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HVAC Heat Pumps and Your Home — September 21, 2017

HVAC Heat Pumps and Your Home

imagesOne of the most important aspects of any heating system is the actual heat pump itself, which acts like the “lungs” of the entire HVAC system. It works by drawing in cold air, and pushing heat out, in turn creating a comfortable temperature for you to live in.

 

HVAC Philly, who have been serving the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County areas for over twenty years, has put together some important facts that you need to know about your heating systems.

 

What Is A Heat Pump?

  • A heat pump is a device that actually does both the heating and cooling in a space, usually a residential or commercial building. But when you hear the word “heat,” you might initially think of a heater.
  • A heat pump is a device that uses a small amount of energy to move heat from place to another – usually from either the air or ground into a building.
  • Heat pumps pull air from outside inside. When cooling is needed, then refrigerant cools the air before a fan blows the air indoors.
  • One of the biggest advantages newer heat pumps have over traditional HVAC units is that there’s no need for a separate furnace and air conditioner. The unit is one unit and does both. They are also more energy efficient, since they move existing heat, rather than burn fuel to create it.
  • They work best in moderate climates where the temperatures never swing to extremes, so those home and business owners that live in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County, PA area where the seasons are fairly constant, a heat pump may be able to help you put a little money back in your wallet while keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • A reputable company will sell several types of HVAC products. But, the main types of heat pumps on the market are “air-source,” “ground-source,” and “absorption” heat pumps. Air-source heat pumps use an outdoor fan to bring in outside air and move it over coils filled with refrigerant.
  • There are two sets of such coils that transfer heat indoors. From there, it’s blown off the coils by a secondary fan and then distributed through your home as cold air.
  • Ground source pumps absorb heat from the ground or an underground body of water. They then transfer it indoors and from there the secondary fan provides the cold air.
  • Finally, an absorption heat pump is powered by natural gas, solar power, propane, or geothermal heated water rather than by direct electrical current.
  • Absorption pumps can be used for large-scale cooling applications, but they can also be used in residential. The main difference between the absorption and air-source (or ground-source) pump is that there is no compression of refrigerant. Instead, the absorption pump absorbs ammonia into water and then a low-power pump pressurizes it.
  • From there, the heat source boils the ammonia out of the water, and the cycle repeats.

Other Types Of Heat Pumps

Two uncommon types of pumps include the mini-split heat pump and the reverse cycle chiller. The mini-split heat pump connects an air-source unit to multiple indoor units. These indoor units then connect to water heat or space heaters.

A reverse chiller heats and cools water, rather than air and operates in below-freezing temperatures.

Give HVAC Philly a call at (215)725-6111 to schedule your annual maintenance tune-up or if you have any questions.

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Stormproofing Your HVAC System during a Hurricane — September 19, 2017

Stormproofing Your HVAC System during a Hurricane

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As we all know hurricane season is in full force and tearing through the Atlantic with a vengeance this year.  With the devastating damage occurring throughout the east coast, Florida, Keys and Texas, it makes those of us in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas much more concerned about what we can do to be prepared.

Hurricanes are, to a very great degree, destructive.  Most homeowners and residents already know to stock up on water, nonperishable foods, flashlights, batteries, and stormproof your home. However, most people simply forget about their HVAC systems. HVAC Philly put together some tips to help you protect your home and HVAC systems before and after the storm to help you keep your family safe during hurricane season.

Before the Storm

Prevention is crucial when it comes to protecting your home and HVAC systems during the hurricane season.

Home and business owners invest a significant amount of money to install and maintain their systems. By not taking precautions to secure your HVAC system to remain unaffected by the storm or with minimal damage, it will cost hundreds even thousands of dollars to repair or replace the unit. Here are some tips to get your HVAC system ready before the storm hits.

