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It’s that time of the year! There are two seasons where HVAC contractors are busiest—winter and summer. With summer here, it’s the most common time for us to get called for urgent HVAC service in Bergen County, NJ, or even a “quick” replacement. As the temperatures rise, it’s inevitable that homeowners will run into equipment failures—at least, if their systems are aging or haven’t been properly maintained.

That said, we understand the urgency when something goes wrong with your cooling system. You want help and you want help now—so, you choose the most immediately available HVAC professional and/or the most affordable one. This can end up costing you more in the end, though.

So, How Can I Choose the Right HVAC Contractor?

Whether you need quick service, or you just have a potential repair need that you’d like to have inspected before it has a chance to turn into something bigger, we have the 411 on just how to choose the right HVAC contractor for work on your cooling system. Here are some factors to look for:

Years of Experience

Homeowners are often quick to call in any “handyman” with minimal experience in mechanical and electrical work to work on their air conditioner, because it’s easy and cheap. However, the phrase, “you get what you paid for,” has a place here. Complex heating and cooling equipment is hard for even a skilled generalist to manager, and you’ll most likely have to end up calling in an experienced professional anyway if and when something goes awry.

In addition, and honestly most importantly, safety comes first. The only type of HVAC pro who can ensure safety is one who’s been thoroughly trained by a qualified HVAC contractor. You can absolutely count on this when you work with an experienced professional such as the technicians on our staff.

Comprehensive HVAC Services

There are some heating and cooling professionals out there who specialize in one thing or the other—sales, or service. This is fine, but there are advantages to choosing a contractor who offers both installation and repair.

Without this, you could end up with a quality system, but improper installation and/or maintenance from another company that doesn’t help your AC hold up its performance. Therefore, you could find yourself with a very inefficient air conditioner and/or a premature system replacement.

A lot of different problems can impact an air conditioner—even with professional installation and maintenance. There are a few different symptoms that could show up with different diagnoses. For instance, short-cycling could occur if your air conditioner was incorrectly sized upon installation, or it could be the sign of an electrical problem.

You don’t want to contact a company who only does installations if it’s actually a repair issue, but you don’t want to contact one who only does repairs if it was actually an installation error. The hassle isn’t worth it—get in contact with a team who offers it all!

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today! 

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Are you wondering if it’s about time to replace your air conditioner? If you’re at this point, chances are it couldn’t hurt. You’ll have a lot of considerations to make—do you want the same type of system? Perhaps you want to get rid of the ductwork in your attic and have a ductless HVAC system installed instead. Or maybe you want to switch out your central AC and furnace for a year-round heat pump.

Regardless of what you decide, we are your trusted resource for professional air conditioning services. In the meantime, we encourage you to think about the signs your air conditioner is showing that might indicate it’s ready for an upgrade. We’ve highlighted some of the main ones below.

Your Air Conditioner Is Old

No machine or important appliance lasts forever, and unfortunately your air conditioner is no exception to this rule. Sure, routine maintenance will help get it through its entire lifespan. But, air conditioners are designed to last about 10–15 years. If yours is older than 15 years, that alone may be a good enough reason to start considering an AC replacement and upgrade.

Your Cooling Bills Are Too High

We get it, this is a bit subjective. What’s “too high?”

Well, compare your current bills to your energy bills this time last year. How different are they? There shouldn’t be a huge discrepancy. We’d also encourage you to talk to your neighbors to see how much they’re paying comparatively. If you’re paying much more than them, it can be a sign that your cooling system is no longer working efficiently, and it could be time for a new one.

Your Repair Needs Are Frequent and Costly

It’s okay if you need a repair every now and then. In fact, it’s not rare for an AC system to need a component replaced or fixed once every few years. You should be worried, however, if you’re making repair calls a few times each year.

At some point, you’ll need to decide if it makes more economical sense to get repairs done, or to replace the system entirely. As a general rule of thumb, if your next repair or set of repairs is going to cost you more than what the system is worth, then it’s almost always a good idea to replace it.

You Want a High Efficiency System!

Sometimes, the only reason you need to upgrade to a new air conditioner is because you want to. As we mentioned above, you may decide you don’t want to deal with ductwork anymore. This means it would be a good idea to consider a ductless system.

Or perhaps your furnace is about ready to call it quits and you want something that heats more efficiently. A heat pump makes a great option, as it serves as both a heater and air conditioner. Whatever you decide, our team is here to help.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and the surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today! 

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Stress isn’t good for anyone. If your air conditioner were a person, it would agree!

