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Air Conditioning Repair & Safety | Plano, TX

Daniel Molina - Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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HVAC Safety | Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX

The safety of your home's HVAC equipment is essential for protecting your home and family from the hazards of fire. The annual inspections provided by qualified HVAC technicians during maintenance not only keep them operating optimally for greater comfort and efficiency, they assist in maintaining HVAC safety. To identify and prevent malfunctions, HVAC equipment should be cleaned and tuned-up by an HVAC professional each year. This service will eliminate debris, and diagnose any malfunctions that could start fires, enabling heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX before a larger problem, or a fire can occur.

Gas furnaces should be inspected annually to ensure the safety of all components. Leaking fuel lines or cracks in the furnace's heat exchanger can cause dangerous carbon monoxide gas to enter the home. Safety switches should be tested and combustion requirements checked to ensure the furnace is working safely. When problems are detected, timely heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX is essential.

Electric heating systems also require annual inspections. During a tune-up, the HVAC technician will check for loose electrical connections which can result in increased electrical use, and burnt wires. In addition to the inspection of wires and connections, safety switches and relays within the system will also be checked to ensure your safety. While fires in the system are relatively rare, prevention with routine maintenance, and heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX when required is the best policy for ensuring your family's safety.

While you probably understand the association of heat with fires, you may find it surprising that the air conditioner can also cause fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are approximately 2,500 fires in the U.S. each year involving central and room air conditioners, compared to 500 fires per year for heat pumps.

The leading factor in residential air conditioning fires are mechanical or electrical failures. One-third of the fires began in the wire or cable insulation. Heavy use with a lack of routine maintenance can result in malfunctions of any type of system, with the potential for a fire to occur. Heavy use can also cause your air conditioning unit to overheat, especially when it is undersized for your home. Undersized HVAC systems are a common occurrence and underscore the importance of using a qualified and experienced HVAC contractor for heating and air conditioning installation, and heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

Furnace Odors and Fire Prevention

Dusty and Burnt Odors

Dusty, burnt odors are normal after the system has been unused for several months. The odor originates from accumulated dust and/or perhaps a little lubrication when the system is started up. It will often stop within an hour or so, but may persist for a few days. However, if the odor persists, it can indicate a larger issue requiring heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX and should be checked by a professional HVAC technician.

Natural Gas or Fuel Odor

If you detect the odor of rotten eggs, it is likely that you have a gas leak. If the odor is strong, leave your house, go to a neighbor's home and call 911. Notify the gas utility company. They will turn off the gas supply and locate the source of the leak. If it is determined the leak is inside your furnace, a professional HVAC contractor will need to check it before you can use the furnace to ensure it is safe to operate.

Damp or Musty Odors

Homes can experience a buildup of mold inside ductwork or the equipment producing a musty, moldy odor. If the odor appears to be strongest at the registers, have the furnace and ducts inspected. During the summer, as the air conditioning coil extracts moisture in the air, a stopped up condensing drain, or a coil in need of professional cleaning, can result in excess moisture in the condensation pan, and an increase in moisture within the ducts, potentially resulting in mold formation.

Furthermore, an excess of condensate may result in water infiltrating electrical components, resulting in a short. If you note water running from the system on floors contact your technician for air conditioning repair in Plano, TX. Doing so can prevent damage to your home from water, as well as damage to components. An additional potential source of the odor can be ducts in need of sealing. This can result in the HVAC system drawing in odors from a crawlspace, attic or basement depending upon where the ducts are located.

Burning Wire Odor

The acrid odor of burning electrical wire can indicate a malfunction in the systems components, including wiring. If you detect electrical odors coming from the system, have your equipment inspected a.s.a.p. to prevent further issues and damage, and a potential fire. If you are familiar with the odor of electrical wire burning, shut off your system and call your technician for heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

Remember to change your filters as recommended, and schedule annual system maintenance and inspection to maintain peak operation and HVAC safety. When your HVAC system is experiencing a problem, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for quality heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX. Our certified and skilled technicians will identify the issue and provide the service necessary to ensure the proper operation and safety of your system. We serve Plano, Dallas and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Repair or Replace AC | Dallas Texas

Daniel Molina - Monday, February 16, 2015
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Repair or Replace | AC Repair Dallas

A functional HVAC is fundamental to your home's comfort. In the cold of winter, having heat isn't simply a comfort measure, when the temperatures are deeply cold, heat can be fundamental to survival. Unfortunately, like any other mechanical device, the heating and air conditioning system will eventually wear out. With winter currently fully involved, if you're experiencing furnace problems, you may be wondering whether it's in your best interest to repair or replace it. With age, the system's efficiency will deteriorate, and when repetitive furnace or AC repair in Dallas affects both its reliability and your budget, it is time to consider replacement. The decision isn't always this clear cut.

Your HVAC technician can assess your HVAC system, and determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the ideal solution.

When Repair Is Best

In most cases, furnace problems can be repaired by a NATE-certified, HVAC professional. When the furnace is less than 10 years old, repair will typically resolve its issues. In addition, if the furnace is still heating efficiently, repair is likely the logical choice. From the homeowner's perspective, a continuing increase in the energy bill and uneven heating indicates the furnace is not performing efficiently.

Generally, when furnace repairs cost one-third of the cost of a new heating system, and your furnace in the first half of its predicted lifetime, repair is likely your best choice. For example, if a ten year old HVAC system required repairs for the past two years and is in need of heating or AC repair in Dallas again, consider the previous charges plus the current cost of repair. If the three repairs equal one-third of the cost of a new system, purchasing a new system is the optimal choice.

