5 things to consider when buying a new air conditioner

Buying a New Air ConditionerA new air conditioner can do more than just keep your home cool. It should also help you keep your home cool and avoid high HVAC repair costs. However, getting the right air conditioner can at times be a challenge.

In this blog post, we’ll review some of the most important things to consider when buying a new air conditioner.

 

1. The location of the air conditioner

Before purchasing a new air conditioner, an important thing to consider is where the unit will be located. You should especially know about the installation distance, or the length between the indoor and outdoor unit. For air units between 2 to 3.5 KW, the ideal installation distance varies between 3 to 15 meters.

Also, the area where the outdoor unit is to be located should be well ventilated. There should be sufficient distance between the wall and unit that allows the air to flow easily through the system.

2. The size of the system

Another important consideration when buying a new air conditioning unit is the unit size. By size, we mean the tons of cooling, not the weight or dimensions. A ton of cooling is equal to about 12,000 BTU capacity.

Oversized units will unnecessarily result in higher energy bills. Some contractors install larger-sized air conditioning units, but this will hurt the homeowner in the long run. An oversized new air conditioner tends to turn on-and off-more often, particularly during the hottest days. This results in increased bills as the system draws a lot of power.

Another detriment of buying an oversized unit is that it won’t be able to dehumidify the air efficiently. This results in a great inconvenience for the homeowners. So, it’s important to buy the right size air conditioner for the home.

When you call Comfort Air for your free in-home estimate, our team will make sure to take the exact measurements needed to pair you with the right new air conditioner for your home.

3. Variable-speed air circulation

Buying an air conditioner with variable-speed air circulation can offer a lot of benefits. The benefit of the variable-speed air circulation is that the motor uses about one-fifth of the energy as a regular blower. This results in reduced energy bills, as well as optimal cooling.

4. Warranty and guarantees

When buying air conditioner units, you should not overlook warranties and guarantees offered by the manufacturer. Quality air conditioner manufacturers are confident in the unit’s performance. That’s why they offer warranties and guarantees against a system breakdown.

The new air conditioners at Comfort Air come with at least 2 years of warranty. The greater the warranty period, more will be the peace of mind you’ll have after purchasing the unit.

5. Cost versus quality

You should prefer quality to cost when buying an air conditioning unit. Quality air conditioners operate efficiently, resulting in greater cooling and less energy bills. Cheap air conditioners, on the other hand, do not offer the same long-term value to the users.

By buying a quality air conditioner, you will be able to save a lot of cost over the long run as compared to buying a cheap, low-quality unit.

Call Comfort Air for new air conditioner installation

Comfort Air can offer you expert help when it comes to installing an air conditioner. We have a team of highly professional technicians who can expertly perform installation and repair work. We have been serving southwestern Mississippi for more than 20 years. Contact us to schedule your free in-home AC installation estimate.

Here’s how you can diagnose loud furnace noises in your home

Loud Furnace NoisesFurnace noises should not be ignored. They can signal serious furnace problems. Most old model furnaces make a lot of noise, and both old and new model furnaces make humming noise or minor pops.

However, if you hear loud furnace noises, they could indicate a serious furnace problem that requires attention of a furnace repair technician.

Ignoring loud furnace noises is a mistake that can result in costly repairs or replacement later on. Here are three noises to listen for:

1. Loud scrapping noises

A loud scraping noise coming out of the furnace duct could indicate a problem with the blower wheel of the furnace. The noise may be because the blower wheel has come loose and is banging against the metal casing. The wheel may have come loose from the motor shaft that needs to be tightened by a professional.

The scrapping noise may also be because the blower wheel is broken. Also, a motor mount might have broken, causing the blower assembly to drop and hit the metal casing. A professional technician can diagnose the problem and resolve it by taking appropriate measures.

2. Whistling noises

You should try to determine where the whistling sound is coming from. Most often, gaps in the duct can result in the furnace making a whistling noise. Also, the sound may come from a small hole located near the connecting point between the furnace and the duct.

A clogged filter may also cause a whistling furnace noise. When the filter becomes clogged, the whistling noise will be made when the air passes through the tiny holes. You should pull out the filter and find out if the whistling noise stops.

In case the filter is caked with dirt, you should have it cleaned or replaced by a professional technician. This will not only solve the noise issue but also prevent serious furnace damage.

3. Loud popping or banging noises

Do you hear a loud pop or bang when the furnace is turned on? If so, it may indicate dirty furnace burners that should be cleaned by a professional technician to avoid damage to the furnace. Dirt or dust on the furnace burners results in an excess buildup of gas. As a result, the gas will ignite the burner after a delay, and you will hear a small bang.

You should not ignore any furnace noise of this nature because the explosion can crack the heat exchanger, resulting in expensive repairs.

Call Comfort Air for furnace maintenance and avoid furnace noises

Regular maintenance of the furnace will ensure optimum performance for the longer period. When it comes to furnace repairs, you should always contact a certified and experienced furnace technician.

