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When Ocean County Furnace Repair Isn’t Necessary

Posted on: August 31st, 2022 by admin

Ocean County furnace repairIt can be difficult to know when you need to call for Ocean County furnace repair. Some things that happen can seem disastrous, but may be perfectly normal. Other small, seemingly insignificant things may be a sign that repair is necessary. With everything that happens when a furnace gets switched on, it can be hard to know what is normal and what is a red flag. We’re here to help! Let’s discuss normal furnace functions versus warning signs that can indicate a problem. As always, if you ever have any questions about your HVAC, you can contact us.

Some Furnace Sounds are Normal and Don’t Require Ocean County Furnace Repair

Noises coming from your furnace while in use are unavoidable. There is always going to be some sort of sound coming from your HVAC. How do you know what is normal and what isn’t? Simply by paying attention. Spend a few minutes listening to your furnace when you know it is in perfect working order. The ideal time to do this is after a cleaning and inspection. Every system sounds a little different.  So, there isn’t a black and white description of what is normal for a heating system and what isn’t. Once you know what your system sounds like when it is running well, you can easily detect a change. Some normal sounds include rushing air, clicking sounds when the system turns on, the hum of electrical parts, and metal pings as the duct work expands and contracts under changing temperatures.

Abnormal sounds are usually much louder than “normal” noises and usually last longer. Screeching, whining, booming, and pounding sounds are all indicators of a problem. It is wise to have an expert investigate any out of the ordinary sounds that you detect.

What’s That Burning Smell?

Many times, the first time you turn your furnace on for the season, there is what homeowners describe as a burning smell. This smell can be totally normal. In most cases, the odor can last a few hours up to a couple days. Often, this stench is due to dust settling on parts of the furnace during the fall when most people in Ocean County are not using their HVAC systems. The number one way to avoid this is to have one of our qualified technicians perform a pre-season inspection and tune-up on your furnace before you turn it on.

When it becomes abnormal is if you notice a burning smell that continues well into the season. Electrical issues can result in a noticeable smell that is vastly different than the normal burn-off smell you notice when you first turn your furnace on. It is absolutely crucial that if you detect any electrical smells that you turn off your system and call a professional immediately.

Similar to electrical burning, the smell of burning plastic is another red flag. The odor of burning plastic is very identifiable. If this smell is ever noticed when your furnace is running, you should turn off your furnace and call us right away.

Your Energy Bill Looks Different

In most cases, if your HVAC use stays consistent, but your energy bill does not, there could be a problem. A shocking rise in your bill means your system is running longer than normal which almost always indicates an issue. If your furnace can’t seem to reach the desired temperature during a normal cycle, air flow, broken parts, or damaged ducts are all examples of possible causes. Since most of the issues that cause a furnace to become less effective are internal, contacting a professional to examine possible causes of rising bills is your best bet.

Items to Check Before Calling for Ocean County Furnace Repair

If you think your furnace has possibly been running a little longer than usual or might not be keeping your home as cool as it should, but you aren’t hearing, smelling, or seeing any other red flags, check these things before you call for Ocean County furnace repair

  • Power – Make sure power switch is set to “ON” and that your circuit board doesn’t have any tripped circuits
  • Air filter – Make sure your air filter is clean and clear of any obstructions
  • Thermostat – Ensure the batteries are working and all settings are correct
  • Pilot Light – Double check that the pilot light is bright and blue
  • Air Intake Vent – Air flow is essential for a furnace to function properly; the air intake vent (located outside) needs to be free of any blockages

If you have trouble with any of the above steps or find something wrong within your system, give TRHAC a call!

 

 

Keep Your Energy Bills Down This Summer with Air Conditioner Service in Manasquan

Posted on: July 31st, 2022 by admin

Summer is certainly here! The temperatures are high and air conditioners are set low. Another thing that is high are energy bills. A bit of a rise in your energy bill is normal with increased usage, but there are things you can do to ensure your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible keeping your bills low. If you find yourself in need of air conditioner service in Manasquan or the surrounding area, reach out today.

