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All About Electronic Air Cleaners

Posted on: August 31st, 2021 by admin

Air cleaners are often referred to air purifiers. Most people are familiar with the portable stand-up air purifiers. Not as many people are aware that you can have an electronic air cleaner installed in your home along with your HVAC system that easily treats the air throughout your home. These can improve your indoor air quality and can be advantageous especially in homes where people with ling illnesses live. However, having good air quality is important for every home. Breathing in low quality air for an extended length of time can result in any number of negative health consequences.  To improve the air quality in your home, contact us now to discuss the installation of an electronic air cleaner.

What to Know About Indoor Air Quality

Air quality refers to how clean the air is inside your home. This is especially relevant when using an HVAC system. To assess your air quality, ask yourself questions like how free of irritants and pollutants is your air? Does it irritate your lungs when you breathe? Do people with respiratory illnesses suffer more when they are in your home? If the answer is yes to any of those questions, your air quality may need to be improved. Common household air irritants are smoke, pet dander, mold, mildew, asbestos, lead, and ozone. Some of these can easily be removed or kept out of a home. Others, however, are harder to avoid. Owning pets, for example, is going to lead to pet dander. Even with the best cleaning practices, there will still be molecules in the air. This is where electronic air cleaners come in.

Why Does Air Quality Matter?

For those who have a respiratory sickness like asthma or COPD, and even those who don’t, what is in the air you breathe matters. We call the molecules found in the air that aggravate us irritants for a reason. Aside from breathing issues, there are many other negative effects that these particles can cause. Headaches, fatigue, heart disease, and cancer are all possible if your air contains many pollutants. There have even been studies that have found outbreaks of Legionnaire’s Disease among workers in buildings with poorly maintained HVAC units. Neglecting to schedule an annual inspection can be detrimental to individual parts and to the system as a whole. During the inspection, one of our expert technicians will assess the condition as well as the cleanliness of your HVAC units. Having this done every year helps to reduce the amount of irritants located in your air.

How Do Electronic Air Cleaners Work?

They are termed electronic not because they are powered by electricity, but because the filtering process itself is uses electromagnetism. You can think of the filter as one end of a magnet and the air molecules as the other end of the magnet. By using an electric field, contaminates get trapped and therefore removed from circulation within your home. This can work on particles like dust, mold, and dander, all common allergens. One positive aspect of an electronic air cleaner aside from their effectiveness is that they use reusable filters. Being able to cleanse and reuse your filters means you can save money over the lifetime of the unit on filters. Plus, you don’t have to remember to order or run to the store every few months to purchase a new filter.

Contact Us For More Information on Electronic Air CleanersElectronic air cleaner product image of Lennox PUREAIR

If you are going to be researching electronic air cleaners, to know exactly how effective the air cleaner is, look at the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating. We recommend filters with a rating of 10 or above.  It is also important to make sure that the filter you choose does not produce ozone as a byproduct. This can be an unfortunate side effect of some electronic air filters. If you have any questions about the electronic air filters or want to have one installed in your home, contact us today!

 Ocean County Furnace Repair & Care Tips

Posted on: August 1st, 2021 by admin

Most homes in Ocean County have a furnace and most of them are gas furnaces. Although old gas furnaces were not known to be the most efficient appliances, newer gas furnaces boast much higher efficiency rates making them more attractive to homeowners. Additionally, the filter in your furnace helps to control the amount of airborne contaminates in your home. Oil furnaces are another common type of furnace found in our area. One advantage to an oil furnace is that they can last up to thirty years. Regardless of type, your furnace is one of the most important investments in your home. Furnaces of all types are expensive to install, repair, and replace. Thankfully, the common gas furnace is relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain. So, with these maintenance care tips and some routine care by us, you can keep those Ocean County furnace repair bills to a minimum.

You may be thinking “I don’t know anything about furnaces. What can I do?” While we certainly don’t recommend attempting repair of any kind on your furnace unless you are trained to do so, there are some simple at-home tasks you can perform to keep your furnace running efficiently. The more efficient your furnace, the less wear and tear and therefore, the less need for repairs.

Proper Air Flow is a Crucial Component of Efficiency

For forced hot air systems, the ability to distribute the treated air through the ductwork and then out the vents is the key to its function. One thing you can do to ensure your furnace has sufficient air flow is to keep the area around your furnace clear of dirt, debris, and objects.  Never store anything in the area immediately around your furnace.

Also, be sure that there is nothing blocking your vents in any room. Furniture placed in front of a vent prevents airflow and this can decrease the efficacy of your furnace. Plus, it makes the furnace work harder than intended and that usually leads to higher utility bills and more frequent calls for Ocean County furnace repair.

