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Keep Your Family Safe From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide is a major problem in Northeast Texas during the winter months. To protect your family from the dangers of CO poisoning, here are some tips that you should take note.

What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas which is normally produced by home appliances and equipment that burn natural gas which includes your heating systems. CO should be properly vented out of your home; however, circumstances like poor system maintenance can cause this gas to reach indoor and bring great danger to your health.

The hemoglobin that flows through your bloodstream collects oxygen and delivers it to the different parts of the body. Carbon monoxide can also bind with it and even faster than oxygen which is why, the hemoglobin gets filled with CO rather than oxygen. Because of this, your body has insufficient supply of oxygen which makes you ill or worst, causes death. This is called carbon monoxide poisoning.

Tips In Preventing CO Leaks In Your Home

  • Do not skip annual maintenance check-ups on your heating systems as well the vents and chimneys. Debris can accumulate in the chimney and cause CO build up. Hire a professional technician to ensure that the job is done completely and properly.
  • Check the vents if there are blockages that can hinder the proper flow of carbon monoxide out of your house.
  • Make sure that fuel-burning heaters, gas stoves and other appliances are properly vented.
  • Do not use oven and gas rages to heat your home.
  • Open the damper in the fireplace before you start a fire until the ashes are cool. This can prevent poisonous gas build up inside your home.
  • Outdoor appliances should be used outdoors. If you are using generators, BBQ grills, and lanterns, place them no way near or inside your home or garages. Use them outside, at least 20 feet away from your windows and doors.
  • Be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector installed at least one in each level of your home. Check the alarms and the components once a month. Replace batteries if needed. CO detectors sound the alarms when CO levels inside are reaching dangerous levels.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of homeowners’ nightmares during the winter season. The good news is, CO poisoning can be avoided with regular maintenance service schedules with only qualified and trained professionals like the experts at All Around A/C, Heating and Refrigeration.


Why Your Furnace Smells like It Is Burning

Do you smell something burning whenever you turn your furnace on or while it is currently at work? Here are the reasons why this happens.

It smells like burning dust when you fire your furnace for the first time after a long summer rest. It is because of the dust and other debris gathered in the system which gets burned when you turn your furnace on. This is still considered a normal situation especially when the heating season starts. However if the smell lasts more than 30 minutes and continues even in the middle of the operation, there may be more serious problems to deal.

Clogged Filter

Dirt and dust can accumulate in the filter and hinder proper airflow. This adds additional strain to your furnace especially to the motor part. An overworked motor produces a burning smell and if this continues, the motor will stop working completely. It is important to replace air filters before you run your furnace for the first time and have a regular check, cleaning or replacement if necessary.

Closed Vents

Many homeowners prefer to have their vents closed especially in those parts of the house which are not occupied. However, closing many vents can also be a reason for the burning smell. Your furnace pushes warm air through the vents and into your home. When vents are closed, warm air builds up in the furnace and can also lead to major damages. Unlike cool air, when warm air is trapped in the system, it produces a burning smell.

Other Possible Reasons

 Electrical shorts can also happen in the furnace system. The burning smell that you notice may be because of melt wires and insulators. It can also be caused by faulty furnace components or when certain debris gets in contact with the component in your furnace that produces the heat.

Service The Furnace

If you smell smoke coming from your furnace but was not able to determine the cause, keep the furnace off until the service technician arrives. Let him diagnose the issue and provide proper solutions. Never ignore this kind of problem because it can turn a simple issue into a major disaster.

If you are troubled by the unfamiliar odors coming from your furnace, we at All Around A/C, Heating and Refrigeration will be very glad to pay a visit.


Give Your Furnace A Break With These Home Heating Tips

Let’s face it- home heating cuts more than half of your budget this winter season. Depending on how your home is constructed or what your daily routines are, you can’t deny the bulging expenses when it comes to your energy consumption. Good thing, there are simple ways that you can do to shrink your home heating bill. Try these easy tasks and find out how much you can save in your winter energy costs.

Regularly change the furnace filters.

Furnace filters play a vital role in keeping your indoor air clean and healthy. If the filter is filled with dust and dirt accumulation, the furnace operation will be affected. Not just that it contributes to poor indoor air quality, it also put strain on your furnace causing it to work harder and longer leading to high energy bill or system failure.

Be sure that holes in the exterior and interior walls are sealed.

When it comes to wall insulation, you have to pay extra attention on the small holes found on pipes, electrical boxes, and gaps between window frames. These give way for cold air to enter and the warm air to escape. Exchange of cold and warm air is a big contributor to high energy bill. There are available sealants and spray foams on the store that you can use to seal the holes.

Replace the weather stripping around doors and windows.

Weather stripping also worn out as time passes and if you fail to replace them, warm air can leak out. This will make your furnace work harder to reach the temperature set in your thermostat. Replace weather stripping regularly.

