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About An HVAC System With Electrical Problems

Posted by on October 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About An HVAC System With Electrical Problems

Has your HVAC system that runs off of an electric furnace been problematic lately? Some of the common problems can go without being repaired for a while, but you will need a prompt repair if the cause is electrical. It is actually wise to get the entire HVAC system inspected by an electrician in case your house is at risk of catching fire. In this article, you will learn about some of the possible problem your HVAC system can experience when an electrical problem is present. 1. Too Many Volts Being Sent to the Furnace If your HVAC system has stopped working altogether, it is possible that a high amount of volts led to parts becoming damaged. For instance, if too much electricity was flowing through the wires, it may have caused the motor to overheat and go out. The motor is need for the system to work because it powers up the blower fan. Too many volts is a sign that there is faulty wiring running through your home that might need to be replaced. 2. Malfunctioning System Parts There are many parts to an HVAC system that can cause problems when they are not in good shape. For instance, one of the most important parts is the thermostat because it is how the system is controlled. When a thermostat becomes old, it can stop heating and cooling your home to the fullest extent. However, bad wiring can also cause a thermostat to become problematic. An electrician can inspect the wires and likely repair them if they are the main problem that your thermostat has. 3. The Electrical Panel Is in Need of an Upgrade If your house has a lot of electrical equipment plugged into outlets, it might be too large of a load for the electrical panel to handle. There is a possibility that your house is not properly wired for modern power demands. The electrical panel may not be able to send a sufficient amount of electricity to your HVAC system. A lack of electricity can cause the system to shut off a lot or not come on at all. An electrician can upgrade the electrical panel, but there is also the option of a sub-panel being installed. 4. Your Furnace Is Simply Worn Out If there are numerous problems with your electric furnace, it is likely a sign that it is wearing out. Rather than investing in so many repairs, buying a new furnace is likely the wisest option financially if the furnace is old. Get your HVAC system inspected by an electrician in case a fire is imminent. Contact a company like AAA Home Services to learn...

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Three Signs That Now Is A Good Time To Install A Natural Gas Furnace

Posted by on October 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Signs That Now Is A Good Time To Install A Natural Gas Furnace

Many homeowners around the country have decided to switch out oil-burning furnaces for the cheaper and more eco-friendly natural gas furnaces. If you still have an oil furnace in your home, installing a natural gas furnace is a great idea, but as with many things in life, timing is crucial. Here are three signs that now is a great time to install one of these gas furnaces in your home. 1. Your oil furnace needs replacing anyway Although a natural gas furnace can likely pay for itself within a few years simply by costing less to run, it’s still a considerable investment up front. And while your oil-burning furnace does cost more to run, it was an investment too when you bought it. If your oil-burning furnace is still working, you can get more value out of it by continuing to use it until it’s time for a replacement. But if your oil furnace does need replacing, now is the best time to opt for a gas furnace instead of trapping yourself with an oil furnace for years to come.   2. You have a flexible home improvement budget Although it is true that a natural gas furnace has a significantly lower cost up front than an oil furnace, it’s also true that the conversion process will eat up the savings like candy. In some cases, getting a natural gas furnace will mean that you’ll need to get your chimney lined. It’ll certainly mean that you’ll need to budget for a natural gas hookup, if you don’t already have one, and laying the gas lines to your furnace, and it’ll also mean that you’ll stop using your oil tank, so you’ll have to pay to have it decommissioned as well, which would not be the case if you were continuing to use an oil furnace.   3. You’re working on green renovations for your home As far as green renovations go, a natural gas furnace is a great option! It doesn’t just save money, but it also releases fewer carbon emissions into the atmosphere, and if you get a high-efficiency one, you can improve your results even more (as well as get federal tax credits).     Planning to replace your furnace at the optimal time is essential to garner the best savings, so use these three signs to help you determine whether now is the best time in your life to invest in a natural gas furnace. Contact a company like Rechtin Tom Heating Air Conditioning for more...

