Posts Tagged ‘air conditioning’

There are certain signs that indicate that it’s time to call an HVAC specialist. If you begin to have any of the following problems, call Casteel Air right away to make an appointment:

  • Your HVAC is making strange noises.
  • Ice is forming on the HVAC unit or lines.
  • There is water puddling around your exterior unit.
  • Your HVAC is not cooling or heating all areas of your home sufficiently.
  • The system runs for hours at a time.
  • Your home is taking longer to cool down or heat up.
  • Your utility bills have been rising for no obvious reason.
  • Your system is more than a decade old.

Ignoring these problems, or “waiting for them to go away,” can cause serious damage to your HVAC system. Let us know if you have been experiencing any of these symptoms or if any questions about your system. You can also reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

The summer heat is at it’s peak in Georgia, and with the humidity at an astonishing high, it’s important to make sure your HVAC unit is working properly. Humidity and heat can affect the efficiency of your air conditioner, so now is a perfect time to take advantage of our coupon and schedule a summer efficiency tune up!

ACTUNEUPSPECIALCOUPON

All of the following tests and  inspections are performed during your tune up:

  • Test Thermostat Operation / Calibration
  • Inspect Blower Belts (If Necessary)
  • Lubricate Blower Motor (If Necessary)
  • Lubricate Blower Wheel (If Necessary)
  • Visual Inspection of Indoor Coil
  • Check Temperature Differential
  • Inspect Electrical Disconnect Wires
  • Inspect Electrical Component Wires
  • Test Line / Load Voltage
  • Test Refrigerant Charge
  • Inspect Ourdoor Coils & Wash w/ Water (If Necessary)
  • Inspect Condenser Fan Motor
  • Inspect Condenser Bearings
  • Check Suction PSIG
  • Check Discharge PSIG
  • Check Superheat or Sub Cool
  • Check Amps on Outdoor Motor
  • Check Outdoor Entering Air
  • Check Outdoor Leaving Air
  • Check Indoor Entering Air Delta T
  • Check Indoor Leaving Air Delta T
  • Inspect Condensate Pump and Drains
  • Inspect Transformer
  • Includes Standard 1″ F

Feel free to give us a call at 770.565.5884, contact us online, or talk to us on our Facebook or Twitter pages if you have any question about the efficiency tune up!

Our main goal here at Casteel Air is to give our customers top-notch service and make sure that we always leave them as happy as possible. We always do our best to make sure that all of  your AC needs are met and we leave a smile on your face. Check out what some of our other customers are saying about their 5-star visits from Casteel:

“Our technicians, Sean and Danny were prompt, extremely polite, courteous and patiently answered all our questions. Amazing, considering they work in 120+ degrees ALL DAY. They went over and above the call of duty to ensure the job was done well and right. You could tell they care about their workmanship and have pride in their company. Top notch team – true professionals!!”

“Casteel has always been the best and today, Joe and Kevin proved it again. They installed our new system with quick efficiency and professionalism! They patiently answered my questions and showed me everything that I need to know.
Thanks guys! You are the best!!!”

“Got timely install of new A/C. My installer Chris H was neat and efficient. Could not be happier.”

“I recently had to replace a stolen AC unit. Chris M., Design Consultant for Casteel, assessed what I needed and was able to schedule an install with a comparable unit. Arron H and Chris H who installed my new AC were professional, efficient and neat–cleaning up and being thorough about the entire job. I have been a Casteel customer for 8 years and appreciate their high quality customer service.”

“I highly recommend Casteel. The service technician was thorough, explaining everything he was doing. He answered every question I had, showed me the defective part on my A/C unit, and why it was defective. The same part on my other unit had fallen just below the recommended rating – he explained that I could still use it but it may need to be replaced in the near future (I did replace it). Overall, I am very satisfied with the experience and would use Casteel again without hesitation.”

