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Time For A New Heating & Air Conditioning Installation?

James Woods - Friday, April 11, 2014
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When It’s Time for New Air Conditioning | Air Conditioning Installation

Warmer days have arrived in the south, days warm enough to justify using the air conditioning. You replace the filter and set the thermostat to ac, lower the temp and-nothing. The only thing happening is the ac blowing warm air. A loud rattle and clank comes from the unit and then not even air is blowing. Your gut feeling says this is going to require a new air conditioning installation.

Your HVAC technician arrives to provide air conditioning service and the news is as bad as you expected. The cost to repair the 18 year old system isn’t worth it. The compressor is bad, and while a new one could be installed the lines and coil on the aging system are likely to sprout leaks like a hose pipe run over by the landscaper’s soil aerator. It has served you well during its numerous hot southern summers, you have provided routine maintenance but everything wears out. It’s time for a new air conditioning installation.

Today’s market provides a lot of options in heating and air conditioning. So many it may appear daunting, as well as time consuming to select a new system. You want to ensure that you choose the most energy efficient system, the most reliable, and the best option for your home. Use the following tips to assist you in selecting a new unit for air conditioning installation.

First, select an energy source. Most homeowners stick with the same type of system as they currently use, though there is no reason why you can’t change from gas to electric, for example. Let’s take a look at the differences.

Electric heat pumps are a very efficient and convenient way of heating and cooling your home. Today’s heat pump systems are considerably more energy efficient than those from even 5 years ago. Heat pumps have the additional advantage of the system being located outside. The condensing coils of other systems that are located inside the home are located outside the home with a heat pump. So you never have to worry about the pan overflowing and damaging the floor or walls. You will still have an air return inside the home, but it will only contain the air filter. A heat pump may be an excellent choice for both heating and air conditioning installation in the southern states.

Natural gas is a good heating source and is generally priced competitively on today’s energy market. If you don’t have natural gas already, it is a good idea to check with your local natural gas utility supplier for the current cost, as well as availability.

If your current gas furnace utilizes a hot flue pipe, you will benefit by upgrading to the newer condensing furnace. These can have a fuel efficiency of up to 98%. Today’s gas furnaces are in general much more fuel efficient. Gas heat is not dependent upon a minimum temperature for operation as a heat pump is, and may be a good option for those who live in colder regions. It is always a good idea when faced with a necessary air conditioning installation to replace the heat source as well. This is because components may not match up and using old components with a new ac can adversely effects its efficiency.

Geothermal Heat Pump: The geothermal heat pump is the most efficient system available and will outlast any other. Almost any home with a duct system can be converted to it. This system takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to increase efficiency and reduce the cost of operating heating and cooling systems. When combined with solar heating it becomes a geo-solar energy system and is even more energy efficient.

The initial cost of a geothermal heat pump is higher than for conventional HVAC systems, but the return on your investment is achieved within a reasonable amount of time. Geothermal will outlast all other systems with a service life of an estimated 25 years for inside components and 50 years plus for exterior ground components. Geothermal is a very good choice for those willing to pay the additional initial cost. The energy savings will continue long after the recovery of your initial investment, and is one reason for its growing popularity in the residential sector.

Central Air Conditioning: Most of today’s central air conditioning is more efficient than even 5 years ago making this a good time for an air conditioning installation. Look for a high SEER or EER rating. ENERGY STAR qualified products provide the best energy efficiency and may qualify for energy tax credits and/or government rebates. Central air provides air conditioning only. A separate heating system such as a furnace will have to be supplied.

The next step in choosing a new heating and air conditioning system is selecting a brand. HVAC warranty will vary between manufacturers, and an extended warranty may be available for some brands but not others. It is also well worth it to look into a homeowners policy that covers all of your homes appliances including existing or the new air conditioning installation. These policies generally repair or replace regardless of the appliances age, and are often well worth the cost. Ask your lender if your mortgage includes homeowner’s appliance insurance.

If you are considering installing an air filtration system, a high efficiency fan or a humidifier, when you are having a new heating and air conditioning installation provided is the best time for these upgrades.

Once you have narrowed your choices to two or three, it isn’t a bad idea to check customer satisfaction surveys on the products. These can be reveal models with reduced reliability.

Finally, talk to your HVAC contractor regarding parts availability for a particular brand, their personal experience with the systems dependability and its effectiveness in your region.

One of the biggest problems in HVAC systems are the installation of a system too large or too small for the home. Many people think a larger than needed system will make their home more comfortable. It won’t and will create a whole new host of problems that you will not want.

Ensure you receive a qualified HVAC contractor for new air conditioning installation. Air conditioning service will only provide for comfort and energy efficiency if a properly sized unit is correctly installed. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s expert technicians are experienced and certified, as well as dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction. When you are in the market for a new professional air conditioning installation for your home give us a call, we will be happy to provide for your air conditioning needs.

Heating & Air Conditioning Vent Safety

James Woods - Thursday, April 10, 2014
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High CFM Range Hood | Heating and Air Conditioning

The current trend of installing powerful commercial style range hoods in newer homes is creating an air balance problem that may affect not only the heating and air conditioning system, but may also potentially pull dangerous carbon monoxide gases back into the home through gas exhaust vents in a process called backdrafting.

