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Three Signs Your Furnace Has An Emergency Situation And What You Can Do

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Signs Your Furnace Has An Emergency Situation And What You Can Do

In the most critical of situations with your furnace, you should leave the house and seek safety. However, you will have to size up the situation to determine if it is extremely and immediately dangerous, or if you can do something to prevent it from becoming so. Here are three signs your furnace has a potentially urgent situation or an emergency and what you can do in each instance. Your Furnace Is Banging Very Loudly and It Smells Like Something Is Burning This scenario could go from bad to worse, but it is still manageable. Cut the power to the furnace, if it involves any electricity. Since electricity can ignite fires with gas, oil, or propane, you definitely want to cut the power with those types of furnaces. Turn your thermostat off, so it does not signal your furnace to start. (If you already cut the electricity to the furnace, you are a step ahead here.) Finally, do not touch or open the furnace now that it is quiet. Instead, call an HVAC contractor to come check it out. Your Furnace Is Smoking Okay, now you can panic just a little. Then collect yourself together and turn everything off, including your main electrical breaker switch. Then leave your house, go somewhere safe where you can make your emergency calls, and stay put until the fire department and the HVAC contractor shows up to check things out. Better yet, stay right where you are and let the professionals come talk to you about the furnace. Once the furnace repairs have been made and you have the all-clear to go home and turn your power back on, you can resume normal daily life. Your Furnace Is on Fire! If it is a small fire, see if you can extinguish it with a multi-purpose fire extinguisher (not water!). If it is a bigger fire or you just do not have a fire extinguisher, leave the house right away! There is nothing you can really do at this point. Make sure you shut your basement door on the way out, and then close all of the house doors after you as you leave. Shutting the doors helps contain and delay the fire until the emergency services can get there. Then go to your designated safe spot in the neighborhood and call for help. The firefighters will take over from here, and if the fire is extinguished before it causes real damage, then you can call the HVAC contractor to replace the scorched furnace. For more information on furnace repairs, contact a company like Greers Service Company...

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2 Problems With A Central AC’s Outdoor Coil That Can Thwart Efficiency

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Problems With A Central AC’s Outdoor Coil That Can Thwart Efficiency

Your central air conditioner’s cooling process starts inside the condensing unit located on a concrete slab outside your home. The condensing unit contains an outdoor coil that takes in gas refrigerant and changes that gas to a liquid. Part problems that interfere with this process can thwart your unit’s cooling efficiency. What are a few outdoor coil problems that can thwart efficiency – and how can an air conditioning service company help?  Dirty Outdoor Coil A condensing unit has grates to allow outside air to pass through the system to help the blower fan keep the parts from overheating during operation. That outside air carries dirt and particulates that can become stuck to the surface of the outdoor coil. A dirty coil won’t have the careful calibration required to complete the phase change from gas refrigerant to liquid refrigerant. The phase change issues can result in the coils becoming overheated, which will trigger a safety system in the unit and turn off the power supply. An outdoor coil isn’t as easy to clean as its indoor counterpart because the condensing unit has several parts you don’t want to douse with water. The condensing unit also lacks a drain pan that could catch a no-rinse coil cleanser as it fell from the coil. If you do want to try and clean the outside coil yourself, you should use a hose pointed at the coils from inside the condensing unit. But it is better to leave the coil cleaning in the hands of an air conditioning services professional. Bent or Broken Outdoor Coil Bends or breaks in the outdoor coil can thwart the phase change process and cause gas refrigerant to leak out of the system. The loss of the refrigerant will impact the ability of both the outdoor and indoor coils to pass the refrigerant through the system properly. You will soon have no working air conditioning at all as the fuel source continues to run out. You can conduct a visual check of the outdoor coil by turning off the power and taking a look through the access panel. But you should leave any coil replacement to an HVAC professional. Even if the coil looks undamaged, ask a trained professional to take a look as the cracks or bends could be so small it’s hard to notice the problem with your naked eye. You will need to have a tech present, anyway, if your system proves to have a low refrigerant level due to any cause. The refrigerant is a controlled chemical only obtainable by licensed professionals so you really do need to leave this type of work up to the...

