ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing offers air conditioning services in Hayward, San Jose, and the Bay Area, including emergency AC repair, AC tune-up, and AC installation services. We’re your trusted team for everything involving your air conditioner, and our certified, experienced techs are standing by and ready to help you. Call us today for service!

What are the 5 most common air conditioning problems homeowners face?

Here in Hayward and the East Bay, summers are a busy time for our HVAC technicians. We get many repair calls from homeowners who experience air conditioning problems on the hottest days of the year. We’re here for them and you with our trusted techs and fast repair service! In this article, we’ll review some of the most common air conditioning problems homeowners here in the Bay Area face, and what you should watch and listen for to determine if your air conditioner is running right.

An AC tune-up from one of our techs can help you avoid common air conditioning problems this summer.

To avoid air conditioning trouble this summer, we recommend scheduling a spring AC tune-up with our team.

Already suspect that your air conditioner is having trouble? It’s time to call us. At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we’re your trusted team for AC repair here in Hayward and the East Bay. Our technicians are ready to help!

5 common air conditioning problems homeowners face here in Hayward

The unit blows warm air

If your AC blows warm air, it might be that the cool air cannot get through the ductwork because of dirty filters. You should replace the filters every 30-to-90 days, depending on the number of people and pets in the home and the quality of the filter. For an individualized opinion on how often you should change or clean out your home’s air filter, be sure to talk to your ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing technician for advice and tips.

AC does not cool

When the AC isn’t cooling, it might be a lack of refrigerant. Typically, this means that the refrigerant is leaking. You can’t simply add refrigerant, because it will leak out again. Your technician will have to repair the leak and replace the refrigerant levels in the system.

AC makes a lot of noise

If your air conditioner is running more noisily than usual, it could be the fan belt, the motor, or loose screws. You probably want to have your technician check it out to make sure there’s no internal damage that you can’t see. An air conditioner that is loud and keeping you and your family up at night is typicaly not normal.

Frozen coils

Even on the hottest afternoons of summer, the coils of your air conditioner can freeze over if there is an issue with airflow. Ironically, frozen coils could mean low refrigerant, but it could also be a problem with the ductwork or dirty air filters. Overall, you may need one of our technicians to clean the inside of the air conditioner and to thaw the coils, so that your system can start running again.

Incorrect thermostat settings

The thermostat measures the temperature of the air in your home and turns the AC on-and-off to keep your home comfortable. Sometimes, the sensor doesn’t always work or gets knocked out of position. This causes it to gauge the temperatures incorrectly, turning the system on when it shouldn’t or keeping it off when it should be on. The result is either major energy waste from an air conditioner that is running more than it should or your home getting too hot in the summer.

Call ABC for cooling services here in the East Bay

Preventative maintenance can avoid many issues with your heating and cooling system. To schedule your AC tune-up or repair, call the team here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. Our experienced technicians can help get your system running again.

Here are 5 benefits of scheduling spring air duct cleaning

If you’ve got an air conditioning system, you probably change the filters like clockwork. But how often do you get your ducts cleaned? Many people aren’t aware that HVAC ductwork needs regular cleaning. There are actually quite a few reasons why you should schedule a spring air duct cleaning with our team. Let’s review them.

Why schedule a spring air duct cleaning from ABC?

1. Improves air flow efficiency

With your ducts clogged, air can’t properly circulate. That means it takes more effort from your AC unit to cool or heat your home. Over time, that may lead to higher energy costs. Cleaning out your ductworks allows your HVAC to work to its full capacity.

Of course, if you’re looking to maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency this spring, we also recommend pairing your air duct cleaning with an air conditioning tune-up from our HVAC technicians.

Schedule your spring air duct cleaning with ABC!

Call ABC to schedule your spring air duct cleaning here in the South and East Bay Area.

