Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Wethersfield’

Should I Replace My AC or What?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

replacing-ACChances are that, if you are seriously considering replacing your air conditioner, you have some good reasons for doubting its continued performance. What you may not realize, however, is that there are actually a whole lot of reasons why you may choose to replace your AC. Some will be obvious, such as a complete breakdown of your system. You really should not wait for such a drastic event to take place, though. Doing so opens you up to a potential period of discomfort.

So, if you’re not supposed to run the system right into the ground, how the heck do you decide when to replace your air conditioner? After all, you really don’t want to replace the system before its time is up, right? You want the best return possible on the investment that you made in your AC, and part of that means keeping that system up and running as long as possible. Right? Well, not always. Here are some tips to help you decide if it is time for an AC replacement in Wethersfield, CT.

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Getting Your AC Ready for Summer

Monday, April 16th, 2018

temperature-gauge-just-rightHere in Connecticut, the winter season can be pretty brutal—and this past one is really resistant to resigning its reign, right? While winters and New England often overshadow the summer weather, the fact is that your air conditioner is no less important than your heating system. If you don’t prepare your air conditioner for the coming summer season—and it is coming, even if it decides to take its time—then you are probably going to find yourself living uncomfortably or requiring air conditioning repair in Wethersfield, CT when the heat returns.

That is why we’ve put together some simple tips for helping your air conditioner get ready for the summer season. You’ll be thanking us when temperatures spike but your home is cool and comfortable within. You don’t just want a decent performance from your AC, and you certainly don’t want to be draining your budget just to keep your home cool and comfortable throughout the summer. Heed these tips, and enjoy the efficient, effective, and reliable cooling that you deserve.

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Should My Heat Pump’s Outdoor Unit Be Running in Winter?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

It may seem like a strange sight–it’s cold, but your outdoor heat pump unit appears to be working. You may think, isn’t that just for summertime? With an air-source heat pump, the answer is no.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

The reason the outdoor unit of your heat pump is on during the winter is this: it is absorbing the heat in the surrounding air for your home. It may seem incredulous that cold air can have heat, but it does. Your heat pump, with the help of the refrigerant in the system, absorbs this heat and then concentrates it. Once the heat is concentrated, it is distributed to your home’s living spaces. During the summer, the opposite happens: your heat pump, with the help of the refrigerant, absorbs the heat inside your home and transfers it outside. Heat pumps don’t generate heat; they simply transfer it from one location to another, using refrigerant to facilitate the transfer. This is why you’ll see your heat pump’s outdoor unit operate during the winter months.

How Does a Heat Pump Heat?

The key to a heat pump offering both heating and cooling is a component called a reversing valve. This valve changes the flow of the refrigerant in the system, which is how the heat pump can offer two modes of operation. As the homeowner, the switch from heating to cooling is very easy: simply push a button on your dual-mode thermostat – the heat pump does the rest.

Common Problems with Heat Pumps

If you don’t see your heat pump’s outdoor unit working for a long period of time, there may be a problem with the system. One of the more common problems with any heat pump system is the development of refrigerant leaks. Refrigerant leaks can develop in multiple locations, making them difficult to find; additionally, only certified technicians can handle refrigerant, so it’s important to call for a technician should a refrigerant leak develop in your system.

A second common problem that can develop with heat pumps is low air flow. This is usually due to a clogged air filter. It’s recommended that you change the air filter in your system every 3 months to keep your air filter functional.

If you see the outdoor unit of your heat pump in Wethersfield work during the winter, don’t worry – that’s what it should be doing. But should you run into problems with your heat pump this winter, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a service appointment for professional heat pump repair service.

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How the Reversing Valve Allows a Heat Pump to Heat and Cool

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

One of the biggest benefits of owning a heat pump system is that a heat pump offers both heating and cooling. With a heat pump system, you can streamline your heating and cooling with one system instead of two; for many homeowners, this is very advantageous. The key question we hear frequently is: how does a heat pump do both? The answer is a component called a reversing valve. If you have a heat pump in Wethersfield, you have a reversing valve, and understanding how this component works will help you understand how a heat pump can both heat and cool your home.

The Reversing Valve

The reversing valve has two electrical settings: excited and relaxed. The valve manufacturer sets which state stands for heating and which stands for cooling, so there can be variations between valves, depending on the brand you purchase. However, once a state is set for a specific operation – either heating or cooling – the other state setting is always going to be the other operation. The way the valve physically changes from one state to the other is by a sliding mechanism inside the valve that changes the directional flow of the refrigerant. A small electrical component called a solenoid helps push the slide when cued by your thermostat. As the valve slides, the refrigerant changes direction, and as such, the mode.

Common Problems with Reversing Valve

As a mechanical device, the reversing valve can experience some problems:

  • Bad solenoid – the solenoid has two small wires that can fray or corrode. Should this happen, the solenoid may malfunction and be unable to help slide the valve. Typically when a solenoid fails it is replaced.
  • Refrigerant leak – refrigerant leaks can develop inside the valve, and unfortunately, this can’t be repaired. If there is a refrigerant leak found inside your valve, the valve will need to be replaced.
  • Valve gets “stuck” – sometimes the reversing valve can get stuck in a mode or in between modes. If the solenoid is the cause, it can be replaced, but if the valve is stuck on its own, the valve will need to be replaced.

Heat pumps can be complex, and as such, require experts to conduct repair. If you are having problems with your heat pump, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment for our heat pump repair service in Wethersfield.

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Gas Furnace vs. Electric Furnace: Your Heating Options

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

When it comes to furnaces, homeowners have a few choices in fuel types. Two of these choices are electricity and gas. Electric furnaces have come a long way over the years, and have proven to be a good choice for certain homes. But no matter which furnace you choose, make sure that you hire professionals for your furnace installation service in Wethersfield. Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning has helped multiple customers in the Wethersfield area choose and install heating systems, and we can help you from start to finish.

Electric Furnaces

As we mentioned above, electric furnaces have come a long way over the years, especially where energy efficiency is concerned. Electric furnaces heat by blowing the air heated by red-hot metal coils through ductwork. There are several benefits to installing an electric furnace that make them worth considering for certain households:

  • Good energy efficiency – because electric furnaces do not use a fossil fuel, they have an average AFUE rating of 95% and can go as high as 100%.
  • Long lifespan – the average life of an electric furnace is 20 to 30 years.
  • Lower installation costs – the cost for purchasing and installing an electric furnace can be more the 40% less than that of a gas furnace.
  • No need for a gas line or fuel tank – some homes do not have access to a natural gas line, and it may not be convenient to install a fuel tank.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are one of the most commonly-installed heating systems around. Using natural gas, gas furnaces heat air with a heat exchanger, and then blow the hot air into your living spaces. There are several benefits of gas furnaces worth considering:

  • Gas is usually less expensive – natural gas is less expensive to use as a fuel than electricity.
  • Gas heat is very effective – gas heat is around 130 degrees, and will heat your home faster than an electric system; this also makes gas furnaces more effective on very cold days.
  • Clean burning – natural gas is the cleanest burning of all the fossil fuels.

Choosing a heating system in Wethersfield is a big decision. If you need help deciding what type of furnace is the best fit for your home, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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