How You Know That You Need a New A/C Unit

Do I Need a New Air Conditioner?


Air conditioners are complicated pieces of equipment that are large investments. As such, it can be difficult knowing whether it is time to replace them, or to instead opt for a less expensive repair. If you’re wondering about the status of your own A/C unit, here are a few signs that it may be time to skip the repair and look for a replacement.


Age


The mechanical components in air conditioners operate at great temperature extremes, driving air throughout entire buildings. As such, the system as a whole wears down over time, and the age of your air conditioner is one of the clearest indications that it may need to be replaced.

In general, units older than ten years are candidates for replacement. An older unit that works well is probably fine, but an older unit with other issues will grow increasingly difficult to maintain due to industry changes and part availability.


Using Older Refrigerant

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5 Qualities in a Good Electrician

When looking for an electrician, you may have noticed that picking one out of the many available options is not as simple as merely flipping open a directory and running your fingers down the screen or page to choose the one with the most appealing name.

As a matter of fact, choosing you electrician in such a manner will most likely get you into a lot of trouble. This is especially true since you may not only end up working with people you have absolutely no idea about, but you also might be putting your safety at unimaginable risk. In such a scenario, the risks you expose yourself to are significantly high, particularly if the electrician you opt for ends up being both uncertified and too inexperienced to effectively handle the job at hand.

As such, arming yourself with adequate knowledge on how you can find the most suitable and reliable electrician is of uttermost importance. Listed below are five qualities you can utilize as a guide to finding a good electrician.



1. Fully licensed and certified

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Prepare Your Furnace for Winter: Get Warm, Prevent Leaks, Reduce Dust Particles

It is almost winter time and it’s time to get your furnace cranking out the heat so your home or apartment stays warm and cozy. Before you start to run it full blast, it is imperative to be sure that it is properly functioning. The small amount of time or money that it costs to have it professionally inspected will always be beneficial in the long run. Even if the system seems to be functioning properly, there are many things that can go wrong with a furnace. While you may not be able to detect certain problems, professional technicians can. They can help protect you against the following problems of a furnace that is not functioning at its optimal performance.

  • Detect carbon monoxide leaks
  • Prevent the development of hazardous conditions
  • Reduce dust particles and bacteria
  • Help prevent a middle-of-the-night furnace breakdown

All of these problems are very common and can be a nightmare to deal with if they occur. Making sure that your furnace is properly running and fix any potential problems before they occur, this can save you an enormous amount of time, money and stress!

The Start of Fall, An Ideal Season for Northern Virginia

Between the middle of September and the middle of October is a great time for the people of Northern Virginia. Football season is underway, school is back in session and best of all, the weather is amazing. The temperature during this time of year averages between 65-75 degrees during the day. This is great news for homeowners because it is the chance to give you air conditioning and heating system a well-deserved break. Rather than running your heating and cooling systems during this time, try and open windows during the day and wrap yourself in covers at night.

Doing this will save you a good deal of money and give you ample time to get any problems that you may have with the A/C or heating systems fixed. It is not very often that Mother Nature allows us to live comfortably without heating or air conditioning. Enjoy this time, save some money and be sure to call us if you need any repairs or have any questions.

Surge Protection

A surge protector is much more than a utility that allows you to plug in multiple plugs into one outlet. This inexpensive device can save valuable items such as your computers, televisions and even your home by preventing against power surges and potential electrical fires. When shopping for surge protectors however, it is important that you consider the specific features as it can make a huge difference in quality and could be the difference between a fried computer and a working one. Remember that the really cheap surge protectors are really cheap. They are mass-produced for a low cost but do not contain important aspects that truly prevent from power surges. When searching for a surge protector there are three must haves. If you answer yes to all three of these questions then we recommend you buy it, but if not, you may want to consider buying a different one.

Does it look and feel sturdy and not cheap?

Does it come with a good manufacturers warranty?

Do people give the product strong reviews online?