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Get Air Duct Cleaning Before Moving Into Your New Home

Posted by on August 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get Air Duct Cleaning Before Moving Into Your New Home

After getting a home inspection and finding out that the home is fine and ready to be moved into, you may be ready to pack your belongings, rent a moving truck, and hit the road. However, you can get a service or two before you move in to avoid problems after you have settled in, such as air duct cleaning. If you’re unsure of what kinds of benefits come with getting air duct cleaning before you step foot into your new home, consider the following so that you can be confident with the air quality in your home and the following benefits as well. Take Care of Any Dust or Mold Issues When air ducts go without being cleaned for a long time, they can collect dust and grow mold. A home inspection should tell you whether mold is an issue or not, but dust will not show up on the results. By getting the air ducts cleaned before you arrive, you will not have to worry about them for years. You will also enjoy being able to move into a home that is completely dust-free. This can be especially important for anybody suffering from allergies since the air quality will be much better once the air ducts have been cleaned thoroughly. Feel Confident about Home Health It is important to feel good about the health of your home, especially if you have children or pets. Dust can lead to all sorts of negative effects that you will want to avoid at all costs. Fortunately, air duct cleaning is a quick and simple service that you can get to feel confident about living in your new home. As said before, poor air quality related to the air ducts can lead to allergy flare-ups and even asthma symptoms for both your family and any guests you have over. Reduce Your Cleaning Responsibilities If you decide to pass up on the service and move in without getting the air ducts attended to, you will have greater cleaning responsibilities. When air blows through the ducts, dust will naturally flow throughout your home. It will get on the furniture, floors, decorations, children’s toys, and even in the kitchen where you prepare food. Finding dust on almost all of your items shortly after moving in can quickly dampen your mood. Taking care of your newly purchased home can come with some frustration if the air ducts are dirty and haven’t been attended to in a long while. In order for your air ducts to be free of dust and mold and be healthy for your family, consider arranging the cleaning with an air conditioner specialist from a company like Blume Mechanical...

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Before You Call For A/C Repair, Check For These Situations

Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Before You Call For A/C Repair, Check For These Situations

It’s easy to feel a little panicked when you realize that your air conditioned home isn’t as cool as it’s supposed to be. While help in the form of an HVAC professional is just a phone call away, it’s generally a good idea to perform a few simple checks to make sure there’s indeed an issue with your air conditioner. You don’t have to be overly familiar with how the unit works, so don’t worry about having to roll up your sleeves, grab some tools and step outside your comfort zone. Instead, simply consider these scenarios that could lead you to believe the A/C is broken. If these scenarios prove to be untrue, however, it’s time to summon professional help. You Inadvertently Adjusted The Thermostat Settings It might be a little embarrassing when you realize the error, but you’ll also feel a sense of relief to know the lack of cold air blowing through your home was simply a result of inadvertently changing the settings on your thermostat. Check, for example, that the control panel is set to the cooling function, rather than the heating function. Additionally, make sure that the system is set to come on automatically, rather than waiting for you to adjust the temperature manually. It’s easy enough to press the wrong button when you leave the home in the morning, for example, and then panic when you return home after work and find the house is warm. Certain Activities Have Added Heat To The Home A surprisingly warm home can be indicative of the use of any number of large appliances, rather than suggest that your air conditioning is broken. Check with your family members to see if they’ve been running appliances such as the oven and dryer. The prolonged use of each of these appliances can raise the temperature inside your home and force your A/C to play catch-up; although it will successfully lower the temperature over time, it might be a while before you notice the effects. The Breaker Has Tripped The circuit breaker connected to your air conditioner’s condenser unit can trip due to a variety of issues — perhaps the unit got excessively wet, for example. If the breaker has tripped, the A/C will not be running, regardless of how you set your thermostat. Make a quick trip to the circuit breaker panel in your home and make sure that the breaker marked with the words “air conditioner” is in the on position. If it’s tripped, flipping it back into position can start the A/C again, but it’s still a good idea to call an HVAC contractor, like one at Soco Air Conditioning, to assess why it may have...

