Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Arlington’

What Is Water Hammer?

Monday, September 19th, 2022

Water hammer is a common problem with boiler systems. It occurs when water doesn’t have an air cushion and abruptly hits against the pipes, causing a loud noise. This can be a serious issue, as it can damage pipes and fittings. Which, in turn, can lead to expensive repairs and possible flooding.

Today’s article discusses water hammer and what to do if it ever happens to you.

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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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Here’s Why Your AC Is Short-Cycling

Monday, October 4th, 2021

We’re coming up on one of the last blog posts this year that we’ll be writing about air conditioning. It’s true, the summer quickly came to a close and now we’re almost a quarter of the way through October! This means that heating season is upon us and we’ll be shifting topics to people in need of heater help.

But wait! There’s one last subject we’d like to discuss before we jump into the heating season. We’ve been a little quiet about short-cycling air conditioners this year, and if yours started to short-cycle at the end of the cooling season, then this blog post is for you.

We need to talk about what this phenomenon is, why it happens, and what causes it. The more informed you are about your short-cycling air conditioner, regardless of the season, the more likely you are to call for professional air conditioning repair in Arlington, VA when things are uncomfortable.

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3 Noises You Never Want Your AC to Make

Monday, September 6th, 2021

How is your air conditioner doing? Is it causing you to cover your ears multiple times a day because of a noisy problem? Or is it running silently in the background while you enjoy time with your friends and family. Most houses lie somewhere in between.

Your home could be dealing with a particular problem that you’re detecting through sound, and today we’d like to talk about some of these sounds. Noises coming from your air conditioner are never good, but some are much worse than others. That’s why our team is available for AC repair in Arlington, VA to help you alleviate the problem and get your home back to normal.

Keep reading as we decrypt these puzzling noises coming from your AC. If you detect one of these loud or uncomfortable noises, you should shut your system off and seek help immediately.

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Is Your Refrigerant Leaking?

Monday, April 19th, 2021

No, this isn’t the same as your kid asking you if your “refrigerator is running?” and subsequently following up with “well, why don’t you catch it!” Refrigerant leaks are a real problem, and as funny as they might sound, they’re not a laughing matter when you encounter one in your own home. They can cause energy bills to skyrocket, they can cause a whole system breakdown, and even lead to decreased cooling power to the point where your home is as hot and humid as it was before you invested in an air conditioner. Refrigerant leaks need to be dealt with by professionals.

Today, we’ll be focusing on everything there is to know about refrigerant leaks. We’ll talk about how they spring up, what needs to be done about them, and how they factor into the need for air conditioning repair in Arlington, VA. Don’t worry, our team is here if you need us!

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How Often Are You Calling for Furnace Repair?

Monday, February 8th, 2021

We’re never going to tell someone not to call us. We love hearing from our customers, we enjoy helping out our friends and neighbors, and it’s important to have a team you can trust to help when you need it. That being said, there is definitely a time and a place for furnace repairs, and if that time and place is all the time for your home, then something is clearly wrong.

The problem isn’t you or us, it’s your furnace. Sometimes systems that are on their way out, or need more comprehensive furnace repair in Arlington, VA could show multiple signs of failure throughout the year. This isn’t normal, and it’s important to remember that. Only a trained professional who knows about the lifespan and repair needs of a furnace system can provide targeted repairs that work. And unfortunately, it might be time to look into heater replacement services.

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5 Heating Concerns to Be Aware of

Monday, November 30th, 2020

It’s heating season, which means comfortable temperatures for homeowners with reliable heaters, and sleepless nights for those that don’t. Heaters always bring with them a certain amount of concerns that just aren’t there during the cooling season with air conditioners. For example, there are no air conditioners that run on natural gas, so safety isn’t really an issue that ever comes up when working out a problem. For heaters like furnaces, safety always needs to be on your mind.

That being said, HVAC in Arlington, VA doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, we’d argue that with the right professionals and a checklist that can keep you informed, you can sleep more comfortably during the winter than you do during the summer!

Let us go into specifics about some major heating concerns you should be aware of, and call us if you want some prompt solutions.

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Short-Cycling: What It Means and How to Avoid It

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

If you’ve never heard the term “short-cycling” before, we don’t blame you. While it’s a well-known term that we use in the HVAC industry, it’s not exactly widespread in our everyday lexicon. So, if you’re just finding this blog post to get the lowdown on what short-cycling is, we’ll answer all your questions.

However, just figuring out what we mean by “short-cycling” is only half of the equation. The other half is figuring out whether or not you need air conditioning repair in Arlington, VA because of a short-cycling AC that’s starting to struggle.

Regardless of whether or not you’re just becoming more learned on HVAC terms, or you’re in serious need of some AC repair or replacement services, we’ve got your back. Keep reading as we get into the details about short-cycling and what this kind of problem means for you.

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Help Your Ducts and AC Work Together

Monday, September 21st, 2020

You wouldn’t believe how many homeowners we meet who think their ducts and air conditioners function completely separately. Too many people believe that if their air conditioner is brand new, no matter the shape of their ductwork, they’ll get the cooling they need throughout the summer. This is a completely untenable position.

Your ducts and your air conditioner are kind of like your veins and your heart. Together, they make the circulatory system that’s responsible for transporting blood throughout your body. On their own, they’re just organs and they can hardly function like that. Your air conditioner is the heart of cooling in regards to HVAC in Arlington, VA. Your ductwork is the network of veins that transports the cooled air throughout your home. When you are without one of these two components, your comfort an efficiency both suffer.

Let’s talk about how your ducts or air conditioner are doing.

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Repair or Replacement: The Ultimate Question

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Repairing your air conditioner is a lot faster and cheaper than a whole system replacement. It’s why so many homeowners opt to have their older air conditioners repaired when they really should be replaced. We understand why, people think their technology can last forever. If homeowners can fix up an old 1969 Ford Mustang and make it run like it did in the old days, why can’t they do the same thing to their air conditioner?

Fixing up cars might be a fun hobby, but dumping money into an air conditioner that’s not going to impress anyone is just irresponsible. We’re going to try and help you avoid that today.

Let’s talk about the difference between investing in air conditioner repair services in Arlington, VA vs replacement services. When should you have your system replaced or repaired? Keep reading as we give the answers you need.

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