We want to thank all of our customers for your support! Casteel Heating and Cooling would not be a success without all of you. Thanks for choosing us when it comes to your heating and air conditioning needs.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that air conditioners weren’t always around, but the creation of air conditioners allowed so many advances in society that we don’t often recognize. For instance, did you know…

  1. The modern air conditioner was invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier, not for personal comfort, but for a publishing company. The AC kept temperature and humidity low too keep the paper from expanding and contracting
  2. Movie theaters were early adopters of air conditioning. Summer blockbuster exist because people would flock to the air conditioned movie theaters to escape the summer heat.
  3. Air conditioning has changed the way houses are built. High ceilings and large windows that allowed breeze to sweep through the home are no longer needed now that central air can cool all areas of the house.
  4. Air conditioning has helped increase life expectancy and advances in medicine. Hospitals with AC helped allowed advances in surgery, decreased infant mortality rate, inhibited bacteria, and help defeat malaria.
  5. AC has revolutionized many other industries besides medicine: the manufacture of computers and chipsets; data storage centers; the production, delivery, and storage of food; pharmaceutical manufacturing; and chemical manufacturing.

It’s amazing how important air conditioning has become in our daily lives. If you have any questions about your air conditioner, let us know! You can also talk to us on Facebook and Twitter.

Odors increase with temperature, and with the temperature in Georgia rising, you may start noticing some unpleasant smells around your home. It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does happen, it’s something that you can’t ignore. Follow these steps if you notice unpleasant odors in your home:

  1. Look for the source of the smell. The cause may be a dead animal or a mess that was left uncleaned. In this type of situation, if you get rid of the source, the smell should also quickly disparate.
  2. Check your air filter. If your filter is dirty, it may be the cause of the odor. Replace your filter, or wash it if it is reusable.
  3. Check the condensation drain line and rain pan for stagnant water and mold. If the pan or drain line needs to be cleaned, you can do so with bleach and hot water. Remember to make sure that they are fully dry before putting them back in place.
  4. If none of the steps above remove the odor, consider having your entire unit cleaned. There may be an issue in a spot that you cannot access.

Remember that your unit should be inspected by a professional on a yearly basis. If you have any questions, please contact us or reach out to us on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Marietta lucked out last night when Tropical Storm Debby decided to change her path and head farther east; however, hurricane season is long from over and it’s important to storm-proof your air conditioning system before any major storm in order to keep it in its best condition.

Tropical storms and hurricanes often cause power outages and substantial property damage such as flooding, fallen trees, or breaking outdoor furniture. There are, however, a few simple steps you can take to protect your AC system from harm before a hurricane or tropical storm arrives:

  1. Turn off your air conditioning system before the storm arrives.
  2. Remove any window units or duct systems that exhaust through windows, and seal up windows tight.
  3. Put a tarp over your outside unit to protect from rain and debris.
  4. Secure the unit in place with hurricane straps, if necessary, to keep it stable in high winds.

After the storm, do not immediately turn your AC system back on. You should inspect the outdoor unit to make sure that the surrounding area is clear of debris and that the unit is fully, properly functional.

If your unit does experience some damage, make an appointment with a professional to inspect and repair the unit before you turn it back on.

The summer heat is rolling in so you are going to want to make sure your air conditioner is running the best it can to keep you cool all summer long! Make sure you take advantage of our $79 Furnace Efficiency Tune-Up Coupon! Remember, one of the most important things you can do to ensure efficiency is to change your filters regularly!

