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What Do These Funny HVAC Sounds Mean?

B.55 Funny HVAC Sounds

Are you experiencing funny sounds coming from your air conditioner or furnace? When it comes to odd sounds coming from your system these sounds can definitely be alarming.  Although some sounds may be a teaser, there are still some sounds that can become troubling to your system.  We’ve come up with a list of common sounds that may escape your HVAC system and what they may be caused by:

Rattling: rattling sounds often indicate there is something that has been loosened and trapped.  Items such as sticks and pebbles can become lodged in your outside unit causing funny sounds.
Metal Clanking: hearing metal clanking is often a good indicator of loose parts or pipes.  When everything is bolted and secure there won’t be any loose parts to rattle against each other; however, when a part comes loose it can hit against another area causing an odd clanking sound.
Bubbling: odd sounds similar to bubbling could be a good sign of air trapped in the refrigerant line.
Thumping at startup/shutdown: thumping at start up or shutdown usually indicates a worn belt.  Call your local and trusted HVAC company if you believe this is the problem you’re facing.  It could be a quick fix covered under warranty!
Hissing: in most cases hearing hissing come from your system is a good sign that air is escaping when it shouldn’t be.  Schedule a technician to do a leak search for better insight.
Popping: funny popping noises coming from your system could possibly be metal contracting & expanding.  Hearing this sound can definitely be alarming but may not mean anything serious—call your trusted HVAC company to come check it out!

Are you hearing some of these odd sounds and not sure how to approach it? Always remember, for as big of an investment that the air and heat is to your home, it’s always best to call a qualified and knowledgeable technician to check out the problem first.  “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call The BELOMAN!” (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here.

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Indicators Your Water Heater Is On The Outs!

B.54 Signs Water Heater

Being able to control the temperature in your house from all angles is one of the most important parts to your home. Imagine not being able to take a warm shower or having to wash your hands in freezing water every time! How horrible would that be?! If you are experiencing issues with your water heater and not sure if it’s time to repair it or replace it we’re here to help! We’ve come up with a list of possible signs to look for that could be good indicators your water heaters is on the fritz!

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

  1. Rust: if you are noticing an orange or red-ish color coming from your faucet this could be a sign rust is present which is an indicator there is a problem.
  2. Look for drips leaks or sitting water underneath: sitting or dripping water is usually a clear indicator that there is an issue with your water heater that should be addressed.
  3. The color of the flame: on a gas water heater, the flame should be burning blue…not yellow.
  4. Odd formalities: any visible bending or cracking in water heater is a sign your water heater is experiencing issues and should be checked out.
  5. The water to reflect your set temperature: if the water in your shower is not reflecting the temperature set on your water heater this is a sign your water heater could be on the outs.

If you’re noticing some of these issues surrounding your water heater to be present, always be sure to call a professional for help. In many cases, water heater problems are not ones you should tackle yourself.  Thinking your water heater is on the outs?? Give the BEL-O Man a call at (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here.

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Fighting A/C Smells

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Does your A/C turn on and instead of first feeling it you smell it? If you are experiencing stinky side effects when using your cooling we’re here to give you some information to bring you to the bottom of it!  We’ll go over the causes of A/C smells and what you can do to bring them to a halt.

Causes:  Common causes for a stinky A/C may include:
1. Mold & mildew coming from somewhere in your system
2. Your home sitting idle for quite some time with the A/C turned off may leave a musty smell when the A/C is turned on
3. You’ve allowed your filter to come overly clogged with debris
4. It’s being carried through your ducts from a certain stinky location somewhere else in the home

Solutions: Where there’s a will there’s a way!
1. Change your habits: turning exhaust fans on when cooking/showering, use natural cleaners, vacuum & clean surfaces more frequently
2. Change your filter on a regular basis
3. Schedule a system cleaning to ensure all of the gunk and filth is removed from your unit
4. Install an whole home air purifier

No one wants to come inside from a hot and humid day to a stinky home!  If you’re experiencing alarming smells when your A/C is on there are a few areas to look into.  If you still are having a difficult time determining where these pesky smells are coming from contact your Metro East Super Hero today! “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call The BELOMAN!” (618) BEL-OMAN www.beloman.com

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Planning Your Summer Vacation: HVAC Edition

B.52 Summer HVAC Tips

A lot goes into planning a summer vacation as you may know! Don’t let your HVAC be ignored while making your planning list.  Besides packing the swimsuit, sunscreen and planning your excursions there are several things you should check on your home before you go.  We’ve compiled a list of 5 HVAC tips to keep in mind when planning your summer vacation.

  1. Schedule Routine Maintenance: before leaving for your vacation it is a good idea to call your local and trusted HVAC company to perform a tune up on your system. This tune up will ensure everything is operating correctly to make you feel confident you’ll have plenty of cool air when you return rather than coming home to a disaster.
  2. Don’t Forget Security: while away on your vacation passerby’s may notice your house is sitting vacant. To avoid thieves tampering or stealing your outside unit you can install security lights or a cage to better protect your system.
  3. Change Your Filter: ensuring that your filter is clean and regularly changed can prevent malfunctions while you’re away on vacation.   If your filter is past its changing date and clogged it can cause other issues. A quick change of your filter can give you more confidence that you’ll come home to a properly functioning system.
  4. Check Your Surge Protection: you never know when a severe thunderstorm will make its way to your area. To avoid a power surge from a storm or unfortunate mishap, install a surge protector to protect not only your HVAC system, but also other appliances in your home.
  5. Raise the thermostat: when leaving your home for an extended amount of time raising your thermostat a few degrees is a smart idea to save money on your energy bill. Why pay to cool your home when no one will be inside? If you have a programmable thermostat, you can also program the day your family will be arriving home to ensure your home is back at the desired temperature for your arrival.

