Which Kind of Heating Systems Require the Most Repairs?

December 11th, 2014 by John Ortman

Today’s heating systems are some of the most durable ever available, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be repair-free. Every system will need repair at some point, but level of use and system type often dictates what kind of repairs you may have to deal with. One of the most important aspects of any kind of heating system repair is knowing you have a reliable heating services company in Hilton Head to call any time, any day. The trained experts at AAction Air are available 365 days a year, so if you are experiencing any kind of heating issue, call us today.

Moving Parts

As a general rule, heating systems with more moving parts can be somewhat more prone to repair than those with less parts. Furnaces tend to have more moving parts than other systems because they have a blower assembly (heat pumps can, too); systems like boilers using piping to deliver heat, so they have less moving parts. The more moving parts you have, the greater the chance something can break down.

Level of Use

If you have a boiler or furnace, you’ll use your system for 4-6 months during the year, and then your system gets a rest. However, if you have any kind of system that uses a heat pump, including ductless and geothermal systems, your heat pump will run year-round. More use can mean more repairs simply because your system runs more frequently.

Lifespan

Lifespan plays a role in repairs because as systems age, their ability to perform decreases. The average lifespan of a combustion system is 15-20 years; heat pumps average 20-25 years, and electric furnaces average 20-30 years. While these lifespans can vary a bit, they give you an ability to measure when your system may be more prone to developing problems.

Maintenance

Performing yearly maintenance can help extend the life and prevent repairs of any heating system. This is because maintenance is a full tune-up for your heater in which it is cleaned, adjusted and lubricated as needed. Maintenance allows your system to work optimally and maintain good working order, which can help extend its life and prevent repairs.

Every heating system in Hilton Head will need heating services at some point; choosing a heating system for your home depends more on the needs of your home and family than planning for repair work.

If you are having trouble deciding on which heating system to install in your home, contact AAction Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Signs that You Should Call for Commercial Heating Repair

December 4th, 2014 by John Ortman

Making sure your business space is comfortable is critical to the successful operation of your business. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to be aware of signs that can indicate problems have developed with your commercial heating system. It is also just as important to hire commercial heating repair experts to conduct the repairs. AAction Air has the trained and certified commercial repair experts who can service any commercial heating system, so if you are experiencing problems, call us today!

Signs of Potential Problems

Here are some of the more common signs you may see when your commercial heating system has developed a problem:

  • No heat – clearly when you have no heat at all, something has happened with your heating system. Commercial heating systems are complex and there are many reasons that can cause the heating to breakdown; as such, it’s best to leave the investigating and repair to a technician who will know what to look for.
  • Strange sounds – are you hearing noises coming from your system that don’t seem to be of the normal operational kind? Examples of strange noises would be banging, thumping, squeaking, etc. Strange sounds are one of the ways in which your heating system communicates a problem is at hand, so don’t ignore them; instead, call for an expert.
  • Sudden spike in energy bills – have you seen your energy bills jump but haven’t changed the way the system operates? High energy draws can be indicative of an electrical problem or a sign that a component is failing and as a result, is drawing more energy.
  • Hot and cold spots – are you experiencing distinct hot and cold spots throughout your commercial space? This can be indicative of issues with the ductwork. The ductwork in a commercial system is extensive, so it’s best to allow a trained technician to detect the issue.

Commercial heating repair in Savannah is not like residential repair. The systems are much larger and complex, and sometimes require a level of knowledge that only a trained commercial technician will have.

Don’t put your business at risk by entrusting your commercial heating repair to the wrong company. Instead, call the people you can count on: AAction Air.

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014 by John Ortman

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at AAction Air, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

3 Common Heat Pump Repairs in the Heating Season

November 17th, 2014 by John Ortman

Heat pumps are very reliable and durable systems, but they do run year-round, so at some point is it highly likely your heat pump will need repair. Heat pumps have some different repair needs as they do not operate like a traditional combustion heating system, so it’s important to understand what some of these repairs may be. Heat pumps are complex devices, so any needed repairs for your heat pump should be performed only by trained experts. AAction Air offers comprehensive heating services in Savannah so if you are experiencing problems with your heat pump, call us today!

