Winter Affects HVAC Operations

When you least expect it, HVAC issues can occur when you do not regularly maintain your equipment, or you opt to skip on an annual HVAC inspection by the professionals at Expert Air. HVAC repairs can be costly, and it only takes one or two repairs to see the benefit in regularly scheduled inspections by certified technicians. Consider the perks of maintenance programs, like ours, click here.

Some common HVAC issues include:

  1. Faulty Thermostat Readings
    1. Feel like the thermostat isn’t displaying the right temperature
    2. Thermostat placement may need to be changed
    3. Thermostat upgrade may be needed
    4. Thermostat repair may be an option
  2. Inconsistent Room Temperature Setting
    1. Causing discomfort and increased energy bills
    2. Culprit could be debris, rectified by a proper cleaning and filter replacement
    3. Potentially major HVAC issue
  3. Frozen Evaporator Coils
    1. Likely the airways are clogged or too low of temperature setting on unit
    2. We advise not setting the temperature below 60 degrees
    3. You need an inspection done immediately

 

HVAC Tips for Texas Winter

  1. Clean the Furnace Air Ducts
    1. Year-round contents in the air clog the air duct – dirt, pollen, smoke, pet dander
    2. Cleaning or replacing every 6-months is best in Texas
  2. Replace Parts on Unit that are Worn-Out
    1. Proper inspection is needed if unit is 5+ - years old
    2. Schedule inspection if you have the following issues
      1. AC not blowing cold air
      2. Heater not blowing hot hair
      3. Furnace is loud
      4. Power issues are observed
  3. HVAC System Upgrade
    1. Newer models are energy efficient
    2. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Rating) models are best
  4. Clear Debris Around HVAC System
    1. Leaves and yard debris should be kept clear of HVAC system
    2. Leaving unclear will lead to bacteria and mold build up that gets into your system and in the air you breath
  5. Schedule Routine Maintenance with Expert Air
    1. From routine maintenance to unplanned inspections, repairs, and installations, the certified technicians at Expert Air, are ready to help
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Heating Tune Up

In a world full of mechanically operated parts in various industries, something to consider when it comes to maintenance and tune ups – “The Law of Moving Parts” that states, that moving parts will wear out…and like Murphy’s law, will wear out at the worst possible moment, leaving you in the cold without heat. No one wants to be without heat in the dead of winter or even in the milder cooler temperatures. Heat is a basic need for survival and heating units are a great luxury we often oversee and down play on importance. It’s important to have your heating unit maintained on a regular basis.

The obvious benefits to heating tune-ups include safety, saving money on utilities, and sleeping comfortably.

Expert Air believes in going above and beyond with all services. We want you to trust us with your home equipment for a/c, heating, and HVAC services, so we check your equipment like it was in our own homes.

See a snippet of our tune up/check-up for the level of thoroughness and just how you can benefit from this regularly practiced maintenance proactiveness.

1. Inspect, test and calibrate controls and safety mechanisms

Safety controls are designed to shut down equipment when unsafe conditions are detected to prevent fires, gas leaks and other dangerous situations as well as to protect the equipment from catastrophic failure. Testing and calibrating these controls ensure safe operation of your equipment.

2. Lubricate motors and bearings

Lubrication prevents friction in motors which can increase electricity usage and cause equipment damage.

3. Measure amperage and voltage of blower

Improper voltage and amp draw increase operating costs and can shorten the life of the system components.

4. Measure and record temperatures and system performance factors

An accurate record of vital data can indicate potential problems and help prevent equipment breakdown.

5. Check and adjust fan switch, pilot and pilot assembly

An improperly adjusted fan switch and/or pilot assembly can result in excess energy usage and equipment malfunction.

6. Inspect and clean burners as needed

Dirty burners can cause improper combustion reducing equipment life and increasing energy usage.

7. Inspect heat exchanger for deterioration and cracks

Heat exchangers can deteriorate and develop cracks with age. These cracks can result in dangerous carbon monoxide leakage.

8. Measure and record carbon monoxide levels

High levels of carbon monoxide can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Testing ensures proper emission levels and can help to identify heat exchanger cracks not detectable through inspection alone.

9. Inspect gas line and flue pipe for possible leaks

This ensures proper exhaustion of toxic gases and fumes.

10. Test and calibrate thermostat

Ensures that the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.

11. Check & clean air filter/replace at customer's option* 

A clogged filter reduces airflow, which can cause a breakdown. It can also result in dirt and other filtered residue cycling back into your home.

