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Ways to Prolong Your AC’s Lifespan

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Defeating the heat waves of summer places an enormous amount of stress on an air conditioner; without proper care a system will rapidly age, leading to early repair needs and eventually a full breakdown. Installing a new air conditioner is expensive, so you want to get the most years possible out of your current system and avoid an early replacement.

Here is some advice for how you can extend your air conditioning system’s service life. Start practicing these tips this summer, and you can expect to have many years of cooling from your home’s AC. For professional assistance to keep your air conditioning in Gloucester County, NJ in tip-top shape, call on SPS Mechanical Inc. Our NATE-certified technicians will provide the maintenance and repairs necessary for an efficient and effective AC.

How to get the most years from your air conditioning

  • Schedule annual professional maintenance: This is the most important step for AC longevity. Your air conditioner must have a visit each year (preferably during spring) from an HVAC technician to inspect, adjust, and tune-up the system. This reduces the strain the AC suffers each year and slows down how fast it ages. Without an annual maintenance visit, an air conditioning system will likely only reach approximately half its expected lifespan.
  • Avoid overworking the AC through thermostat abuse: Many homeowners place extra stress on their air conditioners without realizing it. Setting the thermostat at the lowest temperature possible (which is often 60°F) is an example of unnecessary strain. Setting the thermostat so low will not make the air conditioner cool down a home faster; it will only make the air conditioner stay on longer, wasting energy and wearing down components. Find a warmer temperature and keep the thermostat stable: 72°F is a comfortable temperature for most people, and it will require less work from the air conditioning.
  • Regularly change the air filter: The filter prevents debris that comes through the return vents from infiltrating the air conditioner’s cabinet and damaging the components. But unless you change the air filter for a fresh one every month, it will become congested with dust and dirt and choke off the airflow into the AC, forcing it to work harder. You should continue changing the filter every month for the rest of the summer and as long as the air conditioner sees daily use.

The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 1–15 years, depending on the model. With proper care and maintenance, your system should few problems reaching the upper limit and possibly exceeding it. To start off right, schedule a maintenance visit before the summer begins.

Sign up for the Total Maintenance Solution program at SPS Mechanical Inc. today. We offer two tune-ups per year (air conditioning and heating) and a 15% discount on our flat rate services. Give us a call today!

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Problems Air Conditioning Maintenance Can Catch

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Keeping your home’s air conditioning system tuned-up and adjusted is important for its performance during summer. Without maintenance, your air conditioner will run less efficiently and have a higher risk of unnecessary repairs and breakdowns. Maintenance also gives you an opportunity to find out about problems developing inside your AC so you can have them remedied before summer arrives.

We hope you’ve already scheduled your air conditioning maintenance in Gloucester County for the spring. If you haven’t, give SPS Mechanical Inc. a call and ask about our excellent maintenance program.

A few issues a maintenance technician can discover during a visit

  • Dirt developing along the coils: For an air conditioner to work properly, its two sets of coils—the indoor evaporator coil and the outdoor condenser coil—must remain clean and without obstructions so they can properly absorb and release heat. If dirt and dust start to enter the cabinets and contaminate the coils, it will lead to a reduction in cooling power and could even cause icing across the indoor coil. The repair technician will detach the coils and clean them so they will not have problems.
  • A miscalibrated thermostat: One of the first tests that a maintenance technician runs is on the thermostat to see that it registers correct indoor temperatures. If the thermostat has a miscalibration of even a few degrees, it will have an adverse effect on your air conditioner’s performance, leading to inferior cooling. The technician will adjust the thermostat so it works properly.
  • Low refrigerant: The refrigerant that cycles through an AC and carries heat from the indoors to the outdoors must remain at a set level (known as its “charge”). Under regular conditions, refrigerant will not be “used up” during operation. However, leaks from broken connections or pitted corrosion along the refrigerant line can cause the charge to drop and impair the air conditioner’s performance. A repair technician will track down the leaks to seal them, and then recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.
  • Motors wearing down: The blower motors in an AC will wear down over time because of dirt or insufficient lubrication. If caught soon enough, the motors will receive cleaning and new lubrication to keep them running. Sometimes, the technician will need to arrange repairs to replace a motor that is too worn.

Don’t wait to have maintenance done

The longer you delay maintenance, the more problems your air conditioner can develop. Don’t procrastinate until the summer heat arrives: call SPS Mechanical Inc. and ask about our Total Maintenance Solution program today. We can handle your needs for air conditioning maintenance in Gloucester County so you’ll have a cool, comfortable summer.

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Saving Energy with a New Boiler

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

If you’ve decided to install a gas boiler in your home, you are making an investment in long-term performance and energy savings. Boilers have a reputation for longevity, easy maintenance, and relatively few repair needs. This long service life means a lengthy period of payback for your initial installment costs.

Boilers will save you money in other ways, although it will require some work from your end. We’ll look at how you can save on your energy bills with your new boiler in Gloucester County, NJ. Call SPS Mechanical Inc. today to talk to our boiler specialists and find out your options boilers and how you can make the most of a new installation.

