There is nothing like that first crisp fall day, when you cozy up in your home and decide to turn on the heat for the first time since last winter.
You smile as you adjust the thermostat and anticipate the warmth to come.... And then, WHAM! You are smacked with the horrendous smell of damp, burning grossness.
When a warm air heating system goes unused for months straight there is a layer of dust that passes through the average air filter and collects on the heat exchanger. When the heating system is turned on for the first time the dust burns off and a slight burning odor is produced. This burning smell circulates with the warm air through the ductwork of your system and throughout your home. Though the burning smell may be unpleasant, it is not a cause for concern! In fact, this odor occurs in almost every furnace, especially after a hot summer when the air conditioner has been heavily used. Don’t worry-- the odor rarely lasts for more than a few hours and nothing harmful enters the airstream of your home.
If you have any questions about turning on your furnace for the first time this season please give us a call at 800-300-KEIL.
On April 16, 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy set new standards for water heaters in the United States. These new water heater regulations are meant to conserve energy on a large scale, but will do little for homeowners year-to-year. The average estimate of savings if you spend $500 a year on energy used by your water heater is about $ 15.
Though the changes in individual energy savings are low for these new water heaters, the hassle is high. New water heaters are wider and/or taller than the ones in the past. If your water heater is in a small space built to fit, you will likely have to relocate the new one or downsize to a smaller water heater. There will also be more difficult venting requirements for the new gas water heaters. While the price of these new water heaters is only moderately higher than the old ones, the installation costs could be as much as double.
Though there are negatives that come with these new regulations there are major large-scale benefits to the environment based on this change! As the U.S. Department of Energy explains, “Standards mandatory in 2015 will save approximately 6 quads of energy and result in approximately $63 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2015-2044. The standard will avoid about 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 33.8 million automobiles."
Time for a new water heater? Do not fear. New Jersey’s Clean Energy program is offering rebates for the purchase of new high efficiency boilers, furnaces, air conditioners and water heaters. Additionally, you can be assured that with a company like KEIL the process of installing these newly-sized, more energy efficient systems will be stress free for you.
Do you own a Lennox, Aire-Flo, Armostrong Air, AirEase, Concord, or Ducane brand residential air conditioning or heat pump system?
If you own a Lennox, Aire-Flo, Armostrong Air, AirEase, Concord, or Ducane brand residential air conditioning or heat pump system, you could get benefits from a class action settlement.
As the website below explains:
"All U.S. residents who, between October 29, 2007 and July 9, 2015, purchased at least one new uncoated copper tube Lennox brand, Aire-Flo brand, Armstrong Air brand, AirEase brand, Concord brand, or Ducane brand evaporator coil, covered by an Original Warranty, for their personal, their family, or their household purposes, that was installed in a house, condominium unit, apartment unit, or other residential dwelling located in the United States.
Original Coils may have been purchased separately, as part of an air handler, or they may have been included as part of a Packaged Unit."
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When your air conditioner cycles on do the lights throughout your home dim? If they do it may be because the wiring or the circuit breaker for your air conditioner is undersized or improperly connected. It may also be that there is an issue with your homes electrical service.
Your compressor, the pump inside the outdoor portion of your air conditioning unit takes a considerable amount of power to initially turn on. Once it is running that power requirement drops by as much as a half. Once the power requirement for the compressor drops to operating levels the balance of your electrical system recovers from the surge and the operation goes back to normal.
The larger your air conditioning system is the more likely you are to experience a power surge as the unit requires more power on start-up. In older homes with smaller electrical services this is a common problem. In more modern homes this rarely happens unless there is a wiring or breaker issue.
What can you do if you experience power surges when your air conditioner turns on? The best thing to do is to check to be sure that the correct size wire was used for the size of your air conditioner as well as the correct size breaker. Any of our technicians can do this for you at no charge when we are in your home. If the breaker and wire are correctly sized then the next step is to have an electrician look further into your electrical system to diagnose the problem.
If your water heater is not working it may be because the pilot light of the water heater is out! This may be a problem you can fix yourself, and here is how:
1. Turn the gas valve to “off” and wait at least 10 minutes
2. Next, adjust the gas valve to “pilot” and push it or the red button next to it. By holding this valve/ button down, you will get gas through the pilot gas supply tube.
3. Hold the button/valve down and wait for pilot indicator to light. If your water heater requires manual lighting, use a long lighter to ignite the gas at the end of the supply tube.
4. Hold the control button for a full minute after the pilot is on, and then release.
5. IF the pilot won’t light or goes off again, turn the valve to “off,” wait a few minutes and try again.
6. When the pilot light is lit and you have released the control button, turn the control to “on.” Now the burner should ignite.
If the pilot doesn’t stay lit, call KEIL at 800-300-KEIL. If your pilot light is lit but you have no hot water, that may be a problem with the electric wiring or the water heater itself.
*Remember to use extreme caution around open flames. If re-lighting your pilot light is not something you feel safe doing, DON'T DO IT.
Have you ever found that when it is 100 degrees outside, it is impossible to get the temperature in your home below 80 degrees?
The air conditioning systems used to cool a home can provide a 20 degree drop in temperature from the outside air to the inside air. Air conditioners dehumidify the air in a home based upon how they operate. If the outside temperature is 90 degrees and the humidity level is 90 percent you should be able to achieve 70 degrees inside with perhaps 55 percent humidity.
In your home during the summer, hot moist air is constantly flowing in through cracks and openings in foundations, walls, windows and doors. These factors, in addition to the type of insulation in your home and the size of your air conditioner, affect the ability of an air conditioner to cool your home more than 20 degrees below the outdoor temperature.
Another cause for uncomfortable cooling is that your air conditioner is too big! An oversized air conditioner will cool your home quickly to a lower temperature and then shut off, not allowing it to dehumidify the air. Humid air feels warmer than dry air.
Lastly, if you are experiencing improper cooling in your home, it may be due to lack of maintenance. Every air conditioner manufacturer recommends annual maintenance in order to keep the system operating at peak efficiency
If you feel that your air conditioner is not cooling your home properly, or if you would like to schedule annual maintenance and you are located in Northern NJ, please call us at 800-300-KEIL.
Have you ever wondered what the purpose of that humming machine on the side of your house serves? Your condensing unit is responsible for helping your air conditioner do it's job by bringing the refrigerant (a substance used for cooling/refrigeration) to the indoor portion of your AC system through fans that pull outdoor air in. In order for your condensing unit to do it's job, there needs to be room all the way around it to pull air in properly.
Shrubs should not be planted closer than 18 inches to the condenser, or they will baffle air movement and could shed leaves and debris into the unit. Grasses and perennials that grow more than six inches high should be planted two-three feet away from the base of the unit.
Relocating too-close plants or trimming them down will allow your condenser room to breathe!
You benefit from allowing your condenser to properly breathe with lower utility bills, fewer costly repairs and a longer system life.
If you would like to schedule a free consultation about your air conditioning system and you live in Northern New Jersey, please call us at 800-300-KEIL or visit our website at www.KEILHeatAC.com
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KEIL Heating and Air Conditioning is a third-generation family owned and operated business founded in 1908 serving much of New Jersey. For over 100 years KEIL’s business model has been centered around ensuring that you, our valued customer, are completely comfortable in the most important place on earth: your home. Check out The KEIL Difference to learn why we are the right NJ company for you.