12. Conduct overall system assessment

This includes items such as general system configuration and ductwork/heating pipes to check for wear, damage, improper installation and other potential issues.

13. Review findings, make recommendations and discuss any concerns 

It's important that you understand the condition of your heating and cooling equipment including items that may pose either immediate or future risks. You should also understand your options regarding home comfort, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

Boiler Only:

1. Inspect expansion tank

2. Inspect water feed valve

3. Measure and record boiler pressure and temperature

4. Check aquastat

5. Inspect low water cut-off

6. Check for backflow device

7. Inspect & oil pumps

Tune up may not be the correct avenue for your heating needs. If your heating unit is over 20-years old, it is recommended to replace with a newer product. At our evaluation, our NATE-certified technicians will give you the best recommendation based on current industry standards, overall pricing, and overall time of benefit. If the repair today will only be good for one to two years, but a new unit that will last substantially longer, we want you to have the clearest idea of available options. For additional information regarding tune-up, repair, or replacement for furnace, boiler, or any heating component, contact Expert Air today.

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Consolidated Furnaces

Furnace Recall

Heating components are required for the overall heating products that you find in your home. Being in the know on issues, concerns, and overall safety issues is what Expert Air is here for. Your furnace is a crucial part to the overall heating experience.Occasionally equipment has unknown kinks at the time of manufacturing that can be dangerous to consumers. Over the last decade, certain furnaces have been recalled due to faulty parts including issues in design, error in modification, or improper installation. Industry changes occur constantly, from tweaks, recalls, and new product manufacturing. Research shows that consolidated furnaces that were produced between 1983 and 1994 (11-year span) by Consolidated Industries (now bankrupt) should no longer be used. Consolidated Industries manufactured the machine under numerous name brands such as Amana, Coleman, Kenmore, Premier, Sears, and Trane.

Well known and trusted name brands can too have defects. With over 30-years since the manufacture date, are you wondering why no one told you about this? The official issue with the consolidated furnace is a faulty steel control rod. The information should have been disclosed to the public much sooner than now. Whether this delay is from manufacturer having their hands tied legally or if the law needs to be changed in general, is unknown but issue stands that for decades you may have been at risk. If you still have the product in your home, we strongly advise an immediate call to Expert Air today for a replacement of a different type of product. 

Defective Furnace Could Lead to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 

It’s important to have your equipment notated or to review it at this time, because the risk of defective furnaces is a risk of health, life, and property. Risk includes fire and/or carbon monoxide poisoning. 
Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a silent killer for it is a colorless, tasteless gas with no smell or obvious sign to alert you to its presence. A faulty furnace doesn’t properly vent the carbon monoxide to the outside of the home. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: 

  • Headache 
  • Nausea 
  • Fatigue 
  • Dizziness 
  • Difficulty 
  • Breathing 

For our customers in the Houston and surrounding area, the models involved in the recall are below 

Goodman Manufacturing Company, (Franklin Electric) of Houston, Texas 

  • HBA 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC)
  • HBA 060 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HBA 080 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HBA 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HBA 120 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 060 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 120 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 140 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 050 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 060 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 075 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC)
  • HCC 080 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 

For more details on specific models involved in this recall, please visit the CPSC’s Web site at http://cpsc.gov 

Call Expert Air today for an inspection, or for assistance in handling a recall. We are here if you have any general questions regarding your heating or air conditioning equipment. Our certified technicians are available 24/7. Annual inspections are advised for the safety of your home and your family.

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DON’T LET YOUR THERMOSTAT CAUSE HEATING PROBLEMS THIS WINTER

Before long, temperatures in the 60’s during the days and the 50’s, 40’s, and even the 30’s at night are going to be the norm. While our winter season is definitely mild compared to many other areas in the country, you are still going to need a great performance from your heater if you want to get through the season comfortably. An important part of securing that performance is using a good thermostat.

While the thermostat may not be the most major component of your heating system, the fact is that it plays a huge role in the overall performance of the system. It is the means by which you regulate the operation of your heater in Houston, TX, after all. Here are a few tips to help you use your thermostat and your heater successfully.

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GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR THERMOSTAT

There are a lot of different components in any whole-house heating or cooling system. The thermostat, though, is the one with which you have the most direct interaction by a long shot. If you hope to get a great performance from your HVAC system, residential or commercial, then it is necessary that you have a great thermostat in place. Not only must your thermostat be installed and serviced properly, though; it must also be of the right design for your individual needs, preferences, and user habits. To learn more about available thermostats in Houston, TX, give us a call today. Expert Air Cooling And Heating is happy to help you get the most from your thermostat.

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