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Helpful Air Conditioning Tips for Spring in Massachusetts

Warmer weather has arrived here in Massachusetts. Summer weather is just around the corner. You need to take advantage of the mild spring weather to get your air conditioning ready for the hot weather ahead. Use these air conditioning tips for spring in Massachusetts.

Tips for Getting Your A/C Ready

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Here are five tips for getting your A/C ready for summer:

  1. Clear trash, debris, and weeds from around your outside condensing unit. It needs clear airflow to work efficiently. Over the autumn and winter, leaf debris can accumulate around its base. As spring starts to blossom, weeds have a tendency to sprout up everywhere. Remove it all.
  2. Wash the exterior condensing unit off with a hose. If there is caked grime, a mild solution of water and dish detergent should remove it. Do not use a pressure washer on the outside unit as the pressurized water can damage the fins and other components.
  3. Change your air filters. This is actually something you should do every month. To cool your house efficiently, the A/C blower needs a steady supply of air. A clogged filter restricts air flow. Plus, it allows dust and debris to get into the A/C equipment and blow throughout your house, lowering your indoor air quality significantly.
  4. Clean your vents and registers. Even with regular air filter changes, some dust is going to make its way into the air ducts. It will often settle on the fins of vents and registers. Spring is the perfect time to clean those fins.
  5. Schedule an annual maintenance visit. Before you turn the A/C on for the season, make sure it is in good shape. An annual service call from a trained A/C technician will do the trick. This will keep the A/C running efficiently, minimize repair needs, and extend the life of the equipment.

These air conditioning tips for spring will keep you comfortable in the coming months of summer. If you need to schedule an annual maintenance visit for your A/C, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve the Route 495/128 are of Massachusetts.

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Keep Your Heat Pump Working Year-Round With Routine Maintenance

In both winter and summer, your heat pump works hard to keep your home comfortable. To keep it in the best shape possible, you need to have routine heat pump maintenance performed. This will keep it running efficiently, lower repair costs, and prolong the heat pump’s life.

Read More Keep Your Heat Pump Working Year-Round With Routine Maintenance >>

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When It Comes to Replacing the A/C, Consider the System’s Initial and Lifetime Costs

Are you about to make an expensive mistake with your A/C replacement? If you’re not considering both the initial and the lifetime costs of a new cooling system, it could end up costing you a lot of money in the next decade or more.

Read More When It Comes to Replacing the A/C, Consider the System’s Initial and Lifetime Costs >>

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Geothermal Heat Pump: Is This Option Right for You?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consider a geothermal heat pump (GHP) the most energy efficient form of heating and cooling available. GHPs achieve such efficiency by exchanging heat underground or with a body of water, and other than the electricity to run them, they use no other energy source. Their advantages may help you decide if this system is right for your home and family.

Read More Geothermal Heat Pump: Is This Option Right for You? >>

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How Concerned Should You Be If Your Home’s Heat Pump Freezes Over?

How concerned should you be if your heat pump freezes over?  Maybe not very—at least, not just yet. If a light coating of frost appears on the heat pump’s external coils, as well as the refrigerant lines that run into the house, it probably just means the outdoor temperature’s dropped to 40 degrees or below and the amount of water vapor in the air is above 70 percent. Since the heat pump coil typically runs about 20 degrees lower than the outdoor temperature, dew forming on the cold coil and refrigerant conduit freezes into a dusty layer of frost.

HVAC systemTwo caveats are important to keep in mind when your heat pump freezes over:

  • Frost should be a temporary issue. Heat pumps incorporate defrosting technology to automatically eliminate frost on the coils. A reversing valve in the system redirects warm refrigerant flow back the outdoor coil and melts the frost. These systems may be actuated at regular intervals by a timer or controlled by a microprocessor that senses frost conditions.In any case, the appearance of frost on the heat pump shouldn’t linger for more than a couple of hours. If frost continues to accumulate beyond that time frame, a defect in the defrost cycle may have occurred.
  • Ice is another matter. A thick coating of ice on the coil differs from a layer of frost. Ice forming on a heat pump may eventually encase the entire unit and obstruct airflow through the coil. Usually, the system will either run non-stop or automatically shut down.If obvious causes such as falling sleet or freezing rain are ruled out, thick ice accumulation on a heat pump indicates potential malfunctions such as a low refrigerant charge, which is usually indicative of a leak, a defective defrost timer or sensor, or a stuck reversing valve.

For anything more than light frost accumulation that melts within a few hours, contact a qualified HVAC service provider.

If the heat pump freezes over in your Boston area home, call Rodenhiser Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Considering a Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump? Tips for Getting More Out of It When It’s Cold

ductless mini split heat pumpsThe ductless mini split heat pump is the proven alternative to space heating and cooling individual rooms. In homes where central heat and cooling isn’t installed or where extending existing ductwork to new additions or retrofits isn’t feasible, the ductless mini split provides superior efficiency combined with the power of a central system. Read More Considering a Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump? Tips for Getting More Out of It When It’s Cold >>

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Upgrading to a New Central Air Conditioner? Fall Is Prime Time for Installation

install new central air conditionerIf you’re considering upgrading to a new central air conditioner, fall is the ideal time for an installation. You’ll reap some major benefits when a knowledgeable, licensed HVAC contractor installs your new equipment in between the cooling and heating seasons. Read More Upgrading to a New Central Air Conditioner? Fall Is Prime Time for Installation >>

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How Massachusetts Homeowners Can Improve A/C Efficiency

A/C efficiencyKeeping a home comfortable during the hot, humid Massachusetts summer takes a lot of energy. The efficiency of your cooling equipment is directly tied to the amount of energy it consumes, so it has a big impact on your bills. When you take a proactive approach to boosting A/C efficiency, you can control high cooling costs, increase comfort, see fewer repair bills and even extend the equipment’s service life. Read More How Massachusetts Homeowners Can Improve A/C Efficiency >>

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Hearing Noises From the Air Conditioner? What They’re Trying to Communicate

air conditioner noisesNo one wants their A/C to shut down in the middle of a heat wave in Massachusetts. If it does, you’ll probably find the temperatures unbearable. Making sure your A/C is running efficiently will prevent the problem and save you money in the long run. But what if you suddenly start hearing A/C noises? Read More Hearing Noises From the Air Conditioner? What They’re Trying to Communicate >>

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A/C Refrigerant: What’s the Difference Between R-22 and R-410A?

a/c refigerantRefrigerant is the lifeblood of your A/C system and the compressor the lifeblood is the heart. To understand the difference between R-22 and R-410A, you have to realize that your A/C system works by cycling the refrigerant through several heat exchanges, much like your refrigerator does. Read More A/C Refrigerant: What’s the Difference Between R-22 and R-410A? >>

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