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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 in Coon Rapids MN 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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Coon Rapids 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. Go to http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/sc4.html and plug in the numbers for yourself. 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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AC As a Safety Feature in the Home: A Pointer From Coon Rapids

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Ask a hundred people in Coon Rapids what the primary role of air conditioning is and I’ll bet you they say “comfort”. We seek out AC to stay cool and beat the summer heat, but did you know your air conditioning is a lot more than just a convenience – it is a safety feature in the midst of heavy heat waves.

Heat Is More than Just Uncomfortable

We tend to think of heat as this massive, uncomfortable inconvenience. In reality, it is quite dangerous. According to the Center for Disease Control, heat waves killed 8,015 people between 1979-2003, more than hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, earthquakes and floods combined in that time period.

Why is heat illness so dangerous? It comes on quickly and it’s easy to ignore the warning signs, especially when you are already uncomfortable. While hydration is important, the real risk occurs after you’ve become dehydrated – when your body can no longer keep itself cool. This is known as heat stroke and can lead to a number of life threatening conditions, especially for the elderly, infants and those with chronic conditions.

That’s where air conditioning comes in. On the CDC’s extreme heat preparedness webpage, air conditioning is listed as the number one preventative factor against heat related illness. Simply put – if you have an air conditioner, there is a much smaller chance you will get sick from the heat. Dehydration happens less frequently when you’re in an air conditioned environment, meaning that your body can regulate temperature internally and you feel comfortable – not a bad deal for a simple installation.

Staying Cool Is a Medical Necessity

Heat is more than just a direct threat. It addles the mind and makes your reaction times slower. In effect, by allowing your body to overheat, you put yourself at risk. Simple tasks like climbing a ladder or taking out the trash could result in an injury because you don’t have the energy or the mental clarity to perform them as you would on a normal day.

So, air conditioning is about a lot more than just staying comfortable – it’s a health issue. Especially if you have small children or elderly adults in the house or if anyone in your family has a medical condition like obesity, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, an air conditioning system is an absolute must during heat waves. To learn more about how air conditioning can keep you cool this summer, contact your AC contractor.

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Why Choose a Programmable Thermostat?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

There are many types of thermostats available for your home, but which is the best for your particular needs? It depends largely on how often you are home, how many rooms you have and how people in your house use each of those rooms.

A programmable thermostat in particular is a great option because it allows home owners to control when and how much heat or cooling is introduced to their indoor air. Normal thermostats lack this level of control, largely because they are built as simple switches that flip on whenever your temperature gets too low or too high.

Situations for a Programmable Thermostat

When you leave your home every day, you have two options. Either set the heat and AC so you’ll be comfortable when you return, or turn them off completely and suffer through the first half hour or so when you get home that night.

If you choose the former, you’ll pay a lot more in energy bills to heat or cool an empty house. And if your humidity levels need controlling as well, this may be your only option. Those in the second camp are forced to endure uncomfortable temperatures right when they get home and want nothing more than to relax. Not much better.

That’s why so many homeowners are opting for programmable thermostats to overcome this issue. With a programmable model, you can actually tell your home’s comfort system when to turn on and off each day, depending on when people will be there. Imagine going on vacation for three or four days and coming home to a nice and toasty living room and a smaller heating bill to go with it. That’s the kind of control a programmable model offers.

Zone Control and Beyond

Some programmable thermostats even allow you to section your home off into zones and choose specific temperatures for different areas of the house. This allows a great deal more control over when and how your system will operate each day, depending on the individual comfort needs of your family.

If you’re making dinner and don’t want the heat blasting you while you’re standing over the stove, just set the kitchen temperature lower. And with a programmable thermostat, you can tell it to come back on an hour after you leave the kitchen so that it’s comfortable later when you need a glass of water.

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How Much Water Does a Leaky Faucet Waste?

Monday, July 4th, 2011

A leaky faucet is obnoxious for more than one reason. It is incessant, it represents a problem that will probably only grow worse, and it can cost you money on your water bill. Beyond all of that, it wastes a lot of water, putting undue stress on the environment. But, how much water does a leaky faucet actually waste? It may not seem like much, but when added up over a period of time, that leaky faucet’s impact can be fairly substantial.

Okay, so a single drip every couple seconds may not seem like a lot of water. But, think about it this way. If you let your faucet drip every day, twenty four hours a day, it is definitely going to add up. Imagine what would happen if every faucet in your home was dripping or every faucet in your neighbourhood. It would not seem like such a small amount of water anymore.

In terms of how much water is actually wasted, it is impossible to tell for certain. After all, every drop of water from a faucet is a different size and falls at a different rate. But, for the most part the water coming from a faucet (according to the US Geological Survey) is between 1/5 and 1/3 of one milliliter. Using those calculations and 1/4 of a milliliter as an average, the USGS estimates that roughly 15,140 drips from a faucet equals one gallon of water.

It may not seem like much. After all, fifteen thousand drops is a LOT of drops. But, if your faucet dripped once every second every day, all day, it would only take four and a half hours to reach one gallon. Every day you would waste 5 gallons of water or 2,082 gallons per year. That is 10% of the average water used by a standard 3.5 gpf toilet on a daily basis. Now, imagine what happens if you have more than one drippy faucet, or if your bathtub leaks which will drip more water at a time or if the leak is larger than the average size.

In short, the cost of a leaky faucet may not seem like much, but as time passes, it can really add up and if it is not taken care of, the cost will only grow as the leak gets bigger and potentially new leaks start in other faucets of your home. Do not let it drip forever – take action now and cut down on the environmental impact you have, as well as your bill.

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