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Heating Repair Houston – Furnace Repair Special

We are offering free trip charges* to Houston customers who need to repair or service any home furnace or boiler heating system in the month of October!

Let our trained HVAC furnace repair experts get your furnace, boiler or home heating system running to way its supposed to run with our great fall deals on all furnace, boiler and heating systems repair or maintenance specials.

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Furnace Maintenance Houston – Saftey Check

WE OFFER SAFETY INSPECTIONS ON THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT:

FURNACES – We recommend having a safety inspection performed on your furnace before the winter season. Please see the 21 point inspection list below for what is included with our furnace safety inspection.

WATER HEATERS – We recommend having a safety inspection performed on your water heater once a year.
A water heater safety inspection includes:
• Inspect the tank for accumulated sediment.
• Check the condition of the anode rod.
• Check for proper flame and gas venting (gas models).
• Check the condition of the heating element (electric models).
• Check the pressure relief valve’s operation.
• Check the thermostat.

BENEFITS OF SAFETY INSPECTIONS:

• Longer Lasting Equipment
• Savings on Utility Bills
• Avoid Costly, Unexpected Emergencies
• Peace of Mind for Your Home and Family

21 POINT FURNACE/AIR CONDITIONING SAFETY CHECKLIST:

• Inspect Outside Coil
• Check Air Cleaner/Filter
• Tag All Valves and Place
Warranty Sticker on Equip.
• Check Refrigerant Levels
(A/C Season)
• Check Condensate
Drain-Mold/Mildew Buildup
• Test Emerg. Shut-offs
and Electrical Disconnects
• Check Carbon Monoxide Levels • Check Humidifier Pads,
VV and Operations
• Check Fan Pulley and
Make Adjustments
• Check and Calibrate
Thermostat as Needed
• Test Electrical Contractor
• Test Electrical Capacitor
• Check & Test for Gas Leaks
• Check Burners for Corrosion
• Check Fan On/Off Delay • Check T-couple Fail/Sensor Timing
• Perform Motor Amp Test
• Check Draft Motor
• Perform High Limit Test
• Perform Vent Tests/Pressure Switch
• Perform Spill Switch Test
• Video Inspect Exchanger/
Coil/Blower

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Is It Time to Replace your Furnace?

Thinking about Replacing your Furnace?

Fuel costs are real crazy these days, thanks in part to Hurricane Katrina unfortunately. For the most part though, gas is competitively priced, so it don’t make much sense to switch to oil or electricity. Standard 80% furnaces are already pretty efficient, but not as good as the best condensing-type gas furnaces, which capture up to 97 percent of the fuel’s energy. If your furnace were old and worn out, your decision would be easy—buy a more efficient model—but the average life of a well-maintained furnace is 25 years, so make sure you keep up with your furnace maintenance to keep it running as long and as efficiently as possible.

If you did replace your furnace with a 97 percent efficient system, you’d cut your heating bills around 20 percent. To see if it’s worth spending the money, add up the fuel bills for last winter—your gas utility will have records—then multiply that sum by 20 percent. Divide that figure into the cost of buying and installing the new system, about $3,000 or so, and you’ll see how many years it will take to recoup your investment.

Depending on the size of your house,  you’ll see a payoff  soon, even if you add 50 percent to last year’s bills to account for this winter’s projected increase in natural gas costs. Of course, every dollar that gas prices go up will shorten the payback time, but prices could also fall and lengthen the payback.  Anytime you increase the efficiency of your home heating system its always going to provide benefits.

If you decide to wait on replacing the furnace there are ways to reduce the heating load. Ask your utility company to perform an energy audit. That will probably uncover some relatively inexpensive upgrades, such as new weatherstripping or added insulation. Also, ask the company that maintains your furnace about ways to improve its performance. For instance, you might be able to replace a standard pilot light with electronic ignition or seal the joints in your ductwork. These minor improvements will help reduce heating costs and make you more comfortable without draining your bank account.

For advice on how your furnace can be more efficient check out our website and ask about our efficient furnace installations and furnace maintenance today.

Boiler Maintenance

Having your boiler serviced on an annual basis not only can save you money, but it can also reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and costly repairs of faulty boilers.

