Archive for April, 2014

Repairs for Ductless Mini Split Systems

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Ductless mini split systems are, at their core, heat pumps that do not need standard ducts to distribute conditioned air through a home. Instead of using a single indoor unit connected to a ventilation system, a ductless mini split uses multiple smaller blower units mounted in different parts of a house to send the cooled or heated air directly into rooms.

Ductless systems can require similar repairs that standard heat pumps need: sealing refrigerant leaks, replacing motors, cleaning coils, swapping out broken reversing valves. There are a few specific repairs for ductless systems, however, and we’ll examine some of them here.

For the heating and air conditioning repair in Madisonville, TX that will keep your ductless mini split heat pump working, call on the experienced technicians of Ardon Maintenance. We have 24-hour emergency service for your convenience.

Some ductless system repairs

  • Repairing broken blower unit fans: The blowers around a house contain smaller fans than those in a central heat pump. The loss of a single fan will not cause you to lose all the heating and cooling in your house, only in a specific zone. Technicians will need to determine if the blower fan is damaged or if its motor needs replacement.
  • Fixing condensate leaks: Each blower unit has a condensate line that runs through the back of the wall and outside to the outdoor unit. If leaks occur along the line or inside the blower unit, water will start to gather between the unit and the wall where it is mounted. This will cause warping and weakening to drywall, which may eventually cause the blower unit to fall off its mounting. If you notice water dripping from a blower, or see discoloration around the unit and warped wallpaper, call for repairs immediately.
  • Recharging refrigerant: This is a repair problem that affects central heat pumps as well, but with ductless mini splits there are more opportunities for leaking to occur because there are multiple refrigerant lines running from the blowers to the outside cabinet. If the copper lines outside sustain damage, refrigerant loss will result in a drop in cooling power, icing along the coils, and possibly injury to the compressor. Professional repair technicians will find the leaks, seal them, and recharge the lost refrigerant.

Heat pumps of any type are complex machines that require special training to repair and maintain. Ductless systems add an extra layer of complexity with their blower units and multiple connections. Don’t attempt to make any repairs on your own when trouble starts with a ductless mini split. Instead, call up a skilled technician for the work necessary.

We also handle the maintenance necessary to ward off problems in the future. Call us today to learn more.

Ardon Maintenance has NATE-certified technicians on staff who can deliver top quality heating and air conditioning repair in Madisonville, TX for your ductless system.

What Does Plumbing Maintenance Involve?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

When we think of the plumbing in our homes, we usually imagine durable metal pipes that rarely suffer from any serious problems. Yes, leaks will occur, but they’re rare and it only takes one call to a plumber to fix them. Sometimes clogs occur in drains, but there’s nothing much that can be done to prevent those, right?

Wrong! Your plumbing needs special care or it will develop troubles such as leaks, high water pressure, persistent clogging, and damage to appliances such as the water heater and the dishwasher. (By the way, you can take steps to help prevent clogs.) Even if you aren’t noticing any problems with your plumbing, you still need to schedule annual maintenance on it to make sure it stays in excellent shape and to catch any hidden issues that may be developing.

Call Ardon Maintenance today and talk to us about our services for plumbing maintenance in Huntsville, TX.

What to Expect During a Plumbing Maintenance Visit

  • Checking for leaks: The majority of leaks that occur in home plumbing start in places out of the sight of the homeowner. Even the smallest leaks, such as pinhole leaks, will enlarge into major problems that can eat through drywall, warp wood flooring, and encourage mold and mildew growth. The amount of water waste will also be considerable, adding to your bills. During maintenance, a plumber will search for leaking issues you may not have noticed yet and stop them.
  • Examining drainpipes for cleaning issues: It’s important to have the drains in your home cleaned regularly to prevent build-up of organic material, hair, and soap-scum that can start to close off the drains, leading to spikes in water pressure and increases in clogging and slow drainage. Maintenance will make sure your drains are in good condition and not prone to blockage.
  • Detecting pipe corrosion: Corrosion is a problem for both old steel pipes and newer copper ones. Galvanized steel pipes will corrode given enough time, and regular maintenance will pinpoint where the pipes need replacement. But copper pipes can suffer from a particular type of corrosion, pitting corrosion, that will lead to insidious pinhole leaks. Maintenance plumbers will keep a sharp look out for the development of pitting corrosion.

