T.A. Kaiser http://www.takaiser.com Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:37:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Time to Replace that Heating System? http://www.takaiser.com/2015/08/time-to-replace-that-heating-system/ http://www.takaiser.com/2015/08/time-to-replace-that-heating-system/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.takaiser.com/?p=2797 Time to Replace that Heating System?
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Most years we have a pretty cold winter here in the Midwest, although occasionally we see a mild one.   How did your heating system hold up this past winter?   Is it time to replace that heating system, or … Continue reading

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Most years we have a pretty cold winter here in the Midwest, although occasionally we see a mild one.   How did your heating system hold up this past winter?   Is it time to replace that heating system, or upgrade it to a system with higher efficiency?  The Farmers’ Alamanac is forecasting an especially cold winter for 2016, so we should all get prepared in case they are correct.

replace that heating systemRight now you don’t have to worry about below zero temperatures and shockingly large heating bills, so you have time to look at multiple options and make an un-hurried decision.   We recommend that you do research on new models by talking to more than one heating system expert, let them see your current configuration, and then compare the features and prices and options they recommend.

If you are faced with a decision to repair or replace a heating system that couldn’t keep up with the cold, you might feel like repairing the current furnace is a good plan. However, this choice may mean you’re putting money into a system near it’s end of life.   We know that as heating systems age, just like a car, they need more repair work in their last few years of life.   When you are not in a rush to decide, you can really evaluate the benefits of replacement versus repair.

The high-efficiency systems available today provide monthly savings and better performance, along with the peace of mind that comes from the manufacturer’s warranty. You know it will run properly and keep running for many years to come, without paying for more and more repairs.

If you want to replace that heating system or just make major repairs, start planning now to evaluate the available options.   If you have questions about options, prices and what would be best for your home, we would be glad to advise you.  Call us today to start gathering the information you need to make the best choice.

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What is Capacitor Failure? http://www.takaiser.com/2015/08/what-is-capacitor-failure/ http://www.takaiser.com/2015/08/what-is-capacitor-failure/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.takaiser.com/?p=3581 What is Capacitor Failure?
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capacity failure 1One of the most common problems we see in cooling systems is capacitor failure.  The large fluctuations in temperature between hot and cold recently have been a big factor in causing those failures, so we wanted to explain what that means.

Capacitors are electric components that look like these examples and that are designed to store and release energy when it is needed. They come in various sizes and capacities which makes them useful for HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems.  They are used in virtually all electronic equipment including computer circuit boards, home appliances and industrial machinery.

capacitor failure 2The compressor motor on an air conditioner needs a strong shot of power to get it spinning, so a strong starter capacitor is used for that purpose.  Capacitors are also used on other electric motors in the system, including the blower motor capacitor (shown in this image) which starts the fan to circulate cool air inside the house, and on the condenser fan motor outdoors which pushes out the hot air from the home.  When you turn on your thermostat, the system will use the stored energy in these capacitors to start each of the motors as needed.

If a capacitor fails, the electric motor will not start, and a replacement will be needed to get it working again.   During the troubleshooting process, technicians visually inspect each capacitor to see if they are still normally shaped, or if they have bulges somewhere on the surface.  They also use a meter to measure the voltage on each capacitor and determine whether it is still operating within the correct parameters.

Capacitor failure can happen for multiple reasons, including overheating, a short circuit, or when it remains under load for a long time.  Capacitors are supposed to come on for a short period to get a motor going, and then to stop working.  If a motor gets stuck due to worn bearings or a foreign object stuck in the fan blades, those conditions can lead to capacitor failure.   Also, power surges can harm capacitors, so it is good to have surge protection in your home or on your HVAC system itself.

They will also fail after a certain amount of time and usage.   Six years of life and 50,000 motor starts are reasonable expectations, but some last longer or shorter.

The best protection against unexpected failure is periodic maintenance.  We can tell if a capacitor is getting weaker and when it is getting close to end of life.  We also sell a product called the 5-2-1 Compressor Saver which reduces the stress on the electrical components and can lead to a longer capacitor life for your system.   If you are interested in learning more, contact us and we’ll be glad to explain or install one for you.