  • Have a professional HVAC technician, like our experts at HVAC Philly, come out to perform a maintenance check on your systems.
  • If the current climate is warm enough that you need to use the A/C, cool your home as much as possible before the storm since you are not able to use it during it. If you are using a window A/C unit, unplug and remove it before you seal the opening.
  • Secure you’re A/C unit or any HVAC components are secured to the base using either hurricane straps or a protective cage. Put a tarp over your A/C unit to help keep any loose debris and objects from damaging the unit.
  • Remove any loose debris and items around the unit to prevent any impact damage as well as trim any trees that can break free during the storm.
  • In case the storm knocks your power out, purchase a generator to use until the power comes back on.

During the Storm

Even with preparing and prepping before the storm hits, when the storm is actively striking your home, there is still work to be done. It is most important, to prevent damage to the unit during the storm, that you turn off the circuit breakers for HVAC equipment.

After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, follow these steps to make sure your unit is running properly.

  • Step outside and check your equipment for any damage like dents or dings so that you know if you have to take any action. If you feel that something is obstructing your system and preventing your unit from working properly, contact HVAC Philly before you turn your unit back on.
  • Switch your breakers back on and make sure you restart your unit slowly while monitoring the equipment for any unusual noises.
  • If you removed your window A/C unit or any outdoor furniture, feel free to put the items back into place.
  • If any flooding occurs on the inside or outside of your heating and air conditioning units, never restore power to the system or turn the thermostat on until you have a qualified HVAC technician inspect your equipment. It’s best to call HVAC Philly to schedule a system inspection on your unit.

Whether it’s hurricane season or not, it is important to schedule an annual maintenance tune-up for your HVAC system to make sure it’s working efficiently. Give HVAC Philly a call at (215)725-6111 to schedule your annual maintenance tune-up or if you have any questions.

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Avoid Heater Repair with Fall Heater Maintenance — September 17, 2017

Avoid Heater Repair with Fall Heater Maintenance

It’s already mid September, and although the weather is still warm, crisp Fall days are right around the corner. Before you know it, you’ll be running your heater nonstop to escape the winter weather. When’s the last time your heater had a check up? If you’re like most folks, chances are, it’s been a while. Getting heater maintenance before the long winter ahead will save you money in the long run by preventing breakdowns, avoiding the need for heater repair, and ensuring you’re comfortable all winter long.

Let’s check out some common heater issues that occur due to a lack of maintenance.

Inadequate Heat Flow

As a heater ages, integral parts of the machine lose efficiency due to rusting, normal wear and tear, and dirt accumulation. If you don’t properly maintain your heater, you may start to notice uneven heating in your home. Common signs include cold areas due to inadequate heat flow, rooms that get too hot, or weak air flow. If you experience this in your home, you’ll know that you’re long overdue for a tuneup. Regular maintenance will prevent these problems and stop them from becoming major issues that require expensive heater repair.

Rising Heating Bills

Another effect from an inefficient heater that hasn’t been maintained is the drain it puts on your wallet. Heaters that don’t receive regular maintenance have to work harder to keep the same temperature as a new heater. A harder working heater requires more energy to operate, and you’re going to pay for that extra energy. Over the course of a full winter, the cost really adds up. Think of it like a bicycle. If you let your chain get rusty, it’s going to be a lot harder to pedal than if you had kept your chain lubricated all along. A little maintenance really does go a long way in this case.

Loss of Warranty

Most heater warranties state that the warranty is void if your heater breaks down or is damaged due to improper maintenance. This could lead to big headaches if you haven’t had regular maintenance and need an expensive heater repair that would normally be covered by your warranty.

Avoidable Danger

Remember that your heater is a potential fire hazard. No one wants a worst case scenario. An unchecked heater could develop a deadly gas leak in its heat exchanger, become backed up due to air flow problems, or present a handful of other dangerous situations that could’ve been avoided and identified with regular maintenance.

Don’t put off heater maintenance this fall if you want to avoid costly heater repair. Your wallet will thank you, you will be comfortable all winter long, and you will have peace of mind knowing that your heater is operating safely and efficiently.

