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How To Clean Your AC Fan Compartment

Posted by on August 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Clean Your AC Fan Compartment

Most people think that they need to immediately call an HVAC contractor if their air conditioning system is not working perfectly. In reality, the problem is often very simple to fix (or at least to diagnose). With a little guidance, you can often find and fix the problem on your own. For instance, air conditioners commonly lose their efficiency when the fan compartment gets dirty and the output vents get clogged. This article explains how to repair these common problems. Accessing the Fan Compartment First of all, you need to access the main compartment. Make sure you turn the power off before you start to do any work. Then, remove the metal bird guard at the top of the AC unit.  Most guards can be removed by just removing a couple of Phillips head screws with a power drill. The guard should lift right out of place once the screws are removed. Cleaning Out the Compartment You definitely want to have a flashlight so can see all the way to the bottom of the compartment. The fan blades will block most of the visibility, but you should still be able to reach the bottom of the compartment. Start off by snaking a hose vacuum down there see you can suck all the dirt and leaves off of the floor. You also need to locate the output duct. This is where air is circulated from the fan into the ducts so it is very important that this junction is not clogged. Most likely, you’ll be able to unclog any leaves or dust in the junction with the vacuum. However, if you have a serious clog, you might need to actually reach down and clear it out with your hands. Clean Up any Mold While you have full access to your fan compartment, you also want to clean the sidewalls and the fan blades. Use a damp rag to wipe away any dust buildup. It is also important to search for mold on the inside of the compartment. Any mold in this area can be circulated into your home. This is a major concern if you have allergies. In fact, mold could be the cause of your allergies, so you want to clean it off as soon as possible. Usually, a wet rag will get the job done, but you might want to use a household cleaner if you spot mold. It is very easy to clean the fan compartment of a normal air conditioning unit. Don’t neglect this simple maintenance. For assistance, visit...

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4 Signs You Need To Clean Your Air Ducts

Posted by on July 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Signs You Need To Clean Your Air Ducts

Your air ducts work to move hot and cold air from your central heating and cooling system throughout your home, maintaining the comfort levels in each room. However, over time, debris can build up and block your ducts, ruining the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Thankfully, there are a number of warning signs you can look out for to help determine when you need to contact a professional to have your ducts cleaned. No Air Flow Hold your hand over the vents in your home to see if there is any air coming through when your air conditioner or central heating system is turned on. If there is a very small amount of flowing air, or none at all, your air ducts have become clogged and your heating and cooling systems cannot service your home properly. It’s a good idea to check every vent in the home, as sometimes the blockages are only located in a single room or area of your house. Strange Smells If you notice a strange smell in your home whenever your air conditioner or heating system turns on, there may be mold and mildew growth within your ductwork. This usually takes on an earthy smell, and occurs if you have a high amount of humidity within your home. You should consult with a professional immediately, as mold can be a serious health hazard if left unchecked. In the future, you should also consider investing in a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of humidity within your home and discourage further mold growth. Increased Energy Bills If you notice that your energy bills have increased without a corresponding increase in the amount of appliance use within your home, your ductwork may be blocked up. This prevents heated or cooled air from reaching the rest of your home, and so the thermostat of your heating and cooling system will not register that your heating and cooling system is working. This leads to an increase in the amount of energy that your heating and cooling system uses as it tries to make up the difference. Dust and Debris If you notice a larger amount of dust and other small pieces of debris throughout the air in your home, especially around the vents in each room, there may be a large buildup within your air duct system. This can greatly reduce your home’s air quality and aggravate respiratory conditions and allergies if left unchecked, and you should contact a professional, such as one from Universal...

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How To Fix Common Heater Problems

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Fix Common Heater Problems

If your central heater hasn’t been working that well recently, then there are a number of things that might be wrong with it. However, you might not need to go and buy a replacement because you might be able to handle the situation yourself. With a little knowledge and a couple of tools, you will be able to diagnose and fix a wide variety of common furnace problems. To help you get started, here are some solutions to a very common heating problem: a total lack of heat.   No Heat At All? If your heater doesn’t seem to be generating any heat at all, then there is a good chance that it isn’t actually getting any power. To determine if this is the case, you want to go out and check the furnace for any heat. If it feels very cold to the touch, or even room temperature, then it probably isn’t turning on at all. If there is something amiss with the control panel, then you might be able to tinker with some settings and get your heater back to working condition. In particular, the settings on your furnace might have been adjusted so that it only turns on when a certain temperature threshold has been reached. However, if the settings haven’t been adjusted recently, then the solution is probably a little more involved. Check the Power You will want to check the actual power source for the furnace. If it uses electricity or is gas-powered and starts via electricity, then you will want to take a look at the power line to the furnace. If it is worn, frayed, or otherwise damaged, then you might need to replace the cord. If there is nothing obviously wrong with the cord, then you will need to go a little further and check the circuit breaker. Power outages can unexpected flip switches in your circuit breaker, as can the act of overdrawing power in part of your home. Flipping the switch back to its correct position should solve the problem for now, but you will want to figure out why the switch flipped in the first place. If it was an outage, then there isn’t much that you can do about it, but if you overdrew power in your garage or wherever the furnace is, then you may need to move some appliances out of that area to reduce the strain on your home’s power distribution. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from McFoy Refrigeration,...

