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Can Your Home Take the Heat?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 07:04 PM
Author: onlineeditor

When it’s severely hot outside, an AC system that you can rely on is worth its weight in gold. When you use your AC system on a steady basis during the hot months, however, normal wear and tear can take its toll. Just as with any service equipment or machinery that you depend on, periodic preventative maintenance is important for keeping your AC system in good working order. HVAC industry standards call for AC systems to have a checkup annually. Heat pumps should be serviced twice a year to account for both cooling and heating months.

About Preventative Maintenance

Proactive AC maintenance not only prevents a system failure during severely hot weather, it also helps keep utility costs for energy under control.There are some measures you can take on your own to help ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly all cooling season long.

  • Inspect and change your air filters. Air filters that are not changed regularly become clogged and that restricts cool airflow, which makes your system work harder than it should. It’s best to inspect your filters monthly and change them when a visual buildup of dust and debris is present. They should be replaced at least once every three months.
  • Keep outside components free from debris. Make sure to keep yard debris away from your outside AC components. Trim trees and bushes to allow for clear airflow.
  • Inspect wires that connect to your HVAC system for signs of wear, tear or corrosion. If they appear damaged, be sure to contact an HVAC professional for assistance.

While there are some steps you can take on your own to keep your system running smoothly, there’s no replacing professional maintenance. Here are just some of the things a technician will check and do during a routine maintenance call:

  • Listen for abnormal sounds
  • Check for leaks in ductwork
  • Check the refrigerant charge
  • Audit system for unusual odors
  • Visually inspect working parts for corrosion
  • Lubricate moving parts to lessen wear and tear

Scheduling an Appointment

If it’s time to kick your AC’s tires, so to say, the professionals at Air Repair Inc. are here to help. Just give us a call today so we can help you make sure you stay cool all summer long!

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Ductless Systems Deliver Comfort on Demand

Friday, March 7, 2014 @ 03:03 PM
Author: onlineeditor

Traditional central heating and air conditioning systems rely upon a network of air ducts and vents so that the heated or conditioned air can be blown throughout the system and into each room of the house or building. Ductless systems do not require air ducts and vents; instead, each room or zone is set up with its own thermostat, fan and power. This is connected to the outdoor heat pump that exchanges heat with the outdoor environment. A chemical coolant, R-410a, flows in tubing between the heat pump and the indoor unit of each zone to allow for zoned climate control. Each zone can be set to a different temperature and each thermostat is programmable for optimal efficiency and comfort.

How Does Ductless HVAC Installation Work?

The installation of a ductless residential or commercial heating system involves the setup of equipment indoors and outdoors. The outside unit consists of the actual heat pump. This is housed within a metal cabinet and looks similar to the outdoor portion of an air conditioning system. The indoor equipment is set up with one unit in each zone. The home or business owner can select how the zones are arranged. In a home, the owner may desire to have each bedroom as a separate zone and then the common living areas as another zone. The indoor equipment is mounted onto the wall or ceiling and includes a small box that houses the fan, fan motor and thermostat as well as connections to the electrical system. A length of tubing goes between the box and the outdoor unit. A separate remote control may be included. The remote control works as a convenient way to control the thermostat for each zone. The installation process of a ductless system takes one or two days to complete.

What Are the Benefits of Ductless Heating Systems?

Ductless heating systems offer state-of-the-art efficiency and performance. In traditional heating systems, up to 40 percent of the heated air may be lost due to air leaks in the ducts. This sort of heat loss does not happen with a ductless system. Instead of heating up the whole house or building, home and building owners may choose to just warm the zone that they are in at the time. This reduces the energy consumption of the heating system. In this way, ductless systems deliver comfort on demand. In addition to a smaller carbon footprint, ductless heating systems can lead to a significant savings.

When it comes to energy efficient, on-demand comfort, it’s difficult to beat the convenience and affordability of a ductless system. At Air Repair Inc., our technicians offer installation and maintenance of residential and commercial ductless HVAC equipment. Call us any time to learn more about going ductless or to schedule an HVAC installation for your Hilton Head, SC, home or business.


