Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Tankless Water Heater Problems to Watch For

October 7th, 2019

Having reliable hot water in this area is a big deal, especially as temperatures start to drop in the coming months. If you have recently opted for a tankless water heater installation in Staten Island, NY, you should be looking forward to enjoying a winter without having to worry about your hot water ditching you during the middle of a shower. Choosing to install a tankless water heater to service your needs will save you money on your energy and water bills while also reducing the amount of time spent waiting for hot water. What a win!

Now, not to rain on the parade, but even your tankless hot water heater will have problems at some point. This is normal but leaving any issues that pop up unaddressed can lead to larger problems that could cost you a pretty penny. It pays to plan ahead for taking care of any potential trouble your system may encounter.

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Do You Need a New Furnace This Fall?

September 23rd, 2019

AC-units-in-scrapyardIn our last blog post, we brought up the need to plan heating maintenance during the fall. The fall is now officially here, and we hope you’ve already gotten on our schedule through our Bob Mims Maintenance Agreement to have your furnace inspected and tuned-up. If you haven’t, no time like the present! It’s still early in the season and you should have no difficulty arranging for a convenient time with our skilled HVAC maintenance pros.

There is another important fall heating preparation you may need to make. It’s not an annual prep like maintenance, but it’s essential you know when it must be done—and it’s replacing an aging furnace in Staten Island, NY.

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Reminder: Fall Heating Maintenance Is a Must!

September 18th, 2019

furnace-repair-technicianWow, it’s already the second week of September, and that means the first official day of fall is almost here. Although the first day of fall doesn’t mean an immediate shift to cool weather, it does signal that it’s time for homeowners to begin preparing for the change in seasons. One of the most important fall preps is scheduling maintenance for a central heating system. All you have to do to take care of your home’s heating system maintenance in Staten Island, NY is to call the team at Bob Mims.

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Is It Time for a Water Heater Inspection?

August 26th, 2019

water-heater-tankA water heater works almost every day of the year. People always need hot water for cooking, bathing, and cleaning, no matter the weather outside. But this system does have to work harder during lower temperatures, mostly because the water entering it is colder and requires more energy to heat up.

As you start planning for the fall and winter ahead, give some consideration to your water heater. It may need to have repairs done. Or it may need to be replaced altogether with a new unit. Proper planning is essential for ensuring your water heater makes it through another year with few problems and high energy-efficient performance.

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When Does Putting in a Ductless AC Make Sense?

August 12th, 2019

ductless-system-with-technicianYou may already have some familiarity with ductless mini-split AC systems in Staten Island, NY. You can find them in businesses and in older apartment complexes. When you see what looks like a small-sized window AC up on the wall—and with no actual window behind it—that’s the air handler part of a ductless mini-split.

Instead of exhausting the heat from the room directly out the back of the unit the way a window AC does, the air handler of a ductless system connects through refrigerant and power lines to an outdoor condenser cabinet that looks the same as the condenser cabinet of a standard central air conditioner. This outdoor unit can connect to multiple indoor air handlers (from 4 to 8 depending on the capacity of the system) so cool air can be sent into rooms all around the house.

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What “MERV” Mean for Air Filters

July 29th, 2019

air-fliter-cuMERV may look like a misspelling of the name Marv, but these four letters are vital for understanding the air filters in HVAC systems designed to trap particles from circulating through a building. Not all filters are the same: the simple panel filter on your HVAC cabinet is designed to stop large contaminants like dust and lint from getting into the system, while the HEPA filters used in hospitals are powerful enough to stop the movement of bacteria and viruses. MERV is the rating that explains the filtration power of the filter. The higher the MERV rating, the tighter the filter weave.

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Don’t Try to Scrape That Ice off the AC Coils!

July 15th, 2019

frozen-acIf you’re reading this, it’s because you already know that ice forming along the indoor evaporator coils of your air conditioning system is a bad thing. We’re glad to hear it. Too many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that ice appearing on the coils is just a normal part of how an air conditioner runs. It’s not. When you see ice or frost on the coils, it means something is wrong with the AC’s ability to draw heat from the air.

However, the solution to this problem isn’t scraping the ice from the coils. No matter what tool you’re thinking of using to remove the ice, please put it away. A frozen coil requires calling for air conditioning repair in Staten Island, NY from professionals.

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Why Is Water Dripping From My AC?

July 1st, 2019

water-dropletsWhen an air conditioner is running, it makes a number of sounds as part of its basic operation: the hum of the motors running the blower fans, the low whirring of the compressor when it starts a cooling cycle, the whoosh of air moving through the ductwork—and the sound of water dripping from the inside unit.

Why is there water in your air conditioning system in the first place? It’s part of the cooling cycle, but the AC is designed to keep this water from getting out of the cabinet and dripping into the house.

But no part of a central air conditioning system can operate 100% free of trouble 100% of the time. When you see water dripping from the indoor cabinet of the AC, you’ll need to call for central AC repair in Staten Island, NY right away.

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It’s Summer—But It’s Not Too Late for AC Maintenance!

June 17th, 2019

checkmark-greenThis week is the official start of summer. That doesn’t mean it gets instantly hot, of course. Sometimes summer weather starts in early, and sometimes the “June Gloom” hangs around for a stretch. The weather here in Staten Island is already climbing up past warm and will soon reach hot—so we hope you’ve already had your annual air conditioning maintenance done. It’s the best way to have your AC “armored up” to make it through the gauntlet of summer heat.

If you haven’t had maintenance done … no time like the present! With most of the summer still ahead, you’ll receive the best benefits of maintenance and prevent major AC troubles.

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Ways the AC Compressor Might Fail

June 3rd, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitThere’s no such thing as a “non-vital” part of your central air conditioning system. All parts need to work well for the system to operate effectively and efficiently. But if any part were to be awarded the title “The Most Important AC Component,” it would be the compressor. It’s the literal heart of the air conditioner because it is what causes the refrigerant to circulate through the system. The compressor changes the refrigerant to a high-pressure hot gas that allows for the heat exchange process to start. Without a working compressor, an air conditioning system will function as nothing more than a large fan blowing around room temperature air.

The compressor usually lasts for the full life of the AC. In fact, it’s often a dead compressor that signals the end of the air conditioner’s lifecycle (around 10 to 15 years). However, a compressor might fail early—and usually it’s not worth the cost to fix it.

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