Posts Tagged ‘Madisonville’

Fight Allergies this Spring with a UV Air Purifier

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Spring is on its way here in Madisonville, TX, and with it comes the inevitable onslaught of pollen and other biological contaminants to invade your home. If you suffer from allergies or someone in your family does, you know how distressing this time of year can be. Any steps you can take to make the air in your home cleaner and safer are steps well worth taking. A UV air purifier, which shines an ultraviolet light across the apex of your cooling ducts and forces air to pass through it when you run your heater or air conditioning, is an ideal way to fight allergies this spring. We’ve provided a quick breakdown on how it works. (more…)

Why Is My Furnace Making a Strange Noise?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

We can’t all be furnace experts, but it doesn’t take an expert to spot the signs that something’s wrong with yours. Furthermore, now is the time to keep an extra close eye on your furnace, since we’re reaching the end of heating season here in Madisonville, TX. That’s usually the time when trouble arises, since your heater has likely been running most days since winter began. The easiest way to spot signs that something’s wrong is to listen for a strange noise coming from your furnace: anything out of the ordinary suggests a problem that needs fixing. The minute you hear such a noise, shut off your heater and summon a repair service. (more…)

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!

Hidden Problems You May Have in Your Plumbing System

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

So you don’t give your plumbing system much thought on a daily basis, but who would want to? Modern plumbing systems are designed so that we don’t have to worry about the water and sewage that flows through them, as pipes are hidden behind walls and underneath the property. Your fixtures are setup in such a way that they require minimal attention and care, but unfortunately all of these modern conveniences means it’s difficult to tell when something goes wrong with your plumbing.

We all know that an unexpected plumbing issue can turn into a disaster, causing water or sewage to flood onto your property. That’s why many companies offer preventive plumbing maintenance to give homeowners some peace of mind. Plumbing maintenance involves a thorough inspection, some cleaning, and an adjustment of the most important parts of your plumbing system, including the smaller parts like the garbage disposal and water heater. Here’s what may go wrong without an occasional tune up.

  • Leaky Pipes: You may have spotted a leak once before when water pooled underneath the sink or when your water pressure was significantly reduced. But a leak can remain fairly hidden, and most homeowners don’t notice there is a problem right away. A hidden leak may not cause much of an effect in your shower, but it could be leaking several gallons of water a day, costing you extra on your utilities, or else a sewage leak underneath your property may pose a health threat.
  • Impending Drain Clogs: Don’t wait until a drain has slowed or is stopped completely before scheduling service. With maintenance, a technician may notice a problem with your garbage disposal or buildup in the pipes that could lead to a clog later on.
  • Corroding Water Heater: Your water heater contains a component called an anode rod which attracts rust so that the water heater will not corrode. When this rod becomes rusted through it needs replacement or else rust can accumulate in the tank instead, which will lead to the need for replacement.

Protect your pipes, your property, and even your garbage disposal, by calling Ardon Maintenance today for professional plumbing maintenance in Madisonville, TX.

Common Problems Found During Plumbing Maintenance

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Plumbing repairs can be quite a hassle, but you can protect your system by calling a professional for plumbing maintenance today. The best way to make sure your pipes, garbage disposal, and water heater continue to work the best that they can is by scheduling this service once a year. Here at Ardon Maintenance, we’ve found that many homeowners are unaware of problems in their plumbing systems until they schedule maintenance. Here are some of the most common problems we find.

  • Leaks: Plumbing leaks can drive up your water bill, and they may indicate serious problems in your pipes. While leaks may affect your water pressure or cause water spots around the home, homeowners are sometimes unable to spot the signs of leaks before it’s too late. And leaks around the home may attract mold and mildew, leading to health problems. A trained plumber can find and seal leaks, and determine the cause in order to prevent your pipes from leaking in the future.
  • Mineral Buildup: Another common issue which homeowners may be unaware of is mineral deposits in the pipes. Mineral deposits result from a problem with hard water. If your water supply contains too many minerals like calcium and magnesium, it may cause problems with the pipes in your home. Deposits build along the insides of pipes, reducing the water pressure, and eventually the pipes may need replacement. A plumber can let you know whether this is a potential problem for your home during a maintenance visit.
  • Corrosion: Another serious problem that may be caught during maintenance is corrosion. The technician may notice corrosion in your water heater or in your pipes. In either case, it may mean that it’s time for replacement. While it may be alarming to discover that you need a new water heater or new pipes, finding out early is better than waiting for a major leak.

