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Waiting doesn’t make it better!

August 31st, 2018

When I was younger I would drive my car until the wheels fell off. I would never dream of doing that now, I want to make sure my family is safe and I want time to make the right buying decision and consider all my options. Funny, I still have customers call me when they need a new unit right now​.

That’s just bad for everyone.

When you are hot and miserable you aren’t as likely to make a good decision, or have time to consider all your options. It’s not always the price you pay today, but how much that AC unit is going to cost to run for the next 15 years.

Now you have one more reason to do the right thing…Trade in your older, inefficient air conditioner while it is still working and you could make a big difference in your home and in your community.

Right now, when you trade in that old working AC it will be donated to Youth Challenge. This will help them in many ways. Your unit will be sent to the Youth Challenge Thrift Store where it will be reconditioned and then sold to help someone less fortunate, all the proceeds go to help Youth Challenge and you get a nice charitable tax deduction. They take the broken ACs too!

So start saving money today on your energy bills, and save money on your taxes next year…All while helping out a great organization and the community.

Still not convinced, how about 0% interest for 5 years.

Call 757 398 1820 to schedule your appointment service@housecallcompany.com

 

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Do I Have a Gas Leak?

August 27th, 2018

gas-meterThe honest answer here has to be “hopefully not,” but we want to reassure you not to panic. If you do have a gas leak, you need to get out of your home, contact the appropriate authorities, and have the professional plumbers resolve the problem. Your safety is at risk when you have a gas leak, and you cannot afford to waste time panicking when you could take proactive measures.

But before you can start taking those measures, you’ll need to recognize you have a gas leak to begin with! You don’t want to complicate a simple problem by thinking it’s something more serious, but you also don’t want to assume nothing is wrong when, well, there is! The Chesapeake, VA plumbing professionals on our team are here to ensure you know what to look for in the event of a gas leak.

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Is AC Maintenance Worth My Money?

August 13th, 2018

relaxing-on-couchAbsolutely, 100% yes. There are a lot of questions that homeowners may ask us, such as “When should I replace my AC?” or “Which air conditioner is right for me?” that would require a lot more information for us to answer confidently. “Is AC maintenance worth my money?” however is one of the simplest questions a customer might ask us. Simply put, this simple question has only one answer—and that is regardless of what type of AC you use.

But why is this the case? Is this just an aggressive sales tactic on our end? No, of course not. There are too many benefits you can enjoy as a direct result of routine AC maintenance to ignore the need for this vital service. We are going to get into them below, and we’ll offer you some tips about what you can do on your own to help keep your air conditioner in the best working condition possible. (No, it’s not your entire tune-up!).

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Common Causes of Uneven Cooling

July 30th, 2018

angry-manWhy do you use a whole-house air conditioning system? To cool your whole house with just one system, right? Of course! So why would you put up with anything shy of great comfort throughout your entire home? Even if you don’t use a given room as much as you do the others in your house, you still want to ensure that your whole house is evenly cooled. Unfortunately, this is not the case in many homes. Don’t settle for less!

There are a few different reasons why your home may be cooling unevenly. Whatever the precise nature of the problem, you can count on our team to diagnose it accurately and to resolve it completely. You don’t want to waste your time with AC technicians who are not going to be able to figure out what is going on in a timely manner, and you definitely don’t want to risk damage to your home or failed attempts at solving the problem—so leave your AC services in Chesapeake to us!

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What Can I Do to Keep My AC Working Properly?

July 16th, 2018

man-with-filterYou know what we would love to use this post for this week? Explaining to you what steps must be taken in order to make your air conditioner 100% reliable. Of course, we will not be doing this. And of course, we are not withholding this information because we do not want you to enjoy reliability of that kind. We just don’t have any such information to share. In fact, no one does—because no air conditioner currently in existence is ever going to be 100% reliable.

If you’ve had us install or replace your air conditioner, then the quality of your air conditioning installation and replacement services mean that your AC has gotten off on the right foot. However, there are a few other steps that must be taken to ensure that it remains on the right path. While you may not be able to keep your AC in Virginia Beach 100% reliable, you do want to keep it as reliable as possible. And that is something that we can help you to do.

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AC FAQ: Where’s This Water Coming From?

July 2nd, 2018

evaporator-coilWith the exception of evaporative coolers, which are not used often in this area, air conditioning systems do not use water in their operation. With that in mind, you may be wondering where the heck all of this water that is surrounding your air conditioning unit is coming from. No, it is not a figment of your imagination or some sort of optical illusion. There may be water coming from your system, but it is not a water leak in the way that you may be thinking of.

There are a few potential sources of this water. While it may not really be an emergency that is putting the condition of your air conditioner at risk, it is definitely in your best interest to get to the bottom of the problem immediately. In at least one case, this could be a symptom of a problem that could do irrevocable damage to your plumbing system. So read on, and remember to contact us for quality air conditioning services in Suffolk, VA.

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Explore Your Air Conditioning Options

June 18th, 2018

working-on-ACTemperatures are rising, and yet you still don’t have an air conditioning system. Or worse, you already have air conditioning, but the recent utility bills are putting you under strain. A bigger, more powerful, and more efficient AC system might seem like the best way to go. But before making any quick decisions—whether it’s to install a new system or to replace your current one—let’s go through the best options for air conditioning in Portsmouth, VA.

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Why Does My AC Keep Cycling On and Off?

June 4th, 2018

AC-toolsIt’s annoying, isn’t it? Your air conditioner starts up—you can hear it. It begins to cool your home—you can feel it. Then it abruptly cycles back down—you can’t stand it! So don’t put up with it! This is called short cycling, and it is actually a much bigger problem than many homeowners realize. As is so often the case, there are a few different reasons why your system may short cycle.

While these causes vary in terms of severity, the fact remains that a short cycling AC is not a happy AC, and you are not likely to be satisfied with its performance. When the heat of summer hits its zenith, you really need to know that your system is going to live up to your deservedly high expectations. That is why you may need to contact to schedule service with our Norfolk, VA air conditioning repair technicians. 

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Tips for a Problem-Free AC Replacement

May 21st, 2018

AC-manifoldF0r most of us, replacing an air conditioning system represents a major expense. It is not something that you want to rush into, and you certainly do not want to replace your air conditioning in Virginia Beach, VA prematurely. So what are you supposed to do? Run your current system into the ground, then try to place a rush order on a replacement when it finally taps out for good? Absolutely not.

We understand financial strains are a fact of life for many homeowners. In an ideal world, we’d all be able to invest in the newest, most efficient equipment possible. Heck, we’d also be able to invest in a system that lasts forever! Here in the real world, however, neither scenario is likely. So today, we want to share some tips with you about how you can make your AC replacement as problem-free as possible.

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Is My AC Leaking Refrigerant?

May 7th, 2018

service-timeMuch as we would love to tell you that you are not going to have any problems with your air conditioner this year, let alone for countless years to come, that is simply not the case. No air conditioner lasts forever, and no air conditioner operates properly throughout its entire lifespan. You are going to need air conditioning repair in Virginia Beach, VA eventually. When you do, you want to act fast so that your system does not wind up suffering unnecessary damages.

Obviously, there are certain problems that may be more pressing than others. A refrigerant leak just so happens to be one of the most serious problems that your air conditioner may encounter, though. Remember, a lot of air conditioning issues share similar symptoms. What you may think is a relatively minor issue may actually be a symptom of a refrigerant leak, so don’t wind up doing major damage to your system just because you falsely believed that repairs could wait.

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