And unfortunately, your air conditioning in Oradell, NJ is put under a lot of stress during the summer. We’re not saying you should use your air conditioner any less than you feel you need to. But what we are saying is that you should follow some best practices to ensure that your cooling system is as healthy as possible over the next few months and longer. Keep reading for some of the best ways to ensure this is the case!

Schedule Routine Maintenance

If you haven’t done so already, now is the perfect time to schedule preventive maintenance for your air conditioner. It’s during this service that our technicians will comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it. In fact, many of the problems you may run into with your air conditioner over the years rarely show signs until it’s too late—so scheduling maintenance is the best thing you can do to protect your cooling system.

We recommend you schedule this at least once every year. We suggest doing this in the spring. The reason for this is because it’s before you’ll be using the system the most, so you’re ensuring that it will be under as little extra strain as possible. This can lower the risk of a serious problem occurring by up to 90%! It can also help keep your air conditioner at 95% of its original efficiency level.

Change the Air Filter

We’ll check this during maintenance, but you definitely want to be change the air filter more than once a year! Many homeowners mistakenly believe air filters are in place to protect indoor air quality. But their actual purpose is to protect the interior components of an air conditioner from dirt, dust, and other debris that can hurt its performance.

You should be changing your air filter every 1–3 months, depending on the type of air filter it is and the level of contaminants in your home. For example, a home with cigarette smoke and significant pet dander may need its air filter changed a lot more often.

Know When to Call Us for Professional Repairs!

Maintenance will help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs an air conditioner may need over its lifetime. But, there are certainly ways for things to go wrong with your cooling system between maintenance tune-ups. Therefore, it’s wise to know the signs that you need to call for repairs.

For instance, if you hear strange noises you’ve never heard come from your system before, it can be a sign that something is breaking down in your system, or about to break down for that matter. Leaking fluid is another concerning sign, since it could mean that you have a refrigerant leak. A refrigerant leak will eventually put your air conditioner completely out of commission, so contact us right away if you suspect this is occurring.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and the surrounding communities. Count on us for expert services. Contact us today! 

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Using a ductless system to cool (and heat) the home has become a popular option for many individuals throughout Rockland and Bergen County, and for good reason! These systems operate on heat pump technology, which gives them that functionality to both cool and heat the home. They use heat transfer rather than heat generation during the winter, making them similar in setup to the traditional central air conditioner—and making them more efficient than a standard central AC or central furnace.

If you already have one in place, then you already know all this! But, do you know how important maintenance is? Professional maintenance is a service that allows our technicians to inspect your entire HVAC system, checking for anything that needs adjustment, cleaning the system, and looking for signs of repairs.

Why is this service even more important for your ductless air conditioning in Emerson, NJ, though? We’ll answer below!

Maintaining Your Ductless System

First off, because a ductless system gets year round use, it needs more than just the typical annual tune-up that a central AC or central furnace gets. You’ll need to schedule biannual maintenance for this system, once before summer and once again before winter. Additionally, if you’re reading this and do not already have a ductless system in place but are considering it, please choose an experienced professional for the installation. Without professional installation and maintenance, you could experience one or more of these unique ductless repair needs:

Water Leaks Behind the Air Handlers: Each of the wall-mounted air handlers of a ductless system has a series of connections routed through a hold behind it—a power line, refrigerant line, and condensate line. This last one removes water moisture from the cooling process so that it doesn’t enter your home. If this line springs a leak, it will cause water to soak through your drywall. This creates property damage and can also cause the air handler to split away from the wall and subsequently separate from it altogether, crashing down and accumulating damage or even requiring replacement.

Broken Air Handlers: As illustrated in the above point, you may have a broken air handler. The good news with this is, even if you have one broken air handler, the rest of the air handlers throughout your home will still continue to run. The only part of a home that loses cooling/heating is the one with the broken air handler. When one of these units stops working, call for repairs, and go hang out in another room until the trouble is fixed.

Leaking Refrigerant Line: This isn’t so much a unique repair need to ductless systems as it can happen with any air conditioner.  What’s unique about a ductless system is that when a refrigerant leak occurs, it can be even more hazardous than in a standard system. This is because refrigerant goes to each of your air handlers, so if the leak is behind one of them, you’re being exposed to it in your home, plus it can damage the wall the air handler is attached to as well as anything else against that wall.

We don’t say any of this to discourage you from using a ductless system, but rather to express the importance of scheduling routine maintenance. Be sure to contact our team for all your ductless service needs!

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today!

