When Your Water Heater Takes A Dive

There’s nothing worse than enjoying a hot shower and then suddenly the water goes ice cold.  No…unfortunately this isn’t your sister flushing the toilet as a prank, it’s your water heater on the fritz.  Now not only are you in a foul mood from your shower cut short, but now you’re forced to call a repairman to fix your water heater. Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning’s (found in Fort Wayne, Indiana) provides you with friendly repairmen that make the inconvenience of the lack of hot water seem less stressful. We’d even go as far as to say the visit would be informative and enjoyable! Call Poorman’s (260-422-3534) for an inspection today.

Did you know that there’s an alternative to the massive water heater we’re all used to?  How about a tankless water heater? Elocalplumbers.com wrote an article discussing the pros and cons to this type of water heater, a big pro being that the hot water is instantaneously so you’ll never risk running out of hot water.  Read the article and decide for yourself, but take note that the tankless water heater not only takes up less room but the endless supply of hot water sure sounds tempting!

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What To Do When Your Air Conditioning Freezes

When the summer temperatures in Fort Wayne, Indiana start to heat up there’s really no time for air conditioning problems. A strange trend that HVAC mechanics have been seeing for quite sometime is the issue of air conditioning pipes/units freezing. We’d love to say you’re safe if you own a newer model air conditioner, but unfortunately that’s not the case.  Both old and new units have seen this issue.  If you’re beginning to notice that your air conditioning unit is not performing as well as usual, you may want to take some time to do a quick AC check.  If you find that the pipes to your unit are frozen this is a sure sign that your air conditioner is frozen. Before you panic, take a few steps in order to save your air conditioner, and your pocket book.

  • First you will want to turn your unit to the “fan setting.”  Turning off the air will cause the compressor to be turned off as well, this helps prevent further damage to the unit.  Once the unit starts to cool down, the pipes will begin to unthaw.
  • Secondly, you’ll want to call in the professionals from Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning.  It is likely that your unit is leaking freon, this can be very dangerous if not cleaned up and fixed promptly. A top of the line heating and cooling company will be able to repair your system to ensure that the air conditioner no longer freezes. Calling a professional for the repair is your best option for not only fixing the problem, but ensuring a repeat won’t occur next year. Continued freezing of the AC unit can lead to irreparable damage, and will you be forced to purchase a brand new air conditioning unit.

To help prevent frozen pipes please remember to have your air conditioning filter changed regularly.  Also be sure to turn off your unit on nights that drop below 60 degrees.

Check out this YouTube video to see the sure signs of a frozen air conditioner.

Save Money by Improving Your Air Conditioning Efficiency

Today is the seventh day in a row for record breaking temperatures in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s the first day of spring and already it’s in the mid 80s! Now, before you sustain an injury from doing cartwheels in your yard you should probably contemplate how to go about dealing with this early heat wave. Hopefully you’ve had time to get your air conditioner serviced to ensure the best working unit possible.

Once your air conditioning unit is inspected and working to the full potential, you should then start thinking of ways to improve your AC efficiency.  It’s so hot out now that most people are willing to put up with increased cooling costs if it means a break from the heat.  But with gas prices through the roof, everyone is trying to pinch pennies in every way possible. But don’t give up yet, Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning tells us there are still a lot of things you can do to cut your air conditioner costs and improve your air conditioner efficiency, even when the temperatures get out of control and even as early as mid-March.

Set your thermostat wisely: Although everyone has a different temperature preference, you really should have your thermostat set no lower than 72 degrees.  There’s also the option of having a programmable thermostat installed by Poorman’s so that the temperature can be warmer in your house while you’re not home. It’s money out the door if you cool the house while you’re not even home.

Keep natural light and heat out: Another easy way to make your air conditioning more efficient is by blocking out or at least limiting the amount of heat coming into your home. Blinds and drapes are a perfect way to keep out unwanted warmth during the warmer months.  For those that prefer not blocking out the UV rays, there’s the option of closing the shades in rooms that are less frequently used. This will keep the air conditioning from working too hard.

Turn on that ceiling fan: Turning on a ceiling fan helps to circulate the cool air while the AC is running.

If you want to increase your AC efficiency with an air conditioning turn up or if you want any more tips on how to improve your air conditioner efficiency, call Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534) today!