Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Archive for December, 2012

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Everyone at Air Mechanical wants to wish you a very happy New Year! We hope you have a fun (and safe!) time saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming in the New Year!

If you are a person who makes resolutions, why not try to make your home more environmentally-friendly next year? Upgrading your heating and air conditioning system can reduce the amount of energy you need to keep your home comfortable. You can also save energy by adding insulation and sealing any air leaks. A greener home is not only better for the environment, but it also saves you money by reducing your utility bills. Contact Air Mechanical to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your HVAC system.

Happy New Year!

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Happy Holidays from your Ham Lake Plumbers!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Everyone at Air Mechanical wishes you a very happy holiday! We would like to take a moment to thank all our wonderful customers who make it possible for our business to thrive. We look forward to working with you in the New Year. Have a wonderful celebration, and enjoy this time with friends and family!

As a quick reminder, if you haven’t already scheduled your annual plumbing maintenance, make sure to contact us today.  Annual maintenance is the most effective way to minimize the risk of major damages and will not only cut down on repair costs, but it also ensures that your home’s plumbing system is running as efficiently as possible. A comfortable, efficient home is a gift that everyone can appreciate.

Happy Holidays from Air Mechanical!

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Heating Tip: Does My Heat Pump Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

When properly installed, professionally maintained and expertly repaired a heat pump is an efficient home heating and cooling method. Like any other home heating and air conditioning system, though, problems do occur. No system is perfect, and the best thing you can do for your heat pump in Andover is to schedule professional service the moment you suspect that something is wrong with the system. The sooner any possible problems are resolved the less serious the ramifications are likely to be. Contact Air Mechanical today if you are concerned about a possible refrigerant leak with your heat pump. We can find out for sure if this is the case.

Before jumping to any conclusions about a possible refrigerant leak in your heat pump you must remember that pretty much any issue with a heating and cooling system may have multiple possible causes. Still, there are certainly some indications that point toward a refrigerant leak. One problem that may indicate a leak in your heat pump is the frequent freezing up of your evaporator coils. A heat pump generally has a defrost mode to handle this problem, and it is not that uncommon. If it is frequent occurrence or is happening more and more, though, there is a good chance your heat pump is leaking refrigerant.

Even lowered efficiency and compressor failure can be caused by a refrigerant leak. Again, though, it is certainly not the only cause. The only way to know for sure if you have a refrigerant leak is to have your heat pump inspected by a professional.

One strong indicator of a refrigerant leak is simply lowered levels in the heat pump system. Refrigerant is not actually consumed, but is recycled for reuse again and again. During testing a bit of refrigerant may escape here and there, but the levels should be pretty constant. Even this may not be a sure sign, though, as a mistake could have been made allowing for a large refrigerant loss without an actual leak.

Whatever the cause of your heat pump issues, a professional Andover heating service provider is the only one that can resolve it with certainty. Contact Air Mechanical today for the services you need to diagnose and repair any refrigerant leaks in your heat pump. We can get it back on track in no time.

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Ham Lake Plumbing FAQ: Do I Have a Frozen Water Line?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

If you think you may have a frozen water line leading to your Ham Lake area home, call the Ham Lake plumbers at Air Mechanical ASAP. A frozen water line can burst and cause a major leak and expense.

If you aren’t sure, here are some things that let you know that you could have a potential water line leak.

  • No Water to the Plumbing Fixtures:
    While any water lines inside your home should not freeze, this can happen with pipes in unfinished areas of the home, such as a basement. If the temperatures have dropped below freezing and you aren’t getting any water to your fixtures, you could have a frozen water line leading to that plumbing fixture or appliance.
  • Meter Is Not Running:
    If you aren’t sure whether the water lines inside or outside are frozen, turn off the main water source. Then check the meter to see if it is still running. If so, you have a frozen water line in the house. If not, you probably have a frozen main water line. Call your utility company if this is the case.
  • When to Call a Plumber:
    The best way to tell whether or not you have a frozen water line, is to call the Ham Lake plumbers at Air Mechanical if you suspect a frozen pipe. We will send someone to your home as soon as we can to take a look or walk you through what to do before we get there.

Call Air Mechanical for all your Ham Lake plumbing repair needs. Contact Air Mechanical today!

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Heating FAQ: Why is My Gas Furnace Making That Noise?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Have you recently noticed a loud banging or explosion noise when you turn on the gas furnace in your Coon Rapids home? This can be caused by a few different things, but it’s important that you call a heating technician at Air Mechanical to look at your furnace any time you hear strange noises. We’ll send someone to your home as soon as we can to investigate the issue.

Gas furnaces have special concerns due to the combustible fuel source. Improper ventilation, issues with the pilot light, and burner problems can all be hazardous situations. One problem that is not as common but can be easy to detect is a delay in the ignition of the burners. A delay in the ignition of may be an indicator that not enough gas is getting to the burners.

One sign that you have a delay issue is if when you turn on the furnace you hear a loud banging sound.  You may also hear what sounds like a small explosion when you turn the furnace on.  If you hear these sounds or any other unusual sound, it is an indicator that gases within the furnace are not being transferred to the right compartments. This means that excess gas can build inside the chamber, creating the loud banging noise when the furnace is fired up.

In addition to being a sign of problems with your furnace, a delayed igniter is a safety issue because it can lead to a dangerous situation for anyone near the furnace or trying to light the pilot light. The accumulation of unburned gasses in the chamber can result in instantaneous or extremely hot fire.  For these reasons, if you believe your furnace has an ignition delay, it is important to call a technician as soon as possible. A technician should be able to tell why the gas doesn’t ignite when it should and will remedy the problem accordingly.

Contact Air Mechanical for all your Coon Rapids heating repair needs!

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