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Why Is My Heater Unable to Make Heat?

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

man-wrapped-in-blanketWhat good is having a heater that doesn’t produce heat for your home? The answer is, there isn’t any point in trying to deal with a system that can’t keep you cozy. But wait! Don’t schedule a replacement just yet. Your heater could still be able to be saved with a heating repair in Spring Valley, NY.

Trust us, you don’t want to take out a heater that still has years before it needs to retire. Its a lot of money that could easily be saved with a professional repair provided by our team. So how do you know your heater needs repairs? We’ve listed some of the most common causes for a halted heater process below. Be on the lookout for these warning signs and contact us if and when you notice them.

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Your Generator, Your Heater, and You

Monday, September 28th, 2020

standby-generatorWhile the weather might not be at its coolest right now, lower temperatures are on their way. What’s more, harder weather is on its way as well such as strong wind and rain. But this cold and wet weather doesn’t scare you much because you have a good, hearty heater to keep your home warm, right?

Yes, of course! That is, until the power goes out because of a power outage or a tree taking down an electrical wire. Losing power during a time of cold weather is less than pleasant, made even worse when you don’t have a reliable or easy way to get the lights back on. There is a solution to this thankfully: a whole-house generator.

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Get Your Heat Pump Ready for the Switch

Monday, September 14th, 2020

technician-fixing-heat-pumpSlowly but surely the weather around here seems to be getting a little bit less oppressive. You can almost get a hint that autumn is around the corner. It pays to take some time to do what you can for your heat pump during this time.

What we mean is, make sure that your heat pump is ready for the switch from cooling to heating. Along with this, take some time to check to see if you need to schedule an air conditioning repair in Spring Valley, NY.

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Beef-Up Your Home’s Electrical Defenses with These Products

Monday, August 6th, 2018

technician-inspecting-electrical-wiringWe shouldn’t have to state how important electricity is for any homeowner. Most people are prepared for the occasional power outage that leaves you in the dark for one night, but can you say the same for two nights? Three nights? A week?

Whether it’s about having backup options or just protecting your electronics from getting fried, there are solutions out there for you. Read on to learn about just a few of them.

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Watch Out for These Generator Problems!

Monday, June 11th, 2018

residential-generatorThere are plenty of good reasons to have a whole-house generator installed on your property. With changing weather patterns, you never know when another winter bomb cyclone will descend upon New York, or when a hurricane will next push inland from the coast.

While short-term power outages are little more than an inconvenience, a lack of power over an extended period can greatly affect your quality of life—or even endanger it.

That’s why you want to watch out for these potential generator problems so you always have power when you need it the most.

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Heating and Air Conditioning Services Require Electrical Skills

Monday, March 5th, 2018

electrical-wiring-repairsMost of us use traditional centralized air conditioning and heating systems in our homes, which heat or cool the air in a specific location, then blow it through the home through a series of ducts. It’s an effective and relatively easy way to keep your home comfortable. As you may have imagined, it also requires electricity to run, which is where most of the monthly costs become involved. (Though gas-fed furnaces also include natural gas in their costs.) That’s one of the reasons why your air conditioning and heating technician is also skilled in electrical work. Here are a few facts to emphasize the importance of good electrical skills for HVAC services.

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Do I Need a Chimney for Fireplace Installation?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Fireplaces add both extra heat and ambiance to just about any room they are in. A nice fireplace can be the focal point of any room, and these days it has never been easier to have one. Why? Because it’s no longer an absolute that you have to have a chimney in order to have a fireplace. So what are your options when it comes to non-chimney fireplaces in Spring Valley? Let’s take a look.

Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces work very similarly to electric furnaces, just on a much smaller scale. As with an electric furnace, an electric fireplace has a small heating element made of several tightly-wound metal coils. When the fireplace is turned on, electricity flows through these coils, making them very hot. When the air around the coils reaches the right temperature a small fan called a blower turns on and pushes the warmed air into your living space. One of the best things about an electric fireplace is that all the heat generated is blown into your living space; these types of fireplaces do not consume a fuel to operate, so there is no loss of heat. Electric fireplaces produce about 5000 BTUs of heat, so they can provide extra heat to a living space, but shouldn’t be counted on to heat an entire living space. The glass and surrounding material of electric fireplaces stay cool to the touch, so they are very safe. Electric fireplaces can have mantels or be inserts, so you also have a choice in style, and all come with decorative and realistic flame effects.

Direct Vent Fireplaces

If you love an authentic flame but not the ash and soot of a wood-burning fireplace, you may want to consider the installation of a direct vent fireplace. Direct vent fireplaces use natural gas or propane, but it isn’t necessary to install a full chimney with it (although you can if you want); a single horizontal vent, similar to that of a gas dryer, is installed in the exterior wall behind the fireplace. This vent has two chambers: one draws air into the fireplace from the outside, the other expels 100% of the toxic combustion byproducts. Direct vent fireplaces are very energy efficient, are cool to the touch (except for the glass), and allow you to enjoy a significant amount of supplemental heat.

If you have wanted to install a fireplace in your Spring Valley home, call Design Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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What Is a Pellet Stove and What Are Its Advantages?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Adding a supplemental heat source to your home, such as a fireplace or wood stove, can go a long way toward lowering your heating bills during the winter. Pellet stoves, relatively new to the residential market, have become very popular over the last few years. Using compressed pellets made of recycled wood materials, pellet stoves can help heat a room or a whole floor, depending on their size; it also isn’t necessary to have a fireplace in Springfield to install one. If you are looking for a way to significantly supplement your heating, you may want to consider the installation of a pellet stove by a specialist from Design Air, Inc.

How Does a Pellet Stove Work?

