Fulmer Heating & Cooling Blog

Getting to Know Your HVAC System Options

December 4th, 2017

hot-and-cold-housesChances are that you are familiar with at least a few different HVAC systems that may be used in homes to keep them cool throughout the year. Every now and then, though, we like to throw out a very quick refresher so that homeowners thinking about replacing their heaters or ACs can be reminded of some other options that they may not be so familiar with. That way, you can keep them in mind when the time comes to start seriously considering your new system.

We’ll also take this opportunity to remind you that, while there are certainly a lot of great heaters and air conditioning systems out there, not one of them will function at peak performance, efficiency, and reliability levels if not professionally installed and serviced. Do not put your system and your own personal comfort at risk—not to mention your safety. Schedule your HVAC services in Columbia, SC with the professional technicians on our team.

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Heating Irregularities: When to Be Concerned

November 20th, 2017

 

dog-under-blanketWith the coming of the winter season comes the time for reflection. No, we’re not talking about inner, personal reflection—that’s all on you. What we’re talking about is very important too, though: reflecting in an honest manner in regards to your heating system! The chill in the air is only going to grow more pronounced as the calendar days drop away, so you need to know for certain that your heater is going to be there for you when you really need it.

Now, we would love to use this opportunity to tell you how you can guarantee 100% reliability from your home heating system. However, this is simply not an attainable goal. While modern heaters are very reliable, and routine maintenance will keep your system functioning as reliably as possible, you are going to run into operational problems from time to time. When you do, be sure to contact us right away to schedule prompt heating repairs in Irmo, SC. But when should you be concerned?

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Heating Maintenance: Yes, It’s Time

November 6th, 2017

chilly-manThere is no denying the fact that our winter weather is quite a bit milder than the temperatures that we deal with in the cooling season. Your heater is not going to put to work quite as hard as your air conditioning system when you live in this part of the country. That does not, however, mean that your heater is not just as important as your air conditioner. You still need this system to be there for you whenever you may need it.

That is why it is so important that you schedule routine heating maintenance in Columbia, SC. There is just no other way in which you can do more good for your home heating system. When your system is tuned up annually, you are going to enjoy many benefits that would otherwise remain beyond your grasp. Read on to learn more about what maintenance has to offer. We think that you’ll agree – it’s money well-spent. Check out our maintenance plan, too!

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Always Schedule Professional Air Conditioning Repairs

October 23rd, 2017

thermostat-with-sunWhen you consider just how hot and humid our summer weather can be in these parts, it should come as no surprise to hear us say that prompt and professional air conditioning repairs in Columbia, SC are a necessity. Even so, some homeowners foolishly make the mistake of loading up an internet tutorial video, grabbing some tools from the basement, and “going to work” on their systems themselves. If this is something that you’ve considered in the past, you need to reconsider!

The only way in which to ensure that your air conditioner repairs are completed properly is to work with skilled, trained professionals. The stakes are just too high to be taking any unnecessary risks with your home cooling system. When you notice problems of any kind with your air conditioner, no matter how “minor” you may think that they are, the only correct course of action is to pick up the phone, not the toolbox, and dial our number. 

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Air Conditioning Tip: Don’t Skip a Tune-Up!

October 9th, 2017

AC-techniciansWhile homeowners in many areas of the country are getting ready to pack in their ACs for the season and switch over to their heating systems, we still have plenty of cooling ahead of us in the coming days. While it may seem a bit late in the season to be talking about an air conditioning tune-up, the fact is that if you’ve gone this far into the season without one, you still need to have one! If nothing else, you’ll be getting your system onboard for an end of the year maintenance schedule.

Chances are that you’ve seen us talk about the importance of routine maintenance if you have visited this blog or our website before. Because air conditioning in Columbia, SC is so important, we want to take today’s post to reiterate why it is that you cannot afford to skip over even one maintenance visit. Read on, and let the AC maintenance professionals on our team help you to get the most from your home cooling system.

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Air Conditioning FAQ: Is Bigger Better?

September 25th, 2017

comfortable-woman-on-couchCertain areas of the company do not necessitate the nearly constant running of an air conditioning system just to live comfortably. Here in South Carolina, however, this is the reality of our situation. Not only are our temperatures quite hot for much of the year, but we also find ourselves dealing with very high humidity levels as well. With that in mind, we’ll remind you that you really need to be getting the very best performance possible from your home cooling system. That means using an appropriately sized air conditioner.

The problems that occur when using an undersized air conditioner are fairly straightforward and expected. If it’s too small for your home, it is going to run too long, drive up energy costs, and fail to provide you with the comfortable environment that you deserve. What you may not realize is the fact that using an oversized air conditioner is no better. Don’t let improper sizing hold back your air conditioning in Columbia, SC.

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Air Conditioning Repairs: Short Cycling

September 11th, 2017

AC-technician-outdoorsLiving in South Carolina means that you need to have a great air conditioner working for you in your home. It is just too hot and humid for too much of the year to take any risks with the overall operation of your AC. That is why you should always schedule prompt air conditioning repairs in Columbia, SC. The longer that you wait to have your system put back on track by a skilled, trained professional, the worse off your system is likely to be.

Now, some homeowners are of the mind that a running air conditioner is an air conditioner that is running fine. This is not the case at all. Just because the system has not broken down entirely does not mean that you have nothing to worry about. In fact, you never want to wait until the point of a total breakdown to schedule your air conditioning repair services. If you notice an issue like short cycling, for instance, you should be dialing our number to have the root of problem resolved. 

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Common AC Repairs: Refrigerant Leaks

August 28th, 2017

warm-man-with-fanWe all love our air conditioners around here. Without a good whole-house cooling system, it would be basically impossible to live in true comfort throughout the hottest and most humid time of the year. Unfortunately, as much as we rely on our air conditioning systems in Columbia, SC, we may encounter trouble with them from time to time as well. There are a number of problems that can develop with any AC, and a refrigerant leak is potentially among the most serious.

Refrigerant leaks are not going to cause an air conditioner to break down immediately, necessarily. When given the time necessary, however, they can cause costly and sometimes irrevocable damage to the system in question. That is why it is so important that you are able to spot the signs that you may have a refrigerant leak in your air conditioning system. We’ve put together a few tips intended to help you do just that.

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AC Repair Warning Signs

August 14th, 2017

Considering how hot it gets and remains around here, along with the fact that we are currently in the grasp of the August heat, it is pretty safe to assume that your air conditioner is up and running pretty much all the time. However, it is important that you remember that the fact that your air conditioner is running does not mean that it is running properly. Not all operational problems are going to cause your system to break down immediately — but they certainly can if given the time necessary for doing so. service-time

It is for this reason that learning to recognize the need for professional air conditioning repairs is so important. There are a lot of problems that may develop with your air conditioning system in Columbia, SC, especially considering how hard we run ours in this area. Most problems are going to give you some warning signs that trouble is brewing, which allows you to act quickly to resolve them — provided that you know what it is that you are looking for.

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Saving Money with Your AC in Late Summer

July 31st, 2017

air-conditioner-money-saverTemperatures will remain high in the 80s and sometimes reaching up into the 90s through the rest of the summer. That means there’s not much relief in sight for your home’s air conditioning system, which you’ve probably already worked hard for past two months.

We imagine you’re accustomed to seeing high electric bills at this time of year. But if you’ve noticed they seem higher than normal, there are steps you can take to help cut down on costs—some of them simple, some a bit more complicated. We’ll guide you through a few. For those steps that require the assistance of professionals for air conditioning repair in Columbia, SC, you can always turn to us. We have 24/7 emergency service available for those desperate air conditioning moments!

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