Archive for January, 2014

What Steps Are Involved in Repairing a Boiler?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Repairing boilers is much different from repairs for a forced-air system like a furnace or heat pump. For starters, boilers generally need fewer repairs than other systems because they have a smaller number of mechanical moving parts. Those fewer mechanical parts also make repairs different, since many fixes involve water pipes and leak sealing.

Although boilers do have a simpler mechanical system than other heaters, it is still not a “do-it-yourself” project to fix one—especially if you have a gas-powered model. Here is a place where boiler repair is similar to furnace repair, since gas-powered boilers and furnaces have similar set-ups with pilot lights/igniters and burners, and neither should have non-professionals working on them when they malfunction because of the danger of carbon monoxide leaks.

You can count on Ardon Maintenance for providing 24-hour boiler repair service in Hunstville, making sure you have thorough and safe repairs for your boiler.

Steps you can expect with boiler repair

If the reason for the boiler malfunction isn’t yet understood, repair technicians will first check to see if the thermostat is working correctly. A broken thermostat is often behind boiler problems, and repair experts can usually fix this quickly.

After this, the technician will check on the burners and ignition for the boiler to see if they are lighting correctly and then narrow down possible sources of the problem. (For an electric furnace, the technician will check the electric flow to the heating elements.) If it appears the issues are with the burners or the ignition/pilot, the technician will shut off the gas supply and remove the burner unit to clean and/or repair it.

If the issue seems to stem from the boiler’s tank, the technician will usually flush it in order to perform necessary de-liming, or to eliminate sediment build-up at the bottom of the tank. If corrosion has started on the boiler, the technician will need to take off and replace the corroded components (such as the heat exchanger) before it spreads to the tank.

For leaking issues, the technician must track down the spots where the leaks have started and fix the weakened joints to seal up the water loss. This process will also involve finding out what has caused the leaks to start in the first place, which will probably lead to flushing the tank. (High water pressure from the tank is a common cause for leaks.)

Why professionals are so important

You’ll notice in the above description that, beyond thermostat checks, there is no set series of “steps” for boiler repair, because there are different possible sources of trouble within the system. Professionals need to discover what requires repair, then focus their work. Without training, it’s difficult to track down what repairs are actually necessary.

When you need work done on your boiler in Huntsville, TX, call Ardon Maintenance any time of the day or night for repairs done fast and accurately.

Don’t Break Down with Your Heater; Install a New One Instead

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Some strange and unusual weather has moved through Texas so far this winter, and we won’t know what to expect for the next two months… or three, for that matter. It’s time to take stock of the heater you have working in your house to protect you and your family from the cold. How old is your current system, and has it experienced a recent string of malfunctions, repair needs, efficiency drops, or an increase in the costs to run it?

If you answered “yes” to any of those, then it might be time to have a new heater installed—before your old one breaks down for good.

However, you want to be sure that new heating installation in Madisonville, TX is your best choice. Call the professionals at Ardon Maintenance today to learn about your home heating options. 

When to Replace

Before you get into the serious decision-making process, consider the age of your heating system. Different systems have different lifetime expectancies. For example, heat pumps in general last for fewer years than furnaces, and furnaces last fewer years than boilers. Check the manufacturer’s expected lifetime for your unit. If it has already exceeded it by a few years, then put replacement high up on your list of options. You’ve already gotten an bargain from a heater that has worked for that long, and it’s cheaper to find a higher-efficiency replacement before you start needing to pay for more and more repairs.

Analyze your heating bills for the last few years. If you notice a steady increase that isn’t from standard inflation on fuel costs, then your heater is likely losing its original energy efficiency. Look at how much more you are paying, and compare it to the cost of a replacement with a unit that has superior energy efficiency to your current heater even when it was new. Sometimes the benefit will leap right out at you.

Finally, consider your current heater’s repair needs. If you find that, in addition to annual maintenance, you also have to schedule repairs frequently, then your heater is coming to the end of its service. A new heating system will start saving you money immediately with its trouble-free performance.

