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Proper Maintenance Prevents Costly Air Conditioning Repair | Dallas

Daniel Molina - Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Duct Maintenance | Air Conditioning Repair Dallas

Indoor air quality is frequently worse than the outdoor air. The EPA estimates that indoor air pollution can be as much as five times worse than pollution levels outdoors. This is bad news for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. If your home is experiencing bad air quality, give us a call for duct maintenance and/or heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas.

An energy efficient home is built to reduce air infiltration and the escape of conditioned air. While energy efficiency is good for saving on the costs of heating and air conditioning, it prevents any fresh air from entering and can worsen air quality and increase the health concerns for the occupants, especially those with health problems.

It seems to be one of those situations where you can’t win for losing. However, there is a solution to improve the air quality, while maintaining comfort and energy efficiency. The first step is to ensure your home’s HVAC ductwork is clean, insulated, sealed and intact. Maintenance of the duct system is a task that will improve air quality and efficiency. With winter just around the corner a good time to take care of this chore is now before the temperature drops.

Clean Ducts

Cleaning inside the ducts is only required when and if necessary. Ducts will require prompt cleaning if you detect mold, signs of vermin or insects inside the ductwork. Contact a pest control expert if needed, and have the ducts thoroughly cleaned. Otherwise, the health hazards and effects will worsen for those with asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues.

Seal Ducts

The duct system can leak air, allowing conditioned air out, and potentially contaminated air in, due the loosening of seals, holes in the duct or separation of duct pipes. The duct system is more than simply a delivery of air. There are several factors involved in duct design and installation requiring a specific size that is compatible with the home’s HVAC system. Holes, loose seals or pipes all will affect the balance of the entire system.

As a consequence, the HVAC system can be overworked, increasing wear resulting in increased heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas and a reduced life-span of the system. Furthermore, elevated energy bills with reduced efficiency and performance will occur. An example of the potential for adverse effects upon air quality is best understood by a duct system beneath a home with a crawlspace. Leaky ducts can result in potentially stale air and dust from beneath the home being introduced into the home, and into the HVAC system potentially requiring it to be professionally cleaned.

When you will be providing the inspection of ducts yourself, use the following tips:

Ductwork often runs through tight spaces such as a crawlspace, making the location of leaks, and often their repair, difficult. To make it easier to locate leak sources, turn the HVAC fan on the thermostat to the “On” rather than automatic. This will cause the fan to run until you return it to automatic, assisting you to find leaks while inspecting the ducts.

If you find areas requiring resealing, turn off the HVAC fan and apply mastic sealant, metal tape, or aerosol sealant to repair any leaks. Loose pipe connections should be reconnected and sealed. Damaged ductwork will affect the system pressure, as well as cause leaks. Replacement of damaged ductwork should only be provided by a certified HVAC technician to provide heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas.

Give us a call to schedule a certified, professional HVAC technician to provide heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas of your home’s ductwork.

Insulate

Insulation will help to conserve the conditioned air produced by the HVAC system year round. Consequently, energy consumption will be reduced, along with unnecessary wear and tear on the HVAC system, reducing the need for heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas. It is especially beneficial to insulate duct running through the attic or the crawlspace. Select the appropriate R-value insulation for your homes location for the greatest effectiveness.

Tune-up

Have you had your furnace tuned-up for the winter? Give us a call, our reliable experts will inspect, clean, tune-up and provide any necessary heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas. Annual maintenance ensures the system is running at its peak efficiency.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers certified professionals providing duct maintenance and repair, heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, maintenance and installation. When you want service you can depend upon, and professionals you can trust, call Garland Heating and Air Conditioning. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas.

Ditch Space Heaters With Heating & Air Conditioning Installation

Daniel Molina - Monday, October 13, 2014
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Space Heaters | Air Conditioning Installation

Numerous homeowner’s utilize electric space heaters during the winter, which pose serious risks to the safety of family members. The average electric space heater costs approximately 30 cents per hour to operate depending upon the cost of electricity. In comparison, a modern central HVAC system heats the entire home for the same cost or less. In the long run, cost effectiveness, efficiency and safety are best provided by a central heating and air conditioning installation.

Space heaters may utilize electricity, gas or other fossil fuels, with electric heaters being the most common. Electric space heaters use an extremely high electric current to heat the electric coils, and blowing air across them to warm the air and the space.

It is a known fact that space heaters are a common cause of house fires. Depending upon the manufacturer, they generally require that heaters be located 3 to 6 feet away from objects. This includes walls, carpet and rugs, with few people considering these, thinking only of furniture, curtains and similar objects.

