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10 Ways to Spot Quality HVAC for High End Residential Properties

high end residential HVAC

When you’re managing high end residential properties, quality is something that’s always on your mind. Homeowners not only expect it, but demand it, not only from the systems and furnishings in their homes, but from the service providers that take care of them.

When it comes to quality HVAC, chances are you’re not an expert. Arista is not only an HVAC expert, but we’re also experts in working with the highest value property owners in New York City. So let us guide you through some of the important features to look for in a quality equipment for the luxury homeowner.

Choosing a quality HVAC service provider, whether it’s for installation, repair, or ongoing maintenance, is really not much different. To get the quality service you need and expect, it’s all about knowing what to look for. That can be especially challenging in a large metropolitan area like New York City, where there are many players but not many qualified to handle this market. We’ll help you evaluate who stands head and shoulders above the rest, wherever you are searching for quality residential service.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Spring AC Maintenance Checklist & Comparing Service Contracts

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The trick to evaluating air conditioning service contracts

Did you know that there are no government-imposed standards when it comes to air conditioning service contracts? That means all air conditioning maintenance is not created equal. Never assume that you’re comparing apples to apples when evaluating service contracts from different providers.

In a way, this is a good thing, because it means that reputable air conditioning service companies can customize a contract according to the age and condition of your equipment, the cooling needs of your space and its occupants, and your budget. You just need to be sure what’s covered under the contract, and that you’re getting the features you need.Read more 

Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

8 Ways AC Preventative Maintenance Keeps the Repairman Away

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If you’ve got an aging air conditioner, you’re probably not looking forward to the hot and humid summer days ahead. If you sweated your way through last summer and shelled out a lot of cash for repairs, you may be wondering what you can do to prevent breakdowns this summer.

The truth is, there is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to prevent many repair issues: have AC preventative maintenance done before you start up your system this spring.Read more 

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HVAC Jobs in NYC: Arista is Hiring Technicians 

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Last Updated on April 25, 2022

Arista Air Conditioning: jobs available for technicians at all experience levels

Looking to boost your career with a new challenge, or get started as an HVAC service technician? Arista Air Conditioning, the largest HVAC & Refrigeration service organization in the NYC metro area, is currently hiring technicians at all experience levels including entry-level helper positions, apprentices with some experience, up to fully qualified journeymen. 

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Commercial HVAC, Residential HVAC

AC Coil Cleaning: How to Tell When You Need It

AC coil cleaning

If your home or business has an air conditioner and you’re in charge of making sure it keeps working, you probably know that it’s important to have your air conditioner regularly maintained. And you may have heard talk about AC coil cleaning as part of that maintenance.

But if you’re not an air conditioning expert, it probably sounds like greek to you. What exactly is an air conditioner coil? And why is it so important to clean it? And most important: how do you know when you need to have it done when you’ve never even seen the thing?

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Commercial Installations, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential Installations

Do you need an HVAC maintenance plan for a new system?

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If you just had a new heating and/or air conditioning system installed within the past year or two, chances are the installer recommended an HVAC maintenance plan. But do you really need preventative maintenance? Ideally, everything is in good condition so you should expect no problems for a while. 

That’s partly true. In the first year or two, it’s unlikely that anything will go wrong with the equipment itself. However, there are lots of environment-related problems that can happen even to new systems, but can be prevented with a good cleaning and tuneup. 

Over time, neglected maintenance will shorten the life of your system. Some of these issues can even cause you headaches in the short term.  

7 reasons to get an HVAC maintenance plan for a new system

1. Prevent water damage 

Water leaks from air conditioning systems can cause expensive damage to walls, floors, furnishings and decorative finishes. In most cases, water leaks happen when drain lines and pans get clogged with debris. That can happen surprisingly fast if your equipment components are installed in a dusty area, and you could end up with a water leak even if you have a relatively new system.

The risk of water damage is the main reason many high rise buildings require tenants to have an HVAC maintenance plan. When leaks happen, it can cause major damage not only to your space, but to other parts of the building as well.

HVAC maintenance helps to prevent water leaks with regular cleaning of drain lines and pans.

2. Replace and clean filters

Your HVAC equipment has filters that prevent dust and debris from getting into the equipment and causing damage. Those filters need to be cleaned or replaced periodically (depending on the type). For most residential systems, filters need attention once or twice a year. 

You can clean or replace filters yourself, but most homeowners prefer to have them taken care of by experts along with the rest of the system during a regular service visit.

