5 Signs You Need Air Handler Repair in Springfield

5 Signs You Need Air Handler Repair in Springfield

  • Air Conditoning
  • Maintenance
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An air handler is the large metallic box that’s connected to your HVAC system and is usually located in your closet or attic. Its job is to blow conditioned air throughout your house, keeping you comfortable. However, like any other machine, it can get worn down. If something results in your air handler not working, you’ll need to repair it in order to stay comfortable during the warmer and cooler months in Springfield.

Here are five problems that indicate you’ll need an air handler repair in Springfield:

 

Fan unit problems

The blower/fan in your air handler helps blow the conditioned air through your home/building. If the fan doesn’t work, your system will have great trouble keeping your home comfortable. You can tell something is up if the fan is making strange noises or doesn’t blow at all.

 

Condensate pan leaks

A good sign something is wrong with your air handler is when the condensate pan is leaking. During the hot summers, hard-working AC units will create a lot of condensation that accumulates in the pan below the air handler. If algae or mold builds up in the lines, it can clog the drains. When this happens, the pan can overflow and cause water damage. It’s even possible for bugs and mice to get into the line from the outside of the house and clog it. If there’s moisture or water underneath your air handler, your condensate pan might be leaking.

 

Dirty AC blowers

Your home’s air handler has filters that protect its blower assembly from contaminants. It’s very important to check and change out the air filters every month when you’re using the HVAC. Doing this can greatly improve the airflow in your vents.

 

Contaminated blowers

When contaminants like mold get onto your blowers, it can ruin your home’s air quality. Generally, this is a sign that the air handler hasn’t received seasonal maintenance.

 

Blower motor failure

A common problem an air handler can face that requires a professional repair is when the blower motor isn’t working. Several things can cause this, like a bad relay, control board, run capacitor, the blower itself, or the blower wheel. You’ll have to call a professional to diagnose the cause and provide a replacement part.

 

Why is One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning my best choice for home cooling repairs?

At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning Springfield we have the knowledge and expertise to install, maintain, and repair heating and air conditioning systems. We work all day so that our service is the most convenient for you, and we’re always on time or you won’t pay a dime. Whether you need to schedule a service check, need your existing equipment repaired, or you need a new installation, we can provide you the most cost effective and energy efficient solutions for your household. Call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about our services!

By Brian Renadette

6 Benefits of an AC Tune-Up in Springfield

6 Benefits of an AC Tune-Up in Springfield

  • Air Conditoning
  • Maintenance
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As spring turns to summer, Missouri homeowners will be swapping out their heaters for air conditioning. But is it ready to tackle the summer heat? The people at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning’s Springfield branch know that it’s a good idea to get an AC tune-up before the warm weather moves in. That way, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your AC will survive the summer heat.

Here are six benefits of an AC tune-up in Springfield:

 

Lower electricity bills

Summers are hot- there’s no way around it. It’s likely that you’ll want to be running your AC most days, but that can create a steep increase in electrical bills. A system with clogged filters and failing parts will need to work harder to do the same work. By tuning up your AC now, you’re increasing its efficiency and lowering your utility bills.

 

More comfort

What would you call an AC that can’t keep you cool? A bad one. Summers can be tough even for modern systems. If you want to keep a consistently cool, you’ll want our professionals at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to make sure your AC is running at top performance.

 

Fewer breakdowns

If you use your AC system this summer, are you certain that it won’t fail to start up? Do you know for sure that it’ll run smoothly all season? If you’re not sure, give us a call! Our tune-ups come with a complete inspection that can identify problems before they cause a breakdown.

 

Cheaper repair bills

In the event that your AC winds up needing repairs, they’ll likely be cheaper if you’ve got maintenance beforehand. The reason for that is because our maintenance addresses the more costly problems (like air flow issues and broken parts) during our inspections.

 

Extended AC lifespan

If you want your AC system to stay operational for a long time, you’ll want to give it regular maintenance. By routinely checking on your AC and preventing breakdowns, we can help extend your AC’s lifespan by years. If an AC doesn’t get regular maintenance, the average AC only lasts a few years.

