You all have seen it and some of you have been at its mercy. Its typical Chattanooga Summer weather. Its 95 degrees outside with 165165231 percent humidity, but you’re in your home, nice and comfortable; all is well. Next thing you notice, you’re getting a little warm. A little more time passes by and you’re warmer. You go check the thermostat. It says its 80 in the house but the it is set on 70. It’s about to get real. You feel the vents. They are blowing out room-temp air. This isn’t right. They’re supposed to be blowing COLD! OMG!
You take a look outside and you notice something odd. Your unit outside is a solid sheet of ice. This is the problem, obviously, but how in the heck did this happen? Let me explain..
There are a few causes of this.
Let’s touch on the main 2:
Low refrigerant or Freon: If this is the issue, what is happening is the remaining refrigerant is freezing the what would be condensation water into ice. The continuous freezing will eventually build up potentially turning your evaporator coils into an ice block. This condensation should flow freely out of the drain, but if the coils are too cold the water will turn in ice.
Dirty Coils: If you are that person that does not change their filters or does not preform regular maintenance, chances are you will experience a premature failure of some sort. Often these failures come in the way of frozen coils. If air flow is restricted across the coils because of a build-up of debris, the coil cannot use the air that would otherwise flow across it to keep itself thawed.
If this happens to you do some simple things.
· Turn the system off at the thermostat
· Do not attempt to thaw the system yourself
· Call me! 706-820-6041
Granted there are other reasons a coil may freeze up, these are the main two. To beat the dead horse, this is the biggest appliance in your home. It consumes energy very quickly. Cleaning and maintaining these things will likely prevent these types of failures. For a small amount of money up front, you can save yourself some large amounts of money down the road.
When we think about things we are going to buy, price typically influences our decision above all else. Granted there are a few things that we will not waiver on; things that we must have despite the price. For me, I must have a Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich with Cheese (no tomato). Regardless of if the cost of the McDonalds Chicken Sandwich is cheaper, I must have my Wendy’s.
Now I know that a chicken sandwich is a small purchase and said sandwich has a 0% chance of cooling or heating your house, but my point here is identifying our purchasing behavior and how it is influenced is important. I am going to raise the vail on the price associated with your Heating and Cooling Cost and give you an idea of where your money goes.
First, let’s talk about the Heating and Air Unit. This will consume the lion’s share of your budget. It makes sense. This is what makes it all worth it. It has the compressor, the coils and the electronics. This system could be large or small depending on the size of your house. This HVAC unit could be a split-system or a package. This could be a lot of things, but understand that this is where most of your cash goes.
Next, we have your supplies. This could range anywhere from the lowly little ¼” sheet metal screw to a 20’ piece of flexible ductwork for your return air. This could be the individual runs that come off the trunk line or a custom made piece of ductwork. This is going to consume a decent amount here too.
Lastly, we have to talk about the company’s money. Not to questions anyone’s intelligence but there are some large costs associated with running a legitimate business. The key word here is legitimate. Being legitimate is a lot of things, but it is not cheap. The first expense of course is compensation for the employees. There is also insurance (auto, health, building, worker’s comp, ect). Then there is the licensing process. There is also cost associated with completing any mandatory training associated with doing our jobs as professionals. There is also power bills, fuel costs, employee benefits and legal fees. There are bonuses to pay. There is the occasional charitable event to host. There are also marketing costs too.
Whatever is leftover is profit or reinvested back into the company.
The point here is hiring a professional will of course come with a price. However, this does not mean the price should not be affordable. The price you pay should come with piece of mind. That piece of mind should have VALUE to consumers. Professionals will save you money if you consider extended life of a unit because of proper installation, warranty registration, product knowledge and any additional items thrown in (we give 1 year labor). Professionals will also be able to pull any needed permits for your job.
When looking for someone to do your next Heating and Air project look to someone that gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling of peace of mind. There will be a mental place where price intersects piece of mind. When you find it you will know you have found someone to do your project.
Hiring professionals may seem expensive, but if your system is broken in 2 weeks because someone wanted to save a relatively small amount of money, your inexpensive job just got a little more expensive.
Look, your heating and air system is the largest consumer of electricity in your home. This is especially true if you have a fully electric system. Let’s discuss how to get the most bang for your buck!
Millennials, it’s time to talk about you and how your generation fits into this the Heating and Air realm.
I am 30, so by definition I am a millennial too. So I should be able to empathize with you a little here.
We are researchers and loyal to the core (ask us if we would choose Apple or Android). We are 30ish and starting to make big purchases. So in terms of purchasing power, we matter.
As a millennial, we seek advisors more than anything. We don’t need anyone telling us what do so much, but we do need options. I asked a guy yesterday, “How would you approach a broken HVAC system.” His response was very normal (I feel) for our generation. He told me he would look for a YouTube Video to solve the problem for him. I was impressed.
Granted, I would somewhat agree that the millennials are branching out into their own brand of self-sufficiency, but sometimes this could be a fool’s errand. Trust me, I have broken a lot of stuff with a YouTube video.
Now, of course, despite his best attempts he will never get the YouTube video to sell him Heating and Cooling refrigerant that is protected by a license. And it will, despite his best attempts the YouTube video will not validate his manufacturer’s warranty. And when he messes something up, and he will, he will not get the YouTube Video to troubleshoot his very specific problem.
