Archive for July, 2014

How is Heat Pump Maintenance Different from AC Maintenance?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Heat pumps are an efficient source of both cooling and heating here in Huntsville. But efficiency goes down year after year if your system is not properly maintained. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat pumps that are properly maintained are about 10-25% more efficient than those that receive little to no maintenance. Maintaining your heat pump is the best way to reduce the need for repairs and restore performance and efficiency to your system.

Heat pumps work a little differently than conventional air conditioners, but, in general, heat pump maintenance does not differ much from conventional AC maintenance. The same basic steps apply; an AC technician inspects your system, cleans components, and adds lubrication and refrigerant if necessary. However, when you need heat pump maintenance, you should call someone familiar with heat pumps to ensure that no component is overlooked.

There are a few things you can do on your own to maintain your system. Keep your outdoor unit free of nearby clutter or large plants in order to avoid problems caused by dirt and debris. Change or clean the air filter about once a month, as dirty filters reduce airflow, causing your indoor coil to freeze. Finally, schedule repairs whenever they are needed to prevent wear and tear, and call for professional maintenance at least once a year.

During professional heat pump maintenance, the technician will clean the components of your system, such as the indoor and outdoor coils. These coils are responsible for heat exchange, so dirt may slow down the performance of your AC and reduce efficiency. The technician also checks the motors in case any require lubrication. Finally, refrigerant levels may be adjusted, if necessary, and any leaks will be brought to your attention.

The inspection process may differ slightly from conventional AC maintenance. A technician checks all components of your system so that you can schedule any repairs your system may need. To properly maintain your heat pump, however, the technician must be familiar with the reversal valve, to make sure this component is functioning properly and that your AC can change to heating mode with ease.

For heat pump maintenance by trained and certified professionals in Huntsville, call the team at Ardon Maintenance today!

When Should I Schedule Commercial HVAC Maintenance in Madisonville?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The reliability of any HVAC system that must work on a regular basis—whether installed in a small two-bedroom house or for a sprawling 15-story office building—depends heavily on it receiving routine maintenance. Regular inspections and tune-ups are essential for an HVAC system to work at its most efficient and without excess strain placed on its components that might lead to unnecessary repair work and early replacement.

The heating and cooling system that maintains the comfortable work environment at your company should have regular commercial HVAC maintenance in Madisonville, TX from a dependable company like Ardon Maintenance. Contact our staff today to arrange for maintenance services that will save you money and prevent unpleasant surprises during the summers and winters because of sudden system breakdowns.

When is HVAC maintenance necessary?

You need to have maintenance visits for your commercial HVAC system twice a year. The first will see to your air conditioning needs in preparation for summer, and the second will take care of the heating system to prepare for winter. In general, early spring and early fall are the ideal times for these maintenance visits.

However, if you have missed a maintenance session for one of the seasons, do not skip it and wait for next year! It’s never too late to schedule the work. If you let your cooling or heating system go without maintenance for a year, it will lose on average 5% of its efficiency each year. Considering how much you will use the system and the cooling/heating capacity it must supply, a 5% drop in efficiency can cause a severe increase in your bills. The chance of an expensive malfunction also goes up.

Any time that you notice an increase in your heating and cooling bills, check to see if you have had your regular maintenance done on time. Call in for technicians to take care of the job if you haven’t, and you may be able to avoid larger repair needs. (If you have kept up with maintenance, call for repairs.) If you sign up for a maintenance program, you will receive reminders during the year that your company’s system is due for its regular inspection and tune-up, so you should have no problem keeping up with a regular schedule.

Ardon Maintenance has a team of NATE-certified technicians with extensive experience on commercial air conditioners and heaters.

Call us today to arrange for the necessary commercial HVAC maintenance in Madisonville, TX to safeguard your workplace from energy waste and comfort loss.

Stages of Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Air conditioning maintenance is an important process for any homeowner in Madison County. If you go into every cooling season hoping that your air conditioner will last, you’re missing out on an important opportunity to have your system inspected and maintained for increased performance and efficiency. Summer is a brutal time for air conditioning systems to break down suddenly, but regular maintenance reduces the chances that your system will fail without warning. Furthermore, air conditioners usually lose some energy efficiency, but maintenance can help restore some of the efficiency lost over time.

So how is this possible? Air conditioning maintenance is usually divided into 3 simple steps: cleaning your system, making any necessary adjustments, and inspecting your system for damages. We describe this process below.

Cleaning

One of the most common reasons for air conditioning repair is the buildup of dirt and other debris. A dirty evaporator coil, for example, can block airflow into your home, resulting in limited cooling power. While you can clean or replace the air filter on your own, a professional maintenance technician will clean the evaporator and condenser coils and any other parts that may become damaged due to excessive dirt and debris.

