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Is it time to replace my Air Conditioner?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

How Do You Know If It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Sometimes it seems like our homes are a moving target. Just as soon as you get one part of the house just like you want it, something needs tending to in another area. So, for most of us, we’re always on the lookout for the next big thing that’s going to show up – invited or not – on our “home maintenance” to-do list.

Now, when “air conditioning system replacement” comes up on that list, that’s quite a significant situation. Home comfort systems are a sizeable part of your home investment, so it’s never something to take lightly. But when it’s time, three things should be on your evaluation list:

System Age – If your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you could save up to 20 percent on cooling and heating costs if you replaced it with a unit that has earned the Energy Star label.

Repair/Energy Costs – A home comfort system has what’s called “operational” costs. If your system is racking up repair bills and guzzling up your energy dollars, you may be overdue for an efficiency upgrade.

Uncomfortable Environment – A home comfort system is supposed to create a comfortable home environment, right? Well, if you’re not comfortable, take note. Are some rooms too hot or too cold? Does your home have humidity problems? This could be a sign of poor or improper equipment operation.

All of these issues when compounded can result in you spending more than you should on your power bill. For as little as $55 DOLLARS PER MONTH you could be saving the 20% which may even cover the system. Call or email us today for your free in home evaluation!

Dont pay more because its Hot!

Friday, April 10th, 2015

 

What Everyone Should Know About Contractor Scams

We’ve all heard these stories and seen the images. When a natural disaster hits a community, friends, neighbors and charities rush in to help. It always warms the heart to see the outreach in services and donations. And yet … there’s that other side of the response. There are selfish people who try to take advantage of a bad situation and use the natural disaster as an opportunity to scam.

Often during these times, law enforcement agencies make announcements about what you should and should not look for when hiring someone to work on your home. People become aware, alert. And yet … scam artists come into communities and neighborhoods even when our fellow citizens are warned to be hyper-vigilant, even when the skies are blue, and the wind is calm, and the weather is perfect.

In other words, contractor scams get more attention during natural disasters, but they can occur at anytime, anyplace. And that means right here in the great city of Atlanta. Oh, I don’t mean to scare you about any particular situation. I’m not reporting news, just tendencies. I’m talking about possibilities that call for wise practices. For example, here are some of the tips the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends for hiring someone to work on your home:

  • Get recommendations from friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, insurance agents or claims adjusters.
  • Deal only with licensed and insured contractors. Check with the local Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been lodged against any contractor you’re considering.
  • Get a written estimate that includes any oral promises the contractor made. Remember to ask if there’s a charge for an estimate before allowing anyone into your home.
  • Take your time about signing a contract. Ask for explanations for price variations, and don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder.

Please know, we’ll be glad to help you with whatever home comfort problem you may be experiencing. At Henson Mechanical, we’re proud to have grown a business through referrals and recommendations from satisfied customers, and we hope our list of satisfied customers includes you too. So, if you need us, just email or call.

Do I need to replace my furnace when I replace my air conditioner?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Do I need to replace my furnace when I replace my air conditioner?     Our homes comfort system that provides heating in the winter and cooling in the summer have certain functions and equipment they share (and not just the thermostat). Energy Star is a program of the federal government that promotes efficiency in appliances and makes a point about this connectedness when discussing its recommendations for cooling: ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioners: have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and energy efficiency ratio (EER) ratings, making them over 15% more efficient than conventional models. The central air conditioner also needs a blower motor – which is usually part of the furnace – to blow the cool air through the duct system. The only way to ensure that your new air conditioner performs at its rated efficiency is to replace your heating system at the same time. It’s especially recommended if your furnace is over 15 years old. If you purchase a new energy-efficient air conditioner but connect it to an older furnace and blower motor, your system will not perform to its rated efficiency. So, heating and cooling are connected – at least within your home comfort system. But you’ll also find that your heating and cooling efficiency is connected to the whole-house environment. As Energy Star adds: No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. But remember, energy-efficient equipment alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling — and reduce environmental emissions — from 20%-50%. When we install your new system it will with an AHRI certificate that will have your specific model numbers listed which will produce a SEER rating. So that’s why you have to replace your furnace to achieve the SEER ratings on your air conditioner. If you’d like to learn more about how the energy efficiency of your home is impacting your energy bills, let us conduct an energy analysis and show you ways you could be saving. To schedule your free energy analysis, just call or email Henson Mechanical today!

Wanna Save some Money?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

 

Here Is a Method that Is Helping Homeowners Save More Energy with Better Comfort

 

Most of the time we think that life has us running in circles. But the truer view is that life runs in cycles. For example, each season brings certain opportunities and obligations, and spring has a definite “caretaking” flair.

