Extending The Life Of Your AC

Extending The Life Of Your AC

  • Cooling
central AC replacement in New Hampshire by North Shore Home Energy

Just like any other part of your home, you want to be sure that your AC works properly and continues to do so for as long as possible. There are several things you can do to lengthen the lifespan of your air conditioner. With a little work on your end and routine maintenance from a professional, your AC will be able to keep your home cool and comfortable for years to come.

Routine Inspection and Maintenance

To extend the life of your AC to the fullest, maintenance is key. No matter what type of system or model you have working in your home, you should have a professional inspection at least twice a year. This allows for an in depth look at the inner workings of your air conditioner. Here’s what you can expect during a professional tune-up:

  • Performance test of the whole system
  • Visual review of components to look for areas of concern
  • Test to determine the state of the refrigerant charge
  • Overall system control testing
  • Leak test
  • If a service professional suspects a leak, a dye detection test may be necessary

Keep in mind that professional maintenance can lower your energy bills and improve the function and durability of your cooling system. To prevent costly repairs down the road, don’t hesitate to call at the first sign of an issue.

What You Can Do on Your Own

While you should always call a professional if a problem pops up, there are things you can do on your own in between visits to keep things running smoothly. To help extend the life of your AC on your own, try the following:

  • Turn it off when you don’t need it. Your AC could use a break every once in a while! If you are going to be out of the house for an extended amount of time, there’s no need to keep it running. It’s also a good idea to turn the thermostat up a little at night when the temperature outside drops.
  • Keep it clean. Dust or debris buildup can damage your AC, even if its just on the outside. Units located outdoors, even partially, are more susceptible, so its important to keep it free of dust, dirt and leaves. If they are left to build up, a malfunction is more likely.
  • Allow air circulation. Without a proper airflow, sufficient cooling will be difficult. Keep vents free from obstructions.
  • Keep your ducts clean. Unless you have a ductless system, you need to keep your ducts clean. Dust, dirt, mold, or mildew buildup can make its way into your air supply.
  • Keep an eye out for leaks. Whether its your AC itself or your ducts, you should always keep an eye out for leaks. Leaky ducts or hoses will result in your AC needing more electricity to function and cost you more on your utility bills.

In order to extend the lifespan of your AC and keep it running smoothly, call North Shore Home Energy and schedule your inspection today.  

By admin

Signs You Need AC Repair or Replacement

Signs You Need AC Repair or Replacement

  • Cooling
AC repair in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

AC Repair and Replacement

North Shore Home Energy

Do you need AC repair or replacement? As the weather gets warmer, you’ll be relying on your cooling system more and more. As your dependency on the machine increases, you need to make sure that its working properly. If you’ve been experiencing issues lately, or your AC doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to, you may be in need of repairs before temperatures get too high. If your AC is beyond repair, old, or outdated, your whole system may need to be replaced. This can be stressful, but North Shore Home Energy will help you every step of the way. If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, call us today:

Power Problems Signal AC Repair

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 look into a replacement.

Your Unit Blows Warm Air

An AC should always be blowing cool air. If it’s blowing out warm air, then it’s clear that you have a problem. You may be low on refrigerant, in which case it can simply be refilled to have your system back up and running ASAP. 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. Repair may be possible, but if you’ve already spent money on repairs in the past, replacement may be in your best interest.

Insufficient Cooling Ability

Your air conditioning system should be able to cool your entire home or a designated area. If some rooms are much cooler than others, 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.

Weird Noises

There’s no reason why your AC should be making weird or loud sounds. If you start to hear any, call North Shore Home Energy. 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.

How North Shore Can Help

Our highly trained and certified technicians will be able to asses your cooling system and locate any problems or areas of concern. Once we make repairs, or you decide to upgrade your home with a replacement, you’ll have:

  • Smaller carbon footprint
  • Quieter operation
  • Increased home value
  • Reduced energy bills
  • Better temperature control
  • Increased home comfort

For all of your air conditioning needs, call North Shore Home Energy today!

By admin

7 Signs You Need an AC Repair in Kingston

7 Signs You Need an AC Repair in Kingston

  • Cooling
AC repair in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

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. The best way to keep this from happening is to be aware of signs your AC needs repairs. If you know what signs to look for, you can avoid having your home become uncomfortably hot and having a totally broken down AC. Summer is right around the corner, and North Shore Home Energy wants to help you with an AC repair in Kingston.

Here are 7 signs that you need an AC repair in Kingston:

 

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.

 

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. However, 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Strange odors

If the air in your home is starting to smell strange, there might be trouble. If your AC doesn’t get proper maintenance, 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.

 

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.

 

Why choose North Shore Home Energy for my home service needs?

