Heating Tune Up

In a world full of mechanically operated parts in various industries, something to consider when it comes to maintenance and tune ups – “The Law of Moving Parts” that states, that moving parts will wear out…and like Murphy’s law, will wear out at the worst possible moment, leaving you in the cold without heat. No one wants to be without heat in the dead of winter or even in the milder cooler temperatures. Heat is a basic need for survival and heating units are a great luxury we often oversee and down play on importance. It’s important to have your heating unit maintained on a regular basis.

The obvious benefits to heating tune-ups include safety, saving money on utilities, and sleeping comfortably.

Expert Air believes in going above and beyond with all services. We want you to trust us with your home equipment for a/c, heating, and HVAC services, so we check your equipment like it was in our own homes.

See a snippet of our tune up/check-up for the level of thoroughness and just how you can benefit from this regularly practiced maintenance proactiveness.

1. Inspect, test and calibrate controls and safety mechanisms

Safety controls are designed to shut down equipment when unsafe conditions are detected to prevent fires, gas leaks and other dangerous situations as well as to protect the equipment from catastrophic failure. Testing and calibrating these controls ensure safe operation of your equipment.

2. Lubricate motors and bearings

Lubrication prevents friction in motors which can increase electricity usage and cause equipment damage.

3. Measure amperage and voltage of blower

Improper voltage and amp draw increase operating costs and can shorten the life of the system components.

4. Measure and record temperatures and system performance factors

An accurate record of vital data can indicate potential problems and help prevent equipment breakdown.

5. Check and adjust fan switch, pilot and pilot assembly

An improperly adjusted fan switch and/or pilot assembly can result in excess energy usage and equipment malfunction.

6. Inspect and clean burners as needed

Dirty burners can cause improper combustion reducing equipment life and increasing energy usage.

7. Inspect heat exchanger for deterioration and cracks

Heat exchangers can deteriorate and develop cracks with age. These cracks can result in dangerous carbon monoxide leakage.

8. Measure and record carbon monoxide levels

High levels of carbon monoxide can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Testing ensures proper emission levels and can help to identify heat exchanger cracks not detectable through inspection alone.

9. Inspect gas line and flue pipe for possible leaks

This ensures proper exhaustion of toxic gases and fumes.

10. Test and calibrate thermostat

Ensures that the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.

11. Check & clean air filter/replace at customer's option* 

A clogged filter reduces airflow, which can cause a breakdown. It can also result in dirt and other filtered residue cycling back into your home.

12. Conduct overall system assessment

This includes items such as general system configuration and ductwork/heating pipes to check for wear, damage, improper installation and other potential issues.

13. Review findings, make recommendations and discuss any concerns 

It's important that you understand the condition of your heating and cooling equipment including items that may pose either immediate or future risks. You should also understand your options regarding home comfort, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

Boiler Only:

1. Inspect expansion tank

2. Inspect water feed valve

3. Measure and record boiler pressure and temperature

4. Check aquastat

5. Inspect low water cut-off

6. Check for backflow device

7. Inspect & oil pumps

Tune up may not be the correct avenue for your heating needs. If your heating unit is over 20-years old, it is recommended to replace with a newer product. At our evaluation, our NATE-certified technicians will give you the best recommendation based on current industry standards, overall pricing, and overall time of benefit. If the repair today will only be good for one to two years, but a new unit that will last substantially longer, we want you to have the clearest idea of available options. For additional information regarding tune-up, repair, or replacement for furnace, boiler, or any heating component, contact Expert Air today.

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Furnace Recall

Heating components are required for the overall heating products that you find in your home. Being in the know on issues, concerns, and overall safety issues is what Expert Air is here for. Your furnace is a crucial part to the overall heating experience.Occasionally equipment has unknown kinks at the time of manufacturing that can be dangerous to consumers. Over the last decade, certain furnaces have been recalled due to faulty parts including issues in design, error in modification, or improper installation. Industry changes occur constantly, from tweaks, recalls, and new product manufacturing. Research shows that consolidated furnaces that were produced between 1983 and 1994 (11-year span) by Consolidated Industries (now bankrupt) should no longer be used. Consolidated Industries manufactured the machine under numerous name brands such as Amana, Coleman, Kenmore, Premier, Sears, and Trane.

Well known and trusted name brands can too have defects. With over 30-years since the manufacture date, are you wondering why no one told you about this? The official issue with the consolidated furnace is a faulty steel control rod. The information should have been disclosed to the public much sooner than now. Whether this delay is from manufacturer having their hands tied legally or if the law needs to be changed in general, is unknown but issue stands that for decades you may have been at risk. If you still have the product in your home, we strongly advise an immediate call to Expert Air today for a replacement of a different type of product. 

