Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Coon Rapids’

How to Tell If You Need a New Thermostat

Monday, April 26th, 2021

As temperatures start to flare up in Coon Rapids, it’s clear that summer is right around the corner. You will want to make sure that your HVAC unit is prepared to keep you cool. One of the obvious precursors to a well-functioning HVAC unit is a thermostat. This tiny little unit instructs your HVAC to adjust its temperature according to the set temperature. 

So how can you tell if it’s time to get a new thermostat? If you notice any of the following 5 alarming signs, then it’s time to shop around for a replacement. 

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Tips for Keeping Your Water Heater Happy

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Water heaters are a necessity in every home, especially during harsh Minnesota winters. It is important that you take proper care of your water heater. This can help lower your electricity bill, improve the lifespan of your water heater, and make cold weather a little more bearable.

Here are some tips on how to take care of your water heater:

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The Benefits of Drain Cleaning

Monday, March 29th, 2021

If the water taking longer than usual to flow down the drain or there is a smell in your kitchen or bathroom, chances are that your drain might need some cleaning! Don’t procrastinate cleaning your drain because this can lead to even bigger, costlier problems.

Here are some benefits of efficient and timely drain cleaning:

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Give Yourself the Gift of a New Water Heater

Monday, December 21st, 2020

It’s a gift that keeps on giving. No, we aren’t talking about those product box subscriptions. We are talking about your water heater! This system is an important part of your home’s plumbing in Coon Rapids, MN. Without it, you wouldn’t have any hot water in your home which would make daily life a lot harder and more uncomfortable too.

As you can imagine, a water heater that isn’t in good working order is a problem. A water heater that isn’t working at all is worse. But it is also an excuse to give yourself a little something new. If your water heater needs to retire, it makes sense to put a new system on your holiday wishlist!

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Top 3 Reasons You May Need a Professional Plumber

Monday, August 21st, 2017

professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.It’s very likely that as a homeowner, you’re used to dealing with minor household troubles on your own, and that could easily extend to your plumbing systems. There’s no doubt that at one time or another you’ve had to unclog a toilet with a little elbow grease and plunger, or needed to fish a hair clog out of a drain or two. This can lead many well-meaning DIY-enthusiasts to attempt more ambitious plumbing repairs.

In most cases, however, this can end up being a terrible mistake. Formal plumbing repairs require the right amount of training and proper licensing to perform properly, and even seemingly simple fixes like stubborn clogs can benefit from a professional’s attention. In fact, your efforts to save money by handling plumbing repairs on your own can actually end up costing you more in the long run. Here are the top 3 reasons you should resist the urge to self-diagnose and self-repair, and instead call a professional plumber.

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How a Duct Repair Can Benefit Your Home

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Air Mechanical offers duct repair in Coon Rapids, MN and surrounding areas, so if you need a duct repair service, call us any time. We are experienced professionals, and when you call, we can make recommendations for the most cost-effective solution to your ductwork needs.

When our customers call us for duct repair, we often see air ducts that are sized incorrectly, especially in older homes. Many building codes now require proper duct design, so this is not as likely in newer homes or when you hire a licensed HVAC company you can trust. While some contractors may suggest replacing the entire ductwork system, it is not always the most cost-effective choice. There are other options.

If you have an older furnace or heat pump, replacing it with a new high-efficiency heating system may be one option, even if your ducts are undersized. Your heating contractor will know which system best fits your current ductwork. However, if there’s not enough return vents, you can add additional ones rather than replacing all the ductwork. If the ductwork has a lot of places where there’s significant air leakage, you may opt for a duct sealing service.

Most ductwork is installed in unfinished areas of the home, such as a basement or attic, and sealing the air ducts not only saves energy by preventing air leaks, but it can also ensure that unfiltered air does not get redistributed throughout the home. This will help improve indoor air quality and prevent particles from getting into the components of your heating system and damaging them over time.

If you have further questions about how duct cleaning or duct repair services can benefit you, call the Coon Rapids MN heating experts at Air Mechanical any time. Contact Air Mechanical today!

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Duct Repair Tip: How Do I Know If I Need My Ducts Repaired?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

If you have a forced air heating and air conditioning system in your home then you have ducts in your ceilings or maybe in your walls. The ducts are responsible for carrying all of the heated and cooled air through your home. At Air Mechanical, we know how important your ducts are which is why we provide complete duct repairs in Coon Rapids, MN. Not many people realize that if their ducts are cracked or leaking air that it can have a serious impact on their home. Here are some of the signs that you might need duct repair.