Clear the Area

Keeping your house clean is important to a degree in helping your air conditioner work stress-free. What is more important is keeping the space around your outdoor condenser clear of debris. Make sure to not plant bushes or shrubs or install fencing within three feet of the unit. This ensures proper air flow into and out of the unit which means your air conditioner can run without having to exert extra energy. Less energy used, lower electric bills.

Other things to keep clean are air filters. Most air filters need to be changed every few months, or once a season. Depending on your usage and home life, you might need to check yours more or less often. Just as reduced air flow on the outside can increase strain on the machine, obstructing air flow with dirty filters on the inside does the same.

Ignore the Myths

We’ve all heard the rumors. If you keep vents and doors closed in rooms where no one spends time, you’ll save money. The truth is, the opposite is true. Each HVAC system is designed specifically for the home it is installed in. This design takes into consideration each room. Therefore, if you close off the air flow to a section of duct work, it increases the load into other areas resulting in stress on your unit. Let your air conditioner do what it is supposed to do and cool your whole home.

Another thing people assume is that if you set your thermostat to a super low temperature, your house will cool faster. This is false. An air conditioner has to work at the same level to reduce the temperature 2 degrees as it does 20 degrees. The only thing that changes is the time your air conditioner has to run. So, instead, set the temp where you want it and let your a/c do its thing.

Increase the Temperature a Few Degrees

Air conditioner service in Manasquan-ThermostatIt seems obvious, but if you like your house really cool in the summer, you are going to have higher than average energy bills. The easiest way to change that is to reduce the amount of time the a/c needs to run and the way to do that is to change your thermostat. If, for example, you usually have your air set at 70°F, try it for a few days at 71°F, then at 72°F. Even a couple degrees can have an effect on your energy usage.

The #1 Way to Keep You’re A/C Running Smooth is With Air Conditioner Service in Manasquan

Even with the best preventative care, damages can happen. Annual air conditioner service in Manasquan, Toms River, and many other towns in Ocean and Monmouth Counties can help. Have your system inspected by a pro once a year. This ensures necessary repairs are made as soon as possible. Any time you hear odd sounds, smell weird smells, or see your energy bills spiking, give Toms River Heating and Air Conditioning a call. Never wait to fix issues with your air conditioner. It will only lead to more expensive repair bills or possibly having to replace the whole system.

The Pros & Cons of Central Air Conditioning

Posted on: June 30th, 2022 by admin

The level of comfort that central air conditioning provides makes it hard to believe there can be anything negative about it. But, as with most things, if you don’t take care of your a/c, it won’t take care of you. Most of the adverse side-effects related to air conditioners is due to a lack of or improper maintenance. If it has been over a year since you scheduled a/c maintenance, you should call soon or you may be calling us for Monmouth County air conditioner repair!

Relief From Excessive Heat

Monmouth County air conditioner repair keeping cartoon character in yellow shirt coolOne of the most obvious and sought after effects of air conditioning is the relief from excessive heat. Unless you live in cold environment, the heat of the summer months can be taxing. Without access to cool air during hot days, people and animals can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Even though air conditioning is mostly a convenience, it can also be a necessity in some situations. Unless you want to find yourself sweltering with no air conditioning this summer, contact us to perform your Monmouth County air conditioner repair.

Improve Indoor Air Quality with Monmouth County Air Conditioner Repair and Maintenance

One of the key features of your air conditioner is the air filter. We’ve discussed air filters and how to choose the right one in a previous blog entry. These filters not only protect your system from damage from unwanted particles, they also improve your indoor air quality by trapping common household irritants. The circulation of mold, mildew, dust mites, and pet dander are all reduced with the use of a properly maintained air conditioner and air filter.

Air Conditioner Neglect Can Have Negative Impacts

Poor air conditioner maintenance can have negative impacts on your health. Escaping oppressive heat in an air-conditioned building is good. Spending too much time in cooled air, however, can actually diminish your ability to tolerate heat. A couple ways to avoid this are to not set your air conditioner too low and to spend time outdoors as well.

