Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Archive for October, 2013

The Detriments of Dust: How It Can Affect Your Heating System

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Unless we can find a way to completely seal our houses against the elements—something we probably wouldn’t want to do anyway—we have to accept that dust will always be an issue in our homes. However, there are methods of keeping the dust in our homes to a minimum, from the good old-fashioned broom-and-dustpan to advanced air filtration systems.

In this post, we’ll discuss the effects dust can have on your heater and the problems you should watch out for during the coming cold season as your heating system comes back to life. If you encounter repair needs on your heater because of dust infiltration, count on Shaw’s Air Conditioning and our 24/7 heating repair services in Visalia, CA.

One of the main problems that dust in your heating system can cause is a clogged air filter. If you use a forced-air distribution system to heat your home, such as a furnace or a heat pump, the air filter serves as a shield to protect inner components from sustaining damage because of debris drawn into the ducts. But unless the air filter gets changed regularly (once a month during heating season), it will become congested with dust—and this will start to choke off the air flow for your heater. Your heating system will need to work harder to achieve its target temperature, causing it to wear down and increase your energy bills. Even more dust will gather in the ductwork, and eventually the filter could break and allow dust into the heater.

This segues into another major problem with dust: its debilitating effect on the components of a heater. For example, if you have a gas-powered furnace—one of the most common options for home comfort—a dust buildup along the burner will cut off the vital oxygen supply needed for the gas jets and the pilot light to ignite. This can cut off your heating entirely. Any heating system that uses motors will lose efficiency if the motor suffers from dust contamination that increases resistance on the moving parts. Eventually, this dust coating can cause motors to fail entirely.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning has many ways to help you deal with dust before it can trigger trouble in your heating system, such as duct cleaning and sealing. Whether you’re looking to stop dust from disrupting your system or need heating repair service in Visalia, CA because of it, look to Shaw’s Air Conditioning for help.

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Blanket Drive – Gift of Warmth

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Now that the weather is cooling, we are reminded that the kind of warmth and comfort that so many of us enjoy is hard to come by for others. This year, you can make a difference in the lives of those in need with Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating. We are hosting our first annual Blanket Drive until December 31st, 2013!

Please bring your new or gently used blankets to our shop at: 16838 18th Ave., Lemoore, CA 93245

If you are unable to make it to the shop, please let us know where we can pick the blankets up!

Shaw’s will match all donations and will take the blankets to our local Kings County homeless shelters.

We have already received a few blankets and are very excited about getting these to the shelters. Thank you all for your support!

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A Guide for Better Heating This Season

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

A winter in Fresno is milder than in most areas to the north, but we can still expect a few days of freezing weather and temperature averages that hover in the mid-40s and 50s. That’s cold enough to make quality indoor heating a must for your comfort.

Fall is already slipping away, and now is an excellent time to go over ways that you can get better heating for the upcoming chilly season. These tips will help you get more out of your heating system and also shave money off your heating bills. Remember, you don’t have to go it alone this winter. The experts at Shaw’s Air Conditioning are ready to help you in Fresno, CA with heating installation, repair, or maintenance.

Locate the ideal thermostat setting: Your thermostat will probably have a high maximum setting, such as 90°F, but putting it up that high is not only wasteful and too much strain on your heater, but it won’t feel comfortable after more than a few minutes. A good energy-saving temperature is 68° during the day, and 58° during the night. You may need an extra layer, but the savings can be high: according to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can expect around 18% off your annual power bills.

Replace your old heater: This is a major step, but we include it because if you have an older system that is wheezing into its last days, you’ll be losing out on heat and savings. If you inherited your heater when you moved in, then you should take this option seriously: there are numerous advances in HVAC technology that could benefit you if you get a new installation. But make sure you discuss this possibility with an HVAC expert, who can help determine if a replacement is the best choice for the upcoming winter.

Schedule annual maintenance: Before you need your heater, make sure it’s ready to deliver on its name. Have a professional technician come to your home and inspect and tune-up your heater. Getting your inspection done during the fall is a wise idea, since you will then have your heater prepared before the heavy cold, and you can also take advantage of a slower season for HVAC companies.

We hope you have a safe and warm end of fall and beginning of winter. If you need repairs, advice, or you think you need a new heating installation, the Fresno, CA heating specialists at Shaw’s Air Conditioning are ready to help.

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Why Hire a Professional Heating Repair Technician?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Imagine this scenario: Bob hears a clanging noise from the gas furnace in his home. Something’s wrong, and he wants it fixed before the temperature drops further. He goes online and finds a respected professional company, like Shaw’s Air Conditioning, that performs heating repair service in Fresno, CA. But Bob thinks that maybe it’s a small problem, so he goes searching online to look for advice on websites and forums. Then he calls up his friend Mike to ask for advice, since he knows Mike is a do-it-yourself enthusiast. Mike says he can fix it, no problem, and he won’t charge much at all.