Similarly, it is not true that if you close off rooms and vents that are not occupied it will save you money. Each heating system installed in a home is chosen according to the dimensions and needs of that particular home. A system that is forced to push the same amount of air through less pathways and into a much smaller area can put undue stress on your furnace. The best advice we can give is to let your unit function as it was designed to.  

Ocean county furnace repair number one tip is to change your furnaces air filter like is being shown in this imageOne final item to check routinely is the air filter in your furnace. On average, the filter should be changed every three months. If you find that when you check your air filter after three months, it is fully clogged, you should change it more frequently. The filter must allow air to pass through it freely in order to do its job and to allow the furnace to adequately do its job.  If you ever need assistance finding or replacing your air filter, give us a call. We can walk you through it.

Professional Maintenance is Important

Even with the most meticulous care by a homeowner, nothing can replace a professional inspection. Our trained technicians will check and clean all parts of your system. During this process, they will be looking for damages or signs of corrosion. Repairing minor imperfections as soon as possible helps you avoid the need for emergency furnace repair. Ideally, you should schedule an annual checkup for your furnace prior to the onset of cold weather. This will all but guarantee a winter of repair-free usage.

In the case that you do need service for your furnace, contact us right away. We can help you determine if it is appropriate to repair the problem or if it may be time to replace your unit. Typically, a gas furnaces lifetime is about fifteen to twenty years. Some signs that it may better to replace your furnace rather than fix it are:

  • The furnace is over 15 years old
  • The furnace is unable to maintain the temperature set by the thermostat
  • There are strange noises whenever the furnace is running
  • You are calling us much more frequently for repairs

If any combination of these statements is true, we can help you decide on what is the best next step. In any case that you need our assistance with your furnace, you can contact us here!

Ocean County Air Conditioner Repair FAQs

Posted on: July 1st, 2021 by admin

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We get a lot of questions regarding Ocean County air conditioner repair. It can be a very confusing topic. There are a lot of parts and it is largely ignored by homeowners unless it’s broken. Ignoring both your heating and air conditioner is a mistake made by many. By allowing us to inspect your HVAC once or twice a year, you can avoid needing to call us for an emergency. A professional examination allows the technician to identify and fix small issues before they become big problems.

Q:  My HVAC is making a strange noise. What does it mean?

A:  No matter what the noise is, it’s probably time to call an Ocean County air conditioner repair team. Any noises that you notice outside of the normal sounds is a good indicator that there is something wrong with your air conditioner. Squealing noises could suggest a problem with the blower or fan, loud banging is usually a sign that something is broken or loose inside the unit, and a clicking noise could signify electrical issues. If you hear a high-pitched whistle, turn the power off to your A/C and call us right away. This could be a pressure problem within your condenser or a refrigerant leak. These are both very serious problems that need to be addressed immediately.

There are some normal noises that any air conditioner unit makes. You may hear the actual sound of air blowing through the duct work. It is also normal to occasionally hear some clicking sounds at the end of a cycle. If the clicking continues for a long time, however, that is not normal. Anytime you have a question about a noise coming from your HVAC, let us know and we’ll be happy to help you figure out what’s wrong or if it is a routine sound and nothing to worry about.

Q: Why isn’t my house getting as cold as I want it to?

A: This could be caused by a number of issues. The first step is to check your thermostat. Be sure it has working batteries, that it is set to cool, and is set at the right temperature. If everything with your thermostat looks good, it could be an indication that airflow is being blocked somewhere within the system. It could be a clogged air filter, debris in your condenser causing the fan to malfunction, or possibly an obstructed condenser coil. The air filter can be changed easily without having to call for repair, but, as always, if you have any questions about how to do it or what type of filter is best, contact us anytime.

One thing not to do if your air isn’t reaching the desired temperature is to lower the temperature even further. If the unit can’t reach 75°F, it certainly won’t be able to reach 65°F. All this does is force your unit to work harder and longer than necessary. All this will leave you with is a hefty energy bill. When you have your temperature set, but your air conditioner is unable to cool your home, give us a call. It could be a refrigerant leak which, if not fixed, could lead to much bigger complications.

Q: What Happens if I Neglect Routine Servicing?

A: Most items in your home that you look at regularly, use daily, or don’t involve lots of moving parts are taken care of better by homeowners. The same can’t be said for heating and air conditioning. These systems intimidate many homeowners. Plus, most parts of the system are usually hidden away in a closet where you don’t have to see it. Out of sight, out of mind is typical with HVAC. That is, until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, when HVAC systems break, it’s usually an emergency. This is because you wouldn’t know something was wrong unless you were trying to use it.