Sick Building Syndrome Happens When Monmouth County Air Conditioner Repair is Skipped

The air we breathe isn’t always up to us. Most office building employees have no control over the air they breathe while at work. A dirty system leads to incompetent ventilation and contamination from both indoor and outdoor sources. An overall feeling of sickness, lethargy, coughing, headaches, dizziness, and nausea are just a few symptoms of SBS.

Air Conditioning Can be Drying

 Any person with an affliction related to dryness such as dry eye or a dry skin condition should avoid staying in air-conditioned air for too long. Air conditioning can dry out your indoor air which can affect multiple systems and parts of your body. Dry, itchy eyes are a common complaint of people who spend a lot of time in air-conditioned buildings that do not also use a humidifier. One way to counteract this effect is with a humidifier.

Outdated Systems can Cause Pollution Even with Regular Monmouth County Air Conditioner Repair

Older air conditioning units use things called chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. This type of refrigerant is detrimental to the ozone layer. The U.S. Clean Air Act is aimed at stopping the use of equipment that uses this refrigerant in the 1970’s, but unfortunately, some of these old systems are still in use.

A Clean Home is Not Possible with A Dirty A/C System

While an efficient, clean a/c system can reduce allergy symptoms, a dirty, unmaintained air conditioning can make allergies worse. The ductwork along with the cooling system itself can be an ideal for microbial allergens. This is just one reason why an annual inspection by a Monmouth County air conditioner repair technician is so important. Keeping your air conditioner in tip-top shape makes it easier to keep your whole home clean.

 

The History of Air Conditioning Starts with Ice

Posted on: April 30th, 2022 by admin

Many of us take having access to air conditioning for granted. It would be hard to imagine what daily life would be like without it during the hottest days of summer. Luckily for us, it doesn’t get as hot as in other climates, but air conditioning also helps with the humidity that we also experience during summer. In fact, moisture in the air is the catapult to the invention of the first electrical air conditioner. Medical intervention kept the technology going until it finally found a comfortable position in the role of providing comfort. The commercial and home air conditioning industry has come a log way since then. It is continuously changing, adapting, evolving, and advancing to bring safe, efficient cool air to more people. We take pride in our air conditioner repair and service work and aim to keep homes cool in summer all over Ocean County.

Way Back When

Icicles representing the origin of air conditioner repairThe very beginning of air conditioning dates back to 1851 when Dr. John Gorrie invents an ice making machine. He actually exhibited the machine’s ability in 1848 and he then received the patent in 1851. He created his system to help fight diseases like Malaria thinking that cooling was the key. Fast forward about fifty years and you’ll find the first mentions of electrical air conditioning. In 1902, in order to help with a moisture problem in a publishing company, Willis Carrier comes up with a solution. He was an engineer at the Buffalo Forge Company and was tasked with solving an issue of wrinkly pages due to high humidity content in the air of the publishing house. He developed a system using coils and surprisingly, that is still the basis of many cooling systems.

In 1904, the shift was made where people now viewed cooled and humidity-controlled air was a comfort. The St. Louis World’s Fair used mechanical refrigeration in the Missouri State Building. “Air conditioning” itself is first mentioned in 1906 by Stuart W. Cramer in a patent he filed and is found for the first time in text in 1908.

The 1920’s Bring About the First Big Changes

It again is thanks to Carrier. In 1922, Carrier invents a centrifugal chiller. This system had fewer moving parts and shorter cycles. The result of these changes is a more reliable system that costs less to run. A few years later, engineers and chemists from General Motors manufacture chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants. Thomas Midgley, Albert Henne, Robert McNary changed air conditioning made air conditioner use safer in the respect that CFCs are non-flammable. Much later, of course, we know these chemicals are not good for the environment. To round out the 1920’s, in 1929, air conditioners were brought into homes via room coolers by Frigidaire.

Decades Bring About Progress

Homes in the mid- to late-1940’s were able to purchase affordable, low-cost window air conditioners thanks to engineer Henry Galson. According to Energy.gov, “By 1947, 43,000 of these types of units are sold in the United States.” A few decades later, another big advancement is made in air conditioning with the invention of Heat Pump Design Model by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As with the centrifugal chiller, the heat pump system is more efficient and therefore, more affordable. In 1990, CFCs, which were first introduced were viewed as a safety element, are seen as detrimental and are phased out of use in air conditioning as a result of the Clean Air Act.