In addition, keep in mind that other factors may be affecting the system's performance and efficiency. The thermostat may need to be replaced if the system is operating irregularly, and the ductwork may need resealing. A Garland Heating and Air Conditioning professional is your best source for determining the condition of your home's current HVAC system, its condition, and the advisability of whether to repair or replace.

When Replacement Is Best

The expected lifespan of a well maintained HVAC system is 15-20 years. Keep in mind your system operates year round. As age and use create wear on components, an increased frequency in heating and AC repair in Dallas will eventually occur. It stands to reason when a 15 year old system is experiencing increased repairs due to worn out components, it is time for replacement.

Homeowners need to be aware that the quality of installation and proper sizing of the HVAC system is crucial to its longevity and performance. Perhaps your system is fairly new, and is experiencing repetitive heating and AC repair in Dallas.

Setting a new unit based on the home's square footage isn't the only consideration. There are a number of factors the installer must equate into accurately configuring the system your home needs. For example, the number and size of windows, the direction they face, and their insulating ability is one factor. How well insulated the home is, and a number of other factors must be considered. Otherwise, you may end up with a system that is undersized, and therefore overworked, resulting in a system that wears out quickly, and breaks down often requiring consistent heating and AC repair in Dallas.

If your furnace isn't sized or installed properly, you should consider replacing the system in order to receive proper operation and maximum efficiency, and less wear and tear resulting in frequent heating and AC repair in Dallas. Ensure that you hire a qualified HVAC company to avoid these issues. For professional assistance in your repair or replace decision of your home's furnace or HVAC system, contact Garland Heating & Air Conditioning today. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Energy Efficient Heating & Air Conditioning Tips

Daniel Molina - Friday, February 13, 2015
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Energy Efficiency Tips | Heating and Air Conditioning

With increasingly cold winters, and the need to save on energy costs, homeowner's look for additional ways to save money, while reducing the global effects of climate change. The following energy efficiency tips can assist you in keeping your home warm this winter, while saving on the cost of energy, and ensuring your heating and air conditioning system's safety.

  • Ensuring the heating and air conditioning system is serviced each year by a qualified HVAC technician will ensure the safe operation and peak energy efficiency of the system, while extending its service life.
  • Replacing or cleaning (if applicable) the filter each month maintains the proper performance, and prevents dirty coils and fans which can reduce the airflow throughout the system. This would adversely affect your comfort and the air quality of your home, while potentially causing damage to the heating and air conditioning system.
  • The seals on duct work can loosen, allowing air leaks or even separation of pipes. Seal leaky ducts with mastic, metal backed tape or aerosol sealant. Pipes that have separated should be reconnected and sealed. Garland's heating and air conditioning professionals can provide the repair that you need.
  • Set the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees during the day when the home is occupied. Overnight, set the temperature at least 5 degrees cooler. When away from home for more than a few hours, set your thermostat on 55 degrees for maximum energy savings.
  • A programmable thermostat will enable you to regulate your heating and air conditioning system to conform to your schedule, saving you up to 20% on energy costs.
  • Use caution when utilizing ventilation fans, and close the fireplace flue as they both of these pull conditioned air from the home.
  • Do not block registers or the air supply with furniture or other objects. You want to maintain adequate air supply to the heating and air conditioning system. Proper air circulation to the system ensures maximum efficiency and ensures the proper delivery of conditioned air to the home, while preventing damage to the HVAC system.
  • Humidified air makes the home feel warmer, reducing the amount of heat needed and enabling you to set the thermostat lower. Consider a whole house humidification system for the greatest comfort and reduced symptoms of dry air, such as dry skin and a runny nose.
  • Inside doors that tend to be closed frequently should allow for adequate ventilation. The doors require a specific gap at their bottom to ensure adequate ventilation and proper operation of the system.
  • Open the drapes & shades located on south–facing windows, and allow sunlight to enter the home; close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows. The use of thick or thermal drapes can reduce drafts and the work load on your home's HVAC system. Seal draft gaps around windows and doors to prevent drafty air intrusions.
  • Consider a new energy efficient heating and air conditioning system. Today's high efficiency equipment can save you significantly on your utility bill. Check with your local utility and electric company to see if the purchase of an Energy Star approved system can earn a rebate or tax credit, reducing your initial investment.
  • Do not store or use combustible materials such as paper, chemicals, paint, rags or cleaning products near any heat source, including the furnace.
  • Gas furnace flues and the chimney should be inspected annually by professionals to ensure no blockage is present. Blockage can result in devastating consequences when toxic carbon monoxide fills the home.
  • If your home has gas heat or gas appliances (including the hot water heater), install carbon monoxide detectors, and change the batteries every 6 months.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers certified and experienced HVAC technicians. Our technicians provide heating and air conditioning repair, installation and maintenance with the expertise to meet or exceed the industry's recommendations. Each year, HVAC installations are provided by inexperienced technicians who inaccurately configure the system required for a home's individual characteristics, such as number, quality, and directional facing of windows. Our installations are accurately configured for your home's requirements.

Our certified professionals are dedicated to providing quality HVAC services that meet or exceed the heating and air conditioning industry standards, as well as ensuring your comfort, safety and satisfaction. Our technicians are NATE certified, background checked and drug tested. We hope you found our energy efficiency tips useful. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas. We provide emergency HVAC service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for your convenience. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.