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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.

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.

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.

What are reasons to buy a tankless on-demand water heater?

The tankless on-demand water heater is becoming increasingly popular in Bay Area homes—and for good reason.

Often known as “on-demand” heaters, or just “tankless” water heaters, these systems have multiple advantages over standard water heaters.

In this blog, we’ll review some of the differences that set on-demand systems apart. For water heater installation, contact the pros here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

An on-demand water heater can save you money

Yes, that’s right! Most people believe that since tankless water heaters make use of technology or a gas burner in order to heat water, they are probably not energy efficient. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Since an on-demand water heater heats water only when necessary and a tank of hot water is not filled constantly (as with standard water heaters), a lot less energy is used in supplying hot water using a tankless water heater.

As a result, up to 27% to 50% of the energy normally spent heating water can be saved with the use of a tankless water heater.

They have a longer lifespan

Most traditional water heaters may last between 8 and 12 years—more, if you’re lucky and you call a company like ABC for upkeep, maintenance, and repairs.

However, on-demand water heaters have much higher life expectancies. Most tankless water heaters last between 12 and 15 years. However, with proper maintenance, tankless water heaters can even last up to 20 years without any significant problems, and keep on going.

They are convenient and efficient

Convenience and efficiency are some of the most sought-after qualities in home appliances. Fortunately, tankless water heaters do not disappoint on either front. In addition to providing you with a constant supply of hot water, tankless water heaters are more efficient than traditional water heaters with tanks.

For example, standby heat loss is not a problem with tankless water heaters. In terms of convenience, they often take up much less space than traditional water heaters, which makes it easy for them to fit just about anywhere.

Since they do not require a large amount of space, it is even possible to install them closer to the most frequently expected points of use. This will result in even greater energy savings.

Another great advantage of tankless water heaters is that since they do not have a tank which needs to be filled with water, the possibility of flooding due to damaged tanks and other similar problems are minimized almost completely.

Call ABC for information about an on-demand water heater

If you’re convinced that a tankless water heater is right for you and your home, let our team of professionals install one in your home. Give us a call at (510) 471-8181 or contact us online.

5 tips for the best cooling of all rooms of your home

5 Tips to Ensure Best Cooling of the Rooms During the summer, it’s natural to be concerned with getting the best cooling in your home. For that reason, an air conditioner that does not cool your rooms effectively will not just result in inconvenience, but also in higher energy bills.

A system that does not cool the room properly will most likely have a fault that causes it to draw extra electricity. This will result in increased energy bills.

If your air conditioner is not cooling the room efficiently, you can take a number of steps to resolve the issue and get the best cooling out of your system.

1. Purchase the right size of air conditioner

An air conditioner that is either too big or too small for the room will typically result in inefficient and ineffective cooling. Large air conditioners will start and stop quickly and often, resulting in inefficient cooling. On the flip side, small air conditioners will struggle to keep up with demand and cool the room.

An air conditioner that’s too small for your space is just not powerful enough to cool the room adequately.

When you purchase a new air conditioner from ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, our technician can advise you on the best size to get for your space and cooling needs. We accomplish this through our free in-home estimate. Schedule yours today!

2. Inspect the SEER rating

Most air conditioners sold in the United States come marked with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the air conditioner will be when cooling the room.

An efficient air conditioner can optimally cool the room without taking too much power. You should not buy a cooling device with a SEER less than 14. For the best results, the SEER should be 16 or above. To learn more about SEER and our line-up of Carrier air conditioners, read here.

3. Schedule a regular AC tune-up

The regular inspection of the air conditioner is also important for ensuring optimum cooling. Consider scheduling an air conditioner tune-up with the ABC team at least once a year. During the routine inspection, the technician will look at the air conditioner inside out to ensure that everything is in good condition.

If any problem is detected, the technician will perform the repairs then and there. As a result, your air conditioner will continue to generate optimal cooling throughout the summer months. This will also save you cost in the long run as there will be less need for repairs.

