On July 8, 2016 one of our Cool Max technicians, Manuel Spear, was seriously hurt in an auto accident. The good news is that some brave by-standers risked their own lives to save Manuel from his burning van. Manuel was seriously burned and air-lifted to Grady Hospital. He is in stable condition and recovering thanks to the prayers of so many friends, family members, and even others who do not personally know Manuel. Our God is a good God. He has the power to heal and He hears our prayers. Thank you to all who have lifted Manuel up in prayer. Please continue to pray for Manuel and his family.
With it being hot in the day time and cold at night…get an auto/changeover thermostat so that you don’t have to keep remembering to change it from heat to cool.
Keeping you comfortable is what COOL MAX is all about.
Why Maintenance is Important!
Old man winter’s on his way. Don’t get left out in the cold because you didn’t have the proper upkeep and maintenance on your equipment! Would you drive your car and never change your oil! Of course not! You know that it would ruin your motor. Well your furnace requires regular maintenance as well.
The major thing a homeowner can do is to make sure your filter gets checked. If it is dirty, then change it. If it is a washable filter, then wash it. Keeping your filter clean will reduce energy costs and increase the operation efficiency of your heating equipment. It will also help improve the quality of air you breathe in your home – which is especially beneficial if you have allergies!
A furnace can emit carbon monoxide gas if not operating efficiently, so it is important to have a professional technician inspect your furnace with a combustion analyzer each season. Small cracks in the heat exchanger may not be noticeable with the naked eye, so a combustion analyzer is a specialty tool, designed to detect carbon monoxide in your home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas, which makes it unable to detect without a specialized tool. Low levels of carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms, making you and your family sick.
Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can even cause death. Keeping your family safe is part of the maintenance process. An HVAC professional will be able to adjust your gas pressure so that it will burn efficiently and safely – saving you money on your utility bills. Regular maintenance on your heating equipment will not only ensure the safety of its operation, it will also catch small problems before they become large, expensive ones. Other components checked, cleaned and adjusted during a furnace maintenance include cleaning the orifice, adjusting the pilot assembly, checking the pressure switch, check capacitors, check fan motors, tighten electrical connections as well as others.
The homeowner needs to keep all the vents in your house open to make sure they are allowing air to properly flow. This allows for the correct amount of air circulation. Your equipment has been designed to operate with all the air vents open. Blockages cause your system to work harder than necessary, leading to equipment failure and higher energy bills.
The benefits of having your heater ready for winter will leave you feeling warm and cozy knowing that you have taken the proper steps to keep your family warm and safe.
How does my air conditioning unit keep me so comfortable in the summer?
I’m glad you asked.
The fundamental purpose of your air conditioning unit is to move warm air from inside your house to outside your house. To do this it has five essential parts. The first one is a heat exchanger outside your home, the second, a heat exchanger inside your home. Third, there’s refrigerant piping, fourth is the ductwork that delivers cool air to your rooms and draws warm air back into the system and fifth, a thermostat, that tells the system when to turn off and on. Other parts include the compressor, located outside, it circulates the refrigerant through the pipes. the air filter, which does just what it says it does, filters dust and dirt particles out of the air that is headed inside your home, and a condensation pump that removes water that drips from the inside unit.
One way to understand how your air conditioning unit works is to think of the refrigerant in the pipes as a heat conveyor belt. The inside heat exchanger puts hot air onto the conveyor belt and the outside heat exchanger takes it off, this is how heat gets removed from your home. The other components of your system are there to make the process happen more efficiently. Your compressor not only circulates the refrigerant around your system, but it also increases the pressure so it can absorb and release heat more effectively. The blower circulates air around your home and the thermostat allows you to set your desired temperatures.
Now you know the ins and outs of your air conditioning system. Thanks for asking.
It’s the dog days of summer, your AC unit is making loud or strange noises, or only hot air is coming out, worse yet, it’s not functioning at all! While any of these may strike fear into the heart of a sweaty home-owner, these are also very common reasons to call a professional.
If you are experiencing problems with your AC we have a few common sense recommendations you’ll want to look at before you call in the professionals.
First, and easiest, check your thermostat, make sure it’s set to the proper temperature, and hasn’t been accidentally switched from cool to heat. We know, that seems like a “no brainer” but it just takes a second to double check.
Secondly, clean your air conditioner. Dust, and debris around and inside your AC can reduce its efficiency thereby reducing its ability to cool properly. Before you clean it, please shut off the power.
Third, check your drainage tubes for any blockages or obstructions. This is one of the most common reasons home-owners call in a repairman, and also one of the easiest to fix. If you see pooling water around or below your unit, it is usually the result of obstructions like dirt, algae or ice. You can clean out or replace the tube if you find a problem.
Finally, change the filter. When your AC is running regularly, it is recommended to change the filter every month.
If none of these are a solution to your AC problem, then it becomes time to call for an AC repairman.
Benjamin Franklin said it best; “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Even if you don’t suspect any problems, maintaining your heating and cooling equipment will cost far less than ignoring it and having to deal with the cost and hassle of emergency repairs, whether it is either freezing cold outside or in the dog days of summer.
As your AC or heating system runs, it accumulates dust and grime in critical areas that affect its efficiency, areas like the condensing coils and air filters. Without proper and regular maintenance, it can lose up to 5% of its operating efficiency each year due to the buildup. This lowers the capabilities of your equipment to cool or heat your house as it could if it were clean.
The recommendation for having regular maintenance to your equipment is twice a year. Once in the Spring, to check the cooling equipment, and once in the Fall, to check your heating system. Getting ready in the Spring to make sure your AC is in prime condition by having it inspected, serviced and cleaned is the best way to ensure that no emergencies arise just when you need your AC the most. It is recommended to have a service professional come to your home when it is not the peak season so that he will be able to take the time to inspect your equipment thoroughly. Likewise, if you have a separate unit for heating, have maintenance done in the early Fall, to ensure that it will be properly functioning and safety inspected for carbon monoxide leakage before placing it in operation.