Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Anoka’

Here’s How We Can Treat Your Water

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Blegh! Contaminants in your water got you down? We totally understand why poor water quality is such a big deal! Let’s face it: you need the water coming out of your taps to be potable, and if it isn’t, it can certainly be a quite a nuisance.

Of course, we don’t think you should have to deal with poor water quality forever, which is why most plumbers offer a variety of water treatment solutions. There are a number of water treatment systems on the market today, each designed to eliminate specific types of contaminants from your water. So no matter what your needs are, we will be able to match you with the right system for your home.

Below, we have listed some of the most common water treatment systems available and how they can help you. Keep reading to find out more!

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Hard Water

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Unsightly faucets, plumbing pipes with white crusty buildups, greasy hair, and irritating skin— all these and many other unpleasant and unwanted signs and symptoms indicate that your home suffers from a hard water supply.

The most alarming thing about hard water is most homeowners in Minnesota are not aware of the harmful consequences of its use.

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Common Kitchen Plumbing Repair Issues

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Considering the amount of water that flows into and out of a kitchen on a daily basis, it’s surprising that the plumbing there doesn’t require more repairs than it does. However, modern kitchen plumbing is designed to endure a great deal of stress, and proper cleaning helps keep away issues like clogged sinks and leaking pipes.

But no kitchen can avoid repairs entirely. Because of this, we have decided to highlight a few of the common repair issues you may encounter in your home’s kitchen.

When you need expert kitchen plumbing repair in Anoka, MN, call up the company with almost four decades of experience servicing the 7-County Metro area: Air Mechanical, Inc.

3 common repairs for kitchen plumbing

  • Eliminating clogs: Clogs occur in a kitchen more often than anywhere else in a house because of the amount of food that goes down the drains, which includes the major nemesis of pipes: liquid fat, oil, and grease (collectively known as F.O.G.), which turns into waxy solids that rapidly congest drainpipes. Although a sink plunger can handle basic clogs, when the build-up inside drainpipes reaches a level where clogs happen consistently, you’ll need professionals to clean out the drains. Also, never resort to the use of chemical drain cleaners, which can damage pipes and leave behind toxic residue.
  • Fixing broken garbage disposals: Kitchen disposals take plenty of abuse, and some of it is unnecessary. You should never put anything down a disposal that human teeth couldn’t chew. Chicken bones and unpopped popcorn kernels are major offenders, but people sometimes put actual “garbage” items like paper products into disposals. (Perhaps the “garbage” part of the name should be retired.) Disposals can clog or break because of these objects. You should never reach your hand into a disposal to attempt to fix a jammed flywheel or any other issue. Call professionals to handle these repairs, which could include fixing electrical problems.
  • Grease trap repairs: Not every kitchen has a grease trap to prevent F.O.G. contamination, although we definitely recommend installing one. But grease traps sometimes need repairs as well, especially if they don’t receive routine cleaning. If a grease trap starts causing a sink to back up, call for repairs.

Although there are some simple kitchen plumbing issues you can handle on your own (such as plungering away a simple clog), a trained plumber should take care of most problems so you’ll avoid accidental damage and leaking. Air Mechanical, Inc. can perform the kitchen plumbing repair in Anoka, MN that will restore your appliances, drains, faucets, and anything else that might encounter difficulty.

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Problems Caused by Faulty Thermostats

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The thermostat has a tremendous amount of power for so small an object. This unobtrusive unit attached to a wall in your house has full control over the heating and cooling systems that make indoor life comfortable year round. But because people often overlook the thermostat, they don’t realize when a thermostat with a fault is creating trouble with their HVAC system. Sometimes, what seems like a malfunction in the system cabinet will turn out to be a problem with the thermostat.

Bringing in professional technicians when you have problems with your heater or AC will make sure that you discover thermostat problems. Experts will know how to track repair issues to their source and avoid unnecessary tampering with unrelated components. And thankfully, thermostat repairs are among the faster ones for technicians to accomplish.

