Air Conditioning Options for Older Homes
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Air Conditioning Options for Older Homes

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Older homes have a historical charm that can be a perfect fit for many families but when it comes time to install modern amenities into it? It can be an intimidating thought, getting an older home a newer air conditioning system. If you’re looking to install a new AC system into your home, HTR Mechanical can get the job done. There are three great air conditioning options for older homes. 

  1. Central Air
  • This is a popular option for homes new and old for a reason. This system consists of a condenser unit that is installed outdoors. The condenser unit is connected to a series of ductwork that is installed in the walls and ceiling. This system can also be connected with electric and gas heating, so you won’t need a separate heating system. The downside to a central air system is that installing the ductwork can be challenging in old homes because of their unique builds. 
  1. Heat Pumps
  • Heat pumps can be a good choice because, despite its misleading name, can heat and cool your home. During summer the heat pump moves heat from inside to outside. In winter heat pump gathers heat from outside and moves it inside. This system can be a bit more expensive but it makes up for it with energy savings. 
  1. Ductless/Mini Ductless Systems 
  • Older homes with a unique structure may benefit from a ductless air conditioning system. This is mounted high on a wall and is connected to an outdoor component with tubing. It’s attached blower disperses air. This system works similarly to central air but doesn’t require the ductwork. In the case of a mini ductless split, there are two major components, the condensing unit, and the compressor. Outdoor and indoor parts are connected by a conduit that has the refrigerant and electrical lines. Its a small system that is good for smaller homes, but won’t be as efficient in large older homes. 

When it comes to air conditioning you want to make sure you get a professional to help you choose the right system and install it perfectly. If you have an older home that needs air conditioning, be sure to call HTR Mechanical. We can also handle all your HVAC maintenance needs. Call us today for more information. 

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Local HVAC Tips for Montgomery County, PA
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Local HVAC Tips for Montgomery County, PA

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Local HVAC Tips for Montgomery County, PA

We all use our HVAC systems every day and hardly think about them until something goes wrong. With how hot summers can be and how cold winter can be in Pennsylvania you don’t want your heating or air conditioner to go out when you need it most. We have some HVAC tips to share today, that will not only help you understand your system better but also know how to prevent expensive repairs in the future. 

01. Your HVAC system will rarely quit without signs beforehand. Keep an ear out for unusual noises coming from both your air conditioner and heater, sounds are the way your system tries to tell you it needs attention. Also, pay attention if your thermostat temperature and the air coming out of the vents match. If they aren’t accurate then that’s a sign that something needs to be looked at. 

02. Most air conditioning repairs are electrical in nature. It could be a blown capacitor or fuse, tripped breaker or something else, but its more times than not an electrical issue. We do not recommend you try to fix it yourself because it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Be sure to call us if your air conditioner needs repair.

03. Heater and air conditioning systems need regular maintenance. Just like your body or your car – HVAC systems need regular care or they’ll begin to act up. Providing consistent care will help prevent problems, improve efficiency and save you money. HTR Mechanical offers maintenance plans so you and your HVAC system are completely taken care of. 

04. HVAC technicians should be licensed. Don’t let just anyone work on your heater and air conditioner, make sure the person you hire has professional training. Working with HTR Mechanical means you are choosing licensed professionals with the experience to back our education up.

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05. Closing vents can damage your heating and air conditioning systems. Closing the vents can put extra strain on your HVAC system because while it’ll block off the air it will not redirect it. So even though you think your saving money now by closing the vents, your actually just opening up the possibility for a very expensive repair later. 

06. Air conditioners are getting larger rather than smaller. Somethings are being made smaller, but air conditioners are being made bigger. Energy regulations require more efficiency which ends up requiring to make AC units bigger. So if you get yours replaced and get a bigger one in its place, don’t be concerned!

07. You need to change your air filter regularly. Neglecting to change air filters every few months can result in clogs which further result in HVAC failures. So make yourself a reminder to change your filter out – especially if you have pets! Pet fur and dander tends to make air filters go quicker.

08. Air conditioners should not leak water. Some people think that this is normal but in truth its not. If you notice any leaks be sure to call a local HVAC contractor (such as HTR Mechanical) to fix that.

So now you’re a little bit smarter about your HVAC system and also know of a local HVAC service provider that can solve all your heating and air conditioning needs! HTR Mechanical is happy to serve Montgomery PA and the greater surrounding area. We are are premier local HVAC company of Montgomery, PA. We can provide regular maintenance, installations and repairs with unparalleled professionalism. Give us a call today and let us take care of your HVAC system today! 

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Surprise Water Heater Repair!
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Surprise Water Heater Repair!

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Surprise Water Heater Repair!

 

Today we had a service call for an odd noise coming from the mechanical room. I could hear the noise while I was on the phone with the homeowner. It was a loud noise that I have never heard from any heating or air conditioning system. I modified our service schedule to fit with the homeowner so we could take care of the issue as soon as possible. We were on-site within 3 hours and found that the expansion tank on the water heater had failed.

This resulted in the pressure relief valve releasing some water onto the floor, setting off the homeowner’s watchdog alarm off. This was the noise I heard while scheduling the call. We cleaned up the water on the floor and reset the alarm. We tested and inspected the system to make sure there were no other causes for the water on the floor and found none. After talking with the homeowner, we provided a quote with options to take care of the issues they had. The homeowner made a decision and we went ahead with the repair. 

This could have been prevented with a safety and efficiency agreement with us. While we are cleaning and testing your heat and/or air conditioning system, we inspect all mechanical equipment. We would have inspected the water heater, expansion tank, and recorded the manufacture date of the water heater. We do this free of charge so that the homeowner is aware of any future hot water issues that may arise. The life expectancy of a tank water heater is 10 years. So, by inspecting and recording the date of manufacture, we are able to inform the homeowner before they have an issue.

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Do AC Maintenance Before Summer Starts
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Do AC Maintenance Before Summer Starts

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Why you should get an early start on your Air Conditioning Maintenance.

It’s been a mild winter so far this year. For the most part, it has been pretty easy on your heater. With a mild winter comes a hot and humid summer. We all know we have a few more weeks of winter left, but now is a good time to start thinking about air conditioning. No one wants their air conditioning system to have issues during the summer let alone in the middle of a heatwave. Investing in air conditioning maintenance now will prevent being stuck without AC later.

By taking action now before it gets warm enough to need air conditioning, we can save you a headache in the future.  We can clean and inspect your heating and air conditioning system now and take care of issues that may cause you problems in the summer. By cleaning your system regularly, you can prolong the life of the system and the efficiency. The cleaner a system is when it runs the more efficient it operates resulting in lower utility bills. While cleaning we are also inspecting each part of your system so if we can see, by taking measurements and collecting data, if a component that is not performing as the manufacturer intended. If we find any issues, we can recommend solutions to prevent a breakdown and costly repairs in the future.

Regular AC maintenance will prevent needing repairs later.

Some warning signs that your system may have some issues:

  1. The house is not cool even on mild days
  2. Your house is cool but it is still sticky feeling when you are moving around
  3. A house has an odor when the air is on
  4. Inside unit or outside unit is making weird noises
  5. There is water on the floor around the indoor unit

If you have any of these signs happening with your system, we can provide you with a solution and prevent a future headache.  Give us a call today, so we can give you a comfortable tomorrow.

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