Furthermore, electric space heaters can cause house fires by overloading the electrical wiring within a home. Potential clues that an electric space heater is overloading the home’s circuits and potentially causing the electric wiring to overheat are thrown circuit breakers and electrical outlets that no longer work. If this is occurring in your home, lives may be at risk. Call us today to discuss how Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can assist you with central heating and air conditioning installation.

Gas or other fossil fueled space heaters pose their own hazards. The pilot flame of gas space heaters may go out when gas pressure falls, or components fail. Safety features are more likely to fail in a cheaply made gas space heater than in a furnace or other HVAC system. Gas space heaters also pose a fire risk. The appliances owner’s manual provides the best guide for determining the required distance between the heaters and objects.

Furthermore, gas space heaters rarely have the ventilation flue that a furnace requires. The flue is a pipe through which dangerous carbon monoxide emissions are exhausted to the outside of the home. The lack of a flue places families who utilize fossil fueled space heaters at extreme risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas occurring as a consequence of the burning of fossil fuels including natural gas, kerosene, propane, charcoal and the wood burning fireplace or heater, for example.

Installing carbon monoxide detectors is highly recommended for homes using fossil fuel for heating, cooking or the hot water heater. Even with properly vented appliances, these detectors may save lives if a component fails. The risks posed by fossil fueled space heaters is significantly greater than with central heating and air conditioning installation. Nevertheless, these detectors are insurance that can save lives.

Common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weakness, chest pain and confusion and it can result in loss of consciousness and death. Persons sleeping when levels become toxic can die without ever being aware of symptoms. This is why carbon monoxide detectors are recommended near bedrooms, with at least one on each floor.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has partnered with Wells Fargo Financial National Bank to offer flexible financing options. Financing can provide you with an energy efficient system, and a financing plan to fit almost any budget. Call today to apply for flexible financing of a new heating and air conditioning installation ensuring a safer system for the life and comfort of your family and home.

Call Garland Heating and Air Conditioning a today for a new heating and air conditioning installation. Our HVAC technicians are experienced and certified professionals trained to accurately configure the system your home requires for an energy efficient heating and air conditioning installation.

AC Blowing Warm Air | AC Repair

Daniel Molina - Friday, October 10, 2014

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Air Conditioning Repair | AC Blowing Warm Air

The air conditioning remains in use during overly warm fall days. When the AC breaks down during what may well be the last warm days of fall don’t panic. The cause may a simple one that you can correct yourself. You had planned to have a new unit installed next spring, and are reluctant to pay for air conditioning repair. After all, the money could go towards a new system. Try the following tips before calling for repair:

When the AC is blowing warm air, check out the following before calling for repair:

  • First, check the fan setting. If the fan is sitting in the ON or RUN position rather than AUTO, the fan will run continuously, blowing warm air unless the compressor kicks on.
  • Check the thermostat and ensure it is in the COOL position. Next, check the temperature of the room and the selected temperature. The selected temperature must be lower than the inside temperature reading for the AC to cut on. If the thermostat says the inside temperature is 84 degrees F; the air conditioner will not cut on with the thermostat set at 85 degrees or above.
  • Check to ensure all air registers are open. Do not block registers or the air return. Ensure the area around them remains clear to allow proper air flow.
  • Check the filter, a dirty filter can prevent airflow to the system, reducing its efficiency and can lead to overheating of the system and cause a breaker to be thrown. It can also cause dirty coils which can lead to a lack of cooling. On average, filters should be changed monthly unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer.
  • Check the home electrical service panel; all circuit breakers should be in the ON position. If the AC breaker is off, flip the switch back to ON and check for AC operation.
  • The condenser is the portion of the system located outside of the home. There should be a disconnect switch located near the unit in a box mounted nearby on the house. Ensure it is in the ON position. Listen for the fan running on the central unit. If ice is visible you will require air conditioning repair. For proper operation and to prevent potential damage, the condenser should not be blocked by vegetation or other objects.
  • Split systems may have a breaker located inside the units air handler within the home. If applicable to the HVAC system in your home, ensure it’s in the ON position. Be cautious of wiring due to the risk of electrical shock. If ice is present on the refrigerant lines you will require a certified HVAC technician for repair.
  • Tripped electrical breakers can be a cause of the AC blowing warm air. The loss of refrigerant is also potential cause of the AC blowing warm air.

Once you have provided these steps, if the AC is blowing warm air, it will require repair by a certified technician. Routine annual maintenance of the AC system, or bi-annual maintenance for heating and air conditioning systems during the spring and the fall, along with routine filter changes is the most effective action a homeowner can provide in preventing breakdowns.

When replacement seems to be your best option, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can assist you with financing available through Wells Fargo Financial.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning provides prompt and professional heating and air conditioning service. When the AC is blowing warm air call our certified HVAC professionals for air conditioning repair or installation. You can rely upon us for your comfort.