Friday, March 27, 2020

How to Tell If Your Thermostat is Not Properly Calibrated

Is your home feeling a little off temperature? While this can be a sign of something wrong with your HVAC system, your thermostat could also be the culprit. Over time and with regular use, your thermostat can fall out of calibration and misread the temperature. This means it can begin to read the temperature incorrectly, resulting in your home not getting as hot or as cool as you want it to be.

Testing to see if your thermostat has fallen out of calibration is something a homeowner can easily do themselves. All you need is a thermometer that you can placed right next to the thermostat. If the thermometer and the thermostat don't match up in their reading, then the thermostat has fallen out of calibration. This means that your home can either be too cool or too hot for you, likely burning up energy bills as well as making you feel uncomfortable.

To recalibrate your thermostat, you will want to call an HVAC technician. While it is possible to do it yourself, you will want your thermostat thoroughly inspected. Your HVAC technician will check to make sure the calibration issue is from natural use and not from a problem. They can also make sure the inner workings of the thermostat are cleaned as well, something that doesn't get done too often. In some cases, calibration issues can be a sign that your thermostat is on its way out. In these instances, they can make quick work of installing a new one.

If your old thermostat has fallen out of calibration and needs replaced, we highly recommend replacing it with a programmable model. This makes it easier to control the temperature when you are in the house and when you are out. This will help cut even more off your energy bills. Contact us today for more information!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Do You Have an Air Conditioning Unit or a Heat Pump?

When most people think about a way to heat a home, one of the last things they will think about is an air conditioning unit. However, it is important to know that an air conditioning unit can do more for a home than you may think. An air conditioning unit is typically designed to keep a home at a comfortable temperature, regardless of what the weather conditions may be outside.

When a homeowner switches the settings between heating and cooling modes, your home will be able to stay on top of all the weather-related changes that are taking place throughout the year. While we all understand that an allocated heating system does what it is supposed to do, heat a home. However, an air conditioning unit can provide a home with so much more. However, even if a cooling element does not exist, the unit can still serve as a reasonable heating option.

Do you know if the heating/cooling apparatus outside of your home is an air conditioner or a heat pump? Discovering this important information can save you a significant amount of money when it comes to energy bills and service calls. However, we understand that it is not easy to determine if the device is, in fact, an air conditioner or a heat pump just by standing outside and looking at it.

A heat pump and an air conditioner look very similar, but one can identify if the device is an air conditioning unit or a heat pump in the following ways:
Switching your system to the heat setting and checking if the device outside turns on as well
Find the unit's model number and search the model number online
Look through the top of your condensing unit and look for a brass pipe that is horizontally shaped

When an air conditioning unit is compared to an electric heater, we will discover that an air conditioning unit will not consume as much energy as the heating unit. When an air conditioning unit is placed in the heating setting, the heat will be pumped from the outside in. An air conditioning unit can serve as a form of heating, but the efficiency can greatly depend on the temperatures outdoors.

If you have questions about your air conditioning unit or your heat pump, please do not hesitate to contact our team!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Why is My Heating Pump Blowing Cold Air?

If your heating pump is set to heat your home, then there is no circumstance under which it should be blowing cold air into your home. Unlike a furnace that may have a bit of a warmup time, heat pumps maintain a steady temperature and heat your home more gradually. So, if there is cold air coming out, it could be a problem. If you believe your heat pump is having issues, then any of the below could be causing the issue:

  • You're Not Used to It – If you have a new heat pump and have never been exposed to them before, it can be a bit of a change. Instead of blasting out rather hot air like a furnace, a heat pump produces relatively lower temperature air. It is still warm, but it is not on the same level as a furnace. You may think something is wrong, but it is just a more gradual heating experience.
  • Faulty Reversing Valve – The reversing valve is what switches your heat pump from heating to cooling. If your heat pump is blowing cold air, it could be stuck on cooling and will require a professional HVAC service to repair it.
  • The Heat Pump is Frozen – Heat pumps are prone to freezing over on particularly cool days, so much so that they come with their own defrost function. However, if you constantly must run the defrost to get your heat pump running again, you may want to consider alternative heating for those super cold days.
  • Maintenance is Needed – Like a furnace, a heat pump will suffer from a lack of regular maintenance, and often in a more tangible way. Debris can build up in or around the heat pump that restricts air flow. The pressure changes can then cause freezing which will result in much cooler air being produced.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions and/or service needs that you may have. Our team of HVAC professionals is here to help.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Why Your Furnace is Leaking Water

Furnaces provide heat to our homes, and they are not something we think of working hand-in-hand with water. However, while it doesn't use water to heat our homes, water can be a byproduct of regular use in your furnace. Despite this, it is not normal to see water pooling around your furnace or leaking from it.

The water produced by your furnace should be safely ferried away to a nearby drain. However, if your furnace appears to have sprung a leak, there are a few common causes that can be checked. The first should be where the furnace drains. If the drain area has become blocked with debris, it may result in a worrysome puddle. Unfortunately, this is really the only problem that you can investigate and potentially fix yourself. Other causes of leaking in a furnace will want to be left to an HVAC technician who can quickly find the problem and will be able to fix it without harming the furnace.