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Clean Your Ducts To Protect Your Health

Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clean Your Ducts To Protect Your Health

Have you ever walked into a home that has not been dusted in a long while? A thick layer of dust coats everything. What is this dust made from? While some people think that dust is made mostly of dead skin cells, the truth is even more disgusting. Dust is made of fine sand, dust, insect droppings, pet dander, plant pollen, insect carcasses, mold spores, and other environmental contaminants. While frequent dusting will help to keep your home free of this concoction of grossness, what about your ducts? Regular duct cleaning can help to keep both your house and your lungs clean.  How Ducts Get Dirty Hidden away inside your walls, ducts might seem like an unlikely place for dust to build up, but dust can enter ducts in a couple of different ways. For one, the pores in the your AC system’s air filter are large enough to allow some contaminants through. For another, when your AC system is at rest, dust can fall into your ducts through the vents spread throughout your house. These contaminants can then wreak havoc on your lungs. What about DIY Duct Cleaning? You might think that there is nothing more to cleaning your ducts than opening up your vents and inserting a vacuum. The problem with this approach is that your vacuum will have a limited reach. While cleaning the first few feet of your ducts is a good start, you still have to worry about the dust spread throughout the rest of your ducts.  Why Call the Professionals? You should be able to conduct inspections on your own. Simply open your ducts, shine a light down the first few feet of your ducts, and look for a coating of grime. Professionals will connect a vacuum to your ducts near where the ducts connect to your AC unit. They can then use specially designed brushes to push dust back from your vents toward the high-powered vacuum. In this way, they can quickly and thoroughly clean the full length of your ducts.  If left unchecked, your ducts can gather enough dust to put an abandoned home to shame. Every time you turn on your AC, the air flowing through your ducts will gather some of the accumulated contaminants and spew them all over your house. Not only can this make it hard to keep your home clean, but it can also irritate your lungs. You should have your ducts cleaned whenever you find signs of built-up dust inside them, but especially if you have asthma or allergies. Proper duct maintenance will help to keep the air in your home clean.  For duct cleaning, contact a company such as Coastal Home...

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3 Alternative Heating Solutions To Combine With HVAC

Posted by on March 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Alternative Heating Solutions To Combine With HVAC

Heating your home can be a major cost that you want to cut down on. There are many improvements that you may consider to improve heat loss and energy efficiency. You may also want to consider alternative heating solutions, such as passive designs or using stoves for heat sources. Here are some of the alternative heating solutions that you may want to consider combining with conventional HVAC: 1. Passive Heating And Cooling Designs With Home Renovations Passive home designs can be used to heat and cool your home naturally. If you are planning on doing major renovations to your home, this can be done by adding things like an all-season room to your home, or garden windows and greenhouses that have an attached design. This can help your home warm naturally during sunlight hours to help reduce your heating costs. You can also include features that help keep your home cool with ventilation through things like functional skylight windows or a solar tower design with a cupola on your roof. 2. Using Pellet And Biomass Stoves To Supplement Home Heating Biomass energy can be a much more affordable way to heat your home during the winter months. Pellet heating systems even come in stoves, which only need a few improvements to install them in your home, such as an additional exhaust pipe. In addition to pellet stoves, there are also other biomass systems that can use other fuel materials, such as dried corn, wood ships and other types of dry organic material. 3. Fireplaces And Wood Burning Stoves To Help Keep Your Home Warm Good ole fashion fireplaces and wood burning stoves can also be a great way to heat your home during the winter months. These can be old versions, or they can be new improved models that have flues and designs with vents that help disperse heat more efficiently. This can be an affordable addition to your home to help lower your heating costs during the coldest winter months. If you want something with a modern design, inserts can be a good investment and can even include fans to blow the heat that is produced into your home for more efficient heating. These are some solutions that you may want to consider to help your HVAC heat your home and lower your energy bills. If you are ready to start reducing your heating costs, contact a heating contractor (like those at Don’s AC Service, Inc. and other locations) and talk them about installing other solutions to keep your home warm this...