North Shore Home Energy is a locally owned HVACR service company with over 25 years of experience in the industry. We strive to not only leave our customers satisfied but also to help educate them on maintenance. As a proudly participating contractor in the Mass Save program, we can offer you rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for up to seven years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about our services and schedule a repair today!

By Brian Renadette

6 Benefits of a Yearly AC Tune-Up in Kingston

6 Benefits of a Yearly AC Tune-Up in Kingston

  • Cooling
AC tune-up in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

As spring turns to summer, Kingston homeowners will be swapping out their heaters for air conditioning. But is it ready to tackle the summer heat? The people at North Shore Home Energy know that it’s a good idea to give your AC a tune-up before the warm weather moves in. That way, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your AC will survive the summer heat. Here are six reasons you should get an AC tune-up in Kingston before the summer arrives.

Here are six ways an annual AC tune-up in Kingston can help you and your home:

 

Lower electricity bills

Summers are hot- there’s no way around it. It’s likely that you’ll want to be running your AC most days, but that can create a steep increase in electrical bills. A system with clogged filters and failing parts will need to work harder to do the same work. By tuning up your AC now, you’re increasing its efficiency and lowering your utility bills.

 

More comfort

What would you call an AC that can’t keep you cool? A bad one. Summers can be tough even for modern systems. If you want to keep your home at a consistent and comfortable temperature, you’ll want our professionals at North Shore Home Energy to make sure your AC is running at top performance.

 

Fewer breakdowns

If you use your AC system this summer, are you certain that it won’t fail to start up? Do you know for sure that it’ll run smoothly all season? If you’re not sure, give us a call! Our tune-ups come with a complete inspection that can identify problems before they cause a breakdown.

 

Cheaper repair bills

In the event that your AC winds up needing repairs, they’ll likely be cheaper if you’ve got maintenance beforehand. The reason for that is because our maintenance addresses the more costly problems (like air flow issues and broken parts) during our inspections.

 

Extended AC lifespan

If you want your AC system to stay operational for a long time, you’ll want to give it regular maintenance. By routinely checking on your AC and preventing breakdowns, we can help extend your AC’s lifespan by years. Without regular maintenance, the average AC only lasts a few years.

 

Better air quality

During the months where you never use your AC, various bits of dust and grime build up in it. When you turn it on, all that nasty junk is going to go into the air, which can hurt your air quality and aggravate those summer allergies. When you call North Shore Home Energy to give your AC a tune-up, we’ll clean it out, ensuring that your home’s air stays fresh.

 

Why should I choose North Shore Home Energy for my cooling needs?

North Shore Home Energy has been helping New Hampshire homeowners stay comfortable for over 25 years. We’re not just here to sell you a product. We also want to help you learn how to best maintain a healthy home. If you’re planning on buying from us, ask about our rebates. We’re a proud participant in the Mass Save program, so you can get a rebate of up to $3,500 and 0% financing for up to seven years. Call today to learn more about how we can help you stay cool this summer!

By Brian Renadette

How to Shut Down Your AC for the Winter

How to Shut Down Your AC for the Winter

  • Cooling
shut down AC in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

We’re only a couple of weeks away from fall, and it’s time to start thinking about winter. As homeowners prepare their preferred heating sources, they should also be worried about keeping their AC units safe. You won’t be using your AC all winter and you need to shut it down and protect it from bad weather. The last thing you want is to bring out your AC next year and discover it’s broken beyond repair. If you follow our advice, you can keep your AC from being ruined by the winter weather.

Here’s how to properly shut down your AC for the winter:

 

Finish your last-minute repairs

Before you start shutting down your AC, you should make sure your AC doesn’t need any repairs. Letting an AC problem linger over the winter can only make it worse. If there are any problems, call us to repair it before you shut it down.

 

Turn off the outside power

Turning off your AC unit’s power requires more than shutting off the indoor unit. Your outdoor condenser also needs to be cut off from the electricity. If the condenser still has power, it can turn on if there’s a warm spell and suck in snow and ice, damaging it. To shut off your condenser, look on the side of your house or under a flip-up lid nearby your condenser. Turn off the switch, and your AC is shut off (don’t forget to turn it back on when you want to use it.) However, there’s still more to do.

 

Examine and clean your condenser

Since you’re working with the condenser, you should give it some attention. Clean away any debris around or on your condenser with a broom before washing down the outside cabinet with a low-pressure spray from your hose. While it dries off, check the condenser for any damage or broken seals. If you see any problems, let us know the next time we help you out. Also, you should make sure the filter doesn’t need replacing.

 

Cover up the condenser

The last thing you need to do is cover up your condenser with a waterproof cover. Your local hardware stores likely sell them, but a waterproof tarp will work if it covers the entire condenser. Make sure to use some bungee ropes to secure the cover or tarp down so it doesn’t get blown away.