If you’re looking for a convenient way to get both a cooling and heating tune-up, sign up for our Guardian Maintenance Club!

4. Use a ceiling fan in combination with an air conditioner

Use of a ceiling fan can also help in optimal cooling. The ceiling fan will help in making the room feel cooler even when you set the thermostat at a high temperature. This will result in less strain to the cooling device. Apart from efficient cooling, using the ceiling fan will also help cut down the energy bills.

5. Set the right temperature for best cooling

Energy Star recommends that the air conditioner temperature should be set at 78oF during the summers for optimal cooling. In case you are not comfortable with this temperature, you should consider lowering the temperature by one degree to see how it affects the home comfort as well as energy bill.

Contact our team at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for more AC advice

In case you want to get in touch with experience and professional air conditioner technicians in San Jose, Hayward, or other parts of the Bay Area, you can contact ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

Oil vs Gas Furnace: Which is Better for Your Home

Oil vs Gas FurnaceA furnace is a great blessing in areas where the temperature dips into single digits during the winters. Okay, that may not describe the Bay Area. But a properly functional oil or gas furnace ensures that homeowners have a pleasant time inside the house during the winter.

When it comes to buying a furnace, one important point that comes to the mind of most homeowners is whether to go for an oil or gas furnace.

Choosing between gas or oil furnace is not just about cost. The reality is that oil furnaces deliver more heat per gallon as compared to gas. This means that oil furnace units will cost less as compared to natural gas furnaces. However, you have to look at many other things apart from costs in order to make the right choice.

Here are a 3 important points that can help you in making up your mind as to whether oil or gas heater is right for your home.

1. Heating bills

When it comes to heating, natural gas furnaces are a clear winner. Gas had become a more affordable heat source as compared to oil. The average American homeowner paid about $728 to heat the home using gas furnace this winter, according to the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). In contrast, the cost of heating the home using oil has been a whopping $2,161. So, this means that you will save a lot in heating bills if you buy a gas furnace for your home.

2. Maintenance and care

While the upfront cost of oil furnaces is lower, they generally require more maintenance and care as compared to natural gas heaters. Gas furnaces, in contrast, require less upkeep and care. As a result, you will save on repair and maintenance costs when buying the oil heaters.

3. Emergency situations

When disaster strikes such as a leak in the main supply pipeline, you are more likely to shiver in the cold if you have a gas furnace as compared to an oil furnace. The reason is that oil furnace uses independent oil supply. You have more control over the supply with much lower chances of supply disruptions as compared to a natural gas.

Both oil and gas furnaces have pros and cons that you should consider before making a decision. After reading this article, you will have come to a definite conclusion as to which one is a better option to heat up your house.

Call ABC for more advice on a oil and gas furnace installation

Do you want to get in touch with a reliable furnace technician in the Bay Area? You can contact ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We have a team of highly experienced and professional technicians who can take care of all types of furnace installation and repair tasks.

5 Pitfalls To Avoid When Buying A New Furnace

5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a New FurnaceBuying a new furnace is a major home purchase whose consequences will be felt for years to come.

That is why it’s essential that you shop smartly and avoid buying the wrong one for your home. And you can’t afford to make mistakes when thousands of dollars are at stake when buying a new furnace for the home.

While cost is a prime consideration when buying a new furnace, you should look at several other factors otherwise, you will end up losing money in the long run. The consequences of making a bad choice are many.

Here are 5 mistakes that you should avoid when buying a new furnace that can light your wallet on fire.

1. Focusing too much on costs

The most common mistake that you should avoid when buying a new furnace is to focus too much on the cost. A lower cost unit might seem a better deal as compared to a costly unit. However, in most cases, low cost also translates into less energy efficiency. This means that any amount that you save when buying a low-cost unit will be negated due to higher bills over the long term.