2. Removes allergens

The experts at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing recommend a good cleaning for the sake of your health. All sorts of nasty things can be hanging out in your air, including the following:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold spores

These and more can coat the inside of your ducts, contaminating any air passing through. If allowed to accumulate, pollutants can overwhelm your filters. This may lead to worse allergy symptoms and increased illness for vulnerable members of your family.

3. Reduces bad odors

All that junk in your HVAC system can lead to unpleasant smells. Since the system distributes air all throughout the house, one spot of mold can make the whole place smell bad. Plus, you might also notice odors if you have pets, due to the buildup of dander.

4. Increases air quality

A clean system means you can breathe easier—both in a literal and figurative sense! We tend to think of indoor spaces as cleaner than outdoors, but this can be turned on its head when it comes to air quality. Without proper HVAC maintenance, you may just be circulating dirty air.

5. Cuts down on cleaning

With dirty AC ductwork, it’s not just the air that’s dirty. When an overworked HVAC system doesn’t pollutants out of the air, that dust settles on your furniture, carpet, and clothes. That means more vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting. With air duct cleaning, you can remove a good deal of that trapped dust and dirt from your indoor air’s circulation. That means a cleaner home that reduces your need to dust as often.

Call ABC to schedule your air duct cleaning this month!

If it’s been a while since you’ve had your ductwork cleaned, the team here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing can help. Let our professional technicians use specialized equipment to clean out your air ducts and clear the air in your home. We also offer indoor air quality testing services here in the East and South Bay!

To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

Here’s why you should schedule your spring heat pump tune-up

As implied by their name, heat pumps should only be used in the wintertime, right? Not at all. Heat pumps are unique in that they don’t actually generate heat, just transfer it both inside and outside your home. ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing wants to show you the importance of a spring heat pump tune-up.

A heat pump tune-up in the spring could prevent a number of problems in the summer.

A heat pump tune-up in the spring could prevent a number of problems in the summer.

Why you should schedule a spring heat pump tune-up

Heat pumps work hard

Because heat pumps operate year-round providing your home with both heating and cooling, they work twice as hard as furnaces and air conditioners. That means you need to be extra vigilant about taking great care of your heat pump, so it continues to operate effectively and efficiently for as long as possible. Without regular maintenance from the seasoned pros here at ABC, your system can see minor issues spiral out-of-control due to the regular use and wear-and-tear on your heat pump.

Get ready for the warmer months of the year

Something else to think about is the fact that if your heat pump develops issues over the winter, scheduling a tune-up now means you don’t have to worry about those issues carrying over into the warmer months of the year.

An ounce of prevention is undoubtedly worth a pound of cure when it comes to appliances. That goes double for your heat pump. Staying on top of your HVAC maintenance by calling our team is sure to be the smart play in the long run.

Optimal performance

Just as you perform better at work when you’ve had a good night’s rest, a good meal, and exercise, the same principle applies to your HVAC systems and your heat pump. With proper upkeep and regular maintenance, your heat pump will continue performing at its best, keeping you and your family comfortable no matter what the weather is outside.

Save money

Heat pumps and other HVAC appliances can cost you money when you don’t take proper care of them. For instance, clogged air filters compromise the overall operation, which means they have to work harder to move air. This costs you unnecessary money in the long run. Keep that from happening with a tune-up.

Here’s what to expect during your heat pump tune-up

During your heat pump’s tune-up, you can expect it to be cleaned, and the air filter may need to be changed. Additionally, your pump may be low on refrigerant, which could indicate a leak. You can also expect the compressor and electrical components to be inspected.

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we’re here for all your air conditioning, plumbing, and heating needs. Give us a call if your heat pump needs services or a tune-up—no matter what time of year it is.

Here’s why you should join ABC’s Guardian Maintenance Club

Between busy days at work and taking care of daily tasks at home, it’s easy to forget about what goes on “behind the scenes” in your home. Postponing maintenance on your heating and cooling system could lead to costly repairs down the line, but ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has the solution. Just join the Guardian Maintenance Club!