Five days later, Bob’s furnace is in multiple pieces and nothing is working. Mike has tried everything in his DIY handbook, but gotten no results, and the furnace won’t run at all. Mike shrugs, looks at Bob, and says, “Guess you should’ve tried the professionals first.”

Why should Bob have hired a professional instead of Mike?

Mike didn’t have the right tools: Heating repair requires equipment that you can’t find in an average hardware store. Modern heaters are complex devices that need specialized tools to adjust and fix them. Even if Mike got hold of these tools, he wouldn’t have the proper training to use them.

Mike couldn’t diagnose the problem: It turns out that what was making the clanking noise in Bob’s furnace was a cracked blower fan belt. A professional would figure that out quickly because of years of experience. Mike just guessed—and guessed wrong multiple times. Most outward signs of trouble in a heating system can stem from different causes, and it requires training to know where to focus.

Mike took too long: A professional HVAC technician could have changed a blower fan belt in a short time. Even if Mike found the correct source of the problem, it would still have taken him far longer to fix it. Even then, he’d probably get it wrong.

Mike might have caused a safety hazard: Fortunately for Bob, this didn’t happen. But with all the amateur dismantling with improper tools going on, the possibility of Mike causing a gas leak was much higher. (And if it was an electrical-powered furnace, the possibility of a high voltage shock.) Professionals know to put safety as their first concern—because it’s also the safety of the homeowner—and they know how to avoid causing these problems.

Please don’t make the same mistake that the fictional Bob made here. When you need Fresno, CA heating repair done—and done fast and right the first time—you should rely on professionals to do the work. Shaw’s Air Conditioning is a trusted name in HVAC repair and installation since 2004, so make us your first call… instead of Mike.

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Energy Saving Tips for this Heating Season

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

In Visalia, CA, heating concerns come a distant second our air conditioning concerns. We worry about the high heat of summer more than our mild California winters, which means we may simply ignore our heaters so long as they work when we need them to. This can lead to unnecessary costs, expending energy on heating that can be saved with just a few careful steps. Here are a few energy saving tips for this heating season.

  • Schedule a maintenance session as soon as the cooling season ends. Chances are, your heater has sat unused for many months, which means that dust and dirt may have gathered on it. It also may feature worn or used parts, as well as larger potential problem that may pounce on you just when you need the heater to function. A good maintenance session will leave your heater cleaning and running in peak shape just before it needs to be used in earnest.
  • Adjust your thermostat and seal any leaks around your doors and windows. The more tightly your home is sealed, the more readily it will keep in the heat when you turn it on. Similarly, setting the thermostat to a few degrees cooler than you might prefer will save energy without an undue impact on your comfort levels.
  • Consider an upgrade like a zone control system or a programmable thermostat. Both allow greater control over when and how you heat your home. Zone controls permit you to heat only those rooms that you’re using, while programmable thermostats will automatically turn the heat on and off when you don’t need it. Both of them translate to less energy used to heat your home, with an attendant savings in monthly heating costs.

For more energy saving tips for this heating system, or to schedule a maintenance or installation session, contact the Visalia, CA heating technicians at Shaw’s Air Conditioning, We address heating concerns every day, and can ensure that your heater is ready to go when temperatures fall and those winter nights get cold. Call us today to set up a service appointment.

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Common Heating Problems in Lemoore

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Out here in Lemoore, heating problems can become larger than they might otherwise be because of our comparative remoteness. A repair service may need to come in from Visalia or Fresno, which can take time. Not something you want to contemplate on a cold evening when the temperatures drop. You can address common heating problems in Lemoore first by learning to spot them when they arise, then by directing any service personnel to their possible cause: speeding up the repair process. Problems with the heater can come from numerous different sources, but the issues themselves are fairly easily to spot. They include:

  • No air. If the heater is on, but no air is blowing, it could indicate a breach or blockage somewhere in the system, or a clogged air filter restricting air flow. It might also be caused by a broken fan belt, overheated fan motor, or an overall loss of power to the system. The faulty part will need to be repaired or replaced in order to function.
  • No heat. If the air is flowing, but no heat is coming out, you probably have a problem with either the pilot light or the ignition control, depending on the kind of heater you have. An electrical malfunction may be responsible for their failure, or you may be facing a need to replace some part of the mechanism itself.
  • No power. If the unit refuses to turn on entirely, you almost certainly have an electrical problem. An overloaded motor or similar component may shut off power to the system, or you may be looking at faulty wires or connectors preventing power from reaching the heater. Check the thermostat to see if it is properly set, then check the circuit breaker to see if it’s been tripped. If neither of those quick fixes works, call in a qualified service technician immediately.

At Shaw’s Air Conditioning, we understand the roots of most heating problems in Lemoore. We’re based in the Central Valley, so we can handle local concerns, and our trained Lemoore heating technicians are on call 24 hours a day for emergencies. Contact us today to set up an appointment: your satisfaction is our top priority!

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