Air Mechanical, Inc. performs heating system repairs for thermostats in Anoka, MN, as well as installations of thermostat upgrades to help homeowners get the most from their heating and cooling.

Problems That Can Stem From Thermostat Faults:

  • The heater/air conditioner won’t start up – Whenever a home comfort system refuses to turn on when it should, the usual conclusion is that the system has broken. However, the problem could be that the thermostat isn’t working right. Sometimes this is due to a miscalibration in the unit that makes it read the temperature incorrectly and consequently not turn the heater/AC on when it should. At other times, wiring defects can cause the thermostat to lose its connection to the system.
  • The heater/air conditioner won’t stop running – This is the opposite problem, although the cause is similar. Either a miscalibrated thermostat keeps sending incorrect instructions to the HVAC system to keep working, or the specific wire that turns the heater/AC off has broken.
  • Uneven temperatures Thermostats that develop quirks will lead to your home experiencing hot and cold spots where they shouldn’t be. If the thermostat keeps switching the HVAC system on and off at the wrong times, it will lead to poor distribution of temperatures to the rooms farthest from the central unit.

Have Professionals Find Out What is Wrong

There are many causes for a thermostat to begin working incorrectly: miscalibration, incorrect placement in the way of direct sunlight or drafts, wires wearing down, computer system errors in digital models. Don’t try troubleshooting any of this yourself beyond making basic temperature adjustments. (Remember, the thermostat may not be the issue.) Instead, speak with a professional heating service in Anoka to help you find out what the issue is with your thermostat.

Air Mechanical, Inc. has technicians ready 24-hours a day to help you when your heating or cooling starts acting abnormally. Give us a call today and ask us about how we can upgrade your thermostat as well.

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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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HVAC Guide: Green Building Trends for New Homes

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

In a society with an increasing an eye on reducing waste and creating energy-efficient spaces, it might not be as surprising to know that the green building market has been steadily increasing over the past few years, and in years to come is expected to triple from what it is now.  The variety of green building trends for new homes in Ham Lake which are in place today are staggering and exciting, and will ultimately change the way we build homes and business facilities, permanently.  According to the Earth Advantage Institute, below are the latest green building trends for new homes to watch for in the near future.

  • Urban Density:  Homeowners are opting to build in the empty space between existing homes or buildings.  These lots are desired by those who want to be closer to city-centers and hotspots.
  • Green Multi-Family Homes:  An increased interest in energy-saving building options and an increase in the number of multi-family homes being built mean an increase in green multi-family homes.
  • Energy Upgrades Drive Home Remodels:  Consumer preference has switched to remodeling in order to save energy in their upgrades.  Thus contractors have begun to offer these types of services as a standard option in remodeling projects. This includes new, energy saving HVAC equipment.
  • Development and Testing of New Materials: National labs and research departments are working with construction firms in order to produce test facilities and sensor-filled buildings which track real-time energy performance of new materials and equipment.
  • Consumer-Friendly Home Energy Tracking Devices:  Sensor-based energy and water monitoring systems are being used by consumers to save money all throughout their homes and the number of companies creating these tracking devices is increasing, making them easier to come by.
  • Energy Education for Commercial Tenants:  Commercial building energy disclosure is pushing building owners to be more energy efficient, this in addition to educating tenants on ways for them to contribute to saving energy means that more commercial buildings are going green.
  • Transparency in Home Marketing:  Consumers who have instant access to information are more educated and can see through housing scams more easily. Real estate agents who are forthright and educate clients even further on the benefits of having energy efficient home features means more confidence in the green housing market.
  • More Accurate Appraisals:  With more educated consumers looking for Certified Residential Green Appraisers, the lending community is beginning to follow suit and pay attention even further to the added value and return on investment for green homes and green remodels.
  • Broader Adoption of Residential Energy Ratings for Homes:  Energy labeling systems are being put into place nationally, thus causing homeowners to be more educated regarding energy savings possibilities.  More extensive usage of residential energy ratings for homes means homeowners are undertaking more energy upgrade work.
  • Smart Grid-Compatible High-Performance Homes:  More new homes are utilizing “grid-aware” appliances which monitor and report their own usage with the ability to increase or decrease electric usage remotely, thus saving energy.

