Warning Signs for HVAC Repair
Knowing your HVAC system might need to be repaired or replaced soon is better than being caught off guard. Inevitably, when HVAC systems break, it’s the hottest or the coldest day of the year – because that’s when they’re working the hardest. Watch out for these warning signs you may need to repair or replace your HVAC system:
- The system is more than 15 years old. The average life expectancy for a gas furnace is 18 years. Energystar.gov recommends replacing furnaces over 15 years old to enjoy 15% more energy efficiency.
- The heating or cooling bill increases dramatically. Particularly if you’ve had your furnace repaired recently, a sudden increase in the electric bill (compared to years prior, not months) may mean your HVAC system is on its last leg.
- Strange noises are coming from the system. Rattling, popping, or banging, turning on and off frequently, or blowing cold air is a sign the system may need to be replaced.
- The home is no longer comfortable. If some rooms are too warm, and others are too cold, or you’re constantly changing the thermostat, the system may not be working properly.
- The burner flame is yellow or flickering. The burner flame should be blue. If it’s yellow, it could be producing carbon monoxide. If you notice a yellow flame, leave your house immediately and call the gas company to turn your gas off.
Warning signs will help you make room in your budget for a new HVAC system or perform the proper maintenance to keep it functioning smoothly. All Temp Co., Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating has been a family owned and operated local business for more than 35 years. Our goal is to provide homeowners and businesses with the finest heating and cooling systems available at an affordable cost. We serve the Charlotte Metro and surrounding areas. For Your Comfort. All Day. All Night. Call All Temp at 704-266-1403.
July 1, 2016
Chances are, if you’re shopping for a new air condition or heating system, it’s been a while since you’ve done this before – if at all. Systems can last from 12-20 years, so you’ll likely only have to shop for a few in your lifetime. Each year, HVAC systems advance, so it’s important to keep these tips in mind while shopping for a new system:
- Look for efficiency. Models with high efficiency will cost more initially, but will save you much more in the long run. High-efficiency models have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 90 or above.
- Look for additional efficiency boosting features, such as dual heat exchange and variable speed blowers.
- Choose an appropriate size. The furnace should be large enough to heat your entire home, but no need to buy one too large.
- Consider a duct evaluation when installing a new HVAC system. Evaluation can spot air leaks and heat loss.
- Be sure to choose the same fuel type as your last HVAC system (for example, if you had a gas furnace, buy another gas furnace). If you choose another type of fuel, you’ll need different connections and supplies.
To discuss tips for buying a new HVAC system, call All Temp at 704-266-1403.
June 1, 2016
As with any expensive investment, you want to protect your HVAC system. But because it’s not as fun or glamorous as a new car or boat, it often slips to the back of the mind when thinking about maintenance.
Air conditioning and heating units malfunction, often at the most inopportune time. Unfortunately, when your HVAC unit breaks down, it’s usually not a cheap or easy fix. But by performing maintenance on your HVAC unit annually, you can save thousands down the road and ensure your HVAC system lasts a long time. Performing maintenance before the start of cooling season ensures you and your family will be comfortable all summer long.
Professional maintenance is the easiest and most effective way to keep your system running smoothly. During a visit, an NATE-certified technician inspects the system, look for areas that need attention, and pinpoints potential problems. The technician will also clean and lubricate the system.
A poorly running HVAC system can also impact your health. Hot, humid air can be attributed to heat stroke, poor breathing conditions, allergies, etc. Ensure your cooling system is properly maintained and ready to keep you cool all summer long. All Temp Co., Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating has been a family owned and operated local business for more than 30 years. (Our mission is to provide the highest standard of living in the HVAC industry for customers as well as team members. Striving for excellence and sustainability from every customers’s home to every employee. Where we create excellent service, provided by excellent people, at an excellent value.) We serve the Charlotte Metro and surrounding areas. For Your Comfort. All Day. All Night. Call All Temp at 704-266-1403.
April 4, 2016
Many people don’t think about indoor air quality, but it has a significant effect on your comfort and health. Improving air quality reduces contaminants, allows you to breathe easier, reduces allergy and asthma symptoms, and keeps your home cleaner. Improving indoor air quality is simple and homeowners can do many of these services themselves or for relatively cheap:
- Air purifiers and filters – Air purifiers and filters capture contaminants as air passes through the purifier/filter. There are different types of air purifiers and filters, designed to trap different contaminants. In addition to cleaning the air inside your home, duct mounted air purifiers and filters stop contaminants, particles, and dust from building up inside your heating and cooling systems, which eventually leads to poor performance.
- Humidifier – Humidifiers help to alleviate dry, winter air in your house. Dry air exacerbates allergy, asthma, and respiratory symptoms. It also leads to itchy skin, eyes, and nose. To protect yourself from dry air and improve the air quality in your home, humidity is important. Whole house humidifiers and portable humidifiers are both good options for improving air humidity.
- Ventilators – Ventilators bring fresh air into the home from outside, replacing the stale indoor air. Because indoor areas don’t have the same air circulation as the outdoors, contaminants become more concentrated. Ventilators send contaminated air out and bring fresh air in while working to reduce energy loss.
- Ultraviolet lights – Ultraviolet lights eliminate mold and mildew growth from the most common growth areas of your HVAC system. Using ultraviolet energy, ultraviolet lights remove contaminants, including germs, allergens, bacteria, and prevent the regrowth of these harmful particles.
- Dehumidifiers – While some moisture in the air is necessary, too much can facilitate the growth of mold and bacteria. Moisture allows such contaminants to thrive and can even damage building materials, finishes, furnishings, and more. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from indoor air.
The cost and commitment of each indoor air quality service vary depending upon equipment and types of services needed. To discuss how to improve your indoor air quality, call All Temp Co. Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating at 704-266-1403 today.
March 1, 2016
We are often asked by customers “Should I get my ducts cleaned?” and unfortunately the answer is not so straight forward. Duct cleaning certainly can be a great benefit, But unlike air conditioning maintenance there is not a manufacturer suggested schedule for duct cleaning. Instead the need for duct cleaning should be left to the judgment of the home owner, and the integrity of the duct cleaning company. Though the EPA (Environmental protection agency) has published guidelines to assist in making a wise choice of when to clean your ducts, Along with NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) Creating a duct cleaning checklist to assist in finding a reputable company to perform the work.
According to the EPA these three rules are a good gauge of when to have tour ducts cleaned.
- There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.
- Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects).
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.
If you would like to read more of the EPA’s extensive research on duct cleaning you may do so here
October 13, 2015
If you feel your ducts need cleaning, then NADCA will help you find the right contractor with it its contractor check list with can be found in PDF and HTML form at http://nadca.com/en/evaluation-checklist.
Last but not least it is important to remember that a duct cleaning job done by poorly or improperly is worse than not having a job done at all. Why is this the case? Simply cleaning ducts can create a lot of dust and debris which may become airborne and if not isolated and removed from the home properly will find its way out of the duct and into the home. Air duct cleaning should also involve cleaning components of the heating and air conditioning system, done improperly this could cause damage to the system or worse leave it non functional necessitating the expense of a service call. One of the best way to avoid a poor job is to realize if it sounds to good to be true it probably is, According to Angie’s List, most duct cleaning jobs cost between $300-$500 Dollars. Companies that offer exceptionally low prices must honor those by cutting corners on the quality of work and equipment, or training their technicians in aggressive selling techniques and scare tactics. To avoid the hassle have a realistic expectation for how much a good job costs. A final source for great duct cleaning information is this article by Angie’s list http://www.angieslist.com/articles/air-duct-cleaning-worth-it.htm.