Air Conditioner Repair and Systems are Still Evolving

Air conditioner repair picture of 3 Lennox brand condensersMany agencies and foundations are setting new standards for industries like air conditioning. Toxic emissions have unfortunately been linked with air conditioning throughout it’s history. Limiting carbon dioxide emissions has driven the industry towards new inventions like non-vapor technologies that do not need to use refrigerants which avoids a lot of issues. No matter where the industry goes or what new systems are invented, you can count on us to stay up-to-date and always provide the best air conditioner repair service. Contact us today for any heating, cooling, or plumbing needs!

Lennox US Rebates Available Now

Posted on: March 31st, 2022 by admin

When you purchase qualifying units that include a gas furnace or blower coil, an air conditioner or heat pump and thermostat from March 7, 2022 through June 10, 2022, Lennox is offering special financing terms and rebates. Homeowners that wish to finance their Lennox system can do so for as low as $132 a month and do not have to make a payment for 6 months. Those who do not want to 

finance can receive a rebate of up to $1,000. Not sure what system is right your home? Contact us and we’ll work with you to select and design the perfect home comfort system for you.

The Details

Financing special does not require any down payment and is available to well-qualified buyers on approved credit. Buyers that choose to finance under these terms cannot use any other promotional offers. To qualify for special financing purchases must be between $3,000 and $100,000. The financing can be prepaid without penalty, does not accrue interest for the first 6 months, and is subject to normal late charges.

Rebates are applicable to qualifying purchases made after March 7th and installed by June 17, 2022. Be sure to submit your rebate claim by July 1, 2022. Monies received through this promotional rebate will be applied to a Lennox Visa® Prepaid card.

Save money on your purchase of a new Lennox home comfort system and save money on your monthly energy bills. The iComfort® S30 smart thermostat smart away mode uses the GPS on your phone to find out when you’re at home and when you’re away enabling you to have complete control over your comfort.

For full details on all offers and complete fine print, visit Lennox.com. If you have any questions about installation, products, or service, give us a call anytime! We’re here to help!

HVAC installation in Toms River product line of Lennox products

Lennox Product Line including the iComfort® S30, the iHarmony® zoning system, and the PureAir™ S air purification system.

Already Made a Qualifying Purchase?

If you’ve purchased a qualifying Lennox home system, you can submit or check on your claim here: https://www.lennoxconsumerrebates.com/

 

Smart Thermostat Installation Toms River Helps Save Money

Posted on: May 31st, 2021 by admin

Energy bills begin to rise with the start of every summer. It’s unavoidable right? What if we told you there was a way to keep your energy bills manageable? One of the easiest ways to take control of your energy bills is to take control of the thermostat. The goal is to not heat or cool your home when it is not necessary, but also make your home comfortable while you are home. Additionally, maintaining your HVAC system is crucial to keeping energy bills down. The more efficient a system is, the less energy it has to use to reach the desired temperature. When it is time for your annual heating and cooling system service, give us a call! And if we provide you with enough information that you decide on a smart thermostat installation Toms River, give Toms River Heating and Air Conditioning a call for that too!

Smart Thermostats Versus Programmable Thermostats

Smart Thermostats can be run with an app as woman is shown doing in picture

Programmable and smart thermostats are similar in a lot of ways. They both assist in saving money on energy bills and both are simple to use. One only works if you set it up, the other learns from you and starts to adjust itself to your routine.

A thermostat that you can program often lets you set desired temperatures for certain times of day. Some give you the option of a weekday and a weekend program. This is great for households with a standard Monday through Friday itinerary. Others may give you the option of a different routine for every day of the week. Setting a program is the best way to manage your energy bills. So, in this way, programmable thermostats are great. The biggest problem with programmable thermostats is that a homeowner only enjoys the savings benefit if they actually program the thermostat. A large percentage of homes with programmable thermostats have never set a schedule and continue to pay more a month on energy bills than they need to.

