Archive for April, 2013

How Central Air Conditioning Systems Work

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The most common kind of air conditioning system is central AC. These types of systems are also called split systems because they use an indoor unit and an outdoor condensing unit. Here at Ardon Maintenance, we wanted to put together a quick explanation of how air conditioning systems work. Understanding how your AC works is a great way to be able to recognize problems when they arise. The Hunstville, TX air conditioning experts at Ardon Maintenance have years of experience working with all different kinds of systems.

The Indoor System

The unit inside your home is comprised of a fan, fan motor and a series of evaporator coils. The evaporator coils are filled with a refrigerant that gets very cold. The fan and fan motor push the warm air of your home over the coils which cools it. The refrigerant absorbs the heat and then carries it outside to the condensing unit. As the warm air gets cooler it releases its moisture and creates condensation on the coils. This condensation drips down onto a pan and gets drained away. If your air conditioning system is leaking water it likely means that your condensate drain system is clogged.

The Outdoor Unit

After the refrigerant exits your home it goes to another series of coils in the outside unit called the condensing coils. Here, another fan and fan motor pushes outside air over the coils to exhaust the heat into the air. After the heat is removed, the refrigerant gets compressed and pumped back into the home to provide more cooling.

For any Hunstville, TX air conditioning services that you need call the friendly pros at Ardon Maintenance. We know how important it is for you to keep your home cool which is why we take such great pride in the work that we do.

Madison, TX Plumbing Repair Tip: How Hard Water Hurts Your Plumbing

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

It is impossible to overstate the importance of the plumbing system in your home. If you have any problems with your home plumbing system, it is important that you contact a trustworthy Madison, TX plumbing repair technician at Ardon Maintenance as soon as possible. You rely on your plumbing system far to much to put its condition or performance at risk. One of the most common issues that homeowners have with their plumbing is hard water. While hard water may be annoying and undesirable, many homeowners fail to realize just how detrimental to the condition of their plumbing systems and fixtures it can be.

Hard water is caused by excessive levels of minerals, such as calcium, in your water supply. If buildup of these minerals gets out of hand, you will experience a number of different problems with many different components of your home plumbing system. Lime scale, for instance, can build up in your pipes. This can lower water pressure throughout your entire home. If you have ever dealt with a low water pressure problem, you know just how annoying this can be. Once the problem reaches this point, it is likely that a pipe replacement will be necessary.

Scale can also build up, and much more quickly, at points of use such as faucets and shower heads. This can happen even if your pipes do not suffer buildup, because water flow is restricted at these points. This makes them more susceptible. Scale buildup can cause water to slowly leak from your faucets or shower heads, which can damage the fixtures and leave ugly hard water stains in your sinks and bathtub.

Mineral deposit can be especially troubles when they build up on a surface such as your electric water heater heating elements. In gas water heaters, minerals may build up in the tank right above where the water is heated. This can lead to decreased efficiency and unnecessary strain on your water heater.

Do not let hard water compromise the condition of your plumbing equipment or fixtures. Contact Ardon Maintenance if you have any concerns about hard water in your home. We are a Madison, Texas plumbing repair company you can rely on.

Hunstville, TX Electrical Repair Services: Why Replace Your Fuse Box?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

When the electricity comes into your home from the street it ties into your home at a central point. In older holes, that point is a fuse box. There, different fuses divert the electricity throughout your home. If your home has a fuse box there are some pretty significant advantages to upgrading it to circuit breaker panel. Here at Ardon Maintenance we offer complete Hunstville, TX electrical repair services for all different types and brands of fuse boxes and electrical components. If you’re concerned about your fuse box or if you’ve been having problems with it call the experts at Ardon Maintenance.

Fuse Box Safety Issues

Fuse boxes protect your home from electrical overload by severing the connection to the electrical main when the current gets too strong. It does this by actually melting the fuse itself. When the fuse melts it needs to be replaced with a new one. There are two safety problems with this setup. First, when you pull the blown fuse out of the circuit both ends to the connection are exposed which exposes you to electrical shock. Second, having something metal melting in your fuse box can actually pose a fire hazard to your home. In fact, some home insurance companies require that homeowners replace the fuse box with a circuit breaker in order to provide coverage.  Call the Hunstville, TX electrical repair services experts at Ardon Maintenance today if you’re ready to replace your fuse box.

