services 03.21.14

Air Conditioners
the skint

Spring is here but winter, like a tiresome houseguest, shows no signs of packing up and hitting the road. Still, hot weather will be here before you know it and now is the time to get an AC bought, installed or cleaned.

The biggest problem air conditioners face in these parts is dirt–ACs work by removing heat from the air and disposing of it on the outside. If the outside coils get clogged, it will cause the AC to work harder. Eventually, you can end up just circulating hot air in your room.

Most units just need a good steam cleaning; it's relatively rare that the compressor is broken or that you need Freon. If a machine is losing Freon (or one of the newer refrigerants), it means there's a leak in the system. Don't let someone come in and just 'put gas in the machine'. They need to find the leak.

For a steam cleaning, the machine has to go into the shop. Anyone who works in your apartment is probably not doing you much good. Keep in mind that it may not be cost effective to clean a small machine—it's probably cheaper to replace it.

Installation: In the past 15 years, Vlad Galashev has built a reputation for fast, expert, and inexpensive installation.

Repair: Four Star has been in business since 1964, offering service and repair, as well as installation.

Something new in the world of air conditioners: The Aros, $300, is a joint effort of GE and New York's Quirky. You can use your smartphone to turn it on and off from anywhere; for its part, the unit learns from your cooling patterns to keep your apartment at the right temperature and it helps you keep an eye on costs. The Aros is also a considerable improvement in the design department.

Preorder here for early May delivery.

Frank Loesser
A Mod Portrait of the City
Coffee and Tea

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri 6-9pm: the frick collection opens its doors for free after hours tonight for gallery talks, live music and general wandering around. normally $20 or pay-what-you-wish sundays 11am-1pm.

fri-sun: the bead goes on, claspon claspoff, and 50 other jewelry-bead vendors (what, no 'bead it'?) hang around the the whole bead show at metropolitan pavilion. $10 admission includes access thru sunday.

fri-sun: get tickets to architectural digest's 13th home design show at pier 94 for $15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30)

fri-3/31: crumpler moving sale: save up to 70% as the urban bag and accessories store prepares to move its nyc warehouse to san francisco. 45 spring st. @ mulberry st.

sat-sun 12-6pm: the 21st annual original glbt expo features 400 interactive exhibits highlighting travel, health, products, food + beverages, as well as a wedding expo and performances. jacob k. javits center, $12 adv or with this printable coupon, $17 door.

sun 4pm: chamber pop band ak (named after leader alexandra kalinowski) performs an ep release show at rockwood music hall's stage 1. free (a tip jar will be passed around).

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