Cooling Unlimited, Inc. Blog : Archive for August, 2016

Capacitor Issues with Your Air Conditioner

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Late summer here in Boston, MA can wreak havoc on air conditioning systems, as months of heavy use combine with the inevitable pre-Labor Day heat wave to create problems in many units (especially older ones). Among the issues you need to watch for this time of year is trouble with your capacitors, which can become worn through regular use and result in big trouble for your system.

A capacitor requires professional licensing and training to fix, and can be dangerous for the uninitiated to tamper with. But by understanding how it works and watching for capacitor issues with our air conditioner, you can get a jump on any emerging problems as quickly as possible.

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Running All Summer Means an AC Breakdown is More Likely

Monday, August 29th, 2016

It’s far too hot in the summer here in Andover, MA to go without air conditioning. It’s more than a luxury; without it, you run the risk of heat stroke and similar maladies, especially in sensitive family members such as toddlers or the elderly.

And yet all of that activity means that the chances of an air conditioning breakdown are much higher this time or the year than any other, with months of daily use behind it and weeks of high temperatures still to come. The more prepared you can be for the possibility of a breakdown, the better able you are to prevent it, or at least mitigate the damage. Here’s a brief list of some handy steps.

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How Do Dehumidifiers Help Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

We tout the virtues of whole-house dehumidifiers for clients in Andover, MA and similar cities in the Boston area, and for good reason. Massachusetts summers are as humid as they come, which not only makes your home far less comfortable, but can drastically impact the functioning of your air conditioner as well. A whole-house dehumidifier not only makes your home more comfortable, but can ease the burden on your AC as well: lowering monthly bills and making it less likely that your air conditioner will suffer a breakdown. Here’s a brief bit of info on how it all works.

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3 Signs of Trouble with Your Water Heater

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Your water heater probably sits in the basement, garage, laundry room or other corner of your Concord, MA home: quietly doing its job without much fuss or trouble. It’s easy to ignore in light of more pressing household problems, or the daily juggling act of jobs, commutes and family time. But when trouble arises with your water heater, it tends to leave signs, which you can spot if you know what to look for. This is important because the sooner you address a growing issue with your water heater, the less arduous and expensive the repairs are likely to be. Here are 3 signs of trouble with your water heater that you should watch for.

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How to Prep Your Generator for a Crisis

Monday, August 8th, 2016

We can’t always tell when trouble is coming, and one of the benefits of a back-up generator is that it responds on short notice when electricity is suddenly lost in your Boston, MA home. But sometimes you get a few days’ warning that trouble is on the way — an ominous weather report for example — and even when the unexpected strikes, you can do yourself a lot of favors simply by checking your generator on a regular basis and ensuring that it’s ready to go when you need it. Here’s a short list to follow if you get a heads up about a potential crisis.

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Use Your Thermostat Wisely

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

High summer temperatures in Andover, MA mean you’ll need you air conditioner to function at its best all the time. The more you can do to cut down on those costs, the better. Some steps you can take around the home, such as sealing up cracks under your door with weather stripping. And some involve the services of a technician, who can perform maintenance duties once or twice a year to cut down on inefficiency. But another big step you can take is to look closely at how you use your thermostat, then make some adjustments to your cooling habits to help improve the bottom line.

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Get a Sump Pump to Protect Your Home

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Flooding is a common problem here on Concord, MA, as periodic heavy rains can hit us hard. As a homeowner, your ultimate goal in such times is to keep your household safe and undamaged from those floodwaters, and while insurance can cover the damage, it is far better to prevent those damages in the first place.

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