In this blog, we’ll run through the reasons why you should join our maintenance club, from priority service to a discount on repairs.

Pictured: When you need air conditioning repair, call the friendly techs at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.We’ll help you remember

When you join the club, you won’t need to worry about remembering those maintenance tasks on your own anymore. We provide our club members with seasonal phone calls to remind you it’s time to perform maintenance on your HVAC system. All you need to do is schedule your appointment when we call.

You get priority service

Nobody wants to call for HVAC maintenance or repair service only to find out the company is backed up for days or weeks. We provide priority service for members of our maintenance program. If you call us to schedule an appointment, we bump you in front of non-members, including new customers.

We offer a 90-day guarantee

Spending money on HVAC maintenance means you don’t want to pay for repairs just a few weeks down the line. That’s why we offer a 90-day guarantee to club members. On the off-chance that your heating or cooling stops working within 90 days of your maintenance appointment, we’ll credit the cost of the maintenance service toward your repair.

You receive a discount

Joining our club means saving money. Members of the maintenance club receive a 15 percent discount on any services rendered. Whether we repair your furnace, install an entire system, or offer you our plumbing expertise, you’ll keep more money in the bank.

Your energy bill will thank you

Discounts, guarantees, and priority service are great, but they aren’t the only reasons to check out the Club. Routine maintenance means your systems work more efficiently. Efficient systems use fewer resources, so you may even see a drop in your utility bills.

Call ABC and join our maintenance club!

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has been keeping your HVAC systems running smoothly for more than 60 years. Contact us today to learn more about Guardian Maintenance Club or to schedule a service appointment.

What makes Carrier a great air conditioning manufacturer?

In your quest to find the best air conditioner for your home, you’ve likely come across several different manufacturers. Chances are good that you’ve seen Carrier air conditioners pop up more than a few times in your search. So, just what is it about Carrier that makes them such a great air conditioning manufacturer? We’ll be exploring the answers to that question in this blog post.

For a free in-home estimate on a new Carrier system here in Hayward and the Bay Area, contact ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

Experience

One of the best things about Carrier air conditioning is the fact that the brand has been around since 1902. With the way companies start up one minute and fold the next, you’re truly doing things right if you’ve managed to stay in business for as long as Carrier has.

Experts

Another selling point for Carrier is the fact that the company is regarded as a leader in the HVAC industry. This is because, with a Carrier air conditioner, you’ll have a unit that’s efficient, high-quality and affordable.

Quiet Build

Carrier has some of the quietest air conditioning models available today. While you want to be cool and comfortable in your own home, you don’t want an air conditioner that kicks up a lot of noise while it’s on, which can prove to be both distracting and annoying.

Energy-Efficient Design

You’re sure to appreciate Carrier’s eye for energy-efficiency every month you pay your energy bill. Besides the financial savings, you’re also doing your part to save the environment by living a life that’s as energy-efficient as possible.

Also, it’s worth pointing out is the fact that Carrier was the first HVAC manufacturer to stop using ozone-debilitating gases back in 1994. That’s what makes them a great air conditioning manufacturer.

ABC is your local Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer

Besides the manufacturer, you also want to do business with local HVAC technicians who actually enjoy their work and love the company they work for. That’s the case here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We’re proud to partner with Carrier and install Carrier air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and more.

Get more information on why Carrier is a great air conditioning manufacturer!

For more information about Carrier, contact us here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. Besides heating and cooling, we also specialize in plumbing services. We look forward to hearing from you!

It’s tax refund season, and here’s why you should spend your refund on a new AC

It’s April, and that means it’s spring. It’s also tax refund season. According to the IRS, more than 80% of taxpayers received a refund last year.

While some choose to spend that money on a vacation or a boat, we’d argue that there are good reasons to re-invest that sudden influx of cash into your home.

