Keeping Your HVAC System Running Efficiently

2 Condenser Unit Problems That Can Drain Or Impair Your HVAC Refrigerant

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Condenser Unit Problems That Can Drain Or Impair Your HVAC Refrigerant

Central air conditioners are a split system consisting of an air handler inside your home’s furnace and a larger condensing unit that sits outside your home, usually on a concrete slab. The cooling process starts in the condensing unit when the thermostat sends a signal to the compressor, which then pumps out the refrigerant fuel needed to power the system and cool your air. Problems with parts inside the condensing unit can cause you to lose refrigerant or process the refrigerant less efficiently, which will slowly make your system less efficient until the air conditioner stops working altogether. Rapid Cycling Compressor Does your air conditioning unit start up properly but then seem to shut off quickly for no reason? You might have a problem with one of the capacitors that regulates the electricity going into the compressor. Your air conditioner likely has a run capacitor, which stores a charge in case the compressor needs a boost during operations. It might also have a start capacitor, which helps the compressor get going. If either of those capacitors fails to work, the compressor can lose its electrical footing and stop running. The bad news is that this rapid cycling will make it seem like your unit is becoming less efficient, which often signals a refrigerant issue. But the refrigerant in this case isn’t actually draining out unless there is also a hole in the compressor. Contact an air conditioning repair service like Nebraska Heating & Air to examine and replace the capacitors and to make sure there aren’t any problems with the capacitor that could feed into the rapid cycling and potentially cost you refrigerant. Dirty or Broken Condenser Coils The gas refrigerant compressed within the compressor is pushed out into the nearby system of condenser coils. The coils take that gas and change it into a liquid, which causes the coils to become hot and allows the refrigerant to move on into the other part of the split system via lines leading to your air handler. The phase change process requires that the coils stay clean and intact. If the coils break, refrigerant can leak out, which will slowly drain your system and cost efficiency. If the coils are dirty, the phase change won’t happen as effectively, and your air handler won’t receive the full amount of liquid refrigerant. Repeat this failure for a few rounds of cooling, and the air handler won’t have the supplies needed to cool your indoor air. Call a heating and air conditioning services technician to clean your condenser coils and to top off the refrigerant levels, if needed. Broken coils leaking refrigerant will need to be replaced before the refrigerant is...

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Things To Consider When A Central Air Conditioner Is Problematic

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things To Consider When A Central Air Conditioner Is Problematic

Does it seem as though your central air conditioning system is wearing out? If you are not satisfied with the amount of air you are receiving from the air conditioner, there might simply be a part that is in need of professional attention. This article covers some of the vital parts of a central air conditioning system that can cause problems when they are not in good shape. Problematic Air Ducts If you have never had new air ducts installed and live in an old house, it might be the root of your air conditioning problem. It is possible that the air ducts have become cracked up from normal wear and tear. Cracks lead to air seeping out and system inefficiency. Keep in mind that it is also possible that the air ducts are just dirty and need to be cleaned by a professional. The Air Handler Has Problems When the air handler is in bad shape, it might seem as though a central air conditioner needs to be replaced. The handler is vital because it makes it possible for you to receive air in your house. Some of the parts inside of an air handler that might need attention include the blower fan, motor, and filter. However, the entire air handler might possibly need to be replaced if it is worn out. Warm Air Can’t Touch the Metal Evaporator Coil If warm air is unable to touch the metal evaporator coil, it can cause energy inefficiency. Basically, you might need to get the evaporator coil inspected to make sure dirt isn’t creating a barrier between the metal and warm air. You must understand that warm air is able to cool down by touching the metal of the evaporator coil because it is extremely cold. There Isn’t Enough Coolant in the System Coolant is vital for a central air conditioning system because it helps the evaporator coil to function as it should. The coolant is able to change into a gas that makes the evaporator coil cold. Basically, the coolant consists of water and antifreeze. You might need more water and antifreeze placed inside of your air conditioning system. The Thermostat is Not in Good Shape The only problem with your central air conditioning system might be that the thermostat doesn’t work right and need to be replaced. You might not actually be setting the temperature to the number that is displayed as you think, which can happen if internal parts are broken. Talk to a contractor about your problematic central air conditioning system to find out what should be done. For AC repair, click this link or do an online...