With an annual or biannual inspection by one of our Ocean County air conditioner repair technicians, you can avoid many, if not all, major emergencies. Of course, machines are bound to break, but that is why letting us take a close look at your HVAC system is so crucial. We’ll identify any red flags before they cause a complication. This saves you time, stress, and money.

When it comes to do it yourself maintenance, changing the air filter every three months is important. If that is all you do for your HVAC, it’s a necessary step. Clogged air filters make it harder for your air conditioner to reach temperature, raising your energy bill by the minute. Plus, the extra stress on the unit leads to early failure of many parts.

If you are ready to schedule an inspection for your air conditioner, give us a call anytime!

Smart Thermostat Installation Toms River Helps Save Money

Posted on: May 31st, 2021 by admin

Energy bills begin to rise with the start of every summer. It’s unavoidable right? What if we told you there was a way to keep your energy bills manageable? One of the easiest ways to take control of your energy bills is to take control of the thermostat. The goal is to not heat or cool your home when it is not necessary, but also make your home comfortable while you are home. Additionally, maintaining your HVAC system is crucial to keeping energy bills down. The more efficient a system is, the less energy it has to use to reach the desired temperature. When it is time for your annual heating and cooling system service, give us a call! And if we provide you with enough information that you decide on a smart thermostat installation Toms River, give Toms River Heating and Air Conditioning a call for that too!

Smart Thermostats Versus Programmable Thermostats

Smart Thermostats can be run with an app as woman is shown doing in picture

Programmable and smart thermostats are similar in a lot of ways. They both assist in saving money on energy bills and both are simple to use. One only works if you set it up, the other learns from you and starts to adjust itself to your routine.

A thermostat that you can program often lets you set desired temperatures for certain times of day. Some give you the option of a weekday and a weekend program. This is great for households with a standard Monday through Friday itinerary. Others may give you the option of a different routine for every day of the week. Setting a program is the best way to manage your energy bills. So, in this way, programmable thermostats are great. The biggest problem with programmable thermostats is that a homeowner only enjoys the savings benefit if they actually program the thermostat. A large percentage of homes with programmable thermostats have never set a schedule and continue to pay more a month on energy bills than they need to.

Smart thermostats, however, are even better. Where the programmable thermostat leaves off, a smart thermostat picks up. A smart thermostat can actually learn your habits and begin to adjust itself to run in the most efficient way. These devices all are associated with an app as well which allows you to control the temperature in your home from your phone. No matter where you are. Get stuck in a meeting? Delay the air conditioning for another hour with a simple swipe. Have an irregular schedule that is always changing? A smart thermostat can navigate that with no problem. Plus, smart thermostat installation in Toms River can track and record data giving homeowners insight into their energy usage like never before.

The Real Advantage of Smart Thermostat Installation Toms River

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We understand it may sound like the advantage of a smart thermostat over any other is slight. But, the real advantage is that it takes over when humans forget. As we mentioned, many homes have programmable thermostats, but not all of those home actually set a program. This takes away any advantage of having a programmable thermostat gives. Smart thermostats, however, can learn and program themselves. Removing the human factor increases the likelihood that a homeowner is going to be able to take advantage of every benefit a smart thermostat installation has to offer. Smart thermostats are so smart that they can track how long it takes to heat or cool a room and switch on at the exact moment of perfect efficiency. Programmable thermostats simply turn on and off when you tell them to.

An extra 5 minutes of heating or cooling per cycle doesn’t seem like a lot. However, consider how much time that adds up to over the lifetime of your HVAC system. For peak efficiency of your HVAC, be sure to schedule a routine inspection with us every spring and fall. Keeping a close eye on the workings of these units goes a long way towards keeping them running for as many years as possible. Overuse and neglect are two of the biggest factors in HVAC unit failure. Thankfully, avoiding that is easy when you hire us to examine your HVAC.

If you like everything you’ve read and have decided that a smart thermostat is for you, contact us today to schedule your smart thermostat installation Toms River and get set to save!

The Exterior Parts Involved in HVAC Repair in Manasquan

Posted on: April 1st, 2021 by admin

Hopefully last month’s blog helped demystify the inside of your HVAC system. This month, we’ll be focusing on the exterior parts. These pieces are just as important in keeping your home comfortable during the summer months as the inside parts are during the winter. Located outside, often on the side of a home, almost always out of sight, the air conditioning unit of your heating and cooling system is easily overlooked when it comes to home maintenance. Most chore lists are often missing key tasks. Especially those having to do with heating and air conditioning. However, there are some things that can easily be done by homeowners without the assistance of an HVAC repair in Manasquan company. By performing these tasks, one can often avoid phone calls to and even visits from their HVAC repair technician. When someone understands something, maintenance is often easier. 