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Why Is Ductless A/C A Better Option For Your Small Restaurant?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Is Ductless A/C A Better Option For Your Small Restaurant?

Owning a small restaurant can present a number of challenges and a multitude of expenses that you have to take care of. That’s why it’s a good idea to periodically assess your business to find ways to cut costs or make things run more efficiently. Your HVAC system might seem acceptable right now, but you may want to replace your system with ductless air conditioning (ductless A/C) for the following reasons. Lower Utility Bills Do you want to pay for cool air inside the ducts? With a traditional system, that’s exactly what you are doing. The main HVAC unit sends cool air through the ducts until it reaches various areas of your restaurant. By contrast, ductless A/C uses a network of mini-air conditioning units that cool the immediate surrounding space without an extensive duct network. You should see a drop in utility bills because you’re only cooling the space necessary to keep customers and employees comfortable. Avoid a Full System Shutdown When you use a series of units as part of a ductless A/C system, you can avoid the traditional HVAC problem where a clogged duct or similar problem causes the entire system to shut down. That can lead to stuffy, humid misery for all of your customers and workers. When one mini-air conditioning unit in a ductless system has trouble, the rest of the system can function properly; a problem in one of the units may even be fixed more quickly because the HVAC contractor doesn’t need to examine the entire system before locating the source of the problem. Create Additions with Freedom One of the challenges that arises when you’d like to expand your restaurant, but have a traditional cooling system, is that you and your contractor must focus on new ducts that must be installed. It can be costly to install these ducts and it can take more time to complete an addition because of that work. The layout of the addition might depend on ductwork instead of what you think is best for the restaurant itself. Ductless A/C can prevent a lot of those headaches; you simply design the space and put in a mini-air conditioning unit. Ductless A/C can lower your bills, help you avoid a full air conditioning breakdown and give you greater freedom when creating additions. Talk with a commercial HVAC professional about how this system could work best for you and your...

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Cheap Maintenance To Improve Your AC Unit

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cheap Maintenance To Improve Your AC Unit

If your AC is not working as it should and you are on a tight budget, then you may want to consider taking matters into your own hands and attempting a few repair services on your own. There are a few things that you could do to help improve your air conditioner’s performance, even if you are on a tight budget. So, if you want to make sure that your AC unit is operating more efficiently, then consider doing the following:  Maintenance Your Condenser Cleaning your condenser is critical, as debris and local landscape can often times get stuck inside of the condenser fins. This can clog the unit, which can reduce and even eliminate the air intake performance of your unit. If the air intake for your condenser is reduced or even eliminated, your home will not receive the airflow that it needs for your home to cool off, which can be a major issue. So, on a regular basis, you will want to clean the vent of your air condenser unit so you can make sure that the airflow will not be compromised due to it being clogged.  Clean Dirty Air Filters Air filters do a great job and making sure debris does not enter your home but as your filters continue to block out debris from entering your home, the filters themselves can become covered in debris that it has blocked out. Once your filters become covered in debris and dust, the cool air that your condenser creates may not be able to pass through the filters efficiently and this can reduce the airflow that enters into your home. So, remove your air filters often and take them outside so you can hose them off to remove any debris that may be clogging the micro openings inside of the filter.  Add Refrigerant If your condenser unit isn’t doing a great job and chilling the air that enters the unit then there may be a chance that your refrigerant levels are low, which can cause your condenser to not cool the air that it pulls in. So, if you notice that your AC is producing a good amount of air but it just doesn’t feel cold, then consider adding new refrigerant to your unit. Like a car and its engine oil, all consider units are different and require different quality and type of refrigerant, so keep this in mind before going out to the store and buying replacement refrigerant.  By using these three maintenance options, you will likely be able to revamp the performance of your air conditioner so you can avoid having to spend money on a replacement or major repairs. This is a great way to save money and to help your unit operate more efficiently, so you can keep your home cool while eliminating high electricity costs. Contact a repair contractor, like Childers Enterprises Inc, for more...