Pellet stoves heat via convection. Convection heat describes the way heat moves through gases, including air. Pellets stoves heat this way because they blow the hot air generated in the stove into your living space. Here are the main components in a pellet stove:

  • Hopper – space that holds the pellets
  • Auger – large turning device that looks like a screw
  • Burn pot – where the pellets land, ignite and burn
  • Ash pan – pan where the ash drops
  • Heat exchanger – metal tubes that conduct the heat energy from the flame; the insides of the tubes hold the toxic fumes that are exhausted outside
  • Combustion fan – draws in the cool air from your living space that helps ignite the pellets in the burn pot
  • Convection fan – blows the warm air into your living space from the heat exchanger

The cycle starts when the pellet stove is turned on either by its thermostat or via a button on the back of the stove; pellet stoves require a small amount of electricity to operate. The auger feeds a small amount of pellets into the burn pot while the combustion fan draws air into the stove to help with ignition. A small, hot electrical igniter warms the bottom of the pot until the pellets light. The auger continues to feed pellets into the burn pot until the flame reaches the correct temperature, as assessed by a small sensor that is attached to the rim of the burn pot. The heat exchanger warms with the rising temperature of the burn pot, and once the correct temperature is reached, the convection fan will blow the warm air into your home as the toxic fumes are exhausted from the system through your chimney.

Benefits of a Pellet Stove

  • Convenience – managing the bags of pellets can be easier for many people, and the average burning time for one bag is 8-10 hours. This means you only have to load the hopper twice a day.
  • No smoke – pellet stoves do not produce smoke, so you don’t have to deal with smoky rooms or a smoky smell.
  • Low ash – the ash content of a pellet stove is significantly lower than a wood stove, and can be easily cleaned with a vacuum.
  • Outside doesn’t get hot – unlike a wood stove, pellet stoves are insulated all the way around, making the stove itself (not the glass) safe to touch during operation.

If you have been looking for a supplemental heat source that is convenient and easy to use, a pellet stove for your fireplace in Spring Valley may be just what you need. Call Design Air, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Does Rust on My Boiler Mean It Must Be Replaced?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Seeing any rust on your boiler isn’t a good thing, but it doesn’t necessarily dictate the need for replacement, either. Your boiler is made to be durable and has been built with safeguards to greatly reduce the development of rust. The biggest question to answer when it comes to rust on your boiler in Spring Valley is: where is the rust located? This is because some rusted components can be repaired and/or replaced, and others cannot. However, if you should see rust anywhere on your boiler, it is important to have a professional look at it as soon as possible to assess exactly what is happening. Design Air Inc, is here to help you with all of your heating repair needs, so if you see rust on your boiler in your Spring Valley home, call us today.

Problems That Can Be Caused by Rust

There are a couple of problems that can be caused by rust on your boiler:

  • Development of leaks – we’ve all seen rust turn metal into oxidized crumbs, and this can happen to your boiler once rust takes hold. Like mold or mildew, once rust starts, it doesn’t stop until the rusted area is repaired or replaced. Weakened areas in your boiler cabinet can lead to leaks, which can affect the operation of your heating system and may possibly be dangerous. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to call for a technician as soon as you detect any rust on your boiler.
  • Poor performance – rust can also develop on individual components, like the mounting plates. Many of these items can be replaced, but until they are, your heating system may perform poorly.

Do I Have to Replace My Boiler?

Now that you know how rust affects your boiler, here are some other items to consider before replacing:

  • Age of your system – the average lifespan of a well-maintained boiler is 15-20 years. If your boiler is that age or older, and has significant rust, you may want to consider replacement.
  • Number of repairs – have you had to make multiple repairs to your boiler, or are you facing multiple repairs? At some point, your money may be better spent on a replacement.
  • Energy efficiency – how energy efficient is your current boiler? Today’s boilers are very energy efficient, so it may be worth reviewing how much a new one can save you in monthly energy costs versus your rusty one.

Rust on your boiler in Spring Valley isn’t necessarily a death sentence for your boiler, but at the least, it does call for professional care. If you have detected rust on your boiler, call Design Air Inc, and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Are the Repairs for Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners Different?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Heat pumps and air conditioners are very similar in the way they operate, except for a couple of key differences. In fact, a heat pump is a type of air conditioner when it’s in cooling mode. When it comes to comparing repairs between the two systems, certain components are the same and therefore have similar repairs. It is the components that are different, such as the reversing valve, where the repairs will be different. No matter which system you use for your home, Design Air, Inc., specializes in both types of air conditioning repair, so if you are experiencing issues with either your heat pump or AC cooling, call us.

Commonalities Between the Systems

Heat pumps and air conditioning systems both use refrigerant, have compressors, condensers and evaporators, and operate on a refrigeration cycle. This means that repairs with these components are basically the same with both systems.

Differences Between the Systems

The biggest difference between heat pumps and air conditioning systems is that heat pumps are dual-action systems: they can both heat and cool. This is due to the reversing valve on a heat pump that allows the pump to switch between heating and cooling. Common valve problems are:

  • Valves getting “stuck” in a certain position
  • The solenoid malfunctions
  • Refrigerant leak develops in the valve

A second difference between the two systems is that you may experience more repairs with a heat pump simply because it runs year-round. However, scheduling annual maintenance for your heat pump can prevent repair needs and increase the longevity of the system, which is important for a year-round appliance.

Heat pumps are great options for those living in climates with long, hot summers and moderately cold winters; for those living in areas that have cold winters – below 32 degrees – a heat pump will have to be supplemented with another heat source.

Since 1986, Design Air, Inc., has helped Spring Valley customers with central AC and heat pump repair. Whether you have a heat pump or central air conditioning system, call us for all your air conditioning repair needs in Spring Valley. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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