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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tips in Keeping Air Conditioner Repair Costs Down

Careful owners will do everything in their power to prolong the life of their air conditioners, especially if they’re made by leading brands like Amana. However, wear-and-tear is inevitable with any appliance that is consistently used, and the time always comes when repair is required.

Before you start dialing any numbers, keep in mind that any kind of air conditioner repair (especially if the unit is from a major brand like Amana) will cost you money. However, you can keep repair costs down with simple, easy-to-follow tips. Read more of this post

How Does Home Insulation Work?

Heating and cooling accounts for about 50 to 70% of the energy consumption in a typical American home – a huge piece of the pie, if you ask most experts. However, with adequate home insulation, heating and cooling bills can be slashed greatly.

Home insulation works by using resistant or absorptive materials that retard or prevent the passage of heat, cold, or sound (the first two being the most common reasons). It basically makes any home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Read more of this post

Troubleshooting a Faulty AC Capacitor

For your air conditioner to work efficiently, it needs a quality fan and compressor system, and the equipment responsible for assisting these components during startup is called the capacitor. Capacitors store energy, and different ACs will have capacitors of varying electrical storage capacity depending on the need. There are times though, that your capacitor might act up, during which you should call for efficient HVAC repair immediately. Read more of this post

Common Dehumidifier Problems

People in places that get a lot of humidity, especially in the warmer months, are in need of a dehumidifier to keep excessive moisture out of the air. However, like all equipment in your house, it can be prone to certain functional problems, prompting a visit from your friendly HVAC contractor. Here are some of the most common dehumidifier problems to watch out for:

No Power

Is your dehumidifier not turning on? Disconnect its main power plug from the socket and plug something else in. If it also doesn’t turn on, you might have a problem with your electrical system. Otherwise, the equipment’s safety device might have been pulled, which could happen should the reservoir fill up completely. Read more of this post

Important Parts to Maintain in your AC

Caring for your equipment at home ensures your continued comfort and convenience. Take your air conditioner, for example. If you don’t properly clean and maintain it, you’ll find your home scorching hot in the dead of summer. Here are but a few of the important AC components that you should constantly be on the lookout for:

Air Filters

Dirty air filters could eventually cause your AC to malfunction and get easily worn down. You should clean or replace your filters at least once at the very beginning of the cooling seasons to avoid complications. Read more of this post

Clear the Air Smartly with Appliances from Lennox

Pollutants like mold, bacteria, and pet dander can find their way into your home every single day. Together with poor ventilation and unbalanced humidity levels, these contaminants can adversely affect your family’s health.

 

How do you stop something you can’t even see? It’s really simple. Follow these strategies utilizing appliances from top-rated manufacturers like Lennox to improve the air quality in your home:

 

Eliminate the source.

 

Invest in an air purification system designed to be attached to your furnace or air conditioner. These systems promptly remove and destroy contaminants before they move around your home.

Filter the air.

 

Filtering the air carefully captures even the smallest contaminants, including pollen, viruses, and house dust. Ward off these particles that aggravate allergy symptoms and do away with pollutants wandering about your living spaces.

 

Control humidity.

 

Too much humidity promotes mold and mildew growth, while too little can irritate skin and respiratory passages. To keep it balanced for optimal comfort and health, install a humidity gauge to help you monitor moisture levels. You can also repair any leaks and sealing cracks that let air in and out freely.

Regulate ventilation.

 

A lack of fresh air can make air feel heavy and lead to humidity imbalances. Improve air circulation by opening windows and doors, or consider a ventilation system that exchanges stuffy indoor air with fresher, cleaner air from the outside.

The Value of Air Conditioning Repair before Summer

Though summer is still a few months away, preparing for the scorching heat it brings can and should begin as early as today. One area you can start with is indoor temperature, specifically with your air conditioning system. You may not know it, but your home’s cooling system may already have underlying problems that may compromise your family’s comfort when summer arrives.