Consider a space heater.

One thing that causes your energy bill to rise is energy wastage which happens when you’re just staying in one room yet you need to fire up your furnace for the entire house. This is when you need to invest on space heaters. This is like a portable heater that you can bring whichever room you want to stay so you don’t have to fire up the furnace for the other unoccupied parts of the house.

Schedule a routine maintenance service.

Keep your furnace maintained to ensure its efficiency and proper operation throughout the winter season. This includes complete inspection, cleaning and repair on the components of your furnace.

Need an HVAC expert to help you in your Northeast Texas home? Call the professionals at All Around A/C, Heating and Refrigeration for services you can trust.


Why Is My Furnace Causing a Tripped Circuit Breaker?

Furnaces are the widely used heating systems in Northeast Texas. Since we’re still in the midst of winter, we expect to be using more of it in the weeks to come. That’s why most homeowners make sure that their furnaces and all other heating units are properly maintained and closely watched for potential problems.

However, it’s a sad fact that even the most expensive furnace system can still experience problems especially when constantly used but poorly maintained. One of the worst scenarios that can happen in your furnace is a trip circuit breaker. Never ignore this problem! Some homeowners would simply reset the circuit breaker and carry on until the breaker tripped again. They’re making things worse.

Yes! This Happens To Gas Furnaces

Whenever a circuit breaker trips, it signifies that something is wrong inside your system. The reason why this happens is to protect the system from a large voltage surge. Sometimes, a gas furnace is commonly misunderstood because it uses natural gas combustion to generate heat. Even if it works that way, the other components are still powered by electricity.

Most furnaces are using electronic ignition instead of pilot lights and the main electrical component is the blower motor. This is oftentimes the reason for tripped circuit breakers. Check out these common causes why this problem occurs:

  • The furnace filter is clogged. We all know the importance of proper airflow which is commonly disturbed in filter parts of an HVAC system. A clogged filter is probably the most common cause of many furnace problems but also the easiest to fix. When filters are congested with particles such as dust and lint, it adds strain to the blower motor and eventually causing the circuit to overload.
  • The air duct is leaking. If the air duct which is connected to the furnace is damaged, it may cause air to leak out of the system. With insufficient amount of air, the air pressure drops increasing stress on the blower motor.
  • The motor itself is damaged. If all other components work perfectly fine, the reason may rest in the blower motor itself. It is important to regularly check if there are worn down insulation to prevent tripping circuit breaker.

Whatever the reason why your circuit breaker tripped, always call a professional help. Don’t ever try to solve the issue yourself for you might just end up compromising the safety of your unit and your property. Call the experts at All-Around A/C for guaranteed services for your HVAC needs.


5 Tips To Reduce Your Heating Costs

 

Who says you can’t have a warm and cozy winter at a lesser heating cost? It only takes little changes to your everyday routine. Here are some tricks that can prevent your heating bill from skyrocketing.

  1. Turn down the temperature at night.

Dropping the thermostat when you’re ready to sleep can help save energy big time. It will turn your home a bit cooler but you can always count on the warm cuddle of your blankets. To avoid being troubled with the cold temperature when you wake up, set your programmable thermostat to raise the temperature starting at the time you wake.

  1. Humidify the air.

Increasing moisture level in your home is truly an energy saving strategy for the winter season. It helps in holding heat effectively causing a warmer atmosphere inside.  If you love making soup which is a great remedy for the coldest time of the year, you can use the steam to increase the moisture. It’s a nice small benefit that can cut your energy consumption big time.

  1. Use space heaters.

If you’re spending most of your time in only one room, it will be best to turn off your furnace system and opt for space heater instead. It works efficiently in heating small spaces and the operation is very much cheaper as compared to having your furnace system running. To maximize your saving, turn space heaters off when you leave the room or when you’re ready for bed.

  1. Keep the blinds closed.

Open the blinds when your window is directly heat by sunlight. This brings additional warmth inside your home. If the sun is behind clouds however, you might want to add insulation to your windows by closing the blinds. This will help lock the heat inside and prevent cold air from getting in so you don’t have to fire up your furnace too long or set the thermostat too high.

  1. Cook meals at home.

Cooking meals especially this winter season is a helpful strategy in warming your home. Aside from heating your food, you are also keeping your home warm because of the heat that escapes from your oven.

Hopefully, you’ll enjoy your winter season with great comfort and low energy bill with these simple but truly helpful tips from All Around A/C. If you’re troubled with your HVAC system as well, don’t hesitate to give us a call.


Tips To Protect Your A/C From The Winter Blast

Summer has been a tough season for your air conditioning system. It’s just right to give your A/C a safe rest these cold months and winterizing it can be a good start. Here are some important tips to protect your air conditioning unit against the cold weather, rust damage, and other elements this winter.