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HVAC Issues That Need Professional Attention

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on HVAC Issues That Need Professional Attention

There are multiple home HVAC issues that should be assessed and treated by a professional technician. Here are a few of them: Suspected Mold Mold can be a serious problem in areas where there is a large amount of moisture. Although mold is often unsightly, it can cause more significant issues when it invades your HVAC system. Harmful spores can be spread throughout your home, causing health problems for you and your loved ones. Mold often has a characteristic mildewy odor. In addition, mold growth may present as dark slimy or fuzzy spots. If you have seen signs of mold near your HVAC vents or have smelled it as your HVAC system blows air, you may have a mold infestation. A professional HVAC technician can assess your system to confirm the presence of mold. If mold is found, remediation efforts can begin. In addition to the ducts and vents of your home, mold can develop in the following system components: Drain Pans and Cooling Coils As condensate accumulates around the cooling coils, the water is collected in the drain pan. If the moisture sits in the pan too long, mold may develop. Grilles and Screens Damp dust and other debris can collect in system grilles and screens, allowing mold to grow and fester. Loud System Noises Unusual noises should be assessed as soon as possible. The noises could be due to system components that have become loosened over time from system vibrations. While the components are still in place, the parts may only need to be tightened. However, once a component becomes completely displaced, it may damage other system components.  Noises can also be emitted due to worn system belts or obstructions that limit the movements of fans and other components. Lack of Communication Between Thermostat and System If your HVAC system does not respond to changes in thermostat settings, it could be a problem with the thermostat. A failed thermostat may be unable to relay a target temperature that would cause your HVAC system to blow air to cool a home. However, wiring issues and even a failing compressor could cause these problems. If the problems are not addressed by a technician, your system may remain inoperable.  Although there are many different HVAC issues that can develop, most should only be diagnosed and addressed by a trained technician. If you are experiencing problems with your HVAC system, schedule an appointment with a technician, such as one from Wright Total Indoor Comfort....

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Three Tell-Tale Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Attic Insulation

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tell-Tale Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Attic Insulation

Insulation does not last forever. How long it lasts will depend on many factors, from the brand of insulation you bought to the moisture levels in your attic. So you’ll need to stay on the lookout for the following signs that indicate it’s time to replace your attic insulation. Ice dams are forming on your roof. Your insulation’s job is to prevent heat from escaping through your roof. If heat does escape through your roof in the winter, it will melt some of the snow on the peak of the roof. The water will trickle down, re-freezing at the edge of the roof and forming a shelf of ice – or row of big icicles – often referred to as an ice dam. So, if you’re beginning to notice more ice dams on your roof, this is a sign your insulation is no longer doing its job. It has likely begun to compact or break down, which means it needs to be replaced. There’s a musty smell in the attic. Over time, insulation can absorb moisture and begin to mold. So, if you smell a musty odor when you open up the attic, mold is likely the cause. If you can find the source of the moisture, such as a leak in the roof or a leak in a pipe, and fix that leak, you may only need to replace the insulation that has been directly exposed to the moisture. But if there’s no overt leak, the moldiness and moisture buildup has probably resulted from high humidity and a lack of insulation in the attic – and you’ll need to replace all of the insulation. Your upstairs feels draftier than normal. Have you noticed that your upstairs is not staying as warm as it used to, or that you experience a drafty, chilled feeling in certain areas? While this may be a sign that your windows are giving out or that your HVAC system needs repairs, it can also be an indication that your insulation is failing. It’s worth your time to take a quick look at the insulation. If it seems discolored, compacted or moist, it’s time to replace it. If the insulation appears to be just fine, you’ll want to look into other possibilities like leaky windows or a failing HVAC system. Replacing your insulation is not a huge or complicated task, but if you’re not confident pulling up and replacing the insulation, feel free to contact a specialist, such as those at Leon Muenks Insulation LLC, and have them do it for...