If you’re in Philadelphia, Bucks, or Montgomery County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111. We have over 20 years of experience as trusted HVAC experts in the Greater Philadelphia Area and would be happy to make sure your heater is in top condition.

Stay warm, my friends.

Preventive Maintenance To Prepare Your HVAC System For Winter — September 11, 2017

Preventive Maintenance To Prepare Your HVAC System For Winter

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As the change in the temperature comes with the fall season, it gives a great opportunity for homeowners to save on HVAC costs by being able to open windows and temporarily power down our HVAC units. However, it will soon be time to turn on the heat.


Will your system be ready to handle this year’s cold weather?

By scheduling regular preventive maintenance, which is performed twice a year, you can help your system keep up with seasonal temperature changes here in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County PA area, as advised by our local HVAC experts, HVAC Philly. As well, it can increase HVAC performance and help you avoid costly emergency repairs—there is nothing worse than for you and your family to be left without heat in the middle of a snowstorm. Even though most newer heating systems require little maintenance, a quick tune-up will greatly extend the life of your HVAC equipment, making sure that it always runs at peak efficiency.

*Be sure that all major furnace maintenance is always handled by a licensed HVAC technician.*

HVAC Philly provides some steps you can take on your own that can result in a more comfortable winter:

Step 1) Power down

Turn off all power to the unit before performing any maintenance; wait for the blower to stop.

Step 2) Replace filters

Replace air filters at least once every three months. Dirty filters can cause your system to work harder, resulting in lower efficiency.

Step 3) Perform a sound check

Turn your unit on, and check for unusual sounds, like banging or rattling.

Step 4) Look for signs of moisture

Check for moisture on windows or rust or dirt accumulations on the vent pipe. This can indicate improper operation.

Step 5) Assess the room temperature

Check your thermostat’s temperature while the unit is on to ensure rooms are reaching their full comfort potential.

If, during your basic unit checklist rundown you find any unusual noises, excess moisture or other signs that your unit is not functioning properly, contact a certified HVAC technician. Our HVAC Philly technician will perform a variety of diagnostic procedures in addition to regular pre-season maintenance. This will ensure that all parts are cleaned, drained and lubricated, and all assembly and burner controls are working correctly. A thorough inspection will also verify that the heat exchanger is doing its job and the flue system is free of cracks and corrosion.

Once maintenance is complete and your system is running at peak capacity, you can relax in the comfort of knowing your system will provide ample and consistent heat throughout the season.

Give us a call today at (215) 725-6111 or schedule your appointment online.

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Should I cover my air conditioning unit in the fall? — September 5, 2017

Should I cover my air conditioning unit in the fall?

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There are important times throughout the year that it is necessary to do maintenance on your heating and cooling system. Those times are in the spring for your air conditioner, and in the fall for your heating unit. In addition to that maintenance schedule, home and business owners ask if their outside air conditioning unit may need to be covered once the summer is gone and the weather turns cold.

When You Should Cover Your A/C

There is, indeed, a reason to cover your air conditioner when the summer has ended, and it is not just for the winter. Your unit is built to withstand the rain and snow, but it is not built to keep out leaves, seeds, or nuts.

You will want to cover your system during the fall only. When leaves or seeds get into your air conditioner, they can create an environment where moisture collects, which then, in turn, causes corrosion. It can even clog up any moisture drainage your system has built-in.

If you do decide to cover your air conditioner, only cover the top of it. If you make your own cover, be conscious that it should only come down the side only about 6 inches. You don’t want to cover it completely.  If you do, you can create serious problems. A cover that completely covers your unit will trap moisture inside which then causes rust and corrosion.

Why You Do Not Need To Cover Your Air Conditioner

People often cover certain things around their home to keep the elements away. For example, swimming pools and lawn furniture, especially if a garage or storage shed is not available. But for those of you wondering if you should cover your outside air conditioner, it does not require a cover.