Keep Comfy Around the Clock with a Programmable Thermostat

Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 08:02 PM
Author: onlineeditor

Health experts recommend adjusting your thermostat before you go to bed at night to create an environment that’s conducive to sound sleep. Lowering the temperature in the winter or raising it in the summer at bedtime helps keep your energy bills manageable, too. No one in Hilton Head, SC, wants to wake up to a too-cold or too-hot home, however. A programmable thermostat lets you schedule your HVAC system to raise or lower the temperature before your alarm wakes you up for the day. Because these savvy devices feature multiple settings, you can program them to adjust the temperature automatically throughout the day, adding to your savings without compromising your comfort.

Choosing the Right Thermostat for You

The first generation of setback thermostats were often so difficult to program that only around 10 percent of the people that bought them actually programmed them. Today’s modern versions feature user-friendly interfaces that make them a breeze to use. The best programmable controls and thermostats come with an array of innovative functions and features, ranging from a thermostat the alerts you when it’s time to change the air filter to a WiFi thermostat that lets you access the device from your smartphone. Carrier’s Infinity Touch Control, for example, controls temperatures, humidity and air flow for up to eight zones in your home when connected to a compatible HVAC system.

Not every thermostat works with every heater or air conditioner, however, so it’s a good idea to consult an HVAC professional to ensure that you select the model best suited for your heating and cooling systems. Standard features to look for include:

  • Easy-to-read digital displays
  • Intuitive programming functions
  • At least four setback setting for each day of the week
  • Functions that let you override settings without losing programming
  • Vacation hold programming

Maximize Your Savings

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports savings as high as 15 percent on heating and cooling bills when thermostats are set back 10 degrees for an eight-hour period. The percentage of savings is even greater for homes in milder climates. Simply program the device to adjust the temperature a half hour before you arrive home, and you can enjoy optimal savings while maximizing your comfort, too.

For around-the-clock comfort, it’s hard to beat a programmable thermostat hooked up to a well-maintained HVAC system. Enrolling in a preventative maintenance program makes it easy to ensure that your heating and cooling systems achieve peak performance. Scheduled maintenance visits also help prevent the need for an HVAC repair or replacement, saving you money now as well as later.

Whether you’re shopping for a programmable thermostat or you’d like to schedule HVAC repair or maintenance services, the experts at Air Repair, Inc. can help you enjoy the highest level of comfort in your home while lowering your monthly energy bills at the same time. Just give us a call today to find out how we can help improve your home’s comfort level!

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Constant Furnace Cycling Driving You Crazy?

Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 09:01 AM
Author: onlineeditor

With chilly weather and increased heating activity, this is a common time for furnace issues to crop up. Constant cycling of your furnace can be annoying, especially if your home isn’t heating properly. It’s important to evaluate the issue to ensure that you can improve your home comfort.

Why Does My Furnace Cycle On and Off?

A call for heat occurs when your thermostat records that the room temperature has dropped below the desired temperature setting. When the desired temperature is reached, the call for heat ends. Colder weather may lead to longer periods of equipment operation and shorter times in between cycles. However, unusual cycling may signal a problem with your controls or equipment. If the furnace quickly turns on and off without doing much to heat your home, you are dealing with an issue known as short cycling.

Airflow is one possible cause, often easily rectified. Check your air filter to be sure that it is clean enough to permit an easy flow of air through your system. You should begin a heating season with a new filter, and you should check its condition each month to verify that it isn’t clogged with excessive dirt and debris. You can also verify that there aren’t blockages over vents that might be affecting the ability of air to circulate through your home.

Thermostat problems could also trigger constant cycling. Check your batteries to be sure that they aren’t bad. A bad thermostat could also be a concern, an issue that your heating contractor can identify.

Sensors and overheating issues may also lead to cycling problems. Internal components and issues require the expertise of a professional as DIY diagnostics can be costly and imprecise. They can also lead to compromised system safety in the case of combustion heating equipment. If your system issue isn’t resolved by an air filter or battery change, it’s time to contact your heating service provider.

Heading Off Heating Repair Issues

Although system malfunctions can be unpredictable, it is important to consider annual maintenance of your furnace to limit your risk of problems like short cycling. A tune-up allows your heating service provider to check for leaks, broken parts and other component failures. Residue can be cleaned from heat exchangers and sensors as well. Venting equipment and safeties are tested to ensure that your combustion equipment is operating safely. Up to 95 percent of system problems can be avoided by remembering to service your unit ahead of the winter heating season.