While these problems are found from time to time, maintenance can also give you peace of mind knowing that your plumbing system is in better shape than it was before.

Don’t wait any longer to protect your pipes and fixtures with plumbing maintenance in Madisonville. Call the team of highly skilled technicians at Ardon Maintenance today.

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.

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.

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.

What Are the Benefits of LED Lighting?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

LED stands for “light emitting diode.” It could also stand for “less electric dilemmas,” since switching over from traditional lighting methods to LED lights in your home will bring you enormous benefits that mean fewer light replacements and greater energy savings. Thanks to advancing technology, LED lights are no longer limited to narrow-beam use and can replace most of the incandescent lights you currently use for illumination in your home.

Our team at Ardon Maintenance advocates that you investigate the installation of LED lighting in Madisonville, TX if you’ve grown weary of watching rising energy bills to light your home. There are many benefits to replacing standard lights with LED lights; here are some of the major ones:

Unmatched longevity

The diodes of LED lights last far longer than the filaments found in standard light bulbs. Most LED light bulbs have a lifespan estimate of 100,000 hours, which means that if you kept a bulb on and never turned it off, it would burn for 11 years. If that same light remained on 8 hours a day, you could expect it to last for 20 years. On the other hand, many incandescent light bulbs are lucky to last 3 years before abruptly burning out.

Efficient performance

Here’s where you’ll save money on your utility bills. LED lights convert 80% of the energy sent to them into light, and lose 20% to heat. Traditional light bulbs are the reverse, losing 80% of their energy to heat, and using only 20% to actually illuminate. When you combine this high efficiency with the life of the bulb, you can see how much the savings with an LED light will start to accumulate: four times the efficiency over almost ten times the life.

Reduced heat

As part of LED lights’ efficiency, they also produce far less heat. This means a much more comfortable home, and during the summer you won’t need to run your air conditioning system as much to overcome the higher heat level sent into your living space from the bulbs.

Good for the environment

If you are interested in finding greener ways to power your home, LED lights are a great option. They do not contain harmful elements like mercury that will damage the environment and they are completely recyclable. Their long lifespan means that they can save on the production and eventual waste of 25 incandescent bulbs.

It’s true that LED lights are more expensive to install than incandescent bulbs; however, this initial price tag is minimal compared to the savings and advantages listed above. When you invest in LED lighting in Madisonville, TX, you are really making a decade-long (at least!) investment in energy savings and the environment, as well as quality lighting with little UV radiation.

To find out more about how to have LED lighting installed throughout your home, call the expert electricians at Ardon Maintenance today.

Causes of Dripping Water Under Your Heat Pump

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Heat pumps form an attractive alternative to centralize HVAC systems: combining the features of a heater and an air conditioner into one single unit. They use the same basic system as air conditioners – cycling refrigerant through a series of valves and coils that creates both hot and cool air. The only difference is that heat pumps use the hot air to warm your home in the winter, while air conditioners simply vent it outside. Otherwise, they are nearly identical, and that includes the problems they can encounter form time to time. Take the subject of dripping water for instance. It’s a serious issue for both heat pumps and air conditioners, though when it comes to heat pump repair, Madisonville has services that can correct it. What are the causes of dripping water under your heat pump? We’ve provided a brief list of the answers below.

Dripping water can stem from one of two problems. Heat pumps are equipped with drain pans to collect condensation and remove it from the system via a drain line. When the line becomes clogged or the pan springs a leak, the water will drip out onto the floor. This can also occur if the drain pan is misaligned or missing. In addition, sometimes the pan can become overwhelmed by an excess of liquid dripping into it. This usually stems from a loss of refrigerant, which will create ice on the expansion coils and an excess of water to go with it.

Why is water so dangerous? Because it can drip onto electronic components, causing a short and necessitating a huge repair bill in the process. We have the skills and experience to handle any kind of heat pump repair, Madisonville is a part of our service area, and we can solve the source of the dripping water instead of just treating the symptoms. Give us a call to make an appointment today. You’ll be glad you did!

If you spot dripping water under your heat pump, turn off the unit immediately, and then call the experts at Ardon Maintenance for air conditioning repairs.