Smart thermostats, however, are even better. Where the programmable thermostat leaves off, a smart thermostat picks up. A smart thermostat can actually learn your habits and begin to adjust itself to run in the most efficient way. These devices all are associated with an app as well which allows you to control the temperature in your home from your phone. No matter where you are. Get stuck in a meeting? Delay the air conditioning for another hour with a simple swipe. Have an irregular schedule that is always changing? A smart thermostat can navigate that with no problem. Plus, smart thermostat installation in Toms River can track and record data giving homeowners insight into their energy usage like never before.

The Real Advantage of Smart Thermostat Installation Toms River

Smart thermostat installation Toms River complete; display says "Set to SAVE"

We understand it may sound like the advantage of a smart thermostat over any other is slight. But, the real advantage is that it takes over when humans forget. As we mentioned, many homes have programmable thermostats, but not all of those home actually set a program. This takes away any advantage of having a programmable thermostat gives. Smart thermostats, however, can learn and program themselves. Removing the human factor increases the likelihood that a homeowner is going to be able to take advantage of every benefit a smart thermostat installation has to offer. Smart thermostats are so smart that they can track how long it takes to heat or cool a room and switch on at the exact moment of perfect efficiency. Programmable thermostats simply turn on and off when you tell them to.

An extra 5 minutes of heating or cooling per cycle doesn’t seem like a lot. However, consider how much time that adds up to over the lifetime of your HVAC system. For peak efficiency of your HVAC, be sure to schedule a routine inspection with us every spring and fall. Keeping a close eye on the workings of these units goes a long way towards keeping them running for as many years as possible. Overuse and neglect are two of the biggest factors in HVAC unit failure. Thankfully, avoiding that is easy when you hire us to examine your HVAC.

If you like everything you’ve read and have decided that a smart thermostat is for you, contact us today to schedule your smart thermostat installation Toms River and get set to save!

Save More on Perfect Air with Lennox

Posted on: April 30th, 2021 by admin

Two ways to save on perfect air with

 

Enjoy LOW MONTHLY PAYMENTS

Make no payments for 6 months and pay as little as $132 a month when you finance a new Lennox system.*
 
OR
 

A REBATE

Enjoy rebates up to $1,600—and a bonus $200 rebate if you purchase the Ultimate Comfort System.**

 


Save up to $1,300 in system rebates.**

Save on a complete qualifying Lennox® home comfort system that includes a gas furnace or blower coil, an air conditioner or heat pump and thermostat. Plus, enjoy a $200 bonus rebate when you purchase the new Ultimate Comfort System along with the iComfort® S30 ultra smart thermostat, iHarmony® zoning and PureAir S air purification system.

 

Get up to $300 in combined rebates on air purification, zoning, and a smart thermostat.**


*Offer available March 8, 2021 to June 11, 2021. Offer based on a retail price of $10,000. Requires purchase of qualifying system. Financing available to well-qualified buyers on approved credit. No down payment required. Financing requires 120 equal monthly payments of $132 a month of principal and interest after the first 6-months. Normal late charges apply. Cannot be combined with any other Lennox promotional offer. Minimum and maximum amount financed of $3,000 and $100,000, respectively. You may prepay your account at any time without penalty. Financing is subject to credit requirements and satisfactory completion of finance documents. Any finance terms advertised are estimates only. See Truth in Lending disclosures available from lender for more information.

**Rebate requires purchase of qualifying items between March 8, 2021 to June 11, 2021.  Qualifying items must be installed by June 18, 2021. Rebate claims (with proof of purchase) must be submitted (with proof of purchase) to www.lennoxconsumerrebates.com no later than July 2, 2021. Rebate is paid in the form of a Lennox Visa® Prepaid card. Prepaid Card is subject to terms and conditions found or referenced on card and expires 12 months after issuance. Conditions apply. See www.lennox.com/terms-and-conditions for complete terms and conditions.