Casteel 25-Point Furnace Tune-Up Includes:

Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Inspect Igniter
Inspect Rectifier Probe
Check Differential Pressure Switch
Inspect Draft Inducer
Inspect Exchanger for Micro Holes
Inspect Exchanger for Rust
Inspect Exchanger Face Plate
Check Pilot Assembly
Check Gas Valve Operation
Check for Gas Leaks
Check Gas Pressure
Inspect Limits and Safety Switches
Inspect Flue Conditions and Codes
Inspect Electrical Disconnect Wires
Inspect Electrical Component Wires
Inspect Door Switch for Safety
Check Safety Drain Pan Switches
Check Blower Motor
Inspect Indoor Coil for Visible Leaks
Minor Cleaning of Indoor Coil
Check Condensate Drain Line and Pump
Check Thermostat Operation / Calibration
Cycle System and Test Safety of Operation
Includes Standard 1″ Filters

If you decide to take advantage of our special, let us know how your experience was on Kudzu or our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’d love to hear from you!

The summer months are fast approaching and the temperature is heating up. If you live in the state of Georgia, then you are already familiar with humidity! Sometimes an air conditioner is not enough to get rid of that heavy, sticky, hot feeling in your home. Dehumidifiers are perfect for the summer heat! Experts have identified the ideal level of relative humidity in a home should be between 30% to 60%.

Not only does a dehumidifier help keep you comfortable in your home, but excessive humidity can also create an excellent breeding ground for mold and mildew – invaders that can be unhealthy and destructive to a home, its occupants and its furnishings. Just another reason to fight the humidity!

Just so you understand how a dehumidifier works, let’s break it down into four simple components Fan Compressor, Reheater, Compressor cooling coils and Reservoir. These parts work together to collect the surrounding air, then, the coils use condensation to extract the moisture from the air. The dehumidifier reheats the air and exhausts it back into the room. Simple enough, right?

It’s only May, so you still have time to invest in a dehumidifier before it’s too late and your hair frizzes out of control! If you have any questions or comments let us know in the comment box or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Are you having some problems with you air conditioner? We are going to go over the common problems according to Kudzu and explain how you can fix them. It is always a good idea to remember that you should have your system serviced annually by a qualified HVAC technician, and you should use such a technician to resolve any home air conditioning problems where the cause and solution are not both obvious. Also, we recommend that you read through your HVAC manual, to familiarize yourself with your specific unit.


Your AC Unit is not Cooling:
This is the most obvious sign that something is not working properly. Make sure that your thermostat is properly set a few degrees cooler than room temperature and make sure it is switched to the “cool” setting. Once you’ve determined that it is not a simple switch error, turn off your system. It may need to be cleaned. Start by removing any debris, twigs, dirt etc on and around it. Sometimes dirt can be restricting the air flow. If these simple steps do not resolve the issue, it would be best to call an HVAC technician.

Clean Filters: Your air conditioning system needs clean filters in order to run properly and efficiently. A filter collects all the dust and allergens from incoming air in order to keep the air in your home clean. We recommend that you change these filters every couple of months. If you do not, the filter will no longer be able to collect dust, forcing your system to work extra hard, which could lead to a breakdown.

If you are facing air conditioning problems that do not have an obvious cause or solution, we highly recommended that you call an HVAC technician. It is always better to be safe then sorry! If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comment box below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

It is important to try to keep up with home maintenance for your HVAC system to ensure efficiency and to keep things running smoothly. Kudzu recommends a few things you can do yourself.

Make sure you are routinely checking, cleaning and changing your air filters. Try to do this once a month for your furnace, AC and/or heat pump. Having a clean filter will help with the efficiency of your HVAC system. Keeping a dirty filter will only lead to problems and early failure of system!

Regularly check your units outside to make sure that plants and leaves aren’t getting into the system. You don’t want a family of ants setting up colonies in your system, it will affect your air-conditioners performance.

Before calling an HVAC Technician, make sure all circuit breakers are turned on. A simple blown fuse could be the issue!

Always make sure that your supply-air and return-air vents are open and unobstructed to ensure proper air flow.

Try to make sure there are no obstructions within 3 feet of your air conditioning compressors. By obstructions, we mean anything from a fence to a bush or tree branch hanging above. This will prevent damage in the case of a storm.

Easy stuff, right? Now you’re almost on your way to being an HVAC professional…almost!