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How the Central Air Conditioning System in Your Binghamton, NY Home Works

You may have a central air conditioning system installed in your Binghamton, NY home, or you may be considering it. But one thing you may not have thought about is how your system works. While you probably don’t need (or want) to know all the technical particulars when it comes to your home’s air conditioner, it can be helpful to understand the basics of how it works. The American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) helps describe central air conditioning in layman’s terms.

ASHRAE explains that the main function of the central air conditioning in your Binghamton, NY home is to move the heat from inside the house out, keeping you and your home cool. Air conditioning systems work by removing the heat from the air and blowing the cooled air into the home. The air is cooled when it moves over the evaporator coil of the system, which is a series of cold pipes filled with refrigerant. Refrigerant changes from liquid to gas when it absorbs heat.

The heated refrigerant gas then goes through another coil located outside, called the condenser, where the heat is removed and the refrigerant is converted back into a liquid. The compressor of your central air conditioning system is the pump that moves the refrigerant between the two coils, and makes sure it is at the right pressure to evaporate or condense in the appropriate coils. Of course, the system needs a motor to run the compressor.

It’s important to know these fundamentals so that if you need services, you can understand what your HVAC technician is repairing on the central air conditioning system in your Binghamton, NY home. Common problems include refrigerant leaks and airflow obstructions across the coils. […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Trust Petcosky & Sons When You Need Furnace Services in Your Binghamton, NY Home

Just a note to express my appreciation of your company and employees for such an excellent job on replacing my furnace last year and then adding central air just last week. Customer service seems to be your prime objective and it shows by the attitude of your employees. Brian and Kathy in the office, Matt and Mack the technicians, are all very professional and treated me and my house with tender loving care even though we don’t own a very expensive home. I am also in the customer service industry, owning my own insurance business providing service to my clients, and it means much to me to receive some service back! – Mark K, Binghamton, NY

Finding a furnace contractor who can help you get the furnace services you need for your Binghamton, NY home can seem like quite the challenge. You need someone who can offer you a complete lineup of services, no matter what your needs, as well as a company that employs qualified technicians who will take care of your home as though it’s their own. You also don’t want a lot of hassle – you need to know the job will be done right the first time, and that it will be done to your complete satisfaction. When you count on Petcosky & Sons for your furnace needs, you’ll get all of that and more.

Like the testimonial above said, at Petcosky & Sons, customer service is our prime objective. We’ve been meeting the furnace service needs of people all throughout Binghamton, NY for more than 56 years. That’s a long time for a company to be in business, and we think it’s because for us, our customers always come first. We […]

Five Reasons Why Maintaining the Boiler in Your Binghamton, NY Home is Important

If you rely on a boiler for heat in your Binghamton, NY home, then you know how crucial it is that your boiler is working perfectly once the colder weather rolls around. Winters in our area can be brutal, and people rely on their heating system to stay safe and warm when the temperatures outside take a nosedive. Making sure your boiler is ready to handle the demands of heating season is one of the most important measures you can take when it comes to your family’s comfort and safety. Here are five reasons why you should consider annual boiler maintenance for your system.

Boiler maintenance reduces operating costs. A boiler that is not properly maintained often experiences issues that could have been easily avoided. For instance, if your boiler is regularly maintained, you’ll know right away if your water is too hard for your boiler to handle. If your technician notices scale or mineral build-up they can get you a water treatment system installed to prevent problems down the road. Left unchecked, though, the scale could reduce efficiency, cause overheating, and lead to boiler failure.

Boiler maintenance reduces energy costs. Your boiler is likely one of the biggest energy users in your Binghamton, NY home. When your boiler isn’t working properly, it takes more energy to get the job done. Efficiency checks during boiler maintenance can help your technician identify ways your boiler could be more efficient, and make the necessary fixes so that your boiler is operating at maximum efficiency, helping to shave off some of your energy costs.

Boiler maintenance improves safety. Boilers are responsible for heating, and that involves combustibles, which, if faulty, can be dangerous. Getting regular maintenance ensures your safety relief […]

Four Indicators that You May Need AC Repair in Your Binghamton, NY Home

The temperatures outside are soaring, and you want nothing more than to relax in a nice, cool home. But when you turn on your AC, you’re just not getting the results you need to be as comfortable as you’d like. Have you been noticing that the air conditioning system in your Binghamton, NY home is not working as well as it should be? You might be noticing noises and pings, reduced cooling levels, higher utility bills – or all of the above. If you’re dealing with any of these problems with your air conditioning system, then it’s likely you need AC repair.