In this blog, we’ll make the case that you should spend your tax refund on upgrading your old air conditioner to a newer model. We’ll explain the benefits, and who you should call for AC installation here in Hayward and much of the Bay Area.

Here are 4 reasons to spend your tax refund on a new air conditioner

#1. Increase the value of your home

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, you’re probably also thinking about what kind of upgrades you can make to increase your home’s selling value.

An old air conditioner that the new owners know they’ll have to replace can be a major blow to their decision to purchase your home from you. When it comes to investing your tax refund back into your home prior to sale, a new air conditioner makes sense.

By spending your tax refund to buy a new air conditioner for your home prior to sale, you’ll not only be more likely to sell your home for a higher price, but you’ll also be likelier to sell your home faster than your neighbors.

#2. Save on future energy costs

Even if you’re not actively looking to sell your home, a new air conditioner is still a wise choice. Not only will a new air conditioner offer greater reliability (more on that in a minute), but you’ll see greater energy savings, as well. That’s because new air conditioners are more energy-efficient than older systems.

Over time, those enhanced energy savings can really add up. A new air conditioner, installed today, can start saving you money this summer. That’s a good use of your tax refund, if you ask us!

#3. Reduce the risk of a breakdown

If your old air conditioner has consistently been breaking down each and every summer—even with a professional tune-up—it’s time to upgrade. Your tax refund is a great place to start.

After all, not only are you getting subpar cooling and energy-efficiency out of your system, but breakdowns can actively cost you money in AC repair over the summer.

#4. Make your home more comfortable

Ok, so this isn’t quite as forward-thinking as the other items on this list. But, your comfort does matter, and struggling through another hot summer with your old air conditioner—along with the stress it causes—just isn’t worth it.

If you’re between spending your tax refund on a vacation or an HVAC system, choose the latter. You’ll feel the difference every summer for years to come.

Call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for AC installation

For reliable, professional AC installation in Hayward and much of the Bay Area, contact ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing!

We’re a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, and we’re proud to install some of the most advanced, energy-efficient systems on the market today. We offer financing with approved credit.

Get started today by contacting us for a free in-home estimate on your new Carrier air conditioner.

DIY HVAC repair is a bad idea: Call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, instead

It has become increasingly popular for homeowners to take on more and more projects themselves. The “DIY” movement has blossomed because of easy, video guides online and quick access to craft and hardware stores. However, there has to be limits. In this blog, we’ll discuss why DIY HVAC repair is a bad idea for your home.

Here are four reasons why Bay Area residents should make the call to ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

You can make the problem much worse

This is typically the outcome of most DIY HVAC repair projects that we hear about. A homeowner looks up the problem online, sees the solution in a helpful guide, and decides to give it a shot. Hours later on a frustrating afternoon, they’re no closer to getting the air conditioner fixed.

It’s not you. It’s that air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces are incredibly complex pieces of machinery. Our techs have to undergo training, and then field work, to become the pros that they are today.

You can put the safety of yourself or others at risk

First, air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces are complex mechanical devices that all use electricity or gas to condition your home. By their very nature, they’re complicated and can be dangerous for an untrained person attempting DIY HVAC repair.

Working with air conditioners and heat pumps, you risk electrocution. With furnaces, you risk damaging the heat exchanger, which can eventually lead to carbon monoxide entering your home’s air.

Let’s contrast this with working with a professional HVAC technician. Our technicians at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing are experts who have repaired, maintained, and installed all types of HVAC systems for years. They know how to fix your system safely, with no risk to themselves or you and your family.

You can void your system warranty

Many air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps come with a manufacturer’s’ warranty protecting the system for years. To be fair to them, that’s under the all-too-reasonable condition that only a professional should be working on your system.

On the other hand, when you pry your system open, typically that’s a violation of the warranty, voiding it and meaning that any problems you cause—or that just happen down the road—are your problems.

