Archive for October, 2013

How Does a Geothermal System Work?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

You may have already heard about geothermal heating and cooling systems and some of the benefits they offer: environmentally friendly, dependable, efficient, safe, and quiet. But you might feel a bit confused about how they operate. Where is temperature change coming from? We’ll try to explain how geothermal systems do their job.

Keep in mind as you read this post that no matter how many advantages geothermal heat pumps may offer, they do not work for all homes in all locations. Consult with professionals before you decide on taking a serious look at geothermal systems in Madisonville, TX. Rely on your local in heating and air conditioning experts for advice and installation: Ardon Maintenance.

The Geothermal System Basics

The earth maintains heat at a regular level. No matter the temperature above ground, a few feet below the surface the temperature remains at a fairly steady level that is warmer than the above temperature during the winter and colder during the summer.

Geothermal systems are heat pumps that harness this steady natural temperature difference and put it to use for you: instead of using the outside air as the exchange medium as standard heat pumps do, geothermal heat pumps use the earth’s constant temperature as the medium.

A geothermal system moves an antifreeze solution through plastic tubing buried in the ground around your house. Some geothermal heaters use refrigerant passing through copper tubes instead—local conditions determine which type will work best. These tubes are looped through the ground and the refrigerant/antifreeze transfers the heat from the ground up into your home where it is released to give you a warmer temperature. During the summer, the heat pump can reverse direction, so heat is removed from your home and put down into the ground.

Although geothermal systems cost more to install than many other HVAC systems, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the savings they provide from their efficient operation will return their cost in 5 to 10 years—and they will last a significantly longer time than that if given the proper maintenance.

If you’re interested in installing one of these geothermal systems in Madisonville, TX, Ardon Maintenance is prepared to help. Our experts will determine if a geothermal heat pump will work for you and pick the best type, and then take care of the installation. Get started with the savings of a geothermal system and contact Ardon Maintenance today.

How to Keep Your Plumbing System Working Well

Friday, October 18th, 2013

“Out of sight, out of mind” – it’s human nature to ignore things we don’t see on a daily basis, and this is a reason people often allow their plumbing to develop problems. Your plumbing remains hidden from you, except during the few times you open a cabinet under a sink and notice the curved pipe underneath. (That curved pipe is called a p-trap, and performs an important job, as we’ll explain below.) But just because you don’t see your plumbing doesn’t mean it won’t cause trouble. We have some advice on how to keep the unseen plumbing of your home working well for you all year.

In Bedias, TX, the plumbing experts at Ardon Maintenance stand ready 24/7 to help your plumbing do its job.

Don’t pour fat, oil, or grease down a drain: We see this error too often. People assume that because grease, fat, and oil are liquids, they can slide down a kitchen sink drain without trouble. However, as these liquids cool, they congeal into thick, waxy solids that can plug up pipes. These clogs are among the toughest to remove.

Place drain covers in showers and bathroom sinks: This is where the p-trap becomes important. Hair and soap scum sluices down into the drains of showers and sinks; if too much enters, they will start to catch in the p-trap. If the hair and soap scum eventually turn into a clog, they will back up the drain. You can’t avoid hair and soap getting into shower and bathroom sinks, but if you have a covered drain instead of an open one, you can reduce the problem significantly.

Don’t ignore leaks of any size: If you spot water dripping from a pipe, even just a dribble, you can’t let it go or “repair” it with some duct tape and a pan underneath. Small leaks get into wood and drywall, which will quickly ruin them and promote mold and mildew growth. This eventually will lead to major structural damage. Leaks also grow if left unrepaired, and they often warn of other leaks springing up elsewhere—out of sight—because of increased water pressure. All of these problems require the assistance of a professional plumber to fix them.

The best way to keep your plumbing in good shape is to have a plumber inspect it when you notice unusual behavior. The trusty plunger and bottle of liquid cleaner may solve simple clogs, but anything that persists and doesn’t react to basic remedies needs an expert. Don’t break out your wrenches and store-bought drain snakes: get on the phone or the Internet and contact Ardon Maintenance for your plumbing service needs.