Lennox Fall Rebates

Posted on: October 1st, 2020 by admin

Lennox is offering rebates up to $1,350 on qualifying purchases this fall! 

Lennox consumer rebate offer flyer for HVAC repair in Spring Lake clients

 

Sell Between: September 7, 2020 through November 27, 2020

Install By: December 4, 2020

Submit Claims By: December 18, 2020

Disclaimer:  Rebate requires purchase and installation of qualifying items and submission of a completed online rebate form and proof of purchase to lennoxconsumerrebates.com no later than December 18, 2020. Rebate is paid in form of a Lennox Visa® Prepaid card. Card is subject to terms and conditions referenced on card and expires 12 months after the date of issue. Conditions apply. Use your Visa Prepaid card anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted in the U.S. The card is issued by The Bancorp Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. See promotional guidelines for terms and conditions.

They are also offering financing options.  These financing options can be combined with any rebate.  

Whether you are in need of furnace repair in Belmar or HVAC repair in Manasquan, TRHAC is here for you! Contact us anytime for your heating and cooling needs!

Brands We Carry and Why

Posted on: September 1st, 2020 by admin

When we enter a client’s home, we treat it as if it were our own. In order to provide top-quality service, we need to supply and deal with only top-quality products.  We partner with a variety of the best manufacturers to ensure we use only the highest rated components. When it comes to Ocean County HVAC repair, Toms River Heating and Cooling is committed to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations.  We do this with the knowledge and experience of our staff and the value of the products that we use.

Weil-McLain

As stated on the Weil-McLain website, “Weil-McLain, a division of The Marley-Wylain Company, is a leading North American designer and manufacturer of hydronic comfort heating systems for residential, commercial and institutional buildings since 1881.”  Weil-McLain does not employ their own service technicians.  They rely solely on individual distributors like us.  This means they put the trust of their company name in companies like ours.  This also means you can trust that our technicians are expertly trained and highly qualified. 

Lennox

The Lennox heritage: “Beginning with the introduction of the world’s first riveted-steel furnace in 1895, Lennox has focused on delivering on the values of trust, innovation and quality. These values can be seen in every product we manufacture today, and in the Lennox Dealers who stand behind those products.” TRHAC is proud to be one of those dealers.  We are also honored to hold the distinction of being a Lennox Premier Dealer. This means we are held to a higher standard than other dealers. By using Lennox products, we are proud to constantly provide the best service in Ocean County.

Mitsubishi HVAC

Mitsubishi HVAC “is a leading marketer of Zoned Comfort Solutions® and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air-conditioning and heating technology. Systems sold by the joint venture include a wide variety of technologically advanced products designed to deliver superior efficiency, comfort and control.” Mitsubishi has set up a network of state-of-the-art training centers. This ensures that all of their distributors and service professionals have the best education available for their products.

A.O. Smith

A. O. Smith is proud to be known as one of the world’s leading providers of water heating and water treatment solutions.”  They are experts in anything having to do with all types of hot water heaters including gas, electric, and tankless.  They stay on the leading edge by being one of the most innovative companies out there.

Moen

If you didn’t know, a lot of our jobs require plumbing knowledge and expertise as well.  When it comes to plumbing technology and products, Moen is top of the line. They are revolutionizing smart home products with faucets that respond to voice activation and products with touchless features.

Heating and Cooling Repair and Installation in Ocean County and Monmouth County is What We Do

These are just a few of the brands that we carry and use. One of our goals is to provide our customers with the best products available.  The way we accomplish this is by only doing business with companies that are the most innovative and successful enterprises in their respective industries.  We also understand the trust that many of these brands put in businesses like our own to service and install their products. We do not take this lightly and always make sure our technicians are expertly trained. Only when we have exceeded your expectations for HVAC repair in Monmouth County have we done our job.

