Archive for August, 2014

Reasons to Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Your home’s plumbing system is responsible for providing water and drainage for the tasks you do every day. Think about everything you do around the home that requires a working plumbing system. Drinking water, bathing, doing laundry, cleaning the floors, and cooking are only a few of the tasks that require running water and a working set of drains. So if something goes wrong with your plumbing, you may be unable to complete the tasks that get you through the day.

This alone should be reason enough to schedule regular plumbing maintenance for your home. Maintaining your plumbing helps prevent the need for sudden repairs and keeps your mind at ease knowing everything is running as it should. Still not convinced? Here are some of the ways plumbing maintenance helps homeowners in Normange.

  • Catch Water Leaks: Sometimes, you can see pools of water build up under sinks or near appliances that indicate a water leak in the pipes. However, sometimes water leaks are less evident if the problem is small or if there is a leak in a hidden location. With maintenance, leaks are caught before they damage your home.
  • Reduce Clogs: Many homeowners have dealt with the unpleasantness of the occasional clogged drain. And while some problems may be removed with a plunger, there may still be a buildup within the drain system that could seriously damage your pipes.
  • Get Better Water Pressure: Excessive buildup in the pipes not only causes clogs and pipe damage, it may also reduce the water pressure to your home. And maintaining water pressure is important when you need a hot shower or clean dishes. A maintenance visit may actually improve the water pressure throughout your home.
  • Maintain Your Appliances: When you have plumbing problems, major fixtures such as the dishwasher or washing machine may be affected. Maintenance can help you get a longer lifespan from your most expensive appliances.
  • Lower Bills: Leaks and other plumbing problems may lead to high water bills. During maintenance, your plumber may also tell you about products that may help you save even more water.

Now is the time to schedule maintenance with a certified plumber. Call Ardon Maintenance today for thorough and professional plumbing maintenance in Normange!

How Ductless Cooling Systems Are Professionally Installed

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Ductless cooling systems, often called ductless mini splits, are increasing in popularity in homes across the U.S., especially when it comes to new house construction. However, they are still relatively new in the residential sector, so some homeowners are curious about how ductless cooling works and what goes into its installation.

In some ways, ductless systems are easier to install than central cooling and heating systems that use ductwork. Trying to fit a home for a ventilation system that doesn’t already have one is a time-consuming task. But a ductless system only requires placing blower units in different rooms and then hooking them up to an outdoor cabinet. We’ll go into more detail about how this installation process works.

To find out all you need to know about ductless cooling in Riverside, TX and how it can work for you, call Ardon Maintenance today and speak to our AC and heat pump experts. We offer ductless installation, repairs, and maintenance throughout the Madisonville and Huntsville areas.

Installing a ductless mini split

The term “mini split” describes the basic set-up of ductless cooling: instead of using a standard split system for an air conditioner or heat pump, with one indoor and one outdoor cabinet connected to each other, a ductless mini split has one outdoor unit and a series of “mini” indoor units, blowers with their own coils and fans. These blowers direct the cooled air straight into the rooms without using ducts.

Installation starts with the technicians locating the right spot for the outdoor unit. They look for a location that won’t have obstructions blocking the coil from releasing heat and where it won’t cause disruptive sounds for the people indoors. The installers secure the outdoor cabinet, then connect it to the home’s electrical system.

The next stage is to mount the blowers inside the house. The installers will already have determined from previous visits to your home during planning sessions how many blowers are necessary for an even spread of cooling and where they should be placed. To save space and reduce obstructions, the installers mount the blowers on the walls, often over doors. They drill holes through the walls to the outside and run copper tubes for refrigerant lines, condensate lines, and a power line through the holes and out to the outdoor unit.

Once this standard set-up is complete, the technicians check that the blower units are secure and there is no space for condensate leaking behind them. They then perform tests on the gauges, the couplings, and the vacuum lines to make sure the system works as it should.

We’ve simplified the above process for clarity, but please understand that the installation of a ductless mini split is a complex process that requires precision in order for the system to work correctly.

Contact Ardon Maintenance when you want ductless cooling in Riverside, TX. We are glad to assist you with finding the best comfort solution for your home.

