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By: Gerry D.
Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning Inc
BVHAC has been my AC and heating service company for a few years now. About 3 weeks ago my AC system had a catastrophic failure and needed to be replaced. They came out and troubleshot the system and gave me the bad news that is was not worth repairing the 20 year old AC system. So I had BVHAC replace the system. I did look at other companies but in the end I chose BVHAC because I'm a firm believer you get what you pay for. Mike and John came to my house and worked in my hot attic for 2 days and replaced my entire system in record time. To top that off while they were here I had to run a few errands both days and they offered to watch Zeus, Sophie and Athena, our three dogs. Those who have dogs as members of their family understand how important it is to make sure your fur kids are looked after while you are not at home. This company should get 6 stars. I have always been impressed by them when they came out to do my annual service and seeing them replace my entire AC system in two days and actually caring about my dogs is even more of a plus. Mike even took the time to help me troubleshoot my attic gable fan that wasn't working. A+++. This company is no joke. They are clean, squared away, responsible and trustworthy. Thank you BVHAC. A customer for life
By: Vicky D.
Battavio Plumbing Heating & Cooling
I hired Battavio to redo my bathroom and had an awesome experience. Joe Battavio (the new owner) came out for our initial meeting and made sure that we were happy every step of the way. Scheduling was a breeze with Fran and the on-staff plumbers and carpenter were timely and efficient. Joe and all of his employees are very professional and easy to work with. They do a great job, leaving you with a beautiful end product and the want to use them again in the future.
Tips & Advices
You can keep your air conditioner running efficiently with some preventative care measures. Shut off the power to your AC before cleaning it or performing any of these tasks:  clean your filter at least twice a year; remove leaves and twigs from cages; clean the fins with a garden hose or special spray, then use a butter knife to straighten any that are crooked; keep your yard clean so the fins won't get blocked; cover the unit up for winter; and make sure it's level or you run the risk of damaging the inner workings of the unit.
To clean your air conditioner drain, first shut off the power to your unit at both the thermostat and the breaker. Then remove the drain pan. If the pan is full of water, soak up the liquid with a few towels or rags or use a wet vacuum. You can use a solution of water and distilled vinegar, or substitute peroxide for the vinegar, to clean out the drain pipe. Let the pipe sit for a while in the solution and then put all the parts back in place. Once you start using your air conditioner on a regular basis, check it periodically to ensure condensation isn't building up.
If you happen to live in a hot and humid area of the country, drainage problems can occur with your unit since moisture can trap itself inside the system. Routine maintenance can cut down on drainage issues by cleaning out any mold or algae from blocking the drain. If you notice moldy smells whenever you turn the thermostat down, check on your system.
If you notice your system is acting inconsistently, the sensor is most likely out of place. Turn off the unit and reach behind its control panel while carefully bending the sensor back into place near the evaporative coil.
Find out where the noises are coming from. A banging or clanking sound could be due to a loose part. If you hear a hissing sound, it's most likely because of a refrigerant leak and you should contact an HVAC technician as soon as possible.

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