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Avoid Black Air Filters This Winter

December 8, 2017 12:39 PM : Blog

We expect that the air we are breathing in our homes and workplaces is clean and fresh, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. To protect your air, you must be diligent with cleaning, monitoring, and replacing air filters inside your home or office HVAC system. During the winter months, windows get shut, and the air is continually circulated through an enclosed space, so during this time, it is essential to protect your HVAC’s filters.

If a filter is turning grey with dirt and debris, the filter is not properly working. If the filter is entirely black, you must call for heating Staten Island or Heating Brooklyn because your problem is more significant than a dirty filter.

One of the primary causes of black filters is:

If mold is growing inside the system, a filter can turn black. Dampness from an evaporator coil will mix with excess dirt and dust in the systems, which is perfect breeding ground for black and sooty mold. The mold can spread throughout the system. We can thoroughly clean your systems to eradicate all mold, mildew, dirt, and dust.

Other causes include:

  • Over 90 days of usage
  • High amounts of pet dander, dust, and pollen in the air
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Candle Soot
  • Fireplace Soot

A black filter is a clear sign that your HVAC is circulating dirty and unhealthy air. Call for heating Brooklyn or heating Staten Island to keep your air fresh this winter.

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To Replace or Not to Replace

November 18, 2017 7:33 AM : Blog

Replacing a furnace is never a wasted experience. Having to deal with the expensive purchase and then hiring an HVAC technician to install it is a bill that no one genuinely looks forward too. In many cases, individuals will make small fixes to extend the life of their current machine. There are times where replacing a furnace is the most efficient and economical option, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. For all homeowners, there will come a day where replacing your heating system is the smart option. How does an individual know when to make this difficult decision? Ask yourself these questions to have a better understanding of the life of your system.

  1. How old is your machine? All heating systems are sold with an average operating lifespan. Different devices have different averages. Some systems can work up to 8 years whereas others are designed to work for at least 20 years. If your heating unit is rather old (on or past its recommend life cycle), you should consider replacing.
  2. How expensive was your energy bill last winter? Heating bills will always go up in the winter time, but the performance of your system can help dictate how much that monthly statement will go up. Older systems are less energy efficient, and so they require more power to maintain the same heat as modern units.
  3. How frequently are you making repairs to your system?
  4. How does the system perform overall?
  5. How much rust and corrosion are on your machine?

For more information about heating Staten Island and heating Brooklyn, we are the first call to make. We want to help keep you warm this winter.

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Listening to the Needs of Your Heating System

November 8, 2017 10:06 AM : Blog

As winter approaches, it is essential for all homeowners to test, maintain, repair, or replace their furnace or heating system. No one should have to go through cold days and nights with insufficient heating. Before the temperatures drop too much, you should run your machine to give it a performance evaluation. Does heat pump out and is the heat a desirable temperature? Does your system make weird or unusual noises? Listening to the sounds your system makes is one of the easiest ways to determine if you need heating repair on Staten Island.

Noises to listen for include:

  • High pitched whistling or squealing: If you notice high pitched sounds emanating from your machine, there is a likely chance that either your system needs to be lubricated or you have a broken blower bel
  • Scraping: this is one of the worst noises you can hear, and so when you do it is recommended to turn the system off and call for heating repair. Scraping happens when ball bearings in the system wear out, which will begin to cause irreparable damage to your system.
  • Rattling, vibrating, rocking: This problem can be small with a simple fix, like when the cover panel becomes loose.  If the problem is a result of a cracked heat exchanger, then there could be gases leaking into the home for all to breath

Take care of your heating system before it breaks-down in the middle of winter. For heating Staten Island or Heating Brooklyn, we are the place to call!

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Taking Care of your HVAC System

October 21, 2017 8:49 AM : Blog

To maintain a comfortable living space, it is necessary to provide regular maintenance to your home’s HVAC system. An HVAC system is responsible for cooling a house in the summer and heating it in the winter. Supporting this machine is simple and can be performed by a trained HVAC specialist in Brooklyn. It often involves cleaning, repairing, and replacing components of the HVAC unit. Below are a few reasons why it is vital to take care of your HVAC system.