For more tips on how to improve your Ham Lake home, or for any plumbing, heating, or air conditioning service you need, give Air Mechanical Heating, Cooling & Plumbing a call!

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Air Conditioning Tips: How to Troubleshoot a Failed AC Unit

Monday, June 11th, 2012

For most scenarios, air conditioning system repairs follow a handful of typical troubleshooting steps. If you would like one of our Andover air conditioning technicians to help you get your AC unit running again, give Air Mechanical Inc for assistance. We can also send someone to your home if we can’t get your system working again.

Here are some basic steps to try before you call for a repair.

Check All Controls and Fuses

When your air conditioner won’t cool your home properly, always check the thermostat to see if it is on “cool” and set for the right temperature. If the air conditioner has shut down, check to make sure that the unit is receiving power by looking in the fuse box for a flipped circuit breaker and also making sure it is plugged in properly. You can also inspect the visible wires and electrical components for obvious damages. Call a TOWN NAME air conditioning technician if you see physical damage to the electrical components. Never try to fix this yourself.

Sometimes when there’s extreme weather conditions in the summer, such as very high temperatures or high humidity levels, the high-pressure switch can get flipped and turn off the air conditioner. You can easily find the switch on most AC models in the compressor’s access panel. Check your owner’s manual or call us if you don’t know how to locate or reset the limit switch.

Check for Refrigerant Problems or Condensate Pan Leaks

Refrigerant problems caused by the wrong amount of refrigerant can keep the AC unit from cooling your home properly, and you can usually tell if there’s a refrigerant issue by looking for frost or icing on the evaporator coil. When there’s excess coil icing, it means that there isn’t enough cool air being delivered to your home. If you see thick frost on the evaporator coil, a technician will most likely need to charge the refrigerant, or there could be a leak in the refrigerant line.

Condensate leaks into the condensate pan can also cause an air conditioner to fail. The condensate drip pan is installed underneath the air handler to catch condensate leaks if the drain system gets clogged. Most of the time, a small clog in the drain line can be easily cleared. Also check the condensate switch for issues; sometimes these can be defective and cause your air conditioner to shut down.

At Mechanical Air Inc, we want to be the only Andover air conditioning contractor you’ll ever need. Call us any time to get troubleshooting advice for your AC system.

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Water Filtering Faucets

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The last thing you want is to be drinking or cooking with contaminated water. Of course, you can always opt for a full house water filtration system, but these are often expensive to install and maintain. If you are not prepared to make this kind of investment, you may want to consider purchasing a water filtering faucet instead.

Unlike large point of entry water filtration systems, a water filtering faucet treats the water at one particular sink or other outlet. These types of faucets typically employ carbon filters that effectively remove many gasses and particles suspended in the water as it moves through the filter.

Just like any other type of water filtration system, there are various types of water filtering faucets and they are not all equally effective at removing contaminants. Before you purchase anything like this, however, you should make sure you know exactly what contaminants are present in your water. This is the only way to ensure that you purchase a product designed to treat exactly the problem that you have.

If you do decide to go with a water filtering faucet, make sure you know how often to replace the filters inside it and what type of replacements to get. Your water filter will only work properly when it is correctly maintained, and there is no point in using it if you have not been able to keep up with proper filter maintenance and replacement.

Another nice feature of water filtering faucets is that you can usually switch them on and off. When you need water for cooking or drinking, you can send it through the filter, and when you are using water for other things, you do not need to use the filter at all. This can cause the filter to last longer and it is also more convenient on models that have a reduced water pressure when the filter is employed.

You may initially balk at the cost of a water filtering faucet, preferring to purchase bottled water for drinking instead. But you have to take into account the fact that once you purchase a water filtering faucet, you will not have to spend the money on bottled drinking water any more. This will translate into a significant savings over time, making the initial investment well worth it in the end.

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