SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog: Archive for May, 2013

Air Conditioning Repair: How Damaged Coils Affect Operation

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Our air conditioning systems are complex, comprising various components, connections, and mechanisms, all of which work cooperatively to provide respite from the heat outside during the cooling season. As you probably already know, one of the major components of your system is the coils. The coils in the outside unit are known as the condenser; those in the indoor unit known as the evaporator. While they are both coils, they have very different—some might say opposite—functions. Refrigerant circulates through these coils, pressurized as they are by the compressor pump. The refrigerant condenses in the condenser coil by dissipating heat, and evaporates in the evaporator coil by cooling air, hence their respective names. But when the coils become damaged, they can dramatically reduce the ability of your air conditioning system to function properly. For air conditioning repair in Woodbury, NJ, call the experts at SPS Mechanical today!

Let’s take a look at how damage coils affect operation:

  • Evaporator coil: Your evaporator coil is responsible for cooling the air that is then sent throughout your ductwork. It is usually shaped like a pyramid with the bottom open, so that any condensed water that accumulates in the process can drip into the condensate pan. If it’s covered in dust or debris, then the coils become much less effective in cooling the air and absorbing the heat its heat. If they are damaged, it can lead to improper dehumidification and frozen coils.
  • Condenser coil: Your condenser coils typically wrap the enclosure of the outdoor unit, to maximize heat dissipation, which is also assisted by a vertical exhaust fan. Its purpose, as already mentioned, is to disperse the heat of the gas refrigerant, which has been highly pressurized and heated by the compressor. Because the temperature of the refrigerant is hotter than the outside air, the heat quickly dissipates. If this process is disturbed by damage the coils, this dissipation cannot take place. This can result in warm air coming through your ducts.

These are just a few of the issues resulting from damaged coils. For expert air conditioning repair in Woodbury, NJ, call SPS Mechanical today! 

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Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Every year on the final Monday of May, citizens of America come together to honor those who have served our country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day came to prominence after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen soldiers on either side. Although its origins are somewhat ambiguous, it has always been about bringing people together to recognize our country’s military personnel and history. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the men and women who have served our county.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer. We hope that you have a wonderful day off, and that it is a great start to your summer!

If you need air conditioning or plumbing service in Swedesboro, Sicklerville, Sewell, and the surrounding Delaware Valley area this season, we are here to help!

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Can Duct Cleaning Benefit My Air Conditioning?

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Duct cleaning can benefit your air conditioning system. Your central air conditioning system depends on the cooperation of its components: your compressor pump pressurizes the refrigerant, the evaporator coil absorbs the indoor thermal energy, the condenser coil and exhaust fan dissipate the heat outside. Your ductwork is an essential part of this system that distributes the air conditioned air throughout your home. Cleaning your ducts can be just as important as replacing your air filter, or keeping your coils free of dust and debris. In this post, we’d like to show you the beneficial impact that duct cleaning can have on your AC. For air conditioning services in Swedesboro, NJ, call SPS Mechanical today!

  • Performance: The performance of your AC depends upon the cleanliness of the ductwork. Dirty and dust-filled ductwork can account for significant airflow loss, which can severely impact your system’s ability to cool your home effectively.
  • Comfort: The cleanliness of your ductwork can dramatically affect your comfort. Not only in terms of keeping cool—although that is important—but also in terms of your indoor air quality. Dust, pollen, dander, and mold are common inhabitants of neglected air ducts. Duct cleaning allows you to get rid of such noxious particles on a regular basis. If you’re particularly sensitive to allergens, you should consider installing an air filtration unit in your cooling system.
  • Energy-efficiency: Your AC has a SEER number, which stands for its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This estimate seeks to measure the mathematical ratio between electrical energy input and cooling output in terms of an entire cooling season. While it’s only an estimate, it is important consideration for energy efficiency.  No matter how efficient your AC is, if it is not paired with excellent ductwork, it will never realize its full potential. Ducts that leak or that are circulating dirt that clog your AC’s filter can have a big impact on energy efficiency.

Duct cleaning is important to the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Make sure you aren’t holding your AC unit back with neglected ductwork. Call the experts at SPS Mechanical for air conditioning in Swedesboro, NJ today!

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Sicklerville, NJ Plumbing Question: How Does Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Work?

Monday, May 13th, 2013

When you tell a homeowner that they need to have their sewer line replaced it can cause them to cringe. Replacing a sewer line is normally a very intrusive and intensive process. It involves digging up your whole yard to get access to your sewer line. But with trenchless sewer line replacement that whole process can be avoided. SPS Mechanical provides fast and reliable trenchless sewer line replacement in Sicklerville, NJ. We wanted to help our customers understand the benefits of trenchless sewer line replacement.

Causes of Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement

When you have a home in Sicklerville, NJ, sewer line replacement isn’t something that you want to have happen. Here are some of the common causes of sewer line replacement that we see.

  • Leaks – If you start to notice soggy patches in your yard or the smell of sewage, it could indicate that you need to have your sewer line replaced because of a leak.
  • Tree roots – Tree roots are a very common cause of trenchless sewer line replacement. They can grow into your sewer line looking for water.

How Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Works

While normal sewer line replacement requires extensive work and is inconvenient, trenchless sewer line replacement can normally done in a day. Instead of digging up your whole yard, only two holes need to be dug at either ends of your sewer line.

Once the two holes are dug, our plumbers use specialized equipment to drag a new pipe through your old one. This method is called pipe bursting and leaves you with a brand new pipe in your yard. Another method is called pipe lining. With this one, an inflatable tube is run inside of your old one. A bladder is put inside of the tube and inflated so that it hardens and dries against the inside of your old pipe.

If you need trenchless sewer line replacement, call SPS Mechanical. Our expert plumbers can help you quickly replace your sewer line. Call us today.

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When to Replace Your Air Conditioning Air Filter

Monday, May 6th, 2013

It is very important that you allow a qualified, trained professional to handle your air conditioning installation, repair and maintenance needs. There is no other way to ensure that any service is completed properly for maximum efficiency and performance levels. Plus, attempting to service your air conditioner on your own can be dangerous and may void some warranties. There are a few simple maintenance tasks you can handle on your own, though. One is replacing your air conditioning air filter. It may not sound like that big a deal, but the Sewell, NJ air conditioning technicians at SPS Mechanical know that it is actually very important.

If your air filter is to dirty it can create too much air flow resistance. This means that your air conditioning system will need to work harder than it ought to in order to force air through the air filter. This extra effort can take a toll over time, even causing damage to your air conditioner. Plus, this will require more energy from your air conditioning system, meaning that you will be paying more money for a less effective air conditioning performance. Changing your air filter regularly can help avoid these issues.

When it comes to how frequently you should change your air filter there are a lot of factors to consider. Generally speaking, it is a good idea to change standard air filters every month or two. However, this can be affected by a number of different things, including the type of air filters that you use. The location of your home and your proximity to major roadways and construction will also play a role in this decision, as well as the presence of any pets and overall air quality in your home. It never hurts to simply take a look at your air filter. If you think it looks dirty, go ahead and change it.

If you have any further questions about when to replace your air conditioning filter in Sewell, NJ, call SPS Mechanical. We can help you make the right decisions about changing your air conditioning filter. Contact us today to learn more.

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