Air Repair Inc. can provide thorough diagnostics to pinpoint the source of your short cycling issue. We can also optimize your system so that you can count on better home comfort and energy efficiency in the coming months of cold weather. Feel free to contact our office to discuss your needs or schedule an appointment.


Why Does My Heater Blow Cold Air?

Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 09:12 PM
Author: onlineeditor

Common heater problems can create a lot of stress at inopportune moments. Instead of panicing, take time to do some troubleshooting so that you don’t spend money on an unnecessary service call from your HVAC contractor. In some cases, issues like your heater blowing cold air can be resolved without help.

Troubleshooting Problems with Your Heater

One of the simplest checks of your heating system begins with a review of thermostat settings. This is especially important if you have children in the house or if you are just turning your unit on for the first time this winter. An incorrect setting can lead to a burst of cold air, so be sure that you have the heating function selected. Additionally, verify that the temperature setting is greater than the current room temperature. You may also want to verify that the battery for your thermostat is good, making a replacement as needed.

Another issue that you may face, especially at the start of the heating season, is the system being slow to warm up. If the air blows cold at first but heats after a few minutes of operating, then you may not need to be concerned. This may be a matter of cold air being moved out of the ducts as hot air is forced through. If the problem continues, you may need to consult with a heating services provider. In some cases, electronic controls and timers may be malfunctioning, requiring heater repair. Additionally, dirty sensors or problems with the fuel supply can play a role.

Other troubleshooting steps to complete before you call for heater repair include:

  • Check your air filter to make sure that it isn’t clogged with excessive dirt
  • Verify that the pilot is lit
  • Check gas valves to be sure that the supply isn’t hindered
  • Verify that electrical switches are connected and on
  • Check the fuse box for a tripped switch
  • Make sure that your fuel supply hasn’t been interrupted by an outage with the provider
  • Note any error codes on display panels

Head Off Heater Repair Needs Ahead of Time

It may be early in the season, but many companies providing heating services are beginning to see a marked increase in repair needs. It’s important to maintain your system so that you can avoid these early issues by having a thorough inspection and tune-up in the fall months. It’s not too late to have that tune-up completed now, and it could save you further problems with comfort and safety as the winter months progress. Your technician will make adjustments, cleaning burners, sensors and heat exchangers to ensure that your equipment operates as efficiently as possible. Safety mechanisms and venting components are also inspected to ensure that your furnace operates according to manufacturer standards. Home heating is considered to be the second greatest cause of fires in residential structures, making careful maintenance of your system a critical concern.

Air Repair Inc. can answer questions about any heating issues that you can’t resolve with simple troubleshooting efforts. We provide 24/7 repair services in emergency situations, and we can schedule heating maintenance at your convenience. Call our office to schedule an appointment or learn more.


Time for You Annual Heater Tune-Up!

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 09:11 PM
Author: onlineeditor

Now that the fall season is well underway, the chill in the air reminds many homeowners that it’s time for their annual furnace maintenance appointment. If possible, you should have your home heating system tune-up before the colder winter weather is here to stay. This ensures that your HVAC equipment is up to the task of keeping you and your family warm in the months ahead. You can achieve maximum energy efficiency for your home or business by scheduling a preventative maintenance appointment every autumn.

Your Furnace or Boiler Needs a Comprehensive Tune-up

While it is important to change the air filter and keep the area around your furnace clean, these actions alone aren’t enough to improve efficiency. That requires professional preventative maintenance from Air Repair, Inc. Our home heating system tune-ups include all of the following:

  • Calibration of your thermostat
  • Cleaning of furnace ignition and burner assemblies, condensate drains and air filters
  • Testing furnace starting capabilities and safety controls
  • Checking combustion air and gas piping
  • Monitoring flue levels
  • Checking for damage and corrosion on the heat exchanger
  • Ensuring correct air flow
  • Measuring volts and amps and making sure all electrical wiring is tight
  • Lubricating all moving parts
  • Ensuring correct air flow and gas pressure

At the start of each preventative maintenance appointment, we check the carbon monoxide level of your furnace to make sure there are no safety issues. We encourage you to bring any concerns to our attention at the start of the appointment.