The Main Unit is Called a Condenser

Picture of a well-maintained condenser that does not need HVAC repair in Manasquan sitting on square of pavers on the side of a tan house

Just as the inside section is often universally referred to as a furnace, the outside is called the condenser. It is often located on the side or back of a home and is a large, louvered, metal box. Inside this casing is where all everything happens that helps to cool your home. This unit contains a fan, a compressor, and a condenser coil. There is one part of an air conditioning system that is located inside. This part is called the evaporator coil. Just as the interior parts, the exterior unit can be scary looking and intimidating when not understood. With a little bit of information on how to safely maintain a condenser though, it becomes a lot easier to deal with.

Basic Care That Anyone Can Do

One important thing every homeowner can do is to simply visually inspect the condenser unit. Ensure there are no branches, shrubs, flowers, or structures that are blocking air from freely flowing through the unit. Without proper airflow, just as can happen inside if you forget to change the air filter, damage and repair won’t be far behind. Impeded airflow causes unnecessary stress on the machine causing the need for HVAC repair in Manasquan. Visually inspect the outer casing and the fan blades to ensure there is no damage to the fins or the blades. Bent fins disrupt airflow so it is very important that if you are removing anything from the condenser to be careful not to damage any part of the unit. If at any point during the cleaning process, you have a question or run into a problem, give us a call.

The Fan Could be the Reason for HVAC Repair in Manasquan

Looking inside the cage of the condenser, you will see the fan. It is located at the top of the unit. The metal container around the fan helps to keep items from clogging the fan and damaging it. The fan and its motor are what keep your a/c working. Without the fan, there is no air conditioning. Just as it is important to make sure there is nothing blocking the air from flowing through the unit, it is essential to make sure there is nothing preventing the fan from turning. Even when visually inspecting your condenser, it’s best to shut off the power to it. Once you are sure the unit has no power and using a flashlight if necessary, peer into your condenser and make sure there are no twigs, branches, leaves, nests, or any other debris in the fan.

If you can obviously see anything that may get in the way of proper function of the fan, call us immediately. Do not turn the power back-on until we have fixed the issue. Allowing the fan to run with an obvious blockage can cause irreparable damage. Avoid the need to replace your whole condenser and call us to schedule your regular HVAC repair in Manasquan maintenance call.

A Critical Component of HVAC Repair in Manasquan is the Compressor

The compressor is the motor of the condenser. It has a cylinder and a piston, just like a motor. Its job is to force refrigerant through the AC unit in order to cool your home. The energy required to run your AC it is almost primarily the power for the compressor. As its name implies, its job is to compress the refrigerant. This process heats up the refrigerant and turns it into a high-pressure gas. This pressure is what keeps the refrigerant cycling through the air conditioner. The heating and cooling process of the refrigerant is what cools your home. Many things can go wrong with a compressor. It is important to call us if you hear any strange noises or notice anything abnormal about your AC function.

There are Two Coils You Need to Know About

After the refrigerant is heated up and pressurized by the compressor, it is forced into the coil located in the condenser. Called aptly the condenser coil, this part is where heat is released into the outside. The fan assists in cooling the refrigerant more quickly. This cooling process transforms the refrigerant back into liquid form. As this happens, it travels indoors and enters the second coil called the evaporator coil. Here, the refrigerant begins to take in heat from air in the home, cooling the air inside house, and heating up the refrigerant. This turns it back into a gas and it is returned to the compressor to start all over again. Ductwork then helps to spread the cool air through the home. As we mentioned last month, it is important to know where your damper is and how to use it. 

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HVAC Repair in Manasquan Information Helps Homeowners

HVAC repair in Manasquan technician crouching in front of open condenser with a variety of tools

Not only does a little bit of information help homeowners more comfortably speak with our associates, it helps HVAC owners see how important regular maintenance is. With system inspections performed twice a year prior to heavy usage in the spring and the fall, you can skip the repair calls all together! As with most things, maintenance is cheaper than repair. It certainly is cheaper than replacement. So give us a call today to schedule your routine service call.

The Interior Parts Involved in HVAC Repair in Spring Lake

Posted on: February 28th, 2021 by admin

HVAC repair in Spring Lake being done on opened furnace with meter attached to wires by repairman wearing jeans, black t-shirt, and black baseball hatHVAC repair can be a very confusing topic. There are a lot of moving parts and most people don’t know much about it. However, understanding just a little bit about the basic parts of your HVAC system can make it easier to maintain. Think how much easier it will be the next time you have to call us. If you know what part of your machine is making a noise or having a problem, repair can be rectified quicker. For anyone that isn’t a client of ours, we hope this can help all homeowners feel more confident when speaking to any HVAC repair company. With just a little bit of knowledge, anyone can feel secure knowing they won’t be talked into parts or repair that is unnecessary. This month we’ll discuss the indoor portion of the system involved in basic HVAC repair in Spring Lake.