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Preventing AC Damage During Lawn Care

Posted by on March 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preventing AC Damage During Lawn Care

When the warm days of spring begin to appear, thoughts quickly turn to the need of cool air conditioning. It may also bring the need for yard work. These two items can go hand in hand, as maintaining your lawn can have an effect on your outdoor HVAC condenser. The following are some things you can do while cleaning the yard to make sure the condenser remains in optimal condition during the warm weather season: Prevent Collecting Debris  One way to keep your condenser in shape during the warm months is to keep any dirt and debris from collecting in it when you are taking care of the lawn. You can place some pavers around the bottom of the condenser to keep this from happening. Taking this step can also keep water from collecting near the bottom during rainstorms. Another benefit of placing some pavers near the bottom of the unit can help keep it level, allowing it to run efficiently. Keep Shrubs Pruned If you have shrubbery planted near the HVAC unit, it is crucial to keep them trimmed back and away from the unit. While there are some benefits to having shrubs planted, including muffling noise and disguising the unit, they can affect how well the system works. If they begin to grow to close, it can affect how well the air can circulate through the condenser. Large shrubs can also make it more difficult for the unit to be serviced if the need arises. Take Care With Weed Removal If you are a fan of removing weeds from your lawn, it is very important to do this carefully when working around the condenser. This is particularly important if you use a weed eater. This piece of equipment can very easily cut the lines that run the outside unit into the house if you are not mindful. Avoid cutting the weeds near the back of the unit to ensure you do not do any damage to the air conditioning system. It can be very exciting to gear up for the spring and summer months, especially after a long winter. However, it is important to not get overzealous when doing yard work around the air conditioning unit. If your air conditioning system suddenly stops working properly after you have worked around it, chances are it will need to be looked at by a HVAC technician. For more information, contact a company like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co.,...

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Ways You Can Save Money By Replacing Your HVAC Unit

Posted by on March 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ways You Can Save Money By Replacing Your HVAC Unit

Your HVAC unit is responsible for keeping your home cool during the warm summer months and warm during the bitter winter months. This integral system is one that you don’t want to be without. With as much work as this system does, there comes a time when you are going to have to replace it with a new one to improve your home’s operating system. In fact, replacing your system could end up saving you more money in your pocket. Check out these three ways that you are going to start saving today. Old age. Even though your system might still be working okay, that doesn’t mean it is able to do all of the things intended. You need your system to perform at peak efficiency. The older your system gets, the more your system is going to struggle to heat or cool your home. When your system struggles to keep your home at the right temperature, you are going to end up spending far more on your energy bill each month. As time wears on, your bills will continue to rise and you will find yourself spending a significant amount just to keep the temperature where you want it. Multiple repairs. Older HVAC systems tend to end up needing a lot of repairs just to stay operational. If you are spending more in repairs with each passing year, you might want to look into getting a new model and putting an end to all of the added spending. This will allow you to keep more of your money in your pocket and stop spending a small fortune on your operating costs. Energy-efficiency. Many people are getting concerned with their carbon footprint. They are looking for products that are more environmentally friendly. Older products aren’t as friendly as the newer products are, which is why so many people are turning to a newer model that isn’t as much of an energy hog. These newer systems can help you reduce your energy bills and keep your home at a consistent temperature without having to work as hard. When you get yourself a new system, you will need to have it installed by a professional to make sure there are no issues with operating efficiency. By looking at the three things above, you can see why you need to swap out your old HVAC system and have a new one installed before you end up losing out on more money. Contact companies like Long Beach Heating & Air Conditioning Inc for more...

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Three Indicators Of A Problem With Your Air Conditioner

Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Indicators Of A Problem With Your Air Conditioner

During the hot months of summer, the last thing you need to deal with is an air conditioner that stops working, as it might be a couple days before your local HVAC contractor can get the necessary parts to get the system repaired. While it’s always possible for the AC to break down suddenly and without much in the way of a warning, there are other times that your air conditioner will give you a subtle or not-so-subtle sign that it’s experiencing a problem. It’s beneficial for you to be able to catch these signs quickly so that you can turn off the system and schedule your repair call. Here are three indicators that there’s a problem with the air conditioner. Diminished Flow Of Air When all of your floor vents are wide open, you should have an idea of how much air your air conditioner is pushing into your home when it’s running. By knowing this information, you’ll likely have an easy time discerning when the flow of air is less than it should be. This is a concern because your air conditioner might be running more than it should in a futile attempt to cool your home, possibly because of a problem with the fan or a breakage somewhere in the ducts near the AC. If you notice this problem, you probably also notice that your home isn’t getting as cool as it should. Strange Smells Coming From Your Vents The air that is pushed through your ducts and into your home through the floor rents should essentially be odorless. While it might smell a little stale if you haven’t replaced the air conditioner’s filter recently, it’s a concern if other smells are present. However, a smell of mildew can indicate that there could be mold growing somewhere in your ducts. You could also smell a burning smell, which can suggest that there’s a problem with the motor. Loud Noises If you’re accustomed to the quiet operation of your air conditioner, you’ll hopefully have no trouble noticing when it’s making noises that it shouldn’t. Unusual, loud noises are a sign that something is wrong. If you hear what sounds like an incessant grinding when the AC is running, it could mean that the motor’s bearings need to be replaced. A high-pitched shrieking sound could indicate that normally lubricated parts are starting to seize or that a belt needs to be replaced. For more information, talk to a professional like Jones Air Conditioning &...

