Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for May, 2014

3 Reasons to Install a Whole House Filtration System

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Your air conditioner is fitted with filters designed to strain out dust, pet hair and other contaminants. It can thus help purify the air and prevent a lot of problems from developing in your house. On top of the basic filter, you can also install a whole house filtration system that can include multiple additional filters and even a UV germicidal light in some cases. Here in Avon Lake, filtration systems can be installed by a number of qualified companies. But what benefits does such a system give you? Here are three reasons to install a whole house filtration system.

  • Better health. A whole house filtration system provides a high level of air quality that can make a real difference in your family’s life. It can decrease irritation in the nose and throat and reduce the frequency of allergy attacks in vulnerable family members. This is especially important if you are expecting a baby in the home soon, or if you have elderly family members at home.
  • A cleaner home. Your duct system can spread dust and dirt to every corner of your home, affecting your furnishings no matter where they are. An air filtration system will cut down on all that dust, making cleaning easier and helping to preserve your furniture.
  • A more efficient air conditioner. Among its other uses, an air filtration system will help keep dirt off of your air conditioner’s inner workings, which will reduce friction and strain on moving parts. Not only does that help prevent repair, but it will improve the efficiency of your system, lowering those pesky monthly bills.

Filtration and other indoor air quality services in Avon Lake, OH are provided by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our trained staff can discuss the reasons to install a whole house filtration system, then perform the operation with the professionalism and care you’ve come to expect. If you think such a system could be right for you, then pick up the phone and give us a call today. We won’t rest until you’re completely satisfied with our work and we’re eager to show you what we can do!

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Why Excessive Humidity Is a Problem

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Here in Westlake, dehumidifier technology is often as important as air conditioning technology in keeping your home comfortable. Relative humidity can be a killer in the summertime, and while your air conditioning unit can help, it can’t always do the job alone. Here’s a quick breakdown on why excessive humidity is a problem, and how air conditioners sometimes need a little help in dealing with it.

Humidity basically measures the amount of moisture in the air, which has a direct impact on our body’s ability to keep cool. When we heat up, we sweat, and the moisture on our skin evaporates into the air: making it feel cooler than it is. That helps keep the body’s temperature down and helps us feel comfortable. When the humidity is too high, however, the moisture produced by our sweat has nowhere to go. We don’t stay cool, the sweat stays on our skin and we end up feeling soaked and gross. Generally speaking, the relative humidity needs to be between 30% and 50% for us to feel comfortable. Otherwise, it gets a little muggy.

Air conditioners help with that as they cool the air in their system. The act of lowering the temperature causes the ambient moisture to solidify as beads of condensate in the system. The condensate drips into a pan, which can then be carried out of the system via a drain line. That helps lower the humidity and keep your home more pleasant. But the energy spent doing that detracts from the air conditioner’s ability to lower the temperature, and if it removes too much moisture, it could overflow the pan and short out electrical components in the AC.

That’s where a dehumidifier can help: taking the load off of the air conditioner and keeping your home dry and comfortable. Dehumidifier systems and other indoor air quality products in Westlake can be installed by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ll explain why excessive humidity is a problem, then work with you to find the right combination of components to make your home as cozy as it can be. Pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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How to Detect Refrigerant Leaks

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Refrigerant leaks are a common problem with many air conditioners. The refrigerant needs to be at a specific level in order for the air conditioner to function. When a leak springs up in the system and refrigerant levels lower, it can cause serious problems: increasing wear-and-tear and reducing the unit’s ability to cool your home. Air conditioning repair services in Avon can seal the leak and recharge the refrigerant. But you need to know how to detect refrigerant leaks before you can summon a professional. Some telltale signs are discussed below.

The first and most obvious sign is lowered cooling levels from your air conditioner. If you suddenly realize that you’re not getting as much cool air as you usually do, or your monthly bills spike despite the fact that you’re not using your air conditioner more than normal, you want to see if you have a refrigerant leak.

