Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

What to Look for with AC Installation

May 30th, 2016

With summer on its way here in Dover, DE, many homeowners are replacing their old air conditioners with new ones. Now is the perfect time to do it, since it can spare you the high bills and inefficient operation of an older system whose race is run. But while you should always trust a professional with air conditioner installation — it requires permits and licensing, in addition to specific technical skills — there are things you can look for with a quality installation that can help you right the right service. Ask about these items with your technician, and make sure they’re on the agenda when the time comes to install your system:

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Beware of Low Refrigerant in Your Air Conditioning System

May 23rd, 2016

Low refrigerant is a common problem in the early parts of cooling season, but with summer on its way here in Bridgeville, DE, it’s not a problem you can ignore. Low refrigerant creates a great deal of trouble for your air conditioning system, forcing it to work harder and costing you more in monthly bills as well as setting the stage for a more serious breakdown to follow. Refrigerant leaks can spring up at anytime, but when they appear over the winter they can go on for months before being detected. That’s why you should always check for leaking refrigerant at about this time of year. It will help protect your system in the long run.

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Protect Your Home Against Allergens

May 16th, 2016

Dover, DE gets its share of humidity in the summer, and that means allergens come out to play. If you or a family member suffers from allergies, this can be a devastating time of the year, with pollen, bacteria and other creepy-crawlies making your life miserable. Your home should be a haven against allergens, but you can’t help but let some in every time you open a door or a window. What’s to be done? Luckily, there are a number of solutions to be had. Some of which can be implemented very easily, while others require a trained technician to install new equipment in your home. But all of them will help you and your family breathe a little easier this summer. Let’s break them down for you. 

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Dehumidifiers Make Summer More Comfortable

May 9th, 2016

Summer is coming to Seaford, DE faster than you may think, and we’ve already experienced flirtations with high temperatures and higher humidity. That last part is what concerns us today, for high humidity levels can be just as bad as the heat when it comes to your household comfort levels. Air conditioners can begin to address the problem, but they’re not set up for that and excess humidity can increase the strain on them considerably. Instead, have a whole-house dehumidifier installed by a trained technician. The benefits can be more substantial than you think.

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Spring Air Conditioning Checklist: What to Do before Summer

May 2nd, 2016

Throughout the Delaware and Maryland area, homeowners are completing various spring cleaning projects. Perhaps, you’ve already set foot in the garden, you’re thinking about a remodeling project, or you’re just enjoying the transition to the summer. But let’s not forget that when it really starts to heat up, you’ll need to turn on that air conditioner once again. Consider taking care of the following when preparing your air conditioner for summer:

  1. Clean air filter? One of the most common, but easily avoided, issues in the HVAC world occurs when homeowners forget to change their air filter. The filter is not for you, but for the system’s components, which can accumulate debris over time. This leads to inefficiency and even long-term damage.
  2. Right amount of refrigerant? Refrigerant is the blood of your AC or heat pump, and you’ll receive no cooling if your system does not have the right amount (also known as its charge). A professional on our team can quickly determine if you’re operating with low levels.
  3. Outdoor unit clear of debris? If you see any twigs, branches, mulch, leaves, dirt, or anything else pressing up against your outdoor AC unit, then make sure to take the time to clear it. There must be sufficient space around the unit to dissipate thermal energy.
  4. AC tune-up? Want to avoid all this hassle? Let a pro do it. For a relatively small cost, you can have a trained and experienced professional come to your home and complete a detailed inspection, tune-up, and cleaning of your entire air conditioner. It’s proven to improve performance and energy efficiency, and also cut down on the number of problems that you may run into this summer.

Is your AC ready for summer? If not or you’re unsure, then now is the time to schedule your annual AC maintenance from Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Call now!

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Get a Zone Control System Put In

April 25th, 2016

Summer is on its way here in Bridgeville, DE, and with it comes those depressingly high energy bills. You need to keep your house cool and comfortable – things get too hot and muggy around here to go without – but you shouldn’t have to pay and arm and a leg for the privilege. Now is the time to think about alternatives. It starts with simple steps like setting your thermostat to 78 degrees and dressing lightly while in the house. But it also can benefit from an upgrade to your air conditioner: something like a zone control system which can be put into your existing system by a trained professional. It can make a huge difference in your bills, while providing a number of other benefits as well.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

April 18th, 2016

Temperatures are slowly warming up here in Milford, DE and while you’re likely not using your air conditioner every way, chances are you’re using it increasingly often these past few weeks. That makes this an excellent time to troubleshoot your system for any problems that could cause a breakdown later in the summer. That way, you can get them repaired before your air conditioner needs to be used every day, preventing a lot or consternation and heartache in the process. Among the things you should watch out for is the formation of ice on your air conditioner’s coils. It may not sound like much, but it’s actually a very big problem.

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3 Considerations When Replacing Your Commercial Air Conditioner

April 11th, 2016

Dover, DE is a business friendly city, and as such, we have a lot of commercial space that needs caring for. If you’re a business owner or an office manager, you know how important a good commercial air conditioning system can be, and when the time comes to replace yours, you want it to be put in the right way. The good news is that there are quality professional services standing by to help. But you can do yourself a favor by carefully considering your options when replacing your commercial air conditioner and understanding the factors involved. That way, you can be assured of choosing the right one for your space.

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3 Things to Look for in an Air Conditioning Service

April 4th, 2016

A good air conditioning service can be as important as your auto mechanic. You need to know when you call that number that you’re going to get reliable service at a fair cost and that whatever they do for you – be it installation, repair or replacement –  it will keep your air conditioner running the way it needs to. Our summers get too hot here in Seaford, DE to expect anything else. But how can you tell when your service has the right stuff, and when you’re dealing with someone who just isn’t up to the task? Here are 3 things to look for in an air conditioning service that can help you separate the real deal from the fly-by-nighters.

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Common Spring Problems for your Heat Pump

March 28th, 2016

Heat pumps have become increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional heating and air conditioning systems here in the Ocean City, MD area. They use the same principles as air conditioning – circulating refrigerant through a closed loop of valves and coils – to both heat and cool your home, helping you save money on monthly bills while combining all temperature controls into a single unit. This is the time of year when heat pump owners shift from heating to cooling mode, and as such you may run into a few common problems that we see a lot of this time of year. We’ve provided a short list of them below.

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