Should I Schedule Heating Repair in Sandy Springs if a Few Rooms are Cold?

Monday, September 30th, 2013

For centuries, fireplaces and coal stoves kept humans warm enough to survive harsh winters. But they did a poor job of spreading heat throughout a living space. People had to stay near the fire to get the best heat. Modern central heating systems solved this problem: using networks of ducts and pipes, they distribute cozy warmth all through a home.

So if a few rooms in your house start feeling chillier than normal, your heater could be sending up a signal flare that something is wrong. Does your heater need repair? It might—the trouble could range from something you can remedy in a few minutes, all the way to age issues with your system that could require new installation. Let’s look at some of the possibilities.

The simplest reasons for uneven heating are blocked vents, open windows, or an improperly set thermostat. If you use a furnace (likely in older Georgia homes), check room vents to see that they are open and that no furniture has been moved to block them. Make certain all windows are shut tight; even a small draft can drain the heat right from a room. See that the thermostat is set to “heat” and at the right temperature.

A more serious trouble that can turn rooms cold—but doesn’t require repairs on your heating system—is poor insulation. The icy rooms might not have enough insulation to keep heat trapped. Add weather stripping around doors and caulk windows if you haven’t already, and look into getting improved insulation in the walls.

If you exhaust these possibilities, then your heater may indeed need professional repairs. Broken ducts are a primary cause for leaking heat, and will require sealing. If you use zone heating, then one of the multiple thermostats may have a malfunction. If your heater is an older one—perhaps inherited with your home—then the uneven heating might be an early warning that the system is too aged and worn to do its job. Replacing it may be the most cost-effective route.

If you can’t determine the reason for the temperature change, then summon a heating specialist to hunt down the cause. A trained HVAC technician, such as the ones who work for Cool Air Mechanical, will know the best way to restore your home to its top heating ability. Whether you need a new installation or a simple heating repair in Sandy Springs, GA, look to the expertise of Cool Air Mechanical.

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Atlanta, GA Air Conditioning Repair: Signs of a Bad Capacitor

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Are you frustrated by unreliable cooling? Does it seem like your AC only starts up when it wants to? If you’re not getting what you want from your AC this summer, then it’s time to take action. With professional installation and routine maintenance, your AC should run well for years after it is first installed, but there will come a time when it develops a problem in need of professional service. One area of your AC that can develop a problem is the capacitor, which functions like a start-up battery for the operation of your air conditioning components. There are some signs of a bad capacitor worth looking out for. In today’s post, we’d like to examine a few briefly. Call Cool Air Mechanical today for exceptional Atlanta, GA air conditioning repair services.

  • AC fails to start up: This is probably the most obvious sign that you should have your capacitor checked, but a failure to start can be caused by various other problems as well. It’s important to have your AC checked by a professional to determine the cause of the issue.
  • Intermittent failure: If your AC fails to consistently start-up when you call for cooling, then it could be a sign that your capacitor is beginning to fail.
  • Tripped circuit breaker: As you well know, your AC operates on electricity. It is wired into your service panel, and if you find that your circuit breaker trips frequently, then your capacitor might be at fault. This results from the motor attempting to draw a higher voltage than normal because your capacitor is not providing the energy boost.
  • Humming sound: If your compressor motor hums during start-up or overheats, then it could be drawing more electrical energy than normal because of a capacitor issue.

Your capacitor is vital component of your air conditioning system, and you simply cannot expect cool air without it. If yours is no longer operating properly, then call the Atlanta, GA air conditioning repair service experts at Cool Air Mechanical today.

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Atlanta Air Conditioning Repair: My Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On

Monday, April 29th, 2013

There are numerous reasons why an air conditioner won’t turn on. With professional installation and maintenance, your AC should run well for years, but there may come a time when it’s endured sufficient wear and tear to warrant professional repair. For Atlanta air conditioning repair, call the excellent technicians at Cool Air Mechanical today!

Let’s take a look at why your AC won’t turn on.

