Air Mechanical, Inc Blog : Archive for December, 2013

New Year’s Traditions Explained

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2014 is almost upon us, and with the coming of the New Year, we thought we’d take a brief look at some of the more popular traditions associated with this holiday. It’s been around for at least 4,000 years: as long as we’ve figured out how long it takes for the seasons to come and go. Here’s a quick discussion about some of our more modern traditions and where they started:

  • Auld Lang Syne. The famous song began in Scotland, where it was published by Robert Burns in 1796.  He claims he initially heard it sung by an elderly resident of his hometown, which suggests it has traditional folk origins even before that. It became even more popular when big band leader, Guy Lombardo, started playing it every New Year’s Eve, starting in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
  • The Dropping of the Ball in Times Square. The tradition of dropping the ball in Times Square started in 1907. It was made out of iron and wood with light bulbs located on the surface, and the ball originally “dropped” over the offices of the New York Times at One Times Square. Dick Clark famously broadcast the event every year from 1972, until his death in 2012.
  • The Rose Parade. The Tournament of Roses Parade has been held in Pasadena every year since 1890; taking advantage of California’s warm weather to present a parade of floats, bands and horses. A football game was eventually added to the festivities in 1902, when Michigan dominated Stanford’s team by a score of 49-0
  • Baby New Year. The use of a baby to signify the New Year dates back to Ancient Greece, where it symbolized the rebirth of Dionysus (the god of wine and parties). Early Christians initially resisted the pagan elements of the story, but soon came to adopt it since it matched the traditional Christmas symbol of baby Jesus in the manger. Today, people of all faiths and traditions refer to the New Year as a baby, representing new beginnings.

Whatever traditions you choose to celebrate, we here at Air Mechanical, Inc. wish you the very safest and happiest of New Years. May 2014 bring you nothing but the best!

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Wishing You a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

It’s the holiday season once again, and everyone at Air Mechanical, Inc. wishes the very best for you, your family, and your friends. We hope that whatever brings you joy fills these last days of the year.

We’d like to thank all of our customers for giving us the opportunity to provide you with services that improve your lives and help you better enjoy this time with your loved ones. You are the reason that we exist as a company, and that’s something we always keep that in mind. We are eager to work with you in the coming year.

Here’s something to remember for the season: many companies in our industry are very busy on service calls during December—it’s one of the most crowded times of the year. If you need service, make sure you schedule it as soon as possible so you can continue to enjoy the pleasures of this time of year.

Lastly, we at Air Mechanical, Inc. want to conclude with a thought from the late Earl Nightingale to help remind us all that we do not need to wait for a holiday to have a reason to enjoy or celebrate ourselves, our lives or our family:

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

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What Causes My Drains to Gurgle?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

You don’t want to hear any unusual sounds coming from your drains. Something like a banging or gurgling noise indicates you need to have professional plumbing repair done before a growing, unseen problem turn into a large, visible (and probably messy) problem.

A gurgling drain can mean a number of different issues in your plumbing, and all of them require professional attention. Air Mechanical, Inc. offers comprehensive plumbing work that can take care of clogged or broken pipes, drain repair, and drain cleaning. We can solve whatever problem has developed with your plumbing system in Mounds View, MN.

The reasons for gurgling drains

That sound you hear coming from your drains is gas bubbles released into the water you have just poured down the sink. Most of the time, the gas is air trapped in a clog, and the air is getting into the water sitting on top of the clog.

These clogs can come from numerous sources. It might be a recent clog due to a piece of food jammed into the sink. More likely, however, the clog is a build-up of grease, oil, fat, and other food deposits that have developed along the inside of the pipe walls until it threatens to close off the drainpipe entirely. Removing this sort of heavy clog often requires the work of a hydro-jetter, a professional plumber’s tool that blasts a concentrated high pressure stream of hot water along the pipe. Hydro-jetters not only blast through clogs, they completely clean out the interior of the pipe.

An even more serious reason for a clog causing gurgling is damage to the sewer line. If the sewer line breaks or becomes blocked, it will start creating sewage back-ups in the drains. Air and other gas escaping from the sewage will create gurgling as it works up through water. Sewer line repairs are large tasks that need professionals to access the pipes and repair them.

There’s another reason for gurgling: blocked vent pipes. Vent pipes attached to your drainpipes allow the safe escape of sewer gas, usually near the roof of your house. They can become blocked because of dirt or animal nests, allowing sewer gas to push up into your drain pipes. Don’t try to go up on the roof to fix this! You need the work of professionals.