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How To Replace The Transformer In A Furnace

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Replace The Transformer In A Furnace

Has your furnace suddenly stopped even turning on? Check to make sure the fuse hasn’t blown or that the electrical shut-off switch isn’t off. If there is no clear reason that the furnace isn’t starting, your unit might have a blown transformer. Are you certain the transformer is the issue? Changing out the transformer isn’t hard but you need to be certain you are installing a transformer with the right voltage for your particular unit. Check your owner’s manual for help. What You Need: Pen and paper or digital camera (optional) Screwdriver New transformer Step 1: Removing the Old Transformer Turn off all electricity to the furnace using the shut-off switch or circuit breaker. Locate the blower chamber panel on the lower rear of the furnace. Twist the knobs on the panel to unlock it from the furnace. Pull up on the panel to remove the panel from the furnace. Set the panel aside somewhere safe. You should now see the transformer and its attached wires. Make note of the position of the wires either by writing down the colors and orientation or by taking a picture. There should only be a few wires so if you feel like you can remember the orientation, you can skip the notes. Pull the wires free from the transformer. Note that the ends of the wires are likely similar to phone cords so you only need to gently depress the tab at the end to remove the wire. Locate the control panel grounding wire that is mounted next to the transformer. Use a screwdriver to remove the wire’s mounting screw and pull the wire away from the transformer. Let the wire hang in place inside the furnace. Remove the mounting screws holding the transformer onto its mounting plate. Pull the old transformer down then out of the furnace and discard. Step 2: Installing the New Transformer Position the new transformer on the mounting plate. Secure the transformer into place using the mounting screws. Secure the control board grounding wire to the side of the transformer using the mounting screw. Connect the transformer wires to the appropriate terminals on the transformer using your notes or picture, if needed. Put the blower chamber panel in place on the furnace and twist the knobs to secure. Restore electricity at the shut-off or circuit breaker box. Turn on the furnace and allow it to run for a while to see if the problem is solved. If the problem continues, or any new problems pop up, call in a heating repair...

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3 Important HVAC Terms To Understand For Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Important HVAC Terms To Understand For Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Due to the different tasks to maintain your investment, owning a home can be challenging. However, proper cleaning and maintenance ensures that your home remains valuable, functional, and efficient. Considering that an estimated 48 percent of your home’s total energy usage stems from heating and cooling, understanding and maintaining your heating and air conditioner is smart. Using this guide of common HVAC terms, you will have a better understanding of your home’s heating and cooling operation and energy efficiency. Tonnage Your system tonnage is not referring to its weight, but it does signify the capacity of your air conditioner system. Proper tonnage is necessary to ensure that the system is cooling in an efficient manner. If you system does not have an adequate amount of tonnage, it will utilize more energy to cool your home. Each ton removes approximately 12,000 British Thermal Units, or BTUs, or heat from inside the home each hour. Since every square foot of your home needs 25 BTUs to cool efficiently, a 2000 square foot house will need 50,000 BTUs or at least a 4-ton unit. SEER It is not the name of a department store, but SEER refers to Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration. This number represents your system’s total efficiency. For a more efficient system, opt for system with a higher SEER rating. Heating and air systems with a higher SEER are more expensive, but the reduction in your heating and cooling costs and the environmental conservation aspect makes it a worthwhile investment. R-22 If your air conditioning seems to struggle cooling during the hot temperatures of summer, it may be low on R-22. R-22, or Freon, is not the name of a droid from your favorite science fiction movie, but it is actually a refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat to allow the system to cool.  Without sufficient refrigerant, your system will not cool the home efficiently. Of course, R-22 is not the only type of refrigerant available. Since it contains chlorine, it can pollute the environment, so many HVAC contractors and homeowners are opting for a less toxic refrigerant, such as R-407c. If considering this non-ozone depleting refrigerant, your contractor will need to complete a retrofit on the system. This may increases costs, but it will be an energy efficient, eco-friendly investment. Understanding your home’s heating and air system is key to your family’s comfort and home’s energy efficiency. For more information, contact HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric or a similar...