Besides your system not working at all when you turn it on, the best indication that you need AC repair in your Binghamton, NY home is the comfort level of you and your family. If your air conditioning system isn’t getting your home as comfortable as you’d like, then you probably need some sort of air conditioning repair service – especially if your system is more than 10 years or older, or you have not opted for annual AC maintenance. The good news is that every problem means you need a new system. At Petcosky & Sons, we can help you get the repairs you need. Here are four indicators your AC system may be in need of repair:

Airflow Problems: If you’re just not feeling as comfortable as you did last summer in your Binghamton, NY home, the problem is likely airflow, and the remedy could be as easy as changing your filter. Once the filter is changed, you should see immediate results. If not, there could still be a fairly simply fix. Our technicians will check to make sure there are no […]

Three Reasons Why You Should Trust Petcosky & Sons with Your Binghamton, NY AC Needs

When you need an air conditioning contractor for your Binghamton, NY home, the truth is, you have a lot of options. At Petcosky & Sons, we know we’re not the only air conditioning contractor in the area, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try to be the best. We work hard to make sure our customers are satisfied with the work we’ve done for them, and that we stay within their budgets. But, how do we prove to you that we’ll provide the best air conditioning products and services? Here are three reasons we think will show you how dedicated we are to our valued customers.

We have a Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating of A+. We have had no complaints against us issued to the BBB, and they consider us a long-standing business because we’ve been family owned and operated for more than 56 years. No complaints means we have a lot of satisfied customers who have chosen us for the air conditioning needs of their Binghamton, NY home!

We are a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer. Being a Factory Authorized Dealer means that we must perform to rigorous national standards consistently and on a continuous basis. Our technicians participate in extensive factory training in technical aspects of air conditioning installation, maintenance and repair. We are required to adhere to sound business practices, including maintaining licenses and carrying the appropriate insurance.

We’re recipients of the Angie’s List Super Service Award. This award honors excellence among service providers who maintain superior service. Less than five percent of thousands of businesses receive this award, and it’s something Angie’s List members look toward when making hiring decisions. Winning this award helps people living in the Binghamton, NY area to feel […]

When You Need Boiler Repair for Your Binghamton, NY Home – Petcosky Can Help

Boiler repairs don’t always happen when it’s most convenient for the homeowner, and usually they occur when it’s coldest outside. That’s because on those chilly days and nights, the boiler in your Binghamton, NY home is working overtime – and that can tax your boiler, especially if it already doesn’t operate as well as it used to. At Petcosky & Sons, we understand how disruptive a boiler breakdown can be, which is why we specially train out technicians to provide you with the boiler repairs you need quickly, professionally and with your family’s safety and comfort in mind.

We have a lot of experience in the field of home comfort; in fact, we’ve been helping people with their home heating needs for three generations. We have the experience and the know-how to help you with your boiler repair needs, so that you and your family can stay comfortable, even when the weather in Binghamton, NY is frightful. One of the main reasons we’ve been in business for so long is because we always have made keeping customers happy our top priority. We go beyond just coming in and repairing your boiler – we offer you ways that you can keep a breakdown from happening in the first place.

Most of the time, when a boiler breaks down, it’s because there’s been an underlying problem brewing, and your boiler needs to swing back into action after months of little or no use. Here are some common issues, and why they occur:

Your boiler isn’t producing heat or hot water. There are many things that could be causing this issue. Some of the most common include broken diaphragms, low water levels and malfunctioning valves.

Your unit is experiencing drips or […]

By |December 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Think You Need Furnace Repair in Your Binghamton, NY Home? Check Before You Call

Nobody wants to think about the cost of furnace repair, but it can be an expensive venture and cause you, the homeowner, some headaches as you’re waiting to get the furnace repairs in your Binghamton, NY home finished. It’s an inconvenience at the very least, and a wallet-taxing venture on top of it all. It’s important for the lifespan, effectiveness and efficiency of your home’s furnace to get regular preventive maintenance. A properly maintained system is much less likely to break down at the worst possible time, like the coldest night of the year! You can prevent running into issues with your furnaces and needing furnace repair by choosing annual furnace maintenance with Petcosky & Sons.

While we can certainly help you in the event that a furnace repair is needed in your Binghamton, NY home, we want you to know that we’re fully qualified to help you get the preventive maintenance you need so that you might be able to avoid a costly furnace repair – or an even more expensive furnace replacement – down the road. While preventive maintenance does have some cost attached to it, it’s likely that you’ll be able to save between five and 10 percent in energy costs annually when you ensure your furnace is operating at its best efficiency. Not to mention, a skilled technician from Petcosky & Sons will be able to find any small problems before they become large ones.