 

Better air quality

During the months where you never use your AC, various bits of dust and grime build up in it. When you turn it on, all that nasty junk is going to go into the air, which can hurt your air quality and aggravate those summer allergies. When you call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to give your AC a tune-up, we’ll clean it out, ensuring that your home’s air stays fresh.

 

Why choose One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning for my home’s heating and air conditioner needs?

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to providing you the most cost-effective solutions to your AC needs. We offer a “Fixed Right or It’s FREE!”™ guarantee to all of our customers as well as straightforward pricing with no hidden fees. In addition, our highly-trained professionals all day, making our service the most convenient for customers like you. Call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about our AC services!

By Brian Renadette

Is It Time To Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Is It Time To Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

The dog days of summer are upon us. You’re ready for sun and fun, but your home’s air conditioning system may not be. When it’s not working properly, it generally gives clear warnings signs. Once you notice problems, you’re faced with a question: Do you get an AC repair or an AC replacement? At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand this dilemma, and we’re here to help you make the right choice.

Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair

It’s rare that an air conditioning unit breaks down without any warning. Typically, when parts start going bad, the system displays certain signs. Here are some common issues to look out for:

  • Higher than usual electric bills
  • Loud grinding, squealing or scraping noises
  • Weak airflow coming through the vents
  • Warm air blowing out of the unit
  • A musty or pungent odor when the AC is turned on
  • Humidity in your home
  • A broken thermostat
  • Water or moisture settling around the unit

As a general rule, units 15 years or older should usually be replaced. Otherwise, getting an AC unit repaired may be the best course of action. If you’re having any of these issues, you should have an HVAC specialist inspect the system.

A Cool Solution

Here at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we have skilled technicians who can properly diagnose, service and repair AC units. Because problems can arise at any time, we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whenever you call, we’ll be there on time, every time. To make it easier on your pockets, we offer a free service call with each repair.

Get It Fixed Now

The sooner you notice the signs of a failing unit, the faster the issue can be resolved. If you’ve had the system for less than 15 years, you’ll probably want to opt for AC repair. Contact us today. Our certified technicians will have you enjoying crisp, cool air in no time.

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Get Set for Summer Heat With an AC Checkup

Get Set for Summer Heat With an AC Checkup

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

The last thing you want to cope with on the hottest days of July is an AC repair. Make sure your air conditioning system is in optimal working condition before summer rolls around with a maintenance checkup from One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. Our skilled technicians provide affordable, professional service with an on-time guarantee.

Components of AC Maintenance

Even if your home’s AC worked fine at the end of last summer, it’s still worth having a tune-up during the off season. Our experienced service providers will do the following:

  • Identify damaged or worn components that must be repaired
  • Clean the internal components, including fans, coils, and belts
  • Check the airflow
  • Oil the motors
  • Adjust refrigerant levels and check for leaks
  • Change filters

Benefits of Summer AC Maintenance

These advantages make regular AC maintenance a smart choice for your home and your wallet.

  • A maintenance check can prolong the life of your system, extending the time before you need an AC replacement. Most AC systems are designed to last up to 15 years but will have a much shorter life without regular maintenance.
  • Adjustment and cleaning of critical components helps your AC run more efficiently, cooling the home more effectively and saving you money on utility bills.
  • Repairing broken parts of the system decreases the chance you’ll need a major AC repair when you need it working most. Most system failures can be prevented by making minor repairs as they are needed.

In the Springfield, MO area, you can schedule an appointment with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. All work is completely guaranteed. You can also save by signing up for our Comfort Club to receive regular maintenance twice a year, along with a 15 percent repair discount, priority service when repairs are needed, and reduced diagnostics fee. Call us today at 417-323-2397 or complete our convenient online contact form.

