3 Factors Involved in Sizing Your New Air Conditioner

May 25th, 2015

A new air conditioning system has to follow what we like to call the Goldilocks Rule: neither too large nor too small but just right. Most people know that an underpowered air conditioner won’t cool your home efficiently—a huge problem in cities like Westlake, OH, with its hot and humid summers—but it may surprise you to learn that overpowered systems can cause even more damage. If it’s too big, your system will short-cycle: turning on and off rapidly and wasting all kinds of energy as well as adding unnecessary wear and tear to your system. A trained professional can size your air conditioner properly, to ensure that it’s the right power levels for you. Here are 3 factors involved in sizing your new air conditioner. Continue Reading

3 Causes of Short Cycling in Your Air Conditioner

May 18th, 2015

You may have heard the term “short cycling” applied to a problem with your air conditioner. This refers to a tendency for the system to turn on and off rapidly multiple times throughout the day, sometimes before it has had a chance to cool your home down. With summer coming and temperatures in Westlake, OH ready to hit the roof, short cycling can be devastating to your air conditioning system. AC units use exponentially more power starting up and shutting down than they do just running—increasing the strain on the system as well as increasing your monthly energy bills—and the faster you can deal with the problem, the better off you’ll be.

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3 Ways Preventative Maintenance Helps Your Air Conditioner

May 11th, 2015

An air conditioning system is like any other appliance. As it runs, it is subjected to stress and strain that will eventually cause a breakdown. That’s of particular concern in towns like Westlake, OH, where summers are hot and the air conditioner needs to run almost daily in order to keep your house cool. A preventive maintenance session, conducted early in the cooling season, can make a huge difference in how your air conditioner functions. This isn’t strictly a repair session: more like a tune-up to address multiple small concerns to keep them from becoming big ones. Here are 3 ways preventive maintenance helps your air conditioner. Continue Reading

3 Signs That Your Air Conditioner Needs Replacing

May 4th, 2015

Summer is almost here, and now is the time to determine whether or not your air conditioner can survive another hot season. The question is: do you know when your old system is ready to be replaced? If you try and get through another summer with an air conditioner that isn’t able to cope with it, you may find yourself with a broken system in the middle of a hot day. So, in order to avoid that unpleasant possibility, have a look at these 3 signs that your air conditioner needs replacing. Continue Reading

Why You Should Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance This Spring

April 27th, 2015

A lot of people will avoid calling an HVAC professional to take a look at their air conditioning system unless something is wrong. The motivating belief behind this is that calling an HVAC technician to come look at your system for “no reason” is a waste of money. While you probably won’t see much benefit from weekly or monthly inspections, you absolutely should have your air conditioning system inspected at least once a year. Read on to find out why preventive maintenance is so important, and why you should schedule yours this spring. Continue Reading

How to Identify if Your Air Conditioning System Needs Repairs

April 20th, 2015

As spring begins to wind down and summer gets closer, it’s important to make sure that your air conditioning system is prepared for the hot season. Part of those preparations includes getting your system the repairs that it needs to keep up with increased demand. Air conditioner problems are progressive in nature. The longer they are left to develop, the worse they are going to get. A quick response to repair needs is key to keeping your air conditioning system in good condition. With that in mind, here are a couple of the best ways to identify if your air conditioning system needs repairs.   Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Your Indoor Air Quality

April 13th, 2015

Do you find yourself coughing and sneezing a lot, even when you’re in your own home? Do you often get sick, even outside of common seasons for it? If so, then you just might have a problem with your indoor air quality. It may seem like the air in our homes is largely empty, but in fact it is brimming with millions of microscopic particles. These particles include dust, mites, insect dander, pet dander, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and all sorts of other harmful contaminants. Some are lung irritants, some are allergens, and some are infectious agents. All of them lower your quality of life when you breathe them in.

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How a Failed Anode Rod can Lead to Water Heater Repair

April 6th, 2015

The typical storage tank water heater is exposed to millions of gallons of water over its lifetime. The most popular kind of water heater in the country, the storage tank water heater, keeps a large amount of water heated at all times in case it is needed. This leaves these systems extremely vulnerable to rust, which can rupture the tank and cause thousands of dollars in water damage to the surrounding area.

Why, then, does that not happen more often? Because of a safety part called the sacrificial anode rod. Read on to find out more about the sacrificial anode rod, and what can happen if it fails.

What is it?

