Archive for January, 2015

When Does a Commercial Service Panel Need Replacement?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Having the correct amount of power for your business is critical to daily operation. Without it, your employees and/or business space won’t be able to function correctly or at all. The control point for all your commercial space’s power lay in the electrical service panel. The panel controls the amount of electricity that is dispersed to your commercial space. However, if the panel is no longer adequate, your business space may not be getting the power it needs – do you need to replace it? Here are some signs that it may be time to call the commercial electrical service experts at Ardon Maintenance:

  • Dimming/flickering lights – if you have constantly dimming and/or flickering lights in your business space, this can be an indication that too much power is being drawn on the electrical panel.
  • Age – if your business space has some age to it, your electrical panel may, too. This can be problematic for two reasons: first, the breakers and wiring may be dated and/or corroded, and second, the box may not be wired to carry the amperage you need for your commercial space.
  • Breakers are warm to the touch – a breaker that is warm to the touch is not a happy breaker; the heat indicates that the breaker is working too hard and as a result, is overheating. This can be a potentially dangerous situation and calls for attention immediately.
  • You’ve expanded your business’s space – new space needs to be powered, too, and your current electrical panel may not have the amount of power needed.
  • Faulty or malfunctioning breakers – if you have a number of breakers that are faulty or malfunctioning, it may be time to consider re-doing the whole box to ensure safety.
  • Too many repairs – if you have had to call for electrical repair for your panel too many times, it may be more cost-effective to replace it.

When the electricity in your business space isn’t dispersed at it needs to be, safety issues and operational issues come to the fore. Don’t compromise either with an outdated and/or malfunctioning electrical panel.

Call the commercial electric repair specialists at Ardon Maintenance and schedule an appointment for your Huntsville, TX, business.

How UV Lights Help to Purify the Air

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

You may tend to associate UV rays with tanning or the occasional sunburn, but UV rays can do much more than give your skin a painful bright red tint. UV light actually harms or kills small organic matter, which is why overexposure to the sun can lead to skin damage. But while short periods of time lounging in the sun’s rays won’t do much to affect you, it can kills and sterilize small organic matter that you don’t want in the air you breathe. That’s why many homeowners and business owners alike turn to UV air purifiers to help clear the air of organisms that could otherwise make people sick.

UV air purifiers are installed on the indoor air handler of your forced-air heating and AC system, a common breeding ground for bacteria and viruses and a source of mold development. Moisture is likely to develop at the indoor air handler. The components frequently heat up and cool down, and the indoor blower fan constantly blows potentially humid air over the air handler every day. Condensation can then collect at the indoor air handler, which creates an ideal condition for some microorganisms to thrive. UV air purifiers are positioned atop the air handler and can kill any microorganism that passes through or any that are already living in the system.

UV air purifiers are most important for people with allergies, asthma, or immune disorders. Bacteria and viruses can have a debilitating effect on those with compromised immune system, and mold spores can aggravate allergies, asthma, or other respiratory disorders. That’s why UV air handlers are so often employed in hospitals, to prevent illnesses from worsening and to protect hospital staff. UV air purifiers can even eliminate odors from cooking and pets from the air. In fact, they’re employed at sewage treatment plants so that plant workers don’t have to work in unpleasant conditions.

No matter what you use your UV air purifier for, it takes a professional to install this system and test it for proper operation. We have experience with many types of air purifiers in Walker County so you can get the filtration you need in your home.

To make sure that your new UV treatment system works as desired, trust the professionals at Ardon Maintenance.

When Is It Time for Pipe Replacement?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The plumbing in your home is mostly out of sight. While this makes things more aesthetically pleasing, it makes it difficult to see if your pipes are in need of repair or replacement. So how do you know if it’s time to replace old, worn out piping? Look for these kinds of signs:

Repetitive Leaks

Is a section of your plumbing constantly springing a new leak, or are you seeing multiple leaks from various areas? This can be an indication that your current piping is either corroded or was installed poorly. Leaks can cause multiple plumbing problems, including water damage to parts of your home, so if you are experiencing multiple leaks, it may be time to consider re-piping.

Discolored Water

There are a few things that can account for discolored water, such as rust in your water heater, but if you are seeing discolored water from both taps continually, there is likely rust in your piping. Once rust begins it doesn’t stop, so it is likely that you’ll have to replace that area of piping.

Lead Pipes

While many homes with lead piping have been remediated, there are still some homes that carry lead pipes. The problem with lead pipes is that lead can leach into the water; lead can be extremely harmful to humans, so it has to be completely removed and replaced with safe piping.

Visible Corrosion

If you are seeing any kind of corrosion on your pipes, be it flaking, rust, dimpling or stains, you need to replace that section of piping in order to stop the corrosive process.

Development of Mold

Mold needs moisture to develop and grow; if you are seeing excessive mold growth around piping or smelling it coming from your plumbing, it is very likely that a leak has developed. Depending on the severity of the leak, the pipe may be able to be repaired, but it also may need replacement.

Bad piping can lead to serious water damage, so if you are seeing any of the above-mentioned signs, call Ardon Maintenance and schedule an appointment for plumbing repair in Huntsville, TX.

Common Repairs a Boiler May Need

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Boilers have been a reliable fixture in homes for centuries, and the design of today’s boilers dates back nearly 150 years. And a number of improvements in manufacturing make modern boilers sturdier than ever, with a small likelihood of corrosion, leaks, and other major repair needs. In fact, some experts claim that boilers require fewer repairs than furnaces, the most common home heating system in the U.S., because they have few moving parts and rely on a natural system of heat distribution.