It’s one of the primary reasons that we recommend even technically savvy homeowners call ABC for their HVAC repair. That warranty is worth it.

You can cause future problems

Even if you’re able to successfully maintain or repair your air conditioner or furnace on your own, you don’t know what future problems might arise from the way things were put back together.

For example, it might be too late by the time, in late summer, that you realize your air conditioner has been extremely inefficient.

Or, the consequences of this DIY HVAC repair might not be felt for years later, when a part fails and your system dies prematurely.

Call ABC with your HVAC repair needs

If your air conditioner is acting up, don’t try to fix it yourself. Instead, call the licensed, bonded, and insured professionals at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We offer AC repair and heating repair throughout much of the Bay Area.

4 benefits of heat pumps (and why you should consider one for your home)

Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional air conditioners and furnaces. They offer both heating and cooling, and are perfect for homes in mild climates like ours. In this blog, we’re going to run through some of the benefits of heat pumps and discuss why you should consider one for your home.

The four benefits of heat pumps

ABC is your source for professional heat pump installation in Hayward and much of the Bay Area.

1. Heat pumps offer both cooling and heating

Heat pumps are capable of both heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. They’re ideal for temperate climates with mild winters and warm, but not hot summers. That sounds like the Bay Area’s perfect weather, if you ask us.

Of course, one of the advantages of a heat pump is that you only have to buy and install one system as opposed to two. You only have to maintain or repair one system, as well. This is one of the factors that make heat pumps extremely popular here in the West.

2. Consistent and even comfort

With heat pumps, you’ll worry less about uneven heating and cooling, which is a problem sometimes encountered with traditional HVAC systems. Since furnaces and air conditioners are often different makes and models and different ages, you can’t predict how well one will perform compared to the other.

The heat pump uses the same basic physics and mechanism to cool and heat your home. That means that it’s just as good at one as it is at the others. Of course, that means more consistent energy bills, too. Those bills will already be looking good, because…

3. Heat pumps are more energy-efficient

Heat pumps use less energy than typical air conditioners and furnaces. This is because they’re essentially moving air from one place to another instead of burning energy to warm or cool it. (By the way, this is the same mechanism your fridge uses to keep your food cool).

You’d be surprised at just how energy-efficient heat pumps can be. Of course, over the course of an entire year, those savings can really add up.

4. You’ll see greater cost savings with a new heat pump

Due to being highly energy-efficient, heat pumps can greatly reduce your monthly energy bills. Unlike with a traditional furnace or air conditioner—which can only save you money during the months its in use—an energy-efficient heat pump runs all year, and will save you money all year. Talk about a great deal!

For more about the benefits of heat pumps and installation, call ABC

Now that you know about the benefits of heat pumps, you’ll have an easier time making a decision about whether one is right for your home. If you reside in an area having a moderate climate, a heat pump will be the best solution for your heating and cooling needs.

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing installs, maintains, and repairs heat pumps in much of the Bay Area, including Hayward, San Jose, and surrounding communities. For affordable and professional HVAC services, contact our team today.

Benefits of having ABC install a programmable thermostat in your home

Many homeowners in the Bay Area are upgrading to a programmable thermostat. These advanced thermostats have several features that make them a great fit for the modern home. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the benefits of programmable thermostats and why you should consider having ABC install one in your home.

Pictured: A wall-mounted programmable thermostat in a Bay Area living room.

Need cooling or heating services in Hayward or the Bay Area? Call the experts at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing at (510) 471-8181 or contact us online.

What is a programmable thermostat?

Programmable—or “smart”—thermostats come in multiple brands from various manufacturers, but they all operate relatively similarly. As their name implies, they can be programmed to adjust indoor temperatures at various points in the day, and many can even “learn” temperature preferences or be controlled remotely via your smartphone.

By controlling temperatures when you’re away or sleeping, a programmable thermostat can save you money and make your life more convenient. That’s a winning combination for many homeowners.

