Archive for September, 2013

Start Off the Asheville Heating Season Properly with These Tips

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Asheville heating season tends to be fairly mild, as benefits our temperate North Carolina climate. Even so, a good heater can be a great comfort during those cold nights, and you never want your furnace to conk out when the temperatures start to fall. You can start off the heating season properly by following a few basic preparation tips that will keep your furnace running at peak efficiency.

  • Schedule a maintenance session. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your furnace running at its peak, but the end of summer is an ideal time to plan for a cleaning and routine check-up. If there are any worn or broken pares, if the pilot light is having trouble, or if any other issues arise, you can get them fixed before the temperatures get cold. This is also a good time to get your chimney cleaned, if you have one, and to check the ducts in your heating system for any leaks or excess dust.
  • Seal your windows and doors. You lose a great deal of energy from leaky doors and windows as warm air from your home escapes into the great outdoors. Checking your home for leaks and then sealing them properly – or better yet, having a qualified professional do it for you – will save money on your electric bills this winter.
  • Lower your thermostat. It sounds like a little thing, but it can actually mean a great deal when calculating winter heat costs. Most people won’t notice a few degrees difference in temperature, and the lower the thermostat setting, the more money you can save. That lowered thermostat means that your furnace won’t have to work so hard to keep you warm, and help your bottom line in the bargain.

If you want to start off the Asheville heating season properly, then contact Comfort Central for help. We perform regular maintenance calls with courtesy and professionalism, and if the time has come to install a new furnace, we’ll make sure you have the right one to do the job. Call us today to set up an appointment.

Hendersonville Air Conditioning Guide: What’s in My Outdoor Unit?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Traditional air conditioning systems consist of indoor and outdoor components. The indoor components typically include fan or blower units, a condensate system to collect and remove condensation, the evaporator coil, air filters, the thermal expansion valve and the ductwork leading throughout your home.  That’s the heart and soul of the air conditioning system, so important in places like Hendersonville for keeping heat and humidity at bay in the warm summer months. But the outdoor unit plays no less a role in the smooth functioning of your AC system. What’s in that big metal box in your backyard? Let’s take a look:

  • Compressor motor: The compressor compresses the refrigerant that leaves the evaporator coil, increasing it’s temperature to above the outside air.
  • Condensing coil: The hot refrigerant gas then runs through the condensing coil, releasing its heat into the outdoor air and causing the refrigerant to condense into a high pressure liquid.
  • Refrigerant lines: These lines are usually made of copper, and carry refrigerant from the various indoor components to the various outdoor components and back again.
  • Fan: The fan you hear on the outdoor unit when your air conditioning is running helps to cool the condensing coil using outdoor air.
  • Ports and controls: The outdoor unit usually carries circuit breakers, shutoff switches and similar controls to help service technicians correct any problems that may arise in the unit. It also contains service ports, which let trained technicians test the refrigerants levels and recharge the refrigerant if necessary. In both cases, these features should only be operated by certified experts who can navigate the inner workings of the air conditioning system properly.

If any components in your outdoor unit start to malfunction, or even if they just require a little maintenance, contact the experts at Comfort Central. Our trained technicians handle air conditioning issues in Hendersonville and throughout the greater Asheville area. We’re dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to ensure your air conditioning issue is addressed the first time, every time.

3 Common Problems Requiring Air Conditioning Repair in Hendersonville

Monday, September 16th, 2013

No one likes to consider the cost air conditioning repair, especially during the heat of summer when even a few hours without cool air can be a trial. In Hendersonville, NC, summer temperatures can be quite high, and if the air conditioning seems to be working at all, it may seem like a good idea to defer a repair rather than shut the unit down and call in an expert. In truth, however, the longer you delay, the more acute the problem can become, and what starts out as a minor issue can escalate into a more substantial repair cost. Here are three common problems requiring air conditioning repair.