Repair Type 1: Refrigerant Leaks

The refrigerant in your heat pump system facilitates the transfer of heat. Every heat pump is made to operate with an exact amount of refrigerant in order to operate properly and efficiently. When a refrigerant leak develops in your system, it throws the heat release/cooling process off balance, creating issues that can affect your entire system. Refrigerant leaks can be hard to find, and handling refrigerant requires certification. As such, it is important to have a trained technician handle all refrigerant leak repairs with your heat pump.

Repair Type 2: Compressor Issues

The compressor in your heat pump system compresses the refrigerant. Some common problems that can develop with compressors are motor issues, “slugging”, which is when liquid refrigerant enters the compressor, and overheating. Occasionally a compressor can malfunction in such a way that too much pressure is created inside the unit. The telltale sign of this problem is a screaming or screeching sound. This can be a potentially dangerous situation, so if you hear this noise come from your compressor, turn the system off immediately and call for a technician.

Repair Type 3: Electrical Issues

Your heat pump is an electro-mechanical device, requiring a constant and consistent flow of electricity in order to operate. Common electrical problems with a heat pump system can range from faulty breakers to frayed and/or corroded wiring. If your heat pump is operational but you are hearing a loud buzzing or humming sound, this can be indicative of an electrical issue.

Heat pumps work twice as hard as other whole-home systems simply because they have to work throughout the year. Taking care of your heat pump by calling for needed repair and scheduling maintenance can go a long way toward maintaining the system and keeping you comfortable.

If you are having issues with your heat pump, call AAction Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our NATE-certified technicians.

What Is Included in a Heating System Maintenance Program?

November 10th, 2014 by John Ortman

Heating system maintenance programs vary from company to company, but there are a number of basic tasks that should be performed with every maintenance appointment, no matter who services the system. At AAction Air, we have a 34-point maintenance checklist that we use for every appointment. Working with a company that has a heating system maintenance program in Savannah is important, because maintenance for your system helps improve energy efficiency and comfort, and can extend the life of your equipment. It’s recommended that homeowners schedule maintenance annually, so if it’s been more than 12 months since your last maintenance appointment, call AAction Air today.

What Happens During a Heating Maintenance Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what to expect from a heating maintenance appointment:

  • Thorough inspection of entire system
  • Cleaning of components
  • Adjusting of components where needed
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Safety checks and testing
  • Small repairs (worn fan belts, frayed wiring)
  • Performance testing
  • Check of all electrical components
  • Check and testing of burner assembly (combustion systems)
  • Check of refrigerant levels (heat pumps)

Can I Perform Maintenance Myself?

It isn’t recommended that you conduct your own heating maintenance for a few reasons:

  • Expertise and knowledge – unless you have expert knowledge about your heating system, you could potentially do more harm than good by performing your own maintenance.
  • Correct tools – there are a number of specialized tools technicians have available to help them perform the necessary tasks; unless you have these types of tools, you may come up short on your ability to perform all of the tasks required.
  • Safety – your heating system carries a large electrical load and if you have a combustion system, you are dealing with highly flammable fuels; unless you know exactly what you are doing, it’s best to leave maintenance to the experts.

Maintenance is the key to preventing future repair needs and ensuring that your heater runs smoothly; this is why it’s important to schedule maintenance with a professional.

AAction Air offers a comprehensive heating system maintenance program in Savannah, so contact us today and schedule an appointment with one of our NATE-certified experts.

How Is the Efficiency of Air Filters Measured?

November 3rd, 2014 by John Ortman

Your forced-air air conditioning and heating system contains a filter which keeps you from breathing in harmful particles that may otherwise move through your ducts, including dust, pollen, animal dander, and some molds. You should replace the filter every month or so, or clean out washable filters just as often for maximum efficiency and performance. However, if you continue to replace your filter with the same type of standard filter that came included with your HVAC system, you may not be getting the quality you need. AAction Air has created this guide to help you choose the most effective mechanical filter for your AC.

MERV

The minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV rating, is a measurement scale created to rank the effectiveness of mechanical filters. The scale goes from 1 to 16, and the numbers correspond to the percentage of particles that particular filter is able to trap. At the highest end of the scale are filters that can remove up to 95% of all particles that pass, including bacteria and smoke. If you currently use a filter with a MERV of 1-4, you may consider upgrading, as you may be missing out on a filter that also targets allergens like mold spores and animal dander.