Here are just some of the benefits of having a programmable thermostat in your home:

1. You can save money on your energy bills

This is the big reason homeowners have programmable thermostats installed in their home. This type of thermostat will help you greatly reduce how much electricity you use. With a programmable thermostat, you will be able to set the temperature to what suits you and your family best.

You can program the thermostat to follow your family’s routine, keeping the temperature warm or cool depending on whether the family is away or at home. You can set the thermostat to a higher temperature during the day when there is no one at home. This way, you don’t have to remember to turn the thermostat knob higher when leaving the home.

2. You can control the temperature remotely

Modern programmable thermostats come with remote control features via your smartphone. This allows you to set the temperature when you are far from home. In fact, most thermostats can be controlled using any internet-connected device. The application will allow you to change your home’s temperature using a PC, tablet, or smartphone that is connected to the net.

3. Get more out of your heating and cooling

The main benefit of a programmable thermostat is that it helps increase the energy-efficiency of the home. A more energy-efficient home results in less wear-and-tear to the HVAC system. Moreover, it also results in a reduced usage of electricity that not just cuts your energy bills but also puts less strain on the environment.

Spending money on a programmable thermostat can help you to greatly improve the energy-efficiency of the home, cut energy bills, and reduce your carbon footprint on the environment. What’s more, the thermostat will allow you to set the temperature according to the cooling and heating demand. In this way, you will have to deal with less frequent HVAC breakdowns and repairs.

Call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for cooling and heating services!

When it comes to installation and repairs of HVAC systems and programmable thermostats in Hayward, San Jose, and other surrounding areas, ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing is the best choice. We have a team of experienced technicians who can complete any job. Count on our licensed and experienced technicians to do an expert job for you.

Here are five key AC repair facts you should know

Before the introduction of the air conditioner in early twentieth century, most people spent the summers sweating it out and fanning themselves. That all changed with the air conditioning system. Let’s not relive what used to be this summer. Instead, here are some key AC repair facts that will help you ensure the proper functioning of your air conditioner.

AC Repair Facts From ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing

1. Your air conditioner requires regular maintenance

Keep in mind that air conditioners require regular maintenance just like other mechanical devices. The cooling unit has a number of components that should be serviced by a licensed and experienced air conditioner repair technician.

In case any fault is detected, the technician will perform immediate repairs. This will ensure that small faults don’t turn into a major problem.

We’d argue that this is the most important and essential of all these AC repair facts. Schedule your AC tune-up with us today.

2. The proper placement of the outdoor unit reduces wear-and-tear on the system

Another important tip regarding air conditioner unit is that proper placement of the outdoor unit will reduce repair costs. You should avoid placing the outside unit in direct sunlight. This will cause the system to heat up quickly thereby reducing efficiency by as much as 10 percent.

Instead, consider placing the unit beneath a tree or build a screen outside the unit to shade it from the sun.

3. Dirty filters will decrease your AC’s energy-efficiency

Your air conditioner filter keeps dirt, dust, and other debris out of the cooling unit. A dirty filter prevents proper flow of air. The system will heat up due to a dirty filter and struggle to keep the room cool. It will draw more power to keep the room cool, resulting in an increased energy bill.

That’s why it’s essential that you have the filter cleaned by a professional air conditioner repair technician at least twice a year. If you live in a highly dusty area, you may need to get the filter cleaned or replaced more frequently.

4. Any air leakage will decrease your cooling efficiency

Air leakages can make the air conditioner strain to generate cool air. This will result in increased wear-and-tear, ultimately requiring repairs. In order to ensure operational efficiency, make sure that there are no leaks around the house.

Small gaps can be sealed using foil tape, while large ones will require duct mastic. Insulation in the attic can also reduce air leakages.

For more AC repair facts — or to schedule maintenance — call ABC!

In case you reside in Hayward or parts of the Bay Area, call us at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for experienced and licensed air conditioner technicians.