Common Home Heating Repairs

It never fails. You need heating repair in the middle of the winter months when your family is cold. That is when the system goes off, leaving your cold and frustrated. The good news is that home furnace and heat pump repairs that occur in the middle of the winter are not hard to get fixed. Additionally, many of the most common problems can be treated right away without a lot of cost. To get your system back up and running the way it should, contact a professional to handle your problem immediately.

The Thermostat

One of the most frequent reasons to call for heating repair does not have to do with the furnace itself. Rather, it is the thermostat that is causing the underlying problem. When the thermostat stops working, this can make it seem like the motor or heater itself is not working properly when that is not the case. Rather, you may just need to replace it. This can cause no heat to occur, no fan to run and comfortable problems.

Air Flow Limitations

Another common cause for problems has to do with the amount of air flow coming through the system. Air flow is a necessary element because it helps to keep the system working. If anything is clogging the ductwork, vents, or fan belts, this can stop the entire system. It can also cause overheating in the system. When this occurs, it can damage the motor and other components of the system. Those with limited or no heat often have these problems.

Clogged Filters

One of the causes of air flow problems is actually one of the most common reasons technicians need to come to the home. This has to do with clogged filters. Filters help to prevent dust and debris from entering into the motor and fans area. However, they can become clogged with so much debris that air cannot flow through it. Replacing them every month during peak usage is often necessary. If it has been a long time since the last time you replaced the filters on your system, have a professional do the work for you. This will allow the technician time to inspect the components of the system that could have been affected by it.

Heating repair is not something to put off, either. The longer you are running a system that is not working properly, the more damage is possible in the long-term. In addition, consider using preventative maintenance plans so that a professional can come to your home on a regular basis to ensure your system is working at its best. When it does, it allows the system to last longer while also keeping your energy costs lower.

Call Bob Chambers Heating and Air Conditioning today at (580) 355-1749 to schedule a complete system inspection.

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Ductwork – The Hidden Hero

Bob Chambers Heating and Air Conditioning offers quality duct work inspections services images.Although it’s hidden, one of the most important systems in your home is ductwork. Your home’s system, a branching network of tubes in the walls, floors, and ceilings, carries the air from your home’s furnace and central air conditioner to each room. It may be the cause of many different problems in your home including wasting a lot of your energy dollars, poor circulation, and allergy problems.

If anyone in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses your air ducts could be contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold. Ducts that leak heated air into unheated spaces can add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating and cooling bills.

As you begin to switch from running the furnace to cooling the air for summer, you might begin to notice an unusual odor emanating form your system. This is usually a good sign that your HVAC system has some microbial growth in it that needs to be removed. If you notice unusual odors coming from your system when the air turns on. It is worthwhile to have us come take a look and see how we can solve the problem.

It is vitally important that when you decide to have your system or duct cleaned, you go with a company who will be able to clean every part of the system -not just the duct work. For more information on our duct cleaning and preventive maintenance contracts, give us a call at (580) 355-1749 (or contact us here)  for a free in-home inspection.

Blower Door Testing

Blower Door Testing imageProfessional energy auditors at Bob Chambers Heating and Air Conditioning use blower door tests to help determine a home’s airtightness.

What is a Blower Door Test.  Quite simply it is a process to detect air leaks in your home that may be affecting your comfort and your energy costs.

These are some reasons for establishing the proper building tightness:

  • Reducing energy consumption due to air leakage
  • Avoiding moisture condensation problems
  • Avoiding uncomfortable drafts caused by cold air leaking in from the outdoors
  • Making sure that the home’s air quality is not too contaminated by indoor air pollution.

How They Work

A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all unsealed cracks and openings. The auditors may use a smoke pencil to detect air leaks. These tests determine the air infiltration rate of a building.

Blower doors consist of a frame and flexible panel that fit in a doorway, a variable-speed fan, a pressure gauge to measure the pressure differences inside and outside the home, and an airflow manometer and hoses for measuring airflow.