 

Why get North Shore Home Energy to keep my AC working its best?

North Shore Home Energy LLC is a small local dedicated HVAC & Refrigeration service company in the North Shore providing excellent service to homes, businesses, and restaurants. With over 25 years in the industry, North Shore Home Energy is here to educate our customers on maintenance and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Our attention to detail, on-demand service, and fair pricing will keep you running smoothly year after year. We are a proud participating contractor with the Mass Save program. Ask us about rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for 7 years. Call us today to learn more about our services!

By Brian Renadette

6 Signs You Need a Central AC Replacement

6 Signs You Need a Central AC Replacement

  • Cooling
central AC replacement in New Hampshire by North Shore Home Energy

As any smart homeowner knows, it’s important to give your AC annual maintenance. However, sometimes some maintenance won’t be enough to get it through the summer. Nothing lasts forever, and losing your air conditioning can be a major loss, even up here in New Hampshire. If it is still working fine, maybe you’re just being cautious and planning ahead. Whatever the case, Jones Services can tell you the signs that you’ll need a central AC replacement in New Hampshire.

Here are 6 signs you should get a central AC replacement in New Hampshire:

 

The AC reached retirement age

How long have you owned your current AC? According to the National Association of Home Builders, well-maintained AC units can 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.

 

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. Sometimes it’s possible to fix serious leaks by getting a new coil. However, a leak can generally be a sign you should get a new AC.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

The 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.

 

Why is North Shore Home Energy my best choice for AC services?

As an HVACR company with over 25 years of experience, North Shore Home Energy is a company devoted to helping their customers. In order to best help our customers, we not only help our customers with their home service issues but also educate them on how to maintain a healthy house. As a proudly participating contractor in the Mass Save program, we can help you save plenty of money on your next purchase. Ask us about our rebates, which can go up to $3,500 with 0% financing for up to seven years! Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about replacing your central AC!

By Brian Renadette

AC Savings in Kingston: Cool and Cheap!

AC Savings in Kingston: Cool and Cheap!

  • Cooling
AC savings in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

When the summer heat rolls in, you’ll likely want to stay cool. This means you’ll be using your AC a lot over a few months. However, keeping your AC on all summer will generate some hefty electricity bills. There are plenty of things you can do, big and small, to get some AC savings in Kingston this summer. Let the experts at North Shore Home Energy give you some advice on how to stay cool without breaking the bank.

Here are six tips on getting some AC savings in Kingston:

 

Stay on top of your AC’s maintenance

When was the last time you gave your AC maintenance? If the answer is earlier than “this spring,” you should call us to give it an inspection. Getting your AC an inspection can do a lot to improve your energy savings. The AC won’t have to work as hard to cool, it’ll have less mechanical issues, and any grime built up in your AC will be cleaned out. It’s a simple bit of advice, but it’s very good advice at the same time.

 

Upgrade your thermostat

Programmable thermostats are a great way to help conserve your AC’s energy usage. A major feature in these thermostats is that they are programmable and can follow a schedule. This lets you automatically adjust the temperature around the household’s schedule, so the AC turns off when nobody’s home. Other useful features include the ability to keep a constant temperature and other high-tech features.

 

Keep your home sealed

In a battle between the Sun and your AC to determine the outside temperature, the Sun will win hands-down. Because of this, you want your home to stay well-insulated. A poorly insulated home will leak cool air and let in hot air more easily. At a basic level, you can fix this by caulking leaky windows and insulating doors leading outside. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive examination, call one of our experts to check your home.

 

Close the blinds

If you have windows letting in sunlight, that can make your home hotter than you want. During the hotter parts of the day, close your blinds to keep out the sun to keep the temperature down. In addition, this also helps keep cool air inside your house.

 

Be a fan of ceiling fans

You don’t always need the air conditioner to stay cool. The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) estimates that a ceiling fan can make a room feel 10°F less and uses 10% of an AC’s energy. There are also smart ceiling fans that can be set on a schedule, similarly to smart thermostats.

 

Get zone control AC

Zone control AC lets you choose individual areas to heat or cool. You probably have one or two parts of the house you don’t use very often. With zone control, you can cool certain parts of the house less or not at all. This lets you save money on unnecessary cooling.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy a local expert in optimizing my AC performance?

North Shore Home Energy has over 25 years specializing in installing cooling systems. Whether they are residential high efficiency forced air systems, central air conditioning, or ductless mini splits, we know them all. Our state of the art ACCA-approved HVAC software helps us provide proper heat load calculations so we best know how to install your AC. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about our cooling services!

By Brian Renadette