and takes into account the regional humidity, designed efficiency levels and the size of the home.

Why does my air conditioner keep running?
If you hear your air conditioner continuously running during these hot summer months, it is likely because it is being overworked. Unexpected hot days will come up, while your air conditioner is still working to maintain your temperature indoors. So, more often than not, your air conditioner is not undersized, it is just working harder due to the unforeseen and uncontrollable Haverhill weather.

How often should I replace my AC air filter?
The standard for one-inch fiberglass filters is determined by each manufacturer. Take a few moments to read over the packaging on your filters and follow the recommendation for your specific manufacturer. While replacement every 3 months or so is common for one-inch filters, and even longer for 4 inch filters, your specific filters will have it spelled out for you.

If you still have any other questions regarding your HVAC, come ask the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone. Give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment with us online.