Diagnostic Tools

There are two types of blower doors: calibrated and uncalibrated. It is important that auditors use a calibrated door. This type of blower door has several gauges that measure the amount of air pulled out of the house by the fan. Uncalibrated blower doors can only locate leaks in homes. They provide no method for determining the overall tightness of a building. The calibrated blower door’s data allow the auditor to quantify the amount of air leakage and the effectiveness of any air-sealing job.

Preparing for a Blower Door Test

Take the following steps to prepare your home for a blower door test:

  • Close windows and open interior doors
  • Turn down the thermostats on heaters and water heaters
  • Cover ashes in wood stoves and fireplaces with damp newspapers
  • Shut fireplace dampers, fireplace doors, and wood stove air intakes.

Call Bob Chambers Heating and Air Conditioning today at (580) 355-1749 to schedule your Blower Door Test.

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Inspection Is The Key

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Regular inspection and maintenance will keep your heating and cooling system operating at its peak performance level. Here are some reasons you should schedule a heating & cooling tune-up twice a year:

•   Required by manufacturers to keep your warranty valid
•   Ensures your system works at an optimum level
•   Helps reduce your utility bills
•   Can prevent costly repair bills by uncovering small problems before they become expensive ones

Call Bob Chambers Heating and Air Conditioning today at (580) 355-1749 to schedule your Blower Door Test.

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New System Installation

New System Installation imageWhen replacing a furnace, air conditioning unit, boiler, heat pump or other HVAC system, you can rely on Bob chambers Heating and Air Conditioning professionals to get the job done right. You might be in need of a new system if your existing unit:

  • Is 7 years or older
  • Requires frequent repairs
  • Fails to heat or cool certain areas of your home
  • Runs excessively
  • Constantly turns on and off
  • Produces unusually high utility bills

Call Bob Chambers Heating and Air Conditioning today at (580) 355-1749 to schedule to schedule a system inspection and help you determine your heating and air needs.

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Heater Inspection Time

AC Unit Inspection and Service imageOh, just stop sweating it – give your home a heating and cooling checkup. With a Performance Inspection, our NATE-certified expert technician will help you relax and understand just what deal is with home’s environment. Think of this inspection as a smart way to effectively examine the resources that make your home a haven from the elements.

Our detailed visual furnace and air conditioning analysis locates any potential furnace, air conditioner and air quality issues and needed HVAC repairs or risks. Best of all, our experts will tell if Old Faithful – or whatever name you give your heating or cooling system – deserves repairs, needs maintenance or replacement. Allergy sufferers could also greatly benefit from the professional air quality assessment we include in this low-cost service. Remember, you have a right to live well.

Our System Inspection includes a visual check on:

  • Thermostat calibration
  • Air filter
  • Blower components
  • Correct airflow
  • Electrical connections
  • Proper system operation
  • Installation quality
  • Equipment area
  • Equipment clearances
  • Equipment condition
  • Condenser
  • Evaporator coils
  • Starting capabilities
  • Safety controls
  • Temperature differentiation
  • Refrigerant pressure
  • Condensate drains
  • Equipment match
  • Heat mode
  • Defrost cycle
  • Auxiliary heat operation
  • Heat exchanger
  • Ignition assembly
  • Burner assembly
  • Venting
  • Vent clearances
  • Combustion air
  • Gas pressure
  • Gas piping

In addition to these 28 checks, we make your comfort a priority. Our exclusive Home Health™ Report Card gives you a thorough review about any risks associated with the air inside your home. Affordable and trustworthy – we are here to help you. Let us transform your home into the comfortable and inviting destination it should be.

Call Bob Chambers Heating and Air Conditioning today at (580) 355-1749 to schedule your heating system inspection.

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Maintenance Checklist

The energystar.gov website recommends the following maintenance items:

Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it’s best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.

A typical maintenance check-up should include the following.

  • Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
  • Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increases the amount of electricity you use.
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
  • Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.

Cooling Specific

  • Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Check your central air conditioner’s refrigerant level and adjust if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent.

Heating Specific

  • Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger. Improperly operating gas (or oil) connections are a fire hazard and can contribute to health problems. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. Either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently.

Actions To Do Yourself

  • Inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. Your contractor can show you how to do this. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.