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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.

At Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, we know that there’s no better day than the one when you switch your thermostat from heat to cool – it’s the official signal that winter is gone and summer is upon us! Finally using your air conditioner after months without use can bring up a few questions; when was the last time I had my AC serviced? Does it need repair? How can I get the most out of my system this summer without spending a fortune? Here are some cost-saving tips to keep your home comfortable and ensure that your Haverhill home air conditioner will last you a long time:

  1. Consider the humidity – no one should ever have to consider completely turning off their air conditioner in the summer in order to save a few bucks. Air conditioners dehumidify your home automatically while cooling it, so you will notice a drastic difference in the mugginess of your home if you utilize your AC.
  2. Utilize fans – doubling up your air conditioner with fans can enhance the air circulation in your home and even allow you to raise your thermostat a few degrees to keep costs down. With fans blowing air down, your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard or produce as much cold air, keeping your air conditioner running longer and more efficiently through the summer.
  3. Find the perfect degree – in the first few days that you have your air conditioner running this season, use this time to test out what temperatures you are comfortable at. Make small changes by adding or subtracting a degree here and there until you find the perfect air level – you may find that you are comfortable at a higher temperature than you originally anticipated, which can save you money over time. Remember: the longer your air conditioner is running, the more energy and money you are spending, so every degree counts when it comes to your monthly energy bill.
  4. Don’t forget your annual service – keeping your AC unit up-to-date and annually serviced will ensure that every piece of equipment in your system is working at top efficiency. Reduce your risk of an expensive AC repair in the middle of the summer heat with a check-up now. A healthy and happy AC unit means a healthy and happy home this summer, as well as a healthy and happy wallet!

We know it can get hot in the Haverhill area, but just because the heat is rising doesn’t meant that your energy bills should do the same. Utilize these tips to help you save some money while also maintaining your comfort this summer. If you have any questions about AC repair or servicing or you want to know more about making your home as energy efficient as possible this summer, give your local Climate Zone experts a call at 978-872-1190.

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.

Temperatures are about to be on the rise in the Haverhill area and many residents are getting ready to turn their air conditioners back on. But is your system ready to be used after months of hibernation? Ensuring that your air conditioner is serviced now, before spring hits, will ease your mind when the heat wave hits that your system is ready to perform efficiently and properly. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure that your air conditioner is ready:

  • If you used foam pipe covers around your exposed exterior pipes over the colder season, make sure to remove those. While they probably made a huge difference during the freezing cold temperatures, removing them will ensure that your cool air can circulate better throughout your home.
  • Clear the area around your external air conditioner to ensure that there aren’t any leaves or debris that can hinder the performance of your system. This is important to keep in mind throughout the year, and not just before spring, so be sure to keep about two to three feet of space around your air conditioner clear.
  • Make sure you have your regularly scheduled air conditioner service on the calendar, even if it’s still a bit chilly outside. This check-up can help you take care of safety checks, including equipment cleaning, changing your air filter and inspecting electrical connections.

No matter the season, keeping your air conditioner running smoothly and efficiently is vital to your comfort. Don’t start spring without ensuring that your air conditioner is ready for the change of seasons and prepped to start up strong again. If you have any questions about air conditioner service or the timing, give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 912-7677 or schedule an appointment with us online.

Some unexpected bills always seem to arise when you’re a homeowner. One thing you should work into your budget every year is air conditioner service. So when you’re putting together that to-do list, be sure to include scheduling an appointment for air conditioner service from the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone.

While you may think the only time to call us is when something is going wrong, keeping up with your system’s maintenance keeps things from going wrong. Getting annual air conditioner service is vital to keeping your air conditioner performing at its best.

As your system is running it accumulates dust and pollutants, which can decrease your system’s efficiency. During your annual air conditioner service our certified professionals will clean out the grime that builds up in areas like your unit’s condenser and evaporator coils. If left unaddressed, your AC could lose efficiency each year due to build up. This will not only raise your utility bills, but adds more wear and tear to your system as it has to work harder than necessary.

Annual air conditioner service pays for itself by improving your system’s efficiency and extending the life of your unit. Our technicians will go through a checklist to test and clean your unit, while also addressing any minor problems that could become future headaches.

We know that your air conditioner is a major investment, and as long as it’s working it’s not always on your mind. Our air conditioner service will help keep your air conditioner off your mind because you won’t have to worry about unexpected breakdowns.

Don’t wait until something goes wrong, get your air conditioner service from the professionals at Climate Zone. We will keep you and your home comfortable year round. We are ready to help you with any of your home comfort needs. Give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

We are in the dog days of summer here in Haverhill, MA and our air conditioners have been putting in overtime. If you haven’t had your air conditioner service yet this season, there’s still plenty of summer left to contend with so be sure and get that scheduled. There are a few problems that arise more often than others that you can be on the lookout for.

