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Air Conditioners and Circuit Breakers

August 14, 2016 10:45 AM : Blog

Summer time can be unbearable without the comforting hum of an air conditioner. In order for an air conditioner to work properly, it must draw a good deal of power from your home. This is one of the major reasons why energy bills sky rocket during hot months. Considering the strain that air conditioners put on power grids, it is no surprise that they can trip circuit breakers. If you find that your air conditioner is continually tripping the breaker, chances are there is a larger problem that needs fixing.

Dirty air filters can be responsible for making an air conditioner work harder than normal. As a filter gets dirty, it becomes harder for the machine to push air through. Hopefully cleaning your filter will prevent circuit issues.

Some air conditioners pull 30 amps, and if your breaker only puts out 20 amps, your circuit breaker will continually have issues. If this is the case, and you continually flip the breaker back on, you are potentially risking a fire situation. If you get professional air conditioning installation, this won’t be an issue.

The problem could also be with the circuit breaker and not the air conditioner.

If the motor shorts in the air conditioner, it will force the machine to work harder and pull more power. Air conditioning repair can help to fix this problem.

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Preparing Thermostat for Vacation this summer

July 21, 2016 9:36 AM : Blog

Summer vacations are the best time of the year. It is the point in life where you can forget about your responsibilities and spend quality time with the people who you love and cherish. Before you depart for a summer adventure, there are some many things that need to be done. A HVAC system is one of the most significant aspects of a home that is often neglected when people go on vacation.

While you are out of town, make sure to raise the temperature of your thermostat. HVAC systems work to keep a house at a constant temperature that is set by the thermostat. If you raise the number to match the outside temperature, your HVAC will not have to heat or cool the home and will save you money on bills and repairs in the future. During the summer, set the HVAC system between 80-85 degree s.

Hire an air-conditioning repair or air-conditioning installation professional to equip your system with surge protectors. If the power goes out while you are away, it could cause significant damage to your HVAC unit. Installing a surge protector will help to limit damage from a power surge while you are away.

Lastly, before you leave, have a specialist in air-conditioning repair and air-conditioning installation provided maintenance to your air filters.

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My HVAC system is making a weird noise

July 11, 2016 11:00 AM : Blog

The gentle whooshing noise of a running air conditioner, on a hot NYC afternoon, is a welcomed sound.  When an HVAC system is running optimally, that is the only sound that will emanate from the machine. If you hear any other noises coming from your system, it indicates that there are some mechanical troubles happening within the appliance.

If you experience a rattling sound coming from your HVAC unit, it means that there is something loose within the system.  The condenser for most HVAC systems is located outside of home, which means that is exposed to the elements. Things like twigs and rocks can find there way into the machine and cause a rattling noise.  If things have fallen into the indoor vents, they will also rattle. This extraction job is best left to air conditioning repair specialists.

Clanking and scraping and metal on metal sounds, indicate that there are parts loose within the HVAC unit. Pipes, fan blades, and other parts can fall out of alignment and cause the appliance to run inefficiently.  This is a repair that only an air-conditioning installation or air-conditioning repair specialist should handle.

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How does an Air Conditioner Work?

June 20, 2016 9:57 AM : Blog

Most cooling appliances operate in a similar fashion; they use chemicals that convert gas to liquid. The ability for an air conditioner to reduce ambient air temperature in a room is structured around a simple scientific principle and the application of a couple mechanical techniques.

Air conditioners use refrigeration to cool indoor air and use the physical law of phase conversion.  As a liquid turns into a gas, it absorbs heat. Air conditioners encourage phase conversion by introducing special chemical compounds that evaporate and condense over and over again within a system of coils.

These compounds are called refrigerants and contain properties that enable them to change from liquid to gas at a low temperature.  As the air becomes cold, it is blown out of the unit and into the room. The fan that is contained inside of the AC can be adjusted to blow out air at different speeds. This helps to cool the room on very warm days.  If you need to have your air conditioner repaired or need a new one installed, contact a local air condition repair or air conditioner installation specialist to assist you. Staying cool this summer should not be an issue.

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Ice on Air Conditioning during summer

June 11, 2016 7:24 AM : Blog

During the sweltering months of summer, it may seem strange if your air-conditioned is covered in ice.  Although it may seem like an interesting phenomenon, this is actually the clear indication of a significant problem with your air-conditioning unit.  If you continue to let your air conditioner operate under these circumstances, the air conditioner’s refrigerant will freeze all the way back to the compressor and ruin it.

If you notice that the ice is accumulating at a rapid pace, it is best to contact an air conditioning repair specialist to fix the issue.  Most repairmen will determine whether or not the unit can be salvaged with a few simple troubleshooting methods.

In most cases the evaporator unit coil is faulty and causes too much condensation to accumulate on the coils and freeze.  This is typically caused by not having enough refrigerants in the system. This causes pressure to drop to an abnormal rate, and makes the coil very cold.  Another cause of ice accumulation is poor airflow in the system. If airflow is poor, there will not be enough air to warm the system.

To fix this problem it is best to contact an air condition repair specialist to repair or solve the issue.