HEPA filters

A HEPA or high efficiency particle air filter is certified by the U.S. government to remove over 99% of particles that pass through, as small as 0.3 micrometers in size. HEPA filters are actually not often used in residential application because they can hinder the efficiency of your HVAC system. If your HVAC system cannot suck in enough air through the filter, the evaporator coil may freeze or the blower motor may work too hard, eventually breaking down.

Other Considerations

You should take into account that a mechanical filter cannot remove all types of contaminants, especially since most particles in your home will settle before they make it to the vents. You may choose an electronic air cleaner to help keep even more particles out of the air.

Learn more about air filtration in Savannah by calling the experts at AAction Air, and ask to hear about all of the air purification systems that may be available to you.

The Advantages of Dual Fuel Hybrid Systems

October 27th, 2014 by John Ortman

Heat pumps offer both heating and cooling for your home, but there can be some concern as to whether or not a heat pump can adequately heat your home during very cold days. The reason for this is that, during the winter, heat pumps absorb the heat around them to provide heating for your home, and the lower the outside temperature, the less heat is available. As such, when the temperature drops below 32 degrees, heat pumps have to work harder, and may struggle a bit to heat your home as needed. But there is a simple solution for this, particularly if you are considering a new system: the installation of a dual-fuel hybrid system in Bluffton. A dual fuel system uses a heat pump as the main source for heating, but has a gas furnace back-up to provide heat for very cold days. Our NATE-certified technicians have all the expertise needed for any heating installation, so call AAction Air today.

How Does a Hybrid System Work?

As mentioned above, the main source for heating (and cooling) is the heat pump. The heat pump is equipped with an outdoor temperature sensor that works in conjunction with a dual-fuel thermostat. As the homeowner, you set a temperature for the outside sensor that tells the system when to switch to the gas furnace for heating. This set-point temperature should be a few degrees above freezing. There is a second temperature set that tells the system when to switch back to the heat pump for heating.

Benefits of Hybrid Systems

  • Heating and cooling – with a hybrid system, you can still gain the benefit of having both heating and cooling in your home using one device (heat pump)
  • Energy efficiency – heat pumps are very energy efficient, and your use of gas will most likely be minimal, given our semi-moderate winter temperatures
  • No worries about heat – with the gas furnace, you won’t have to worry about not having enough heat, no matter how cold it gets outside

Our winters don’t get as cold as they do further north, which is why a heat pump is a good choice for homeowners in our area. But for those days that do get especially cold, the installation of a dual-fuel hybrid system in Bluffton ensures you’ll have plenty of heat.

For more information on dual fuel hybrid systems, call AAction Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation specialists.

Are Ductless Mini Splits Efficient Heating Systems?

October 20th, 2014 by John Ortman

When there are no ducts in your home, your options for heating and cooling are fairly limited. However, you can still get an extremely efficient and effective heating system without the use of ducts. Ductless mini splits are one of the most efficient systems on the market today, more so than many other types of heating and cooling systems. This is because they do not generate heat; they only move it from place to place.

Considering a ductless heating installation for your home in Hilton Head? Call the installation pros at AAction Air today. We’ll take a look at how these high-performance units work in the following guide.

How It Works

Ductless mini splits are great for those looking to install both a heating and air conditioning system. These units work much like a traditional central air conditioner, with both an indoor and outdoor component. One of the biggest differences is the air handler. Instead of an indoor component that connects directly to the ducts, the indoor air handlers of a ductless unit are mounted on the wall or up high on the ceilings. It contains the inside coil and a blower that distributes air to your home.

The other big difference is that ductless systems are also heat pumps. A heat pump is an air conditioning system that contains a component known as a reversing valve. Usually, refrigerant flows in only one direction, moving from the compressor unit to the indoor components and back again, removing heat from the inside and releasing it outdoors. The reversing valve of a heat pump allows refrigerant to reverse when you switch it into heating mode so that it can pull heat from the outside air and move it into the house.

