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Few home repair jobs can be more frustrating than dealing with your air conditioner. A broken AC unit usually means sweating it out at home with technical problems that are often beyond the skills of even the handiest homeowner. Selecting the right company to fix your air conditioner can mean the difference between convenient comfort and infuriating difficulties.

Every company in Haverhill offers different options when it comes to repairs. Asking the right questions ahead of time can help you choose the perfect AC repair company for your needs. Here are a few important questions to ask when doing your research:

    • Is the company licensed, bonded and insured?
      Customers who ask this question are usually invested in the future of their homes and want the best service possible. Licensed companies are permitted to perform work in Haverhill, and bonded companies are financially backed by a bonding company in the event of a filed claim. Insured companies prevent homeowners from being held legally responsible if a worker is injured during a repair or check-up. Make sure all of these boxes are checked to find an AC repair company you can trust. The best companies often rise above their competitors by being licensed, insured and bonded—and should be more than happy to show you proof.
    • Can the company provide local references?
      We normally ask our friends and neighbors their opinions on everything from restaurants to babysitters. So why not reach out to them for heating and air conditioning repair recommendations as well? Other Haverhill locals have been in your shoes. Knowing what they think about the repair service they received is important. They can give you the reasons why they chose the company they did and offer you an honest, unbiased opinion on the services they received. Make sure to check out Climate Zone’s testimonials website for further opinions on our service.
    • Will you receive a detailed, written work estimate?
      There are good surprises and bad surprises. Paying more than you expected for your AC repair certainly falls into the latter category. So, it’s important to receive a detailed outline of what will be done during an AC repair and the costs associated with each part of the project. It can make a huge difference for your peace of mind. Written estimates not only protect you as a customer, but they also hold the repair company accountable for completing everything they said they’d do. While unexpected things can always come up during a repair, having a written record of what work is to be done can help make sure work stays on track.

These aren’t all the possible questions you could ask when choosing the right AC repair company, but it’s a good start. The pros at Climate Zone can provide answers to your questions, and help you consider some things you hadn’t before. Our goal is to thoroughly satisfy the AC repair needs of our customers. It’s how we’ve built our company into one known for trustworthy AC repair in the Haverhill area. Find out for yourself. Give us a call at (978) 912-7677.

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.

Everyone has heard a million times about how important it is to have your air conditioner and entire HVAC system serviced regularly, whether it’s in an advertisement, in another blog post or just by word-of-mouth from a friend. There are a lot of important advantages to keeping your air conditioner up-to-date on its maintenance, especially as the temperature gets warmer in the Haverhill area. But one of the most important parts about air conditioner service this time of year is that it helps you avoid the chances of needing a full AC repair right in the middle of the heat of summer.

This air conditioner tune-up that everyone is talking about; what makes it so vital this time of the year? And why is scheduling one ahead of a major system problem so important?

Annual check-ups on your air conditioner can reduce the amount of potential problems that could arise throughout the year. During the season change of spring to summer, air conditioners are needed most as our bodies and homes adjust to the new outdoor heat. By thinking ahead and getting AC maintenance scheduled now before summer officially begins, you don’t have to think about getting your service done all summer long and can get back to living in comfort and enjoying the sun. Before you even switch your thermostat to ‘cool,’ make sure your system is running at its full potential.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone looks for all the small details and potential problems when we check your air conditioner, ensuring that your small problems don’t turn into big ones. There are even more advantages to air conditioner service that can make a hug difference in your home:

  • Tune-ups can increase the lifespan of your system; when you take care of your air conditioner, it will take care of you, and for the long haul.
  • A well-operating air conditioner will improve the comfort of your home, allowing you to breathe easy and possibly even reduce your energy consumption.
  • When your air conditioner is up-to-date and running smoothly, you will save money on your energy bills and keep more money in your pockets for those fun summer adventures.

Instead of keeping your fingers crossed and hoping for the best this summer in Haverhill, get your routine air conditioner service done now and avoid needing AC repair. The experts at Climate Zone are ready to help at 978-912-7677 or you can schedule a service online. Live in comfort and at ease this summer!

AC repair can be one of the most frustrating home repairs. When you have to repair your air conditioner, it usually means that something has broken and that you’ve been living uncomfortably for a period of time. We get it – home repairs are never a walk in the park, but choosing the right company to fix your air conditioner can make all the difference. All of the options in Haverhill offer different things, so asking the right questions is very important in deciding on the perfect AC repair company:

Are you licensed, insured and bonded?

  • Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone loves when we get this question from potential customers because it means that you’re invested in the future of your home and are wanting the best service possible. Licensed companies are permitted to perform work in Haverhill; bonded companies are financially backed by a bonding company in the event of a filed claim; and insured companies prevent you from being held responsible if a worker is injured during a repair or check-up – all of these boxes should be checked for you to feel comfortable with the AC repair company that you choose. These things separate the best companies from the shadier ones and those companies who are licensed, insured and bonded should be more than willing to show you proof.

Do you have local references?

  • We ask our neighbors and peers for all sorts of opinions and feedback, so why not reach out to them for heating and air conditioning equipment recommendations as well? It’s important to hear from local Haverhill residents about their repair experiences because they have been in your shoes. They can give you the reasons why they chose the company they did and offer you an honest, unbiased opinion on the services they received. You can also check out personal testimonials on our Climate Zone website for further opinions on our service.

Can you provide a detailed, written estimate?

  • Receiving a detailed outline of what will be done during an AC repair and the costs associated with each aspect can make a huge difference for your peace of mind. These estimates not only protect you as a customer, but they also hold the professional accountable for completing everything they are supposed to. Unexpected things can always come up, so it can be important to have a record of what will be done and what both parties can expect.

These questions are a few of the many possible questions you could ask when choosing the perfect AC repair company for you, but at Climate Zone, we are confident that these will give you a great start. Our answers to all three of these questions are sure to satisfy you and we are passionate about reliable and trustworthy AC repair in the Haverhill area. So, if you are in need of AC repair and find Climate Zone to be the right fit for you, give us a call at 978-912-7677 or schedule an appointment with us online.

We are coming to the end of air conditioner season here in the Haverhill area, but if you’ve lived here long enough, you know how unpredictable New England weather can be. If you’re experiencing any problems with your air conditioner now, it’s a great time to schedule AC repair. Don’t wait until next year to fix problems you are having now.

Here are some signs to watch out for that will let you know it’s time to call in one of our professionals for an AC repair.

Strange Sounds

If you hear any strange noises coming from your air conditioner, that likely isn’t a good sign. If you hear any rattling, buzzing or anything out of the ordinary, call us in to check it out. There are a lot of moving parts inside your AC and wear and tear could cause those parts to become loose or damaged. Don’t ignore any strange noises coming from your system. It’s probably a small problem but ignoring it could lead to bigger problems down the line.

Air Isn’t Cold

Your air conditioner not cooling the air is probably the first problem you’ll notice when something is going wrong. If your thermostat is set to cool and it’s not cooling, something is wrong and you’ll want to call a certified technician from Climate Zone to come check it out.

Decreased Airflow

If the air isn’t flowing from your vents as it usually does, there could be an issue. The first thing you might want to check is your air filter. A dirty air filter could cause all sorts of problems, one of them being that a clogged up filter blocks regular air flow. If your filter is fine, give us a call and we’ll get things flowing smoothly again.

If you think something is amiss with your air conditioner, you’re probably right. Getting needed AC repair isn’t something you want to put off until next year. Give our experts a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

Things are really starting to heat up here in the Haverhill area, which means your AC is having to work overtime. When your system starts working overtime it’s more likely to break down. That’s why it’s so important to have an AC repair technician you can trust. It’s best to do some research before a breakdown so when you need a repair you aren’t just picking the first name out of the phone book. There are some companies out there that try to take advantage of your sweaty state. So what are some signs that your AC repair technician doesn’t have your best interests in mind?

  1. Requesting Payment Before Beginning Work
    • If you’ve ever watched a daytime court show you know that not only should you get things in writing, but you also shouldn’t pay contractors before they’ve provided service. Reputable companies will provide an estimate and most will not require any payment before work begins.
  2. Quotes a Price Before Inspecting Your System
    • If your technician hasn’t inspected your system how are they figuring up the price they are quoting? Find a company that will provide both an inspection and an estimate before quoting and beginning service.
  3. Refuses to Put it in Writing
    • Again, unless you want to end up in small claims court, don’t work with a company that refuses to put work in writing. Having a signed contract or estimate means that you and your technician are both on the same page as far as the scope of the work involved and the cost.