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Lowering Energy Bills during spring and summer

May 21, 2016 3:55 AM : Blog

Spring and summer in Staten Island and Brooklyn are two beautiful seasons.  As the weather warms up, so will the temperatures in your home. During this period you can expect much higher energy bills due to the increased use of your air conditioner. Below are some tips to help stay cool while saving money during the spring and summer months.

Utilize your windows for fresh air:

If you reside in a climate that has cooler nights, make sure to open your windows while you are sleeping.  This will bring cool air into the home and keep you cool while you rest.  Once you wake up, make sure to shut the windows to shut in the cool, night air.

Use your thermostat efficiently:

Make sure you set your thermostat as high as you can tolerate in the summer months. The lower the difference between the outdoor temperature and the thermostat, the less money you will pay in electricity costs.

Use fans to circulate air:

If you use a celling fan to circulate air throughout your home, you can raise your thermostat up to 5 degrees.  This will help increase the cooling efficiency throughout your home.

If you have more questions, contact a specialist on heating in Staten Island or Brooklyn.

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Transitioning HVAC from Winter to Summer

May 11, 2016 4:10 AM : Blog

In NYC, transitioning your HVAC system from winter to summer is an important step to take in order to keep your heating and cooling system fully functional and economically efficient.

Between winter and summer, there is a period of where the temperature in your home will be comfortable, and require neither heat nor air conditioning.  If you have a thermostat that is programmable, you will need to make sure that you turn it off during this time.  If you don’t adjust the thermostat, your heat will come on and waste energy.

As the spring weather begins to warm your home, turn down the heat until you no longer require it. Your home’s insulation should keep you warm enough until it is time to use the air conditioner. If your insulation isn’t working properly, contact a specialist in heating in Staten Island to install a heat pump.  Heat pump transfers energy from one place to the other, and can move hot air from inside a home to outside.  Heat pumps are also useful in the winter because they can take hot air from underground and bring it into the home.

If you are interested in learning more about HVAC systems, contact a professional in heating in Staten Island.

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Why is my Furnace Turning on and off?

April 20, 2016 8:57 AM : Blog

In Staten Island and Brooklyn, a common problem with the average, household furnace is when the appliance frequently turns on and off throughout the day, for short periods of time. This is called a short cycle, and is often the symptom of a larger problem with the furnace.  If not dealt with appropriately, short cycling has the capacity to cause permanent damage to your furnace and raise your utility bill.  Below are some common reasons why your furnace short cycles.

Dirty Air Filters:

Dirty air filters are the leading cause of a short cycle in furnaces.  Warmed air cannot pass through a dirty filter, which causes the air to back up within the unit. This problem sends an incorrect message to the furnace’s sensor and causes it to shut off. This problem is easily fixed with a new air filter.

Broken Thermostat:

A faulty thermostat will also cause your furnace to short cycle. A heating specialist in Staten Island or Brooklyn can easily adjust the thermostat to function properly and regulate the temperature of your home.

Corroded Flame Sensor:

Over time, a flame sensor in a furnace will deteriorate over time.  This sensor is responsible for keeping you safe from the volatile gases inside the furnace and regulating temperatures inside of the furnace.  Because this is a high-risk repair, you should call a heating specialist in Staten Island or Brooklyn.

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Why is there an Odor Coming from my HVAC?

April 13, 2016 10:17 AM : Blog

It is not uncommon to smell a foul odor coming from your HVAC system in Brooklyn or Staten Island. In the industry, this is known as an HVAC affliction called “Dirty Sock Syndrome.” The cause of this problem is bacterial growth in the HVAC system’s coils. When coils become cool and damp, it creates the perfect environment for bacterial growth. When the heat is switched on, it blows the mildew-esque smell throughout the vents of the home, and it permeates throughout the living space.

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In addition to the foul smell, dirty sock syndrome also presents health risks for those living inside the home.  Bacterial growth is associated with disease, and is spread easily through an HVAC system. It is important to get this problem dealt with as soon as possible to heighten comfort levels and ensure a healthy living space.

The best method of getting rid of vent odors is to have a heating specialist in Staten Island or Brooklyn examine and clean the heating coils.  A heating specialist in Staten Island or Brooklyn has the experience needed to fix smelly odors in a HVAC system. They will also spray the coils with anti bacterial agents, to ensure that the problem does not occur again.

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Cold Air that should be Hot

March 20, 2016 7:07 AM : Blog

During the winter, in Staten Island and Brooklyn, it is important to guarantee that your heater is blowing hot air, instead of cold.  A common problem for HVAC systems is a furnace blowing cold air, when it is supposed to be moving hot air through the home. Below are some ideas as to why your HVAC system is pushing out cold air that is meant to be hot.

Check your thermostat: Although this may seem obvious, cold air coming out of the vents may be a problem that is fixed by switching on the thermostat. If the fan is on, and the heater is off, the system will circulate room temperature air throughout your home.

Another problem could be that your furnace is overheated. If this is the case, it is time to call a specialist in heating in Staten Island or Brooklyn.  Furnaces typically overheat because of dirty furnace filters, which is an easy problem to remedy.

Pilot lights are notorious for extinguishing and causing cold air to be circulated throughout the house. To fix this problem, simply relight the furnace pilot light and wait for the appliance to reheat.

If you have more questions about cold air coming out of your HVAC system, or other general questions regarding heating in Staten Island or Brooklyn, contact a local professional for more info!

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