SAVING MONEY

If you do not provide your HVAC system with regular repairs, the components will wear out, get dirty, and work inefficiently. The unit will need to use more power to work correctly and will ultimately increase the price on a utility bill.

BETTER AIR QUALITY

A well-maintained system not only functions efficiently but also provides a space with fresh air. As units blow cold or hot air, the air will have dirt, dust, and dander in it. These systems even can pump out allergens and bacteria if the air filter is never cleaned.

RELIABILITY

Nobody wants their heat to shut off in the winter or their air-conditioning to break in the summer. By providing maintenance, you can ensure that a breakdown will not occur on a hot day or cold night. Abrupt breakdowns are highly inconvenient. Fixes are expensive and require the aid of an HVAC specialist in Brooklyn to help resolve the issues. In addition to being reliable, regular maintenance also increases the overall lifespan of the unit.

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Preparing HVAC Systems for Winter

October 21, 2017 8:44 AM : Blog

Fall is the most beautiful season to experience in NYC because of the temperatures. During the fall, we shut off our HVAC system and instead open windows and use a fan. However, this time should not be a downtime; but instead, it should be employed for making preparations and repairs that will allow your HVAC to run optimally this winter. There are few worse things than having an emergency HVAC situation in the dead of winter. First, it is hard to get by without proper heating, but also because of the time, it will be a more costly repair than fixing before the winter.

We offer winter maintenance for HVAC systems in Brooklyn. Below are some of the many benefits of having an inspection performed during the fall.

HVAC technicians usually have more time during fall months, which will help to keep repair costs down. It will also allow you to have a quick inspection and fix.

Small HVAC problems do not usually show signs until it is too late. Problems in systems get worse over time. Fixing problems while they are small will reduce repair time as well as the need for replacing parts or whole systems.

Maintaining machines, especially before heavy, extended use will significantly reduce the risk of system failure during the winter. There are no guarantees that a system will proper maintenance will not break, but the likelihood of it happening is substantially lessened.

Inspections could increase the overall lifespan of your systems. All HVAC systems come with an average operating life. If you want to push your system as long as it can go (while still optimally running), you must give it love, care, and routine maintenance.

We provide HVAC repair, installation, and maintenance throughout Brooklyn. If you are worried about heating in Brooklyn this winter, please give us a call to ensure that your system is ready for winter.

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Common Air Conditioner Problems

September 20, 2017 7:16 AM : Blog

Summers in Brooklyn can get incredibly hot. Most city dwellers rely on an air conditioner to keep them cool during the long months. However, what happens if your system stops working? Below we will go over the most common air conditioner problems and their likely causes.

The unit is not cooling properly:

  • Thermostat Issues – Check the unit’s thermostat to ensure it is set correctly and reading the right temperature.
  • Dirty Filter – Remove and clean the filter for your air conditioner regularly. When a filter becomes clogged, it restricts the airflow.
  • Refrigerant – Often when a system is not cooling properly, the solution lies with the refrigerant. It could be low or leaking.

The unit is not turning off:

  • Thermostat – If the thermostat is not working, it can prevent the unit from shutting off. Make sure the thermostat does not need new batteries or needs replacing.

There is limited airflow:

  • Dirty Filter – Cleaning the unit’s filter is one of the first steps to properly maintain your air conditioner. If the airflow is restricted, it usually indicates a clogged filter.

The professionals at Quality Heat and Cool specialize in cooling and heating Brooklyn. If you notice problems arising with your HVAC Brooklyn system, do not try fixing it yourself. You could wind up creating more issues. Give us a call, and one of our professionals will be there to help!

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Main Parts of an Air Conditioner

September 13, 2017 5:38 AM : Blog

During the dog days of summer, many households rely on their air conditioning system to get them through. The air conditioner is such an essential part of many homes, yet many owners do not put much thought into the unit. While knowing every detail of an air conditioner is not necessary, it is a good idea to know the main parts of the system. Knowing this will help with simple maintenance. Below we will go over the main parts of an air conditioner.