Ease of Use

You never know when the electrical current coming into your home is going to overload the fuses on your fuse box. When that happens you’ll need to have extra fuses available to replace them with. If you have old fuses that don’t work or if they’re old then you’ll have to run down to your local store and buy some new ones.

New circuit breaker panels use magnets to sever the connection between the circuits if they overload. It is much easier to just walk out and flip the switch than it is to have to pull out the old fuse and replace it with a new one.

Contact the friendly specialists at Ardon Maintenance if you need Hunstville, TX electrical repair services.

Madisonville, TX Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning: How Ductless Mini Split Systems Work

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Widely praised for their energy efficiency and compact profile, ductless mini split air conditioning systems are quickly becoming a household name. They have long been used in commercial applications, as well as in Europe and Asia, but more and more Americans are beginning to take advantage of this technology. Despite the hype, many homeowners remain uncertain about whether it’s worth making the switch to ductless, mostly because they don’t understand how these systems work. In this post, we’d like to give you a brief overview of how ductless mini splits work so that you can make an informed decision when you decide to replace your existing AC. For more information about Madisonville, TX ductless mini split air conditioning, call Ardon Maintenance today!

All air conditioners and heat pumps operate on the same fundamental principle of the refrigerant cycle, which moves heat from one place to another. Ductless mini splits are no different. They utilize a pressurized refrigerant that undergoes chemical changes in order to cool air extracted from your home, absorb the heat, and send it to the outdoor unit to be dissipated by the exhaust fan. The refrigerant is pressurized by the compressor, travels through an expansion valve into the evaporator coils, then to the condenser coils, and onward once more through the compressor.

The major difference is the lack of ductwork. In a ductless system, instead of having a large indoor unit containing the air handler and evaporator coils, the indoor units are sleek and compact units that sit high on the wall of a room, or recessed in a ceiling. You can create zones in your home by using several different air handlers, each with its own thermostat. The outdoor unit is more or less the same. The indoor units connect to the outdoor unit by a small bundle of refrigerant and electrical lines. They offer near-silent operation.

For more information about ductless cooling systems, make sure to consult with a professional. Your new AC system will need to be properly sized for your home and will require professional installation in order to ensure it operates well for the years to come. For Madisonville, TX ductless mini split air conditioning installation, call the experts at Ardon Maintenance today!

3 Things Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The garbage disposal mashes up small amounts of organic waste in order to reduce the amount of food waste in your trash. After grinding up scraps left in your sink, it adds them to the wastewater. They have become a staple of the modern kitchen, and most people rely on them every day. However, they are designed for a specific purpose, and certain materials should not be put in your garbage disposal. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of such materials. We hope you find it informative. For garbage disposal and plumbing in Madisonville, TX, call the experts at Ardon Maintenance today!

The garbage disposal is comprised basically of a motor, a grinding turntable, and a blade. Depending on the power of the motor and the quality of the blade, certain materials may be acceptable for some models, but not for others. Generally speaking, here are three things you should not put down your garbage disposal:

  • Fibrous foods. Celery, cornhusks, onions, potato skins, banana peels, and other fibrous, stringy, and starchy foods may pose a significant challenge to your garbage disposal unit. Your blade will have a difficult time to grinding and mashing these materials. The manufacturer instructions may have come with a list of prohibited materials, and it’s best to heed these directions to prevent any mishaps.
  • Grease. The grease produced from animal fats or vegetable oils should not be put down any drain, but this is especially important in the case of garbage disposals. Grease can easily clog the various moving parts of a unit. While it may be hot liquid when you pour it down your drain, it can quickly coagulate into a grease that can contribute to drain blockages.
  • Bones. No matter how small or thin, bones are not meant to go down your garbage disposal. The motor and blade are simply not designed to shred animal bone. Not only will it become stuck, it may also damage your unit.

We hope these help. If your garbage disposal is no longer operating as it once was, or if you feel like it could do better, call for Madisonville, TX garbage disposal and plumbing services at Ardon Maintenance today!