Check if there’s a need for repair. Don’t let your A/C hibernate over the winter with malfunctioning components. If you notice that something is wrong with it during the last month of its operation, be sure to have it repaired.

Turn off the power. It’s probably the first thing that you should do. Find the A/C circuit and flip the switch to turn it down this winter. This can save you on electricity loads and prevents the unit from accidentally turning on when winter turns unusually warm. Water can also get its way to your unit and freeze which can lead to greater damage.

Clean your A/C. Before stowing your unit, be sure to wash those bird droppings, dirt, and dust. Your unit is built for extreme temperature so the cold may not hurt it but the debris gathered in the unit can. Remove small branches, leaves and other gunk and let the unit dry completely.

Insulate the pipes. There are available foam pipe covers that you can use to insulate the exterior exposed pipes. This will protect the pipe from the extreme temperature. Hold the foam covers in place by wrapping them with duct tapes.

Cover your A/C. Covering your unit is a good idea to keep the metals safe however, there is also dangers ahead. Some coverings can cause moisture accumulation and can be a perfect spot for animals. It’s always better to use the ones specifically designed for your A/C model.

Secure your unit with a cord. Vinyl ropes or bungee cords can be used to keep your air conditioning unit secured from the strong winter wind. Be sure that the cord is tied firmly.

Check your air conditioning unit regularly. Check your units periodically to see if the cover is still in place. Strong winds, ice buildup and other circumstances may have caused it to fall out of place. If debris accumulate underneath your A/C or in the covers, clear them.

There! Your A/C is ready to make it through winter. If you’re still in need of a late season A/C repair, feel free to call All Around A/C, Heating and Refrigeration for help.

 


The Importance Of Furnace Maintenance: Heater Repair

Is your home ready for the fast-approaching cold season? How about the source of your heating comfort for the long cold nights? If you haven’t been paying attention to it, now’s the time to have your furnace checked. All Around A/C, Heating and Refrigeration shares these simple steps to prepare your furnace for the next cold wave.

Change Filters.

HVAC filter replacement is crucial in the proper operation of your furnace. Dirty filters reduce the unit’s efficiency and may cause it to work harder and longer. There is also risk in your safety because dirty filters can root to fire.

Reverse The Fan Motion.

Running the fans in reverse helps prevent them from getting stuck. This will also help maintain the smooth and light operation of your system.

Remove Flammable Materials.

Keep those combustible materials away from the furnace. Items like gasoline cans and loose woods can cause risks when exposed to too much heat which your furnace releases. After securing the space surrounding your furnace, block drafts from nearby doors and windows because they can cause your furnace to work harder.

Secure All Panels.

Double check the screws and fittings in the panels if they are properly tightened. Sometimes, leaks can be found in the panels so better check on them and provide necessary solutions.

Check Electrical Wires.

Be sure to examine if the electrical wirings are in proper placing. See to it that the wires are not worn or frayed. Damaged electrical wirings are most of the time the cause of system shutdown and fire.

Test Your Furnace.

Don’t forget to test your furnace and your thermostat. Once you start to run it, be attentive of the noises, foul odors and how long it takes to warm the air. Check also if it’s being responsive to the temperature set in your thermostat. This will help you identify some glitches and provide solution ahead of time.

Get In Touch With An HVAC Professional.

Even if you don’t ask for it, your furnace might fail in the most unexpected time and DIY maintenance oftentimes misses some problems in the system. Get in touch with your trusted HVAC company to ensure that your furnace is ready for use.

All Around A/C, Heating and Refrigeration is your one-stop shop for your heating service needs in Northeastern Texas.


Commercial HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Heating and cooling systems should be included in the top priority list of your commercial plans. Since these units can make or unmake your business, be sure not to skip the needed services for the proper operation of your HVAC systems.

The services involving your commercial HVAC systems are maintenance, repair and replacement. If you are a business owner, you’d rather spend for the first service. Maintenance is crucial to your commercial HVAC and there’s plenty of parts to keep an eye to. To give you a rundown, All Around AC provides this maintenance checklist for your guide.

Outdoor Units

  • Check if the refrigerant level is sufficient.
  • Clean coils and cabinets.
  • Remove obstructions that may block the drain openings.
  • Check for damage in the compressor and tubing.
  • Remove leaves, twigs and other debris in the unit.
  • Apply lubrication on the mechanical parts such as fan motor and fan blades.
  • Inspect the control box and wiring connections for damages.
  • Provide repairs on damaged parts.

Indoor Units

  • Clean blower assembly.
  • Lubricate fan belts and provide replacement if needed.
  • Check for lints in the combustion blower house and clean as needed.
  • Clean and remove obstructions in the evaporator coils and condensate drain lines.
  • Clean also the burner assembly and make adjustments if needed.
  • Check safety controls.
  • Check for dislocation and damages in the flue system.
  • Inspect wiring and connections as well as the heating elements.
  • Replace air filters.
  • Check the ductworks.