Let’s Start with the Basics

The indoor portion of a heating and cooling system, called the furnace, controls the heating of your home. The outdoor portion, or condenser unit that we’ll talk about next month, does the cooling. Most homeowners know where the furnace is located and what its basic function is. However, there are many moving parts in a furnace which means there is a lot that can go wrong. Knowing just a little bit about each moving part of your furnace can help you, which can help us, determine what is going wrong with your furnace if you have a problem. By having a small amount of information about your furnace helps to make it less scary which allows you, as a homeowner, to take a little more control of your furnace’s maintenance. This helps keep it running more efficiently, lasts longer, and reduce your energy bills and repair bills.

Your Thermostat Talks Directly to Your Furnace

In the winter, your thermostat will send a signal to your furnace when the air in your home is detected to be at the level which you set. One of the most important and easy things a homeowner can do to ensure proper functioning is to change the batteries in the thermostat when you change all other batteries like a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector. A furnace does not “create” air, it simply treats and circulates the air that already exists in your home.

First, you set your thermostat to the temperature you would like the air in your home to be. When the air reaches that temperature, the furnace is triggered by the thermostat. This turns on the pilot light for the burner in the combustion chamber which starts the heating process. Then, it begins to pull in cool air through vents in your home called return registers into the large portion of the furnace called the air handler. This is what many people would identify as the furnace itself. It is inside the air handler that all the magic happens. 

One important thing to take notice of is that all your registers are open and clear of any obstructions like curtains or furniture. Also, it is not recommended to shut any vents in your home to “conserve energy” for the same reason. Check out Myth #3 in this article to learn why!

Air First has to Pass Through the Filter

Aside from changing the batteries in a thermostat, maintaining the air filter in your furnace is another easy step. Just as reduced air flow through vents can cause your HVAC to fail, a clogged filter can do the same. The purpose of the filter is to allow clean, dust free air to flow through the furnace. Without it, furnaces would shut down constantly from dirt and debris inside gears and electrical components. See our post on air filters to learn more!

HVAC Repair in Spring Lake Can Involve What Comes Next

Next, air enters the blower. This is a fan that pushes cold air through the furnace. It then helps to push that warm air all through your home. Cool air moves through the blower into the combustion chamber to be heated. As the air passes through this part, it absorbs the heat. Now it is ready to exit the system through supply registers. One last item that homeowners in a multi-story home should be familiar with is the damper. This is a door that directs warm and cold air to different areas of the home. In winter, for example, you want more warm air directed downstairs since warm air rises. Most non-manual damper systems will have a large lever with the labels “Summer” and “Winter.” Before you pick up the phone to schedule your HVAC repair in Spring Lake, make sure you have your dampers set right!

HVAC Repair in Spring Lake Doesn’t Have to be Scary

The more you know about the parts of your HVAC system, the easier it is to speak with a company who provides HVAC repair in Spring Lake. We not only assist Spring Lake, but many areas in Ocean County. We hope this has helped even a few people understand just a little bit more about their furnace. Be sure to check back next month when we go over the outdoor portion of an HVAC system!

Is your Furnace Screaming for Emergency Heating Repair Toms River?

Posted on: February 1st, 2021 by admin

Emergency heating repair Toms River, man with megaphone with text Help on top and "Don't ignore the signs" on bottomAs we talked about last month, strange noises coming from your HVAC unit are important and should not be ignored. There are a variety of things that can go wrong with your furnace. Many of these things will trigger a strange sound to be made whenever your furnace is running. Sometimes a noise doesn’t mean anything bad at all. Occasionally there are noises that happen rarely and you just may not have heard it before. Any time you hear a noise that strikes you as odd coming from your furnace, give us a call. We can help you determine if we need to take a look at your HVAC system or if everything seems fine. Our expertly trained staff will know whether the noise you are detecting is a normal sound or one to be concerned about. In order to avoid needing us for emergency heating repair Toms River, call TRHAC soon as something sounds off.

Let Us Set Your Nerves at Ease

Sometimes a noise is just a noise. A furnace shouldn’t be disruptive to your daily life when it comes to sound, but it will inevitably make some noises. For example, you may hear a click or pop when the furnace first turns on. Many times, the pilot light being ignited sounds like this and is a totally normal noise. Another example is that some homeowners will report hearing banging noises coming from their ducts. This can most often be explained by the metal of the ductwork expanding and contracting as the hot or cold air travels through them.

