Climate Control Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Is It Cheaper to Buy a New HVAC System in the Off-Season?

Monday, September 30th, 2019

outdoor-ac-unitThe short answer to this is, “it depends,” but read on!

Hello! The Comfort Bear here. Did your air conditioner give out after a long and hard summer? Or maybe your heater quit on you last winter and you’re ready to get a new one before the winter arrives. I may have a lot of fur, but even I know how important it is to have an effective and efficient heater in place to keep warm.

There’s some good news if you are ready to have an HVAC system installed in the off-season of autumn—we’re offering a special promo here at Climate Control—when you purchase a new furnace or air conditioner you receive a free water heater

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Replacement vs. Repair: Which Is Right for You?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

outdoor-ac-unit-with-tools-on-topSummer is just about to end, a concept that the Comfort Bear can certainly get behind! Do you know how hot it gets under all this fur?

Of course, we still do have some hot weather ahead, and there’s always the chance of a heat wave too. The last thing you need is an old air conditioner to shut down on you when you still need it to work at it’s very best.

So, if you suspect yours isn’t up to the task of keeping you cool much longer, let alone working next summer, it may be a good idea to consider replacing it with a new system now. The Comfort Bear and Team are here to help you decide if it really is time to do so, or if you can maybe get by with another repair. If your system is under 10 years old and hasn’t had a lot of repair needs in that time, it’s a different story than one that’s over 15 and has had multiple issues. We’ll elaborate below, as we go through the reasons you may want to consider replacement:

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Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by These AC Problems

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

outdoor-ac-unitIf there’s anything the Comfort Bear knows, it’s the importance of a fully functioning, efficiently operating air conditioner during a Blue Springs summer.

So, if yours is broken or you even suspect that something is wrong with it, the time to fix it is now! Otherwise, you could be caught off guard by sudden repair needs or even a broken down air conditioner.

Take it from the Comfort Bear—an air conditioner in disrepair will only cost you more money than it should, and leave you and your family feeling pretty uncomfortable. And sure, it can be tempting to hold off on repair needs since it’s nearing the end of summer, but trust me, there are plenty of reasons why our team suggests otherwise.

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Don’t Cover Your Ears; These AC Noises Shouldn’t be Ignored!

Monday, August 19th, 2019

woman-looking-surprisedThe Comfort Bear is here again with some more great tips for you.

Today, we’re talking about hearing. No, that’s not a typo–think about the things you hear in your home every day. There are some noises that are so familiar that you might not even really notice them–like the sound of your fridge running, your ice-maker working, a toilet flushing, etc.

You may also hear the hum of your AC fans and a slight clicking after it stops cycling. But what if your air conditioner is making a noise you don’t recognize? If it’s quiet enough, couldn’t you just ignore it? Well, the Comfort Bear probably doesn’t have to tell you this, but even the smallest problem now can turn into a huge emergency later.

So, what should you listen for?

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“Why Is Water Leaking From My AC?”

Monday, August 5th, 2019

outdoor-unit-of-an-air-conditionerComfort Bear here! Have you been plagued by a leak near your air conditioner? Did you try calling a plumber to no avail? Well, this could be because the leak is coming from your air conditioner.

This one can be a bit of a head-scratcher—after all, does your air conditioner even use water to operate? No, it doesn’t, so what’s going on?

If there’s anything the Comfort Bear can’t stand during the summer, it is air conditioning problems that lead to discomfort. Unfortunately, this is one of those things that while on the onset is relatively minor, can grow into something bigger. A leaking air conditioner can be quite the issue. Read on to learn more!

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Signs That It’s Time to Replace the Heat Pump

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

close-up-of-hvac-fanComfort Bear here again! I sure hope summer is treating you well so far. I’ve gotta say, this excessive heat we’ve had this past week is no fun. Did you know bears can’t sweat? I have to stay cool in other ways—stretching out and laying on the cool ground, panting, and going for lots of swims.

Well, and by making sure my heat pump is in cooling mode and ready to do its job effectively and efficiently this season!

In our last blog post, we talked about what to do if your heat pump wouldn’t switch to cooling mode. Hopefully, you’re not still stuck in heating mode—but perhaps even after you fixed your heat pump, it doesn’t seem to be keeping you cool?

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Why Your Heat Pump Can’t Switch to Cooling Mode

Monday, July 8th, 2019

woman-looking-hot-in-house-and-trying-to-cool-off-with-fanWith temperatures already in the 80’s, Comfort Bear is going to go out on a limb here and assume you’ve already tried to switch your year-round heat pump from heating mode to cooling mode. If not, I am super impressed! But then again, I’m a bear—I literally can’t take that much heat.

Anyway, if you’ve just tried to switch modes to discover it won’t actually go into cooling mode, what can you do? Assume that your HVAC system has broken down completely, throw it out, and rush out to buy a new one? No, no, we’re not going to encourage that at all.

Instead, give us a call for an inspection and potential repair, and in the meantime read on to learn what could be causing this problem, and discover some solutions, straight from the Comfort Bear:

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4 Signs You Need Air Conditioner Replacement

Monday, May 13th, 2019

For most of you humans, you tend to view your air conditioners as a luxury, and your heating systems as a necessity.

For Comfort Bear, it’s the exact opposite. If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you might remember how sentimental I got about having to replace my furnace, even though I barely used that thing.

But now you’re asking me to replace my air conditioner?

Just as a reminder: what you consider to be a “relaxing summer day” is a sweltering inferno for me. I need my AC to keep my fur cool!!

But no matter what you say, I don’t have to give up my AC that easily. Unless my air conditioner is displaying the right combination of issues, there’s really no reason to have my AC replaced so soon—and neither should you!

Here are the signs to look out for:

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What to Do About Low Air Flow from Your AC

Monday, April 15th, 2019

blue-question-markIf you know Comfort Bear in summer, then you know there’s nothing I love more than feeling the cool air from the air conditioner blowing across my fur. It can get really warm under here, after all.

So you can bet that I’ll be calling up the HVAC technicians from the office if my air conditioner suddenly starts having air flow problems. You can find air flow problems easily by putting your hand up to the air vent, or by feeling if some rooms of the home are warmer than others.

If I suspect my AC isn’t outputting air like it’s supposed to, there are a few things I can do to fix the problem myself. If that doesn’t help, I’ll then call an expert to have them do some inspections. Here’s how that process goes:

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Winter is Over! Get Started Early With AC Maintenance

Monday, April 1st, 2019

ac-maintenanceAt the office, everyone keeps asking, “Comfort Bear, aren’t you excited? Winter is over!”

To be honest… No, I’m not. Winter is the only time of year that I can feel comfortable! I’ll have no choice but to blast my AC as soon as temperatures start rising. If my home isn’t colder than an igloo, you can bet that I won’t be happy.

What’s that? I should just cut my hair? Nope, not happening!

So, if I don’t want to suffer through the heat this summer, then I’ll need to make sure my air conditioner is ready for the season. After all, firing up your AC without any maintenance is just asking for it to break down on you at the worst time!

Before you run your air conditioner this year, take the time to have it inspected by a professional. They’ll be able to find any potential problems that might affect the efficiency or performance of your system. Some examples of those problems include:

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