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5 Home Improvement Projects that Save Energy in Your Home http://www.takaiser.com/2015/08/5-home-improvement-projects-that-save-energy-in-your-home/ http://www.takaiser.com/2015/08/5-home-improvement-projects-that-save-energy-in-your-home/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:53:42 +0000 http://www.takaiser.com/?p=3557 5 Home Improvement Projects that Save Energy in Your Home
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Home Improvement Projects That Save Energy

This is a guest post by Illinado Home Solutions, LLC of Front Royal, VA.

It’s time to go green.

Energy-saving remodeling and renovation projects are among the most popular home improvement trends of 2015. And it’s really no surprise. You put some money into improving your home and, as a result, you save money on energy bills. It’s easy to see the value. Because of their popularity, as well as their high-value/low-cost nature, we decided to put together this list of 5 Great Home Improvement Projects That Save Energy In Your Home.   

Let’s get started.

HVAC

 If you’re like most homeowners, your heating and cooling system is probably running almost every day. And like most things that get used daily, HVACs deserve regular check-ups and maintenance to make sure they are working right and running efficiently. Replacing or repairing an HVAC system with one that is energy efficient can lower your monthly energy bills and keep those precious greenbacks close to your wallet. HVACs are first on this list of home improvement projects that save energy because they often get overlooked by homeowners despite their great value.

 Insulation

 If you really want to achieve maximum energy-saving results, then your house needs to be properly insulated. If the energy you’re pouring into your home is slowly leaking out through the walls, floors, or ceilings then you’re simply shooting yourself in the foot. Adding insulation (especially in the attic) is a great way to energy-proof your home and can cater to a low budget.

Sealant

 Like insulation, sealing up your house with caulk or glue is great way to keep your home energy efficient. Covering cracks or filling in gaps can help lower the cost of your heating or cooling bills. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to save energy in your home and most people could accomplish this project in a single Saturday afternoon.

Home Improvement Projects that Save Energy Windows

 Replacing old, leaky windows is always among the best home improvement projects that save energy in your home. Because of age or use, windows often have loose gaps, letting cold/warm air into your house. As children, we used to stuff paper towels into the gaps of our windows to keep the cold air from drifting into the house. Although this approach can help, it’s only a fraction of the energy you would save by installing energy-efficient models.

Doors

Replacing thin, cheap or old doors is another basic project to help cut back on heating or cooling costs. Having gaps between the door and floor or between the bottom of the door and threshold can quickly sap energy from a home. Search around in your price range for a door that’s thicker and more insulated.

Illinado Home Solutions, LLC is your Front Royal Remodeling, Renovation & Deck Building company offering custom and affordable home improvement services. Our team is waiting to help you improve your home and your lifestyle.

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We all know how important clean air is for good health, and we all want good health for our families.  That is why T. A. Kaiser Heating & Air proudly recommends and installs the Respicare Ultra Clean 99.

clean airThis system can be easily added to your existing heating and cooling system, or it can be included as part of a new system installation or a replacement system.   The equipment is attached in the air flow stream to clean the air before it gets to your rooms.  The two stage filtration attracts, collects and kills allergens, mold, bacteria and viruses as well as other general airborne contaminants.  It is exceptionally efficient with a micro-particle rating of 99% on some of the most troublesome airborne contaminants.  The system also only uses 10 watts of power, so it won’t even be noticeable on your electric bill.  The combination of a HEPA pleated cartridge and a dual charging process is what makes the Respicare Ultra Clean 99 so effective.  The system has earned a MERV 15 rating by ASHRAE, which means it is suitable for a hospital in-patient environment.

Whether your family suffers from allergies, asthma, senior citizen breathing problems, chemical reactions, or any other complications from airborne pollutants, this equipment would help reduce the problem.   Ultra clean air can make a significant difference in the health and quality of life of your family member.   Give us a call today and let us explain to you what is available for your specific situation.

We’ve been family owned since 1987, and have thousands of satisfied customers.   It would be a pleasure to add you to our family and provide all your services for heating and cooling comfort.

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Quiet Your Noisy Air Conditioner http://www.takaiser.com/2015/07/quiet-your-noisy-air-conditioner/ http://www.takaiser.com/2015/07/quiet-your-noisy-air-conditioner/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:45:03 +0000 http://www.takaiser.com/?p=3523 Quiet Your Noisy Air Conditioner
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noisy air conditionerMany new homes are built close together today, so small irritations like a noisy air conditioner or a barking dog can lead to big problems with the neighbors.  In order to keep the peace and do something neighborly for those close to you, here are some suggested ways to quiet the outside unit of a noisy air conditioner before calling a professional.   Share these tips with your neighbor if their unit is bothering you.

