AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating Services’

“Does My Furnace Air Filter Really Need to be Changed?”

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Close-up of the elements of a clean car air filter; dynamic shot using diagonal lines.Well…yes. But we won’t stop there. We’re happy to explain why this is the case, and just what it is that you get from regularly cleaning (if you have a permanent filter) or changing your air filter every 1-3 months as needed.

First off, if you have a traditional HVAC setup, with a central air conditioner and a central furnace, then it’s very likely that your two units share an air filter. And this air filter isn’t there to protect your indoor air quality either (despite popular belief) but rather the inside components OF those HVAC systems. So true, it may seem a bit early to be talking about your heating system, but because of the shared importance of your air filter, we feel this is a pertinent topic no matter the time of year.

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Which Kind of Heating Systems Require the Most Repairs?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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.

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3 Common Heat Pump Repairs in the Heating Season

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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.

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