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As the warm weather gets underway, we recommend you pay attention to how your air conditioning system is running. If you’ve already scheduled maintenance service for it (and it’s not too late to do so if you haven’t!), the air conditioner will probably run without any problems. Keeping an AC in top-flight condition is a big part of what maintenance is for.

But even with routine service, you may need air conditioning repair in Bergen County, NJ during the summer. Watch for some of the signs below during the beginning of the season—they’ll help warn you in time to get the professional repair assistance you need.

A Series of Unfortunate Sounds

An air conditioner makes a series of steady noises as its fan runs and the compressor cycles on and off. This is the dull background hum of summer. If that hum turns into a rattle, roar, shriek, hiss, or grinding, something is not right! Each of these sounds warns of different types of problems, like dying motors or leaking refrigerant. Don’t try to analyze them yourself, however. Call our technicians for a diagnosis and solution.

Ice Age: The Evaporator Coils

The indoor coils of the AC are the evaporator coils, where heat is absorbed to cool the air. If you see ice developing on it, you may think it’s just a normal part of the cooling process. It isn’t! This can mean excess dirt, loss of refrigerant, trouble with airflow, and other issues. Scraping the ice off might damage the coils, and it won’t fix the underlying problem. Get on the phone and call us instead.

When It Hurts (Your Pocket Book) to Be Cool

Keep a close eye on your electrical bills as you start steadily using the air conditioner. Compare costs to previous years to see if there’s a significant rise in usage—a rise you can’t account for. Most malfunctions in an AC will cause the system to drain extra power, and it’ll show up on your bills.

Rooms of Fire and Ice

Uneven cooling is one of the biggest warning signs that something is seriously amiss with the air conditioner. Some rooms may feel cool, just as you want them, while others might be stuffy. If you can rule out problems inside the rooms themselves (such as a blocked air duct, drafts around the windows, etc.), then it’s best to call for HVAC repair assistance.

The Short-Cycling Thieves

Short-cycling is when an air conditioner turns on and off rapidly without completing a full cooling cycle. There are many different sources of this problem, and you don’t want it to continue: it steals money by using too much power and puts excessive strain on the compressor and other components. It can even shorten the life of your air conditioner.

No matter the size of the cooling repair necessary to rescue your AC from the brink, you can trust our technicians to find a solution.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY, as well as Bergen County, NJ, and the surrounding communities. Call us for the AC repair you need.

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Did you know that the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than the outdoor air? This is especially true for humidity. Humidity is something we’re all too familiar with here in the summertime. It’s when there is excessive moisture in the air that it’s harder for us to cool off, since we can’t sweat. High humidity can even cause health problems.

The relative humidity in your home can quickly climb above 50% at this time of year, when it actually should be between 30%–50%. We’re going to talk about this more below, in addition to what it means for you and your health, as well as the health of your air conditioner. Remember, your air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties, but it’s not designed to effectively reduce your relative humidity level to where it should be.

When Is Humidity “Too” High?

As we stated above, the relative humidity level in your home is too high when it’s above 50%. (It’s too low/too dry when it’s below 30%.) This high relative humidity level is when most homeowners notice discomfort. After all, we stay cool by sweating, and too much humidity prevents sweat from evaporating off of our skin.

When humidity is too high, it means there is too much ambient moisture in the air to allow our bodies to effectively cool off, so we stay heated and don’t feel all that great! Plus, high humidity encourages the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria that can make you sick.

What Does This All Mean for Your AC System?

The best way to lower humidity is to lower the temperature (which is why many homeowners mistakenly believe that running their air conditioner is all they need to do). This process causes moisture to coalesce into droplets, much like you’ll notice outdoors on early mornings.

This means your AC system is serving as an dehumidifier by default. But there are problems with this. First, the fact that air conditioners are designed for this purpose. Sure, they remove some moisture in the air naturally, through normal operation. But it’s not a significant amount, and you really have no control over how much moisture is actually being removed.

Second, this excessive moisture causes the cooling system to work harder than it should have just to do its job of cooling your home.

“So, What Can I Do?”

Have a whole-house dehumidifier installed! Dehumidifiers are designed to remove excess moisture from your living space without affecting the air conditioner. In fact, they help air conditioners perform better because you won’t have to turn the temperature down as low as you normally would to dehumidify your home, therefore saving energy and slowing down the process of wear and tear on your cooling system.

There are a number of benefits to a dehumidifier installation. We encourage you to give our team a call to learn more!

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY, as well as Bergen County, NJ and the surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert air conditioning services. Contact us today! 

