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Furnace Checkup“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  That is so true when it comes to your home heating system.

As the hot summer days start to take a back seat to the cooler fall days, now is the best time to have your furnace checkup. iRepair Heating and Air has a more open schedule to come out immediately to do a full check up of your heating system.

Some things you can check yourself:

  1. Replace the battery in your thermostat.
  2. Vacuum around your furnace, keeping it clean and dust-free.
  3. Replace your air filter.
  4. Open your furnace door. Clean area with a vacuum.
  5. Check your blower belt for wear or adjustment.
  6. If your furnace has a pilot, check to see that it is on and working.
  7. Clean and vacuum around and in all your air vents. Make sure they are unobstructed.

It is always good to have a furnace expert come out to check for serious issues like leaks or cracks in the furnace components. Call iRepair Heating and Air at 801-233-1564 and they will come right out.

It certainly is not convenient to have your home air conditioner stop working in the middle of a hot summer day. There are several things you should check first on your central air system before calling a service technician to come out and check your system.

  1. Check the circuit breaker to your air conditioning and furnace unit. If it has been tripped, then reset it. If it continues to trip, then you have an electrical issue that needs a service technician to diagnosis.
  2. Check your thermostat to make sure it is not set too high for the cooling unit to kick on.
  3. While at the thermostat check and replace the battery. The battery should be replace each year.
  4. Check the belt on the fan/blower unit to determine it is not broken or loose.
  5. Check the coils to see if they have  ice buildup on them. If so, leave your system off until the ice melts, then restart your system.
  6. Check your air filter to make sure it is not caked with a lot of dirt, not allowing the air to freely move through the filter.

After checking all of these items on the above list and everything seems okay, then give iRepair Heating and Air a call and they will come right out to assess the problem and get your home back into cooler temperatures.

Energy Efficient HomeMany homes today have old air conditioning and furnace equipment. They seem to still work okay, so the homeowners don’t feel motivated to upgrade. It is only when they break down that a homeowner will consider upgrading to a more efficient, energy-saving system. It is the unseen problems of an air conditioning or heating unit that you need to be concerned about.

Every year we hear of households in the news where the family was overcome and killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, with the root cause generally coming from a faulty furnace. Matter of fact, over 500 victims a year in the US die from this cause. Your family is precious, and needs to be safe-guarded from such a tragedy.

It is important to have your air conditioning and heating system checked annually. Cracks and loose pipes can appear from year to year. A central air specialist, like iRepair Heating and Air, can determine the safety of your unit, and advise you on the value of a new energy-efficient replacement.

Although there is an initial investment in switching over to a more energy-efficient cooling and heating system, overtime you’ll receive back your initial investment in heating and cooling savings.

Give iRepair a call to come out and give you a free estimate of what it would take to reduce your heating and cooling costs. Call 801-233-1564

air conditioner froze upAn air conditioning unit freezes up due to two reasons:

  1. Restricted Air Flow – There is blockage or some type of restriction in the flow of air through your blower system.
  2. Low on refrigerant  – Being low on refrigerant is a sign of a link in the line.

To understand what freezes up and why:

There is a coil called the evaporator coil that goes from the inside of the home to the outside condenser unit. It is transferring the heat from inside the home, to the outside, where the heat is evaporated off, cooled down and sent back inside to the blower unit. When this evaporator coil freezes up it is basically overcooling itself because of a lack of refrigerant, or restricted air flow.

Thing to do when this happens:

  1. Turn your air conditioning system completely off. (Not just turning the temperature gauge up)
  2. Check for air restriction in your duct system. Replace the air filter if it is dirty. Open up all air registers. Make sure there is nothing blocking the registers such as with furniture or drapes.
  3. After the ice has melted from the evaporator coil, start up your system again, and let it run for awhile. If the ice does not return to the coil, you’ve solved the problem.
  4. If the ice returns to the evaporator coil, call iRepair Heating and Air to come out and inspect your system for leaks or deeper air flow problems.

Keeping Cool - Salt Lake CityAs we move through Spring and into Summer, now’s the time to consider some tips for keeping your cooling costs down.