So, in a sense, it’s the same thing year after year: you take care of important home maintenance projects in order to preserve your investments. But the good news is that this “same old, same old” can make your home comfort equipment seem just like new.

Here’s how.

One of the best benefits of regular tune-ups is that your systems get cleaned, inspected, filter gets changed, and reset to factory specs – almost like we turned back the hand of time. The result for homeowners is improved energy efficiency (saves on energy bills), better operating equipment (not as likely to break down at an inconvenient time) and better overall comfort.

But how can you make this happen? Actually, there’s one method that makes routine maintenance very routine: enroll in a maintenance agreement program that brings a Henson  Mechanical Professional to your home to provide routine maintenance on your air conditioner and heating system – during twice-a-year intervals when the weather is mild.

You get the benefit of extended equipment life, savings on tune-ups and repairs, priority service – and overall peace of mind.

Ready to make this method a part of your routine cycle? To learn more about the energy-saving, comfort-improving, equipment-prolonging benefits of maintenance agreements, just call or email and ask us about our Ultimate Service Agreement today!

Government Attack on your Air Conditioner

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

 

U.S. Government Breaks Your A/C System

Most of us probably don’t think about the ozone day in, day out. But some folks do. And the groups and agencies who keep a close eye on environmental concerns have prompted some actions in recent years that will ultimately affect the operation of central air conditioners across this country.

The issue is the refrigerant, R-22, also known as Freon, which has been the predominant refrigerant used in air conditioners for the last 40 years. The federal government has begun a phase-out of equipment that uses this refrigerant because of concerns about ozone depletion. So, as of 2010, no new R-22-based equipment has been manufactured. Sure, the pre-2010 systems can still be operated and repaired, but you’ll still be looking at some logical limits.

The R-22 refrigerant can’t be produced or imported after 2020 (only recycled), and the reality is that will affect the cost and availability of this replacement refrigerant as well as the availability of replacement parts for equipment that is no longer being manufactured. Visit hensonmechanical.com to learn more about how we can assist you with these changes.

 

Why do I need to perform maintenance on my air conditioner?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Every spring you will see advertisements on maintenance agreements or tune ups. You may be wondering why do I need that? Every time the weather changes we have a rash of calls with breakdowns. Some are major and some aren’t. Most all of them could have been prevented. Its usually something very small that caused something so big. Regular cleaning and maintenance will normally prevent major breakdowns. You could be told about problems a year before it really becomes a problem. Its like going to the doctor and them telling you to start exercising and eating right now before they have to put you on medication. Its easier to plan your repairs than to have it become an emergency. So if you haven’t had your HVAC system serviced lately, get it done this spring!

Air Conditioning in Athens: Ensuring a Great Performance

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Even after the summer ends, quality air conditioning remains important for your home comfort. We may not have the same hot weather all year round, but there are still many warm and humid days ahead. Getting a great performance from your AC—high levels of cooling power without high levels of bills—will make the rest of the warm season more pleasant. Henson Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning can help keep you cooled down during this time with regular maintenance visits and any repairs you may require.

Here are some tips to help you get a top-level performance from your air conditioning:

Know your SEER rating

SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio.” A SEER rating compares your AC’s cooling power to its energy use. To get technical for a moment, SEER is the ratio of BTUs (British Thermal Units) produced to the energy consumed in watt-hours. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit is and the less you’ll spend on electricity bills. Don’t ignore the SEER on your AC—an older system might have a low rating and cost you more for poorer performance.

Keep your ducts clean

Usually, your ductwork remains out of sight. You may not immediately know when it gets dirty, but dusty ducts will not only lower your air quality but can also make your AC strain to lower the temperature. If you notice dust build-up in your home despite your cleaning efforts, dirty ducts might be the culprit. Professional duct cleaning will take care of this and give your AC an advantage in fighting the heat.

Schedule regular maintenance

If you run your air conditioner frequently during the summer, it will need a tune-up to help it stay in excellent condition afterwards. You should get a maintenance check done at least once a year, and the fall is a fine time to schedule one. A technician will clean your AC, tighten loose connections, check the electrical system and the thermostat, and locate troubles that could result in major repairs. After a maintenance visit, you should have an air conditioner performing at its best.

At Henson Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we take our customers’ comfort seriously. We want to help you get a top-notch performance from your air conditioning in Athens, GA. From preventive maintenance to emergencies, look to our experienced technicians for help.