  • Thermostat: First, check your thermostat to make sure that it seems to be operating correctly, and that it is calling for cool air. This sounds obvious, but someone in your household may have accidentally changed the settings. If that doesn’t help, your thermostat may have a connectivity problem. If it’s wired, then it could mean a faulty wiring somewhere between the thermostat device and the AC unit itself; if it’s wireless, then the signal may be getting blocked by some material. You may need a new thermostat.
  • Electrical problem: As you well know, your AC needs electricity to operate, so if you’re AC is not turning on, it’s likely due to an electrical malfunction of some type. First, check that you haven’t blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. If that doesn’t help, then there are numerous possible reasons. You may have a bad capacitor, or you may have a damaged wire in the electrical supply line. If you hear buzzing, then that might be a sign that you have a dangerous electrical arcing issue.
  • Other considerations: Your AC may have just called it quits. The compressor motor may have burned out, or there may be another serious problem with the mechanical system. Make sure you have your AC regularly inspected so that you can pre-emptively take action before breakdowns occur and you’re left with a hot home in the middle of the Atlanta summer.

Call Cool Air Mechanical for excellent, comprehensive Atlanta air conditioning repair if your AC won’t turn on.

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Atlanta Air Conditioning Tip: How Do High Velocity AC Systems Work?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

High velocity AC systems are a great alternative to conventional ductwork. They are highly efficient, quiet, and can be retrofitted into nearly any home, no matter how old or compact. While many have already jumped on the high velocity bandwagon, it’s important to understand how these systems work in order to understand how they might work for you. High velocity systems are particularly well suited to historical, open floor plan, and post and beam homes, or for structures where conventional ductwork would significantly damage the existing infrastructure. That said, they can installed in nearly any structure and are quickly becoming a new standard for home construction. For more information about high velocity AC systems, or to schedule a consultation, call the Atlanta air conditioning experts at Cool Air Mechanical today!

So, how do they work? Let’s break it down according to component:

  • Air handler: One of the unique features of a high velocity air conditioning system is the placement of the air handler, which is often in the attic, but can also be installed in the basement, garage, or even in a closet. They are rectangular units that sit upright or supine. They connect to a conventional outdoor condenser/compressor unit or heat pump. They are equipped with an evaporator coil that removes up to 30% more humidity than an average indoor unit does.
  • Ductwork: The key to high velocity air conditioning ductwork is flexibility. The diametrically larger insulated ductwork immediately surrounding the air handler connects to small, insulated flexible tubing, typically only 2” in diameter. These are sent throughout your house. Because they are about one-third of the size of conventional ducts, they can maneuver into areas previously thought inaccessible.
  • Outlets: The days of large, bulky, metallic duct registers are over. The sleek and compact circular outlets of high velocity air conditioning systems are not only less obtrusive to the eye and ear, but they also provide greater efficiency of cool air dispersion. The gentle circulation of cool air throughout your home allows for an incredibly even and consistent cooling experience.

If you think a high velocity air conditioning system might be a good fit for your home, talk to your AC professional. For Atlanta air conditioning installation, call Cool Air Mechanical today! 

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Why Your Atlanta, GA Air Conditioning Installation is Not a DIY Job

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Purchasing a new air conditioning system for installation in your home is a great way to ensure that you’ll make it through the long, hot summer comfortably. When it comes to the installation of that new air conditioning system, though, you must make sure that you contact a qualified professional to handle the service. Even the most dependable products from the most trusted manufacturers in the business will fail to keep your home comfortable if not properly installed. Call the Atlanta, GA air conditioning installation technicians at Cool Air Mechanical to have your new AC installed right.

One main reason that your air conditioning installation is not a DIY job is simply due to the complexity of the equipment. A whole-house cooling system is a lot more complicated than a window unit, and the installation will have great bearing on the efficiency and effectiveness with which the system operates. If the indoor and outdoor units are not properly installed, along with the ductwork and controls, you will not be able to keep your home comfortable reliably.

Even prior to the installation itself you will find that the assistance of a qualified professional is necessary. The sizing of your system, for example, is very important. If your new AC is not properly sized for your home then it will fail to cool your home with a quality performance. If it is too small it will not be able to reach desired temperatures, and the strain put on it can lead to damage. If it is too large it will short cycle frequently, incurring unnecessary wear and tear.