We’ll Tell You When to be Concerned

Even though we just explained than many noises that your furnace makes can be normal, we never want you to assume all the noises you hear are okay. It is always better to contact us about any noise and be assured it’s nothing instead of finding out it was something too late.

Grinding

You should always report any noise that sounds like a grinding to us as soon as possible. This is commonly an alert that the ball bearings in the blower motor need to be lubricated. During our inspection our technician will perform this task. However, if you neglected to call us for your Toms River HVAC maintenance, this may be a problem for you.

Squealing

This may sound similar to what you hear in your car if you have trouble with a belt. It is usually the same for your furnace. It is best to call us as soon as possible so you can avoid emergency heating repair Toms River bills. Most belts will make a noise before they fail. If you are paying attention to your furnace, you should be able to detect any strange sounds that could indicate a belt that needs replacing.

Scraping

A metal-on-metal scraping noise is great cause for concern. This could be a signal that your furnace blower wheel is damaged or having trouble operating properly. If you don’t attend to this red flag immediately, you could be left in the cold. It could be that the wheel is loose or may need replacing due to normal wear and tear.

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Ignoring Signals Could Lead to Emergency Heating Repair Toms River

No matter what noise coming from you furnace you are concerned about, it is always better to ask us, the professionals to be safe. Some noises could be pointing to a problem with your pilot light or electrical. The danger of this is that it could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. All homes should have at least one carbon monoxide detector per floor in their homes to protect themselves from this very dangerous occurrence. Just as the noises your in-home alarms make to alert you that there is something wrong, your furnace could be trying to tell you something is wrong. Don’t ignore it. Don’t overlook the first warning signs of trouble and find yourself needing us for emergency heating repair Toms River. As always, your best chance of avoiding a broken furnace this winter is to schedule regular inspections. Contact us today.

Avoid Emergency Furnace Repair in Toms River this Winter

Posted on: January 2nd, 2021 by admin

Winter is here to the delight of some and dread of others. But whether you enjoy winter or not, any home that has a heating system has it running at this point. The comfort and also safety of you and your family depends on it. With the amount of reliance that we place on many of our home devices, one would think owners would be constantly checking on and taking care of them. Many homeowners, however, can be intimidated by an HVAC system and avoid its maintenance all together. This is a leading factor in the need for emergency furnace repair in Toms River. The best way to avoid this is to perform some simple DIY maintenance tasks. Winter can be tough enough to get through without having to worry about a broken furnace.

What Can a Homeowner Do

Truthfully, the items that can be taken care of by a homeowner is not long a list when it comes to furnace maintenance. However, the things you can do are important and do a lot to keep your furnace running efficiently. Plus, these simple steps can do a lot to lengthen the life of your furnace, saving you money in the long run.

Change the Air Filter

Ideally, you should be changing your filter at least every 3 months. Certain households may need to do it more or less depending on the situation. The presence of shedding animals, home renovations that produce a lot of dust and debris, or if people living in the home have allergies are just a few things that may require the filter to be changed more frequently. Also, if you live in an area that has a lot of construction constantly happening, you should check your air filter more often.  Good air flow is crucial for your furnace to function at its best. A clogged air filter can wreak havoc on your entire system and can lead to costly repairs. If you need help finding, changing, or selecting a new filter for your furnace, give us a call today!

Check the Pilot Light

Whenever you remove the door to your furnace, be sure the power is shut off. After you remove the combustion chamber door, use a flashlight to take a good look around. First, turn the power back on and turn up your thermostat to trigger the furnace to go on. Look at the pilot light and ensure it is a steady blue flame. If the flame is yellow, you could have dirty burners. When inspecting the pilot, make sure you don’t breathe on the flame as extra oxygen can also make the flame turn yellow. If you notice anything wrong with the pilot light, please contact us.

Visual Inspection and Light Cleaning

We’re not talking about anything too in depth, but if you feel comfortable doing so, a visual inspection of the inside of your furnace can tell you a lot. After you are done checking the pilot light, turn the power to the furnace off again. If you notice any amount of soot, or fine black powder, in your furnace, this could be an indication of a combustion problem. On the exterior of your furnace, make sure there is nothing blocking any vents. Also, ensure the area around your furnace is clear of debris. If there is any part of your furnace you are uncomfortable dealing with, we can help. Give us a call anytime you need a hand and we’ll schedule a furnace repair appointment with you.

Listen to What Your Furnace is Telling You

While your furnace is running, occasionally listen closely to it. Any noises that are out of the ordinary could be a signal that something is wrong. Noises like squeaking, screeching, scraping, or banging can all be cause to give us a call. If you hear any odd noises, schedule your furnace repair in Toms River as soon as possible. Noises like these that sound like metal on metal or are abnormally loud can be the first indication that something may be off inside your furnace. By calling us as soon as you hear these noises, you can avoid being stuck in the cold with a broken furnace.