Protect Your Air Conditioning in Loganville with These Simple Steps

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Even as fall approaches, residents of Loganville, GA will still rely on their air conditioners to get them through muggy days. Outside of the summer, your air conditioner still needs to be maintained and protected from damage. Henson Mechanical’s professional services for air conditioning in Loganville can help you protect your AC during this time. Here are a few simple steps to take to keep your air conditioner in peak condition:

  • Change your air filter: The air filter in your AC traps dust and other contaminants and also serves as a shield for the inner components. If your air filter becomes too clogged with dust and debris, it will start to choke off the airflow. Not only will this make your air conditioner less efficient, it can also cause damage such as frozen coils. If your air conditioner gets significant use, or if there is someone in your home with allergies, it’s advisable to change the filter at least once a month. If you spend less time at home, replacing the filter three or four times a year should be sufficient.
  • Clear the area around your AC: If your outdoor unit is huddled among bushes or other obstructions, you are putting it as risk for damage and decreased performance. Because your air conditioner must release heat from the outdoor unit in order to work, you need to keep the area around it free of vegetation and debris.
  • Enroll in a regular preventive maintenance program: Keeping the filters clean and the zone around the outdoor unit clear are tasks most people can handle on their own. But something as intricate as an air conditioner needs professional maintenance on a regular basis. A properly trained technician can perform such important tasks as cleaning ducts, removing dirt from the blower motor, and fixing leaks in the compressor. Regular maintenance will also all your air conditioning technician to catch problems before they worsen, and in the long run that means fewer expensive repairs and an extended life for your air conditioner.

When you need top-level professional work on your air conditioning in Loganville, our technicians at Henson Mechanical are ready to provide the expert work you require. Remember, we also provide emergency 24-hour service in Loganville and the greater Atlanta area.

Reasons to Be Concerned about Your Air Conditioning in Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

In Atlanta, GA, we need good air conditioning systems to keep our summers in check. So when your air conditioning unit shows signs of distress, there’s good cause to be concerned. No one wants to sit and wait for a service technician in the sweltering heat. If you can spot early signs of trouble, you can correct the issue while your air conditioning is still running, instead of when it breaks down completely.

The biggest sign that your air conditioning system might be experiencing problems is a rise in your monthly energy bills. If you’re not using your appliances any more than you normally do and yet your electric bill seems much higher, the system may be working much harder to cool your home. It could be caused by excessive dust, an overworked compressor motor, leaking refrigerant or any one of dozens of possibilities. But whatever the cause, it suggests an air conditioning that isn’t functioning as it should, and requires the services of a trained technician.

You can also detect signs of trouble by paying attention to the airflow in your home, and the relative coolness of the air. Clogged filters or leaks in the ductwork can reduce the flow of air through the system, as can a damaged blower or fan motor. If the air is blowing but it isn’t cool, you may be leaking refrigerant, or the evaporator coils may be caked with dirt.

A quality repair service can address these issues before they get out of hand, as well as establishing a schedule for regular maintenance and upkeep. That will help your air conditioning system functional peak efficiency, saving you money on bills as well as fending off the Georgia heat. Henson Mechanical can address your air conditioning service and maintenance needs throughout the Atlanta, GA area. Give us a call today and make an appointment for a visit from one of our fully trained technicians.

Can Tripped Breakers Indicate a Need for Air Conditioning Repair?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The breakers in your home are designed to trip (shut off) in order to cut power to an overloaded or malfunctioning appliance and prevent further damage to your home. Tripped breakers can occur for a number of reasons, including problems with your air conditioning system. In Loganville, GA, a problem with the AC unit is a serious concern, especially in the summers when the Georgia heat and humidity are on the rise. Tripped breakers caused by an AC unit usually require professional service to correct. Some of the sources of the problem can be found below.

  • Faulty compressor motor: The air conditioning compressor plays a key role in the refrigerant’s cooling cycle. If it is malfunctioning or overloaded, it may cause the circuit breaker to trip. You might also notice the air conditioning unit “hard starting,” or stuttering to a start every time. In either case, a professional technician should be called in to take a look at the compressor.
  • Dirty coils or filters: If your air conditioning unit isn’t properly maintained, then dust and dirt will start to build up on the components. Air filters will become clogged, reducing the flow of air and leading to more dust on the interior of the AC system. If the coils become caked with dirt, the system won’t be able to cool the air as efficiently. That forces the system to work harder, which could result in an overload and a tripped circuit breaker. It can be addressed by hiring a professional to clean the dirty system, then scheduling regular upkeep periodically after that.
  • Loss of refrigerant: Refrigerant cycles throughout your air conditioning unit as a vital part of the cooling process. When leaks appear and refrigerant levels run low, the air conditioner struggles to cool your house. This has the same net effect as dirty coils or filters, resulting in an overworked system and an overloaded circuit.

If the breaker connected to your air conditioning trips and resetting it doesn’t solve the problem, turn off system and call a professional technician immediately. The professionals at Henson Mechanical handle air conditioning repair in Loganville and throughout the Atlanta area. Call us today to schedule a service visit.