Here’s a quick checklist of items to check:

  • Check your thermostat – Keep your thermostat at a higher temperature, as long as you are still comfortable.
  • Filter Replacement – Replace your air filters often. This will keep your cooling system efficient. 
  • Heat-Producing Appliances – Avoid using appliances that product a lot of heat. During the heat of the day, avoid using the oven, stove, clothes dryer, etc.
  • Fans – The use of fans to circulate the air is always an efficient use of cooling rooms.
  • Insulate – Adding additional insulation is always a good long-term strategy for reducing heating and cooling costs.
  • Trees – Plant trees to shade your home from the sun. This will help keep your home a lot cooler.
  • System Tune up – Get regular cooling system tune ups. iRepair Heating and Cooling and come right out to service your cooling system before the heat of the summer.

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Air Conditioning SystemUnderstanding how your home air conditioning system works, helps to know when it is not working quite right. An air conditioner work much the same way as your home refrigerator. But, unlike a refrigerator, which cools a smaller space, your home air conditioning system cools your entire house.

There are three basic sections of an air conditioning system. You have a compressor, a condenser and an evaporator. You also have a chemical that converts from a gas to a liquid and back again. It’s basic function is to take the heat out of the air and move it outside of the home. When your outside condenser unit is running, place your hand over the top of the unit and feel the temperature of the air that is being blown. It is very warm. You would think that an air conditioning unit would do just the opposite, that of changing the air to a cool temperature. Well it is doing that, but simply removing the heat from the air, leaving your air cooler.

Your outside unit is comprised of the compressor and condenser. On the other hand, the evaporator is on the inside of your home and is typically part of your furnace or blower.

So basically the way the whole cooling system works is through the chemical changes that take place with the fluid that circulates from the outside unit and the inside evaporator (furnace).

The fluid or chemical will arrive at the compressor (outside unit) as a cool gas and then move through the compressor and leave as a hot gas. When in the compressor it is compressed, squeezing the fluid, pushing the fluid molecules closer together. In doing so it creates a higher temperature and forms a gas under high pressure.

It then moves through the condenser, which is a radiator, and dissipates the heat from the gas. That is why you can feel the hot air that is blown from the top of your outside unit. So coming into the condenser hot, it leaves cooler. As it is cooled down, it is changed from a gas back into a fluid.

This cooler fluid now travel inside of your home to the furnace unit through the evaporator. Inside the evaporator the fluid is pushed through a tiny hole. As it comes through this hole the fluid pressure drops and is changed into a gas. The evaporator unit is also like a radiator, as it transfers the heat around it into the gas in the tube and heats up the gas. The gas then is back on its way to the outside unit and arrives at the compressor and begins the process all over again.

The blower of your furnace unit is used to blow the cooler air into your home through a series of duct work which is connected to vents in each room of your home. Adjusting your vents (Opening or closing them) helps you to maintain a proper temperature balance for each room.

All of the components of your cooling system require regular maintenance to continue working properly and efficiently. So it is important to have them checked and service annually. Call iRepair Heating and Air for an annual check up.

Salt Lake City, Utah - Checking your Cooling SystemNow’s the time to check your home air conditioner before the hot summer days. There are several things you can check yourself without calling for a certified technician. But it is always good to have your outside air conditioner condenser, as well as the blower unit, checked annually by iRepair Heating and Cooling.

Here are some easy steps to take for personal inspection of your air conditioning units.

  1. Check your circuit breakers to make sure nothing has been tripped during the winter months.
  2. Clean around your outside condenser unit. Make sure it is free from any plant growth or trash. Also take a water hose and hose off the coils.
  3. Put a new battery in your thermostat.
  4. Check your fan blower belt and make sure it doesn’t have any cracks.
  5. Put in a new air filter.
  6. Call iRepair Heating and Air to have them service the other aspects of your cooling system.

Now enjoy summer without worrying about the reliability of your cooling system. Remember iRepair Heating and Air services all the Salt Lake City area and they come out the same day you call.

Rebate Programs from QuestarAs a homeowner living in the Salt Lake area of Utah, you may not be aware of the great rebates that Questar Gas offers to homewners when you purchase and install an energy efficient furnace or air conditioner.

In addition to a bonus rebate from your utility company, by installing an energy efficient appliance, over time, you save a lot in heating and cooling costs. Questar Gas offers their rebates on a number of different appliances. For example their rebates on energy efficient furnaces range from $200 up to $450. Energy Efficient water heaters have rebates from $50 up to $750.

For more information about the Questar rebate programs, check out their website listing on appliance rebates.