Reasons to Get Your Air Conditioning System Tuned-Up after Summer

Friday, October 11th, 2013

During a Texas summer, air conditioners across the state receive intense workouts. You probably had your AC running during most of the daylight hours when you were home, and probably during a few of the nighttime ones. Although you can still expect warm days throughout the rest of the year, you won’t rely on your air conditioning as much during the fall and winter.

But that doesn’t mean you should simply forget about your AC. Fall is an excellent time to schedule an AC maintenance visit from a skilled technician to give your AC a tune-up. Ardon Maintenance provides Midway, TX air conditioning maintenance that keeps our customers cool any time of the year when the heat swoops in.

Here are some reasons to contact us today for an air conditioning tune-up:

Reduce your system’s aging: Any machine that does as much work as an AC in Texas will start to wear down rapidly—unless it receives regular care and attention. Even though you can’t keep an air conditioner running in top form forever, you can add years onto its lifespan with an annual visit from a technician who will clean and replace important components so they don’t wear down too fast.

Prevent unexpected breakdowns: Hot days are still ahead, some of them very hot. After a full summer of work, your air conditioner might need repairs before it takes on a fall heat wave. During a tune-up, a technician will catch any problems that could lead to a complete breakdown and see what needs to be done about them. And an air conditioner running in top conditioning is in less danger of developing new troubles that could cause it to stop working right when you need it the most.

More convenient scheduling: The fall is the best time of the year to get professionals to do maintenance work on your air conditioner because you’ll have an easier time getting a convenient appointment. The two busiest times of the year for HVAC companies are summer and winter, when cooling and heating problems need urgent attention. With the summer gone, you’ll find you can get quick service that fits your own schedule.

At Ardon Maintenance, we recommend you get a tune-up on your AC at least once a year, and the fall is a great time to schedule a visit. Call us today or use our online form to sign up for regular maintenance on your Midway, TX air conditioning.

Tips to Get a Great Air Conditioning Installation

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

In Texas, an air conditioner isn’t merely a piece of equipment for temporary summer comfort. We need to have ACs working most of the year to keep us cool, even during the winter. We don’t just need air conditioners—we need air conditioners that are durable and efficient.

A vital part of getting great service from your AC is to get a great AC installation in the first place. How your air conditioning system gets placed in your home affects its lifetime of service. If its installation is done poorly with amateur workmanship, an air conditioner won’t even have much of a lifetime: parts will wear down, the components may require repairs within only a few years, and the whole system will overwork trying to compensate for the deficiencies in the installation.

So the first step you should take to get a great installation is to call a professional HVAC company with the experience necessary to get your Huntsville, TX air conditioning installation done right the first time. Make Ardon Maintenance your top choice when it comes to quality work.

A great air conditioning installation starts before a single hammer or drill comes out of a toolkit: an air conditioner must be sized so it will provide your home with the right amount of cooling without straining or short cycling. AC specialists will know all the factors to consider when sizing your system, many of which you probably haven’t even considered.

Along with sizing comes the selection of the right type of air conditioner to install: Will a heat pump work best? What about a ductless mini split? Or is now the time to go geothermal? It can be tricky to navigate the many options, but trust the professionals to narrow down the choices so you get the right system for your home.

When it’s time for the actual physical installation, if you have people with the right training and equipment, you can rest easy knowing your air conditioner is installed quickly and properly. As long as you get regular maintenance done on your new AC, it should give you years of efficient service with few repair requirements.

Please don’t try to install an air conditioner yourself, or trust an amateur to do it. This won’t save you money—in the long run the cost of repairs and the eventual premature replacement will outweigh the dollars you saved getting the job done cheaply. Ardon Maintenance is the company to call when you’re ready for air conditioning installation in Huntsville, TX. We’ll help keep you cool all year long.