If the drain checks out, it may mean the pipes leading to the drain are clogged up. As these are located inside the furnace, an HVAC technician will need to investigate it. Usually, you can tell where a clog is happening by where the water is leaking from.

Unfortunately, one of the most problematic causes of a furnace leaking is when it is caused by faulty parts. For example, one of the signs of a cracked heat exchanger can be leaking water. This can be expensive to fix, and if left unrepaired can be dangerous for your home. However, a faulty condenser pump could cause the same issue, which is a more affordable repair.

Both problems needs to be addressed by a professional HVAC technician to ensure that the repair is done correctly. For 24/7 emergency service, we encourage you to contact us today.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

3 Most Frequently Asked Questions About HVAC

After many years of providing heating and cooling services, we recognize that pairing your needs with the right HVAC system is the key to cooling and heating your home efficiently. In this article, we'll answer some of the most common HVAC questions people ask.

What Are the Benefits of HVAC?

Professional HVAC installation offers numerous benefits such as an easy, stress-free process, longevity, indoor air quality, moisture consistency, energy conservation, and high efficiency. The longevity and efficiency of your HVAC depend on the quality of the installation. You should, therefore, contact professionals if you need to install an HVAC system.

What Is the Cost of Air Conditioner Repair?

Most AC repairs cost anywhere from $164 to $549. The total cost to repair an entire house, single 3-ton AC, if it's shutting off from poor maintenance, ranges between $175 and $300. The cost per hour ranges between $35 and $200. Prices for this project can vary by company. Most contractors calculate the rates of repairing an air conditioner based on the job, not hourly labor.

Why Should I Hire a Professional HVAC Company?

Professional HVAC repairs are fast; calling a professional HVAC repair technician will ensure that the job is done promptly. There might also be something wrong with your HVAC system, and only HVAC specialists can detect these issues to ensure pre-emptive warnings. Professional fees are undoubtedly worth your money, especially when it comes to securing your safety. You can save a lot when you opt to hire a professional to fix your system when it has issues.

If you are looking for a company that provides HVAC services throughout the Boston area, New England Cooling Towers, Inc. is the most reliable HVAC company to work with. For more information about the services that we offer, feel free to contact us.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

4 Ways to Lower Your Commercial HVAC Costs

Running a business is all about keeping costs down. When it comes to your commercial energy bills, your heating and cooling system is one of the biggest contributors. According to the Department of Energy, about 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted, and cooling accounts for about 15% of the energy that commercial buildings use. Here are four ways to lower costs associated with the HVAC in your commercial building.

Replace Air Filters Regularly

Your air filters play a larger role in your building's energy use than you may realize. Clogged air filters restrict airflow, which places additional strain on your HVAC system and leads to higher energy consumption and lower air quality. Some air filters should be changed every month; others can be replaced every three months. Change your filters according to the recommendation by the manufacturer.

Install Programmable Thermostats

There's no need to keep the air conditioning running when your building is empty. Smart thermostats can save your company hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs. You can program the system to adjust the temperature when your building is not in use. An experienced HVAC technician can recommend the best thermostat for your commercial building.

Keep Vents Clear

Ensure that the vents in your building are not blocked by furniture or other items. According to EnergyStar, "as much as 25 percent more energy is required to distribute air if your vents are blocked."

Schedule Air Conditioning Service

Your commercial HVAC system needs ongoing maintenance in order to perform its best. Having air conditioning service each spring and fall ensures that your heating and cooling system isn't wasting energy. With regular maintenance, your technician will also address any problems before they become more costly. Quality maintenance will keep your HVAC system running as long as possible.

Contact us to learn more and schedule your air conditioning service.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Preparing Your Air Conditioning System for Fall

Fall is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to prepare your air conditioning system for the cold weather ahead. Keep reading to learn some tips for ensuring that your system is in optimal shape once the warm weather rolls around again.

Clean Around Your Outdoor Unit

If you happen to be outside working in the yard, take some time to clean up the area around your outdoor unit. Remove all the leaves, dirt, and debris around the unit to ensure proper air flow and protect the coils and the inside of the unit.

While you're cleaning, check and see if the ground that the unit is sitting is level. Summer rains could have caused the area around the unit to shift and the unit to become unlevel. This may result in damage to the unit that can be expensive to repair.

Inspect Your Air Filters

Your unit’s air filters should ideally be replaced every 90 days. Replacing your filters now will help your unit run more efficiently, reducing your overall energy consumption and saving you money by lowering your electric bills.

Check Your Doors and Windows

Use caulk or weather-stripping tape to seal doors and windows, preventing drafts that will waste your home's energy and increase your utility bill.

Schedule a Maintenance Check

Now is the time to schedule a tune-up for your system with your technician. Your technician will work to ensure that your system is running in tip-top shape and perform checks like:

  • Inspecting your ductwork
  • Inspecting heat exchangers
  • Refrigerant pressure check-up
  • Taking a look at your exhaust system
  • Performing a treatment on your condensate drain with anti-algae
  • Calibrating and testing the thermostat, among other tasks

If you have any questions about preparing your system for autumn or would like to learn more about our services and schedule a tune-up, please feel free to contact us for more information.