AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Wilmington Island’

Signs that You Need Air Conditioning Repair Service

Monday, March 25th, 2013

If you haven’t checked on your AC since last summer, or if you think it might need some service, don’t wait for any possible problems to get worse. In this post, we’d like to run you through some of the signs that you need air conditioning repair. Heeding these warnings may be able to prevent major repairs or replacement in the future, so be sure to call AAction Air for air conditioning repair in Savannah, GA!

You depend upon your air conditioner. You AC works by pressurizing refrigerant, pumping it through a system of coils, and causing it to undergo physical changes, heat is removed from your home, cooled, and returned. No matter what type of AC you have, it might eventually need repair. Here are some warning signs that it’s time to call an AC expert:

  • Inadequate cooling. A sudden or gradual drop in the cooling level of your home is probably not just general wear and tear—have it checked out by a pro.
  • Short-cycling. If your AC runs in short bursts, switching on and off frequently, then you may have a short-cycling problem.
  • Water leaks. Making sure that your AC is removing the condensation that results from the refrigeration process is critical to maintaining the effectiveness of your unit.
  • AC is constantly running. If your AC is appropriately sized, then it should turn off when it reaches the desired temperature. If it’s running all the time, there is a fault somewhere.
  • Visible frost buildup. If you see any frost buildup on the vents to your ductwork, or anywhere on your system, you may have a problem with your airflow circulation.

There may not be only one but several signs. They often work together. But don’t worry; when you hire a Savannah, GA air conditioning repair technician at AAction Air, you are in good hands. We’ll have your AC up and running in no time. If your system is beyond the state of repair, and you’d like to invest in the future of your home cooling system, we can advise you on a system replacement. Give us a call today!

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Why You Should Hire a Heating Professional Instead of DIY

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Whether you have a furnace, a heat pump, or some other form of heating system, it is a critical and expensive part of your home. In Savannah, you probably use it every day during the winter. It’s normally a good idea to let a trained and licensed heating technician make any and all repairs or adjustments to your heating system. Below we explore a couple reasons why that is.

Safety

Probably one of the most important reasons why you should let a heating professional work on your heater is for safety reasons. Without the proper qualifications there are several health and safety risks that could result from attempting to do-it-yourself.

  • Gas Leaks – If you have a gas-fired heating system, you may unwittingly puncture the gas line to your home. You could also accidental damage other parts of your heating system. A trained professional can ensure that your system functions safely.
  • Regulations – Depending on what you’re attempting to do to your heating system, there may be municipal, state or federal regulations stipulating exactly how a certain repair or adjustment needs to be made. Without being familiar with such regulations, you could send your entire system out of code.

Did You Fix the Problem or Reduce the Symptom?

We see this happen quite a bit. If you detect that part of your ductwork is leaking and you fix it, you may have just put a band aid on a larger problem that will continue to exist. Without the proper training and knowledge, you may end up spending time and money that could have been put to better use elsewhere. A trained heating technician will know exactly what to look for to solve your problem. In addition, they will be able to detect if a small problem is actually evidence of a larger  and more extensive issue.

If you are having any kind of issue or problem with your heating system, contact the experts at AAction Air. We provide a complete range of high quality and reliable heating services in Savannah. Give us a call today to learn more.

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Tips to Improve Furnace Efficiency in Your Home

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Think of how much you use your furnace during the winter in Savannah. You probably use it every day to keep warm. That’s why many people are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their furnace. We thought that it would be helpful for our customers in Savannah if we put together a short list of some ways to improve the efficiency of their furnace this winter.

Check the Insulation in Your Savannah Home

Insulation is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to heat loss. When you spend money buying the fuel to heat your home, you want to make sure that you keep as much of it in your home as possible. That’s exactly what insulation is designed to do. But if you have old or deteriorating insulation, you might be leaking heat. The first place to check is your attic. The floor of the attic is the ceiling of your home. As heat rises, it will leak through your ceiling and into the attic. Check the insulation on the floor of the attic to see if it is thin or if there are gaps between it and the ceiling joists.

Check the Ducts

The ducts in your home are like the veins of your furnace. They carry the heat to each of the rooms that need it. If your ducts are old, there may holes or cracks in them. As the heated air travels through the ducts, it can start to leak out through the gaps. Also, over time your ducts can shift and form unnecessary bends and pinches. This can reduce the efficiency of your furnace because it makes it harder for the furnaces to push the air through the ducts.

