B&B Air Conditioning & Heating Service Blog: Archive for the ‘Maryland & Washington D.C.’ Category

The Devices That Help Your Furnace Run Safely

Monday, November 14th, 2022
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Gas furnaces are the most common heating systems found in homes across the country. Although combusting natural gas poses several potential safety concerns, such as the release of toxic carbon monoxide gas, natural gas furnaces are designed to run with minimal danger. 

It is important for any homeowner who has a gas furnace to take care of it with regular maintenance and prompt repairs as needed, as this will help keep the furnace working at its safest. Carbon monoxide detectors in the home provide an extra level of protection in case CO leaks do occur.

If you’re curious about how your home’s gas furnace stays operating safely, we’re going to look at the features built into it that help keep your family warm and safe each winter:

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Signs You Have a Generator That Needs Repairs

Monday, October 3rd, 2022
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The point of a generator is to have a backup for the power in your home in case of an emergency electrical outage. A generator that isn’t dependable and ready to leap in the moment you need it, well, that tends to defeat the whole point of the generator. This is why you need to pay attention to any signs that it’s time to call our team for generator repair in Rockville, MD. We’ll help you see that your standby generator provides you with peace of mind that it will work when your family needs it to.

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Why Is My Heat Pump Not Switching to Cooling Mode?

Monday, August 22nd, 2022
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We think heat pumps are fantastic choices for home comfort, and we wish more people would look into them as an option for central heating and cooling around the year. 

But heat pumps do have a few specific problems that can crop up during their service lives. One is when a heat pump becomes stuck in one mode or the other, such as a heat pump that won’t change over to cooling mode and will only provide heat or room temperature air. 

If you’ve currently got a heat pump that staunchly refuses to cool your house, you may need to call our technicians for heat pump service in Damascus, MD. Below we’ll look at some possible causes of the “no-cool” heat pump and what can be done to resolve the problem.

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Leaking Ducts Can Cause Many Problems for Your Home

Monday, August 8th, 2022
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No matter how well-built or durable your ductwork may be, leaks still happen. This is because HVAC systems are highly complex, and one small issue can affect the entire system. Moreover, although people often underestimate the negative effects of leaking ducts, they can actually wreak havoc on your home. Here is a closer look at how leaking ducts can cause many problems for your home.

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A Guide to Air Conditioner Efficiency Ratings

Monday, July 25th, 2022
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When you’re planning for a new AC installation in Rockville, MD, you’ll have many bits of data to sort through. For example, the cooling capacity of the system (the amount of heat it can remove from a house in an hour) is a critical piece of information. Our technicians will help you locate the ideal capacity for your AC, since this has to be exact—too little or too much are both problems.

The other important AC stat you’ll look at is efficiency, or how well the AC uses electrical power to cool your house. Modern air conditioners are more efficient than ever before, and choosing a high-efficiency system can mean savings on your energy bills.

Below we’ll go over what you need to know about air conditioner efficiency ratings.

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How Cool Can an AC Make My House?

Monday, July 11th, 2022
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You know your air conditioning system has limits. It can’t make your house as cold as the inside of the freezer in your refrigerator, after all. But when you look at the thermostat for your home, you might wonder if the AC could potentially go lower than the lowest setting on the thermostat. Most thermostats have a temperature setting low of 60–63°F, which is colder than most people want their homes to be. But theoretically, how cool can your central air conditioner make your home?

This is much more than a theoretical question! Understanding the limits on your AC’s cooling can help you know why air conditioning system sizing is so important and how air conditioners operate.

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Why We Recommend Regular Duct Cleaning

Monday, June 27th, 2022
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People often think that duct cleaning isn’t something they need to have done regularly for their home—if it needs to be done at all. Because ducts remain mostly out of sight, it’s hard to tell just how dirty they can get, and this is why so many homeowners don’t even think about scheduling duct cleaning in Fairfax, VA.

But duct cleaning is an immensely beneficial service. You probably don’t need it done every year, but we recommend a schedule of every three to five years. If you’ve lived in your current home for five years or more, then we strongly recommend you call us up soon to have the job done. We provide thorough duct cleaning that will provide multiple benefits to your home. We’ve listed the reasons we recommend regular duct cleaning below.

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Congratulations to the HVAC 101 Graduating Class June 9, 2022!

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Front Row Left to right: Denis Cerna (Rockville location), Anthony Arevalo (Gaithersburg location), Luis Bermudez (Gaithersburg location), Eric Rindfleisch (Sterling location)

Back Row Left to right: Nicholas Hayden (Annapolis location), Adam Terrazas (Fairfax location), Peter Campos (Fairfax location)

Congratulations to our newest B&B Institute of Advanced Heat Pump Technology Graduates from HVAC 101 on June 8, 2022! Onwards and upwards, we are so proud of your achievements!

Special Note From Their Instructor

It is with great honor and pleasure to announce this year’s B&B Institute HVAC 101 graduates.  Please give them all a big hand for their diligent work and study. I am so proud of all my students and their accomplishments over this last year. I am sure when they complete all of their upcoming studies at the B&B Institute of Advanced Heat Pump Technology that they will be some of the best HVAC Technicians in this Industry!  Congratulations to all, keep up the great work!

Harold Villavicencio

Vice-President/General Manager

B&B Institute Instructor

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The Trouble With AC Refrigerant Leaks

Monday, June 13th, 2022
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If you take good care of your home’s central air conditioner and regularly schedule maintenance for it, it should work with few problems for most of its service life. Repair problems can still crop up, however, and one we advise you to look out for is leaking refrigerant. This is a common issue with AC systems and also one of the most damaging. 

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AC Short-Cycling: What It Is, Why It’s Bad

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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An air conditioning system can run into several different types of malfunctions over its service life. One of the more common is called short-cycling, which is both a symptom and an underlying problem. If an AC begins to turn on and off rapidly over a short period of time (four times or more during an hour), then it’s short-cycling. If you notice this occurring with your air conditioner, please don’t shrug it off or hope it gets better. This is a major malfunction that can warn of several significant underlying problems that require professional air conditioning service in Damascus, MD.

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