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3 Things You Should Have A Plumber Check Before You Buy Your New Home

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Should Have A Plumber Check Before You Buy Your New Home

If you think you’ve found your dream home, then you may be eager to sign on the dotted line, make the house legally yours, and move right on in. Plumbing issues can make any home unwelcoming, and you don’t want to move into your house only to find out that the washer leaks or that your home has outdated plumbing. Since any plumbing issues you encounter after you buy your home will either have to be taken care of by you or in a drawn-out legal battle with the previous owner, it’s wise to have your potential home’s plumbing issues examined prior to purchasing. Here are 3 things you should hire a plumber to check out before buying your new home. Plumbing materials You want a plumber to check all the plumbing pipes and connections to make sure the home is updated with modern plumbing supplies. They will also check for erosion or rust around your toilet or under your sink to indicate slow leaks. Copper piping can crack, and mismatched fittings (such as copper to poly pipe, for example) can result in a loose fit that can cause leaking later. Make sure your potential new home is outfitted with modern plumbing piping before you make your final purchase. Water heater You will also want your plumber or an HVAC specialist to check out the home’s water heater. A water heater should not have rust in the bottom and should have a layer of protective insulation around its pipes. If it has been properly maintained, it should have been drained to release all the mineral buildup from years of use prior to the seller placing it on the market. Have your water heater fully inspected to make sure it is ready to be used again once you claim home ownership. If it needs to be replaced, a new water heater can cost as much as $3,500, so make sure you bring up this plumbing issue with your seller so you can hopefully recoup this cost in closing. Drains You want to make sure that drains in your new potential home are free of debris and have healthy drainage, which is something your plumber can check for you. Using a snake with a lighted end, they can inspect your toilet, sinks, and bathtub to make sure there is no debris blocking your drains that can become a larger problem down the line. Before you buy your dream home, you want to make sure its plumbing is sound. In having your plumber inspect the home prior to buying it, you can help save yourself the cost of repairing plumbing damage that may come as a surprise after purchasing your home otherwise. Visit this web-site for more...

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The ABCWs Of Staying Warm While Waiting On A Heating Repair Service In The Winter

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The ABCWs Of Staying Warm While Waiting On A Heating Repair Service In The Winter

With the bitter cold blowing outside and your heating system under a fair amount of stress to keep the entire house warm, don’t be at all surprised if your trusty home heating system just happens to fail at the worst time possible. When a home heating system goes out in the middle of winter, getting in touch with a heating repair service will be your first logical step, but once you have someone on the way, it will become your primary concern to keep everyone warm in the meantime. There is a simple ABC rule set to keep in mind that will help you and your family stay warm and cozy for a bit while you wait on help to arrive.  Always move everyone to one room in the house.  It is much easier to contain heat when you are dealing with a small enclosed space. Therefore, getting everyone into one room is the first step you should take if the heat goes out and the temperature in the house is falling fast. Pick a room that has few doors and windows or one that is located in a central part if the house if you can. Partition the room by closing any doors and blocking the doors or entryways with heavy drapes or wool blankets.  Be sure to block off windows and doors.  Use heavy blankets, such as those quilted with cotton or wool, to cover any windows or doors leading to the outside. At this point, it will be in your best interest to prevent any cold air from making its way inside of the house in any way possible.  Consider using a makeshift heat source.  If you don’t have any heat at all available, you may want to consider using a temporary heat source, such as the kitchen oven or even steam from the shower. You can also reap a fair amount of heat by placing inverted terracotta pots over bricks that contain tealight candles. If you have a heating blanket, spread it out on a mattress in the floor and let everyone get good and cozy.  Don’t hesitate to leave if it gets too cold.  If it is at all possible, when your heat goes out and you have to wait on repairs for a prolonged period, pack everyone into the car and get to safe shelter somewhere else. The heating technician can always give you a call when they get to the house and this is definitely the best solution if you have small children in the house or someone who is...

