Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Maple Grove’

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repairs

Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Access to a reliable source of hot water makes a positive difference in our day-to-day lives. Hot water allows us to more effectively wash our dishes and our hands; showering with hot water is also a lot more pleasant that bathing with icy water, especially during winter!

It is easy to see that hot water heaters are vital to the modern household–they are certainly more effective than heating up individual buckets and transporting them to the tub! With this in mind, it is easy to understand why encountering problems with your water heater should prompt a quick response to your friendly, local plumber at Air Mechanical, Inc. for repairs.

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Tips To Ensure Furnace Efficiency

Monday, January 6th, 2020
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The weather has gotten nice and cold here in Minnesota, hasn’t it? While going outside has become something most of us are doing only when required, it is quite nice to be able to enjoy the warm comfort of your home, perhaps accompanied by a nice mugful of something hot.

Our furnaces are working hard and they won’t be off anytime soon, which is a good thing considering that without them temperatures at home would be less than pleasant. However, sometimes those heating bills might make you wonder if it might be worth it to attempt to brave it out without your heater.

We can help. We have a few different tips you can try that will facilitate the task of warming your home, along with great services that will help get your heater working efficiently again.

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Your Crash Course in Electrical Safety

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Here’s the thing: many homeowners do realize that yes, ouch, electricity hurts! However, many of us fail to realize that our electrical systems are in fact quite dangerous and are definitely not something to mess around with.

You want to be sure that all the electrical components in your home are safe. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to ensure that safety of your appliances, your home, and most importantly, your family. Below, we have provided our crash course in electrical safety to teach you some basic safety tips and how to prevent dangerous problems from occurring.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading to find out more!

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Oof! Trouble With Your Main Sewer Line?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Ick! Trouble with your main sewer line, as you might imagine can be rather, well, gross! Of course, then, when something does go wrong, you are going to want to call in a professional plumber right away! Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with a whole slew of other issues!

But how do you know when something is wrong with your main sewer line?

Well, keep reading below and we’ll tell you! We have listed some tell-tale signs of sewer line trouble… that way, you’ll know precisely when to call our team. 

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Start 2020 Off Right with Effective HVAC System Repair

Sunday, January 6th, 2019
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Perhaps you resolved to make 2020 the year that you start cooking at home more often, or start reading more books, or begin taking time to journal. Whatever your New Year’s resolutions may be, one thing that can help or hinder them is the comfort level within your home. If your HVAC system isn’t working correctly, it can be hard to knit or journal because you are too busy shivering. However, when you make sure that your system is in great shape, you can pursue your 2020 goals much more easily because you are comfortable.

The best way to ensure that you start off the new year in comfort is to schedule timely maintenance and repairs for your Maple Grove HVAC system. Yes, the whole system (because you can’t pursue those resolutions easily in an overly hot home either!)

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3 Common Winter Furnace Problems and Their Causes

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Winter is upon us here in Minnesota, and we know that winters here can get super cold! For those of you with a furnace, or those interested in installing one, it is best to be aware of some of the most common furnace problems that can occur during the winter season. As with all systems in your home, things can happen, so it is important to be both proactive and reactive. If a problem does arise, you need to contact your local HVAC technician to properly diagnose and fix whatever problem your furnace may have. Air Mechanical, Inc. offers furnace repair in Maple Grove, MN!

There are several common winter furnace problems to be aware of. If you experience any of the below mentioned, don’t hesitate! Contact an experienced technician.

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How Healthy Is Your Water?

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapIt’s relatively easy to take clean water for granted, given the advancements made in the last few decades in city infrastructure and municipal water treatment plants. However, it’s important to know that you can’t 100% rely on your city to provide your household with perfectly clean and healthy water at all times.

Municipal water treatment systems are effective, but that water has a long way to travel before it reaches your taps, meaning there is room for contamination. The best way to protect your home and family from them is to have a separate water treatment system in your water line. But how do you know if you actually need one? We’ve shared some signs below to help you out. If you discover any of these to be true in your home, be sure to reach out to a professional plumber in Maple Grove ASAP.