You should not attempt to service your furnace yourself, because your furnace is machinery that runs on flammable material and has the potential to be dangerous. The only maintenance you should perform yourself is a filter change. (Changing your filter and cleaning it once a month is a […]

By |November 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|

How to Avoid Heating Repairs for Your Binghamton, NY Home

We all know that winters in the Binghamton, NY area can get pretty chilly. Those cold temperatures can definitely tax your home heating system, and a particularly cold winter can put your system into overdrive. The more you have to operate your heating system, the more vulnerable it becomes to a breakdown. At Petcosky & Sons, we know that living in a place with cold winters means that heating repair is going to be a way of life. But, the best measure you can take to help your system run at its most effective, efficient best – and help to avoid needing costly, inconvenient heating repairs – is choosing preventive maintenance.

Nobody wants to receive heating repairs for a holiday gift, for sure. You won’t have to start your holiday season off with a costly heating repair with a little proper planning. The best way you can prevent a heating system breakdown from happening in the first place is by having one of the skilled technicians at Petcosky & Sons provide seasonal preventive maintenance for your heating system before you even turn it on. A thorough preventive maintenance check-up will examine all components of your heating system to ensure everything is in great shape – and if it isn’t, adjustments can be made to ensure your heating system will work effectively and efficiently throughout Binghamton, NY’s harsh winter months.

When Petcosky & Sons examines the system in your Binghamton, NY home, we might discover that you’re in need of some minor heating repairs. Any time this occurs, we’ll talk to you about the needed repairs to help you determine the best course of action. Many times, we catch issues during preventive maintenance when they’re small and […]

By |November 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Get the Fire Protection Your Binghamton, NY Business Needs

If you’ve been concerned about the level of fire protection in your Binghamton, NY business, school or organization, you probably have a lot of questions about what’s available. You might not understand the importance of a fire sprinkler system for your business, school district or organization, but installing one can be a lifesaver. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), buildings that have a working fire sprinkler system installed see an average property loss and risk of death per fire that is 50 to 66 percent lower than buildings without sprinkler systems.

When you break it down by industry, deaths of building occupants in buildings that had sprinkler systems were reduced by*:

60 percent – manufacturing
74 percent – retail properties and office buildings
75 percent – long-term care facilities
91 percent – hotels and motels

Additionally, per the NFPA, the average property damage per hotel or motel fire was 56 percent less in buildings that had a working fire sprinkler system in place than those that didn’t. As you can see from those statistics, businesses, schools and organizations throughout the Binghamton, NY area need fire protection in order to ensure the safety of employees and clients alike. Petcosky & Sons has been a trusted name in HVAC for decades, but did you know that we also provide fire protection products and services as well?

When you count on Petcosky Fire Protection Services to help meet your fire protection needs, you’ll find that we can provide expert installation, inspection and retrofitting of fire suppression and sprinkler systems to businesses, schools and organizations, as well as a complete line of products to meet your complete fire protection needs. We’re pleased to provide:

Wet Fire Sprinkler Systems
Dry Fire Sprinkler Systems
Fire Pumps
Deluge Systems
Standpipe Systems
Anti-Freeze […]

By |August 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Finding the Right Plumber for Your Binghamton, NY Home

If you’re looking for someone to take care of the plumbing problems in your Binghamton, NY home, you should know that it’s important to seek expert assistance. Proper plumbing design goes beyond the installation of pipes and repairing a leaky faucet – it’s a science in and of itself. A good plumber needs to understand how to provide the right water pressure and flow, and how to keep any contaminants out of your water lines. According to the Better Business Bureau, there are a few things you should look for when choosing a plumber for your needs.

License – Your plumber, as well as any subcontractors and journeymen, should be licensed by the state.

Proof of Insurance – Make sure your plumber has proof of workman’s compensation and general liability.

Business Stability – How long has the contractor been in the plumbing business, at its present location?

Building Codes – Does your plumber work with your municipal codes enforcer to ensure that building codes are met?

When looking for a reliable plumbing company for your Binghamton, NY home, you need to look deeper into the estimated cost when considering the right plumber for the job. Some plumbing businesses will charge according to time and material, while other companies will charge a flat rate. When you get an estimate from a company, be sure to ask what will be provided for the price quoted. You should understand that there are several variables in developing the price, which include:

Time that it takes to complete the installation or perform the repair.
Quality of the fixtures.
Number of fixtures.

Remember, the company quoting a low rate may not necessarily be the right company for you. Some plumbing companies may offer low hourly rates, but then charge […]

By |August 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|