Ace Air, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Atwater’

Can Dirty Ducts Impact Heating Efficiency?

Monday, February 11th, 2019

duct-being-cleanedYour heating system is not a simple piece of equipment. There are a variety of components and parts that must work together in order for it to efficiently and effectively keep your home and family comfortable. One of these components is your ductwork—rather, the network that moves air throughout your home during system operation.

Many homeowners neglect their air ducts—not intentionally so, but nevertheless, they are neglected. Truth be told, your air ducts don’t give off many symptoms that they are in need of repair or professional cleaning from a licensed and experienced Atwater HVAC contractor. However, keeping your air ducts healthy is more important than you may think, particularly if you want to maintain the integrity and efficiency of your heater, not to mention the quality of your indoor air.

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Can You Seal Your Own Ducts?

Monday, December 17th, 2018

A worker is sealing two sections of house attic vent duct insulation with aluminum foil tape. The foreground is a section of truss and the background is OSB sheathing for the roof.The short answer to this is, “no.” But we’re sure you’d like a bit more information than just that.

First, we need to start by letting you know why breached ductwork is such a problem. When it comes to heating efficiency (or cooling efficiency, for that matter) damaged and leaking ductwork significantly dampers the power of your entire system, leading to unexpected heating repair in Atwater, CA, and letting as much as 30% of your conditioned air escape into unused parts of your home, like the attic or crawlspace where your ducts are installed. That means 30% of air you are still paying for is getting wasted!

Of course, this seems urgent, and surely you’d like to just fix it ASAP with a bit of duct tape, but we’re afraid that’s a no-go. Read on to learn more.

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Why Does Your Furnace Cost So Much to Run?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

couple-coffee-floorMost people are paying too much for heating and cooling. Many of us just don’t realize it because we’re too busy around the house to notice much about the heater’s operation until the bill finally comes in the next month. You shouldn’t just deal with the high prices or shut your heater off completely to avoid this. There’s usually an explanation!

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Heating Safety Concerns You Should Know about

Monday, January 1st, 2018

plastic-white-smoke-detector-flameIn this part of the country, we use our air conditioners a lot more than we use our heaters. As a result, many homeowners don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the state of their heating systems. After all, what are the chances that your heating system will put your home at risk if you use it so sparingly?

No matter how often you use it, and how new it is, a gas heating system always comes with some level of risk. Thankfully, learning to recognize signs of trouble can keep you safe, as can keeping your heating system properly maintained. Learn to spot your risk and keep it under control from our heating experts.

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4 Things to Know about Air Ducts

Monday, December 18th, 2017

duct-system-sealing-handsThe air ducts are the gateway from your home’s air conditioner and heating system to the rooms of your home. The ductwork allows air to get sucked into the system in the first place and then to be distributed throughout the home as evenly as possible—if it’s in good shape.

But the fact of the matter is that most air ducts are not. The ductwork is likely something you know little about, even in your own home, and it could be bent out of shape (figuratively or literally). This is the first topic we’ll cover in our guide to what we think homeowners should know about the air ducts.

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Preventing Furnace Repair

Monday, November 20th, 2017

furnace-repair-openPicture this: it’s the middle of winter, and you’ve just settled down for a movie with a cup of cocoa. Suddenly, you hear the heating system shut off. After several minutes, it shows no sign of cycling back on, and the cocoa is getting cold. Do you really want to deal with a heating system breakdown in the middle of all this?

Emergency heating repairs are a pain. We want to help you prevent them!

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4 Upgrades to Your Home Comfort System

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

family-tablet-homeCentral heating and cooling is one of the greatest home innovations to come of the last couple of centuries. However, a malfunctioning heating and cooling system is one of the biggest frustrations you can come across. It’s a costly system, we’ll admit, so you expect your heating and cooling to work smoothly most of the time. And if it’s not, it can be a major pain point for you and your family.