Some people are under the impression that a cover will protect the air conditioner unit from:

Dirt

When on, the unit sucks in air, which also brings in the dirt. Once it is off, no dirt or other debris will go inside.

Snow, Ice, and Cold Weather

Outdoor cooling units are built to endure these harsh winter weather conditions, which eliminates the need for a cover.

Moisture

Moisture (water) can freeze the air conditioner’s condenser coils, which can cause damage over time. However, there is no way to keep moisture out 100% of the time. Either through the humidity in the air or from the wind, moisture is sure to seep in.

With a cover on your air conditioner, you actually trap the moisture in, which can then create mold. You are much better off not using a cover for this reason.

Rodents

A cover will not keep small animals away, in fact, just the opposite. Animals want to get out of the cold, and your cover can provide them with a new winter home. Remember, rodents and other small animals are known for finding their way into very small spaces.

Remember, your air conditioner is already built to protect against typical winter conditions. Therefore, you do not need a cover for it for the reasons you might think. You only need to cover your unit in the fall.

If you’re in need of a new air conditioning unit, just let us know.

Give us a call today at (215) 725-6111 or schedule your appointment online.

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Preparing Your HVAC System For The Fall Season — September 1, 2017

Preparing Your HVAC System For The Fall Season

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Scheduling a regular maintenance service for your HVAC system is an important factor to add to your to do list for many reasons. Not only can a routine maintenance extend the overall life of your heating and cooling system, but it can, at the same time, help to improve your home’s indoor air quality, lessening some airborne allergy symptoms, and reducing your energy costs. However most homeowners will only take the appropriate steps to maintain their HVAC systems in the summer season when system use is at an all-time high, working hard to cool your home, maintenance is also very important during other seasons as well.

With the fall season is right around the corner, now is the perfect time to give your HVAC system a little special attention. HVAC Philly, who serve the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County PA areas provide you with following maintenance tips (below) that will ensure your heating and cooling system functions as efficiently as possible this fall.

Change the Air Filter

One of the easiest ways to get your HVAC system ready for fall is by changing the air filter. Air filters are used to capture dander, dirt, dust and other pollutants before they can be dispersed throughout the rooms of your home. However, over time, air filters will become heavy with an excess particulate matter, which is exactly why changing the air filter each month is crucial to maintaining good indoor air quality. Changing the air filter in your HVAC system only takes a few minutes and will provide instant results.

Adjust Your Thermostat

If you have a programmable thermostat, you can prepare your HVAC system for fall by adjusting the settings on your device. In Pennsylvania, the fall months bring relief from the heat so you will not need to depend on the same heating and air conditioning settings as you do in the summer. Adjusting your programmable thermostat to accurately reflect the drop in outdoor temperature will keep your home comfortable and will lower your energy bills as well.

Schedule a Maintenance Checkup

After a hot summer, your HVAC system will benefit from a professional maintenance checkup. During a maintenance checkup, an experienced technician, like our professionals at HVAC Philly, will perform a comprehensive inspection and tune-up of your entire HVAC system. This will ensure that any components that may have sustained damage during excessive use in the summer will be addressed and ready to keep your home comfortable throughout the fall months and beyond.

Schedule Your Maintenance Checkup With HVAC Philly Today!

If you have not scheduled a professional maintenance checkup for your HVAC system recently, now is a great time to make an appointment. At HVAC Philly, our maintenance services include an extensive list of quality services that keep your HVAC system working as efficiently as possible. Want to learn more? Give us a call today at (215) 725-6111 or schedule your appointment online.

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Does the temperature in your house affect your sleep? — August 22, 2017

Does the temperature in your house affect your sleep?

Have you found yourself having a hard time falling asleep? Are most of your nights spent tossing and turning instead of actually getting the quality sleep that your body needs to be its best? The answer may be as simple as changing the setting on your thermostat.