  1. Leaking refrigerant
    There are two reasons your air conditioner may be low on refrigerant: it wasn’t properly charged at the time it was installed or you have a leak somewhere in your system. Your air conditioner doesn’t use up refrigerant. It is in a constant loop so if you’re running low call one of our certified professionals in to solve the problem. Adding more refrigerant without addressing a leak will not solve the problem and if your system was insufficiently charged we can get you up to the manufacturer’s standards. We can help get your system running at peak performance and efficiency.
  2. Insufficient maintenance
    Just like your car needs its oil changed, your air conditioner needs routine service. A properly maintained system not only runs better, but it lasts longer. Annual air conditioner service allows our team a chance to catch small problems before they become big problems. We go through a series of inspections, tests and cleaning and it will keep your AC in tip-top shape. Our maintenance agreements will give you piece of mind and keep you comfortable.
  3. Short cycling
    Short cycling is when your air conditioner is turning off and on too frequently. There are a number of things that could be causing this to happen. Your system may have been improperly sized for your home. Short cycling adds a lot of stress to your system and will shorten its life and increase your utility bills. You may also have some electrical issues with corroded wires or electrical connections causing issues. It’s best to call in the professional to evaluate any of these problems.

You shouldn’t have to worry about staying cool this summer and with our air conditioner service you won’t have to. It is our mission to keep your family comfortable. If you are experiencing any troubles or have any questions for us give us a call at (978) 872-1190. Of course, you can always set up an appointment with us online using our online scheduler.

Hopefully your to-do list this season is filled with things like trips to the beach and weekend getaways. If you haven’t yet, something to add to that summer to-do list is your annual air conditioner service. New England weather is hard to predict, but one thing is certain, you’re going to be running your air conditioner this summer. An annual air conditioner service performed by the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone along with a few helpful tips will keep you cool and save you money.

Annual Service

As your system runs it accumulates dirt and debris which impact its efficiency. Your air conditioner could be losing up to 5% of its efficiency due to this build up. Not only that, but the accumulation of dust could also be aggravating your seasonal allergies. That’s why it’s so important to get annual air conditioner service. Our certified technicians will perform inspections, tests and cleanings to make sure your system will be keeping you cool for a long time.

Utilize Your Programmable Thermostat

Setting your programmable thermostat could save you up to 10% on your heating and cooling costs for the year. With a programmable thermostat you can customize a cooling plan that works with your schedule to save you money.

Change Your Filter

A dirty filter will negatively impact your AC’s efficiency and could cause damage to your system. Changing your air filter can increase the life and efficiency of your unit and provide you with cleaner air. If you or anyone in your home suffers from allergies it is especially important to make sure you’re changing your filter every month or two.

We want you to enjoy the indoors as much as you’re enjoying the outdoors this season. We are here to answer any questions and help you get through your summer to-do list in comfort. If you haven’t scheduled your air conditioner service yet, call the pros at Climate Zone at (978) 872-1190. Or, if it is easier for you, schedule an appointment with us online using our online scheduler.

Thanks to YouTube tutorials it’s become a lot easier to do things around the house on your own. There are tutorials for pretty much everything and everyone out there, from laying your own tile to building an amazing Minecraft realm. However, there are some things you should leave to the experts, like air conditioner service.

Your annual maintenance tune-up from the certified technicians at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will keep your system running better, longer. There are some things you shouldn’t have to worry about and your air conditioner maintenance is one of them. A few things that the pros will be checking when you get your air conditioner tuned-up are:

  • Check for the proper refrigerant charge. Your system requires the proper amount of refrigerant to run efficiently. If your system is losing refrigerant, that indicates a leak – which we are able to repair. An air conditioner low on refrigerant runs harder and longer. Getting any issue addressed and having your unit properly charged will save you money on your utility bill and wear and tear on your system.
  • Clean evaporator coils. The evaporator coils provide both cooling and dehumidification. When a system’s evaporator coils are dirty, your air conditioner’s performance is significantly diminished. Since these coils are usually wet, contaminants that are moving through your system such as dust and pollen tend to stick to them. Dirty coils use more energy and the ability to cool your home is reduced.
  • Inspect electrical connections. As with any appliance, there is the possibility of wires, connectors and screws coming loose. During your tune-up we will check for any problems that could damage your system’s electrical components.
  • Check your filter. Checking and changing your filter is something you can and should be doing. A dirty air filter affects your home’s air quality and the efficiency of your system. Depending on your home, your filter should be changed every month or two.

These are just a few of the things our professionals will be looking at during your annual maintenance check. It’s a chance for our technicians to catch and repair any small issues before they become big problems. Your air conditioner is a big investment and we want to keep that investment running reliably and efficiently. If you haven’t yet, schedule your annual maintenance by calling us at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

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