Why service my Boiler?
It is important to get any boiler serviced regularly to ensure they are not only safe, but efficient as well. Having a regularly serviced boiler can reduce your fuel costs by up to 10% annually.
+Appliances that are not properly maintained can emit carbon monoxide, exposure to which can be fatal.
+Any faults or problems with your boiler can be identified early on, reducing the chance of expensive repairs further down the line.

Boiler Service Checklist:
When undergoing a boiler service, you should expect your engineer to carry out the following:

Stripping down and cleaning the boiler heat ex-changer.
Cleaning the oil burner.
Inspecting your boiler for wear and tear.
Renewing the nozzle and filter if needed.
Re-assembly and testing to OFTEC requirements.
Checking the condition of the oil tank to ensure it meets Environmental Law regulations
The autumn season can be quite busy for boiler services, as people switch their heating systems back on. When arranging your boiler service, the summer months may be a better option, especially since you will need to turn off your boiler an hour before the service, leaving you without heating for a short time.

Benefits of Furnace Maintenance

Every year, at about this time, you probably receive several adds from different Houstonarea heating and cooling companies telling you to schedule a furnace tune-up. What many companies fail to tell you (and the reason most of those offers are ignored) is exactly why furnace maintenance is essential. Here are a few things about the importance of furnace maintenance.

Insuring proper airflow:
During the furnace tune-up, the heating technician should check your heating system to ensure it is receiving the proper airflow. Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace that can lead to increased repairs and a shorter lifespan.

Keeping You Safe:

Furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. The combustion process must be precise to maintain efficiency, and safety.  A small simple problem can lead to gas leaking into your home or dangerous carbon monoxide levels. Don’t take a chance with the health and safety of your family.

Reducing repairs:
Every winter we receive calls from Houston-area residents with heating problems that could have been easily prevented with regular maintenance. A furnace tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnace running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into major repairs.

Getting a furnace tune-up now, before the weather is cold, is a wise decision that keeps you, and your family, warm. Rather than waiting for a repairman during the winter in a cold home without heat. It is also much cheaper.

Improving energy efficiency:
A furnace tune-up should include, the cleaning and inspection, of the furnace burner and heat exchange. This will keep your furnace running efficiently all winter.

Maintaining manufacturer’s warranty:
If your heater is under a manufacturer’s warranty, it is especially important for you to get an annual furnace tune-up. Most manufacturer’s stipulate that their warranty becomes void if the heater is not regularly maintained. A furnace tune-up can satisfy that requirement and maintain your warranty.

Furnace Maintenance Service Houston, TX

Heating systems are usually trouble-free and pretty easy to maintain. Efficient operation is a function of good regular maintenance.

No matter what type of furnace you have, there are several things you can do to keep your heating system in top condition. In this article, we will tell you how to service and troubleshoot your furnace, regardless of the type.

When a heating or cooling system malfunctions, any one of its three components — heat/cold source, distribution system, or thermostat — may be causing the problem. If the furnace or air conditioner doesn’t run, the malfunction is probably at the source. The furnace or air conditioner may have lost power. Fuel may not be reaching the unit. If the fuel is gas or oil, it may not be igniting. If the furnace or air conditioner turns on but the warm or cool air isn’t reaching the rooms of your home, the problem is likely to be the blower or distribution system. And a bad or faulty control, or thermostat, could keep the system from turning on or could cause it to turn on and off repeatedly. Whatever the problem, start with the simplest procedures. In most cases, all it takes is patience and common sense.

Before you start work on a heating or cooling system, take these preliminary steps: Make sure the unit is receiving power. Look for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers at the main entrance panel. Some furnaces have a separate power entrance, usually located at a different panel near the main entrance panel. Some furnaces have fuses mounted in or on the unit. If the unit has a reset button, marked RESET and near the motor housing, wait 30 minutes to let the motor cool, then press the button. If the unit still doesn’t start, wait 30 minutes and press the reset button again. Repeat at least once more.  If the unit has a separate power switch, make sure the switch is turned on. Check to make sure the thermostat is properly set. If necessary, raise (or, for an air conditioner, lower) the setting 5º. If the unit uses gas, check to make sure the gas supply is turned on and the pilot light is lit. If it uses oil, check to make sure there is an adequate supply of oil.  There are also several important safety factors to remember:

Before doing any work on any type of heating or cooling system, make sure all power to the system is turned off. At the main electrical entrance panel, trip the circuit breaker or remove the fuse that controls the power to the unit. If you’re not sure which circuit the system is on, remove the main fuse or trip the main circuit breaker to cut off all power to the house. Some furnaces have a separate power entrance, usually at a different panel near the main entrance panel. If a separate panel is present, remove the fuse or trip the breaker there.  If the fuse blows or the circuit trips repeatedly when the furnace or air conditioner turns on, there is a problem in the electrical system. In this case, do not try to fix the furnace. Call a professional service person. If the unit uses gas and there is a smell of gas in your home, do not try to shut off the gas or turn any lights on or off. Get out of the house, leaving the door open, and immediately call the gas company or the fire department to report a leak. Do not reenter your home.  To keep your heating and cooling systems in top shape, have them professionally serviced once a year. The best time to have a furnace serviced is at the end of the heating season. Because this is the off-season, you can often get a discount, and service is likely to be prompt. Have your air conditioner checked at the same time.  The heat/cold source is the most complicated part of the heating and cooling system, and it’s the part most likely to suffer from neglect. Problems in this area may also lead to distribution problems. Whatever heat/cold source your system uses, give it regular attention to prevent problems.  Dirt is the biggest enemy of your home’s heating and cooling system. It can waste fuel and drastically lower efficiency. Dirt affects all three basic components of the system, so cleaning is the most important part of regular maintenance. Lubrication and belt adjustment at the furnace are also important.

To keep your system working properly, there are some simple general procedures you can follow. To start, get a professional to clean your furnace. We’ll show you how by clicking here.

Cost to Install Air Conditioning

Cost to Install Air Conditioning – Notes and General Information

Cost estimates are “average” or “ballpark” ranges for basic work performed in normal, serviceable conditions. The estimates should only be used for preliminary planning. Estimates are NOT substitutes for firm quotes from qualified vendors. Heating Repair Houston strongly recommends that you contact our reputable professionals for an accurate assessment of work required and costs for your project – before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Air Conditioning Installation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Air Conditioning Installation jobs.

The cost estimate does not include:

  • Unless explicitly noted in the description of work, this Air Conditioning Installation estimate does NOT include costs for relocating, repairing, modifying or enhancing existing structural, HVAC, electrical, ventilation and plumbing systems – or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Air Conditioning Installation. Add 11% to 19% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

If you live the Houston area and would like to speak with a professional regarding your heating and air conditioning needs- please contact us by phone or visit our website for all options.

Try getting your air conditioning serviced by a professional before replacing the system.

Wrigleyville Key to Affordable Air Conditioning

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Key #1 – Learn a Little About Your AC Unit

Being able to comprehend basic concepts about any subject helps an individual make better decisions. Because of this fact of life, it’s always a good idea to become a little bit educated about the Air Conditioning system you have that keeps your home cool in summer. Here are a few things you should learn about your AC system before you contact any HVAC contractor to complete repairs or service:

  • Learn what type of system you have. There are many specific types of AC systems including a rooftop system, central air conditioning, heat pumps, window AC units and all-in-one HVAC units. Knowing what type of system helps you find the right person to work on them effectively.
  • Understand your brand. The next step is to know what type of brand of AC unit you have. Whether it’s a Trane, Carrier, Bryant, Lennox or another manufacture, different brands have different repair procedures. And not every AC service company knows how to work on all systems efficiently. When you search for any AC repair company, make sure they are good at repairing your specific manufacture.
  • Learn the basic way AC systems work. By taking time to have a general understanding of the components involved, you’ll be more informed when the AC service professional speaks about what is not working correctly in your system.

Key #2 – Find a Good Repair Company; and Stick with Them

Consistency is also vital to success in any industry. And when it comes to working on your AC unit, from routine service to emergency repairs, it always makes sense to contract the same company. When you find a good air conditioning repair service and repair company, keep them in the loop about all repairs. Most professional air conditioning repair companies keep detailed notes about each customer’s specific unit, including when repairs and service was completed. This allows them to go back and diagnose any problems much easier.

Key #3 – Always Demand Excellence

You are the boss when it comes to the people that work on anything inside your home. So you should expect nothing but the best, from customer service to efficient repairs completed on time and always within your budget. You should never compromise for poor service. And believe it or not, sometimes the companies that offer the best overall service also have the best and most affordable rates as well.

Across the board, it’s very easy to save money by being proactive about scheduling air conditioning repairs in Houston. Take the extra step and learn a little bit about your unit, and never under any circumstances compromise your values when working with any repair company. When you follow these three keys – you’ll always net positive results.