The energy saving possibilities of a new boiler

A boiler will provide you an immediate reduction on your bills if you’ve switched from a gas or electric furnace. Since boilers do not use air ducts to send heat around your house, but instead pipes leading to radiators and/or baseboard heaters, they lose less heat during their heating cycle.

Boilers score much higher AFUE ratings than the majority of furnaces. Look for a boiler with the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR label. A boiler that qualifies for the ENERGY STAR label must have at least an AFUE of 85%, which is 6% more efficient than models that meet the federal minimum standard for federal efficiency, and 7% more efficient than the ENERGY STAR requirements for a gas furnace. You can also choose to invest in a high efficiency boiler that has improved heat exchangers that rapidly move the heat from the gas jets to the water in the tank. Talk to boiler installation technicians to find out which systems will work best for you.

To receive the maximum savings from your new boiler, it must be properly sized for your home: this also requires the work of professionals. Make sure you start out with an installation that will let your boiler deliver you the most energy-saving performance possible.

Although boilers have simple maintenance, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on scheduling it. Make sure you arrange an annual visit from a technician who can check to see that all the components of your system work well, and no repair need will impair its performance. Only a boiler in the best working shape will return the savings you expect from its AFUE rating.

Start with professional installation

Have experienced boiler installers involved from the beginning. They will assist you with selecting an efficient unit, sizing it, and then installing it properly so you will start out with high energy savings. Rely on the same team for maintenance as well.

SPS Mechanical Inc. has a team of expert installers ready to help you with a new boiler in Gloucester County, NJ. We are also available 24/7 for emergency repairs.

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Zone Control Systems and Their Benefits: Heating Tip

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Keeping their homes comfortable throughout the years is a goal that many homeowners share. Sometimes, though, the price of doing so and even the fact that different people are comfortable at different temperatures can get in the way of achieving this goal. In order to heat and cool your home in a more efficient, convenient way, you may want to consider the installation of a zone control system in your Gloucester County home. These great systems are the perfect way to keep everyone in the family happy while heating and cooling your home in a more thoughtful way. Contact SPS Mechanical for more information.

By breaking your home up into different heating and cooling zones and controlling each zone independently of one another, you can have more control over the heating and cooling of your home than ever before. If, for instance, you want to keep the den warm for company, you no longer need to heat empty bedrooms to the same temperature for no reason. Keep everyone warm and cozy in the den then, shortly before bed, you can start bringing the bedrooms up to temperature gradually. This sort of practice can really help you achieve better efficiency levels during the heating and cooling seasons. Of course, with increased efficiency you will see less of a decrease in your bank account when the energy bills show up.

The fact that different bodies are comfortable at different temperatures used to be a problem when heating or cooling a home. Inevitably someone in the family will wind up being uncomfortable due to a target temperature that they are not happy with. By controlling different rooms and areas of your home independently, though, you can eliminate this problem. Let everyone choose the temperature that is right for their personal heating and cooling preferences.

If you are interested in learning more about the operation of zone control systems, their benefits or scheduling an installation in your home, contact the heating and cooling professionals at SPS Mechanical. We are always happy to help our customers make their homes more efficient and comfortable places to live. Call today for more information about zone control systems in Gloucester County.

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Gas Furnace Safety Tips

Monday, January 14th, 2013

For residents living in Woolwich Township, gas furnace safety is something every homeowner should be aware of during the winter. With a few tips, you can reduce the chances of hazardous situations. Don’t hesitate to call the technicians at SPS Mechanical any time you need a furnace repair or routine maintenance visit.

Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to make sure your gas furnace is working safely. It’s also important to make sure that the general area around the furnace is clean to avoid fire hazards. This could make a world of difference with just a few extra hours of work each year.

Here’s a basic gas furnace safety guideline:

Ventilation:

  • Make sure there’s no airflow restriction by regularly cleaning the fan blower and other components.
  • Check the condition of your ventilation system to ensure that there are no obvious signs of damage or that there’s nothing blocking airflow.
  • Change air filters as often as necessary.

Routine Maintenance:

  • A routine maintenance visit is essential to preventing carbon monoxide leaks and other issues with the heat exchanger and other components. Furnaces should be inspected by a professional contractor annually to ensure that everything is working safely.
  • For gas furnaces, make sure the pilot light in gas furnaces is burning properly and on at all times, even when it is not in use. This is for safety purposes and efficiency. Call a technician if you are having problems with your burner.
  • Annual maintenance should also include a professional inspection and cleaning of ductwork and ventilation systems.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

  • Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home if you have any gas appliances, especially gas furnaces and boilers.
  • Test the carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms often.
  • Make sure your CO detector is up to code, or ask a technician if you aren’t sure.

Call the Woolwich Township gas furnace specialists at SPS Mechanical today for more safety tips or to schedule a routine maintenance appointment with one of our qualified technicians.

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