The problem with these powerful fans is providing them with incoming fresh air to equal the air they exhaust. If air is not provided by a clean source, they may pull air from unclean sources, and even worse they may pull dangerous exhaust gases/air in from the exhaust vents of gas fired appliances into homes!

Homes are becoming tighter with better insulation, and while this is good for reducing the cost of heating and air conditioning it may be bad from a ventilation viewpoint, especially when the kitchen fan is pulling 1200 CFM.

With newer homes so tight, the air being pulled by a ventilation fan must come from somewhere. If it can’t draw clean air in a well-insulated home from the outside it will come from any available source such as chimneys and gas fired appliance exhaust vents. Gas fired appliances may be the hot water heater or the gas furnace portion of your heating and air conditioning system for example.

Nationwide, building code changes are beginning to call for Make Up Air when the kitchen range fan exceeds 300-400 CFM. If you live in an area where cold weather is not a problem the simplest means of providing the air required is to open a window. Otherwise, mechanical ventilation is a requirement.

Let’s look at some of the solutions for providing the air the new commercial style kitchen range hood requires.

  • Good- An opening to the outside can provide the required ventilation; this can be either by manual operation or electric. It is optional for air to be filtered but filtering may reduce performance as well as the amount of air provided. If you are located in a colder climate you may want to choose preheated incoming air.
  • Better- A power operated exterior opening with booster fan providing incoming air of an equal amount to the range hood fans exhaust of air, providing filtered and optional preheated incoming air.
  • Best- A self-contained filtered and heated make-up air fan. These are similar to the systems used by restaurants but on a smaller scale. They are large and costly but are a worry free way to go.

The means of concealing these fans in the kitchen is the use of grills or to locate them out of sight. Typical locations are cabinet bases, behind refrigerators, and installed in ceilings. Some locations will require a duct to provide the outside air a means of entry. If your make up air supplier has a filter you must consider access to the filter, access to an optional multispeed fan switch and access for providing a duct if necessary.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning serves the Dallas/Fort Worth regions. Our certified technicians provide for expert air conditioning installation and for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.

Fixing Leaks with AC Repair in Dallas

James Woods - Monday, April 07, 2014
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AC Leaking Water | AC Repair Dallas

If you have noticed water leaking from your air conditioner into your home your system requires immediate attention to avoid the damage water can cause to and to prevent further damage from occurring to the air conditioning system. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning certified technicians provide AC repair Dallas.

Your air conditioning removes humidity from the air making it feel cooler. The water collects into a pan where evaporation reduces it and any remaining water drains away via a condensate drain and outside of the home. If problems occur you may notice water is leaking into the floor. This requires immediate attention to prevent costly damage from occurring to your home, as well as the problems related to increased humidity such as comfort level. Give us a call, our dependable HVAC technicians will be happy to provide expert AC repair Dallas.

An additional reason to have this problem correctly quickly is that it can cause the need for additional repairs to the air conditioner if repairs are delayed. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can quickly pinpoint and repair this problem.

Common Causes of an Air Conditioning Water Leak

Stopped up Condensate Drain

Dirt and biological growth are the usual causes of a stopped up condensate tube, resulting in the shallow condensate pan overflowing. Water leaking from the cabinet can not only cause expensive damage to floors, walls and your homes framing, it can also damage the systems electrical components and can be hazardous. The drain will require cleaning, and it is likely that the condensate pan will require removal and cleaning. Give our experienced technicians a call for prompt AC repair Dallas.

Loose Drain Connection

The drain tube may be perfectly clean, but if the drain becomes disconnected due to age, corrosion, or improper installation leakage will occur. The connection must be restored or replaced and the line checked to ensure it is operable and in good condition. Our technicians will be happy to provide this service to your system, just give us a call for AC repair Dallas.

Frozen Coils

You may notice the coils are covered in ice. This very likely indicates a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is the chemical that enables the air conditioning to keep your home cool. If a refrigerant leak occurs you will notice that your ac is blowing warm air. A refrigerant leak will require a technician to seal the leak and recharge the system with refrigerant to restore cooling.

If all coolant has leaked out it is likely the system will require evacuation, this means air has entered the system and will have to be removed prior to refilling with refrigerant. Refrigerant loss is a common problem for aging systems. Our reliable technicians have the experience to provide prompt AC repair Dallas.

Age can cause coolant leaks with pinholes in the system or loose connections. A technician will use leak detectors to find the leak, repair it and in the absence of additional problems this will restore cooling to your home.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s certified technicians offer the experience and skilled training to provide professional service, maintenance, installation and repair to your heating and air conditioning system. Don’t wait until an air conditioning failure leaves you suffering in the heat. It is a proven fact that HVAC systems that are routinely maintained last longer and experience fewer breakdowns. Beat the rush by calling today for your air conditioners spring check-up. Your system will be inspected, tuned up for the best efficiency and any problems will be corrected before failure occurs.

If your system is getting on in age you may want to take advantage of our financing options. New air conditioning installation has never been easier and can pay for itself in time with energy savings. Recent innovations in the last few years in the HVAC Industry have produced the most energy efficient systems ever.

If you need installation, a spring tune-up, or AC repair in Dallas give us a call for prompt service. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s reliable technicians will be happy to assist you with all of your heating and air conditioning needs.