Start to find the solution by walking around the unit while it is running.  Listen closely and decide what kind of noises you hear and which are the most bothersome.

  • Rattling can be caused by a loose connection, so look closely around the outside for loose screws or fasteners that you could tighten.  Rattling can also be caused by leaves or branches that got through the grille work and are stuck inside.  You might be able to use a garden hose to spray a powerful jet of water that removes the object quickly.  If you decide to remove the item with your hand or a stick, be sure the power to the system is turned off before you stick anything through the grille.
  • Grinding or squeaking noises can be caused by a lack of lubrication between moving metal surfaces, or by a worn bearing that needs to be replaced.   If you are able to spray a lubricant, like WD40 0r silicon spray, into the area you might get it to quiet down a little; however, that noise is probably going to come back soon.  A professional inspection is the best bet for resolving the issue and preventing it from becoming a larger and more expensive problem.
  • You will hear some level of general fan noise and that is normal for your unit.  That type of noise can be lessened by installing a fence, a small wall, or an acoustic blanket near the unit to act as a sound deflector or a sound barrier.   Another good approach is to plant shrubs, flowers or trees nearby for this purpose, but you’ll have to remember to trim them periodically so they don’t grow into the equipment.   If you create any kind of barrier, be sure to keep 36″ of space for air flow on all sides, or your equipment will not run efficiently.

The best way to keep your equipment working properly is to have a regular inspection by a qualified HVAC technician.  TA Kaiser Heating & Air is a family owned business and has been providing comfort for its customers since 1987.   Contact us today for immediate service, or let us keep your equipment in shape all year long with an annual maintenance agreement.   We look forward to meeting you.

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Know the Signs of a Dying Air Conditioner http://www.takaiser.com/2015/07/know-the-signs-of-a-dying-air-conditioner/ http://www.takaiser.com/2015/07/know-the-signs-of-a-dying-air-conditioner/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.takaiser.com/?p=1520 Know the Signs of a Dying Air Conditioner
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dying air conditionerReplacing your air conditioner is a major purchase for homeowners. Planning ahead and budgeting for when your system will need updates can help you to avoid stress when the time comes. How do you know when its time to consider replacement?

Know the age of your equipment.   According to Energy.gov, central air conditioning units have an average lifespan of about 15 -20 years although after 10 years they may become inefficient enough to replace. This lifespan can increase with lower usage and proper care. On the other hand, it can decrease with excessive use, extreme conditions, and neglected maintenance.

While the weather is up and down so far this year in Central Indiana, the frequent storms and high humidity likely caused you to run your air conditioning often.  If it was keeping you cool, you probably weren’t thinking there could be a problem with your unit. When hot weather rolls in to stay it will put additional stress on your equipment. Have you been using your air conditioner this frequently every year? These conditions can decrease the lifespan of your equipment.

Think back upon the life of your equipment. Have you been changing the filter regularly? Have you had a technician our for maintenance service, or have any components needed replacement before? The way you care for your system plays a role in its longevity.

When considering the age of your equipment and your household’s habits, here are some signs that may indicate the need for a replacement is nearing:

  1. Your utility bills have increased over the years. While differences in outdoor temperatures from one year to the next can factor in, it may be a sign your air conditioner is losing efficiency.
  2. Your home isn’t as comfortable as it used to be; the air conditioning isn’t keeping you as cool as it once was, or you notice more humidity in the home.
  3. You notice more noise coming from your equipment.
  4. Your air conditioner is running longer than it used to in order to keep your house cool.

Being able to recognize potential problems can prevent you from being surprised when its time to replace your air conditioning unit. It will also give you more time to consider benefits and features you’d like to have with your new unit, and research the best solution for your household.

Regular preventative maintenance can help prolong the life of your HVAC equipment. A certified HVAC technician who inspects your equipment on a seasonal basis can troubleshoot issues which can lead to an early death for your air conditioner if left uncorrected. If you suspect you have a dying air conditioner, or want to get on board with a Preventative Maintenance Agreement to protect your equipment, call T.A. Kaiser. Our technicians can diagnose the symptoms of your air conditioner and recommend a course of action.

