Posts Tagged ‘Bedias’

3 Things to Look for in a Commercial HVAC Service

Monday, March 21st, 2016

A comfortable environment is one of the foundations of good office space. It means your employees can do their jobs without distraction and helps customers feel at ease when they arrive. Bedias, TX and other nearby towns host their share of businesses and retail spaces, all of which need commercial HVAC systems as part of their operations. A good service can be your best friend on this front: providing timely repairs, installation, maintenance and replacement on your system just when you need it the most. Selecting such a partner to keep your commercial HVAC system running is very important, not only for you but for your business as well. Here are 3 things to look for in a commercial HVAC service. (more…)

What are the Steps Involved in Furnace Maintenance?

Monday, October 20th, 2014

If you own a furnace, one of the most important things you can do for it every year is schedule maintenance with a professional technician. It’s essential to do some tasks every once in a while to keep your unit in top shape, such as changing the furnace filter every one to three months. A dirty furnace filter blocks airflow to the unit, which means you may not feel as warm as you’d like and your system won’t run as efficiently as it could.

But only a technician can let you know if the components inside of your furnace are causing problems as well. You may not realize that a component of your system is failing, and may break down without warning if you do not replace it soon. Or, loose components may be costing you more on your energy bills every month. The following steps can keep your system in top shape when performed by a professional.

Cleaning Dirty Parts and Removing Debris

You know what a shelf looks like when you put off dusting for a couple of weeks, so imagine how much dust can accumulate over the course of a single year. If one of the key components of your furnace is covered with a layer of dirt, it can keep that part from running like it is supposed to, significantly interfering with the function of your entire unit. A dirty combustion chamber, for example, can mean big trouble for your unit, sometimes leading to corrosion.

Adjusting Key Components

Sometimes, minor parts may move out of place or become loose over time and your system may simply require a few adjustments to run like new. You could have a loose fan blade or screw, or your flue damper may need adjustment for maximum efficiency.

Full System Inspection

Finally, a full system inspection can give you peace of mind that your system is running just as it is supposed to. This includes testing the efficiency of your burner and checking for health risks such as holes in the exhaust flue and the gas line.

When you need furnace maintenance, call the trained heating technicians at Ardon Maintenance today to schedule furnace maintenance in Bedias.

What Causes Heat Pumps to Ice Up?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Heat pumps in Texas take on a heavy burden. They get used extensively throughout the spring, summer, and early fall providing cooling for homes. When winter comes in and the occasional cold snap strikes, they switch over to heating… but they’ll still need to jump back to cooling on some days even during the winter. A heat pump in Bedias, TX will probably run a good chunk of the year in one mode or another.

When repair problems develop, you need to act on them before you lose both functions of your heat pump. An issue you might encounter with heat pumps is icing that develops across the indoor or outdoor coils. Even when using the air conditioning function, ice on a heat pump is a warning sign and means you need to call for professional repair. Ardon Maintenance has NATE-certified technicians to help you restore your home comfort when your heat pump starts to ice up.

The reason for ice on a heat pump

Despite the logic of it, heat pumps do not ice up because they’ve been blowing out too much cold air. (Heat pumps don’t create cold, they remove heat.) The icing can occur in heating mode as well. The reason that icing begins is usually a drop in the refrigerant charge inside the heat pump.

Refrigerant is the chemical that allows for the heat exchange that makes a heat pump work. This chemical blend runs through copper or aluminum tubes in a closed circuit, and under normal use does not dissipate. The refrigerant’s charge (its level) is balanced for ideal operation. Should leaks occur along the lines or in the compressors, whether from damage or corrosion, the loss of refrigerant will cause ice to develop along the evaporator coil—which is either the indoor coil or outdoor coil depending on what mode the heat pump is in.

This might sound strange. Losing refrigerant creates ice? What happens is that the drop in refrigerant makes it more difficult for the evaporator coil to absorb a sufficient amount of heat to stop it from icing over. As the ice grows, it blocks off the coil and drops its absorption power even further: a fully iced-over coil cannot execute heat exchange, and the heat pump will no longer be able to perform its job.

Excessive dirt along the coils can also cause the ice to occur, since this restricts the heat absorption ability as well. Have a technician investigate to find out the root of the problem. Refrigerant leaks will need sealing and the correct amount and type of refrigerant blend used to recharge the system.

Don’t ignore the ice!

The moment you see ice developing on either set of coils in your heat pump, call professionals for repairs. Ardon Maintenance is ready 24-hours a day to rescue your heat pump in Bedias, TX!

How to Keep Your Plumbing System Working Well

Friday, October 18th, 2013

“Out of sight, out of mind” – it’s human nature to ignore things we don’t see on a daily basis, and this is a reason people often allow their plumbing to develop problems. Your plumbing remains hidden from you, except during the few times you open a cabinet under a sink and notice the curved pipe underneath. (That curved pipe is called a p-trap, and performs an important job, as we’ll explain below.) But just because you don’t see your plumbing doesn’t mean it won’t cause trouble. We have some advice on how to keep the unseen plumbing of your home working well for you all year.

In Bedias, TX, the plumbing experts at Ardon Maintenance stand ready 24/7 to help your plumbing do its job.

Don’t pour fat, oil, or grease down a drain: We see this error too often. People assume that because grease, fat, and oil are liquids, they can slide down a kitchen sink drain without trouble. However, as these liquids cool, they congeal into thick, waxy solids that can plug up pipes. These clogs are among the toughest to remove.

Place drain covers in showers and bathroom sinks: This is where the p-trap becomes important. Hair and soap scum sluices down into the drains of showers and sinks; if too much enters, they will start to catch in the p-trap. If the hair and soap scum eventually turn into a clog, they will back up the drain. You can’t avoid hair and soap getting into shower and bathroom sinks, but if you have a covered drain instead of an open one, you can reduce the problem significantly.

Don’t ignore leaks of any size: If you spot water dripping from a pipe, even just a dribble, you can’t let it go or “repair” it with some duct tape and a pan underneath. Small leaks get into wood and drywall, which will quickly ruin them and promote mold and mildew growth. This eventually will lead to major structural damage. Leaks also grow if left unrepaired, and they often warn of other leaks springing up elsewhere—out of sight—because of increased water pressure. All of these problems require the assistance of a professional plumber to fix them.

The best way to keep your plumbing in good shape is to have a plumber inspect it when you notice unusual behavior. The trusty plunger and bottle of liquid cleaner may solve simple clogs, but anything that persists and doesn’t react to basic remedies needs an expert. Don’t break out your wrenches and store-bought drain snakes: get on the phone or the Internet and contact Ardon Maintenance for your plumbing service needs.