Plus, some warranties may be voided if you attempt to handle the installation or service of your air conditioning system on your own. Not to mention the fact that there are safety concerns to consider, as there always are when dealing with electrical connections. Make sure that your AC is installed with the care and expertise that only a qualified professional can provide.

To learn more about the air conditioning installation process, call Cool Air Mechanical. We have the answers you need to make the right decisions about your Atlanta, GA air conditioning installation. Contact us today to schedule service.

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Atlanta, GA Air Conditioning Repair: Uneven Cooling

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Summer is near. During the Atlanta, GA spring, homeowners throughout the area inspect and clean their air conditioners in order to make sure they are fully operative when the real heat sets in. During this process, however, you may find that those minor problems you noticed last cooling season have only grown worse, or that your system has developed a few quirks over the years. One of the most common air conditioning problems we see is uneven cooling. It can be a complex problem, and involves a number of factors concerning the distribution of air throughout your ductwork as well as the efficiency of your system. For air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA, call Cool Air Mechanical today!

In order to understand uneven cooling, you need to understand how air circulates throughout your AC system. While most people think of air conditioning as the distribution of cool air, it also requires removing air from your home by means of return ductwork. It’s a give and take process that provides balance and constancy to your indoor climate. As the pressurized refrigerant circulates through its cycle, it takes the heat from your indoor air through the return ductwork and dissipates it into the outside air. Fresh outside air is brought in through the supply ducts and cooled before being sent through your home. If these systems are not properly balanced, then there might be one room in your home that is not removing enough hot air, or not pushing enough cool air in.

System imbalance is the primary reason for hotspots in your home during the cooling season, but if you have a zone control system, there may be other reasons. Zone control works by installing electric dampers into your ductwork at key intervals in order to create zones that can be individual controlled. One of the thermostats in your zones may be faulty, or one of the dampers may be broken.

Uneven cooling can be very irritating and might indicate a more significant issue that requires immediate attention. For comprehensive air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA, call Cool Air Mechanical today!

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Why Schedule Duct Cleaning in Atlanta this Spring?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

As spring brings in warmer temperatures, it’s a time of opening up doors and windows, airing the home out after the winter months, and getting organized. But one aspect of spring cleaning is often overlooked: cleaning the ductwork of your Atlanta home. If you have a forced air system, duct cleaning optimizes your indoor air quality and prepares you for the cooling season. To learn more about duct cleaning or to schedule duct cleaning service in Atlanta this spring, call Cool Air Mechanical today.

Your ductwork works all year, moving heated and cooled air throughout your home. As part of both your heating and cooling systems, the ductwork in the walls, beneath the floorboards and in the ceilings, must be clean if you are to ensure fresh air in your home. The ductwork controls the three main airflows—supply, return and exhaust—and therefore significantly contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of your indoor air system. Cleaning your ducts makes sure that your air is traveling through clean spaces, without excessive dust, pollen, dander, or other allergens. Not only will these materials impact the quality of your indoor air; if left alone, they may also begin to obstruct airflow, resulting in inefficiency.

The following list of symptoms may help you decide if duct cleaning is worthwhile. Always remember to consult with your local professional to ensure you receive high-quality service.

  • Mold. While it is much disputed whether levels of dust affect your respiratory health, mold can and most likely will begin to adversely affect your health. It is a toxic microbe that must be professionally removed. It is notoriously stubborn and easily spreads to other high-moisture levels.
  • Debris build-up. If you notice the air being circulated through your ductwork does not come out as strong as it once did, your air flow may be obstructed by dust. This can reduce efficiency and cause problems in other areas of your system.

If you think duct cleaning might benefit the indoor air quality of your Atlanta home, then don’t hesitate to call Cool Air Mechanical. We also offer preventive maintenance plans that may help you keep an eye on your cooling system this upcoming summer. Call us today!

