5 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Air Conditioner

August 23, 2021

Keeping central air conditioners clean keeps cool air flowing throughout your home and improves indoor air quality. At Johnson & Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning, we provide premium maintenance and repairs for HVAC in Martinsburg, WV. However, there are several ways that homeowners can participate in maintaining an AC for optimal performance. 

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How to Reset Air Conditioning Unit

June 28, 2021

When power outages happen, it’s not uncommon for your home air conditioning system to not restart. This is a safety mechanism built into the system to protect its internal components from long-term damage due to the power outage. By understanding how to reset your air conditioning system, you can get it back up and running without having to call in a professional. Start With Your Thermostat When your air conditioning system isn’t working, it’s likely your first instinct to head to your electrical panel. However, you need to start with your thermostat. Turn your thermostat to the off position. It...

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How Many Watts Does an Air Conditioner Use?

May 5, 2021

Air conditioners are one of the heaviest users of electricity in your Martinsburg, WV, home. The amount of electricity that an air conditioner uses is measured in watts. It’s important to know this information so that you can make an informed decision about purchasing an energy-efficient system and budgeting for your electricity bill. Read on to learn how many watts different types of air conditioners use and their energy use for different functions. Central Air Conditioning Watt Usage: Cooling When your central air conditioning system is running a cooling cycle, it uses about 3,500 watts per hour. This electricity powers...

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Why is My Air Conditioner Making Noises?

April 5, 2021

Noisy air conditioners can be annoying. Loud or strange sounds from your AC indicate that something is wrong with the cooling system, which may require replacement or repair. Ignoring these loud, squeaking, or buzzing sounds could worsen the problem, leading to costly repairs or replacement. If your AC is producing rattling or other weird sounds, here are some of the possible causes. Old or Slipped Belt The squealing noise you hear from your air conditioner could be due to a slipped belt. The belt connects the engine to the AC compressor. An old belt squeals right before it becomes completely...

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How Does A Ductless Mini-Split System Work?

March 16, 2021

If your home doesn’t have ducts, a central HVAC system isn’t an option unless you have them installed. An alternative is having a mini-split system installed, which will heat and cool your house with no ducts. How Do Mini-Split Systems Work? A mini-split system has an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units. The outdoor unit has a compressor and a condenser. Indoor units have a blower, a control panel, and an evaporator. Each one is controlled by a remote. The outdoor and indoor units are connected by tubes containing refrigerants. Operation In the summer, warm air gets sucked...

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How Can I Make My Windows More Energy Efficient?

February 12, 2021

Energy-efficient windows can keep your home warmer during winter and cooler in summer and reduce your energy bills. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars replacing windows. Try improving the energy-efficiency of your existing windows with these few tips. Apply Window Caulk Heat can enter or leave the house through gaps between window sash, glass, and window frame. You can prevent that by applying weather stripping or caulk, an easy and inexpensive way of making windows more energy-efficient. Most weather stripping and caulk materials are long-lasting, but it is wise to check on them annually to get the best...

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Home Comfort Tips For 2021

January 5, 2021

The start of the year is a great time to make your home more comfortable. There are several ways to make your home more comfortable while also saving you money. Take Care of Small Tasks There are several small ways to make your home more comfortable in 2021. You should commit to changing your furnace filter more often, which improves the air quality in your home and makes it more comfortable. Make sure there’s nothing covering air vents and that you’ve caulked cracks around your windows. Upgrade Your Thermostat If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, you should buy...

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Signs You Should Replace Your Home Heating System

December 17, 2020

If you take care of your furnace, you can expect it to last 15 to 20 years. If it’s been neglected, it might last just 10 years or less. There are signs your furnace is wearing down and in need of replacement. Major Repairs If your furnace needs a major repair, it’s probably time to replace it. This is especially true if the repair will cost over half of what you’ll pay for a replacement. You may also run into a situation where replacement parts are difficult to get. High Energy Bills Furnaces lose their efficiency over time. This results...

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Heal Your Dry Skin With a Whole-House Humidifier

November 18, 2020

Today’s whole-house humidifiers offer a number of excellent health benefits. One of those benefits is a significant reduction of problems with dry skin. To learn more, read on as we cover the basics of whole-house humidifiers as well as their great effects on dry skin. How They Work Unlike small portable humidifier units, whole-house humidifiers work on a much larger scale to quickly and thoroughly humidify your entire home. They work automatically and are actually installed into your home’s HVAC system so when it runs, the humidifier also runs. As air is pushed through the duct system, that air is...

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4 Tips to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

October 20, 2020

Once the leaves on the trees begin to change colors and fall to the ground, the need to boot up the furnace is not far behind. At the first sign of cooler weather, you need to ensure your heater is ready for use after being inactive for several months. Here are some tips to prepare your heating system for winter. 1. Change Filters Changing your filters is a fundamental step in maintaining your furnace. Homeowners who change their filters every few months will prolong the life of their heater. Keeping the system free of dust and other particles will also...

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