Common Signs of Duct Repair in Coon Rapids, MN

For most homeowners, their ducts are out of sight which means that they’re often out of mind. But if your ducts are leaking air it could make a serious impact on your home’s energy efficiency. As air passes through your ducts it will leak out any holes and waste the heating or cooling that you’re paying for. There are some signs that you should watch out for that could indicate that you need duct repair at your home in Coon Rapids, MN.

  • Increase in utility bills – During the winter you probably use your heating system every day which would explain a rise in heating bills. But if your bills continue to rise with no explanation it could be that you have holes in your ducts. Call your local HVAC contractor for duct repair in Coon Rapids, MN.
  • Strange smells – We often see that outside contaminants can get into your home through holes in your ducts. Sometimes this can be bacteria, rodents or insects. These types of contaminants will likely cause strange odors in your home as the air passes through your ducts comes in contact with them.
  • Duct rattling – If your ducts rattle as air passes through them, it’s likely the result of bad installation. Rattling means that the ducts are secured tightly to your home’s framing or attic joists. The rattling can eventually wear a hole or crack in your ducts.

If you suspect that you need duct repairs, call the Coon Rapids, MN heating and cooling experts at Air Mechanical. 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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Plumbing Repair Tip: How Much Water Does a Leaky Faucet Waste?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

A leaky faucet can be a real annoyance. The rate at which the drips come out can determine how much water you are actually losing on a given day, week, or even year. For a home that has one leaky faucet which drips only once a minute, that is the equivalent of 1,440 times a day. Although it may not seem like a significant number, over the course of a year that single drip will equal 34 gallons.

If you happen to have two leaky faucets in your Ham Lake home which each drip on average 10 times a minute, you will be losing over a gallon of water a day from each, or over 694 gallons a year. Many faulty faucets can drip much more often than that, even up to a drip a second. When this happens, one faucet alone can cost you five gallons a day or 2,082 gallons a year.

If you’re interested in just how much water your home is losing due to one or more leaky faucets, there is a great website that will calculate it for you. The U.S. Geologic Survey has a quick drip calculator anyone can use to figure it out. What may seem like a little, insignificant drip can wind up being a lot of wasted water and money, literally going right down the drain.

In addition to losing water and increasing your water bill, this wasted water can have a negative impact on the environment, especially for people living in areas with drier climates or places that haven’t gotten as much rainfall as normal. When water isn’t conserved or is wasted, the supply can’t be replenished and the entire ecosystem will suffer as a result.

To save you both the annoyance and increased cost on your water and energy bills, call an Ham Lake plumber at Air Mechanical to come and fix the problem or install a new faucet. Leaky faucets are usually a quick fix that can end up saving you money the minute they quit dripping.

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Will Switching to Geothermal Save Me Money? A Question From Chanhassen

Monday, September 12th, 2011

There are simply a ton of different types of heating systems in Chanhassen and they are each more appropriate in different situations. However, some are certainly always going to be cheaper to operate than others, although that alone may not make one or the other right for you.

In the case of geothermal heating systems, the operating costs are definitely quite low. But those are not the only costs you will have to think about when you are considering what type of heating system to put in your home to keep your heating bills down.

Geothermal heating systems do not actually generate heat – they absorb it from the ground. Because of this, they actually use very little energy when they are running. All you are really paying to power is the fan that blows the heated air around your house. Also, because geothermal heating systems are more efficient at extracting heat in below freezing conditions than traditional heat pumps, they can continue to keep you warm on their own in more extreme conditions.

Traditional heat pumps, while they also cost very little to operate, do sometimes need to be supplemented by more conventional forms of indoor heating like a furnace when temperatures outdoors get too low. This is not the case with geothermal heat pumps, so if you live somewhere that has colder winters, a geothermal heat pump may be just what you are looking for. Of course, you can always opt for a furnace instead, but these will definitely cost more to run than either type of heat pump.

When you are trying to assess whether or not switching to a geothermal heating system will save you money, you first have to start with the heating bills you currently have. Then, factor in the cost of the geothermal heat pump installation as opposed to the installation of a more conventional system.

You are then in a position to see whether or not the amount the geothermal system will save you each month is enough to offset the higher cost of installation within a reasonable amount of time. Of course, the savings will always eventually add up over time, but if the length of time it will take you to break even is the same or longer than the expected life of the system, it is probably not worth it to invest in this type of heating.

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