Signs You Need Professional AC Maintenance

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Signs You Need Professional AC Maintenance

  • Cooling

As temperatures rise outdoors, you’ll be turning down the thermostat inside. The heat can be problematic if your AC is broken or working inefficiently. You need to be able to stay cool and comfortable all summer long, and the best way to do that is with a little TLC beforehand. Professional maintenance will keep your equipment running efficiently while preventing major malfunctions in the future. If you are experiencing any of the following issues in your home, call Papalia today to schedule your professional tune-up.

Start-up Problems

This is an obvious sign that something is up with your air conditioning system. If you adjust the thermostat, your AC should reach the designated temperature with ease. It should power on to keep you and your family cool and safe during the warmer months. Your cooling system needs to be able to keep up with the rising temperatures outside, so it if doesn’t turn on at all or if it switches often, you should schedule a professional inspection.

Warm Air

An air conditioner should always be blowing cool air. If it’s blowing air that is warm or hot, then it’s clear that you have a problem. You may be low on refrigerant, in which case it can simply be refilled. If you have a leak, repairs can get a little trickier. A refrigerant leak may be harder to fix but should still be addressed immediately.

Poor Cooling

Your air conditioning system should be able to cool your entire home. Smaller models are meant to cool designated areas, but they should be able to do so with ease. If cooling isn’t consistent throughout, it’s a sign that your AC can’t handle cooling your entire house. A professional inspection will help to determine the cause of the problem.

Strange Noises

There’s no reason for your air conditioner to be making weird or loud sounds. If you start to hear any, call Papalia. It could mean that a piece has become detached in your system, or that foreign debris has found its way inside. It could also be a sign of a bigger problem such as motor failure. Depending on the extent of the repairs, you may want to invest in a new AC.

Spike in Utilities

If your electric bill suddenly skyrockets out of nowhere, it’s a major red flag that your cooling system is either broken or running inefficiently. In order to save on your utilities, you should have regular maintenance done by a professional.

Importance of Regular Maintenance

When it comes to preventing major malfunctions with your cooling system, routine maintenance is key. This is especially important in the summer when you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home cool, comfortable, and safe. Routine maintenance done by a Papalia professional will maximize the efficiency and working condition of your system while preventing problems down the road. When you choose Papalia for your cooling maintenance, you get:

  • Top-rated AC maintenance
  • Prompt and professional service
  • Licensed and background checked technicians
  • Top of the line equipment
  • Transparent pricing
  • Satisfaction guaranty
  • And much more!

Call us today for all of your air conditioning needs – we’re looking forward to it! 

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How an Old or Inefficient AC Can Hurt Your Air Quality

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How an Old or Inefficient AC Can Hurt Your Air Quality

  • Cooling

As temperatures rise outdoors, it’s likely that you and your loved ones will spend an increased amount of time indoors to beat the heat. Before you turn on your AC to stay cool and comfortable this summer, you should make sure that its working properly. Your indoor air should always be clean and breathable. Sometimes, an old or inefficient air conditioner can negatively affect your air quality. If it’s left to worsen, it can cause breathing related illnesses and other health related problems in your home. Papalia can help your AC to work as well as it possibly can, so at the first sign of an issue, call us. Here are some things to watch out for:

Problems That Can Affect Air Quality

  • Dirty filters. Your filter is responsible for literally filtering out impurities in your airflow before its delivered and dispersed throughout your home via a central air system. Your air filter should be changed often, every few months is best. This is especially important during periods of extended use, like the summer months. When the filter becomes dirty and clogged with dust, hair, dander, pollen, or any other debris that may make their way in, your air quality can be compromised.
  • Excess moisture. If your air conditioner is leaking any excess fluid or it has more condensation than usual, it may be harming your indoor air quality. Leftover liquids can leave you with mold or mildew growth. These spores can grow and spread at a rapid rate. If in or around your air system, they can easily be blown into your home.
  • Faulty ducts. If your duct system is damaged, it’s possible for debris to build up inside. Because your ducts deliver air directly through your vents, whatever may be built up inside will be delivered as well.
  • Strange sounds or smells. These are signs that your system may be broken or running inefficiently. In an effort to prevent the problem from worsening, you should have a professional fix the problem.
  • Outdated equipment. Any system that is old, outdated, or running inefficiently has the potential to damage the air quality in your home. If your air conditioning system is out of date, you should consider a replacement. Newer technologies are more efficient and will help to keep the air in your home safe and breathable for years to come.

The Importance of Routine Maintenance

In order to keep your cooling system working safely and efficiently, routine professional maintenance is necessary. When you’re looking for a good AC contractor to hire for maintenance, you need to make sure the company offers a comprehensive package of services and has a good reputation. The services offered by the team of HVAC experts at Papalia’s include:

  • Air conditioning maintenance
  • Air conditioning cleaning
  • Duct cleaning and maintenance
  • Air conditioning repair
  • Duct repair

If we find anything wrong with your cooling system, we offer prompt and professional repairs at an affordable, transparent price. So, if you suspect that your AC is harming your air quality, call Papalia Plumbing and Heating today! 