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When to Schedule Furnace Repair in Atlanta, GA

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Keeping your furnace in top shape throughout the Atlanta winter is the first step to ensuring the comfort of your home this heating season. While furnaces are built to last, over time they suffer general wear and tear, and it may be necessary during the life of your heating unit to schedule professional furnace repair in Atlanta, GA. For more information and to schedule a service, call a furnace repair expert at Cool Air Mechanical.

There are a few different warning signs that your furnace may be in need of repair. If your furnace is making loud and/or unusual sounds, like banging, squealing or popping, it may be time to call a professional. You may have an air leak in the surrounding ductwork, a loose or faulty belt that connects the motor to the fan components, or worn bearings in the mechanical system. As an essential part of your family’s comfort, the furnace requires your attention. If your furnace does not turn on at all, its thermocouple—a safety device installed to disallow ignition when the pilot light goes out of the electric ignition is faulty—might be damaged. In cases like these, you need to call on an Atlanta, GA furnace repair specialist like Cool Air Mechanical, who can inspect, clean, mend and replace damaged parts.

Another indication that your furnace may be in need of repair is if you notice that it is no longer heating as well as it once did, or that it heats your home unevenly. An inefficient furnace may be old age, especially compared to new highly-efficient furnaces, but it may also indicate a fault somewhere in the furnace system. A professional inspection and diagnosis will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. If you feel unsure about your Atlanta, GA furnace, or if it’s beginning to make unusual sounds, it’s likely that furnace repair is necessary. Call Cool Air Mechanical today.

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Atlanta Ductless Mini Split Guide: Why Go Ductless?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

When most people think about air conditioning and heating systems they expect that they use large air ducts to move air throughout your home. However, ductless systems do exist and they actually offer homeowners in Atlanta very attractive benefits. Cool Air Mechanical provides complete ductless heating and air conditioning installation in Atlanta. We thought it would be helpful if we put together some of the benefits of using ductless systems.

Who Needs Ductless Systems?

Ductless systems are the only option for some homes in the Atlanta area. For old buildings or homes that don’t have the room for large ducts, ductless systems are a great option for heating and cooling.

How Ductless Systems Work

In a ductless system each room is cooled and heated by individual units. The individual units can be installed quickly and easily with a small hole in the wall. Each individual unit is connected to an outside condensing unit through that small hole by electrical and refrigerant tubes. The room units circulate the air in each room and use evaporator coils to add heat in heating mode or remove heat in cooling mode.

Benefits of Ductless Systems

  • Zone control One of the main benefits of ductless systems is that they naturally provide zone control capabilities for homeowners. Each individual unit can be adjusted independently which means that if you aren’t using a room then you don’t have to waste the energy to heat or cool it.
  • Humidity control – The evaporator coils in your ductless mini split system act as a natural dehumidifier by removing moisture from your air.
  • High efficiency – Ductless mini split systems don’t need to consume a fuel in order to provide heating for your home. Instead, they just move heat from the outside air into your home. The only energy they need is the electricity to run the individual units and the outdoor compressor unit.

If you’re interested in installing a ductless mini split system in your home, just call the experts at Cool Air Mechanical. We provide complete ductless mini split system installation in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Heating Tips: Benefits of Solar Heating

Monday, January 28th, 2013

While there are many benefits of installing a solar heating system in your Atlanta area home, it’s best to speak with a professional to ensure that you get the most cost-effective system for your specific needs. Before installing any type of renewable energy or high-efficiency heating system, it’s also a good idea to make sure that your home is properly insulated and sealed to get the most out of your new heating system.

Depending on the location and size of your home, installing an active solar energy heating system can save you a lot of money in the long run. The energy savings with a solar heating system can be significant, even if your home is not exposed to sunlight every day during the heating season. You may need to install a backup heater, but again, speak with a professional who can assess your home and your current heating system to determine what’s best for your situation.

While they are cost-effective to run, solar energy systems do need regular tune-ups, just like any type of heating system. Make sure you are aware of the routine maintenance tasks that are required of the homeowner before you make your decision. It may not be worth it to you if the maintenance outweighs the other benefits. It’s also important to make sure you know how to operate them and when to call for a repair should something go wrong.

Are you ready to start saving energy? Call the Atlanta  solar heating specialists at Cool Air Mechanical today to get started!

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