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There have been many studies that show how the temperature of your home can have a real impact on the condition of your sleep. Typically, homeowners will cut energy costs by keeping the thermostat on a low setting while they sleep. At the same time, saving money by just using a couple of extra blankets might sound ideal, it also could actually be doing more harm to your sleeping patterns.

How Does Your Home Temperature Affect Your Sleep Pattern?

Sleep studies show that the best and most effective sleeping temperature is between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. As you are sleeping, your brain naturally does it’s job by lowering your body’s temperature. Trying to go to sleep in a room that is disturbingly cold or too hot, your body can have a hard time to find the perfect internal temperature, which in turn will cause you to more restless sleep throughout the night.

Temperature also has a huge impact on the quality of REM, or rapid eye movement, during your sleep cycle. REM occurs during the stage of sleep when dreaming happens. By programming your thermostat between 68-75 degrees just before you go to sleep, it can help keep you sleeping soundly all night long.

What Can You Do To Start Improving Your Sleep?

Our team at HVAC Philly have put together a list of helpful tips you can utilize to keep your home at an ideal sleeping temperature without having to spend a lot of money on energy bills. Our HVAC technicians who provide air conditioning and heating services to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas,  know how to make your system run as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Top 5 Tips on How to Keep Your Energy Bill Down While You Sleep:

  1. Have your system serviced and maintained on a regular basis
  2. Close the damper to your fireplace when it is not in use
  3. Ensure that your home is properly insulated
  4. Seal your windows and doors to ensure air is not leaking out
  5. Install a new, efficient HVAC system that is more compatible with your home

By implementing these helpful tips, you can let go of those restless evenings spent tossing and turning, without having to worry about astronomical energy bills.

Not getting a good night’s sleep because of a lousy heating or AC system? Contact HVAC Philly today and speak with our Philadelphia HVAC professionals.

Contact us online.  www.hvacphilly.com or call us 215-725-6111

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Can Your HVAC System Relieve Allergy Symptoms? — August 18, 2017

Can Your HVAC System Relieve Allergy Symptoms?

Fall ushers in cooler temperatures, trees, and flowers are transitioning again, and — of course — allergies.

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An estimated 50 million individuals are afflicted by seasonal allergies, that could make changing of the seasons, a season of sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion. A few of the usual commonplace contaminants found in indoor air include:

  • Fibers from synthetic carpets and furniture fabrics
  • Pet dander and dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Radon gas
  • Formaldehyde and other chemical substances utilized in building materials
    risky compounds observed in insecticides, pesticides, cleaning, and personal care merchandise
  • Irritants from smoking and wood-burning fireplaces
  • Gasses from cooking home equipment and water heaters

In a few instances, crucial air conditioning can worsen allergic reactions.For instance, cool air is transported via the air ducts placed in your walls and attic. This may lead to condensation and mold, that is a major irritant for most allergy sufferers.

There’s excellent information though! Some simple HVAC upkeep guidelines can be just the thing to reducing seasonal allergic reaction signs and symptoms.

Don’t Skimp On Your Air Filter

An excellent air filter is your major protection against bad indoor air quality. All air filters are assigned a minimum efficiency Reporting value, also referred to as a MERV score. This score suggests the filter’s ability to dispose of different size particles from the air.

We suggest that allergic reaction sufferers look for a filter with a MERV score of at least eight. These filters will collect microscopic particles as small as 3 microns, that will go a long way in the direction of decreasing indoor allergens. It’s also crucial to check filters month-to-month and to replace them every three months or sooner in the event that they appear grimy.

Electrostatic filters also are suitable alternatives for allergic reaction sufferers. Electrostatic filters attract airborne contaminants by using an electric charge. The filters can be wiped clean with the use of regular tap water and reused.

High-efficiency Particulate Air filters, additionally called HEPA filters, are any other alternative. Those filters are made of thin glass fibers and can efficiently remove up to 99.97 percentage of contaminants and allergens.

Learn more about the distinct kinds of air filters.