Signs That You Need Commercial Refrigeration Repair

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

When your business depends on commercial refrigeration, even a lesser issue with the equipment can turn into a major hassle that can negatively affect business. Malfunctioning equipment can mean spoiled food, running out of ice, melted deserts, and other problems that can seriously impair daily operations.

Commercial refrigeration repair requires specialists: the size and extent of equipment in a restaurant, bar, bakery, or cafeteria is beyond the abilities of amateur repairs or technicians who only work with residential refrigerators. Call up repair technicians who specialize in serving the needs of businesses.

Ardon Maintenance provides excellent commercial refrigeration repair in Madisonville, TX that will take care of getting your company’s cooling power back on track. Call us today!

Warnings signs that you need commercial refrigeration repair

  • Sweating refrigerator: “Sweating” is a condition where moisture begins to form on the outside or a refrigerator, usually on the door. This is condensation that occurs usually because of an improperly closing door or damage to the sealing or the gaskets. The sweating on the outside is an indicator that excess moisture is entering the refrigerator and will begin to affect its ability to defrost; the inside will also gain heat, leading to improper cooling of the contents. Professionals will find where the moisture and heat are entering the refrigerator and how to best stop it.
  • Frost buildup inside refrigeration unit: Modern commercial refrigeration equipment is frost-free, and any indication that frost is beginning to develop inside means that something is wrong. It could be poor door closing or sealing (see above) but it often comes from a failure within the defrost system—this is especially likely if you notice the frost developing along the back wall of the refrigerator unit.
  • Unusual noises from the unit: The heart of any refrigeration equipment is the compressor that circulates the refrigerant necessary to remove heat from the interior of the unit. A malfunctioning compressor will endanger the operation of the refrigeration equipment, and if it fails could require replacement of the whole unit. When compressors encounter problems, they will often start to make loud noises that disrupt the usual quiet hum of the system. Odd noises could also mean issues with the exhaust fan, which will cause a temperature increase should it fail. Call for repair technicians to trace the source of the noise and fix it before the problem becomes worse.

Ardon Maintenance offers commercial refrigeration repair for Madisonville, TX any time of the day or night. We understand that your business and customers are important to you, and we will treat your establishment with respect while providing you with high-quality repair services.

Important Air Conditioning Components: The Compressor

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

There are 3 key components in your air conditioner: the condenser, the evaporator and the compressor. Each of these components plays an important role in the operation of your system, and when one malfunctions, it affects your whole air conditioning system in Midway. Compressors are complex, so it’s important to always use a trained professional, like the ones at Ardon Maintenance, to repair your compressor.

What Is the Compressor?

The compressor is a cylindrical component that pressurizes the refrigerant in your system. It is housed in the outdoor unit and has its own motor. Refrigerant flows into the compressor from the indoor evaporator unit where it changes from a cool, low-pressure gas to a hot, high-pressure one. This is an important part of the heat release/cooling process your air conditioner does in order to cool your home.

Common Repair Issues with Compressors

There are some common issues that technicians see with compressors:

Motor issues – the compressor motor can overheat, overload or, in the case of a refrigerant leak, take in liquid refrigerant, which it isn’t able to process. Other things, like windings, can burn or disconnect, causing the motor to malfunction or not run at all. The motor of your compressor is a complex piece of mechanical equipment, so it’s best to have a professional repair it.

Electrical problems – the wiring in your compressor can erode, fray or disconnect. When this happens, the compressor can have a hard time starting up, known as hard-starting, or not run at all. Like the motor, the wiring inside your compressor can be complex and is best left to a trained professional.

Issues with refrigerant – the refrigerant in your system has to be at an exact level in order for your system to work properly, and the same is true for your compressor. Refrigerant levels don’t change in your system unless there’s a leak. Your compressor is made to pressurize a specific amount of refrigerant with each cycle, and if that level is low, it can cause the compressor to malfunction.

Call an Expert When It Comes to Your Compressor

Your compressor plays a key role in your air conditioning system in Midway and, as such, shouldn’t be handled by someone who isn’t professionally trained.

If you think you may be experiencing problems with your air conditioner’s compressor, call Ardon Maintenance today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.