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Heating And Air Conditioning Maintenance

January 3rd, 2013   •   no comments   

When it’s hot outside, nothing feels better than coming into a cool, air conditioned house. When it’s cold outside, you want to warm up in a nice heated home. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your air conditioning and heating system will always work when you need them to. You can do this by maintaining your units and repairing or replacing them when they break.

Properly maintaining your units will also save you money on your utility bills. It’s also a good idea to have upgrades done such as insulation and air sealing to help cut the sue of your energy and reduce environmental emissions.

It’s important to remember some of these tips to ensure a lower energy bill. Keep your thermostat as low as comfortably possible during the winter months. During the summer, keep it as high as possible. Make sure to turn off the unit or raise or lower it when you are away from home or on vacation. There is no need to heat or cool a house when nobody is in it. In the fall, you can winterize your air conditioner since you won’t be using it for the next few months. Start by brushing off any leaves or debris that may have accumulated around the unit. You don’t want any debris to get into your unit because it can damage the system. Also make sure you cover it well with a waterproof cover so that water does not get into the unit. This can cause mold and mildew to form inside the air conditioning unit damaging it.

It’s a good idea to replace filters on air conditioning units and furnaces at least once every couple of months. This will keep the air flowing easily through them and you won’t need to use as much heat or air. It is really hard on your unit when air cannot pass through a clogged or dirty filter. Also, the more often you change the filter, the easier it will be for the filter to catch dust and other allergens that may come through. You should also clean your radiators, registers and baseboard heaters regularly and make sure there is nothing blocking them like furniture or drapes.

When the time comes to buy a new heating or air conditioning unit, select energy efficient models. You will be surprised at how much money you can save in the long run.

By following these simple maintenance tips when it comes to your heating and air conditioning units, you will ensure that they last a long time and run efficiently.

Winter Is The Best Time To Repair Your HVAC Unit

December 20th, 2012   •   no comments   

The best time to repair or replace your HVAC unit is in the fall or winter. That’s because you won’t be using your AC unit in the winter. You would not want to replace or repair it when it is 90 degrees outside because you will be in a rush to get it fixed and may not be thorough in your search for HVAC products or new units. Plus, could you imagine being without air conditioning when it’s hot and humid outside? You and your family will be really uncomfortable for the length of time it takes to get the unit fixed.

If your HVAC system is over 10 years old, it may be getting worn out and you may want to look at repairs or replacing. If it is still running great, then you won’t need to do a thing but it is important that you maintain it so that it keeps running. If you purchased a lower quality brand of HVAC, it will most likely need repairing soon. If it is less than 10 years old and you have already had to do several repairs, it may be time to look at getting a new one. Although this is a big expense, it’s also an important investment. Air conditioning and heating is a big part of your home’s value and the comfort and health of your family. A great working HVAC system will make a huge difference in how you feel.

Winter is the best time to do a check of all the components of your HVAC system. Since it is the off season for most HVAC companies, they should be able to come out to your home in a reasonable amount of time and take a look at it to make sure it is in good condition. They will check the coils and compressor to make sure there are not any leaks or breaks. They may also check the filtration system and the duct system. The technician may make recommendations if he sees that things may be getting worn or corroded. If your unit can be repaired, that is better than having to replace the entire system.

If you do have to replace your HVAC system, look for a high quality brand and a technician who can install the unit properly. Don’t be afraid to spend the extra money to get a really good system. You will be happier in the long run.

When winter rolls around, it’s time to check your HVAC unit and either repair or replace it. Then you will be ready for summer and those hot temperatures.

Common Issues With HVAC

December 14th, 2012   •   no comments   

Even though HVAC units are typically very reliable, there are problems that may arise from time to time. Some of these problems can be fixed easily but others may require the assistance of a technician. One of the most common problems that is seen with an HVAC unit is a blow fuse. These fuses protect the motor and compressor from overheating. If a motor goes bad, a technician will usually check the fuses first.

Another common problem with HVAC units is a worn contactor or capacitor. These may need to be replaced to get your HVAC unit working properly again.

It’s always important to change your air filters in your HVAC unit as a dirty filter can reduce air flow. Filters get clogged from air particles and dirt. You can tell if your filter needs to be changed by holding it up to the light to see if light passes through it. If it does not, your filter needs to be changed.

A simple issue that people have with their HVAC is forgetting to turn on the thermostat. The thermostat is what controls the unit so before you call a technician, make sure to check the thermostat because it may have been accidentally turned off. This is simply human error and not the fault of the HVAC unit.

Refrigerant leaks are another common problem with HVAC units. They can usually be repaired unless they are in the condenser or evaporator coils. It’s also important to make sure that your AC unit always has the right amount of refrigerant in it.

Many people often see their compressor go out in their AC unit. The compressor is located in the condenser coil. It’s important to call a technician to look at the compressor as it may need to be replaced. Sometimes, your unit may just need the condenser coil cleaned. Since it is exposed to outdoor elements, they get dirty quite often and should be cleaned once a year. You can rinse the dirt and grime off with a hose or if it is really dirty, call a technician who may need to clean the coil with a cleaner.

These are some of the more common issues that people see with their HVAC units. It’s important to properly maintain the unit to ensure that it runs smoothly and efficiently. If you start to experience problems with the unit, you can turn to the internet for instructions on fixing some of the minor problems. For bigger issues, you may need to call a technician who specializes in repairing or replacing HVAC systems.