Feel like you’re not getting the power you need from your HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning)? Paying too much to run them? Worried about the quality of air flowing out of the vents? We know of some home comfort upgrades that may help with this.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Overworked?

Monday, June 5th, 2017

air-conditioning-maintenance-repairHere’s the deal: your air conditioner can only do so much. Central air conditioning is something many of us take for granted, adjusting the temperature to our liking and assuming it will work as needed. Unfortunately, that means a lot of air conditioners throughout the country, and especially in hot climates like ours, get overworked, risking sudden failure at nearly any moment.

Are you overworking your air conditioner? Check out some of the ways that people accidentally force their air conditioners to wear out too soon, and find out what you should do instead. It may save you money each month and help keep your air conditioner running smoothly for longer.

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Air Conditioning Tips: Things to Check on Your Broken AC Before Calling a Professional

Monday, February 13th, 2012

A broken air conditioner in Atwater is a stressful situation, especially since you’re considering whether you need a professional to come out. No one likes spending hundreds of dollars on air conditioning maintenance, so before you call anyone, make sure to check these problems. You may be able to fix the problem on your own without spending a dime.

Thermostat

The thermostat is one of the most common problems you’ll have with an air conditioner.  Make sure the thermostat wasn’t knocked out of position and the sensors near your coils are in the right place. Often times, a bumped sensor or a slightly off thermostat can cause this kind of problem and as a result, you’ll be left without steady cooling.

Check Your Filters

Another common problem that can cause issues with your air conditioner is filter clogging. While the system will continue to run with a clogged filter, there are a few issues that might pop up – it could smell funny or you might notice icing on the outside line (a major problem). If you allow the filter to get so clogged as to block the air flow from your system, you can expect a number of problems to crop up.

Blower Belts

Check the system’s blower belt for damage like cracking, excess slack or general wear. A blower belt that isn’t properly installed or that needs to be replaced will reduce air flow which can result in ice buildup or poor air flow – it will make it harder for your system to maintain a steady temperature.

Check the Outdoor Unit

Check to make sure nothing is blocking the outdoor unit. Clean the condenser coils and remove any debris that might have built up around the outdoor unit. Often, slowed air flow is caused by nothing more than leaves piled in front of your condenser.

If none of these problems is the culprit or if you fix them all and your system continues to struggle, it is time to call Ace Air Conditioning.

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Heat Pump Repair Question: Why Won’t My Heat Pump Start?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

If you are having trouble with your El Nido home’s heat pump, you may be surprised to learn that it is probably not the heat pump that is to blame, especially if the trouble is that it simply won’t start up. That seems counterintuitive, but it’s true: the heat pump can be in perfect working order but still not turn on.

The good news, then, is that your heat pump is fine and you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to fix or replace it. Still though, these types of problems can very frustrating to diagnose and correct. Here are four common culprits when a heat pump won’t start:

  1. No power to the heat pump. Check your breaker box to see if the circuit breaker was tripped. If so, reset it and see if that fixes the problem. Another possibility is that your heat pump is wired to a wall switch, or that there is a switch on the unit itself. Make sure the switch is turned on.
  2. Make sure the thermostat is set to the proper mode, such as “heat” mode if you desire more heat. It seems overly simple, but sometimes the trouble is as simple as that.
  3. A recently replaced thermostat. If you recently upgraded or replaced the thermostat in your home, it’s possible that something went wrong that is preventing your heat pump from starting. It may be the wrong kind of thermostat – heat pumps require a specific type – or it may have been improperly wired.
  4. Finally, the heat pump may have its own circuit breaker on the air handler cabinet. This is often the case with heat pumps that have supplemental electric elements. If that breaker is tripped, that could cause the problems you are experiencing.

If you exhaust these problems and the problem persists or recurs – for example, if the circuit breaker trips again – call a contractor to work on your heat pump. There may be something larger at work that is causing problems in the electrical system that controls your El Nido home’s heat pump, and that requires some expertise to properly address.

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