During System Operation

  • Check for abnormal noises and unusual odors that come out whenever you start to run the system.
  • Monitor the improper and uneven distribution of temperature in the different parts of the establishment.
  • Check the line and gas pressure for gas furnace and make adjustments if needed.
  • Monitor correct load/volts of the system.
  • Check if the system operation follows manufacturer’s specification.
  • Make reports on the operation of the system and suggest proper repair and replacement if necessary.
  • Check all operating and safety controls.

These checklist can guide you in your preventive maintenance program for your commercial HVAC. However, we recommend that you make one based on the needs and specifications of your system and the needs of your facility.

If you’re not sure on what’s best for your commercial HVAC, feel free to call us and we’ll tailor a maintenance program to keep your HVAC systems running in tiptop shape.


How To Detect A Failing A/C Compressor

Before your entire air conditioning unit breaks down, your AC compressor is the first to fail. Most homeowners won’t call an HVAC professional until it’s too late and the unit has fully collapsed. Don’t make this happen to you. Take note of these signs that will tell if your AC compressor is failing.

Noises

There are different noises that come along a failing AC compressor. It all begins with a struggling start of your air conditioning system. The chattering noise on your AC is an electrical glitch when you start using your unit. The clicking and rumbling sounds are from the loosed motor within the compressor which spanks inside its housing.

Moisture Leaks

The moisture pools that you find near your HVAC system can be caused by a leaking refrigerant from your AC compressor. This is not a simple problem and may bring havoc on your health. It brings dizziness, headache, nausea and more. If not given solutions, your entire system may collapse due to an insufficient amount of refrigerant.

Reduced Airflow

Reduced airflow is another sign that your AC compressor is failing. The compressor is responsible for the cool air released in your vents. If it struggles to perform its function, there can be a noticeable effect on the cool air that you feel. But compressor is not always the reason for this. It can also be caused by a clogged airduct.

Warmer to No Cool Air

Some failing compressors affect the airflow while some affect the air produced. If the compressor is malfunctioning, it keeps on producing air but not cooling them. This is because of low refrigerant level in your compressor.  Basically, what comes out of your vents is warmer air which is very discomforting especially during the long hot season.

Knowing that these signs are not your typical DIY jobs, a failing compressor needs a thorough inspection of a heating and cooling professional. This is a complicated part because refrigerants and electrical connections which contribute to the overall performance of your AC are contained in it. That’s why only call a licensed HVAC technician when these symptoms become noticeable in your unit.

Is your AC compressor struggling? Let’s fix it up before it complicates your entire unit. All Around AC is just one call away. Schedule an appointment with our licensed HVAC experts and have your HVAC problems solved in no time.


Safety Tips For Heating Your Home

We are on the hunt for alternative home heating solutions when the cool breeze sets in. It’s not wrong to use different techniques for the goal of keeping our home warm as long as we are aware how to properly use them. Be guided by these safety tips and prevent mishaps caused by open flames and other fire hazards.

Electric Space Heaters

Avoid plugging your electric space heaters on a power strip and extension wires. It should be directly on the wall outlets. Make sure to check if the thermostat control mechanism allows it to switch off automatically in case the heater malfunctions. Keep children away from it and don’t forget to unplug it when not in use.

Wood Stoves

Read the manufacturer’s maintenance and installation guide and follow them to ensure safety in using wood stoves. Also, always check the unit for cracks and if sealed properly. Have a regular cleaning of the chimneys and pipes and always inspect for damages. Regular maintenance will help you big time in preventing accidents with heating units.

Kerosene Heaters

Make sure to use your kerosene heaters in a well- ventilated room. Before refueling, let the unit cool and bring it outside for refilling. Do not use gasoline because it can easily flame up. Before using one, be sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations on its proper usage from the local fire department.

Fireplaces

Fireplaces may look simple to operate but it’s a completely complex unit If you are using one, make sure to always clean your chimney to remove creosote build-up. Regularly check for cracks and hitches because these may cause roof fires. Put a screen on the opening to prevent burning materials from flying out of the fireplace. Be sure to extinguish the fire before leaving your home. Don’t dispose the ash in a trash can; saturate it with water instead.

Reduce Home Fire Risk

Heating systems such as space heater and central heating systems should be set up only by qualified technicians based on the manufacturer’s note and local codes. Don’t forget to schedule appointments for cleaning and maintenance with your local contractors.

The best defense is a good offense. It’s a good idea to have smoke alarms installed in your home. Also, do not forget to create an escape plan for your family. These practices will keep you and your family ready and safe in case an untoward incident happens.

 


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