Hopefully these tips will help you avoid working with untrustworthy contractors. If you are in need of AC repair in the future, we hope you will keep the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in mind. Our knowledgeable, accredited technicians will work with you to ensure that you understand the work being done before it begins. If you’d like to see some of our client reviews check out our testimonials. We’ve also won awards from Haverhill’s Best and Home Depot’s Voice of the Customer Award in 2014. We are proud of our work and we believe if you work with us you will see why. If you’d like to schedule an appointment or have any questions give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

Sometimes as homeowners we cause ourselves more grief than necessary, from believing we can fix the plumbing ourselves to forgetting to keep up on our regular air conditioner maintenance and having to call for an air conditioner repair. It’s easy to make things a lot harder than they need to be and your air conditioner is no exception.

We know how hot a New England summer can get, so we put together some common things to look out for to keep this season cool and free from major air conditioner repairs.

  1. Ignoring Changes in the Sound of Your AC
    If your system starts making strange sounds or starts behaving any differently, don’t ignore it. Anything out-of-the-ordinary is your air conditioner’s way of letting you know something is wrong. The longer the sounds continue the greater the possibility that you may need to call for AC repair. You don’t want to wait until your repair turns into an emergency or outage. It’s best to call an expert and get their opinion before, what is possibly a small problem, creates bigger problems.
  2. Forgetting Your Air Filter
    Changing your air filter is a simple thing to do that’s very easy to forget. It’s important to change your air filter regularly. If your filter is dirty the air flow throughout your house is inhibited and your system has to work harder to do its job. This will not only cause it to be less efficient with will raise your utility bill, but it will also shorten the life of your system. Your filters should be changed every few months. If you have any questions about how often you should be changing your filter, the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone would be happy to help you figure out your filter changing schedule.
  3. Not Scheduling Regular Maintenance
    Think of your annual AC tune-up as getting an oil change on your car. It is an essential part of keeping your system running at its best. Your regularly scheduled maintenance is the time where any small problems can be caught before they become larger issues.

The team at Climate Zone is here to keep your system running smoothly all year long. These tips should keep you from having to call us for any emergency repairs, but we’re here 24/7 if any emergency arises. If you have any questions about what you can do to keep your air conditioner running at tip-top shape or need us to come out and take a look at things, call us at (978) 872-1190 or use our online scheduler.

With spring officially here, even if the temperature doesn’t reflect it yet, it will only be a matter of time until we start feeling the effects of another warm Haverhill summer. It’s no secret that as temperatures begin to climb we start depending more and more on our air conditioners so that we can escape the heat and stay comfortable.

As it is with most everything, the more you use it, the greater the chance that parts can begin to wear out or will require service. Air conditioners are no exception to this rule. So if it’s been a while since you’ve had your air conditioner serviced, the chance for an air conditioner repair is likely increasing too.

Now is the perfect time to flip on your air conditioner to see if there is anything out of the ordinary going on with your system so you can get it checked out. A few of the most common things we suggest looking for are:

  • Air That Doesn’t Get Cold – It seems like something you’d notice pretty quickly, but you’d be surprised how many people flip on their air conditioner and don’t realize it isn’t providing cold air until it really heats up outside. If you’ve already noticed this and tried to adjust your thermostat, but still aren’t noticing any change in the air temperature, it may be time to give us a call.
  • Decreased Airflow – If you put your hand over a vent in your home and it feels like the air coming out of it doesn’t seem to be coming out as strong as it usually does, there is a chance you have a problem. One of the first things to do is to replace your air filter. Dirty air filters can cause a lot of issues with air conditioners and is a relatively easy fix that you can likely do on your own.
  • Strange Noises – We wouldn’t say that it’s normal to hear clanking or banging sounds coming from your air conditioner, so if you hear these, you may need the help of a pro. Air conditioners have a lot of moving parts to them, both inside and out, so it’s not uncommon to have something come loose and get damaged from regular use over time.

Just because you haven’t had your system serviced doesn’t mean that repair is inevitable though. Even if Haverhill experiences record temps this summer, your system could work just fine. However, why risk it going out on the hottest day in July? The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone is available 24/7 to help take care of anything that’s going on with your air conditioner. Give us a call at (978) 872-1190 to get something set up today.