The anode rod is a long metal rod, formed around a steel wire, which is inserted into the storage tank of your water heater. It is often made of either magnesium or aluminum, though zinc is also used in larger systems. While the anode rod is in the tank, it will degrade instead of the tank itself. This is where it gets the “sacrificial” part of its name. As long as the sacrificial anode rod is intact, then the water heater tank will be protected from rusting. There comes a point, however, when the anode rod is just too degraded to continue protecting the tank.

When the Anode Rod Fails

Once the anode rod has degraded down to the steel wire, it loses the ability to protect the water heater. At that point, the water heater will begin to rust. As the rust eats through the lining of the tank, it will weaken it to the point that the tank will start to spring leaks. Eventually, the tank will lose too much structural integrity and rupture. That is why it is so important to check your anode rod at least once a year, and replace it if need be.

If you aren’t sure how to check or replace your anode rod, call Westland Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide water heater repair services throughout Westlake, OH. 

The Blower Fan and AC Problems

April 3rd, 2015

When you consider what an air conditioner actually does in your home, you’ll probably first think about the cool breezes that blow from the vents. That breeze comes from the blower fan in the air conditioner’s indoor unit. If the blower fan doesn’t work, your air conditioner doesn’t work: it’s that simple.

Are you experiencing troubles with your air conditioner’s fan? Then you only need to contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning for repair in Avon, OH. We take pride in the excellent service we have provided the area for the past quarter century.

Why the blower fan is important

The most common type of air conditioning system is packaged in the same cabinet with the furnace (plus an outdoor condenser unit to release heat) where both systems use the same blower fan, which is housed at the bottom of the cabinet. The blower fan handles two vital functions in the operation of the air conditioner: it sends conditioned air through the ventilation system and out into the rooms, and it runs the warm air from the return vents across the evaporator coils of the AC. To effectively cool down air, an air conditioner’s evaporator coils must have a stream of air moving across them to create the evaporation that absorbs heat from the air.

Because the blower fan does an enormous amount of work whenever an air conditioner comes on, it will suffer from wear and may eventually need repairs. Regular maintenance service from professional technicians will make sure that the blower motor is properly lubricated and cleaned so it will have a long service life. They will also check fan blades for damage.

However, there is no way to avoid all repair needs for a blower fan. If the fan in your AC fails to come on, or you hear clicking and grinding noises whenever it activates, call for repair technicians right away. Also watch for any change in the airflow from the vents they may indicate the fan is experiencing problems. Change the air filter regularly (once a month during the summer) so that no debris will enter the return vents and dirty the blower motor.

For quality air conditioning repair service in Avon, OH on which you can count, turn to Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our technicians have more than 100 years of combined experience and use the newest technology to see that any repair they do for your home’s cooling (or heating) system will fix the problem and keep it fixed.

How Geothermal Systems Help the Environment

March 25th, 2015

There are many excellent reasons to consider installing a geothermal heat pump (a.k.a. a ground-source heat pump) for your home. Like other heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps provide both heating and cooling, but they also work at higher efficiency during cold weather than standard air-source heat pumps because they use the stable temperature under the ground at their medium for heat exchange. This energy-efficient performance translates into long-term savings on heating and cooling bills. Geothermal heat pumps also have a lifespan that surpasses most other comfort systems, giving homeowners an even longer period to enjoy the energy savings capabilities.

But investing in geothermal power for your home is also an investment in the environment as a whole. In fact, the eco-friendly benefits of ground-source heat pumps are one of the main reasons that many people choose to install them.

To find out more about the many advantages of a geothermal heat pump in Bay Village, OH, call up our experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We have a history of excellent geothermal heating and cooling services in the area.

The environmental benefit of geothermal systems

If you are concerned about greenhouse gases, you’ll be glad to know that a geothermal heat pump produces far fewer harmful emissions than a furnace and less even than a conventional heat pump—and that’s even when you consider the emissions from the power plant that provides the electricity to run the heat pump.

Here’s an example of the difference that geothermal can make on a large scale: A 3-ton geothermal heat pump (about average for most homes) generates around one pound less of carbon dioxide per hour than an air-source heat pump. Because a geothermal heat pump’s interior components will last around 20 years, which is an average of 6–7 years more than an air-source heat pump, it will result in a significant lifetime reduction of carbon monoxide emissions. When you take into account that the carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. from residential and commercial air conditioning and heating systems is equivalent to all the carbon dioxide from vehicles, you’ll see what an important contribution to air quality a geothermal system can be. Installing 100,000 geothermal systems would be equal to removing the pollution from almost 60,000 cars.

If you would like to contribute to the growing number of homes that are helping the environment through geothermal power, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our professionals will find out if your house and property are suited for the installation of a geothermal heat pump in Bay Village, OH and then arrange to have the work done.