4 Types Of Heater Filters And Their Replacement Needs

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Filters need to be replaced on a regular basis in order to maintain the life of your heater. If you do not replace the filter, then your heater will need to expend more energy to push the heated air to the rest of the house, putting more stress on it and shortening the time that it functions with peak efficiency. In order to make sure that your heater lasts as long as possible, you need to make sure that you replace your filter regularly. You need to replace your filter whenever more than a third of it appears discolored, because this means that more than a third of the filter is clogged and will be hindering air flow. This could even cause your heater to overheat and shut down entirely. Check out these filters and their replacement times, and decide which is right for you. 1. Disposable Filter  Depending on your heater, you will need to replace your filter at the beginning and the end of every fall and winter, as well as once or twice during the season. Some heaters will need to have their filters replaced on a monthly basis. Although these are the cheapest types of filters, they require the most maintenance work on the part of the homeowner.  2. Glass Fiber Filter A glass fiber filter is designed to be more durable and be able to hold more dirt and dust particles without causing the heater to overheat and subsequently shut down. They cost more than a disposable filter, but only have to be changed once or twice a year, rather than several times a season. This will allow you to essentially install and forget about your glass fiber filter. 3. Standard Pleated Filter Standard pleated filters are similar to glass fiber filters in that they need to be replaced once or twice a year because of the large amount of dust and dirt that they are able to take in without causing the heater to overheat. 4. Electrostatic Fiber Filter Finally, an electrostatic filter will be able to remove the most amount of dirt and dust and will only need to be changed once a year. This is the most expensive type of filter, but it tends to be the most effective. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in heater repair. They will be able to recommend the best type of filter and replacement schedule for your...

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Three Common Reasons For A/C Repairs

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people who live in areas with high temperatures opt to purchase some type of air conditioning unit. The unit will keep the indoor temperature comfortable enough for the occupants of the property during the hotter months of the year. There are different types of units, like the smaller ones that sit in windows or the large ones which are connected to HVAC systems and provide an even amount of air throughout the entire property. Whichever unit you decide to go for, they will all require service at some point. This is a guide to the most common repairs needed for A/C units. 1. Lack of Regular Maintenance The lack of regular maintenance can really hurt an air conditioning unit. An air conditioner that has routine cleanings will run better and last longer than one that does not. The technician who provides the maintenance will clean all the filters, coils, and other areas of the A/C unit. During this time they will remove clogs, clean or change filters, and check for worn or damaged parts. If the air conditioning unit runs with clogs or dirty filters, the motor ends up working harder than normal which can damage the unit or even break the motor. 2. Refrigerant Leaks Another common reason that you will need A/C repairs is if the refrigerant is leaking. There may also be an incorrect amount of the refrigerant inside the system which makes the air conditioner run poorly and fail to cool down your property. You can hire a technician to check the levels to deem whether they are correct or to check for leaks. The technician can repair the leak or re-balance the levels of refrigerant to bring the unit back to proper working order. 3. Wiring Sometimes the issue with the A/C unit is linked back to faulty wiring. If the wiring is bad, the unit may fail to turn on or may not run the way it should. It is important to never touch the wires inside the system, especially if you notice they are frayed or damaged in a noticeable way. Turn the system off until a technician arrives at the property and determines the best course of action. Conclusion Owning an air conditioner can seem like a dream come true, especially when you come home from severe heat into a blissfully cold house. However, if you fail to keep up on the repairs, your nice and chilly home may quickly become hot and unbearable to live in. To learn more about A/C repair, contact Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air...

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