So, what is a heating and cooling professional going to provide the millennials? Well, we will provide them security. Millennials have accrued a large amount of student loan and mortgage debt (interest is rising). We will offer you the ability to extend the life of a system that is expensive to replace. We will also service and clean things that will increase efficiency and lower power bills.
The moral here is YOUR EXPENSIVE HEATING AND AIR UNIT WILL BREAK! Spend a little up front and save a lot on the back with our Energy Comfort Club Service Agreement.
Oh yea, call me. I will help. 706-820-6041
It will come as no surprise that it is way more important for people to patronize a Heating and Air business that is licensed and insured versus one that is not.
· A license HVAC represents experience and exposure to all sorts of problems the professional must overcome.
· The Licensed and Insured Heating and Air professional is vetted through a gauntlet of different types of public and private sector entities and tests. More often than not, Insurance companies will not insure a Heating and Air Company that does not have the proper license.
· Often, warranties (to include home warranties) will be void if the person who installed the Heating and Air Equipment does not have a license.
· Hiring a company that is insured should make you feel comfortable knowing that your property is protected.
· When obtaining certain licenses, individuals are trained on how to properly handle refrigerant. That refrigerant, if not handled properly can do serious harm to the environment.
We recommend asking to see these credentials prior to the start of the project. Ensure that the license and insurance has the owner’s name on it and it is still current. Look at #1 from energystar.gov.
This article is about asset protection. The opposite scenario for someone hiring someone without a proper license and insurance could be devastating. Granted, someone may be able to install Heating and Air Equipment without a license, but if something goes wrong you stand the chance to lose a considerable amount of money! Like I have said before, the Heating and Air Equipment is only as good as the person who installs it.
Hey Guys! Lets touch on something real quick that is near and dear to everyone's heart. That is their preferred preference of a heating and air unit brand. It is like picking out a car. Associated with that car is a companies marketing plan to push that car.
For example: During a Ford TV commercial, they are going to tell you that their car is the best thing going. Then they are going to give you laundry list of reasons why. They will tell you about 3rd row seating and powertrain warranties and bells and whistles. This is where it gets tricky. Despite hearing about features and benefits, they will never tell you the negatives. They will never tell you the shortcomings.
I will be the first to tell you, well maybe the 2nd (Todd Mirabel at Ed's Supply will be the 1st) to tell you that a central unit is only as good as the person who is installing it and the job they do.
I will not tell you which Air Unit is the best. There are pros and cons all the way around. I always suggest doing personal research, look at reviews and speak to several HVAC industry professionals. Once you've educated yourself then we will talk about the VALUE some Heating and Cooling Units have over the others. My point is, bring your educated questions to a Heating and Air Professional for their opinions after you've done your research. Click on the pictures below for a good starting point.
Its so easy to forget what your unit looks like, especially if it is "running okay."
It is super important to understand that the weather can effect the physical make-up of your HVAC unit which will subsequently effect its proper functioning. In the above pictures we see what nature's wrath has done to a unit mounted on top of a store. The damage is obvious. Now, bare in mind that this unit is running and running seemingly well. However, the units ability to breath and/or shed heat has been reduced. Air flow is restricted do the bent "fins" on the exterior coil caused by last week's hail storm.
Now, most of us don't have large roof-mounted units. We have smaller little things out behind the house. They can, in their own right, take an enormous beating during a good ole Chattanooga, Southern thunderstorm. I seriously have never seen hail like that!
The point of this is to protect your investment! There are several solutions for the is problem.
Disclaimer! Do not self-apply anything. Do not do anything to reduce they airflow integrity of the unit! Always seek a professionals opinion. I mean, that is what I am for! 706-820-6041
There are typically two shapes of ductwork that will be installed on any particular job. One is the standard square duct that we all have seen. The other is rounded duct. Both have pros and cons, and both will be better applied to certain types of jobs. Lets discuss.
Square ductwork is for us, manufactured in house. It typically is installed in places where the ductwork will be visible like a garage. This ductwork has a better aesthetic value with sharp angles and lines. The duct work is manufactured in 2 pieces and joined together at the job. The insulation is typically applied to the inside of the box and fastened with glue and welded tabs. This is not to say that this ductwork will not be installed in a crawlspace or attic, because it can. Ultimately, it will come down to the contractor and the homeowner.
Round ductwork is typically manufactured elsewhere and purchased at supply houses. This metal duct is wrapped with insulation on the outside with a wrap style insulation. Because of the outside wrap that is applied, this type of ductwork is typically not as aesthetically pleasing. Often times this ductwork is installed in places less visible like crawlspaces and attics. This application is a little more efficient due to the nature in which air flows.
Both applications work very well. One type will provide good angles and lines and the other will provide a slightly less than appealing but efficient alternative that will likely be out of sight!
Hey Guys! I am Jeremy, Tommy's son. I am here to help you navigate the HVAC world via the internet. I also control the content of the website and all marketing/sales matters of IAS.
I will periodically produce you some good tips, tricks and helpful hints to help you make the most of your HVAC system. On top of that, I have on "Our Professionals" page listed some of our recommended professionals in the Greater North Georgia and Chattanooga Area.
Our company will hopefully be more than a shopping experience for you, but more of an outlet and resource for you and yours.
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