  1. Compressor – This part chills the indoor air by moving refrigerant between the condenser and the evaporator.
  2. Thermostat – The thermostat controls the amount of cold air distributed in the room.
  3. Blower - Also known as a fan, the blower circulates air over the evaporator. This process is what disperses the chilled air.
  4. Fan - The fan differs from the blower. The fan of an air conditioner dissipates the heat outside of the unit.
  5. Filter - The primary function of the filter is to remove particles from the air.
  6. Condenser - This part allows the collected heat into the outside air using hot coils.
  7. Evaporator - With the use of cooling coils, the evaporator removes heat and humidity from the air.

Here at Quality Heat and Cool, we handle all issues with cooling and heating Brooklyn. If you have any questions or concerns about your HVAC Brooklyn system, give us a call today!

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My Air Conditioner Smells Funky

August 21, 2017 5:39 AM : Blog

Summers in Brooklyn get can exceptionally hot. When the dog days of summer are upon us, the only thing to do is to turn on the air conditioning and stay indoors. What do you do if you notice a funky smell coming from your unit? An unpleasant smell can put a damper on your relaxation plans.

 

There are a few different smells that can come from an air conditioner and each smell signifies various issues. Below are the most common smells and what they mean:

air-conditioning-unitFeet - If your air conditioner smells of feet or dirty socks, you are most likely dealing with a dirty or clogged unit. A thorough cleaning by a professional is necessary.

Exhaust Fumes – There are fluids in the engine and other parts of the unit that can produce this type of smell. Smells of exhaust fumes from an air conditioner mean that the fluids are leaking.

Gunpowder - This type of smell typically means that the circuit board or fan motor has shorted out.

Skunk - A skunk-like smell means that there is a gas leak in your unit. The gas methyl-mercaptan will emit an odor similar to a skunk’s spray. A gas leak can be incredibly dangerous. If you notice this smell from your air conditioner, evacuate the home and contact a professional immediately.

Mildew - This is one of the most common smells to come from an air conditioning unit. If a moldy odor comes from your unit when turned on, mildew or fungus has probably begun to grow.

 

Smells from an air conditioner are common and usually easy to fix, but they should not be ignored. If you notice a funky smell coming from your unit, give us a call today.

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Mechanics of an Air Conditioner

August 10, 2017 9:08 AM : Blog

Most do not put much thought into their air conditioner. When it is hot out, the air conditioner goes on to cool off the house. Have you ever thought about the mechanics of your air conditioner and how it works? All homeowners should know the basics of their unit. A better understanding of the basics will help when issues arise.

The first air conditioner was invented in 1902 in Brooklyn to help a paper stock company with humidity issues. The first machine treated the air within the building by blowing it across chilled pipes. As the air passed across the chilled pipes, it cooled. The cooler air did not carry as much moisture, which decreased the amount of humidity. The side effect of reduced humidity was a cooler building that in turn resulted in the invention of the first air conditioner. The machine quickly gained popularity and started popping up in multiple businesses including movie theaters and department stores.

An air conditioner runs using a simple scientific law known as phase conversion. The main compound found in the unit is refrigerants, which have properties that enable them to change at relatively low temperatures. Your air conditioner works similarly to another household unit: the refrigerator. The only difference is that while your fridge has an exterior housing to insulate the cold, the AC relies on the walls in your home to keep in the cold air.

Quality Heat and Cool is the number one choice for your heating or cooling needs in Brooklyn. If you would like to know more about your air conditioner and how it works, give us a call today!

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Common Questions From Homeowners

July 19, 2017 5:22 AM : Blog

When it comes to air conditioning, homeowners have many questions. Luckily, we are here to answer them. Below we will go over some of the most common questions homeowners have regarding their air conditioning.

  1. Will a bigger cooling system offer better performance? When it comes to air conditioning, bigger does not always equal better. It is more important to choose a system that works with your home’s square footage.
  2. If I notice a problem with how my system runs, is it better to repair or replace it? The choice to repair or replace will depend on your system. If your air conditioning unit is older than seven years and regularly needs repairing, consider replacing the system. Replacing the unit will save money in the long run.
  3. How often should I change air filters? The answer to this question depends on the size of your filters. Change filters that are about one inch every one to three months. Thicker filters can last from six months to a year. When in doubt, always check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

If you have any other questions about what it entails to have an air conditioning system in your Brooklyn home, give us a call. We can answer any questions you may have, or help repair any issues that may arise.

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