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4 Ways To Prolong The Life Of Your Home’s Central Air Conditioning Unit

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Prolong The Life Of Your Home’s Central Air Conditioning Unit

You rely greatly on your central air conditioning unit to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. With proper care and maintenance, an AC unit should easily last you for a decade or more without needing major repair or replacement. Unfortunately, not all homeowners know what steps they should be taking to prolong the life of their central AC units. Cover it Up During the Winter During the frigid months of winter when you know you’re not going to be using your air conditioning, why not protect your outdoor AC unit from the elements? Check with your AC manufacturer to see if they sell a waterproof cover specifically designed for your unit. If not, you can always use a tarp and some bungee cords to cover up the unit and protect it from the elements until spring rolls around. Just remember to remove the cover before kicking the AC on for the first time when temperatures heat up! Trim Shrubs Around the Unit Having shrubs and plants around the AC unit outdoors can be a great way to provide it with added protection from the elements. However, if your shrubs and plants are located in very close proximity to the unit itself, you’ll also want to be careful to trim them regularly. The last thing you want is for branches to obstruct the air conditioning unit’s ventilation system, thus reducing efficiency and potentially causing problems down the road. Schedule an Annual Inspection Find a reputable and professional HVAC contractor that you can trust to come out and inspect your home’s AC unit each spring. This will alert you to any potential problems so you can repair them before they turn into a larger issue. Furthermore, an inspection typically includes a tune-up, which will help keep your AC running as efficiently as possible all summer long. Clean the Condenser Regularly Your air conditioner’s condenser is one of its most important components. Over time, however, debris and other build-ups can block the condenser and keep it from functioning efficiently. Fortunately, a simple solution to this is to clean out the condenser using a garden hose and soft-bristle brush each year. Just be sure to shut off power to the AC unit before you do this and be as gentle as possible while you clean the condenser itself. By doing so, you can keep your AC running efficiently and smoothly.  For more information, consider contacting a company like Tropic Air Conditioning...

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A DIY Guide To Duct Cleaning

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A DIY Guide To Duct Cleaning

Cleaning the ducts in your home is an essential project that you should not neglect. Dirty air ducts can contribute to allergies and might even eventually cause mold formation. Moldy ducts are a health hazard, and they can be very expensive to clean. If you clean your ducts on a regular basis, you will not need to worry about mold and allergies. Most people hire a professional HVAC contractor like one from Arlington Heating & Air Conditioning to clean their ducts. However, if you are able to gather the right tools and have access to a ladder, it is project that you can often do on your own. This article explains how to clean your ducts with ease. Accessing the Ducts First, you need access the ducts by removing the air registers. This only requires the removal of a few screws so it is quite simple. However, there is one step that you can do before removing all of the ducts. Remove the register from one duct. Then, close the vents for all of the other registers in your home. Next, you can tape a large black trash bag around the perimeter of the open register. Turn the AC or heater on at the highest level. This blows loose dirt and dust in the vents, and it will save you a lot of time. Finally, you can remove the rest of the air registers and begin cleaning the ducts. Cleaning the Ducts Cleaning the ducts is hard if you don’t have a long pole. A long, telescoping pole with a universal head for attaching paint rollers or dusters is ideal. These are usually sold in the paint section at home improvement stores. You can find cleaning attachments that will fit, too. The most useful attachment for cleaning ducts is a sponge. For added cleaning power, soak the sponge in a diluted all-purpose cleaner and wipe down all 4 sidewalls of the ducts. You will definitely need a work light, head lamp or flashlight so you can actually see what you are cleaning. It is very important to keep an eye out for black mold. If you notice mold, you should try to clean it yourself. However, it is still a good idea to contact a mold expert to take a closer look. While you air registers are removed from the wall, you should clean them as well. You can easily wipe them down with a wet rag before you reattach...

