Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

3 Common Heat Pump Repairs

Monday, September 5th, 2022

Do heat pumps and central air conditioners have the same problems? Well, yes and no. It’s possible for a heat pump to run into issues that are similar and sometimes even the same as central air conditioner issues. But that’s only sometimes.

The other half of the time a heat pump can run into issues that are wholly unique to heat pumps systems, hence why only experienced HVAC technicians should work on your next heat pump repair in Washington, DC. If they’ve only treated repairs in central air conditioning systems, then they might miss a thing or two when trying to fix this kind of technology.

To expand upon this, we’d like to talk about 3 common heat pump repairs that either only occur in heat pump systems, or that are just more common in these types of units. Then we’ll leave it to you to contact a pro to have your system repaired properly.

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What’s the Most Efficient Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

With climate change causing our energy grid to change in both price and power, more homeowners than ever are looking to professional HVAC technicians to ask about efficiency. If you’re on the market for a new air conditioning installation in Alexandria, VA, then the good news is that there are some extremely powerful and energy-efficient models available right now. The bad news is that it’s not as cut and dry as you might think. One system might be more efficient for your neighbor while being the worst choice for your home.

The truth is that different systems work for different situations. The best strategy for proper efficiency in your home is figuring out which air conditioning unit will work the best for your unique comfort needs and home. While we can size air conditioners differently for different amounts of space, the technology within the AC can change depending on the type of system you invest in, like a central AC or a ductless heat pump.

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It’s Finally Time to Invest in AC

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Have you grown jealous of the friends and family that have cool and comfortable homes, while yours is still a little too hot in the summer? Nothing personal, air conditioning just feels better when it’s hot out, and there’s no shame in having different preferences for your home and budget. If you like a warmer home, or you’re just not that into air conditioning technology, then we wouldn’t pressure you into investing in it.

However, if you’ve always wanted an AC installation in Washington, DC but you never took the plunge because they either looked too expensive or seemed like a huge monthly investment, then we’re here to talk about those issues.

In actuality, air conditioners aren’t as expensive, bulky, and energy-intensive as you might think. They consume less energy than a heating system would, and pretty much every home in our area at least has a heating system for the winter.

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Our Mid-Season Guide to Changing Your Air Filter

Monday, July 25th, 2022

This is probably one of those moments where you look at your air conditioner and almost physically thank it for providing the cool air that it does. With heatwaves occurring around the country, we’re in the thick of summer and our air conditioners are one of the most reliable appliances we have. So, we won’t stop you! Go say thank you to that system that keeps you cool and comfortable!

However, there is one thing you can do for the system (instead of talking to it) that will make a pretty big change in its ability to continue fighting hot temperatures. You can change the air filter!

If it’s been a month or longer since you changed your air filter, then it might be time to do it. We’re going to walk through this process today, and remind customers that we can help with air conditioning repair in McLean, VA if that’s what’s needed.

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A Refrigerant Leak Requires Professional Attention

Monday, July 11th, 2022

The first thought that usually comes to people’s minds when they hear the word “refrigerant leak,” is the idea that they should just perform a recharge on the system and it will start running as if it were new. While a recharge is definitely necessary, there’s a lot to unpack here when it comes to air conditioning repair in McLean, VA.

Refrigerant leaks are a lot more complex than some people might think. No offense to anyone who might be dealing with one, we don’t expect anyone to know this off the top of their head. It’s with our unique knowledge in this industry that we’re able to pinpoint some of the major problems that come from a refrigerant leak and why you might want to rely on a professional to have it fixed.

Let’s talk about what goes into repairing a refrigerant leak, and why it’s not so simple!

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5 Reasons to Invest in AC Maintenance Today

Monday, June 27th, 2022

Let’s cut right to the chase. You want to do what’s best for your air conditioner, but you might not be sure that maintenance is the right call. How do we solve this dilemma? With facts, statistics, and proper planning for the future.

The truth is that we can’t convince you that maintenance is a good idea, just like how we can’t convince anyone to get the oil changed in their car. There will always be the possibility that you get lucky and your technology lasts in perfect condition. But this is exceptionally rare.

All we can do is fill you in on the significant benefits that come with an air conditioning tune-up in Alexandria, VA, so that you can make the best decision for your AC, your family, and your budget. Let’s talk about tune-ups and why they can be such a valuable purchase for the future.

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What Happens When You Skip AC Maintenance?

Monday, June 13th, 2022

As your prospective (or reoccurring) HVAC contractor in Arlington, VA, you’ve probably heard us mention routine maintenance quite a few times. It’s an excellent service that’s well worth the money it costs. Over time, maintenance can halt repairs before they become bad, keep efficiency levels high, and do a lot more for your home comfort. As far as yearly services go, this is one of the best you could hope for.

Unfortunately, the majority of HVAC system owners don’t schedule maintenance yearly. In fact, many people think they don’t need HVAC maintenance at all, and that they’ll be fine without it. This is what we’re going to address in this blog post.

Skipping AC maintenance won’t spell out the end of the world–but it will be pretty devastating to the condition of your system. We’ll see what happens when you skip maintenance over 1, 3, 5, and 10 years.

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Upgrade Your Thermostat–It’s a Smart Move!

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Most people think upgrading to a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat is just an expensive, unnecessary luxury.  They’re wrong! Smart thermostats are hands down one of the best investments you can make for your home. Who doesn’t want their house to be more comfortable and energy-efficient? With smart technology, you’ll save money and keep your family happy.

This post discusses the benefits of switching to a smart thermostat in your home.

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3 Great Reasons to Join the Polar Plus Program

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Investing in air conditioning is one of the smartest choices you can make for your home and comfort. But, it can also be expensive. That’s why we created the Polar Plus Program! Our program is designed to help those who need AC maintenance in Washington, DC, without the hassle of large unexpected repair bills. 

This article discusses three reasons you should consider joining the Polar Plus Program.

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Upgrade Your AC System Today

Monday, March 21st, 2022

The Washington metro area has some of the hottest summers in the country and Washingtonians know all too well how much it costs to keep cool during these scorching months. With air conditioning units that are up to 20% more efficient than older models, Washingtonians can enjoy lower cooling bills year-round while helping reduce energy use and our reliance on fossil fuels. 

But you shouldn’t wait for summertime heat waves before upgrading their system – now’s the time! Need another reason to upgrade? You can save money by doing it. 

Washington, D.C. offers a number of tax credits and rebates for energy-efficient appliances, including air conditioners. These incentives make it more affordable than ever to ditch your old, inefficient unit in favor of a high-efficiency model.

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