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HVAC Maintenance

When either the heating, ventilation, or air conditioning mechanisms in your home start to show signs of not working, it’s important that you take action right away. All of these mechanisms make up your HVAC unit, and if any one of these are not working, then the other mechanisms will eventually suffer as well.

If there are any reoccurring problems with your HVAC unit, don’t hesitate to call Remediation 911. Upon inspection we will identify what the problems are, and then take the appropriate actions to solve them. HVAC units require regular maintenance to operate at peak efficiency. When you call our Palm Beach-based remediation company you can rely on us to repair your HVAC unit no matter what state it is in.

Health Risks Associated with Broken HVAC Units

Clogged Filter

Your HVAC unit contains a filter that prevents contaminants from entering the air ducts or settling inside the unit. If you don’t change your filters on a regular basis, the filter will become overloaded with contaminants like dust and debris, which means it will underperform. It is important to set a reminder for yourself to change the filter at least every few months. If you or anyone in your home suffers from allergies or other health problems, then it is recommended to choose filter with a higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating. The higher the rating the better ability the filter has to remove tiny particles from the air.

General Leaks

A leak in your HVAC unit is a common issue that can cause health problems. Natural gas or oil are used by many furnaces to provide heat, which means a leak can be dangerous to your health or the health of your family relatives. The most deadly consequence of a leak is if it allows carbon monoxide to creep in. If your furnace uses oil or gas, and you come down with flu-like symptoms, then follow these steps. Open the windows, leave your home right away and call a professional remediation company. Fresh air outdoors will help you recover from your symptoms.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Sick Building Syndrome is the alternate name for poor indoor air quality. People spend more time indoors, so they are breathing in air that has been recycled through the HVAC unit more than one time. Without proper cleaning and maintenance, the air that comes through the vents of your HVAC unit can be polluted. Headaches, fatigue, congestion, and general trouble breathing are common symptoms of poor indoor air quality.

The quality of the air your breathe can be improved by using certain products or devices like an air purifier or ventilator. Biological accumulation that takes place in the air ducts or unit can lead to spores in the air. If your air ducts are clean and your HVAC unit is well maintained, then the chances of producing poor indoor air quality are reduced.

HVAC Maintenance Process

A licensed HVAC technician will initially check the thermostat and make setting adjustments if necessary.

The technician will next make electrical checks to make sure electrical connections are secure and that all readings are accurate.

The technician will then check over the condensation drain for any obstructions.

If you have an outdoor HVAC unit, the technician will perform an inspection outdoors. The surrounding area next to the unit should be clear.

The technician will then check the lubrication of the HVAC unit and will make replacements if necessary.

The air filter will then be examined if it needs to be replaced to maintain good air flow and quality.

The fans will be inspected to ensure that there is no damage and that they are operating as they should be.

Both indoor and outdoor coils will be thoroughly examined to determine if they need cleaning. Clean HVAC units always run more efficiently.

At the end of the process, if there are still reoccurring issues with the HVAC unit, the technician will recommend repairing the unit altogether.

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Common Questions About HVAC Units

How often should my HVAC unit be serviced?

You need to have scheduled checkups for your heating and cooling units to ensure that everything is running properly. It is recommended by HVAC technicians that you should at least have an annual inspection and service call by your local remediation company that specializes in HVAC maintenance.

What can be done about indoor air quality?

Many scientific studies show that air pollution is much more harmful indoors than outdoors. There are various things you can do to help improve the indoor air quality of your home, such as constant dusting and vacuuming. You can also have a qualified HVAC technician install devices like UV light units, special air filters or electronic air cleaners.

What causes AC units to malfunction?

If your air conditioning system malfunctions or freezes up, there are potentially many reasons for that. One of the most common reasons is that if the AC unit has a low refrigerant, then it can freeze up. The wear and tear to this unit over a period of time can lead to leaks that cause the unit to lose refrigerant. When refrigerant is lost, the AC unit will likely malfunction because of low pressure inside it.

Refrigerant is dependent on adequate freon levels. When freon levels are low, the refrigerant still has to expand to the same amount. The more expansion the cooler the produced temperatures. Due to this colder temperature, moisture will be sent into the air around the unit’s evaporator coil to freeze. The coil will eventually be iced up and its function will be impeded.

If your evaporator coils are dirty, your AC unit can lose significant airflow, and at some point, the unit will freeze up. Freezing can also be caused by defective blower motors.

How can I extend the life of my HVAC unit?

You are making a big investment in a heating and cooling unit, so having one last as long as possible is a top priority. It always helps to reduce the usage of an HVAC unit, so whenever necessary, turn the thermostat up or down to reduce use when you are away from home. If you want to prevent clogs then change out filters on a consistent basis. Any potential warning signs that you may pick up while testing your HVAC unit should be remedied by regularly scheduled checkups.

How do I check for HVAC unit warranties?

The outer surface of your equipment will have a label that is easy to read. This is how you can determine a unit’s manufacture date. If it is less than five years old, then it is likely that your unit is covered by warranty. For more details about HVAC unit warranties contact the manufacturer.

What is a zoning system? Why is it important?

Your air conditioning system’s ductwork is split into different segments thanks to zoning systems. These systems allow you to exercise temperature control in each segment, which enables more targeted and efficient air conditioning. Zoning systems use dampers inside the ductwork to both regulate and redirect air to various areas of the home. Zoning systems are important because they direct traffic for air that is needed for every part of your home. Without sufficient amounts of air, a single room can be greatly impacted.

Does size matter in an HVAC unit?

There are a variety of factors that go into what size you will need in an HVAC unit. This depends on what type of house you own, what its walls are like, insulation, attic space, and more. Too large an HVAC unit can result in a home that is too humid, causing moisture and mold problems. However, too small an HVAC unit can result in it running constantly, driving up your energy bill. It is best to to have a qualified HVAC technician to determine the unit size that is best for your home.

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Restoration Experts

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and up to date with the latest industry standards. We have the expertise and knowledge to restore your property quickly and efficiently.

Advanced Equipment

Remediation 911 has advanced techniques and technologies that allows our professionals to restore your property back to pre-loss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.