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3 Reasons Why the “Wait and See” Approach to Heating Repair or Replacement May Cost You More Money

As you think about the upcoming winter season, you may have some concerns when it comes to your heating system. Perhaps your furnace worked fine last winter, but it is older, and you’re not sure how long it will last. Maybe you saw signs of problems towards the end of last year, such as increasing noises, or poor performance. Some homeowners are determined to keep an old furnace until it completely dies, but there are several reasons why waiting on heating repair or replacement may cost you more money.

  1. Emergency fees. Unfortunately, when your heating system fails you on a cold day, you need to call for service immediately, even if it is on a weekend, holiday, or during the night. Most contractors will charge extra fees for service calls during those times.
  2. Alternative heating options. It isn’t an option to have no heat during the winter, so homeowners will need to work out another plan. Often that means investing in space heaters, and sometimes even staying in a hotel until the furnace is fixed.
  3. Damage to pipes. When your furnace isn’t working, the house can get extremely cold in some areas, which can lead to frozen pipes. If they burst, the pipes will not only need repair, but there can be damage to walls, floors, ceilings, and belongings.

If your heating system is older, or showing signs of not performing well, it’s best to get it checked out now before the coldest weather arrives. The “wait and see” approach often ends up costing homeowners more money in the long run. Contact Cunningham Associates today – we complete furnace installation in Atlanta, GA.

Want to Avoid High Heating Bills This Winter? Install an Energy Efficient System Now

The weather is still beautiful here in Georgia, but colder temperatures are just around the corner. And if you are one of the homeowners who are still paying off last winter’s heating bills, it’s time to be proactive.

 
In many cases, if your heating system is older, it’s a better decision to put your money into a more energy efficient system than keep paying those high utility bills. In time, the savings will pay for the system itself, and having a newer furnace will give you peace of mind that your heat will not suddenly stop working mid-winter.

 
If you’re considering a new furnace, but aren’t sure where to start, there are several factors to consider. First, look at energy efficiency. All furnaces have an efficiency rating, often referred to as AFUE. AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and each unit is assigned a percentage of how much fuel it can convert into usable heat. A furnace with an AFUE rating of 90 means 90 percent of the fuel is used to heat, and 10 percent is lost. Most furnaces sold today have AFUE ratings of 80 percent, all the way up to 98 percent.

 
When choosing a new furnace, the higher the AFUE, the lower your utility bills will be, but some of the very high efficiency furnaces are also very expensive, so homeowners must weigh their options. When looking for other features that might make a furnace more efficient, electronic pilot, condensing gas furnaces, two-stage gas valves, and variable speed motors are other items that might save on bills.

 
While the options can be confusing, an experienced, reliable heating contractor can help you evaluate your current system, and give you an idea of how much you will save with a variety of new furnaces. This can help homeowners make an informed decision about which one to choose when it is time to replace the furnace. Contact Cunningham Associates today – we complete furnace installation in Atlanta, GA.

Heating Service: Five things to Consider

With temperatures in the eastern United States around 90 degrees F, you’re probably thinking about your AC rather than your heater. But, fall is the time for heating service. Here are some questions to ask in order to get your furnace or head pump ready for the cooler weather.

  1. Can I do any service myself? Yes–you can check your air filters. Typically, you should change the filters once every 3-6 months. If you aren’t sure about how to do this, a professional technician will be happy to help.
  2. When should I schedule the heating service? This fall. You’ll want to schedule a service visit ahead of the cooler weather.
  3. What if I skip heating service? Angie’s List reports that approximately 75% of winter service calls occur because the owner did not do annual maintenance.
  4. Will it extend the life of my heater? It can. Typically, HVAC units last 10-15 years. Annual service calls can help forestall major problems and keep the unit operating at its peak efficiency. This in turn, will help save you money over the life of the unit. In addition, annual maintenance can help address any safety or health issues that may develop around your heater.
  5. What if I need a new heater? We’ll be happy to help you assess whether you should repair or replace your heater. If you do need a new heater, we can discuss replacement options with you through our company.

Because you can prolong the life of your heater, improve your energy efficiency, and prevent emergency winter visits, make sure that you take the time to schedule annual maintenance within the next few weeks by calling Cunningham Associates today at (770) 455-6722.

A Big Spike In Power Bills? It Could Be An Air Conditioning Problem!

The summer heat is brutal and our HVAC systems are running around the clock. We are not surprised when we get our higher electricity bills in the summer months. But, look closely. Is the bill unusually high? Is the cost increase more than it was last year? You could have an air conditioning problem.

A clogged up and dirty condenser coil results in overworked HVAC systems. The air is not freely flowing through the system. This could cause your system to continually cycle on and off using more electricity to maintain your comfort levels. A cleaning is a quick and inexpensive fix that will save your system and return your power bill to normal.