Talk to a Contractor About Your Options

If it’s time to replace, take the opportunity to look into different heating systems and their benefits. Talk to our Madisonville, TX heating installation experts at Ardon Maintenance. They’ll help you decide if you should replace, and what you should replace it with.

3 Qualities to Look for When Hiring a Heating Repair Specialist

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

The Internet has made it easier for homeowners to find heating repair specialists when they need service. But having more choices means there are more chances you might end up with an inexperienced or even amateur repair technician. You need to find a way to narrow the field and find a contractor who can deliver you excellent heating repair services in Madisonville, TX.

Here are some qualities you should put on your list of criteria for heating repair technicians. You can trust to Ardon Maintenance to live up to your high standards when it comes to finding the repairs that will restore your heating power.

3 Signs of a great heating repair specialist

  • NATE certification: NATE stands for “North American Technical Excellence.” It is the only certification that has HVAC industry-wide recognition, and the rigorous testing required to achieve the certification assures that a technician has the training necessary to deliver the highest quality service to customers. Look for a heating repair specialist with NATE-certified technicians: it’s one of the most objective ways of determining skill.
  • 24-hour emergency service: Heaters in general do not break down at convenient times. This isn’t because of “Murphy’s Law” or bad luck; it’s because heating system have the most stress put on them during the coldest weather. Because you don’t want to sit shivering in your home late at night, waiting until business hours for service, pick a heating repair specialist who offers 24-hour emergency service, 7 days a week.
  • Both commercial and residential services: You may wonder why it’s helpful to look for a repair specialist who also does commercial work. Why would it matter, unless you owned a business as well? But heating contractors who do both residential and commercial work have a larger range of experience they bring to their jobs. A heating repair specialist who has worked on fixing large heat pumps and furnaces that warm up office spaces will have little trouble diagnosing and repairing a heater for a home with a family of four. The crossover of experience makes the repair specialists better at both their jobs.

Look to Ardon Maintenance for your repair needs

At Ardon Maintenance, we are proud to have a staff of NATE-certified technicians with the skill to handle the coziest of home comfort systems and the biggest of commercial heaters. We offer 24/7 emergency service so you’ll never have to worry about find heating repair in Madisonville, TX when you need it. Call us whenever your heater needs help.

Some of the Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater Include…

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Today you have a choice when it comes to residential water heaters: a standard tank storage system, or a tankless system. On the surface, a tankless system may sound a big strange and unlikely, and homeowners often turn away from this possibility to go with the familiarity of a storage system.

However, tankless water heaters do work—and work quite well. They have some tremendous benefits for homes. So before you make a choice for heating your water, please take a look at some of the advantages of a tankless water heater. Ardon Maintenance can install a tankless system for you, as well as offer the water heater repair in Huntsville, TX necessary to keep it working.

Tankless water heater benefits

  • Save space: This one probably already occurred to you. Without the need for a storage system, a tankless heater takes up very little space. They can even hang off walls, saving further floor space.
  • You won’t run out of hot water: This is the big advantage of going tankless. Unlike a storage system, which heats up a supply of water for use, a tankless system is “on-demand”: it heats up water whenever you need it. A storage system can run out of hot water; you won’t have that problem with a tankless water heater.
  • Energy efficiency: A storage water heater must keep up a constant supply of heat to maintain the temperature of the water in the tank so it’s ready for use. This eats up a tremendous amount of energy. A tankless system only applies heat to the water when it’s needed. How much less energy will you use if you go tankless? It can be up to 20% less—a significant yearly savings off your energy bill.
  • Long lifespan: Storage systems can suffer from corrosion over time and wear out quickly. On average, a tankless system lasts 5 to 10 years longer.
  • No flooding: Without a huge tank of water around, you’ll have no worries about flooding occurring in your house because of a ruptured tank.

If a tankless water heater now sounds like something you have to get, you should know there are some disadvantages (it can take longer for water to heat up; costlier initial installation) and not every household will receive all these benefits: it depends on how much water you use daily. Therefore, contact expert water heater installers, like the ones on staff at Ardon Maintenance, to look into the possibilities. With our knowledge of installation, maintenance, and water heater repair in Huntsville, TX, we’ll discover the best system to keep all your showers warm.