While it is extremely important to pack the sunscreen, it is very important to keep the 5 tips above in mind as well. How horrible would it be to come home to a hot house because of one simple thing missed!  “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call The BELOMAN!”.  (618) BEL-OMAN www.beloman.com

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Save Money While Away for Vacation!

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Are you gearing up for an exciting summer getaway? Your summer getaway may have left a dent in the ol’ wallet, but did you know you have an amazing opportunity to save cash while you’re away simply by adjusting your thermostat?  Some believe turning their AC completely off while on vacations is the best option; however, keeping your AC off for an extended amount of time can cause damage to your drywall, wood and wallpaper by allowing the heat and humidity to become trapped. We’re here to tell you there IS another option to save money while you’re away that can be done with a few clicks to your thermostat!

Programmable thermostats are all the rage! The Environmental Protection Agency recommends a setting of 85 degrees Fahrenheit while away from your home for an extended period.  Setting your thermostat to a higher temperature of your preference will allow you to save more energy and money while you’re away enjoying your vacation!  Some may turn their nose to the idea of setting their thermostat higher while away to avoid coming home to a hot house that takes time to cool back down. BUT WAIT! …now days thermostats are extremely sleek and sophisticated allowing you to set the time you will be arriving back home to start cooling the home on command. There is also the option for a smart thermostat which gives you the freedom to control your settings from anywhere at any time from your smartphone.

If you feel like a programmable or smart thermostat would make the perfect addition to your home visit our website or give us a call to discuss installing a new one before you leave for vacation! “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call the BEL-O MAN!” (618) BEL-OMAN

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5 Ways to Conserve Energy Year Round

Everyone loves saving money, right? Right! Are you shocked every month when you see your utility bill?  Turns out, there are several ways to conserve energy and save you money on these bills! From quick fixes to more complex costly changes even doing a few changes can help you start saving money.  We’ve come up with a list of 5 ways YOU can conserve energy year round:

  1. LIGHTS, camera, action: the light bulbs in your home are a larger part of your utility bill! Cheaper bulbs are known to waste a lot of heat energy and have a shorter lifespan. By switching to LED light bulbs you’ll be changing your light bulbs less often saving you money!
  2. Insulate, insulate, insulate: if your home is not properly insulated you could have energy escaping through weak spots. During the summer, poor insulation can make it hard to keep your home cool causing stress to your HVAC. Ensuring your home is properly insulation will help you save energy and save money in the long run.
  3. Rid the leaks: if your home is leaking air allowing the cool air to escape during the summer it can make it more difficult to keep your home cool. An energy audit can be performed to notice problem areas so they can be sealed to avoid losing energy and wasting money!
  4. Vampires be gone: vampire energy is the energy consumed by appliances and electronics left plugged in but not in use. Believe it or not these sneaky vampires can run up your energy bills. Going around your home to unplug unused appliances and electronics is a quick and simple way to conserve energy year round!
  5. Update windows: ensuring your windows are newer and efficient can help make cooling your home in the summer far easier. New installed windows come with excellent insulation properties that can be felt immediately after installation.

All in all, if you’ve tried improving your home in the 5 methods above and still feel like you’re losing energy or not properly cooling your home you may need to discuss the issue with a HVAC professional to see if a repair or replacement of your HVAC system could help conserve energy! We have the right people to help find out your problem areas in order to save energy year round.  “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call the BELOMAN” (618) BEL-OMAN www.beloman.com

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Is The Air In My Home Clean?

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Have you been hearing how contaminated your indoor air quality could be? Are you wanting to have an Indoor Air Quality Analysis performed on your home, but don’t know what it entails?  The BEL-O Man is here to help!  Did you know your indoor air can be 2-5 times  more contaminated than the air outdoors? If you want to improve the air quality of your home don’t hesitate to call an Indoor Air Quality expert to perform a quick analysis of your home!  There are a few ways to test the quality of air in your home…we’ll go over one method:

Choosing where: When performing the analysis your HVAC professional will need to determine certain areas to gather the testing samples.  Common areas for test sites are near a central air return vent, a room you frequent most, and a basement area are all proper locations for determining the overall quality of your indoor air.

Sample of outside air as well: In addition to the test sites located inside your home, the testing procedure will also include a sample taken right outside of the home to use as a control.  This control will be able to show you how the air in your home or office compares to the fresh air outside.

Then what?: After test and control locations have been determined the test can begin! Your indoor air quality expert will use a small device hooked up to an air pump while a controlled amount of air is pumped through the filter for a 5-10 minutes.  Once the test is complete at that location, the test filter is removed and the pump is moved to the next testing location.  Once all locations have been tested you should hear back from your HVAC professional within a few short days with the test results.  The report will be able to show you how contaminated your indoor air is with different particles and spores.  Your HVAC professional will be able to analyze your report to help you identify the best route to take for your home or office space.  As mentioned before there are a few methods to test the quality of air in your home.  Contact your local HVAC professional to discuss the best route for you!

If you feel your home or business would be a perfect candidate for an Indoor Air Quality analysis, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would love to help you! (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here.

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