HVAC Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions

  • By Admin
  • 22 Dec, 2017
Reed Services can inspect your HVAC system. Repair, maintenance and replacement as well as new systems.

Winter is on the way, which means it’s the perfect time to ensure your HVAC unit is ready to handle all your heating needs. Although Texas doesn’t see the sub-zero temperatures experienced in other parts of the country, the occasional chilly morning or frigid evening will make you thankful for a warm home.

Even if you know your HVAC unit could use some maintenance, you may not be sure where to start or how to prevent your system from failing during the winter. Check out these frequently asked questions if you aren’t sure what to do to maintain your unit.

1.     How often should I change my air filter?

Dirty filters are not only unhealthy, they also restrict airflow, forcing your system to work harder for longer to achieve the ideal temperature. This can increase your energy bills and wear your unit down faster. Change your air filters once a month during high-use seasons like winter and summer to keep your home cleaner, family healthier and bills lower.

2.     How can I clean my external HVAC components?

If you have a compressor pump or condenser coil outside your home, you’ll need to keep them clean and unobstructed to ensure they run smoothly. Leaves, dirt, bugs and twigs can be blown into these vital components and slow or stop them entirely. With the unit turned off completely, carefully remove all debris from fans, coils or pumps and gently spray them down with water to wash away dirt. Remember: some of these parts are fragile, so be gentle with them.

3.     How do I make sure my home is heated comfortably during the winter?

Your heating pump can lose efficiency if the thermostat is set too low or too high. Try to set your thermostat between 65 and 75 degrees. If you set it too low, the heating pump will fail to produce enough heat to warm your home. If it’s too high, you’ll burn excessive amounts of energy. Similarly, when cooling your house, setting the temperature below 70 degrees could freeze the coils.

4.     Do I have the right thermostat?

Homeowners living in older homes may struggle with their thermostats more than those in newer homes. Manual thermostats, such as those with a dial or sliding bar, are less efficient than digital programmable varieties because they rely on estimated temperatures rather than precise readings.

Programmable thermostats, however, can be set to more precise temperatures and can even be programmed to cool and heat depending on your schedule. Set your programmable thermostat to shut off overnight or while you’re at work and turn on again when you get home without ever touching a dial. You can even connect them to your smart devices to monitor your home’s temperature while you’re out.

Programmable thermostats are a lucrative investment in your home’s appearance and functionality. You’ll save money on energy bills and increase your home’s resale value.

5.     When should I call a technician?

Sometimes you just need a professional to take care of all the tune-up services you may need before the temperature drops. Don’t wait for something to go wrong before calling a technician to check out your HVAC unit. It’s most convenient for both you and the technicians if you schedule a maintenance call before the weather changes. You’ll be more likely to receive the time slot you want and you’ll probably get the technician’s undivided attention if they don’t have to watch the clock to make their next appointment for the day.

Winter HVAC Tune-up Services in Beaumont, TX

Winter is almost here, so it’s time for homeowners across Texas to schedule their maintenance services to ensure their HVAC units are running smoothly all winter long. Once they’ve cleared away all the fall debris, Beaumont homeowners can rely on the HVAC experts at Reed Service Company to provide fast, friendly tune-ups and repairs before the first cold night.

Update your thermostat and tune up your system before there’s an emergency! Reed Service Company offers discounts and convenient annual packages to keep your system running all year round. Contact us online or call (409) 842-0336 to schedule your service today!

By Admin 22 Dec, 2017

Winter is on the way, which means it’s the perfect time to ensure your HVAC unit is ready to handle all your heating needs. Although Texas doesn’t see the sub-zero temperatures experienced in other parts of the country, the occasional chilly morning or frigid evening will make you thankful for a warm home.

Even if you know your HVAC unit could use some maintenance, you may not be sure where to start or how to prevent your system from failing during the winter. Check out these frequently asked questions if you aren’t sure what to do to maintain your unit.

By Admin 27 Sep, 2017

The devastation unleashed upon Texas’s coastline has displaced thousands of homeowners and their families for days, and in some cases weeks. Now that the flooding has receded and the storm has passed, it’s time for evacuees to head back to their homes to assess the damage. It may be tempting to flip on the air conditioning when you return, especially to fend off the still-warm and humid September weather, but it’s best not to touch that thermostat until you understand the extent of the damage inflicted on your home and, in particular, your HVAC unit.

What Happens to My Unit During a Flood?

Flood waters are nothing if not filthy. They carry dirt, debris and particulates for miles and deposit them in your home when the waters rise. This often results in a thick layer of dirt on all the surfaces in your home, including your HVAC unit. The dirt carried into your home may also be harboring micro-organisms and fungi that may take root out of sight, causing odors and potentially mold growth in your unit. All this extra moisture debris and dirt can contaminate and damage your unit, if it isn’t already beyond repair from the force of the flood waters or damage to internal components.

Before You Start

If at all possible, don’t start your HVAC unit before getting it inspected by a professional technician. The dirt and debris can circulate throughout your home, putting your loved ones’ health at risk. In addition, using the air conditioner before a cleaning could cause water and debris to be caught in the unit, shorting the electrical components and requiring the entire system to be replaced. Even worse, dirt and debris could easily catch fire or cause excessive insulation of heating elements, resulting in a severe fire hazard. Call your local technician to schedule an immediate inspection and cleaning. As much as we’d like to rely on ourselves to get back on our feet after a disaster like Harvey, most homeowners lack the skills and knowledge required to effectively and safely clean and inspect their own HVAC systems.

After Your Inspection

If you’ve already started your system before getting an inspection and cleaning from a certified HVAC technician, now’s your chance to turn it off and call the experts. Water damage is often widespread and corrosive so you never know what may be on the verge of starting a fire or shorting out. If you’re lucky, the technician will be able to clean and repair your system without much trouble. However, many homes may require a total replacement of the system, including ductwork.

If you do need to install an entirely new unit, you can look at this as an opportunity to upgrade your system to a greener model that will save you money and more effectively cool your home. In fact, some utility companies offer rebates and incentives for homeowners who wish to install a new, energy-efficient unit! Your technician will be able to help you determine which model is best for your house and lifestyle.


HVAC Inspection, Repair and Installation Services in Beaumont, TX

We at Reed Service Company know that rebuilding your life is a big job. Let us help make the process easier by allowing us to take care of your waterlogged HVAC system. Our friendly, knowledgeable technicians are part of the Beaumont community themselves, so they understand the devastation caused by Harvey can feel overwhelming.

We are currently offering a special comprehensive inspection and service for $375, which includes:

·        Cleaning the condenser coil

·        Removing debris from condensing unit

·        Replacing the contactor and dual capacitor

·        Spraying the electrical components and motor with moisture displacement and corrosion inhibitor spray

·        Lubricating the motor

·        Blowing out the drain line

·        Checking the refrigerant charge and system operation

We are also offering a Hurricane Harvey inspection package for $135, which includes a full inspection of electrical components in the condensing unit, furnace and fan coil. During the inspection, our technician will also spray electrical components with moisture displacement and corrosion inhibitor spray to ensure these critical components that may have been compromised by flood waters are protected.

Let Reed Service Company help your family get back on the road to normalcy. We also offer 24/7 emergency service if ever you run into a problem after hours. Contact us online or call (409) 842-0336 to schedule an inspection today!

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