Boiler’s heat up water so that it can be pumped to an endpoint like a radiator, baseboard unit, or through a set of pipes underneath the floor. The convective and conductive heat that results moves into a room with ease. But even the best boilers can run into repair needs, many of which a trained technician can locate and repair fairly quickly. Any of the following problems may account for your particular heating repair need in Madisonville, TX.

  • Faulty Ignition System or Pilot: If the boiler stays hot via a standing pilot light, it may be the case that the pilot light has gone out and the gas valve has shut as a result. If your system uses electronic ignition, a safety control may have caused the ignition system to falter. In any case, it’s important for a technician to determine why the gas valve has shut before attempting to correct the issue.
  • Leaking: A boiler may leak in a few different places, such as from the expansion tank, a circulator pump, or a loose connection in the pipes. A technician will need to seal the leak or replace parts like circulator pumps, and may need to check for any signs of corrosion.
  • Loud Circulator Pumps: A boiler should not operate with much noise, so a noisy pipe is generally cause for alarm. A loud circulator pump may simply have too much air and will need to be purged with a special valve, though it could be the result of a loose bearing as well.

Call the heating and cooling experts at Ardon Maintenance today to schedule heating repair in Madisonville, TX, or to schedule maintenance in order to help protect your boiler from sudden problems.

What Can Go Wrong with an Amateur Furnace Installation

Monday, January 5th, 2015

A furnace is a complex piece of heating equipment, but many amateurs still feel up to the job of installing a new one. All too often, technicians arrive at the scene of a heating system breakdown only to hear the homeowner say, “My friend offered to install it for cheap.” Unfortunately, many homeowners search for a cheap way to have their heating systems installed. But this sometimes results in disaster, with heating systems breaking down much sooner than they’re meant to.

Heating installation is a job that should be left to professionals in the field only. That’s because heating installers have the training, experience, expertise, and the right tools to get the job done as quickly and accurately as possible. When you don’t work with experts for the job, there’s a lot that could go wrong.

For one, if every component of your heating system is not in top shape, exactly where it’s supposed to be, and securely mounted, it simply cannot perform as it’s supposed to. One loose screw can force your entire unit to work harder, every part attempting to make up for the one piece that’s not quite secure. This can significantly raise your heating bills, and as parts become worn down, you may find yourself replacing pieces of your heating system left and right.

Furthermore, amateur heating installation can be unsafe. Furnaces have many safety controls and features that help protect you from any potential fire hazards or health threats from gas leaks. These are connected to a main control board which is powered by electricity in order to shut off the gas valve in case there is a problem. If your flame sensor cannot properly sense when there is no flame present, it cannot activate the safety features that communicate with the furnace to quit running.

Another potential safety hazard is improper ventilation. If you don’t already have the proper size and direction of venting system in your home, you’ll need to upgrade so that the system can get dangerous combustion gases out of your home quickly. When you don’t use the proper shape and size of venting pipe, the safety controls in your system will likely shut off the system before the heating cycle is complete, and you’ll need a technician to repair the damage.

If you don’t call a heating professional for installation, you’ll likely have to end up calling one soon enough for premature repairs or replacement. Choose an installer who will take the time to ensure everything is done right. Call Ardon Maintenance to schedule heating installation in Madisonville, TX today!

The History of “Auld Lang Syne”

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

There are numerous different traditional songs associated with Christmas—but there is only one song that comes to mind immediately when people think of New Year’s Eve: “Auld Lang Syne.” It is hard to find a New Year’s Eve party where people won’t leap into singing “Should old acquaintance be forgot…” as the first stroke of midnight sounds. This tradition encompasses the globe, with almost every culture that celebrates New Year’s on January 1st breaking into song with the same set of lyrics.

Where did this song come from? And what do the words “auld lang syne” actually mean? The best place to ask these questions is Scotland. The Official Gateway to Scotland website calls the song “one of Scotland’s gifts to the world, recalling the love and kindness of days gone by, but in the communion of taking our neighbor’s hands, it also gives us a sense of belonging and fellowship to take us into the future.”

The melody of the piece originates from Lowland Scots folk song tradition. It was legendary Scottish Romantic poet Robert Burns (1759–1796) who created the words we know today, however. During the later years of his life, Burns dedicated much of his work to collecting Scottish folk tunes and giving them new life. The first mention Burns makes of “Auld Lang Syne” is in 1788, when he calls the song “a glorious fragment.” Burns wrote new lyrics to the old melody, and used the words “auld lang syne,” which is Scottish for “old long since,” and which can be translated into standard English as “long, long ago” or “days gone by.” The phrase was already known in earlier Scottish poems and folk songs, and appears to be the equivalent of “Once upon a time…” for Scots fairy tales.

Soon after Burns introduced the song to the public, it spread across Scotland as a New Year’s custom, and then to the rest of Great Britain. Scottish immigrants took the song with them as they moved across the globe, and by the middle of the 19th century it was a holiday tradition throughout the English-speaking world. By the close of the 20th century, it was a global phenomenon to ring in the New Year.

We imagine that you’ll end up singing or hearing “Auld Lang Syne” at some point this New Year’s (maybe you’ve already heard it while watching It’s a Wonderful Life).

All of us at Ardon Maintenance would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy coming year in the tradition of the song.