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Springtime is typically when we encourage homeowners to schedule annual maintenance for their air conditioners. This is a season when HVAC technicians usually have less crowded schedules since they’re responding to fewer emergency calls for broken down heaters or air conditioners, and therefore it’s easier to schedule this HVAC service in Bergen County, NJ.

During maintenance, our professionals do a thorough cleaning, make adjustments, and check for repair needs, to make sure your air conditioner is ready for the season ahead. But… what if you have a heat pump that you use for heating and cooling? It was just maintained back in fall, do you really need a tune-up again?

Well, yes.

Your Heat Pump Has Two Jobs and Needs Two Tune-Ups!

Try to think of maintenance not so much as “heating system maintenance” or “air conditioning maintenance,” but rather as “HVAC system maintenance.” You need to prep your HVAC system to handle the rigors of the season ahead. So for homes that use a furnace separately from a central air conditioner, technicians need to come in the fall for maintenance and in the spring again.

It’s no different for a heat pump—you need prep work done for both heating season and cooling season. Sure, a number of the jobs are the same, such as checking the air handler and tightening electrical connections. But since a heat pump works twice as hard, it needs twice the care.

Strain on the Components

It’s important to remember that a heat pump system is not two separate units packages together. Heat pumps use the same components to operate, whether they are running in heating or cooling mode. The compressor runs no matter what, circulating refrigerant through two sets of coils, indoors and outdoors, and the blower fan sends the cooled air into the ventilation system. The only difference between the two modes is the direction the refrigerant moves, which changes the direction the heat pump moves heat.

So, understandably, a winter full of work for your heat pump places immense stress on the components, especially the compressor. This component requires special attention before winter and summer to ensure it isn’t wearing down too fast. If the compressor fails, it often means the entire heat pump must be changed out. Missing out on either one of your maintenance tune-ups for the year can mean a compressor that dies years before its time.

Having the interior of your heat pump thoroughly cleaned is important, too, and absolutely needs to be done twice a year. Lots of dust, dirt, and other debris can build up over the winter, and this is actually the leading reason for a heat pump to start performing inefficiently. Spring cleaning of coils, motors, and other components is important for proper operation this spring and summer.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today!

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Temperatures are still cool, but with spring officially here now is the time to start preparing for warmer weather. Part of this preparation is scheduling your air conditioning system’s annual maintenance appointment.

There are a few small tasks you can do on your own when it comes to maintaining your cooling system. For instance, you should be changing its air filter every 1–3 months during periods of use (same goes for your forced-air heater), but only a trained and experienced technician can manage the numerous tasks involved with professional AC tune-ups.

The Many Benefits of Professional AC Maintenance

One of the most common questions that HVAC pros get is if maintenance is really necessary every year. The short answer to this is “yes!” Maintenance isn’t a luxury service reserved to those who have money to spare. Skipping a maintenance appointment even once can leave you experiencing cumulative problems with your air conditioner, until it breaks down on you all of the sudden. With preventive maintenance, you can count on:

  • A more reliable cooling system. The most immediate advantage of annual AC maintenance is an air conditioning system that’s less likely to suffer a major operational failure over the summer. Inspections locate places where wear on the system can lead to breakdowns, and adjustments and cleanings further remove potential problems. With a well-maintained AC system, you can enter the summer with the confidence that you probably won’t need to make any emergency repair calls.
  • A more energy-efficient AC: The accumulation of wear and tear on your air conditioner creates strain on the components. One part in particular that suffers is the blower motor. This creates higher energy bills as your system tries to overcome the added stress. If an AC system has annual preventive maintenance, however, it should be able to retain 95% of its efficiency rating during its service life.
  • An air conditioning system that lasts longer: Speaking of that service life, did you know that most air conditioners are designed to last about 10–15 years? Of course, this is only possible if they are well cared for—meaning, you don’t skip maintenance. Yearly tune-ups will help your air conditioner give you the best return on your initial investment in it by lasting as long as possible.
  • Fewer Repair Needs: You don’t want to spend extra money each year to have your air conditioner repaired. It’s estimated that about 85% of the repairs an air conditioner might need during its service life are preventable thanks to maintenance inspections from pros, who catch problems early on. Ultimately, you’ll enjoy huge savings in repair costs!

Signing up for a maintenance program means you don’t need to remember to schedule maintenance each year—we’ll contact you. Additionally, you’ll enjoy discounts and special deals for being a part of our preventive maintenance program! Ask us for more details today.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us for expert HVAC service in Westwood, NJ today! 