2. Buying a furnace with a low SEER rating

You must never overlook the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) when buying a new furnace. The SEER ratio tells about the efficiency with which the furnace heats up the room. Units that have a low SEER will result in substantially more energy bills as compared to those with a high SEER rating.

Ideally, you should buy a new furnace with a SEER rating of above 17. Avoid buying a unit with a rating below 12 as it can cost a lot in terms of high energy bills.

3. Overlooking rebate opportunities

Many manufacturers and states offer rebates on certain models. The rebates offered by the manufacturer can be as much as $1,000. That’s why you should always search online to find out whether the company offers rebates or discounts. However, again keep in mind that cost should not be your main focus and look at other aspects to ensure that you are getting the best bang for the bucks.

4. Selecting the wrong type of fuel

Keep in mind that not all furnaces use the same heating source. Some use methane (natural gas) while others use propane (LPG) or electricity. Generally, natural gas heaters are the most energy efficient option as compared to the others. However, you can’t use gas furnace unless you install a gas supply line. So, it’s important that you consider this option before paying for a new furnace.

5. Not scheduling maintenance for your new furnace

Maintenance contracts are necessary to ensure that your furnace performs without breaking down during the middle of the winter. You must ensure to sign up for an annual maintenance with a reputable furnace repair and maintenance company. Regular maintenance will ensure that the system performs without any major problems for a long time.

If you want to get in touch with experienced and reliable furnace repair and installation firm in the Bay Area, you can contact ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

Furnace repair versus replacement

When your furnace dies for good, the furnace repair versus replacement debate is settled. You’ll need to get a new furnace. That’s an easy decision. However, what if it’s possible to fix your current furnace? Are there any advantages to choosing to upgrade to a new system when your current furnace technically still works?

In this blog post, we’ll weigh in on the furnace repair versus replacement debate that all homeowners have at some point, and discuss some reasons that changing to a new furnace makes sense.

How do I decide between furnace repair versus replacement?

As we discussed last month, decisions about furnace repair versus replacement often come down to the age of the system. As a furnace ages, the money you spend repairing it has diminishing returns. After all, furnaces become less energy efficient and more likely to break down as they age. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it. If it’s more than 20, you should probably make the switch.

Here are some other things to consider when debating furnace repair versus replacement:

  • Your future energy costs: An older furnace uses more energy than a new one, both because of age and because the technology used to construct new systems has improved significantly in the past decade. You can better energy efficiency out of your furnace with a furnace tune-up, but even that only goes so far. Every winter that you run your old system, you’re losing out on potential energy savings. Take that into your cost consideration.
  • Your future repair costs: Not only are older furnaces more likely to break down after years of heavy use, but the manufacturer’s warranty that protects them has usually expired by that point. This means you’re paying for any needed repairs out-of-pocket. If furnace repairs are adding up, consider how saving on repair factors into your buying decision.
  • Your future home comfort: In addition to being inefficient and more likely to break down, older furnaces often have difficulty heating like they once did. This can result in cold spots, inconsistent heating, and constant, noisy running. If your home’s comfort matters, take that into consideration when you’re debating between furnace repair versus replacement.

How to decide between furnace repair versus replacementHow do I get started?

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing offers both heating repair and heating installation services. We recommend starting with furnace repair. Give us a call, and we’ll send a technician out to inspect your system and determine what the problem is. From there, we’ll give you an upfront, honest quote for how much it’d take to repair the system. This may factor heavily into your furnace repair versus replacement decision, so it’s good to have that upfront.

From there, you may decide that you want to get a new furnace. We can help with that, as well. We offer a free in-home estimate on new furnaces, and we’ll measure your home to help you find the perfect new system. As a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, our technicians are furnace installation experts, each with years of experience. They’re also equipped with the training and tools to do the job right.

Ready to get started? Give ABC a call at (510) 471-8181, or contact us online. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you resolve the furnace repair versus replacement debate.