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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.

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.

It’s Spring, New Jersey—and Time to Get Your Air Conditioner Serviced

Spring is officially in bloom here in New Jersey, which means that although the temperatures are still fluctuating—and we may be in for some more chilliness over the next few weeks—it’s time to prep your air conditioning unit for the impending warmer weather.

The best time to get your central A/C inspected is BEFORE the heat hits. A yearly maintenance check is recommended by leading professionals, as proper maintenance can slice your energy bill by up to 15%! In addition, cleaning and servicing the unit before the weather warms up will ensure your A/C is ready to work before it’s too late—and too hot. (There’s nothing worse than trying to turn on a broken aircon on a hot, sticky day!)

Get your central A/C checked today by calling 1-800-323-3023!

5 Important Tips to Maintain Your Dryer Vent

Faulty or unsafe dryer vents are in the top 10 causes of annual home-based fires. By following these simple, affordable tips, you can avoid clothes dryer danger and a potential fire hazard. And remember, if you’re dryer isn’t operating properly, has a strange smell, is overheating, or is making a strange noise, don’t hesitate to call an appliance repair professional like Immediate Appliance Service to take a look at your machine.

1. Have a qualified appliance service repairman clean your dryer and dryer venting system frequently to ensure proper air flow and remove lint build-up
2. Always clean the lint trap before and after drying your load of clothing
3. Check and clean the back of the dryer (lint can be stuck there)
4. Don’t leave your dryer running when you leave your home
5.  Always have a professional install the gas lines for a gas dryer