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The Impact of a Dirty Air Filter on Your Furnace

Monday, March 19th, 2018

man holding air filterWhen we tell our customers to replace their air filters every 1-3 months, we aren’t just saying it as a random suggestion. We’re offering this tip as a way for you to get the most efficient and effective use out of your HVAC system as possible. And considering how much you’ve had to use your heater this weekend, chances are that you’d like to do anything you can to prevent furnace repair in Maple Grove, MN.

One way to do this is by performing one small maintenance task—changing your air filter. You may be surprised to find just how important this small HVAC component is. It’s about more than protecting your indoor air quality. In fact, your furnace’s air filter isn’t even there to protect your indoor air quality. Keep reading to learn more.

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Heating Question: Why Get a New Heating System?

Monday, October 1st, 2012

With cold weather fast approaching, it’s natural to think about making sure your Andover heating system is in good shape for the coming winter. Most of the time, that just means getting a tuneup, but if your system is getting older or you have some concerns about its performance, it may be time to consider getting a new heating system.

Upgrading for Efficiency

Especially if your current heating system is more than 10 years old, it can be worth upgrading to a newer model. That’s because the systems now available are so much more energy efficient than their predecessors that you can sometimes cut your heating costs dramatically by switching to a new system.

To determine if that’s the best course of action for you, you’ll have to calculate your current heating costs, projected heating costs with a new system and balance that against the cost of the installation. But more often than not, you’ll find that the new system will quickly pay for itself, making it a sound investment.q

Eliminate Frequent Repairs

If your heating system requires even minor repairs on a regular basis, it’s probably time to invest in a new system. Having a professional come out that often is costly, and even if the repairs themselves aren’t that complex, a system in this state probably isn’t operating at peak energy efficiency. Basically, that means you’re paying extra to heat your home and extra in repair bills, both of which could be eliminated by installing a new system.

Your current system will also probably break down completely relatively soon, meaning you’ll have to make that investment in the next year or two anyway. By upgrading now, you can make the same investment without paying for a year or two of repairs and higher than necessary energy bills.

For more information about installing a new heating system in Andover, give Air Mechanical a call today!

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Common Heat Pump Performance Problems

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The heat pump in your home needs to work year round to provide heat and air conditioning. This is why you want to make sure it’s performing as efficiently as possible to save on energy costs and prevent break downs. You should schedule an annual maintenance check-up and inspection with a certified HVAC technician to test the efficiency levels.

However, there are a few common causes of performance issues to be aware of so that you can be sure your heat pump performs at optimal levels. Call Air Mechanical if you have questions about heat pump performance issues, or to make an appointment for an annual inspection and professional cleaning.

Airflow Issues

There should always be a certain amount of airflow (measured in cubic feet per minute) in your heat pump to maintain proper efficiency levels. If the airflow is less than 350 cfm per ton, it could increase your energy costs. You should make sure your Maple Grove HVAC contractor checks the airflow whenever your heat pump is inspected. Always keep the coils clean. Sometimes the ducts are not the right size, or the fan speed needs to be increased, but often cleaning the coils will help airflow, which is why it is important to clean and maintain the components of your heat pump. A certified technician will know what methods are best, so if you suspect an airflow problem with your heat pump, call a professional heating technician.

Air Leaks in the Duct System

Inefficient or poorly-designed duct systems may not distribute air properly throughout your home because of potential air leaks. There should always be a balance between the intake and return air in a forced air system, which helps maintain a neutral pressure within the house and increase efficiency. Some contractors argue over how tightly a house should be sealed for this reason, but if your heat pump is losing heat through leaks in the air ducts, this will greatly affect its efficiency.

Improper Refrigerant

Refrigerant leaks are another common cause of low performance levels in heat pumps. Most heat pumps already have refrigerant when they leave the factory and shouldn’t have any issues. Heat pumps that are charged with refrigerant when they are installed can sometimes have the wrong amount of refrigerant. Either too much or too little refrigerant will lower the heat pump’s efficiency and performance levels. Always check the recommended refrigerant amount or ask an HVAC technician before you add refrigerant yourself.

If the heat pump in your Maple Grove home isn’t working properly, it is also affecting your heating bills. Call Air Mechanical today to set up an appointment.

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