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Get Your Furnace A Checkup Every Fall

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get Your Furnace A Checkup Every Fall

Every year, homes are at risk of fire due to malfunctioning heating systems. There are ways to help lower your risk of having a fire in your furnace. One of them is to have a furnace repair service tech come into your house and give your furnace a checkup in the fall. There are several things that the service tech will look for when they check your furnace out.  Soot Soot can end up on the inside of the burner of your furnace. Soot is an inescapable by-product of fire, so it can be hard to avoid getting it in the burner. However, soot is also flammable. When the service tech is checking out your furnace, they will clean out the burner, getting rid of all the soot. If there appears to be more than is reasonable, the technician will do an examination to see if they can find out where it came from. You don’t want to risk the soot building back up quickly.  Nuts and Bolts Even if a loose nut doesn’t cause serious problems, the sound of it rattling around every time your furnace turns on may drive you to distraction. However, there is always the risk that a loose nut or bolt will fall down into the blower or into some other part of your furnace, thus destroying your furnace. Making sure everything is right and tight may seem like it’s not all that important, but it really is.  Ignition Switch Your furnace has to have some way to light up. If your ignition switch doesn’t turn on every time it’s triggered, then you aren’t getting any heat. And the switch always seems to fail on the coldest night of the year. If you have to have it repaired then, you are going to end up with a huge repair bill and a long, cold wait. Making sure that your ignition switch triggers when it should will help make sure that you don’t wake up cold in the middle of the night. One way that the service tech can tell if your ignition switch is a problem is by using a volt meter. What they will do is take the leads on the volt meter and attach them to the ignitor plug. They are looking to see if the ignitor puts out 220 volts when it kicks on. If it doesn’t, then the switch should be replaced. Hiring a company that offers furnace tune up services every fall is no different than going to the doctor’s office and getting a physical. It’s a way to make sure that problems are caught before they get bad and that everything is working the way that it...

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3 Benefits Provided By A Heat Pump

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Benefits Provided By A Heat Pump

One of the more useful, efficient, and versatile heating systems available is a heat pump. This type of heating system is designed to transfer heat from one area to another, rather than attempting to produce heat. Listed below are three benefits provided by a heat pump. Single Unit Heating and Cooling Since a heat pump is designed to transfer heat from one area to another you are going to be able to use a single heat pump as both a heating and cooling system for your home. Basically, in the summer the heat pump will transfer the heat out of your home and into the ground or air outside of your house. In the winter, the process is reversed by pulling as much heat as possible from the ground surrounding your home in order to heat your house.  However, you should be aware of the fact that while this process is very efficient, it does not really work in areas with extremely hot summers and freezing winters. You will really only want to consider a heat pump system if you live in a mild climate.  The nice part about being able to combine both a heating and a cooling system into one is that you do not have to spend a lot of money on separate systems. In many areas, a heating or cooling system alone can end up costing you several thousand dollars. No Combustion Another benefit provided by installing a heat pump is that the quality of air within your home will be better than if you had a traditional forced-air heating system. The reason for this is that a heat pump does not use combustion to produce heat, it heats your home entirely via heat transfer. Since there is no combustion going on you can avoid two of the major dangers that are possible with a traditional heating system: carbon monoxide poisoning and gas leaks. Quiet Operation Finally, a heat pump can provide you with a very quiet heating and cooling system. Since the heat pump is going to be located entirely outside of your home, you will not be subjected to the sounds of a fan or furnace operating. In a small home, or if you are in a room near the furnace, the loud noises from a traditional heating system can be quite annoying and force you to increase the volume of your TV, stereo, or simply speak louder if you are trying to have a conversation. Contact an HVAC contractor for more information in order to discuss the many reasons to install a heat pump to heat and cool your home. A heat pump is a quiet, safe, and cost-effective heating and cooling system that you should seriously consider as an option for your...

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Magnetic Tank Patches: What Are They And How Long Can They Contain An Oil Tank Leak?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Magnetic Tank Patches: What Are They And How Long Can They Contain An Oil Tank Leak?