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How Does Air Conditioning Really Work?

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How Does Air Conditioning Really Work?

As with all air conditioning equipment the principles remain the same – the heat is removed from one area and replaced with cooled dry air then the hot air is removed, normally to the outside atmosphere or ambient area. As you can see from this typical example of a air conditioning system, the ambient air is drawn over the condenser just like a ‘radiator’ as seen on auto motor vehicles but instead of water running through the cooling system it contains a refrigerant gas.
On its way around the complete system it has three stages; the evaporator contains the sub-cooled refrigerant and air blows through its veins to release the chilled dry air into the room, the condenser contains the high temperature gas that once again air is blown through the veins collecting the heat as it passes through and this is then expelled outside.
Basic Operations
A air conditioner system is able to cool a building because it removes heat from the indoor air and transfers it to the outdoors. A chemical refrigerant in the system absorbs the unwanted heat and pumps it through a system of piping to the outside coil. The fan, located in the outside unit, blows outside air over the hot coil, transferring heat from the refrigerant to the outdoor air. Most air conditioning systems have five mechanical components:
• a compressor
• a condensor
• an evaporator coil
• blower
• a chemical refrigerant
Most central air conditioning units as a split system. That is, they consist of a ‘hot’ or ‘high’side, or the condensing unit—including the condensing coil, the compressor and the fan—which is situated outside your home, and a ‘cold’ or ‘low’ side that is located inside your home. The cold side consists of an expansion valve and a cold coil, and it is usually part of your furnace or some type of air handler. The furnace blows air through an evaporator coil, which cools the air. Then this cool air is routed throughout your home by means of a series of air ducts. A window unit operates on the same principal, the only difference being that both the hot side and the cold side are located within the same housing unit.
The compressor (which is controlled by the thermostat) is the ‘heart’ of the system. The compressor acts as the pump, causing the refrigerant to flow through the system. Its job is to draw in a low-pressure, low-temperature, refrigerant in a gaseous state and by compressing this gas, raise the pressure and temperature of the refrigerant. This high-pressure, high-temperature gas then flows to the condenser coil.
The condenser coil is a series of piping with a fan that draws outside air across the coil. As the refrigerant passes through the condenser coil and the cooler outside air passes across the coil, the air absorbs heat from the refrigerant which causes the refrigerant to condense from a gas to a liquid state. The high-pressure, high-temperature liquid then reaches the expansion valve.
The evaporator coil is a series of piping connected to a furnace or air handler that blows indoor air across it, causing the coil to absorb heat from the air. The cooled air is then delivered to the house through ducting. The refrigerant then flows back to the compressor where the cycle starts over again.
Air Conditioner Filters
The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Filters are located somewhere along the return duct’s length. Common filter locations are in walls, ceilings, furnaces, or in the air conditioner itself.
Some types of filters are reusable; others must be replaced. They are available in a variety of types and efficiencies. Clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter or filters every month or two during the cooling season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house. If you use a disposable type filter, it’s always wise to keep several spares inside the house.

Now that you know alittle about how your air conditioning system works you should now understand the importance of air conditioning maintenance and servicing.

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Choosing a Air Conditioning System

Central air conditioners circulate cool air through a system of supply ducts and return ducts. Supply ducts and air registers (example: openings in the walls, floors, or ceilings covered by grills) carry cooled air from the air conditioner to the home. This cooled air becomes warmer as it circulates through the home; then it flows back to the central air conditioner through return ducts and registers. To learn how central air conditioners compare to other cooling systems, Contact our experts to help.

Air conditioners help to dehumidify the incoming air, but in extremely humid climates or in cases where the air conditioner is oversized, it may not achieve a low humidity. Running a dehumidifier in your air conditioned home will increase your energy use, both for the dehumidifier itself and because the air conditioner will require more energy to cool your house.

TYPES OF CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONERS

A central air conditioner is either a split-system unit or a packaged unit.

In a split-system central air conditioner, an outdoor metal cabinet contains the condenser and compressor, and an indoor cabinet contains the evaporator. In many split-system air conditioners, this indoor cabinet also contains a furnace or the indoor part of a heat pump. The air conditioner’s evaporator coil is installed in the cabinet or main supply duct of this furnace or heat pump. If your home already has a furnace but no air conditioner, a split-system is the most economical central air conditioner to install.