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Steps You Should Take This Spring To Keep Your House Cool In The Summer

Posted by on March 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Steps You Should Take This Spring To Keep Your House Cool In The Summer

As winter fades away and spring begins to emerge, you may find yourself wondering what you can and should do to ensure that your home remains comfortable and cool when the weather is warm. There are many different ways to do this in your home, but the primary system that you may wish to focus on is your air conditioning system. Get to know some of the steps that you should take this spring to keep your house cool in the summer and to give yourself the head start you need to avoid problems on the first hot days of the year. Uncover and Clean Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit The first step that you will want to take in the spring is to get outside and take a look at your outdoor air conditioning unit. If you had it covered for the winter, the first step will be to remove the cover. Next, you will want to take a good look at your air conditioning unit. Look for any signs of damage such as damage to the protective cover over the fan and the like. If there is no damage to the unit, you can begin the cleaning process. Clear any debris that has accumulated on or around your outdoor air conditioning unit. This can include sticks and branches, leaves, and any trash that may be in the area. Cleaning dirt off of the unit is also important. Spray the unit off with a hose, especially the exhaust fan. And then wipe down any areas with remaining dirt with a clean cloth or paper towel. Have Your System Inspected During the spring is the perfect time to schedule your annual air conditioning inspection. This professional inspection will include a good look at your outdoor air conditioning unit as well as all of the components inside. The HVAC contractor will also fire up your system and let it run to ensure that there will not be any problems or surprises when you have to put your system to use later in the season. If your inspection does show that you have a problem, you will have plenty of time to get it fixed by having the inspection done in the early spring. And if your air conditioning system is found to be in need of a complete replacement, you will have the time and opportunity to get that task accomplished without feeling rushed. Now that you know some of the steps that you should take this spring to keep your house cool in the summer, you can get started as soon as possible. To learn more, contact a company like Allied Air Conditioning & Heating...

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What Can You Do To Reduce Cooling Costs This Spring And Summer?

Posted by on March 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Can You Do To Reduce Cooling Costs This Spring And Summer?

Cooling your home during the spring and summer can get expensive. Knowing how to lower your cooling costs will help you have more money available for fun activities and summer vacations. The following tips will help you reduce your cooling costs as the year warms up. Turn Up Your Air Conditioner One Degree At A Time Many people keep their air conditioner at a standard temperature during the day without giving it much thought. If this is your habit, now is the time to find out how high you can set your thermostat before you become truly uncomfortable. The next time you run your air conditioner, set the thermostat at your regular preferred temperature, then turn the thermostat up by one degree every hour until you become uncomfortable. Leaving your thermostat on the highest comfortable setting will help you save money. Seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit is often the recommended AC temperature. Run Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans don’t actually cool the house unless they’re drawing cool air from the outside (which can happen at night when the windows are open). However, ceiling fans do help circulate air in your home, which can help you feel cool and help stretch your air conditioned air a little bit farther. Run your ceiling fans on low to medium throughout the summer to take advantage of this effect. Update Your Cooling System Cooling systems have a way of growing less efficient as time goes on. You can improve your home’s energy efficiency by replacing and repairing all components of your home’s cooling system, including: Ducts. Ducts often develop leaks over the years. Sealing or replacing your ducts as needed will help you repair any expensive air leaks. To improve your ducts’ efficiency, make sure you are changing the filters at least every 3 months (every month is also recommended for those with special considerations, like allergies). Air conditioner. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you can save up to 20 percent on your cooling costs this summer by replacing your old air conditioner with one of the new high efficiency air conditioners on the market. Talk with a professional, like Home Comfort Systems, for more information. Thermostat. If your thermostat is very old, it may be unprogrammable. If you have an old thermostat, you can save a lot of money by installing a programmable thermostat that will help you to turn up and down the temperature in your home based on your changing cooling needs throughout the day. Cook Outdoors Cooking indoors releases a lot of heat into the home, especially if you have to run the oven. You can avoid this problem by engaging in that quintessential warm-weather activity: grilling. Take Cold Showers Taking cold showers throughout the day will help you stay cool, which will make it easier to avoid the temptation to turn down your air conditioner as the weather heats up. For more information about how you can control your cooling costs and stay comfortable this spring and summer, speak with your HVAC professional. He or she can give you tips and talk to you about improvements to your HVAC system that will help you meet your...

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