If you are one of the 7.7 million homeowners to have an oil furnace, you probably dread having to replace the tank. While it doesn’t happen all that often, tanks can get small leaks that are not so devastating that you need to replace them immediately but are significant enough that you are losing oil and risk contaminating your property. With a tank that is full — or at least, a quarter or more full — draining it yourself and assessing the leak is unlikely to be an option. You may have started to research different ways of repairing oil tanks yourself, or you may have already consulted with a heating professional, and have heard about a magnetic tank patch. What are these and what situations can they be used in?  What is a Magnetic Tank Patch? Designed to be used only for temporary repairs of minor leaks, magnetic tank patches look like a piece of foam rubber attached to a strong magnet. They are usually about the size of a quarter and can easily be attached to the tank to cover a small leak. They can be used in situations where welding a new plate to the existing tank or replacing the tank are impractical in the short term. How Long Can a Magnetic Tank Patch Be Used? Magnetic tank patches are a short-term fix for the homeowner who doesn’t want to drain a tank of oil before having it replaced or repaired. They should be used for only a short time — think days or weeks, not months. To be safe, use them under the direction of a heating professional. What are the Dangers of Using a Magnetic Tank Patch? You may decide to use a magnetic patch to cover a hole larger than should be contained, or for a longer period of time. Using a patch like this is a risk, because if the leak becomes larger, it can contaminate the soil around the tank. Spilling even a couple of gallons can prove costly due to clean-up requirements.  In addition, spilled heating oil — also called fuel oil 2 — can damage the environment, animals and human health. It’s not highly toxic, but much like gasoline, the fumes can cause headaches, throat and eye irritation, dizziness and, with long-term exposure, kidney and liver damage. What’s the Best Way to Prevent Tank Leaks in the First Place? To properly maintain your home oil tank, you should have a professional inspect it regularly. Often a good time for this is just before your tank is filled in the summer months; you can check for leaks or problems while the tank is still empty and easier to move or patch. In addition, you should adhere to life expectancy estimates for your type of tank. Don’t try to get extra years out of an older tank, as this increases the likelihood of developing a leak and having an emergency to deal with. You should replace your tanks: Every 15 years for an underground tank made of unprotected steel Every 30 years for an underground tank made of fiberglass or protected steel Every 25 years for an above-ground tank, as long as it is in good condition Talk to your heating or HVAC professional about what type of maintenance is recommended...

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What Can You Do To Prevent A Loss Of Heating In The Winter?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Can You Do To Prevent A Loss Of Heating In The Winter?

The approach of winter should not fill you with undue anxiety or dread simply because of your furnace’s age. If you’re questioning the capacity of your unit to provide heat for your home, there are certain things you can do to give it the best chance at successfully enduring another winter. Whether you need repairs completed or just simple maintenance, don’t put off anything that you might regret later. Timing is Everything Winter and summer are prime seasons for most HVAC companies, since their emergency calls and the premium prices they charge tend to spike during these times of year. To ensure a more timely appointment, a cheaper overall service, and a warm house in December it’s important that you avoid scheduling service during these times. Not only will you have a solid idea of the state of your furnace, but you’ll have far more time to complete any repair work that might not be possible or affordable immediately. Look for service dates in late summer and early fall to find the mildest temperatures possible. Chances are the maintenance or heater repairs necessary will require that your HVAC system be shut down for the duration of the visit, so proper timing will help you avoid the discomfort of sitting in an extremely hot or cold home. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon appointments will provide the best opportunity for the work to cause as little disruption as possible. Take Precautions In the event of serious repairs, make sure you’re prepared to go without your HVAC until work can be completed. This may mean having alternatives on hand for heating or cooling your home in the event of unseasonable temperatures. While this is precisely why spring and autumn are the best times to schedule repairs, it’s often hard to predict sudden weather changes. Dress in light layers around the house, so that you can adjust quickly to shifts in temperatures. If you have a fireplace, keep it prepared and wood already stacked inside in case of a cold snap. If you own window AC units, make sure they’re in your windows when the contractor arrives to begin work. If neither option is viable, invest in oscillating fans or space heaters as necessary to help heat or cool individual spaces within your home. Everything breaks down eventually, but it’s how you go prepare that will determine how effectively you recover. Proper planning and some foresight will go a long way toward ensuring that you have nothing to worry about when scheduling an HVAC...

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