3. Clean coils

Your air conditioning system has two types of coils with sensitive fins that are responsible for removing heat from the air in your space and releasing excess heat outside the building. The coils can get coated with dust and grime (especially the ones located outdoors), which makes it harder for them to transfer heat. 

Many HVAC maintenance plans include cleaning the coils to keep them working properly.

Learn more> Why Clean AC Coils?

4. Check airflow

Your HVAC equipment needs proper airflow to control the temperature in your space. There are issues that can cause reduced airflow, even with new systems. 

A common reason for reduced airflow is air ducts that have holes or cracks. That can happen if your ducts were not replaced when you got your new system. We have also seen pests (insects, birds or rodents) getting into duct systems and causing damage that leads to airflow problems.

During a regular maintenance visit, your technician will check the airflow levels and investigate the cause if found to be low.

5. Check for refrigerant leaks

For most air conditioning systems, refrigerant is the chemical that provides the cooling power. It circulates through long tubing lines connected to your equipment. However, sometimes refrigerant lines can get damaged through some types of physical contact (even on a new system), causing a slow refrigerant leak. 

HVAC technicians routinely check refrigerant levels during regular maintenance visits. If the level is off, your technician will know to look for a leak and repair it. Otherwise, you’ll never know until your system stops cooling your space.

6. Prevent voiding the warranty

Some HVAC equipment manufacturers require periodic maintenance as a condition of the warranty. If that’s true for your system, neglecting maintenance will mean that your warranty claim will be denied if you end up having a problem with your new equipment.

That’s why it’s smart to keep records of your maintenance visits. Better yet, establish a relationship with one company who will keep detailed records of the work performed on your system.

7. Keep your equipment in peak condition 

Going through the process of choosing and installing a new heating and air conditioning system can be time consuming, not to mention expensive. Naturally you want your new equipment to last as long as possible.

An HVAC maintenance plan ensures that your equipment gets serviced regularly and stays in “like new” condition for much longer than equipment that’s neglected. That means fewer breakdowns, better efficiency and reduced energy consumption, a longer lifespan, and better comfort conditions for you and your family.

Learn more> How Long Should an Air Conditioner Last?

Establish a service relationship with an HVAC maintenance plan

Getting an HVAC maintenance plan for your new system not only prevents the problems discussed here, but also allows you to establish a relationship with a trusted service company. Your technical team gets to know you and your equipment, which brings peace of mind. You also save money with a yearly contract, and can get priority service if you do need emergency repairs.

Here’s what’s important to know: an HVAC maintenance plan can and should be customized to your specific needs and your equipment.

If you’re in the NYC metro area, get a contract that works for you from Arista.

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Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Property Managers: HVAC Preventive Maintenance Plans Prevent Headaches

HVAC preventative maintenance plans

You may be wondering what we mean when we say that HVAC preventive maintenance plans prevent headaches. Is that metaphorical headaches in the form of HVAC problems, or literal pounding pain in your head? In this case, the answer is BOTH.

When you are a residence manager or property manager, stress is a way of life. You have so many problems and complaints to deal with on a daily basis, that it’s no surprise when the metaphorical headaches lead to the real kind. So if you’re reading this blog because you want to help your residents solve HVAC problems OR because you want to stop taking ibuprophen every day, learning about HVAC preventive maintenance plans can help.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

AC Maintenance: The Cure For Springtime Allergies?

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Can AC maintenance help your allergy symptoms?

Most of us tend to think of allergies as caused primarily by pollen and pet dander. So why are people still suffering who live and work in the city, where pollen-producing plants and furry critters are in much shorter supply than in the suburbs?

The answer for many is poor indoor air quality (IAQ). AC maintenance can help reduce contaminants and allergens in indoor air and help you breathe easier.

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Commercial HVAC, Preventive Maintenance Agreements, Residential HVAC

Q&A about HVAC Preventive Maintenance Contracts

HVAC preventative maintenance contract

Have you recently been burned by high HVAC repair costs? Or have you purchased a new HVAC system and want to start off right taking proper care of it? If so, you may be thinking about investing in regular service and looking at HVAC preventive maintenance contracts for the first time.

You’ve probably got questions… and maybe you’re not quite ready for a sales pitch just yet so you’re reluctant to start making calls. Here’s some handy information about what to expect from an HVAC preventive maintenance contract how to begin evaluating your options.Read more