  • Warm air: If the air blows warm, or doesn’t feel as cool as it once did, it means that something is likely out of whack in the cooling cycle. When refrigerant levels drop (usually because of a leak), the system labors harder to properly cool the air, and ice may develop on important components. A trained technician can not only recharge the refrigerant, but find and seal the leak so that the problem doesn’t repeat itself. Dirty coils can also cause inadequate cooling.
  • Low air flow: If the air conditioning unit is on, but the air flow is restricted, it could indicate a blockage in your ducts somewhere. The blower fan may also be malfunctioning and build up on an air filter might be restricting the air flow as well.
  • The AC unit will not turn on: There’s no more obvious sign of a problem than if the air conditioning unit itself will not turn on. Some of the components within the system, such as the compressor motor, have automatic shut-off switches that trigger when the component is overloaded or malfunctioning. It may also be an issue with frayed wiring or with the electrical system inside your house.

A trained technician can deal with all of these problems in an efficient and professional manner. In addition to repairs, a good service technician can also provide maintenance calls, cleaning components and performing other little steps to keep small problems from becoming large ones. For air conditioning repair in Hendersonville, NC, contact Comfort Central. We can handle repairs, installation and maintenance issues to keep you air conditioning systems running.

What are Some Common Air Conditioning Repair Needs in Asheville, NC?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

If it’s well-maintained, an air conditioning system should provide you with reliable service for a long time. Sooner or later, however, every piece of equipment needs servicing. In Asheville, NC, air conditioning repair becomes a big priority during the hot months, when temperatures soar and the humidity is staggering. Specific issues for AC units can vary widely, but you can familiarize yourself with a few of the more common air conditioning repair needs. That way, you’ll know what to look for when the time comes to call a service technician.

  • Dirt and debris: If an air conditioning system isn’t regularly maintained, dirt and dust can build up within it. The air filter can become clogged, which reduces air flow and interferes with efficiency. Dust in the ducts reduces indoor air quality, while dirt build-up on the evaporator coils causes problems with the cooling process. A regular maintenance visit can address these issues; otherwise, the neglect can result in more substantial problems very easily.
  • Low refrigerant: Refrigerant is supposed to function within a closed system, but leaks can develop and the levels can drop accordingly. You’ll notice it with the build-up of ice on the evaporator coils and elsewhere. A technician can pinpoint the source of the leak and seal it up before recharging the refrigerant.
  • Electrical contacts: Wires and other electrical components can fray and age with time. In some cases, that can translate to an overloaded component like the compressor motor. Most such components have safety switches that shut off the AC unit before more damage is caused. In any case, any electrical damage requires a visit from a service technician.
  • Drain issues: AC units have a condensate pan and drain line to collect and remove condensation (some have a drainage pump as well). When the line gets clogged or the drainage pan is incorrectly set, the condensation levels can rise and overflow, causing problems elsewhere in the air conditioning system. This is a particular concern in places like Asheville, NC which experience high humidity levels.

Whatever your air conditioning repair needs, it pays to contact an expert who will treat the issue with professionalism and care. The experts at Comfort Central are ready to help; give us a call today for Asheville air conditioning repair service.

Happy Labor Day!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

On the first Monday of every September, we celebrate Labor Day in honor of workers everywhere who strive to make our local community and country great. We enjoy the holiday like any other business as a time for BBQ, hanging out with friends and family, and celebrating the end of summer. It also means the start of the NFL and college football seasons.

The origins of Labor Day are disputed, as is the case with many other holidays. Some cite Matthew Maguire, the machinist and secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York, while others cite Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor. Whomever the original founder, by 1894, the holiday had become widely recognized and was designated a federal holiday by Congress and President Grover Cleveland immediately following the Pullman Strike. This strike pitted US Marshals and US Military against employees of Pullman Palace Car Company outside Chicago, as workers sought to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. At the time, the holiday was a way of repairing ties with workers and recognizing the importance of their contributions.

Today, we see Labor Day as an opportunity to recognize all the people who work hard to contribute to our county. Thank you, and Happy Labor Day from all of us!