Professional Inspections

Possibly the easiest furnace maintenance task is calling us to inspect your furnace. We recommend at least one inspection per year, but two is even better. While the items we’ve just discussed are important and can do a lot to prevent an emergency with your furnace, there are things that only a professional can do. Our technicians are expertly trained and know just what to look for and how to address any issues. By allowing us to take care of your furnace BEFORE things go wrong, you are saving yourself a lot of time, money, and stress.

Tan dog wrapped up in tan blanket on top of white comforter because owners didn't call for furnace repair in Toms RiverDon’t get left in the cold this winter. Avoid an emergency furnace repair in Toms River and contact us today to inspect your furnace.

 

Water Heaters, Boilers, and Furnaces, Oh My!

Posted on: December 1st, 2020 by admin

To many people, these words are interchangeable.  Homeowners believe one is the same as the next and all serve the same purpose.  However, these are in fact three very different items. While each do have certain things in common, what they do and how they do it varies greatly. Let’s take a look at each one individually to give you a better idea about all of them. The more homeowners understand about all their homes appliances the better. General knowledge can help identify potential problems, communicate with technicians, and take better care of their homes.

Water Heaters

With the exact purpose of the appliance in the name, water heaters do simply that. Unlike a furnace, water heaters do not provide heat to the home. They simply heat an amount of potable water for use in the home. When you take a hot shower, your water heater provides the hot water. When your dishwasher runs, a water heater helps to clean those dishes. There are two different types of water heaters. There are tank systems and tankless water heaters.

A water heater with a tank heats and maintains that container of water at a set temperature and can use either gas or electricity to do so. It is dispensed for use via pipes that run throughout your home. When you turn on your faucet, the water heater releases a certain amount of heated water. The more you turn your faucet on, the less cold water is mixed in. One brand we are proud to carry and service water heaters from A.O. Smith, a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential water heaters. We carry other products as well, so give us a call today to determine which one is best for you.

A tankless water heater, on the other hand, only heats water on-demand. When you turn on your tap, the tankless water heater heats up the water. It will continue to heat and supply hot water until the tap is shut off. We carry a range of tankless water heaters by Rinnai, the #1 selling tankless water heater brand in North America. 

Regardless of which type of water heater you have, this system will not heat your home in the winter. They simply serve to provide you with hot water.

Boilers

White radiator shown next to ornate white scrollwork fireplace on white and black tiled floor, Toms River boiler repairA boiler also heats water. However, this heated water is not intended for your personal use. This water is heated to the point that it becomes steam. This steam then essentially pushes heat throughout your home with the objective of raising the temperature in each room. A boiler is what is known as radiant heating. It does not use ductwork, but rather pipes instead. These pipes lead to another item such as base board heaters or radiators located in each room.

Boilers can be powered with gas or electricity. Natural gas boilers are supplied with their fuel from either a set of pipes connected to a main gas pipeline or occasionally from a large propane tank installed on the property when pipelines are unavailable. Electric boilers are very efficient and are popular due to the fact that they do not require the use of fossil fuels to run. Not only is this more environmentally friendly, but it also opens up many rural users who do not have access to a gas pipeline. The biggest downside to this type of boiler is that if you have no electricity, you have no heat. Electricity can also be more expensive than gas or oil as well.

Two brands of boilers that we are familiar with are supplied by Navian and Weil-McLain. We strive to provide and service the best products on the market. Contact us today to find out more! 

Furnaces

A furnace is a forced hot air system. In order to raise the temperature of a room, the furnace uses a fuel source to heat up the air and then distributes that hot air through a system of ducts throughout your home. Your furnace is powered on by your thermostat. As the air inside your home cools, the thermostat detects the drop in temperature. When it hits a set degree, the furnace clicks on and begins heating the air. The motor and fans then begin to force that hot air through your ductwork and all through your home.

Which is Best for Your Home

Sea Girt furnace repair technician working on furnace

A lot of this decision is based on cost.  Homeowners need to take into account the up-front installation costs as well as the cost to run each of these systems. The function of each is important too. The style of home, monthly budget, and personal preferences, all influence the decision between a forced hot air system with a furnace or a radiant heating system with a boiler. Some people find a forced hot air system uncomfortable due to the fact that there is a certain amount of a breeze associated with this type of home heating system. Even though the air is warm, the movement of the air can create a draft which some find annoying. However, during the summer months, the slight breeze can help your home feel more comfortable.

This ability to effectively heat and cool is one major difference between a furnace and a boiler.  A boiler cannot cool your home. So, even if you choose to use a boiler system for heating your home, you will still need to install ductwork for a cooling system if necessary.