Regular Maintenance

One of the best ways to make sure that your furnace is working at peak efficiency is to have it regularly maintained by a professional heating technician. With regular maintenance, small repairs can be caught early before they turn into large, expensive repairs. During a maintenance visit to your home in Savannah, the technician will also replace any worn parts like fan belts and lubricate other moving parts like fan bearings. All of these things can potentially increase the overall efficiency of your furnace system.

If you’re interested in having professional maintenance performed on your furnace in Savannah, then call the experts at AAction Air. We would love to help you increase the efficiency and extend the life of your furnace. Give us a call today!

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Heating Question: What Actually Happens During Heating Maintenance?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

If you ask any professional heating technician what the best way to keep your home heating system operating efficiently and effectively is, he or she will most likely say scheduling regular maintenance service. This is absolutely correct. However, many homeowners have very little understanding of what actually goes on during this important procedure. While you should never attempt to tune up or service your heater on your own, we believe that it is important for you to know as much as possible about the heating system in your Rincon, GA home. Here are some examples of what to expect during professional maintenance service from AAction Air.

One of the biggest advantages that comes with professional heating maintenance is knowing that your heater is working safely. The fuel connections, gas pressure, electrical elements, burner combustion and other safety factors will be checked and tuned up if needed. Heating your home effectively is a great luxury, but for true comfort you must be able to do so confidently.

All moving parts of your heater will be lubricated during maintenance service. This reduces friction between these components, making it easier for your heater to operate. The less energy that your heater expends during operation, the more money you can save on heating costs.

It is important also that your control system is inspected. The thermostat that you use to regulate temperatures in your home must be properly set and calibrated. If your thermostat cannot get an accurate temperature reading it will cause your heater to work inefficiently and ineffectively. It will not come on at the right times or will run too long, too frequently. All of this wastes energy.

Your air filters should also be cleaned or replaced during maintenance service. This should be done more frequently than just during your annual inspection, though. Changing your air filters is one instance where it is okay for you to take the initiative and perform the task yourself. Just be sure that you understand how to remove them and secure the replacements properly.

When you are ready to schedule heating maintenance service in Rincon, GA, contact AAction Air. We will make sure that your heater is working as efficiently as possible. Let us help you save money and keep warm this heating season.

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Heating Question: Why is Heating Maintenance Important?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Despite the insistence of countless professionals in the industry, many people still question the importance of home heating system maintenance. AAction Air wants to stress the fact that there is in fact no better way to ensure that your Savannah home’s heating system provides you with reliable, efficient home heating performance than with regular professional maintenance. We’ve gathered some information we’d like to share with you to help explain why this is.

Pre-Season Maintenance and Tune-ups

In Georgia you may use your air conditioner more frequently than your heating system, but that does not mean that your heating system is any less important or that it does not require annual maintenance. Actually, the very fact that your home heating system may go unused for stretches of time makes it all the more pertinent that it receives professional maintenance before being put into regular use.

Your heating system does not need to run in order to collect dirt and debris in its mechanical parts. You vacuum your floors and change filters in your air conditioner, so why would you assume that your heating system is exempt from the pollutants in your home. Dirt buildup is a leading cause of heating system break down, and one that is easily avoided with professional maintenance. Having your system inspected before regular use each year, even if it is only going to be used occasionally, ensures that all components of the system are clean and in good operating condition. Forcing any machine to operate in poor condition only increases the likelihood of further problems and more frequent – and costly – repairs.

Another reason that maintenance is so important is it allows any inefficiency to be rectified before they can cost you money during the operation of your heating system. Fuel sources, such as the natural gas or electricity, will be inspected for proper connection, an efficiency and safety concern. Ductwork will receive attention to make sure that your energy, as well as the money you paid for it, does not simply get lost along the way to its destination. A number of other maintenance checkpoints will also be addressed, and that brings us to our next point.

Maintenance Involves More Than You May Expect

The number of areas in which your home heating system may go awry might surprise you. There are plenty of opportunities for energy loss and inefficiency, as well as for damages to sneak up. Professional maintenance addresses these potential problem spots, with tasks including:

  • Thermostat inspection and calibration
  • Electrical connection inspection for proper voltage and current
  • Lubrication of moving parts
  • Control system checks
  • Gas and oil supply line inspections
  • Gas pressure readings
  • Burner combustion and heat exchanger evaluations

These are undertakings that only a professional maintenance provider can complete with confidence. Call AAction Air today if you still have any questions about the relevance and pertinence of home heating system maintenance.