 

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Choosing the Best Air Conditioner For Your Home

Outdoor Unit of an AC

Choosing the Best Air Conditioner For Your Home

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Spring has sprung, and summer will be here before you know it. As the temperature rises, it’s important for you to have access to cool comfort in your home. Every space has different cooling requirements. These can vary due to a number of factors, like the location and size of your home, as well as the number of family members who live in it. No matter what, there are a wide variety of model types to choose from that are designed to meet the specific needs of your home. Here are the most common types of air conditioners that are available to you

  • Central AC’s are the most common systems across the country because they can cool your whole home. Typically, these systems include a large compressor is situated outside that drives the cooling process. Indoor refrigerant coils then distribute air through your duct system.
  • Heat Pumps work in a similar way to central air, but they can be used year round for heating as well. Heat pumps can help to save you on your utility bills, but if you live in areas with extreme temperatures they can be less effective. 
  • Room AC’s are very common during the summer months for homes that don’t have central air. They are typically mounted on a wall, ceiling, or through a window. Compressors are attached to the outdoor part of the unit, and these models are best for cooling a single room or small space. The upfront cost of room air conditioners is fairly low, but constant use will reflect in your electricity bill. 
  • Evaporative coolers are very useful in dry areas, as they work by pulling fresh air through an evaporative system. This system uses damp pads for whole house circulation. While these models may not be ideal for certain areas, they are very efficient and cost-effective to run. Because they add moisture to the air, they aren’t suitable for areas with high humidity.
  • Ductless Mini-Split systems have grown increasingly popular in the past few years. These systems can be used for both heating and cooling and can be installed in one day. Mini-splits have two parts: an outdoor and an indoor component. A small hole in the wall connects the two, allowing it to pull air from the outdoors into your home. These systems are best for cooling specific ductless zones in your home, like an office or a master bedroom. They are energy efficient and can improve your air quality as well.

What to Consider Before Purchase

Before buying an air conditioner, you should do a little research. You may like what a specific model has to offer, but it may not be a good fit in your home. Here are things you should consider to help make your final decision:

  • Capacity: Evaluate the size of the area that you need to be cooled and then choose a model that can meet the size needs.
  • Energy efficiency: If your AC isn’t running efficiently, it can reflect in your utilities. 
  • Model: Each type of AC has different models with different capabilities, so it’s important to do your research ahead of time.
  • Air quality: Make sure that your new AC has a dehumidification factor. This increases cooling and comfort and is much better for your air supply that a system with ducts.
  • Installation and maintenance: Depending on the model, installation and maintenance can vary. It’s important to keep in mind that depending on the system, it may take longer or be more invasive in your home.
  • Cooling speed: Some models can cool a room much faster than others, so think about your needs.

Here at Papalia, we want to keep you cool and comfortable all spring and summer long. For help choosing the best AC for your home, call us today! 

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How to Shut Down Your AC For the Winter

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How to Shut Down Your AC For the Winter

  • Cooling

With September half over and fall only a week away, it’s time to start thinking about winter. We all know that New England winters can be nasty, but we can stay indoors with the heat on. However, your AC, most notably the condenser outside, doesn’t have that luxury. That means you’ll have to shut it down and prepare it to face the winter storms. If you properly shut down your AC, you’ll be able to enjoy cool air next summer and avoid a hefty repair or replacement bill.

Here’s how to properly shut down your AC and protect it from the harsh winter:

 

Get in any last-minute repairs

Before you shut down your AC, you should ensure it doesn’t need any repairs before the winter hits. If it does need attention, be sure to give it what it needs. Letting a problem be throughout the winter will only result in it getting worse when it’s time to use the AC.

 

Turn off the condenser’s power

Your AC consists of more than your indoor unit, and simply turning it off isn’t enough to turn off the AC. You also have to shut off the AC unit’s condenser outside. Leaving the condenser on means that in the case of a warm spell, it will turn on and suck in some snow and ice. To turn it off, look on the side of the house or near the condenser under a flip-up lid for a power switch. Turn it off and it’ll shut off, but there’s more to be done. Also, don’t forget to turn the condenser’s power back on next time you want to use the AC.

 

Clean and inspect it the condenser

Since it’s an outdoor device, you should give your condenser some attention before finishing your work. First, brush away any debris, such as branches or leaves, near or on the condenser. Next, lightly hose down the outdoor shelf and check for damage or loose seals. If you notice any, let us know about the damage next time we’re helping you. Also, check the condenser’s filter and replace it if necessary.

 

Protect it from the elements

Finally, cover up the condenser with a waterproof cover and secure it with bungee ropes. You can buy a cover and ropes at most hardware stores, but a waterproof tarp will work instead of a cover if it’s big enough to cover the entire condenser.

 

Why call Papalia for my HVAC needs?