Clear Away dirt and particles:

The out-of-doors part of your AC unit pulls in fresh air that will, in the end, be carried throughout your house. Any dirt or debris around your outside unit may be pulled in through your HVAC machine and introduced into your home. You need to clean around the unit frequently to maintain the area clear. The same goes for the indoor portion of your HVAC system. It is important to dust or sweep across the indoor unit to reduce the number of allergens being pulled into the machine.

Be searching for mold

Mold loves a wet, humid environment and may irritate symptoms of hypersensitive reactions, bronchial asthma, and other respiratory situations. In severe cases, it can lead to extreme infection or even loss of life.

Maintaining your home’s humidity level between 30 and 50 percentage not only makes your house experience extra comfortable, but it additionally inhibits the growth of mildew and dust mites. The handiest way to do this is with a whole-home humidifier that operates using your existing ductwork to maintain your home at a consistent humidity level.

Despite those precautions, you have to nonetheless inspect the damp or humid portions of your HVAC machine every couple of weeks for symptoms of mold. Those areas consist of the drip pan and drain, air handler, evaporator coils, and ducts.

While you may be able to take care of small mold spots on your own, you need to leave big issues to an expert mold remediation provider.

Dirt Registers and Vents First

Even folks that are conscientious about dusting once a week tends to forget to dust their air return vents and registers. If these areas are dusty, your whole house could be dusty because the air circulated via your HVAC system passes through those vents and registers. The vents and registers should be the primary things you dust in every room. It’s far best to apply a damp cloth to keep from kicking up the particles and worsening your allergy symptoms.

Know when to have your ducts cleaned.

Schedule an Annual Maintenance Appointment

Fall is the proper time to have an HVAC professional give your unit a once-over to ensure it is in tip-top form. The expert HVAC technicians of HVAC Philly can maintain your system running smoothly and give you tips on improving the air quality in your own home.

We provide professional AC set up and repair services in addition to maintenance services, which includes air duct cleaning and repair, which could improve the health and efficiency of your HVAC system. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Contact us online.  www.hvacphilly.com or call us 215-725-6111

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Have A Bad Smell? — August 14, 2017

Why Does My Air Conditioner Have A Bad Smell?

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While you run the air conditioner, all you need is to experience pleasant, cold air coming into your house. If an unpleasant scent is laced with the cold air, however, it tends to spoil the fresh sensation. Pointless to say, you need to do away with the scent as quickly as feasible. Examine the reasons behind distinct A/C smells and a way to repair them.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Like Mold?
As the most common scent accompanying cold air from an A/C unit, a moldy odor indeed indicates mildew or fungus is developing in or around the air conditioner. It’s truly not that sudden. After all, similarly to cooling the air in your home, air conditioners additionally eliminate excess moisture. If it’s no longer drained away properly, the mold may also start to develop in regions with lingering moisture. Even a grimy filter can cause the scent of mildew to waft from supply registers. Hire an expert to clean your air conditioner, update the screen, and cast off the mold odor.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Like Rotten Eggs?
A dead animal is the most common reason of a rotten, spoiled egg scent coming from the air vents. An injured or sick fowl or rodent might also have climbed inside an air duct in the course of the winter in which it died and began decomposing. Then, while you turn on your A/C for the first time within summer, a stinky smell ruins the effect of cooling air coming into your house. You need to have your ducts professionally cleaned to wipe out any rodent remains.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Like Sewage?
This smell can be emanating from a backed up sewer line or ruptured sewer vent pipe near the duct device. All it takes is a little methane gasoline from the sewage leak to get into the duct work, and your entire home can also smell like a sewer. Methane gas is risky, so if you smell a sewage odor, contact an HVAC technician at once to look at the issue.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Like Feet?
A dirty, clogged air conditioner might also emit a stinky toe smell. This is due to stagnant water that collects in the machine and isn’t drained away well. An intensive cleansing by way of a professional should be sufficient to remedy the problem.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Like Skunk?
This scent could be resulting from a lifeless skunk in or around the duct work, but that’s not very likely. What’s much more likely is that fuel is leaking from somewhere. Methyl mercaptan from the fuel leak, which smells very much like skunk spray, may be entering the duct work and circulating your property. If this happens, it can endanger your family. Get out of the house and speak to an HVAC technician and your fuel organization right away.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Like Gun Powder?
A shorted out circuit board or fan motor might also send a gun powder smell out of the supply registers while the air conditioner initially cycles on. An expert can take a look at your machine and recommend replacing aging components if necessary.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Like Exhaust Fumes?
Your air conditioner is powered by way of electricity, no longer gasoline, but the engine and some other components have fluids inside which can leak out. If this occurs, the odor of exhaust fumes may permeate your home. To prevent a harmful situation from growing, have the A/C fixed as soon as feasible.