Thermostat problems are one of the most overlooked issues with our HVAC systems. If your thermostat is not correctly calibrated and working properly, it could cause your system to turn on and off too often. This is a common problem and (like with the coil issue), a cheap fix. Allow a professional to check, calibrate or if needed, replace your thermostat. This is a much less expensive option than a year of higher power bills.

A tiny leak in the refrigeration lines could be allowing small amounts of the refrigerant to leak out of the system. If the leak is small, you may not hear or feel the difference. But you can see the difference in the electric bills. Your HVAC system is struggling to keep the house at a cooler temperature with less than enough refrigerant to do so. Over time, the leak will get worse and eventually a costly repair is necessary. Fixing a minor leak allows minor problems to remain minor.

All of these little issues can cause you headaches and cost big money if neglected. All of them would be addressed in your bi-annual cleaning and system checkup.

Do not let your hard-earned money be stolen by unnecessary electric bill surges. Make sure that you call Cunningham Associates today for an air conditioning system inspection in Atlanta, GA.

3 Things to Do Before Worrying About Your Air Conditioner

It’s summer time! That means fireworks, pool time, cold lemonade, watermelon, and barbecues. Summer can also mean hot days and staying inside just to stay cool. This can be fun for a little while, but staying inside can mean running your air conditioner all day. That can result in lots of questions. Is it normal for my air condition to always be running? Why won’t my air conditioner turn off? Why does it seem like my air conditioning isn’t getting cold enough? Don’t fret yet! These are all common questions. Below is a list of three easy steps to try first before letting the stress sink in.

 

1. Make sure you actually have a problem

 
With the air conditioner running constantly, it’s easy to assume something is wrong. However, remember that it is summer. If your home is reaching the air conditioner temp without problem and you energy bills are roughly what they were at this time last year, then you may be stressing over nothing. Expect that your air conditioner will be running more frequently because it is hot outside!

 

2. Make easy changes

 
One tiny issue with something as important as the air conditioner can cause people to go into a frenzy. But, before you completely freak out, there are some easy things to check. Make sure that your air filters are clean. At the very least, air filters should be changed every three months. But, when your air is being used constantly, changing it monthly may be necessary. Also, make sure your vents aren’t being blocked. Something as simple as moving drapes, curtains, or furniture can make a huge difference in the amount of airflow allowed in your home.

 

3. Talk to an expert

 
Few and far between have much knowledge of the internal workings of your air conditioner. So, if you’ve tried the easy options, it may be time to call someone who knows. When looking for a good technician, trust is important. Pick a company that has state of the art devices to get accurate information, but also gives you a home town feel.

 
Don’t let something as silly as your air conditioner ruin your summer. Contact Cunningham Associates today. They’ll be able to answer your air conditioning service questions or concerns.

3 Great Things About Your Air Conditioning Contractor

With summer’s sizzling days making us swelter and evening’s stuffiness stifling us, people are quick to vote air conditioning as one of the greatest modern inventions (alongside the swimming pool!). Everyone loves the summer, but most of us don’t want our houses to feel like summer inside. It can be miserable just walking from the car to the next air-conditioned place when it’s ninety plus outside. So, most of us have it admit, it’s pretty amazing to walk into the house, open the door, and feel the blast of ice-cold air blowing on us. However, what happens when the door swings open and the air is hot and suffocating? It is time to contact your trusted air conditioning contractor. Below we’ve listed three great things about air conditioning contractors and how they can help you out during the hot summer months.

He/she knows exactly how to get that air cold again

When you hire a certified air conditioning contractor, be assured that your air conditioner will be up and running and feeling cold again. Why? Air conditioning contractors have undergone training and obtained certification to work on your A/C unit. They often continue their education to keep updated on the newest A/C units and industry. So, they really know what they’re doing.

He/she will explain what is wrong and give you options

If you are like most people, you will want to know what went wrong and why. A top-rated air conditioning contractor has the expertise to inform you about the details of your air conditioner’s failure. Furthermore, if options are available, a contractor advises on different solutions you can consider.

He/she gets the job done promptly

Who doesn’t want their ac working sooner rather than later? Air conditioning contractors not only have the experience to diagnose and fix the problem, but they have access to parts that homeowners cannot obtain. Most HVAC supply stores require individuals to possess a contractor’s license in order to purchase the items needed to repair a unit. A certified, licensed contractor is able to purchase your needed parts in a timely manner.

Having an air conditioning contractor you can count on will keep your home cool when you need it! Are you having issues with your air conditioning unit? If so, give us a call today to schedule an inspection!

Protecting your HVAC System from a Power Surge

By this point in the season, your heating and cooling system has likely been serviced and fine-tuned to accommodate the demands of the summer heat. While preventative maintenance is a great way to limit the possibilities of a disruption in service, sometimes severe or inclement weather can cause problems far exceeding the scope of routine HVAC care. One such instance is a power surge to your home caused by a thunder storm of other power-related failure.