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8 Steps To Prepare Your Window A/C For Winter

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 8 Steps To Prepare Your Window A/C For Winter

To keep energy costs low during the winter time, many homeowners opt to store their windows air conditioners until the weather warms up again. If you are planning to follow suit, it is important that you take the time to properly prepare the air conditioner for storage. Here are several tips are ensuring your air conditioner is properly prepared.  Turn it off. In the few days leading up to removing the air conditioner unit from the window, you need to ensure that it is not used. The condensed water within the unit needs time to evaporate.  Clean the filter. Even though the unit will not be used, it is important that you remove and clean the air filter. Use soap and water to remove the dirt and allow it to air dry before replacing.  Clean the exterior. Once you have removed the unit from the window, it is important that you clean the exterior. A sponge can be used to clean all of the external components of the unit.  Inspect the exterior for damage. Any damage to the air conditioner, whether it is a bent fan or major dents in the exterior, should be carefully inspected by a HVAC technician. The technician can resolve issues that could affect how well the unit runs when it is time to use it again.  Place it in the original box. The original box is designed to protect your air conditioner unit from dust. If you still have it, place the unit in the box. If not, you can place the unit inside of a garbage bag to protect it.  Store in an upright position. Regardless of where you plan to store the unit, it needs to be in an upright position. This can help avoid damage to the compressor and give the oil within it time to settle.  Check for potentially falling items. Wherever you store your air conditioner, ensure that there are no items that can potentially fall on it and damage the coils.  Cover the air conditioner. If your air conditioner was too heavy to remove from the window, place a winterizing cover over it to protect it from the elements during the winter season.  Work with an HVAC technician, such as Enright and Sons, to determine if there are other precautions you need to take while storing your air conditioner unit. He or she can also provide you with pointers on preparing the unit for use once the weather warms up...

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Boost Your AC Efficiency With House Fans

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Boost Your AC Efficiency With House Fans

The acronym HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. When most people take steps to heat and cool their home, they focus on heating and cooling as in installing a furnace and AC unit. These units can improve the comfort in a home, but they can also cost a lot of money. In fact, the two most expensive home appliances to operate are the AC unit and the furnace. If you want to cool your home more efficiently so that you can save yourself money, you should use a house fan to help cool your home.  What Is a House Fan? A house fan is not the same thing as a ceiling fan. The difference is that to install a house fan, you have to cut through the ceiling of your home to the attic. You then install the house fan in this hole. This allows the house fan to pump hot air out of your home through your attic.   What Are the Advantages of a House Fan? When you use a house fan, you can improve your HVAC system in a few important ways: 1. An AC unit must cool hot air a little at a time. A house fan can simply pump the hot air out of your house, and running the small fan motor is much more cost efficient than running your entire AC unit.  2. By opening your windows once the outside air has started to cool, your house fan can cool your home in a matter of minutes. In fact, a house fan can replace the air in your home with outside air up to 60 times per hour. Thus, instead of waiting for an hour or more for your AC unit to cycle through all the air in your home, you can enjoy cool air quickly.  3. By shutting your AC unit off and allowing your house fan to run through the night, you can save a lot of money on cooling costs without sacrificing comfort.  4. A house fan runs quietly, which can be an advantage over some AC units which can make it hard to watch TV shows or even carry on a conversation.  If you live in an area that has cool nights even during the summer, then you should consider installing a house fan that will allow you to tap into that cool outside air to cool your home. This will allow you to save money on cooling costs, but it will also allow you to avoid wear and tear on your machine, which can help you to avoid untimely repairs.   For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Streamline Services,...

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