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Keep Your Air Conditioning Working http://www.takaiser.com/2015/06/keep-your-air-conditioning-working/ http://www.takaiser.com/2015/06/keep-your-air-conditioning-working/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:55:49 +0000 http://www.takaiser.com/?p=3500 Keep Your Air Conditioning Working
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keep your air conditioning workingWhen Summer heat and humidity build up, you can keep your air conditioning working by following these few tips.  It is easy to overlook these things, but if your air conditioning stops working on the hottest day of the year, you will wish you had paid more attention to it.  Keep your cool by keeping the AC in tip-top shape and enjoying the comfort it provides all year long.

Tip # 1 – Keep the filter clean

When the filter is loaded up with dirt, it restricts the air flow and causes the AC to work harder and run longer.  This costs you money in utilities, but also may lead to earlier replacement of parts and additional labor costs.  Get a good filter, not the cheapest type, and change it (or at least check it) once a month through the hot months.  There is a filter door on most systems which almost anyone can easily open to replace the filter.  Be sure to close the door and latch it so it is air tight.

Tip # 2 – Make sure vents are clear and clean

If the vents get dusty, the air coming through them will be dirty.  If the vents get plugged by furniture, drapes or anything else, the cool air won’t flow properly.   Take a look at the vents in each room to clean them, or to move anything that is blocking the air flow.  You need to do this for both supply vents (air blowing in) and return vents (air flowing out) to keep your air conditioning working properly.

Tip# 3 – Check your thermostat

Frequently, we get called to fix an AC system and find out the problem was in the thermostat, not the air conditioner.   If you have a battery in your thermostat, make sure that battery is fresh or recently re-charged.  If your thermostat is an older style, consider getting a new programmable model.  They have built-in features to help your air conditioner run more efficiently.

Tip #4 – Don’t ignore trouble signals

When an air conditioner is struggling to keep your home cool, you may be able to hear or smell a difference before it breaks down.  If you see ice on the unit, hear vibrations that aren’t normal, or smell a burning odor, those are warning signals.   Call a professional to look at the system to avoid a complete breakdown and a higher repair bill.

Tip # 5 – Set up a periodic inspection

There are parts of your system that need to be cleaned, lubricated and adjusted on a periodic basis.   These tasks require the use of tools, gauges and analyzers in the hands of professionals who know how to use them.  Find a trustworthy local HVAC company and join their preventative maintenance program.   They will keep your air conditioning working and reduce the possibility that you will have an unexpected breakdown.

We would like to be that company for you.   Our primary goal at T.A. Kaiser Inc. is to make you feel as comfortable as possible in your home or business so you can focus on what is important to you.  Being a family owned business since 1987, we know what it takes to provide you with the best service and product in heating and air conditioning.  Contact us TODAY and we’ll take care of you.

Additional general information about this topic can be found at energy.gov.

 

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What is a Split Air Conditioner? http://www.takaiser.com/2015/06/what-is-a-split-air-conditioner/ http://www.takaiser.com/2015/06/what-is-a-split-air-conditioner/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.takaiser.com/?p=3485 What is a Split Air Conditioner?
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Bryant split air conditioner systemA split air conditioner, also called a mini-split or a ductless split, is a highly efficient stand-alone cooling system.  The names come from their split design, with one unit (or multiple units) inside the home and one unit outside.  Indoor units can be wall or ceiling mounted, and each one controls one zone, usually one room or just a few rooms.

Split systems do not require ducting, so they are a perfect add-on for a room addition, a cabin, workshop, or other similar use where adding duct work could be a problem.   This factor makes them a cost effective choice when compared to expanding an existing central air conditioner.  Also, outside venting is not needed, and temperature control is much better since each of the indoor units on a multi-unit system can be set to a different desired set point.

Although split systems are typically more expensive at first than wall or window air conditioners, split air conditioners are more quiet and efficient.   The noisy part of the system is outside so the attractive inside section can remain whisper quiet.  Most split air conditioners also provide heating as well for year-round comfort, something a window air conditioner won’t do.   Another benefit is that most units come with a remote control as well as a wall mounted thermostat, so temperature control is easy and convenient.