The best way to decide on what is best for your home is contact us. We can answer any questions you have on the function, cost, and repair of both furnaces and boilers. Our Sea Girt furnace repair and Toms River boiler repair technicians are factory trained and certified. If you need HVAC repair in Ocean County, give TRHAC a call!

How to Help Your Air Conditioner Run Efficiently

Posted on: August 1st, 2020 by admin

Ocean County Air Conditioner Repair being done on outdoor condenserIt’s summer!  And it’s a hot one!  We bet everyone has had their a/c on pretty continuously so far this summer.  We thought we’d cover a few tips on how to keep your air conditioner running smoothly, efficiently, and effectively in order to avoid needing Ocean County air conditioner repair.  There are some pretty easy things you can do at home to help keep your home cool while not putting any extra strain on your appliance.  Of course, if there are any issues with your HVAC system, give us a call to come take a look.  If you are noticing any strange sounds, smells, or if it feels like your a/c isn’t able to actually cool your home or maintain a temperature, we should inspect it to make sure there is no major damage or soon-to-be issues to take care of.  The sooner a problem is identified, the easier (and less expensive!) it is to fix! 

From general maintenance to strategic planning, here’s some tips on how to help your a/c function better.

Vents

Take a walk around your house.  Take a look at your vents and registers.  Are they blocked by furniture?  Do they look like they are clogged with dust and pet hair? One super easy thing to do that allows your air conditioner to run effectively is making sure all vents are unblocked and clean of debris.  This not only allows clear air flow, it’s better for you and your family too.

If you’ve heard the myth that closing off vents in rooms you don’t use will save you money, don’t believe it.  It is in fact false.  Your HVAC system was installed as an entire unit.  Meaning it’s meant to function as it was installed. It was designed to function most efficiently with all vents and registers open. When you close off certain air routes, your system is still working as if they are open.  So, by closing or blocking vents and registers, you are causing unnecessary strain on your unit.  Blockages lead to increased pressure which can lead to leaks and breakdowns.  That means higher energy bills and a visit from one of our highly-trained Ocean County air conditioner repair technicians.  Not that we don’t enjoy visiting our customers, but we’re sure you only want to see us for your regularly scheduled maintenance visits!

Thermostat Use

First, we highly recommend having a programmable or smart thermostat installed.  This allows you to set your thermostat to come on and turn off during certain periods of the day depending on your schedule.  Turning the temperature up while you’re not home gives the appliance a break.  Plus, you save on energy bills by not cooling your house when no one is home.  Then, you can set it to come on a little bit before you arrive home so your home is cool on your return.  You can do the same in winter with your heat. 

Secondly, consider moving the setting a few degrees higher than what you normally set it at.  As long as you and your family are still comfortable, a slight change in degrees (down in winter and up in summer) allow you to save money and protect your HVAC system from excessive use.

Lastly, make sure there is no heat-producing appliances installed near your thermostat.  Having anything that produces its own heat near your thermostat will cause it to run when it is not necessary.  If the air around the thermostat is warmer than the rest of your home, you’re a/c will think it needs to keep running when it does not. Extended running time causes unnecessary wear and tear on your entire system leading to early repairs and premature system failure.

Keep it Clean

No, this isn’t a moral request.  We’re talking about both the indoor portion of your unit as well at the outdoor condenser. When it comes to indoors, other than keeping vents clear and clean, make sure the area around your air handler is clean as well.  Ensure there is plenty of room for airflow surrounding the unit.  Making sure there is not a build-up of dirt and grime at the base of the unit and that there’s nothing stored close to or surrounding it.

As far as taking care of the condenser outdoors, don’t plant bushes, trees, or large flowers close to the unit.  It should have a clear flow of air around the entire machine.  A good rule is to keep a full 24 inches of space surrounding your unit. If you think your condenser needs a good cleaning, you can give us a call anytime.  You can also read this for some surface, non-invasive cleaning tips for your condenser.  Just make sure you turn off the power to the unit at your fuse box. Remove any obvious dirt, grime, and debris and rinse the unit well with your hose.

General Maintenance

Besides cleaning the individual portions of your air conditioner, make sure the filter in the air handler is changed at least every 3 months.  If you have a reusable filter, clean it often.  A clogged filter will restrict air flow reducing the efficiency of your unit.  Additionally, we should be inspecting your unit annually.  By having a qualified professional come in and thoroughly check your HVAC system, any small problems can be identified and fixed before they become major, expensive issues. 

If you need your unit inspected, or if you are noticing anything strange about the function of you’re a/c, give us a call today!  When it comes to Ocean County air conditioner repair, look no further than Toms River Heating and Air Conditioning.