Why Preventative Maintenance is Important

Even though your heating system will have to be replaced eventually, you can add several years to its lifespan with annual preventative maintenance. When your furnace is operating efficiently, it improves comfort and decreases operating costs. This means that your heating bills will be lower, your family will be healthier and you won’t need to schedule repairs so often. Furnace tune-ups are a great way for our technicians to detect problems that could develop into expensive repairs later.

A common problem with furnaces that don’t receive routine maintenance is uneven distribution of heat throughout the home. When this happens, you aren’t as comfortable as you should be. Dirty furnaces also emit dust through air vents, which can be problematic for people with respiratory issues. Fortunately, these problems can be avoided with annual tune-ups. No matter what type of appointment you need to schedule, we encourage you to check our specials page for money-saving coupons first.


How to Save Money on Electricity

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 03:10 PM
Author: onlineeditor

The appliances that homeowners in Belleair, FL, rely on for cooking and cleaning have become more efficient over the last decade, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), and that’s resulted in significant energy savings. Unfortunately, those savings have been offset by an increased use of electronics like computers, televisions and video game consoles.

More homes have central air conditioning than ever before too. In 1980, less than 25 percent of homes had central AC. Today, more than 60 percent of American homes are equipped with central cooling systems. You can save the most money on your electrical bills by concentrating on reductions in energy consumption of your home’s biggest energy spenders.

Banish Energy Vampires

The EIA reports that the average American home has 2.5 televisions. Around 35 percent of households have multiple computers and nearly 30 percent have at least four electronic devices that require recharging every day. Many home electronics continue to draw power when not in use. Any device with LED lights is using electricity whether it’s on or off. Plug energy vampires into power strips so that you can cut off power at the source by flicking off the switch. If you don’t wish to turn off your computer completely, set it to switch to hibernate mode when not in uses and save $75 or more on your annual electrical costs.

Money-Saving Tips for Air Conditioning Systems

According to the EIA, residential air conditioning in sunny Florida accounts for around 27 percent of household energy consumption, four times more than the national average. These money-saving tips can significantly lower your cooling costs:

  • Schedule Preventive Air Conditioning Service. Professional AC tune-ups ensure that your cooling system operates at optimal energy efficiency. A study by the EPA found that well-maintained HVAC systems use up to 25 percent less energy than neglected systems. Your system will last longer and need fewer repairs when you enroll in a seasonal maintenance program.
  • Air Seal Your Home. Any crack or gap that lets hot air into your home forces your AC to run longer. Address common sources of air filtration such as drafty windows and doors or gaps around utility entrances in exterior walls.
  • Have Your Ductwork Pressure Tested. The EPA estimates that around 20 percent of the air that passes through ductwork is lost to leaks. A professional pressure test will indicate whether you can save money by sealing and insulating the ducts.

Know When to Upgrade

An outdated plasma television can account for as much as 10 percent of your home’s annual energy consumption. Replacing the set with an Energy Star qualified LED model can save you a bundle. The same applies to older refrigerators and air conditioners as well. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that replacing older cooling systems with high efficiency air conditioners can save consumers as much as 40 percent on household cooling costs.

At Air West Air Conditioning, we’re proud to offer products and services that help you save money on electricity, from tune-ups to innovative AC systems. To learn more money-saving tips or to schedule service, contact us today.


Why Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 03:10 PM
Author: onlineeditor

Why Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned

Cough, sniffle, sneeze – it might might not be a cold virus that’s giving you trouble. It could be your air ducts. The air ducts within your home are responsible for the delivery of the warmed or conditioned air produced by the heating and cooling system. Your home could contain several hundred linear feet of air ducts, and within those ducts, dust, pollen, dander, and other contaminants lurk, waiting to contaminate the air that you breathe. Professional air duct cleaning can eliminate these contaminants so that you can enjoy a better quality of life.

What’s Lurking Inside Air Ducts

All sorts of contaminants make their way into the air ducts of your home. Some of the most common particulates in the air ducts include:

  • Dander from household pets.
  • Pollen from indoor and outdoor plants.
  • Dust and dust mites.
  • Mold spores.
  • Bacteria and viruses.
  • The waste from insects and past or current rodent infestations.