In a packaged central air conditioner, the evaporator, condenser, and compressor are all located in one cabinet, which usually is placed on a roof or on a concrete slab next to the house’s foundation. This type of air conditioner also is used in small commercial buildings. Air supply and return ducts come from indoors through the home’s exterior wall or roof to connect with the packaged air conditioner, which is usually located outdoors. Packaged air conditioners often include electric heating coils or a natural gas furnace. This combination of air conditioner and central heater eliminates the need for a separate furnace indoors.

CHOOSING OR UPGRADING YOUR CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER

Central air conditioners are more efficient than room air conditioners. In addition, they are out of the way, quiet, and convenient to operate. To save energy and money, you should try to buy an energy-efficient air conditioner and reduce your central air conditioner’s energy use. In an average air-conditioned home, air conditioning consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, causing power plants to emit about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

If you are considering adding central air conditioning to your home, the deciding factor may be the need for ductwork.

If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. If you do so, consult a local heating and cooling contractor to assure that the new compressor is properly matched to the indoor unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system.

Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

Proper sizing and installation are key elements in determining air conditioner efficiency. Too large a unit will not adequately remove humidity. Too small a unit will not be able to attain a comfortable temperature on the hottest days. Improper unit location, lack of insulation, and improper duct installation can greatly diminish efficiency.

When buying an air conditioner, look for a model with a high efficiency. Central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. Many older systems have SEER ratings of 6 or less. The minimum SEER allowed today is 13. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label for central air conditioners with SEER ratings of 13 or greater, but consider using air conditioning equipment with higher SEER ratings for greater savings.

New residential central air conditioner standards went into effect on January 23, 2006. Air conditioners manufactured after January 26, 2006 must achieve a SEER of 13 or higher. SEER 13 is 30% more efficient than the previous minimum SEER of 10. The standard applies only to appliances manufactured after January 23, 2006. Equipment with a rating less than SEER 13 manufactured before this date may still be sold and installed.

The average homeowner will remain unaffected by this standard change for some time to come. The standards do not require you to change your existing central air conditioning units, and replacement parts and services should still be available for your home’s systems. The “lifespan” of a central air conditioner is about 15 to 20 years. Manufacturers typically continue to support existing equipment by making replacement parts available and honoring maintenance contracts after the new standard goes into effect.

Other features to look for when buying an air conditioner include:

  • A thermal expansion valve and a high-temperature rating (EER) greater than 11.6, for high-efficiency operation when the weather is at its hottest
  • A variable speed air handler for new ventilation systems
  • A unit that operates quietly
  • A fan-only switch, so you can use the unit for nighttime ventilation to substantially reduce air-conditioning costs
  • A filter check light to remind you to check the filter after a predetermined number of operating hours
  • An automatic-delay fan switch to turn off the fan a few minutes after the compressor turns off.

INSTALLATION AND LOCATION OF AIR CONDITIONERS

If your air conditioner is installed correctly, or if major installation problems are found and fixed, it will perform efficiently for years with only minor routine maintenance. However, many air conditioners are not installed correctly. As an unfortunate result, modern energy-efficient air conditioners can perform almost as poorly as older inefficient models.

When installing a new central air conditioning system, be sure that your contractor:

  • Allows adequate indoor space for the installation, maintenance, and repair of the new system, and installs an access door in the furnace or duct to provide a way to clean the evaporator coil
  • Uses a duct-sizing methodology such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Manual D
  • Ensures there are enough supply registers to deliver cool air and enough return air registers to carry warm house air back to the air conditioner
  • Installs duct work within the conditioned space, not in the attic, wherever possible
  • Seals all ducts with duct mastic and heavily insulates attic ducts
  • Locates the condensing unit where its noise will not keep you or your neighbors awake at night, if possible
  • Locates the condensing unit where no nearby objects will block airflow to it
  • Verifies that the newly installed air conditioner has the exact refrigerant charge and airflow rate specified by the manufacturer
  • Locates the thermostat away from heat sources, such as windows or supply registers.

If you are replacing an older or failed split system, be sure that the evaporator coil is replaced with a new one that exactly matches the condenser coil in the new condensing unit. (The air conditioner’s efficiency will likely not improve if the existing evaporator coil is left in place; in fact, the old coil could cause the new compressor to fail prematurely.)

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