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Go Shady On Your AC Condenser Coils

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Go Shady On Your AC Condenser Coils

Your AC condenser coils are located on the outside of your house. The reason for this is that they have to cool the superheated refrigerant enough that it condenses back to a liquid and is ready to travel back to the evaporator. There are several factors that can combine to undermine the efficiency of your AC coils. Simply shading your coils can vastly improve the efficiency of your unit.  Performance Problems with Hot Coils On the inside of your coils, you have a fan that pushes air through the rows of fins that make up the coils. As this air moves over the coils, it extracts heat until the refrigerant is cool enough. On the other hand, as the sun beats down on the coils, they can absorb heat from the sun, and the hotter your coils get, the longer it takes to cool the refrigerant running through them. Also, as your yard fills up with hot air, it only exacerbates the problem. Thus, finding some way to shade your coils is a good move for boosting efficiency.  Why Building a Shade Screen Is a Bad Idea Some homeowners will build a shade screen, which basically looks like a fence panel sitting right in front of your unit. The problem with a shade screen is that in order to put the screen close enough to actually shade your coils, you can actually end up blocking airflow.  Use a Tree Instead Using a tree to shade your coils makes better sense than a shade screen for several reasons. A tall tree with a large crown should provide plenty of shade for your coils without blocking airflow. Not only will this shade help to keep your coils cool, it can also prevent your house from heating up. As an added benefit of planting trees, they can actually cool the air around your home through the process of evapotranspiration. Thus, trees create a large volume of cool air, which will only help your coils to cool the refrigerant running through them more quickly.  Once you understand how your AC coils work, you can take steps to improve the efficiency of your system. While buying a highly efficient AC unit is a good step toward lowering your cooling costs, you should still do whatever you can at home to get the most from your equipment. Shading your coils with a tree can boost system efficiency while improving the looks of your yard at the same time.  For further assistance, contact a local air conditioning...

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How To Properly Clean Condenser Coils

Posted by on February 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Properly Clean Condenser Coils

With summer quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to get your air conditioning system up to par. A malfunctioning air conditioner is not only annoying and uncomfortable, it can also become quite expensive. Often, an air conditioner will run longer in order to reach the desired temperature set on the thermostat. Since air conditioners suck up so much energy, this can end up being very expensive. This article explains how to make your air conditioner a little more efficient by cleaning the condenser coils. Clean the Condenser Coils The exterior unit of your air conditioning system, which is called the condenser unit, is located outside of the building. It is usually right next to house and very easy to identify. The condenser unit is responsible for converting warm outside air into the cool air that is eventually circulated throughout the building. The first step in this process happens at the actual condenser coils. The condenser coils are the small aluminum ridges (sometimes called fins) that lines all sides of the unit. The small ridges between coils can get very dirty because they are obviously exposed to the elements. They are behind a metal cage, but it does not stop leaves, dirt, and other debris from blowing into the coils. The first step in cleaning the coils is to cut the power to the unit. Most exterior condenser units will not have a typical plug that you just pull out of the socket. Instead, you will need to find a designated breaker switch and turn it off. Once the power is cut to your AC unit, you can start to work on it. You can find condenser coil cleaning solutions at specialty appliance stores. However, these are expensive and unnecessary. You can usually get the same results by using a basic all-purpose household cleaner. Spray a liberal amount of cleaner onto the coils. Let it soak into the metal for a few minutes and then spray it off with water. Don’t be afraid to use a powerful hose that will knock the dirt out of the coils. However, if the hose is too powerful, it could bend the coils, so be careful. Let the area to dry off a bit before turning the AC power back on. Then, fire it up and make sure everything sounds normal. In the end, even if you don’t immediately notice huge changes, your air conditioner should be a lot more efficient. For more information, contact companies like JV Systems Air Conditioning And Heating of Tampa Bay...

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How Can An Oversized Air Conditioner Contribute To Water Intrusion Into Your Home?

Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Can An Oversized Air Conditioner Contribute To Water Intrusion Into Your Home?

It can be tempting as a homeowner to buy a larger-than-necessary air conditioner with the hope that your home will cool off more quickly. However, purchase of an oversized air conditioner is one of the factors that can contribute to water intrusion in the home. Knowing why purchasing an oversized air conditioner can be a problem can help you avoid a costly mistake. How can an oversized air conditioner contribute to water intrusion in your home? Air conditioners are designed to do two jobs at once: cool the air, and dehumidify. This dehumidification is important, especially in homes with very energy efficient outer envelopes. Oversized air conditioners don’t dehumidify well at all, leaving your home to absorb all the extra moisture. If your air conditioner is the proper size, it will dehumidify the air in your home, leaving much less water trapped within the walls of your house. Why won’t an oversized air conditioner dehumidify your home? Air conditioners work by passing warm, moist air from the home over the very cold evaporator coil in the air conditioner. When this happens, the air temperature is supposed to drop, and the moisture in the air is supposed to collect on the coil (like dew). When enough moisture accumulates on the coil, it forms a large bead of water that drops into the condensate pan below. The pan fills with water, then exits the house at the drainage point. Oversized air conditioners cool and send the air back into the house so quickly that the air conditioner doesn’t have to run very long at all. As a result, moisture fails to collect on the coil, or if it does collect on the coil, it doesn’t collect enough water to drop into the condensate pan. Moist, cool air is sent back into the home without being properly dehumidified.  What can happen if your home doesn’t get dehumidified in summer? If your home isn’t properly dehumidified, you can experience mold problems. Over time, this can exacerbate allergies among members of your household and lead to health problems. In addition, if you have hardwood floors, your floorboards can absorb the moisture and become warped. How can you ensure that you get an air conditioner that’s properly sized for your home? Have a qualified, certified air conditioner installation technician pick your air conditioner unit when it’s time to buy another A/C. He or she will know how to properly size the air conditioner for your...

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A Guide For Understanding Heating Oil Systems In Your Home

Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide For Understanding Heating Oil Systems In Your Home

When you purchase a new home and discover that your home heating system runs on heating oil, you may be unfamiliar with all that this type of home heating system entails. Before you just give up and try to replace your heating system with something more familiar to you, get to know more about your oil heating system. Once you know what you are dealing with and how you can maintain and make the best of it. After all, you may find that once you are familiar with your oil system, you will prefer it to those more familiar to you now. Heating Oil Is Extremely Safe Most people assume that a home heating system that uses heating oil is inherently more dangerous than a gas or electric heating system. However, this is not the case and many of the fears people have of home heating oil are actually based on incorrect information. Home heating oil is not flammable when it is in its liquid form. As such, you do not need to worry about a spark lighting the oil like you see gasoline catch on fire in films and movies. Storing your home heating oil does not increase the risk of a fire starting in your home. The oil used to heat your home is also non-toxic, meaning it is not unsafe for you or your family. Again, this means that storage is safe and if the container of extra oil leaks for some reason, you do not need to worry about toxic fumes affecting you and your family. Heating Oil Can Be Delivered Right To Your Front Door Another common concern is that during the cold winter months when a homeowner needs plenty of home heating oil on-hand, the oil will run out and will either leave the family stranded or force them to go out in dangerous conditions in search of home heating oil. However, this does not ever have to be the case. There are companies that will deliver your home heating oil right to your front door on a regular schedule as well as during emergency moments when you need it most. Contact your local home heating oil companies and set your home up for regular heating oil delivery and you will never have to worry about running out. Now that you know a little bit more about your home heating oil system, you can better understand how beneficial your new heating system will be for you and you can be sure to embrace your new home heating...