How Air Duct Cleaning Affects Indoor Air Quality

Each time the air conditioner or heating system turns on, air is blown through the ducts. With each cycle of the system, some of the contaminants from the air ducts are picked up by the stream of moving air and blown into the living areas of your home. Professional duct cleaning services make use of powerful vacuums to extract the contaminants from the air ducts. After the ducts are professionally cleaned and sanitized, the indoor air quality of the home improves.

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Even though you don’t see the inside of your home’s air ducts, there are many benefits to having them professionally cleaned. After your ducts are cleaned, you may notice:

  • Increased energy efficiency of the heating and cooling system. The increased surface area and volume of the air ducts makes it easier for the heated or conditioned air to pass through the ducts and into the living spaces of the home.
  • Greater level of indoor comfort. Clean, wide open ducts allows the home to be warmed or cooled more evenly.
  • Lower incidence of allergies, respiratory illnesses, and asthma flare-ups.

To enjoy a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment, your Hilton Head, SC, home’s air ducts should be professionally cleaned every 3 to 5 years. If there are several furry pets in your home, or if there’s a smoker or someone with allergies, you might consider cleaning the air ducts every 2 to 3 years to remove the built up contaminants. To learn more about how air ducts are cleaned or about our current duct cleaning specials, call us at Air Repair Inc. any time.


AC Leaking Water? What is Normal and What Is Not

Monday, September 2, 2013 @ 08:09 AM
Author: onlineeditor

Looking outside at the condenser unit or in your home at the evaporator unit of the air conditioner to see a puddle of water could be an alarming experience for any homeowner. If you have ever wondered why air conditioners leak water, our team at Air Repair Inc. has the answers you’ve been looking for. With this guidance, you can determine whether your Hilton Head, SC, air conditioner is behaving as it should be or if it needs an air conditioner maintenance or repair visit.

When Leaking Water from the AC is Normal

Some amount of leaking water coming from the air conditioner during certain circumstances is normal and might even be expected. These situations include:

  • On days with high humidity
  • Days when the temperature is very high and the air conditioner is cycling frequently
  • A small amount of leaking water around the outdoor unit may result from normal system recycling of water

When Leaking Water Could Be a Problem

In some cases, leaking water from the air conditioner suggests a mechanical or some other type of a problem with the system. Keep your eyes open to these symptoms and circumstances when leaking water isn’t a normal occurrence.

  • Leaking water that results from melting ice on the unit
  • A large amount of leaking water
  • Water pooling around the indoor unit

What To Do If Your AC Is Leaking Water

There are some AC troubleshooting steps that you can take before calling for HVAC service. These steps could save you time and money.

  • Check the air filter. A dirty filter may cause the AC to overheat, resulting in ice buildup on the outdoor unit and a large pool of leaking water.
  • Obstruction in the condensate line. This is the PVC pipe that connects to a drain inside your home. Algae growth, lint, and other debris can clog the pipe.
  • Dirty coils on the outdoor unit may cause water leakage. Rinse off the coils with a garden hose.

If the air conditioner is still leaking water, it is best to call for a professional air conditioner maintenance and inspection of the system.

At the first sign of an air conditioner problem, it is of utmost importance to arrange for professional service. Prompt maintenance or repair can prevent a complete air conditioner breakdown. If you suspect the leaking water from the AC is an issue, we will troubleshoot it and fix it so you can quickly return to a comfortable home. For more information about our current service specials or to schedule a service call, contact us at Air Repair Inc. any time.


Federal Tax Credit 25C for Energy Efficient HVAC is Back in Hilton Head

Friday, August 2, 2013 @ 03:08 PM
Author: onlineeditor

When it comes to taxes, any credit you can take means that less of your hard-earned money goes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It was a great disappointment to those of us in the HVAC industry to see the Federal Tax Credit 25C end on December 31, 2011. This credit provided tax relief to home and business owners who installed highly energy efficient heating and cooling equipment. However, President Obama reinstated the Federal Tax Credit 25C in January of 2013. The extension makes all qualified purchases in 2012 eligible for the credit. It also extends the deadline to claim the Federal Tax Credit 25C to December 31, 2013.