How to Help Your Air Conditioner Run Efficiently

Posted on: August 1st, 2020 by admin

Ocean County Air Conditioner Repair being done on outdoor condenserIt’s summer!  And it’s a hot one!  We bet everyone has had their a/c on pretty continuously so far this summer.  We thought we’d cover a few tips on how to keep your air conditioner running smoothly, efficiently, and effectively in order to avoid needing Ocean County air conditioner repair.  There are some pretty easy things you can do at home to help keep your home cool while not putting any extra strain on your appliance.  Of course, if there are any issues with your HVAC system, give us a call to come take a look.  If you are noticing any strange sounds, smells, or if it feels like your a/c isn’t able to actually cool your home or maintain a temperature, we should inspect it to make sure there is no major damage or soon-to-be issues to take care of.  The sooner a problem is identified, the easier (and less expensive!) it is to fix! 

From general maintenance to strategic planning, here’s some tips on how to help your a/c function better.

Vents

Take a walk around your house.  Take a look at your vents and registers.  Are they blocked by furniture?  Do they look like they are clogged with dust and pet hair? One super easy thing to do that allows your air conditioner to run effectively is making sure all vents are unblocked and clean of debris.  This not only allows clear air flow, it’s better for you and your family too.

If you’ve heard the myth that closing off vents in rooms you don’t use will save you money, don’t believe it.  It is in fact false.  Your HVAC system was installed as an entire unit.  Meaning it’s meant to function as it was installed. It was designed to function most efficiently with all vents and registers open. When you close off certain air routes, your system is still working as if they are open.  So, by closing or blocking vents and registers, you are causing unnecessary strain on your unit.  Blockages lead to increased pressure which can lead to leaks and breakdowns.  That means higher energy bills and a visit from one of our highly-trained Ocean County air conditioner repair technicians.  Not that we don’t enjoy visiting our customers, but we’re sure you only want to see us for your regularly scheduled maintenance visits!

Thermostat Use

First, we highly recommend having a programmable or smart thermostat installed.  This allows you to set your thermostat to come on and turn off during certain periods of the day depending on your schedule.  Turning the temperature up while you’re not home gives the appliance a break.  Plus, you save on energy bills by not cooling your house when no one is home.  Then, you can set it to come on a little bit before you arrive home so your home is cool on your return.  You can do the same in winter with your heat. 

Secondly, consider moving the setting a few degrees higher than what you normally set it at.  As long as you and your family are still comfortable, a slight change in degrees (down in winter and up in summer) allow you to save money and protect your HVAC system from excessive use.

Lastly, make sure there is no heat-producing appliances installed near your thermostat.  Having anything that produces its own heat near your thermostat will cause it to run when it is not necessary.  If the air around the thermostat is warmer than the rest of your home, you’re a/c will think it needs to keep running when it does not. Extended running time causes unnecessary wear and tear on your entire system leading to early repairs and premature system failure.

Keep it Clean

No, this isn’t a moral request.  We’re talking about both the indoor portion of your unit as well at the outdoor condenser. When it comes to indoors, other than keeping vents clear and clean, make sure the area around your air handler is clean as well.  Ensure there is plenty of room for airflow surrounding the unit.  Making sure there is not a build-up of dirt and grime at the base of the unit and that there’s nothing stored close to or surrounding it.

As far as taking care of the condenser outdoors, don’t plant bushes, trees, or large flowers close to the unit.  It should have a clear flow of air around the entire machine.  A good rule is to keep a full 24 inches of space surrounding your unit. If you think your condenser needs a good cleaning, you can give us a call anytime.  You can also read this for some surface, non-invasive cleaning tips for your condenser.  Just make sure you turn off the power to the unit at your fuse box. Remove any obvious dirt, grime, and debris and rinse the unit well with your hose.

General Maintenance

Besides cleaning the individual portions of your air conditioner, make sure the filter in the air handler is changed at least every 3 months.  If you have a reusable filter, clean it often.  A clogged filter will restrict air flow reducing the efficiency of your unit.  Additionally, we should be inspecting your unit annually.  By having a qualified professional come in and thoroughly check your HVAC system, any small problems can be identified and fixed before they become major, expensive issues. 

If you need your unit inspected, or if you are noticing anything strange about the function of you’re a/c, give us a call today!  When it comes to Ocean County air conditioner repair, look no further than Toms River Heating and Air Conditioning.