Before You Call

There are a lot of air conditioners fired up for this summer, which also means there are a lot of air conditioners that have broken down. It’s a part of life; Products sometimes fail and you have to live with the consequences and attempt to get the problems fixed as soon as possible. With record heat outside and an economic recession hitting families hard, hiring a repairman to fix the problem may not be in the current budget. So before you pick up the phone do these couple of things and see if you can get it back up and running on your own.

– Make sure the thermostat is set to COOL

– Be sure your AC condenser is running properly by looking at the circuit breakers in your electrical panel and making sure they’re set to the ON position. Next be sure to check that the air conditioner disconnect switch and make sure it is in the ON position.

– Make sure the blower motor is running and check to make sure the ON/ OFF switch on your furnace is set to ON.

– Make sure you have fresh filters and you change or clean them monthly.

– Make sure your floor vents are not blocked by furniture and check all supply vents to make sure they’re open and blowing air.

Air Conditioning Time

It is springtime in DC. The cherry blossoms are out and the heat index is up! It is time to start thinking about air conditioning and keeping your home cool. Fortunately you landed on the right place if you are interested in getting a new air conditioning system installed.  While there are many different options for air conditioning in the D.C metro area, Havatech has the best service professionals and the best customer service. Over ten years of experience has earned HavaTech a solid reputation. We also offer the most efficient systems on the market. HavaTech carries brand name air conditioning units that can be installed very quickly. If budget is an issue, rest assured that you’ll get the best deal from HavaTech as we always give the best deals around. If time is an issue, remember that HavaTech will be there to analyze the situation or install the item very soon after you call. Many times you may even get a next day appointment! Communication is key when dealing with important things like air conditioning so we always make sure we are available for questions. Don’t just trust our word for it though, call us today and let us give you a free estimate and see how we can help you out.

Keep it Away

One thing that nobody likes to talk about, but nearly everyone deals with is mold. These tiny living organisms can cause a nightmare for ventilation along with a variety of crippling health complications. When pesky mold moves in, it is a necessity to remove! At the right temperatures, mold can spread through the air and stick on fabric and other household materials. When this happens, health complications that can prove detrimental may occur. In order to prevent this from happening, you must stop mold at its source before it can grow and make its way through your home.

Mold grows and expands in moist places and this is where HVAC products come into play. HVAC units that are not installed correctly, are inefficient or have filters that are dirty can be perfect breeding grounds for mold and mildew. As the warmer months approach and you prepare to switch from heat to air-conditioning, it is crucial to make sure everything is working properly. Executing a quick check up or calling a professional at HavaTech could be the difference between a healthy summer and one filled with complications. Mold is a very simple problem to fix; yet so many people continue to be lazy and not take the necessary steps to keep their home safe with clean air. Make the right choice and don’t let mold take over your life! Call HavaTech or visit us online with any more questions you may have.

The Rapid Changes

In Northern Virginia, one day can be 65 degrees out and the next could be 30 degrees. With the unpredictable weather throughout the year, you may be spending more money on heating and air conditioning than you should be. Since the weather changes so often and so drastically, many do not bother to install or manage a comfortable home temperature with a thermostat. Here at HavaTech Inc we highly recommend two simple things that will save you a tremendous amount of money on your heating and air conditioning bills throughout the year. We recommend that you get your heating and air conditioning units checked regularly and we also recommend that you install and use a thermostat daily.

Our first recommendation is to have your units checked regularly throughout the year. A good time to have them checked includes the spring and the fall; right before the temperatures are going to change for an extended period of time. Getting units checked regularly by professionals at HataTech Inc ensures proper efficiency and less worry. After a checkup and tune up, your HVAC systems will be functioning at optimal capacity and you will save money due to the increase in efficiency. Another recommendation we have is to make sure you have and use thermostats in your home. Thermostats are perfect for regulating temperature and will save you hundreds on your gas and electric bills over the years. Thermostats allow you to keep the heat or air conditioning off when you are not home and allow you to sleep comfortably without worrying if you are wasting money on useless heat or air conditioning costs. Remember these two helpful tips and don’t hesitate to contact HavaTech Inc with any questions you may have!