 
Power surges are extreme momentary spikes in the electrical current coming into the home. Despite only lasting for fractions of a second, they can still cause damage to electronics and appliances. Causes of a power surge include:

 

  • Lightning storms
  • Downed power lines or damage to a transformer
  • Poor wiring in the home
  • Faulty or damaged breakers, fuses, or electrical boxes

 
Many homeowners combat the potentially damaging effects of a power surge by using surge protector power strips for important electronic equipment such as computers and televisions. Unfortunately, few realize the importance of also protecting your HVAC unit as well. A power surge can cause significant damage to the internal components of your unit that will require air conditioner repair – or in many instances – complete replacement. Not only will this interrupt the cool airflow in your home, but it will also be at great expense to correct.

 
If a power surge occurs in your home, call Cunningham Services to schedule an inspection.

5 Common Sense Explanations for Seeking a Commercial Air Conditioning Specialist

Commercial air conditioning problems aren’t situations that you should sort out on your own. Commercial grade HVAC units are complicated mechanical devices that require years of experience and training to properly diagnose and repair. It is never a good idea to attempt to fix your commercial property’s HVAC unit if you don’t know what you are doing.

Here are five reasons to hire a commercial air conditioning specialist to maintain and repair your HVAC system.

  1. Safety: The obvious first reason to trust a heating and cooling professional with your HVAC is for safety reasons. Repairing HVAC systems requires training and knowledge. Don’t risk your safety, call a professional for all repairs.
  2. Speed: If you own an apartment building, the last thing you want is for your tenants to worry about not having air conditioning. To expedite the repair process, always trust a professional with the repair job.
  3. Money: If you think it’s expensive to pay a professional for HVAC repairs, then imagine the cost of trying it yourself and failing. The cost to repair an ailing machine is far less than replacing an entire unit.
  4. Guarantee: Commercial HVAC companies offer service guarantees on their work. With a work warranty presented in writing by your trusted HVAC professional, you can rest easy knowing the job will always be done right.
  5. Maintenance: On-going HVAC maintenance, which is carried out long into the future, gives you peace of mind that all necessary maintenance and upkeep is priority number one.

Never consider repairing your Commercial HVAC unit or system yourself. Always trust a professional to keep your unit and system running like the day it was installed. Call Cunningham Associates today at (770) 455-6722, we’re an air conditioning specialist in Atlanta, GA.

Summer’s Coming – Time for an Air Conditioning Tune-up!

Anyone having experienced a typical Atlanta summer knows it is not a time to be left without reliable home air conditioning. While you may not need your air conditioning unit right now, you will need it in the near future. It is necessary to contact an HVAC professional to not only perform annual maintenance, but to also look for potential problems that may have developed during the winter while the unit sat dormant. Over time, the system accumulates dust and dirt. Left unchecked, this can wreak havoc on an air conditioning unit.

 
Routine inspections pay for themselves. Small problems can be identified and fixed before they become a costly repair. Furthermore, an air conditioning tune-up will help your system operate at peak efficiency. This will help keep energy consumption low and will keep monthly payments reasonable. Air conditioners that are well-maintained can be expected to last more than a decade.

 
A seasonal tune-up performed by a qualified professional may include inspections and repairs to the following components:
 

  • Blower
  • Drain line
  • Coils
  • Operating pressures
  • Refrigerant levels
  • Duct work

 
Servicing your air conditioning unit before peak months with prevent any disruption in cooling when it is needed for continuous use. Operating a unit that has not been serviced puts you at risk for compromised efficiency and comfort, and may cause costly damage. If your air conditioning in the metro Atlanta and surrounding areas needs a tune-up, Cunningham Associates can help. We offer the highest levels of service, quality and professionalism. Schedule a service call today!

Air Conditioning Repair: How to Get the Most From Your AC

Having your air conditioning go out is a homeowner’s nightmare. Especially in the middle of the summer, you do not want to spend time in the sweltering heat in your own home. Also, when your air conditioning goes out, you are probably dreading the worst, that you will need to replace your entire system. But in many cases air conditioning repair could be all you need.

A good HVAC company isn’t just going to try to sell you a new unit. Oftentimes, your AC unit can be repaired by replacing a part. Another thing to consider if you dread your AC going out is having annual maintenance done on your unit to keep it running optimally for as long as possible. In the long run, annual maintenance can save you money.

However, if your AC breaks and it turns out it needs to be replaced, there is good news. Units today are much more efficient than they used to be. Even standard models are more efficient than older units, so you can start saving money on energy costs right away. But to get the most energy savings and lessen your environmental footprint, you can purchase a high-efficiency unit.

If you live in Atlanta and have HVAC needs, contact Cunningham Associates today. With summer on its way, now is the time to have your air conditioner repaired or replaced if you have been putting it off since last year. At Cunningham Associates, we are a Dave Lennox Premiere Dealer, meaning we have an independent customer satisfaction program, making sure all of our customers are getting exactly what they want. Check us out today for your cooling needs.