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3 Issues Caused by a Dirty Condenser Coil

3 Issues Caused by a Dirty Condenser Coil

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

Get more efficiency and longer life span of your air conditioner

You may be wondering just exactly what condenser coil is. A condenser coil is located outside your home within the condensing unit. Condenser coils are a vital part in the reliability and overall operation of your air conditioning unit. The condenser itself is responsible for converting gas into liquid. Your AC unit transfers a lot of air so it is important to make sure the condenser coil is always clean and free of debris.
A dirty condenser coil can cause many problems if neglected. Below you will find a list of the top three issues you may experience as a result of dirty condenser coils:

  1. When your condenser coil is dirty, the energy efficiency of your unit drops considerably which will result in higher electric bill. Reduced efficiency means that your HVAC unit will use more energy to produce the proper amount of air to your home.
  2. The overall lifespan of your air conditioner unit is reduced. Regular maintenance of your HVAC unit is important to expand the life of your unit. A dirty condenser coil makes the unit to work much harder to cool your home. This leads to more wear on the system.
  3. The cooling efficiency is reduced by over 30%. If you notice that your air conditioning unit is not producing as much cold air as it once did, you may need to simply have the condenser coils cleaned. It doesn’t take much dirt to decrease the effectiveness of your HVAC unit.

Regular maintenance of your AC unit, including having your condenser coils cleaned is important. Some homeowners may be tempted to try and clean their condenser coils on their own, but the only way to make sure it is done correctly is to have them maintained by a professional HVAC technician. It is a good idea to have your entire air conditioning unit inspected and thoroughly cleaned once at least year.

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What You Should Know About the New HVAC Federal Regulations

What You Should Know About the New HVAC Federal Regulations

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

HVAC Federal Regulations

2015 will be seeing some big changes in the HVAC manufacturing and contracting world. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) recently reached an agreement on the application of new Federal Regional Efficiency Standards, which will go into effect January 1, 2015. The regulations will apply to air conditioners and heat pumps, both split system and packaged. (Conversely, the regional furnace efficiency standards are currently being reassessed.) These new standards can be a bit convoluted, as they affect contractors, distributors, and manufacturers in separate ways, depending on their geographic area and equipment type. For those affected by these new regulations and those consumers who are interested in environmental conservation and energy efficiency, here are a few highlights from the new HVAC federal regulations.The main objective of the Regional Efficiency Standards is to make sure that more efficient HVAC systems are installed across the country, thereby making the U.S. less dependent on fossil fuel and other energy sources. Under this five-part agreement, the U.S. is divided into three regions: the North, the South (AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, HI, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, DC), and the Southwest (CA, NV, AZ, NM).For the very first time, each region has its own unique minimum federal efficiency standards for air conditioners, and there is a new national standard for heat pumps.According to the Department of Energy document outlining the new regulations, “Federal Regional Standards for cooling equipment will go into effect as planned on January 1, 2015. All air conditioners (A/C) and heat pumps (H/P) (split system and packaged) manufactured after December 31, 2014 must comply with these Federal Regional Standards.

The Federal Regional Standards for air conditioners sold in the south and the southwest are based on the date of installation; however, the industry will have an 18 month sell-through or grace period (starting on 1-1-2015). Original equipment manufacturers, distributors and dealers will be allowed to buy, sell, ship and/or install non-compliant products (13 SEER) during this period as long as they are manufactured prior to January 1, 2015.

Split system and packaged heat pumps are not subject to the 18 month sell-through or grace period, as the standard applied is based on the date of manufacture. Split system and packaged heat pumps manufactured before January 1, 2015 can be sold after January 1, 2015 for as long as inventory exists.”

For more information, visit the Department of Energy’s page on Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps.

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Getting Your Heat and Air Ducts Cleaned Regularly Makes Good Health and Money Sense

Getting Your Heat and Air Ducts Cleaned Regularly Makes Good Health and Money Sense

  • Air Conditoning
  • Air Quality
  • Maintenance

Getting Your Heat and Air Ducts Cleaned Regularly Makes Good Health and Money Sense

A home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is an important element in any home. Like any other major part of the home, maintenance and care are important aspects for the health and comfort of those living inside. It’s also good for the health of the family budget over time.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) says the average 6-room house collects 40 pounds of dust and allergens in their air ducts every year. Dust accumulation in ducts can provide an excellent home for dust mites, bacteria, fungi, and mold, all of which present allergen and respiratory hazards. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five health risks for people in the United States today. Additionally, the American Lung Association says that people spend up to 90% of their time indoors. The elderly and those suffering from respiratory illnesses benefit enormously from regular cleaning of air and ventilation ducts.