There is even more involved in plumbing maintenance than this; plumbers use a lengthy checklist to make sure they inspect all parts of your plumbing that could require repairs. With a trustworthy and experienced plumber handling your plumbing maintenance, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your home’s pipes and fixtures are in the best shape possible.

If you think your plumbing is in need of an inspection call Ardon Maintenance today to schedule the plumbing maintenance in Huntsville, TX your home needs.

Plumbing Upgrades for Your Bathroom Remodel

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

A bathroom remodel can be about more than creating a more pleasant and modern-looking space. During a bathroom re-design, you can have updates done for your plumbing that will save you money, give you more design options, and make your plumbing more water-efficient. Many of these upgrades are ones you may not have even thought about: we’ll list some here for you to consider.

Ardon Maintenance offers a wide variety of plumbing services that will come in handy for your remodeling job. (We can take care of helping your kitchen remodel as well.)

For all the plumbing needs to enhance bathroom remodels in Madisonville, TX, look to the trusted name of Ardon Maintenance. Call us today to schedule a consultation. 

Consider these upgrades during a bathroom remodel

  • Pipe replacement: A bathroom remodeling job will expose most of the pipes that are otherwise hidden. This is an ideal time to have any older pipes removed and replaced with new ones. This is something you should definitely have done if your bathroom still has old galvanized steel pipes. Steel corrodes over time, and replacing steel pipes with copper or plastic piping will give your plumbing a longer lifespan. Repiping also allows the remodelers greater freedom to design the bathroom, especially with the flexibility of plastic pipes replacing rigid steel or copper pipes.
  • Low-flow fixtures: This is your chance to have a more efficient bathroom and save money on your water bills. Plumbers can replace faucets and showerheads with low-flow models that cut back on water usage without sacrificing convenience and comfort. New low-flow faucets can use up to 40% less water than the old models. You can also have a low flow toilet installed for a completely efficient bathroom.
  • Upgrade the water heater: Nowhere else in the house do you depend on hot water for comfort more than in the bathroom: cold showers are a miserable experience! If you have excellent plumbers working on your remodel, take this time to have them replace your older water heater with a newer, more durable and efficient model. You may want to switch from gas to electric (or vice versa), or try a tankless model. Ask your plumbers about the best options to fit your new bathroom.

Your plumber will have many other suggestions for specific ways to upgrade your bathroom’s plumbing. Contact our plumbers with expertise in bathroom remodels in Madisonville, TX to learn more about how to make this update to your bathroom a success in all ways. Ardon Maintenance is here to make sure you receive the most you can from your bathroom remodel.

Common Repair Issues with Geothermal Systems

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Geothermal systems use the constant temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home for you. Once you get down below six feet or so, the earth’s temperature is unaffected by the weather outside. Tubes can be run on that level, pumping a mixture of water and antifreeze through that facilitate a heat exchange with the surrounding ground. The result is cheap and efficient heating and air conditioning for use in your home. Geothermal systems in Madisonville TX make a good fit, both because of our fluctuating climate and for the propensity of large property space that the technology needs. But like anything else, common repair issues with geothermal systems can crop up from time to time. When they do, you need to know how to combat them.

If you’re looking to install a geothermal system in Madisonville TX, pick up the phone and give the professionals at Ardon Maintenance a call today.

The good news is that in most cases, the issues stem from the pump and other above-ground systems designed to process and distribute the energy pulled from the earth. Such issues can include anything from the fan or fan motor to a blocked line interfering with the process. Such issues are often be very similar to those experienced by more traditional heating and cooling systems, which means a qualified technician can usually correct it simply by making a service call.

A bigger problem occurs when the tubes themselves spring a leak or suffer from similar problem. A problem like that can disrupt the entire heating process. More importantly, it requires a significant undertaking to correct, since the technician must first unearth the faulty component, and then bury it again once the problem is corrected. As you can imagine, that can take quite an effort.

The good news is that problems with the tubes are among the less common repair issues with geothermal systems, since the ground protects them from damage and they rarely suffer from high pressure or similar concerns.  At Ardon Maintenance we have the skills and experience to do the job right, and can explain all of the ins and outs before you make a decision. Give us a call today!