You can contact Comfort Air if you want the help of NATE-certified and experienced technicians in the area of McComb, Mississippi.

6 common boiler problems homeowners encounter

Common Boiler ProblemsThe central heating system, in addition to the hot water heater, is entirely dependent on the boiler in your home. In a way, the boiler is the heart of the heating system inside the home.

Most of the people don’t give much thought to the boiler system. They expect the boiler to continuously provide hot water whenever required. Therefore, a problem with the boiler can lead to a great discomfort for those in your home.

The issues with the boiler usually occur if the heating devices have been inactive for long periods. That’s why it’s important to get the heating system serviced regularly so that major boiler problems do not occur.

Here are 6 common boiler problems that usually occur with your heating system. Call Comfort Air for any of your furnace, boiler, or heat pump repair needs.

1. The boiler shuts off automatically

There are many reasons that your boiler could be turning off automatically. Some of the factors that cause the boiler to turn off include thermostat problems, a faulty pump, a frozen condensate pipe, or trapped air.

An experienced technician can bleed the radiator to remove the trapped air. Also, the technician can thaw the condensate pipe if it’s frozen during the winter. That’s not common here in southwestern Mississippi, but it can happen.

2. A faulty thermocouple

A faulty thermocouple is yet another common boiler problem can result in pilot light to extinguish itself. However, damaged seals can also be a cause for the pilot light to shut off automatically. In either of the situation, you should call a professional technician to resolve the issue.

3. Radiator problem

A rusted radiator pipe is another boiler problem. Due to the buildup of rust, the radiator is not able to heat properly. The technician can detect whether the radiator is working properly and then take necessary actions to resolve the issue.

4. A leaking or dripping boiler

The boiler may leak and drip for many reasons. A loose connection inside the boiler or broken parts can result in the leakage. This is one of the common boiler problems that can only be fixed by an experienced and qualified technician. Learn about our furnace repair services.

5. A noisy boiler

A noisy boiler usually results due to the buildup of lime or air in the heat exchanger. As a result, you will hear rumbling, gurgling, banging, or whistling pipes.

In order to resolve the problem, one of the Comfort Air technicians can either bleed or power flush the radiator. This will help remove the lime and air that can become trapped inside the system leading to strange noises.

6. Boiler pressure problem

In pressurized heating systems, the boiler may keep on losing the pressure. This can be caused either due to an issue with the expansion vessel or a water leak. Your Comfort Air technician can resolve by re-pressurizing the boiler.

Call Comfort Air for help with your common boiler problems

If you want the expert help of experienced and reliable technicians in southwestern Mississippi, you should contact our team. For more than two decades, our company has been providing expert services for common boiler problems—as well as heating and cooling issues—in McComb, MS and surrounding areas.

6 common heating problems you should not ignore

Common Heating ProblemsHere, we have compiled a list of six common heating problems. It’s recommended that you do not ignore these problems as, if not addressed immediately, they could lead to costly repairs.

Call Comfort Air for all your furnace repair needs.

1. Weak pilot light

In a gas-powered heating system, the pilot light must be continuously lit. If the pilot light is not lit, you should call a technician immediately to reignite the light.

Also, you should check the strength of the pilot light. The flame should be bluish and not yellow. A yellowish or weak pilot light is dangerous as it can indicate that the carbon dioxide is leaking inside the home.

While carbon monoxide gas is not flammable, it can prove lethal if inhaled.

2. Ductwork blockage

The ductwork of your central heating system is so extensive that it often winds through your entire house. A blockage in the ductwork can occur from insects, rodents, or other pests. Sometimes dust, mold, and mildew accumulate inside the ductwork.

A professional Comfort Air technician will inspect the ductwork and perform any work necessary to clear ductwork blockage.

3. Improper heating

If you notice that the room does not get adequately warm, it may be because heat is leaking from the ductwork. Also, the radiators may require bleeding to release the trapped air.

Again, our professional technicians can diagnose the problem and perform the required repairs to rectify the problem.

4. Malfunctioning thermostat

The thermostat can sometimes malfunction, meaning that the central heating system does not properly warm the room. A malfunctioning thermostat may also result in a misreading of the actual temperature inside your home.

You need to call an experienced HVAC technician to recalibrate the thermostat for you. If the thermostat cannot be repaired, the technician will replace it with a new one to resolve the problem.

5. Timer problems

A faulty timer is another common heating issue. The timer can reset itself due to many reasons, including a power spike. Sometimes, the timer stops working altogether. A professional technician can diagnose the problem and take actions to resolve the issue. If needed, the technician can replace the timer using specialized equipment.

6. Creaking noises

Your heating system sometimes makes creaking noises. This is usually caused due to the heating up of the pipes that are tightly fitted to the walls or floors. In order to resolve the issue, the holes through which the pipes go through should be made slightly bigger.

Comfort Air fixes common heating problems

To connect with professional and reliable technicians, you should contact us. We can help resolve all types of common heating problems in the southwest Mississippi, including Brookhaven, Natchez, and McComb.