For homes with central heat and air, every time the system turns on, those built up contaminants get forced back into the rooms where families spend their time living and sleeping. Children in particular are vulnerable to the bad effects of these pollutants. Their respiratory rate is faster than that of adults and they inhale more air to body mass. For very small children, they are closer to the floors (if not playing right on them) where dust borne pollutants build up.

If the potential health concerns aren’t enough to convince anyone about the importance for regular cleaning of their ventilation ducts, remember that the efficiency of the system becomes compromised as more and more debris builds up. This translates to monthly heating and cooling bills also increasing. The EPA says that just a millimeter of dirt built up on a heating or cooling coil can reduce efficiency by 21%. Repairs for heating and cooling failures are often caused by dirt build up, as many as 90%, according to the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. These kinds of repairs are not only inconvenient but are often expensive.

So how often should a homeowner have their HVAC system cleaned? Every three to five years is the typical recommendation. A lot of other factors need to be considered before deciding how often to have your ducts cleaned. Smoking in the house or indoor pets that produce dander and shed hair means build up in the ventilation system will happen faster. Residents who have respiratory problems or are at risk of respiratory problems should clean their duct system more often.

It is recommended to hire a professional cleaner, such as those at springfieldsontimeservice.com, when there has been a pest infestation that affects the ducts, like rodents or insects. It is also a good idea to have professionals come out to your home and clean if there is visible mold present anywhere inside any part of the system.

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Do AC Cleaning & Tune-Up Services Improve Performance and Save Money

Do AC Cleaning & Tune-Up Services Improve Performance and Save Money

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

Ways to Save Money – Get your Air Conditioner Cleaned and Tuned Up

When an air conditioner breaks, your first thought may be to simply get another one to replace it (especially in the summer). However, there are several distinct advantages to getting your air conditioner cleaned and tuned up instead of running out to get a new one—not only does it save money and energy, but it also improves performance, allowing you and your family to feel more comfortable on those scorching summer days. Read on to learn more about why you should consider repairing your AC instead of throwing it out.

  • Cleaning and tuning up your air conditioner saves money. A quality repair company can save you a lot of money. Instead of emptying your bank account on brand-new air conditioner, it makes more fiscal sense to simply clean, tune-up, and repair the air conditioner you already have. Your repaired air conditioner will work just as well as any new ones you could purchase, and your bank account will thank you for it.
  • Cleaning and tuning up your air conditioner will improve its performance significantly. An ill-maintained air conditioner has to work much harder to put out the same amount of cold air—which is inefficient, expensive, and frustrating when all you want on a hot day is a nice, cool room. An inefficient AC can affect you, your family and any potential visitors, so it’s important to keep your current AC cleaned and tuned up.
  • Cleaning and tuning up your air conditioner is more environmentally conscientious. Save your air conditioner from the overcrowded landfills by tuning them up and repairing them instead of driving them to the dump. Remember, it takes a great deal of natural resources to make new products in terms of water, minerals, metals, timber, petroleum products, and more. Buying a new air conditioner means more transportation and storage costs as well as packaging, so repair your air conditioner not just for money’s sake, but for the environment’s too.
  • Cleaning and tuning up your air conditioner will give you time to save up for quality new air conditioner. While you save money repairing your air conditioner, you’ll be able to build up a fund to buy top-of-the-line air conditioner down the road. If you’ve got your eye on a modern, energy-saving AC, you’ll have time to save up for it instead of spending your savings on a lesser-quality new appliance that may break or become obsolete in no time.

