Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for February, 2014

Common Repairs for Radiant Heating Systems

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Radiant heating systems have been used for centuries. They involve tubes filled with warm liquid planted beneath the floorboards of your home, along with reflective panels to help conduct the heat. The process warms the room directly instead of heating the air, making it an extremely efficient way to keep your home comfortable.  Like every mechanical system, however, radiant heating systems sometimes suffer breakdowns, in which case you need to schedule a repair service as soon as possible.

Here’s a brief list of some common repairs for radiant heating systems in Atlanta:

  • Leaks. Because radiant heating systems use water, leaks are always possible, either in the control unit above the floor or in the tubing themselves. Leaks can cause a lot of damage if left unaddressed, and usually require a professional to track down and correct,
  • Low water flow. Similarly, the water needs to flow through the tubing into order for the radiant heating system to work. If the pump goes down or a clog develops in the tubing, the flow is reduced and the system loses its efficiency.
  • Low heat. If the water isn’t heated up, it won’t warm the room as it passes through the tubing. Again, the loss of efficiency means higher monthly bills and increased care as the system must work harder in order to do its job. Reduced heat could mean a clogged or broken burner, or perhaps a problem with the thermostat. Both issues can be addressed without having to access the tubing under the floor.

If you live in Atlanta, heating with a radiant system can help you keep your monthly bills in check. If you need radiant heating system repair, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We have the experience and know-how to address your concerns, and we’re completely dedicated to your 100% satisfaction. Give us a call to set up an appointment today!

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Damaged Air Filters and Heating Repair in Atlanta, GA

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Most homes supply heating through forced-air systems: air handlers blowing conditioned air through a series of ducts that distribute the heat throughout the home. An important component of any forced-air heating system is the air filter. For heating repair in Atlanta, GA due to a damaged filter—or for any other reason—contact the professionals who have served the city since 1995: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

How a Damaged Air Filter Leads to Repairs

The air filter serves a number of functions in your heating system, such as helping to prevent the spread of dust into the ducts and then into your home. But its primary function is to protect the interior of the heater from a contamination of various types of debris. The filter traps potential contaminants in its screen. Each month the heater receives use, you should change the filter for a new one to avoid airflow restriction and potential damage.

What sort of problems could happen because of air filter damage? Here are a few:

  • Dirty motor bearings/motor parts: If the bearings on a motor inside a furnace or heat pump develop a layer of dust or dirt, it will soon cause the motor to burn out (listen for a squealing noise as a warning). Contamination to other parts of the motor will make its mechanisms strain harder, also leading to the motor burning out and needing replacement.
  • Failed burners: For a gas furnace, a dirt contamination along the burner unit will mean the gas jets will not be able to drawn enough oxygen to ignite—and that means no heating power.
  • Icing along heat pump coils: For heat pumps, a dirt build-up over the evaporator coils will quickly lead to ice developing, since the coil will not be able to absorb sufficient heat to warm the refrigerant. The more ice develops, the less effectively the coil will work at heat exchange.

You can avoid these problems if you change the filter regularly and have maintenance for the unit done once a year. But sometimes repair needs are impossible to avoid, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. and we’ll send an experienced technician to your home for excellent heating repair in Atlanta, GA.

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Pros and Cons of Different Heating Systems

Monday, February 10th, 2014

You’re in the market for a new heating system. Whether it’s because you’re replacing an old system, or you’re building a new house, you want to purchase the best possible heater to fit your needs.

In the world of HVAC technology, you have more choices for heating than ever before. This can make heating system selection feel overwhelming. Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. can help you. We’ve put together a list of the pros and cons of the major heating systems on the market. When you want to talk more about heating installation in Atlanta, GA, call one of our specialists.

Heat Pumps

  • Pros: Work as both air conditioners and heaters. Low-cost heating compared to electric furnaces. Hook up to existing ductwork. Can also work ductless (ductless mini splits).
  • Cons: Sometimes struggle with heating during low temperatures. Require ductwork. Shorter lifespans than other systems.

Gas furnaces

  • Pros: Powerful heating ability. Gas is a less expensive power source than electricity. Durable, with long lifespans. Provide warmth fast.
  • Cons: Require a natural gas line and existing ductwork. Pose a small risk of toxic carbon monoxide leaks.

Radiant floor heating

  • Pros: Effective, cozy heating. Few repair needs. Almost silent operation. Visually unobtrusive. No reduction in indoor air quality.
  • Cons: Expensive initial installation. More difficult to retro-fit for a pre-existing house.

Geothermal

  • Pros: Environmentally friendly. Dependable, with no loss of heating power because of temperature fluctuations. Provides heating and air conditioning. High energy efficiency. Quiet operation.
  • Cons: Will not work with every property. Requires extensive and expensive installation.

Balancing the pros and the cons of all these systems can seem a touch bewildering. After reading over these four different choices (and there are even more choices within each category), you may find yourself leaning toward one or more. But to have a solid idea which one will give you the performance you want requires the assistance of an HVAC expert. With a technician’s help, you can balance out your home’s heating requirements with your budget, environmental plans, and long-term savings goals to find the ideal system for you.

At Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., we’ve helped many homeowners find their optimal heating installation in Atlanta, GA since 1995. You can place your trust in our expertise to locate the heating system that will keep you warm this winter and many winters to come.

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Heating Repair Tip: What to Check if Your Furnace Isn’t Lighting

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Some heating problems can be spotted early by homeowners: saving the technician the time and effort of hunting them down (and reducing the cost of the repair call in the bargain). One good heating repair tip entails what to check if your furnace isn’t lighting. There’s usually a single culprit and in some (but not all) cases, you can correct the issue yourself. For any heating repairs you need in Atlanta, give Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. a call!

If the furnace isn’t lighting, the issue usually stems from one of two components: the ignition (or pilot light in older furnaces) or the thermocouple. Both components are connected and indeed may even be part of a single larger component depending on the type of furnace you own. The thermocouple regulates the flow of gas into your furnace, while the pilot light/ignition ignites the gas itself to start the heating process.

Problems with the pilot light are usually the easiest to fix. You can check to ensure that the pilot light button has been pressed. In older furnaces, you may be able to re-light the pilot light yourself if it goes out. Most furnace models have instructions on lighting the pilot light; you should read them carefully before proceeding.

In other instances, however, you probably need to call in a professional. The thermocouple acts as a safety function. If the ignition system is damaged – or indeed if the thermocouple itself is damaged – then the flow of gas shuts off and your furnace won’t light. This is actually a good thing, since it keeps your home from flooding with gas. Unfortunately, correcting the problem requires the services of a trained technician, who needs to repair or replace the damaged component.

However, your furnace can also not light if it has  no power, or if your thermostat is malfunctioning and not calling for heat. Check to make sure your furnace has power and that your thermostat is set to the correct temperature before calling for repairs.

Thankfully, Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. is available 24 hours a day for heating repair in Atlanta, and we know what to check if your furnace isn’t lighting. More importantly, we can get your heater back up to speed again with your complete satisfaction in mind at all times.

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