Heed the warnings

Although a gurgling drain usually indicates a problem, at least it gives you a warning before the serious trouble starts. Take advantage of this warning to call for professional plumbing in Mounds View, MN. Air Mechanical, Inc. is standing by to assist you, all hours of the day, every day of the week.

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What Are the Benefits of Electric Furnaces?

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Furnaces come in a variety of types that use different energy sources. The earliest furnaces used wood and coal, and later propane and oil became popular. You can still find propane and oil furnaces warming homes today, but it’s likely that if you’re looking into getting a furnace, your choice will come down to either a natural gas or electric furnace.

Natural gas furnaces are the most popular choice for contemporary homes, but electricity continues to gain ground as an option. Electric furnaces have a number of advantages you should consider as you shop for a new heating installation.

If you are thinking of installing a furnace in Anoka, MN, you should seek the professional assistance of the NATE-certified technicians at Air Mechanical, Inc. We specialize in “Creating Custom Comfort,” and that means you will end up with a heater that is just right for you.

Electric furnaces: the benefits

  • No natural gas line required: If your home doesn’t have access to a natural gas line, you can still enjoy the benefits of a furnace by going electrical. Electricity is available almost everywhere in the U.S., so an electric furnace is always an option.
  • Low initial cost: Electric furnaces usually cost less to install than other heating choices. If you are on a tight budget, an electric furnace is an excellent way to save money upfront.
  • Safety: Although no heating system is 100% accident-proof, electrical furnaces do not have the potential hazard of toxic and combustible carbon monoxide leaks that gas furnaces and gas boilers do.
  • Efficiency: Electrical furnaces have made huge strides in efficient performance during the last two decades. Although gas usually costs less than electricity, the efficient performance of an electric furnace can make up for the difference, since you will need to use it less.

Although these advantages may make it sound as if an electric furnace is the choice for your home, keep in mind that every home offers different heating challenges. Perhaps an electric furnace isn’t the heater to meet that challenge. The best way to make an informed choice is to have an informed opinion: contact an HVAC specialist to find the best method to heat your home.

Air Mechanical, Inc. has 25 years of experience delivering quality heating. If you think installing a furnace in Anoka, MN is your best choice for the winter, then come to us for all the assistance you’ll need.

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What Is an Expansion Tank in a Boiler?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

For your boiler to operate correctly, it needs to maintain steady pressure in its hot water tank and throughout its pipes. Water pressure will increase as the water in the system heats up, so the boiler comes with a number of methods to keep the pressure from reaching levels where it can cause damage. One of the ways a boiler maintains a safe pressure level is with an expansion tank. We will explain how this crucial component of a boiler operates—and why it’s important to keep it maintained and repaired.

For immediate repairs on your boiler in Oak Grove, MN, whether because of trouble in the expansion tank or any other malfunction, you can call Air Mechanical, Inc. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What an expansion tank does

The name “expansion tank” makes it sound as if it stores extra water for additional heating. Boilers don’t actually work that way. The expansion tank is there to provide an air cushion against extra pressure from inside the main tank.

The expansion tank sits atop the hot water tank: if you go look at your boiler right now, you’ll see a smaller tank hooked to a pipe coming from the top of the main tank that enters the smaller tank from the side. The interior consists of two sections with a rubber diaphragm separating them. The pipe that comes from the tank will fill one side with water. The other side contains pressured air connected to a valve to measure the pressure. The valve will add air to keep a balance with the water on the other side. An increase in water pressure pushes against the membrane and relieves the pressure from the main tank. When the water pressure drops, the air pressure from the other side pushes back to restore it to normal.

The invention of the expansion tank was designed to combat corrosion in the main tank: older boilers relied on a cushion of air within the tank itself, but this permitted too much oxygen into the water, which is a main part of the oxidation that results in corrosion.

Make sure to repair/replace the expansion tank in your boiler

Ruptures or leaks in the diaphragm in the expansion tank can lead to the boiler overheating from increased pressure. The expansion tank usually should be replaced, but this requires the work of a professional to make sure it is done correctly and the pressure problems stop.

If you need repairs or replacement for the expansion tank on your boiler in Oak Grove, MN, get in touch with Air Mechanical, Inc. right away—any time of the day or night. We have a quarter of a century of experience working with boilers and many other types of heating and cooling systems. We can fix your boiler fast and get it done right the first time. Or feel free to check out other heating services we offer in Oak Grove.

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