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Is Your Furnace Malfunctioning? Use These Tips Before Calling A Pro

Posted by on November 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Furnace Malfunctioning? Use These Tips Before Calling A Pro

If your furnace has stopped working, your first thought might be to call a heating contractor to make repairs. However, sometimes there are some minor problems that you can take care of yourself. Here are some things to try before calling out a contractor to fix your furnace. Look at Your Circuit Breaker It is only natural to think that if your furnace no longer works, there is something wrong with your furnace. However, there could be a problem elsewhere. Before heading to your furnace to find out what might be wrong, look at the circuit breaker to ensure that power is going to your furnace. If you find that the breaker has been tripped, flip it back on again. If the breaker trips one more time, there may be an electrical issue that needs to be examined by a professional electrician. Investigate the Thermostat Another thing to try before you call a heating contractor is checking at your thermostat. A lot of people skip this step because they don’t think something so simple could be the problem–even though it could be. You might simply need to replace the batteries in your thermostat to get it working again. If you are sure the batteries are fine, be sure your thermostat is set to “heat.” If your furnace still doesn’t respond, turn the fan switch to the “on” setting. If there is still no change, you will know the problem is definitely with the furnace itself. Look at the Blower and the Filter Even if your furnace does power up, it might not heat your home properly and you may start to wonder whether you need to replace it. This might not be the case; you might have a clogged blower or filter. To find out if this is the case, open the blower panel and take a look. You may see dirt, lint and other debris clogging up the blower. You can fix this by turning off your furnace and using your vacuum’s handheld attachment to suck all the debris out of the blower. Next, look at the filter. Pull out the filter and make sure there are no tears in it and to get all the dust off of it. To do this, use an old toothbrush to brush all the dust and dirt off of the filter before putting it back into the panel. If the filter is too dirty, you might opt to replace it by purchasing a new one at any home improvement store. Once you have checked both the blower and the filter, be sure that you shut the blower panel completely; some furnaces come with a safety measure which will not allow the furnace to turn on again until the panel is closed properly. Make sure you use the information laid out above to get to the bottom of your furnace problems. If you still have furnace trouble, call a heating contractor like Butler Heating & Air who can make necessary repairs. They will be able to more quickly determine the problem once you tell them what you have tried...

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3 Mistakes You May Be Making That Are Driving Up Your Heating Bill

Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Mistakes You May Be Making That Are Driving Up Your Heating Bill

In the cold months, your heating system is one of the most important things in your home. However, in an effort to keep warm, you may very well be driving up heating costs. Here are some mistakes you may be making in your home that might be increasing your heating bill. Attempting to Warm House Quickly by Setting the Temperature Too High When you get home after work and the house is cold, you may think it’s a good idea to set the temperature as high as possible so that the house heats more quickly. However, you run the risk of making the house hotter than you need it to be, which may result in higher heating costs over time. Your furnace actually cycles longer in order to get to the highest temperatures, but setting the thermostat to a higher number doesn’t make the furnace pump heat faster. Instead, set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature and exercise some patience. Not Cleaning the Furnace Filter If you’re like most people, you don’t give your furnace much thought until it stops working. You may not change your furnace filter as often as you need to, just because you don’t think about it often. However, a dirty filter covered with dust and other debris can lead to a number of problems for your furnace. For one thing, the blower will have to work harder to heat your home, which may raise your heating costs by about 25%. To avoid this, simply make sure that you clean the furnace filter on a regular basis. It is typically located inside the blower compartment. Be sure to turn the furnace off and slide the filter out. Using an old toothbrush or a stiff-bristle brush, brush off dirt and dust. If the filter is ripped or has holes in it, get a replacement filter at any home improvement store. Using Incandescent Bulbs You may already be aware that incandescent bulbs give off some heat, and while you might not think they are heating your house as much as your furnace, you might think they are helping a little bit. In fact, incandescent lights may be driving up utility costs at a time when you need those bills to stay low. They use more energy than LED and CFL lights, making them inefficient and costing you more money over time. Replace incandescent light bulbs in your home so you can save money as much as possible in the winter. Now that you are aware of things you are doing that may make your heating bills higher, use the information in this article to make better choices. Talk with a local HVAC contractor, such as Ricks Repair Service, about ways you can keep heating costs down during the cold...

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