Schedule air conditioning repair in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA area with HVAC Philly.
In case your air conditioner smells like mildew, rotten eggs, sewage, feet, skunk, gun powder, or exhaust fumes, you simply need air conditioning repair. To schedule an appointment, please contact HVAC Philly.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Keep Freezing Up? — August 8, 2017

Why Does My Air Conditioner Keep Freezing Up?

What Causes an Air Conditioner to Freeze Up?

The symptoms of a frozen air conditioning unit can be subtle and hard to recognize , but because the consequences can be so serious, it is important to stay alert to the signs that your system might be sending to you. FrozenHeatPumpRunning a frozen air conditioner without correcting the cause of the freeze-up can potentially lead to irreversible damage to the system’s compressor. That is one important reason every homeowner should be diligent in watching for signs that indicate that the indoor evaporator coil is icing up.

When Your Air Conditioner Freezes Up: The First Signs

The following signs can indicate a freeze-up or other problem with your AC system:

  • Sudden decrease in AC performance
  • Reduced airflow from the system’s vents
  • Unusually large amount of condensate drainage
  • Continuously running system
  • Uncomfortably warm indoor temperature

If you notice any of the above issues, don not wait to investigate. Turn off your air conditioning system immediately. Then proceed with your investigation.

Signs that the Indoor Evaporator Coil is Frozen

During your inspection, you may notice one or more of the following signs that can help confirm your suspicion:

  • Ice buildup on the outdoor refrigerant line
  • Condensation forming on the surface of the indoor air handler
  • Condensation forming on the surface of the condensate drain
  • Unusually large amount of condensate drainage
  • Ice buildup on the evaporator coil inside the air handler

Once you have verified that the evaporator coil is frozen, you will then need to leave the air conditioning system off until the coil thaws. This will generally take several hours. Turning on the fan, without using the air conditioning, can help speed up the process.

After the system has thawed completely, your wisest move would be to call an air conditioning specialist, such as HVAC Philly who serve the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas for over 20 years, to inspect the system. Some causes of a frozen coil are more serious or more technical than others. You may need an expert to diagnose and correct the problem.

Common Causes of a Frozen Evaporator Coil

When an air conditioning unit freezes up, a number of issues may be at fault.

Air Flow Issues

The following situations can impede air flow to the evaporator coil in your AC system

  • Dirty air filter
  • Too-small return air ducts
  • Blocked air ducts
  • Closed or blocked registers
  • Malfunctioning fan

Other Potential Problems

The following are several other situations that can cause your AC system to freeze up:

  • Dirty or blocked evaporator coil
  • Blocked drain pipe
  • Refrigerant leak
  • Low outdoor air temperature
  • Too-low nighttime thermostat setting

A refrigerant leak is a serious issue that must be handled by a professional HVAC technician who is certified in the safe handling of AC refrigerant.

If you have any question about the seriousness of this or any other HVAC issue, call the experts at HVAC Philly for prompt service.  Contact us online.  www.hvacphilly.com or call us 215-725-6111

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