Because there is no duct work, split air conditioners are easy to install; however, you do want a professional do that for you.   They can mount the system high on the wall, near the floor, or even on the ceiling, and they will make a small hole in the wall for refrigerant tubing to connect the indoor and outdoor units.  One outdoor unit can service several indoor units if you have more than one zone that needs conditioned air.

Split air conditioner systems have many advantages that you should consider when you’re thinking about added air conditioning.   Our HVAC professionals can explain the models we offer and recommend the best system for your needs.

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High Efficiency Air Conditioning http://www.takaiser.com/2015/05/high-efficiency-air-conditioning/ http://www.takaiser.com/2015/05/high-efficiency-air-conditioning/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 13:01:21 +0000 http://www.takaiser.com/?p=3465 High Efficiency Air Conditioning
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If your central air conditioning system is 10 or more years old, you should be thinking about replacing it with high efficiency air conditioning equipment.  The savings in energy use may be enough to pay for the upgrade, and all the extra comfort will just be a plus for you!

high efficiency air conditioningThe efficiency of the equipment is shown in the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) number given to each system.  A higher number shows the unit is more efficient at converting the electricity you buy into the cold air that cools your home.    If your unit is between 10-15 years old and has a SEER of 6 or 8 (and if it is properly tuned and maintained) it might still be operating at close to full efficiency; however, due to wear and lack of complete maintenance, it also might be operating at only 3 or 4 SEER, and costing you much more than you need to be paying.

Bryant high efficiency air conditioning equipment offers efficiency ratings of up to 21 SEER, which could be a 5X improvement from your older system.  You will need the same amount of cool air from an old or new system to get to the desired temperature, but wouldn’t you prefer to pay a lot less for the electricity to get that cold air?

The new models have larger coils for more cooling surface, two compressors for two-stage operation, and run much quieter than earlier models.  Many homeowners say they can no longer hear it when the system is running, clearly another benefit of the upgrade.

Call us today to learn more about high efficiency air conditioning equipment.  We can tell you about factory incentives and any specials available to you now.

Since 1987, T.A. Kaiser Heating and Air has been a trusted business for both residential and commercial customers.   Contact us today and see why we have so many satisfied customers.

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Cut the Cooling Load for your Air Conditioner http://www.takaiser.com/2015/05/cut-the-cooling-load-for-your-air-conditioner/ http://www.takaiser.com/2015/05/cut-the-cooling-load-for-your-air-conditioner/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.takaiser.com/?p=3454 Cut the Cooling Load for your Air Conditioner
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cooling loadWarm temperatures in the 80s are already here so the cooling load handled by your air conditioner is going up.   You want your air conditioner to run without excessive energy use, and one way to avoid runaway energy bills is to cut  your home’s cooling load.  What’s a cooling load?  It is the amount of energy (heat) needed to be removed to keep your home comfortable.

You should start by reducing the amount of heat coming into your home so your system doesn’t have to remove that heat.   Closing your blinds or curtains in East and West facing rooms prevents heat gain inside from the sun.  Scheduling your baking or oven-related cooking  for the cooler parts of the day will help, as well as cooking outside on the grill frequently.   Also, check for leaks in your duct work  to make sure the cool air is getting to the warmest rooms.  Finally, check around windows and doors where air leaks may be easier to spot to see if you feel warm air being drawn into the house through cracks.

A second level of cutting the cooling load can come from home improvement projects, especially concerning insulation.  Spaces without proper insulation, like an attic, can really get hot in the summertime.  When some of that heat transfers into your living area it increases the cooling load on your system and causes it to run longer.   Older windows can cause large energy losses, but newer windows are available with energy efficient features which reduce the amount of heat gain (or loss) in from the sun’s rays.   Replacement requires money upfront, but that cost can be recovered in a few years from the energy savings.  If you have dark shingles which soak up a lot of extra heat, consider installing lighter colored shingles when replacement is needed.

Cutting your cooling load will reduce the running time of your air conditioning system, allow indoor temperatures to remain comfortable without frequent starting-stopping of the system, and will reduce excessive energy usage.   Shorter running times can make a solid difference in the number of remaining years of life for your air conditioning equipment.

For more information about cutting your home’s cooling load, call us!  T.A. Kaiser can provide you with the best solutions to lower your home’s energy usage and prolonging the life of your HVAC equipment.  Additional ideas can be found at Energy.gov.

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