Other Benefits

Ductless systems do not generate heat, which makes them extremely efficient systems as is. You can also find a unit with a more efficient heating rating by looking for a high HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). Besides, the lack of ductwork adds some efficiency to this heating system as there is no risk of air leaks and energy loss through the ducts.

Furthermore, ductless heating systems come with standard zone control. Generally, you need multiple indoor units in order to heat the entire home. Each indoor air handler has its own thermostat, so you can control each room or zone individually to make your whole family more comfortable.

For professional ductless heating installation services in Hilton Head and the surrounding areas, call  the heating experts at AAction Air today!

When Is the Right Time to Schedule a Heating System Tune-Up?

October 13th, 2014 by John Ortman

Your heating system has been reliable in the past, so you may not be concerned about sudden breakdowns this year. But if you have gone a long time without calling a technician to look at your system, you risk unexpected repairs and high costs during the cooler winter months. For the low cost of maintenance, however, you can prevent problems from occurring and make sure your unit is working properly, so that it doesn’t fail without warning on a very cold day.

Most heating experts recommend scheduling maintenance once a year to keep your system in top shape. But here in Savannah, temperatures are still relatively mild, so you may be unsure of when you need to call a technician.

So when’s the right time for a professional heating system tune-up? Right now! If you wait until the heating season begins to schedule service, it may be too late. As the season goes on, your heater works harder to get your home to the desired temperature. And more usage means more wear and tear on your unit. The longer you wait, the greater the risk of problems developing. If your unit is too worn down, it’s most likely to fail on a cold night when you need it most.

More Benefits of Maintenance

In fact, maintenance does more than prevent repairs. Here are a few more benefits of a professional tune-up.

  • Better Performance: During maintenance, a technician inspects, cleans, and adjusts some of the components of your system. A heater performs best when it is in optimal shape, so you may even notice improved heating performance immediately after a tune up.
  • Increased Efficiency: Components of your system that are out of shape have to work harder to run properly, which may consume a lot of energy. A tune-up could actually decrease your bills.
  • Longer Lifespan: Additionally, heating systems may actually last longer with a regular tune up. Although you may know the expected lifespan of your particular system, it may only reach this point with the proper maintenance.

Don’t wait to schedule your heating system tune up in Savannah. Call the team of heating experts at AAction Air today!

Why Should I Consider an Energy Audit in Savannah, GA?

October 6th, 2014 by John Ortman

Your home is more than a shelter and living place for your family. It is also a complete energy system that contains numerous heat-producing and power-consuming appliances. Just as a single appliance, such as a heater, can perform inefficiently and lose energy while it runs, so can your house lose energy efficiency and cost you more money each year than it should.

Home performance testing, also known as an energy audit, is a method to find out the energy efficiency of an entire home. This is a complex, multi-stage process that requires special equipment such as infrared cameras, surface thermometers, smoke pencils, and blower doors; you must rely on experienced professional auditors to handle it. But it is a much easier to schedule than you might think: for an excellent energy audit in Savannah, GA, contact AAction Air and we will arrange to provide you with this service.

The benefits of an energy audit

The principle reason you should consider having home performance testing is to locate spots in your house where you are losing and gaining more heat than you should, such as cracks in the insulation and gaps in the ventilation shafts. Energy audits pinpoint air leaks in a home that allow hot air to escape during cold weather and enter during warm weather, placing extra strain on the HVAC system. A leaky home will cost more to heat and cool each year, wasting money and also reducing the lifespan of heating systems and air conditioners. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 46% of the energy used to run a home goes toward heating or cooling it—the largest percentage of any home system—so keeping your home as air-leak free as possible is crucial for keeping utility bill under control.

Comfort is another benefit of an energy audit. Those same air leaks will result in rises and drops in temperature. They also allow excess humidity indoors, which is a major problem for a humid city like Savannah.

Energy auditors do more than tell you where you have energy loss issues; your auditors will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the house’s performance and offer you advice on how to best deal with these issues, such as furnace repairs or increased insulation. You will know all the home improvements necessary to make your home efficient and energy-saving.

Call us to arrange for an energy audit today

Energy audits are extensive tasks, but professionals can usually perform them during a few hours with only small disruptions to your daily routines.

Call AAction Air today and speak to our Savannah, GA energy audit experts to arrange for this vital service for your home budget and comfort.