A more obvious sign can be found by checking the evaporator coil to see if ice has formed on it. That’s a sure sign of low refrigerant levels. The ice represents lost cooling potential created by the imperfect levels of refrigerant. It also serves as insulation between the refrigerant and the air it’s supposed to cool which only makes the problem worse. Never try to scrape ice off of the coils. You may damage them in the process and it won’t solve the problem regardless.

Other signs of refrigerant leaks may include a soft hissing sound at the source of the leak, and you can also spot the leak by placing soapy water around the area where the leak may be and looking for bubbles forming in the liquid.

Once you have detected a refrigerant leak, call upon the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to help. We handle all kinds of air conditioning services in Avon and other surrounding communities. We’re no stranger to refrigerant leaks, and we have the tools to track down the source and seal it before recharging the refrigerant to its standard levels. Refrigerant requires training to handle safely. Give us a call today and let us take care of the problem the way a true professional can!

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3 Repair Problems With Your Air Conditioner’s Fan

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Your air conditioner may be incredibly efficient at generating cool air, but without a reliable fan system, that air can never reach your home. Low air flow can be as problematic as an inability to create cool air, and it often stems from a problem with the fan. Air conditioning repair in Avon can usually handle any problems that arise, but the more you know about the possible causes, the more quickly you can spot signs of trouble and summon help. Here are 3 repair problems with your air conditioner’s fan.

  • Faulty motor. The motor controls the fan blade and when it runs into trouble, the fan will slow or stop entirely. Issues can stem from an overload in the motor, faulty electrical wiring preventing it from getting power, friction caused by a lack of lubricant, or even a frayed or damaged fan belt. In some cases, you can fix the problem by hitting the motor’s reset button. If that doesn’t work, however, you need to call in a technician.
  • Problems with the blade. In some cases, the blade itself may be misaligned or the fan blades bent out of place. The blades may also suffer damage if twigs or other detritus get lodged in the turning mechanism. Ideally, the problem can be fixed with just a little tweaking, though you may need to replace the entire fan to correct the issue.
  • Clogs or blockages. Sometimes, the fan itself isn’t the problem, but blockages or build-up in the system is interfering with its ability to do its job. Blockages can arise in the ducts, via a clogged air filter, or any other air passage, but until it’s addressed, the fan won’t be able to do its job.

If you encounter repair problems with your air conditioner’s fan, the next step is to contact the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning for help. We’ve serviced air conditioning systems in Avon for over 25 years, and we won’t rest until the problem is fixed to your satisfaction. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do for you!

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3 Common Repairs for Avon Chillers

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Chillers are an alternate form of air conditioning common to offices and business spaces. Like traditional air conditioning systems, they use refrigerant gas to facilitate the cooling process. With chillers, however, the gas cools water rather than air, which keeps costs low while still providing solid air conditioning abilities for your business. Here in Avon, chillers are a common feature, which means that air conditioning repair companies are well versed in handling most kinds of service calls.

3 Common Repairs for Avon Chillers

  • Pump problems. Chillers rely on pumps to circulate the water and ensure that it remains cool. If the pump experiences problems – if the motor shuts down for instance or there is a problem with the pressure – the water won’t circulate and the chiller won’t function. Most kind of pump problems involve a faulty part which must be replaced, though in some cases, the pump can be repaired instead.
  • Low refrigerant. Like other types of air conditioner, chillers need refrigerant to facilitate the cooling process. When the refrigerant leaks, the cooling process is restricted and the chiller can’t do its job effectively. A technician needs to hunt down the source of the leak and seal it before it will work again.
  • Thermostat problems. Chillers have thermostats and freezestats to make sure the water is at the optimum point. If such components are malfunctioning, the water will be insufficiently cold to function, or may become too cold and freeze in the lines.

For these and other common repairs for Avon chillers, the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning can be relied upon at all times. A malfunctioning chiller can be devastating to your business: driving away customers and making it difficult for employees to do their jobs in the summer heat. You shouldn’t have to wait when you’re experiencing problems with your chiller. Call us today to make an appointment and get your system back on track!

We have the skills to find the source of the problem with your chiller and implement the proper repairs the first time. More importantly, we pride ourselves on your complete satisfaction.

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