Adjustments

Some of the components of your air conditioning system require adjustments in order to run smoothly. An air conditioning technician can lubricate the motors and recharge the refrigerant if your levels are too low. The specialist may also adjust loose or bent parts, such as the fins of the condenser unit, if applicable.

Inspection

One of the most valuable services provided by air conditioning maintenance is peace of mind. If there is a damaged component within your AC system, you may never know about it until it’s too late. An air conditioning specialist can perform a thorough inspection of your system during maintenance and let you know whether something needs repairs. This reduces the likelihood of unexpected repairs later on.

At Ardon Maintenance, we provide air conditioning maintenance in Madison County. Don’t wait until you need emergency repairs to have a technician inspect your system. Call us today!

How Commercial Electrical Repairs Differ from Residential Electrical Repairs

Monday, July 7th, 2014

If your company has issues with power loss, surges, failed outlets, or circuit breakers that continually trip, you must call for repairs from a licensed electrician with extensive experience in commercial electrical repair in Madisonville, TX. It is crucial that the electrician has a commercial background, since there are a number of vital differences between residential and commercial electrical repairs.

At Ardon Maintenance, we hold our technicians to the highest standards of service and make sure they remain on the cutting edge of technological development.

Ardon Maintenance technicians are fully qualified and certified to handle your commercial repairs, and you can call upon them 24 hours a day for emergency work. Call us today!

Here are some of the ways that electrical repairs are different from the ones done for homes:

Keeping a commercial building “up to code”

Perhaps the most crucial difference with electrical repairs for a business when compared to residential repairs is the necessity of keeping the business within “code.” The National Electrical Code is a voluntary set of safety guidelines for electrical systems; any state, city, or municipality can choose to adopt the code in whole or part and make adjustments to it. Professional commercial electricians will be familiar with the local code restrictions and how to keep buildings within them. Although homes must also remain within the code, the danger to a business of a forcible shutdown due to code violations is a serious concern, and electrical repair technicians will make staying within the code a vital part of their job.

Three-phase power

Commercial buildings use three-phase power from the municipal system, which is different from single-phase that homes use. Single-phase power uses two 120-volt legs and a neutral wire. In commercial buildings, they use two 120-volt legs, a 208-bolt wild leg, and a neutral wire. The reason for this is to power larger appliances, which will only run smoothly and efficiently using three-phase power. Commercial electricians know how to repair issues from three-phase power.

Specialized wires

The types of wires used in commercial buildings varies considerably compared to those in residential. A common kind of wire used in commercial buildings that is uncommon in houses is THHN wiring: thermoplastic, high heat-resistant nylon coated. Commercial wiring also has special insulation designs to tolerate exposure to gases, volatile substances, and liquids. Many wires in commercial buildings run in exposed areas and are protected with a conduit. Commercial repair workers must know how to deal with the different wires and know the right type of wire to replace when necessary.

The qualified team for commercial electrical repair in Madisonville, TX is ready to assist you whatever issues need fast repair for your company. You can reach us any time of the day or night. Call us if your business is in need of commercial repair.

Denmark Also Celebrates the Fourth of July

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Maybe an elementary school teacher tried to trip you up with this test question: “Do other countries have a Fourth of July?” If the teacher had phrased the question as, “Do other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?” you would be less likely to slip up and answer “no.”

Except… and your teacher probably didn’t know this at the time… there is another country that celebrates the Fourth of July. They don’t celebrate a holiday that happens to fall on July 4 (there are quite a few of those spread across the globe), but the actually celebrate U.S. Independence Day.

That country is—Denmark.

Every July 4, in the Rebild Region in the north of Denmark, thousands of people gather in Rebild National Park to hold the largest Fourth of July celebration outside the U.S.A., an events known as Rebildfesten. This tradition has continued for over a hundred years now, starting in 1912. The origins of this unusual celebration is that in 1911 a ground of Danish Americans purchased the 140 acres of the parkland between the woods in Rold and the Lindenborg stream. The next year, they deeded the land to the Danish King and people of the country as a memorial to Danish Americans, under the condition that the place remain undeveloped, open to the public, and used to celebrate U.S. holidays. Today, the park also hosts a museum on the history of Danish immigrants to the U.S., housed inside a log cabin.

This display of solidarity with the U.S. is because of the country’s warm welcome of 300,000 Danish settlers who were among the earliest to migrate across the seas. The celebration continues as sign of the long friendship between the two nations.

Since its inception, the celebration has hosted famous speakers such as the members of the Danish royal family (the queen and princess both attended for the 100th anniversary), Walt Disney, Keith Carradine, and Richard Chamberlain. The festivities actually start two days earlier, but on the fourth is when the major parade is held (which marches over 3 miles from the train station) and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra performs a selections of music from both countries.

Although we doubt you will be celebrating your Fourth of July in Denmark this year, we at Ardon Maintenance hope you have a fantastic Independence Day.