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Have you ever been told by a plumbing professional that your boiler has been affected by boiler scale? Another name for it is boiler deposits. You might not be sure whether to take this issue seriously as it’s not blaringly obvious that something is wrong with your boiler. In fact, scaling in boilers is actually common.

High levels of minerals in your water—namely, calcium and magnesium—get left behind in the boiler tank and tubes, which can lead to reduction in heat along with a loud banging noise indicating damage is being done inside. That said, if you’re wondering if it’s dangerous for your boiler, yes, it is!

Boiler Scale Facts

Fortunately, you can turn to our team for quality Bergen County, NJ boiler services. In the meantime, we want to fill you in on some boiler scale facts, so you not only understand what it can do, but how important it is to remedy the situation.

A boiler system that’s suffering from scale buildup is in danger of breaking down or leaking water into your property, both of which require immediate repair. But what does boiler scale look like—how do you know if you have it?

Perhaps at some point you’ve noticed white or yellowish buildup around your faucets or showerhead. This is the result of hard water, and its deposits are what’s known as scale. Now, imagine this same scaling inside of the tank of your boiler, or the pipes that move hot water around your home.

At first, small pieces of granular deposits can collect at the bottom of the boiler tank. Over time, though, these deposits coat the tank and tubes, adding an extra layer to the inside. The longer boiler scale goes on, the tougher it is to remove.

How This Damages the Boiler Tank

Scaling can do a lot of damage to the tank of your boiler system. As sediment settles and builds up at the bottom of your boiler tank, it becomes more difficult for the burners to actually heat the water. This is why you might notice that a boiler isn’t keeping you as warm as it once did.

As heat attempts to reach the water, bubbles may escape through the tank, rattling the sediment. This sediment can wear down the lining of the tank, allowing or corrosion to happen much sooner than it otherwise would have.

This scaling does more than just damage the tank. It also builds up in the tubes and pipes that enable water to move from the boiler to the rooms of your home. It acts as an insulator inside these pipes, and keeps heat from moving properly throughout the home. This can eventually cause the tube to overheat and crack. Scale also can build up to the extent that it completely blocks water from moving through the pipes, which creates a problem for the whole system.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today! 

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When customers ask us what the best options are for new HVAC systems today, we are quick to suggest ductless heating (and cooling). The reason for this is how efficient and effective these systems are. Rather than operating through a network of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler, like a traditional central air conditioner or furnace, ductless systems have an outdoor unit to which you can connect up to four indoor air handlers. These air handlers are mounted up high on the walls of the rooms in which they are installed, and can be controlled independently of each other.

There are a number of good reasons to go ductless in your home. There are equally good reasons to only trust a professional for the installation! Today, we’re going to look at a downside to ductless systems if yours is not professionally installed. It’s nothing awful, but it requires attention nonetheless. If you don’t know what to look for and expect, you could wind up with significant, costly property damage, and we don’t want that for you. So, what is this downside?

Unique Repair Needs

Every HVAC system needs repairs at some time or another. But there are some repair needs that are unique to ductless systems, and you are at a higher risk if you did not have trained professionals install yours. These include:

Water Leaks Behind the Air Handlers

Each of the wall-mounted air handlers is connected to the outdoor unit of your ductless systems through a conduit routed behind it. This conduit contains a power line, refrigerant line, and condensate drain line. The drain line removes water moisture from the cooling process so that it doesn’t enter your home. These lines can leak, and if this happens water will begin to develop between the back of the air handler and the wall.

What eventually occurs, in this case, is the wall material weakens, causing the air handler to rip away and fall off. This certainly damages the wall, and may break the air handler as well.

Broken Air Handlers

This is actually a bit of a benefit when it comes to ductless heating and cooling systems. If a single air handler breaks due to a failed motor, falling off the wall due to water damage like we mentioned above, or some other problem, the rest of the air handlers throughout the home will still continue to operate.

The only area of your home affected will be the one with the broken air handler installed, and when one of the units stops working you can simply go to another room of your home while you wait for a repair technician to come remedy the situation.

Refrigerant Leaks

Loss of refrigerant actually isn’t unique to ductless systems, but the potential danger it presents is unique, since refrigerant runs all the way to the indoor air handlers up on your walls.

Keep a close eye on your system so you can take note of any signs of refrigerant loss. This can include a drop in heating power (or cooling power, in the summertime), or coils icing over in the air handlers. Refrigerant leaks must be accurately located, refilled, and the leak patched up so it doesn’t happen again.

For expert heater repair or any other HVAC service you need in Bergen County, NJ, look no further than DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. Contact us today!

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