Defective Furnace Could Lead to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 

It’s important to have your equipment notated or to review it at this time, because the risk of defective furnaces is a risk of health, life, and property. Risk includes fire and/or carbon monoxide poisoning. 
Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a silent killer for it is a colorless, tasteless gas with no smell or obvious sign to alert you to its presence. A faulty furnace doesn’t properly vent the carbon monoxide to the outside of the home. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: 

  • Headache 
  • Nausea 
  • Fatigue 
  • Dizziness 
  • Difficulty 
  • Breathing 

For our customers in the Houston and surrounding area, the models involved in the recall are below 

Goodman Manufacturing Company, (Franklin Electric) of Houston, Texas 

  • HBA 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC)
  • HBA 060 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HBA 080 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HBA 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HBA 120 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 060 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 120 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 140 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 050 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 060 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 075 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC)
  • HCC 080 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 

For more details on specific models involved in this recall, please visit the CPSC’s Web site at http://cpsc.gov 

Call Expert Air today for an inspection, or for assistance in handling a recall. We are here if you have any general questions regarding your heating or air conditioning equipment. Our certified technicians are available 24/7. Annual inspections are advised for the safety of your home and your family.

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Furnace repairs always seem to occur when you need your furnace to be working. Don't let the inconvenience of repair get you down, Expert Air has certified NATE-technicians ready to repair your furnace, no matter the time of day. We provide service for all types of furnaces, electric, duel fuel, gas, boiler, oil, or heat pump.

Don't ignore malfunctioning heating. Beyond uncomfortable, your home can become unsafe in colder temperatures. A properly functioning heating system is a must. Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  1. Furnace does not turn on
  2. Furnace turns on but does not blow air
  3. Furnace is working but the air is not as hot as it used to be
  4. You can feel uneven temperatures in different areas
  5. The energy bill is still rising, even though you decreased the furnace usage
  6. Furnace keeps turning on and off
  7. Furnace is making odd noises
  8. You smell gassy smell emitting from the furnace

If you experience any of the red flag warnings above, contact us today. Expert Air NATE-certified technicians repair all major brands and types of furnaces. We will get you back to warm and toasty as soon as possible.

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HVAC REPLACEMENT TIP: CONSIDER A HEAT PUMP

We’re at a tough time of the year, comfort-wise. You may be tempted to call it a season for your heating system when daytime temperatures are sneaking up into the 70’s and, occasionally, even into the 80’s. Then night falls, though, and all of a sudden we’re back down into the 40’s. The balancing act will ease up a little over the course of the next few weeks, when warmer temperatures really settle in. That should have you thinking about any necessary HVAC replacements on the horizon.

If you are thinking about replacing your heater at the end of this season, or your AC prior to the onset of the summer season — or especially both — then you should really consider the installation of a heat pump in Houston, TX. They really do make a lot of sense for homeowners in our area. We’ve discussed them before, but let us give you a quick reminder of what a heat pump brings to the table.

Year Round Comfort, and Just One System

The reason that we say to consider a heat pump especially if both your heating and air conditioning systems are ready for replacement is due to the fact that the installation of a heat pump covers all of your bases. Heat pumps are widely renowned for their unique ability to both heat and cool homes. The key to this ability lies not just in its exploitation of heat transfer via the refrigerant cycle, but also its ability to reverse that cycle.

Evaporating and Condensing Refrigerant

An air conditioner, as well as a heat pump, has an evaporator coil and a condenser unit using coils to disperse heat. The difference between the two is that an air conditioner uses those coils in the same way at all times. Refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coil, which is located indoors. That draws heat out of the air. The refrigerant then travels outdoors to the condenser, and its heat is released outside. The heat pump functions this way, as well, but only in the summer. In the winter, a component called the reversing valve allows for this process to be reversed.

Not only is the directional flow of the refrigerant reversed, but the operation of the coils is reversed as well. By evaporating refrigerant in the outdoor unit, and condensing it indoors, the heat pump is able to use existing heat in the air outside in order heat a home with incredible efficiency. It’s not the same as opening up a window on a winter’s night to let “heat” in, of course. After evaporating outdoors, the refrigerant is also compressed in order to boost its thermal energy. This process requires just a fraction of the energy that creating new heat would, though.

Double the Work, Double the Maintenance

A heat pump can save you a lot of money when it’s properly installed and serviced. Don’t think that you’ll save even more money by having just one system to tune up each year, though. Because the heat pump is doubling the workload of a single, designated heater or AC, it requires double the maintenance. You’ll still need heating maintenance and AC maintenance. The difference is it’s the same system being maintained both times.

Contact Expert Air Cooling And Heating with any questions that you may have, or to schedule your heat pump installation.

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WHY USE A DUCTLESS SYSTEM?

A few weeks back, we talked a bit about how ductless heating works. Today, we want to take a closer look at the ductless mini split in order to help you to decide if this is the right HVAC system for your home. The ductless mini split may not be ideal for every homeowner, but there are plenty of reasons to account for their increasing pop
ularity.

As is the case with any HVAC system, a ductless mini split is only as good as the services it receives. Should you decide that you’d like to use a ductless mini split in Houston, TX, it is important that you have that system installed and serviced by qualified professionals. The technicians on our staff are available to ensure that you get the most from your ductless mini split.

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