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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.

Summer is a time when your air conditioner is working hard. When temps hit the upper 80s and 90s around Haverhill, cooling off makes your AC work even harder, which can mean higher bills.

Cooling and heating costs typically account for 48 percent of your monthly utility bill. Improving energy efficiency can mean a cooler home and a little more money at the end of the month. The good news? Increasing your HVAC system’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or require purchasing a whole new air conditioner.

Following some of these easy tips will increase your home’s energy efficiency and help you balance comfort and cost.

Schedule a Free, In-Home Energy Audit

Haverhill area homes have a great resource to help find ways to make their air conditioners more energy efficient: a free, in-home energy audit offered by Mass Save. As part of this program, Mass Save sends a specialist to assess your home’s energy usage and provide you with personalized recommendations. Then, they’ll work with you to create a home energy efficiency plan.

Your energy audit includes an assessment of everything from your heating and cooling system to your laundry and kitchen appliances. Mass Save will also inform you of any possible rebates or incentives available to you for improving your home’s energy efficiency.

Routine Maintenance

Most of the time people only think of air conditioner service when their unit breaks down or isn’t running well. But one of the best ways to prevent potential air conditioner replacement is also one of the best ways to make sure your home is being cooled as efficiently as possible: routine HVAC maintenance.

We’ve offered tips on how you can easily perform maintenance on your AC unit. (Changing your air filters every one to three months is one of the easiest, and most commonly overlooked, ways to make a simple impact on energy efficiency.) But having a scheduled maintenance agreement will also help your air conditioner run at peak energy efficiency thanks to professionally-trained pros, armed with the skills to get the best out of your air conditioner.

Utilize Your Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust at what times to run your AC and how much energy to use when cooling your home. It allows for comfort that suits your needs and schedule while helping you save big on utility bills. With a wide selection of programmable thermostats available, you’ll find one that’s right for your home and your wallet.

Keeping your energy efficiency high and your utility bills low is not just a priority for you, it’s also a priority for us. There’s no reason you can’t stay comfortable and save money. We are here to help you achieve just that. If you have any questions for us on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency or anything related to your home comfort, give our professionals a call at (978) 872-1190 or contact us online.

Our air conditioners here in the Haverhill area have certainly gotten a workout this summer. Just like summer vacations, all good things must come to an end – and that includes your air conditioner. Something nearly all homeowners will have to face one day is air conditioner replacement. However, there are a few signs that will let you know that it’s time to stop repairing your air conditioner and start looking to replace your air conditioner. When you reach that decision the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will help you every step of the way.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you think your air conditioner may be starting to fail:

Age of Your System

A well-maintained air conditioner, receiving annual air conditioner service, can be expected to last in the ballpark of 15 years. If you have an air conditioner around 10 years’ old that’s in need of expensive repairs, replacement may be your best option. AC technology has advanced a lot in 10 years and with that comes increased reliability and increased efficiency. That may make a new air conditioner a better option. Our certified technicians can talk your options over with you and make certain you’re comfortable with whatever decision you make, whether it be repair or replacement.

Decreased Efficiency

The place to look for decreased efficiency is in your utility bills. The next time your bill arrives, take a close look at energy consumption. If you don’t feel you’ve been using more energy than you normally do it might be time to take a look at your AC. Most of the newer systems are more energy efficient, so you’re able to potentially see a month-to-month reduction in your energy bills with a new system.

Frequent Breakdowns

The occasional need for service is to be expected, but if you find yourself calling for service more frequently and see the repair bills adding up, it might be time to consider a replacement. A new system may be more cost efficient than continuing to repair an older model.

There are a number of other things to look for when considering an air conditioner replacement, but these are the most common. Replacing your air conditioner is a major investment into your home and our team can work with you to figure out if it’s time for a repair or a replacement. We want you to be 100% satisfied with the end result of your decision. If you have any home comfort concerns or questions please give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

At some point we’ve all sarcastically said or heard the phrase, “the joys of home ownership.” When you’re in need of an air conditioner replacement is certainly one of those times, but replacing your air conditioner isn’t all bad news. Air conditioners are being made more efficient than ever. This mean lowering your energy usage, which can save you money. Another way to save money with a new system is by utilizing rebates and tax credits.

You could qualify for utility rebates and other local incentive programs when you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioner from Lennox®. You’ll improve the comfort of your home, while also saving money.

The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has been approved by Mass Save as an AC Check Trained Contractor. Mass Save ensures that the contractors they work with have been trained in proper airflow and charge protocols through their heating and cooling program and that your newly installed equipment operates according to manufacturer’s specifications. We will work with you to ensure you’re getting all the rebates and incentives available as they tend to change quickly so it’s best to take advantage of them as soon as they become available.

If you’ve decided to take your efficiency to the next level and go the solar air conditioner route, such as the SunSource® Home Energy System, you’ll be eligible for a federal renewable-energy tax credit through 2016. If you were thinking of solar, now is definitely the time.

The professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone pride ourselves in keeping you comfortable and want you to truly find the joy in homeownership. We are available to assist you in all of your home comfort needs, 24/7. We can talk you through the rebates and savings that are available to you and help you ensure you’re getting the right system to fit your specific needs. Give us a call with any questions at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.