Papalia Home Services is a business that has been serving the Boston Metro West Area since 1990. With over 25 years of service under our belts, we’ve grown into the most dedicated plumbing & heating service in the Bay State, many thanks to our fully-trained technicians. No matter if it’s installation, repair, replacement, you name it—our staff is trained how to handle the latest technology and will always show up to your home with a fully stocked truck ready to go! Call Papalia Home Services today to learn more about our services!

By Brian Renadette

AC Repair or Replacement? What Do I Need?

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AC Repair or Replacement? What Do I Need?

  • Cooling

Problems with your AC never seem to happen at a convenient time. Oftentimes it seems they only break down when they’re working hard on a very hot day. Usually, all you need to do is call us to come and fix it. However, the problem might actually be a sign that your AC is good and gone. But how do you tell the difference between some basic repairs and a complete breakdown? Read our guide to learn whether you need AC repair or replacement.

Do you need an AC repair or replacement? First, here are some signs it just needs repairing:

 

Thermostat not working

Your thermostat acts as the command center for your AC. Its job is to tell the AC how much cool air to generate and constantly take measurements to make sure its working right. When the AC won’t turn on or won’t stay on for long, the thermostat might have a problem. You’ll need a trained technician to look at the thermostat, as they have plenty of complex electrical components.

 

Strange, loud noises

For the most part, ACs are very quiet when they run. Because of this, if you hear any loud scraping, rattling, or banging noises, you know there’s a problem. There are a few different things that could be causing the noise. There might be a part loose or broken, a component might need lubrication, or a belt might have slipped out of place. Whatever it is, it can be damaging and costly if not repaired. If your AC is being noisy, call us right away!

 

Moisture

A leaky AC can be a sign of a serious repair job. If the AC is leaking water or has ice inside it, that’s just a problem with a drain tube. The water can cause some mold and mildew, but it could be worse. What you really have to worry about is your AC having a refrigerant leak. Not only is Freon poisonous, but the leak is a serious AC problem. Whatever problem you have, call one of our technicians ASAP.

 

Increased energy bills

Have you noticed you’re paying more for your bills than you normally do? That might be a sign your AC is becoming less efficient. As your AC gets worn down, it takes more effort on its part to get the same results. This increased effort can also reduce your AC’s overall lifespan, so it’s a good idea to get it checked out.

 

Warm air

Obviously, you bought an AC to cool your house, not sit around looking pretty. If it’s not keeping the house comfortable during hot weather, it’s time to give it an examination.

 

Strange odors

If the air in your home is starting to smell strange, there might be trouble. If your AC is poorly maintained, mold might be growing on the coil inside the unit. When your AC is operating, it’ll spread that mold through the air. That musty smell could be a sign of mold in either the unit or the duct work. Alternatively, the wire insulation inside your AC might be burnt out. Either way, it’s worth calling in a professional to fix the issue.

 

Low airflow

A similar issue to the air being hot is the airflow not being strong enough. It might be an issue with the AC’s compressor or possibly the ducts themselves. There’s definitely some uncertainty in this issue, so it’s a good idea to call a professional to diagnose the issue.

 

Next, here are some signs you should schedule a replacement:

 

The AC reached retirement age

How long have you owned your current AC? According to the National Association of Home Builders, a well-maintained AC unit should last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. If your AC has reached this point and isn’t working like it used to, it might be time to retire it. It may seem like a major cost, but don’t worry! You can use this opportunity to purchase a modern unit that’s more energy efficient.

 

Your AC needs frequent repairs

You may want to keep an AC operational for a good while through repeated repairs. However, doing this may eventually lead you to spend more than you would from getting a replacement. This is more likely if your warranty has expired and isn’t helping with repair costs. Next time, you may have to ask yourself if this is a case for another AC repair or a replacement job?

 

The AC has a refrigerant leak

A refrigerant leak is a serious problem with your AC. The leaking coolant can pose a health risk to your family and the water leakage can damage your home. It’s possible to fix serious leaks by getting a new coil, but it might be a sign you should get a new AC.

 

Your AC is making strange noises

Is your AC operating louder than it normally does? AC units are supposed to run quietly, so any grinding, banging, or rattling noises are a major concern. These noises can represent something like a slipped belt or broken motor bearings. If these issues aren’t fixed quickly, you’ll have a costly repair or replacement on your hands.

 

A repair would cost too much

Sometimes replacement parts and repairs for your AC don’t justify their high costs. It gets more unappealing when you’re talking about a unit with an expired warranty. If this is the case, you should pick up a new unit and get a new warranty.

 

The AC air isn’t cold

If you turn on the AC and cool air doesn’t come out within a few minutes, there’s a problem. A wide variety of issues can cause this problem, like low Freon levels or a broken compressor. Whatever the case may be, it’s an obvious sign that your AC has an issue.

 

What makes Papalia Home Services one of the area’s best home service companies?

If you live in the Boston Metro West Area, you can call on Papalia Home Services to help you with your home service issues.  In fact, we can back up our years of experience with the Angie’s List Super Service Awards we’ve won. No matter the time, our employees are capable of bringing their award-winning service to your home. If you need a company to perform an AC repair or replacement, call the experts at Papalia Home Services!

By Brian Renadette