 

Begin by changing the filters of your air conditioning system. The filters are the ones responsible for your cooling system’s efficiency, and having them all clogged up with dirt affects its cooling capabilities, especially during the warm months of summer. Another thing you would want to check are the ducts which may already have some leaks.

 

Another way of maximizing the performance of your air conditioners this summer is to avoid overworking them today. You can do so by keeping your blinds or shades down during the day, or perhaps consider installing awnings that will give protection against the intense heat of the sun. Feel free to call a qualified technician or a maintenance guy from the company where you purchased your cooling system from, and have your units checked. If you bought from a trusted source and they say you need to replace something, do so immediately.

 

Keep in mind that it is better to worry about these things this early, not unless you want to sweat it out even further this summer.

Choosing the Right AC Repair Service in Your Area

When your air conditioner suddenly conks out, it is imperative to have it repaired as quickly as possible. This is especially so in the hotter regions in the country, such as in Houston or Las Vegas. Because of the important function of your AC units at home, it only necessitates that you choose a reliable and efficient repair service provider.

Expect to shell out some cash, so you might as well make sure that you’ll be getting the service that you pay for. Before calling up the repair company, the Better Business Bureau advises to do a bit of fact-checking first before committing to anything.

When looking at prospective repairmen, a customer should check on the company’s background and what they are licensed to do. A company’s reputation is a good barometer to whether they can do a good job or not. Secondly, you should check out their price and service package; part of the selection process is if the repair company can deliver a competitive price.

Next, a review of what the company’s warranty covers makes sure that any damage caused by their repairs would be handled easily. Finally, a customer should inquire about energy efficient air conditioning units. These units can deliver savings in the form of lower electricity bills and tax credits.

With these things in mind, take a good look at your prospective repairmen.

AC Unit Maintenance Tips

The air conditioning unit is an important appliance for Houston households, especially when the summer season finally kicks in. Temperatures in summertime can easily hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so the comforts of an air conditioning unit is a wonderful blessing.

However, a poorly maintained air conditioning unit can mean oven-like temperatures for everyone in the household. It is important that families take proper care of their AC units as they will extensively use them when the heat becomes too uncomfortable.

Ideally, it is good to check the condition of the AC unit before it is used lengthily. Even if summer is still more than three months away, it is better to ensure the condition of your air conditioning unit to prevent any mishaps from happening in the future.

First of all, the unit’s breaker should be checked. If the breaker has tripped, the unit will cease to function. The breaker will give the owner an overall idea of the condition of the machine. If the breaker has tripped, a professional should be called to confirm this, and the owner should contemplate on replacing the entire unit.

The thermostat should be properly functioning to provide the right amount of cold. The filter must be clean to help the unit run more efficiently. Any ice deposits in the unit should be melted off. Finally, clean the unit. Taking care of your AC system will assure you that there won’t be any hiccups once summer kicks in. 

Several Tips on Water Heater Maintenance

The water heater is one of the most important components of a home’s plumbing system. Without the heater, families would have to endure the frigid temperatures of unheated water in the morning. No one likes the rude awakening provided by unheated water.

It is due to this that proper care of the heater becomes all the more important. Doing some maintenance work on the heater will let the owner know about the condition of the appliance and at the same time, help keep the heater running for a longer amount of time.

The maintenance checks will depend on the type of heater that is present in the household. First of all, heaters of must be turned off before inspection. One of the most important components to be checked on a gas-powered heater is the flue. Make sure that it is properly draining out the air by lighting a match going up the flue.

Whether you have a gas or electric type of heater, the units should be tested for temperature relief. Put a bucket below the extension pipe and open the valve. An open valve should have water freely flowing out of the unit and a closed valve should prevent any from escaping.

Finally, it is important to ensure the cleanliness of the tank. Drain and flush the water tank to remove any sediment deposits in it. Be careful, as the water is scorching hot.