4 Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioning Running Smoothly

There is absolutely nothing worse than a faulty or broken air conditioning unit during the scorching heat of summer. And yet, most of the time it’s so easy to avoid running into hot water — erm, air. These four simple tips will keep your A/C running effectively and efficiently, helping you avoid costly repairs:

Have a professional perform maintenance: Having a professional HVAC-licensed appliance technician to inspect your air conditioning unit can help you avoid unnecessary damage and repairs. A technician will make sure that the parts to your unit are working, as well as check the thermostat. They’ll also check and clear your air ducts, making sure cool air can flow through.

Change your filters: Filters collect dirt, dust and debris which ca get backed up and circulate around your home through your air conditioner. Changing filters can prevent damage and air pollution in your home before it occurs!

Make sure doors and windows are closed: Having your windows or doors open while running air conditioning in your home means your a/c unit will have to work overtime to cool down the hot air entering. This causes wear and tear on the parts, as well as increases your need for a future replacement.

Clean the area around the A/C: Dirt and debris can cause horrible damage to the internal structure of your air conditioner, and unfortunately your a/c pulls air into itself in order to create cool air. If the area around your a/c unit is dirty, it’s likely sucking in that debris, which means you’ll be breathing in dusty air as well as increases the likelihood of needing a repair.

3 Things to Check Before Calling For Air Conditioning Service

So your air conditioner won’t turn on, and the temperature outside, and in your home, is rising fast. What to do?

Your first instinct should be to call for Immediate appliance repair (and yes, you should!) but before you pick up the phone, be sure to check these three potential causes for air conditioning failure.

1. Check for power
The first thing you should do is make sure that there is power in your home and neighborhood. If your air conditioning unit goes out in the middle of a sunny morning, you may be unaware if you’re actually experiencing a full-blown power outage. Check to make sure other appliances and lighting fixtures are able to turn on in your home.

2. Check the circuit breaker
Also called a fuse box, if the breaker to your HVAC unit has been tripped, just reset the breaker to check if activity will resume to your air conditioner. However, be aware that circuit breakers will usually trip due to safety reasons, so depending on the number of times it trips, you may want to have an electrician come out to take a look. This will help determine if there are any electrical-related issues present.

Similarly, check to see if the batteries in your unit’s thermostat are dead, and change them out if they are. Dead batteries will make it impossible to turn the air conditioning off and off, or adjust any settings.

3. Check the air filters
A dirty or old air filter may be impeding the flow of air to your air conditioning unit, resulting in a less powerful or less cold airflow. Be sure to change air filters regularly in order to ensure optimal efficiency and to avoid future issues.

Ways to Spot an Appliance Repair Scam Part 1

Your washer breaks, leaving you worrying about who to call and scrambling to clean your clothes elsewhere. What’s the first thing you do? Search online for a great appliance repair company to get your machine back up and running! But when contacting an appliance repair service, there are some things you need to know—most importantly, that you can easily fall victim to a scam. Yikes!

At Immediate Appliance, we believe that you should be able to receive trusted appliance repair service in the Mercer County, NJ region. We also want you to be armed with the knowledge necessary to discern whether a company is legitimate and safe to use. One popular instance of a scam is when a company uses call centers to send out unqualified people to diagnose your appliance issue at home.

Thankfully, there are ways to protect yourself. Here are some things to look out for to spot an appliance repair scam:

  • Make sure the company is invested in itself. If a company does not have the resources to properly do their job or do it professionally, then they might not be legitimate. Ask yourself: Are they embedded in their community? Do they have a trademark brand?
  • Car wrap and company car. Your repair company should have a company vehicle that has a car wrap describing their business and has their contact information on there. Their truck or van should also feature commercial plates—a legitimate technician will never pull up to your home in their personal car!
  • Uniform. Another telltale sign that your technician is from a reputable company is by the uniform they wear. Do they look neat and professional? Does their uniform feature a name tag, brand logo, or other identifying information?
  • Affiliation with trade associations. A good repair company should be affiliated with trade associations. For example, Immediate Appliance is a member of the United Servicers Association, the leading repair service support group.
  • Reviews. A company should have reviews online. Offering clients the opportunity to give feedback about the level of service they received is a sign of transparency.
  • Referrals. Similar to reviews, referrals are a helpful way for homeowners to scrutinize who they call for service. A company that is referred by members of the community and other businesses is one that is more trustworthy.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask technical questions. Do you have questions for your technician? Don’t be bashful! Your technician should be able to answer your appliance inquiries, whether they are simple or complex, and put you in touch with an owner or manager at your request.
  • Ask for EPA certification. Lastly, ask for the company’s EPA certification if they are working on your refrigerator or air conditioner. They should be able to show that they are qualified to work on your appliance.

