Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for April, 2014

Common Repairs for Geothermal Systems

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Geothermal cooling and heating systems are a truly remarkable way to condition the air in your home. They rely on the temperature under the ground – which stays constant once you get more than a few feet deep no matter what the temperature outside is – to facilitate a heat exchange. Coiled tubes under the earth circulate a mixture of water and anti-freeze, which either release heat from your home into the ground, or pull heat from the ground to warm your home. They’re energy efficient and extremely long-lasting, but like any appliance, they run into problems from time to time. The good news is that services offering air conditioning repair in Hartford, CT and similar towns can often handle common repairs for geothermal systems as well.

The good news is that the majority of problems take place above ground. The tubes have no moving parts and are protected from erosion by the earth. (The bad news is that, in the unlikely event of a breach, you’ll need to excavate the tubes to get them fixed, which can cost quite a bit.) The most common issues occur in the above-ground portion: the pump that circulates the fluids and the mechanisms that push the heated or cooled air through your home. In the event of a pump malfunction, the fluid will circulate more slowly and you won’t get the hot or cool air that you need. Similarly, a problem with the fan or fan motor will keep the conditioned air from circulating, and clogs in various lines may prevent any aspect of the system from functioning.

You can usually spot the need for common repairs for geothermal systems by a general slowdown in your system’s quality: lower air flow, reduced heating or cooling capacity, a sudden spike in monthly energy costs, and so on. When that happens you need to call on a company that can make repairs quickly, and for air conditioning repair in Hartford, CT the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to help. We have the experience and know-how to handle problems with your geothermal system, so don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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What to Expect With Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance in Hartford

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Here in Hartford, air conditioning maintenance sessions are a wise way of preparing for the heat and humidity of the summer. When the heat waves hit, you want your air conditioner to perform like a champion, and an air conditioning maintenance session is a reliable way of doing that. Not only can it catch big problems while they’re still small, but it will improve your system’s efficiency and lower your monthly cooling bills in the bargain. Here’s what to expect with spring air conditioning maintenance in Hartford.

  • The technician will shut off the system and check all of the interior components for damage. This includes leaks to the lines, motors in need of oil, frayed fan belts, damaged electrical lines, and anything else that looks out of the ordinary. If it can be quickly corrected, he or she will do so. If not, you can schedule a more formal repair session to repair or replace the damaged component.
  • The technician will clean all of the dust and dirt out of the system, as well as changing the air filter and performing similar bits of cleaning. This lowers friction and resistance in moving components, which in turn helps your air conditioner use less energy while doing its job.
  • The technician will gauge refrigerant levels and recharge them it they are low. Low refrigerant levels can be very damaging to your air conditioner: reducing its cooling power and putting additional strain on individual components. Keeping it recharged will help your air conditioner perform the way you need it do, while reducing the risk of a more serious breakdown later on down the line.
  • Finally, the technician will run your air conditioner for 15-20 minutes and look for any additional signs of distress.

All of this is intended not only to spot potential issues before they get out of hand, but to help your air conditioner perform as strongly as it can. If you know what to expect with spring air conditioning maintenance in Hartford, the next step is to call the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. We can perform a top notch maintenance session to get your system ready for the summer, and there’s no better time to do it than now! Call us today for more information or schedule your next AC maintenance service appointment.

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How to Get Your AC Ready for Summer

Monday, April 14th, 2014

If you’re like most homeowners then you probably don’t run your air conditioning system during the winter. That means that your AC system has been lying dormant for several months while you keep your home comfortable with your heating system. Before you just start running your air conditioning system all the time, there are a few things that you should consider doing to get it ready for summer. Call the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning if you need any kind of Hartford, CT air conditioning repair, installation or maintenance. Take a look at our quick guide to keeping your AC working well this summer.

Keep your air conditioning system working well by following these simple steps before you turn your AC on for the first time this summer.

  • Get regular maintenance – Before your just flip your air conditioner on it’s probably a good idea to have your equipment inspected by a professional technician. During these regular visits, your air conditioning contractor will look for any small issues and problems that could have developed through the winter as your AC sat dormant. They will also clean out any debris or dirt that has built up over time. This could have a huge impact on your air conditioning system’s efficiency this summer and may also help you avoid the need for air conditioning repair.
  • Change the air filter – Your air conditioning system has an air filter in it that is there to keep dust and dirt from getting into the moving parts. If it isn’t regularly changed then it can get clogged and restrict the flow of air through your system. This is probably one of the most common causes of air conditioning repairs that we see. Make sure that before you run your air conditioning system this summer that you check to make sure that your air filter is clear.
  • Ductwork – One of the most-overlooked components of your home’s air conditioning system is the ductwork. If you have a traditional, central AC system in your home then it uses a series of ducts to move the cooled air throughout your home. If there are any leaks in your ductwork then they will allow much of the cooled air to leave your home. Not only is this incredibly wasteful but it can also cause your home to be less comfortable. Make sure that you get your ducts cleaned, sealed or repaired before you start running your AC this summer.

When you need any air conditioning repair, installation or maintenance just call the friendly experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Does Radiant Heating Require Difficult Repairs?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Radiant heating works very differently from forced air heating systems. Instead, it consists of metal pipes beneath the floorboards of your home that radiate heat into your living space. The system pumps heated water through the tubes and warms the room by direct contact through the furniture and/or your feet.  But does radiant heating require difficult repairs?

A large part of the system itself is easy to access. Radiant systems have their own pumps and control arrays, which are connected to the boiler. When problems arrive with this section of the radiant heater, it’s rarely difficult to instigate repairs. A service technician can examine the system, pinpoint the problem and perform corrections directly, since most of the problems with radiant systems arise with this part of it, difficult repairs are infrequent at worst.

Bigger problems come when a leak springs up inside the tubing itself, or similar issues rise beneath the floorboards. In that case, repairs do become tougher, since the technician needs to open up the floorboards before conducting repairs. That can get fairly extensive and take up more time than other repairs. The good news is that such repairs are pretty rare. There are no moving parts beneath the floorboards and thus no friction or other causes of wear and tear. The pipes and panels should be quite sturdy, and provided you contract a reputable company to perform the installation, you needn’t worry about your pipes springing a leak.

That’s where we come in. In matters of heating installation and heating repair, Hartford CT has a reliable company in the form of Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. Call us for service today!

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