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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.

Here are the signs you need heating repair this winter

Here in the Bay Area, we’re almost through winter and entering into spring. That means it has been a full season of your furnace working at its top capacity. Here are the signs you need heating repair this winter.

In this blog, we’ll review four reasons to give ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing a call.

What are the signs you need heating repair this winter?

Obviously, a furnace that won’t turn on is as sure of a sign as any that you need heating repair—and fast.

However, it’s possible for your furnace to still need to be repaired, but still technically be working. Let’s run through the signs you need heating repair.

#1. Your home isn’t comfortable

Your comfort is the entire reason you have a furnace in the first place. If your home isn’t comfortable, something needs to change or be fixed.

In many cases, a furnace that’s having issues with continue to operate—technically. But, it’s virtually hobbled, unable to keep up with the needs of your home and family.

If your home is far too cold and it seems like the thermostat is unresponsive, give us a call. It could be an issue with either your thermostat or your furnace, and you’ll need an experienced, professional HVAC tech to inspect the situation and figure out what the root of the problem is.

#2. You’re hearing strange sounds

A furnace that’s operating right should be quiet and calm, with only occasional noises, such as the ductwork “flexing” with heat meeting cold metal.

In contrast, consistent, loud “grinding,” “shrieking,” or “exploding” noises are not normal. They’re most likely a sign that something has gone wrong with your system.

Exactly what sounds match up with what problems is up to our tech to find out. In many cases, the same sound could indicate one problem when they’re actually caused by something completely different. Contact our team to have us come out and inspect your furnace.

#3. Your energy bills are on the rise

No homeowner likes opening their utility bill and being surprised at how high it’s been getting. Here’s the thing: a malfunctioning furnace is generally an inefficient furnace. Your energy bills could very well be the “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to furnace headaches.

If you’ve been noticing that your monthly bills are spiking, give ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing a call. We’ll send a technician to inspect your system and see what could be the cause of your additional energy use.

#4. Your furnace is stopping and starting constantly

This is related to the noises coming from your furnace, since it’s something you’ll have to listen for when you’re at home. If you notice your furnace is constantly starting and stopping (also called “cycling on-and-off”), it’s probably a sign that something is wrong.

“So, it starts and stops frequently. Does that really require repair?” We certainly think so. A cycling furnace is one with problems; a properly installed and properly running system should run consistently.

By cycling, you’re going to see problems #1 and #3 from this list, and your system is going to experience greater wear-and-tear than normal.

Call ABC for furnace repair in Hayward and the Bay Area

If you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned signs you need heating repair, contact us. We offer emergency heating repair service in Hayward in the Bay Area.

5 signs you need a new heating system installed by a professional

Here in Hayward and the Bay Area, winter has arrived, and the nights are getting cold. The last things you want in your home is an old, dying furnace or heat pump. If you have one, it might be time to get a new heating system. In this blog, we’ll run through the signs that it’s time for an upgrade.

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing is your source for professional furnace and heat pump installation here in the south and east Bay. Contact our team to get started.

5 signs you need a new heating system

Here are five signs that indicate that your old heating system needs replacement.

1. You feel cold all the time

Do you feel cold, even when you turn up the heat? Are different rooms radically different temperatures? This is a clear sign your heating system needs to be replaced or repaired.

With an older furnace, repairs to a burner or blower might not be worth the cost if the unit is having other problems. Talk to your ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing tech about what you can realistically expect in terms of lifespan for your system moving forward.

2. Your furnace is getting up there in age

If the furnace has been with you for 15 or more years, you need to consider replacing it with a new one. Most heating systems have a lifespan of around 15 to 20 years; after that point, they may be technically operating, but using far more energy, with far more repairs needed, than when they were new.

If you’re caught paying for higher energy bills every month and expensive repairs, a new furnace or heat pump might be the answer. A new heating system may be an initial investment that saves you in the long run, especially if your old furnace is on the verge of dying, anyway.

3. Your system is constantly starting and stopping

A properly installed furnace or heat pump should be able to operate without constant starting or stopping. This action not only leads to extra wear-and-tear on the system, but it negatively impacts your comfort and your energy-efficiency.

However, older furnaces often get to the point where they can’t keep up with your home’s heating demand, from an effectiveness or efficiency standpoint. They’re constantly running to catch up, leading to wear-and-tear that can cause a final breakdown.

4. Your furnace is making loud and strange noises

Loud noises coming out of the furnace also indicates that your furnace may be at the end of its life. The noise can occur due to many reasons. You should get the system checked to find out whether there is some serious fault with the furnace.

5. Your energy bills are on the rise

Older furnaces and heat pumps are a double-whammy. Not only are they less efficient because of their wear-and-tear over the years, but they’re also technologically behind newer models. Think about it this way: your computer from 20 years is probably far less powerful, fast, or efficient than your computer today. It’s the same concept for your furnace.

If your energy bills have been rising during the winter, you’ll have to weigh just how much a new system could save you versus how much it will cost upfront. The truth is that an energy-efficient new heating system may represent a great value.

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Call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing to schedule a free in-home estimate

The above signs indicate that you need a new heating system. But, which one? Where do you start?

If you live in the Bay Area, the right team to call is at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We offer free in-home estimates on new furnaces and heat pumps. Our experienced techs can help measure your home and find the system that’s right for you. We’re a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer.

To get started on your free quote, contact us.

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.

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.

Save money with these summer AC maintenance tips

Summer AC Maintenance Tips to Save MoneySummer has arrived. Most people use air conditioners to beat the heat during the season. However, you can keep your energy bills down and have more money in your wallet with good summer AC maintenance.

Here are three air conditioner maintenance tips that will ensure efficient operation resulting in reduced energy bills.

1. Have the pros at ABC inspect and replace your air filter

Air filters keep dust, dirt, and other debris out of the system. However, over time, the filter becomes clogged. This results in inefficient air flow that strains the system.

You should have the air conditioner air filter inspected by a professional technician, and replaced if necessary. It’s recommended that you have the air filter checked every month during the summers as the filter gets dirty due to heavy use.

There are several kinds of air filters, so call ABC and we’ll walk you through what type of upkeep you’ll need to do throughout the summer months.

2. Our technicians should check your air conditioner coils

Another important summer air conditioner maintenance tip is to have us check the coils. If the coils are defective, the system will strain to generate cool air. Ultimately, the system will draw more energy to cool the room.

In this way, your energy bills will spike up. Also, there are increased chances of the system breaking down due to overwork.

To avoid this situation, you should have the coils inspected by one of our experienced air conditioner technicians at the start of the summer season.

When hired, a technician will check the coils and fins of the outside unit. In case the coil is dirty, the technician will use special equipment to clean the coil.

While cleaning the coil may seem like an easy task, you should not try to do the task yourself. You can accidentally damage critical components inside the unit when cleaning the coils. It’s better that you leave the task to an expert air conditioner technician.

3. For true summer AC maintenance, schedule a complete tune-up

Apart from replacing the filter and cleaning coils, a complete summer AC maintenance service from ABC can also lead to reduced energy bills. Our technician will check the entire system and perform repairs if required. This will ensure that small issues with the air conditioner that could turn out to be a bigger problem are resolved instantly.

What’s more, you won’t have to face the prospect of emergency breakdown right in the middle of a hot day.

Call us for summer AC maintenance

A proper air conditioner tune-up will ensure that you remain cool and comfortable during the summers. Contact us at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for all kinds of air conditioner issues. We have a team of certified, licensed, and experienced air conditioner technicians who can perform the job professionally for you.