These are just a few things you should keep an eye out for! Stay tuned for the second part of this blog series to learn more. You can also turn to our appliance service company in Mercer County, NJ for reliable and trusted work.

Interested parties can learn more about our company and schedule an appointment by calling 732-518-2249 or filling out a contact form on our website. We hope to hear from you!

3 Reasons Why Your Refrigerator Is Broken

When issues don’t exist, we tend to take our appliances for granted. It happens to all of us. But when something goes awry, it’s amazing how quickly we notice—and become frustrated by—a malfunctioning piece of equipment.

Our refrigerators are no exception.

Take a power outage for example. Normally when the lights are on, you open your refrigerator freely without a thought or care in the world. It doesn’t matter because you know the second you close the door it will continue to do its duty of supplying cold air to the perishable food items inside. The second the power goes out you have to choose very wisely if it’s absolutely necessary to open the doors because you know the second you do all of that cold air will come rushing out.

All in all, if your refrigerator is broken, getting it repaired is your top priority. Read on to learn about some of the most common causes of fridge malfunctions, then give your trusty appliance service in Mercer County, NJ a call and we’ll get the job done immediately.

Overload

Think about it this way: You wouldn’t try to install a trailer hitch onto an old two-door coupe and haul your motorboat down to the shore with it, would you? Of course not! That would be an overload and not only waste exorbitant amounts of gas, but probably cause serious damage to the car.

The same can be said about your refrigerator. It can only handle so many items, and when you overload it, you effectively force it to work harder than is reasonable. Once that happens, it won’t be long before it goes kaput.

Power Outage

Hey, who turned out the lights?

As obvious as this one sounds, it’s still a common cause of malfunction. Sure, the “what” is easy—the lights are off, and the cold air is gone; must mean the power is out. But the “why,” on the other hand, may be harder to determine. First things first, check the breaker. If that doesn’t solve the issue, you may have a bigger problem, so give us a call, and we’ll gladly assist!

Condenser Coils Need Cleaning

Your refrigerator’s condenser coils can become magnets for dirt and dust over time. These coils should be cleaned every six months to keep your fridge running efficiently and effectively.

Did you know that we offer a same day appliance service to our Mercer County, NJ area customers? Give us a call when your fridge breaks, and we’ll have back in working order in no time!

5 Easy-to-Spot Signs You Need Refrigerator Repair

Chances are you either hate or love your refrigerator. It’s something you use every single day and can last for many years. Its longevity can also make it difficult to determine if you need a new one or just need the one you currently have repaired. If your fridge seems to be wearing out, here is a list of the five obvious signs that a refrigerator repair is in your future.

If it happens that you are in need of a refrigerator repair, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Immediate Appliance. We have served New Jersey for over 25 years with quality appliance service.

1. Food Is Spoiling - One of the most obvious signs that your fridge is starting to see the light is that your food is going bad quicker than it should or it’s taking longer than usual for your items to get cold. A fridge that takes longer to cool your food or cannot maintain the temperature has to use more energy. This translates into a waste of money due to energy bills and having to spend more to replace the food that went bad too early.

2. Over Freezing - The opposite of your refrigerator not being able to keep your items cold, if your freezer is turning into an iceberg, it’s a sign that your fridge needs a repair soon. You may think that it’s natural for a freezer to freeze items, but if you need to use an ice pick to help defrost the chicken for dinner, get your fridge inspected. A freezer that is over freezing everything is the most common sign of a faulty fridge.

3. Hot Motor - Feeling a blanket of warmth when reaching for something in the back of the fridge isn’t necessarily uncommon. But feeling an excessive amount of heat in your fridge is not good. The coils in the back that power your fridge are insulated, which should keep heat to a minimum. If you notice heat coming from your refrigerator, give us a call, and we’ll send a fridge repair technician out to inspect your coils.

4. Fridge Is More Than 10 Years Old - With proper maintenance, a good fridge can easily last 10 to 25 years. However, for a fridge that is over 10 years old and is showing any of the signs on this list, a unit repair may be in your future.

5. Condensation - The most obvious sign of a dying fridge is condensation. If your fridge looks like it just participated in a full-court pick-up game of basketball, you need to inspect the rubber sealing around your fridge immediately. Depending on how bad the damaged seal is, you may be able to fix the problem on your own, but having an experience technician repair the issue is your best bet for a long-lasting, proper repair.

If your fridge is in need of repair, let the experts at Immediate Appliance take a look and give you an honest and accurate assessment of your refrigerator. To learn more about all of the services we offer or to book an appointment today, you can reach us by calling (800)-323-3023.