Does your AC need attention ASAP? One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning can get your AC up and running in no time—so call us today at (417) 886-3456. Our experts are available day and night!

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Maintenance For Your Gas Heating System

Maintenance For Your Gas Heating System

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

Care for your gas heating system

Keeping your gas heating system running smoothly, safely and efficiently is an important part of home ownership. Proper furnace maintenance supports optimal functioning and helps prevent hassles and breakdowns down the road. Maintaining your gas heating system can be done in just 5 basic but important steps:

1. Visual Inspection

Start by turning the thermostat up. Check the fuel jets to make sure the fuel-burning process initiates properly. Next, turn off the power and fuel supply and conduct a visual inspection of the venting system, which is responsible for removing gases. Check venting ducts and joints to make sure they are well-sealed and in good condition. Be sure each one is secured with three (or more) screws.

 

2. Remove Covers and Check Filter

Remove the furnace and blower-compartment covers. Check the filter and inspect the internal mechanical parts. Remove the filter to get an even closer look and replace if clogged. Most filters are marked with an air-flow indicator and slip easily into a slot within the air-handling portion of the furnace. Make sure the filter is oriented and installed properly, with its arrow pointing toward the furnace.

 

3. Inspect the Blower

Use a flashlight and a small mirror to check the condition of the blower. Make sure there are no obstructions. Lubricate the blower motor if needed.

 

4. Remove and Clean the Furnace Burners

Cleaning the furnace burners helps to ensure safer and much more efficient burning. Remove the burners from the furnace for cleaning and also to allow for a more thorough visual examination of the inside of the furnace. Check the inside furnace chamber for visible defects such as rusting, punctures, holes or separating seams. Clean the burners using plain water; remove any and all dirt, dust and other debris. Clean the sensor and pilot area as well with an emery cloth and a wire brush to ensure these devices will operate optimally. When finished, reassemble all components into the furnace.

 

5. Safety Testing

Finally, clock the gas meter to verify the rate of fuel usage; check the “high limit” on the furnace to make sure it doesn’t overheat. Use a carbon monoxide meter to check overall carbon monoxide levels and to make sure the furnace is burning cleanly. Safety Tips: Consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm in your home; always keep the area around your furnace tidy, uncluttered and unobstructed for maximum accessibility and safety.

 

Too busy to DIY or out of your comfort zone? Contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll take care of all your gas heating system maintenance needs.

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Why Choose One Hour Springfield for Your Home

Why Choose One Hour Springfield for Your Home

  • Air Conditoning
  • Maintenance

Only The Best for Your Home in Springfield MO

A home is sometimes referred to as a person’s castle. This analogy is indicative of how much value is placed on a dwelling. It’s a place where occupants don’t just desire but expect to have peace and comfort. With this understanding comes the action of ensuring that all methods of conveniences are functional. For the best results in the industry, we are proud to announce that our service at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Springfield are exactly what your home needs.

Why Choose Us?

A home is one of the greatest investments someone can make. Therefore, it deserves quality work, performed by professionals in their field. When things are done right the first time, it could be cost-effective in the future.

Whether it’s a first-time installation or air conditioning repair, we offer the best guarantee, which includes:

  • 24-hour emergency services
  • On-time work, or no charge to you
  • No charge if work is improperly done
  • Our estimate stands, so no surprise costs at the end of work
  • Only EPA-qualified and certified technicians

What We Offer

After investing time, money, and effort into building a home, air conditioning service becomes a serious matter. Therefore, you may trust us to address any indoor air quality need, including:

  • Air conditioning installation, maintenance, and repair
  • Heating installation, maintenance, and repair
  • Furnace repair

Residents desiring Springfield air conditioning service should know that we’re a full-service company. In addition to the services offered, we also carry the parts our customers will need, like thermostats, heat pumps, and air handlers.

Our Springfield air conditioning professionals are aware of what your home means to you. That’s why we make it easy for residents to call on us whenever they have a need for heating and air conditioning repair. With the care that One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Springfield demonstrates, you know you can count on us. Call us at 417-886-3456 today!

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