Let AAction Air Handle Your Home Heating System Maintenance Service

Don’t neglect your heating system. The key to efficient, effective and, most importantly, safe heating performance truly is regular, professional maintenance. Call AAction Air to schedule your heating maintenance visit today!

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Heating Guide: Important Heater Safety Tips

Monday, November 19th, 2012

A reliable, efficient and effective home heating system is an important part of keeping your Hilton Head Island home comfortable. Like any other system in your home, though, it must be used properly to ensure both dependable and, more importantly, safe operation. Here are some important heater safety tips from the Hilton Head Island heating experts at AAction Air. Enjoy the comfort that your heater brings to your home safely.

  • Keep combustibles or any materials that can burn away from heating equipment. It doesn’t matter if you use a fireplace, wood stove, portable space heater or a gas furnace. When heat is present there is always the possibility of fire. Keep the area clear and heat your home safely.
  • Do not use your oven to heat your home. It may be an easy way to heat up a drafty kitchen or seem like a good heating supplement, but ovens were not designed to serve as radiant heaters. Save it for cooking dinner.
  • Keep kids away from heaters. They may not realize the potential for burns that hot surfaces present. Inform your kids of the danger that heaters and heating elements can present (this applies to ovens as well!).
  • Always let a Hilton Head Island heating professional handle any repairs or maintenance service that your home heater needs. Attempting any do-it-yourself projects on your heater creates the opportunity for malfunction, which can lead to the need for expensive repair or the potential for danger.
  • Keep up with regular maintenance. Operating a heating system that is not in good working condition not only puts unnecessary strain and wear and tear on your heater but can lead to dangerous conditions.
  • Always turn off portable heaters when leaving the house or even the room. Don’t place them in a spot where anything may fall over them. Space heaters are convenient, but left unsupervised can be quite dangerous.
  • Stick to the intended fuel source. Never make any substitutions. It’s better to be a little chilly until you can get more fuel than to create a dangerous heating environment.
  • Always use a guard screen or doors when burning wood in your fireplace. A fire is very relaxing and a great heat source, but popping embers and shifting logs can cause a fire easily. Make sure ashes are extinguished and, again, keep the kids away.

We hope that these tips are useful to you. Everyone deserves to be warm and comfortable in their home. Keep things safe, enjoy the cold weather, and call AAction Air with anyone heating concerns you have.

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Heating Guide: Getting Your Furnace Ready for Winter

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

With the coldest time of year approaching it is important that your Savannah furnace is ready for the job ahead. Don’t wait for the first chilly night to discover that your heating system is not ready to provide the heating performance you need. Take the following step to ensure that, when the temperature drops, your furnace is ready.

  • Check to see when last your furnace was serviced. If your furnace has not received professional maintenance service in the past year, schedule a visit right away. There’s no better way to ensure that your furnace is in ideal working order before the cold arrives.
  • Check your vents and return registers. Make sure that there are no obstructions that may reduce air flow. The harder it is for air to be distributed throughout your home, the harder your furnace has to work to keep you warm. This leads to inefficient, ineffective performance and can put unnecessary wear and tear on your system.
  • Clean or replace your filters. Dirty air filters also obstruct air flow, forcing your system to work harder than necessary, and can reintroduce pollutants into the air in your home.
  • Perform a quick visual inspection of any exposed electrical wiring. Frayed or broken wires must be replaced by a professional in order to allow for effective, safe operation of your home heating system.
  • Clear the area surrounding your furnace. A crowded area can affect the efficiency of your furnace and makes for unsafe operating conditions.
  • Make sure your burner is clean. Dust and debris can settle in the burner during periods of inactivity. A clean burner allows for safe, effective operation.

With professional maintenance and routine care your furnace will keep you and your family warm on the coldest nights of the year. Make sure that your furnace is prepared to keep your home warm in an efficient, effective manner. Keep your furnace and registers free of obstruction, change your filter regularly, and call a Savannah heating service professional such as AAction Air for high quality, dependable maintenance.

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