Celco Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

Getting Your AC Ready for the Season Ahead

May 14th, 2018

AC-manifoldThe light at the end of the icy winter tunnel is here. Days are longer, the snow is gone, and temperatures are even warming up—albeit not as quickly as many of us may prefer. It may not be next week, but soon you are going to be calling upon your air conditioning system to step up to the plate and, hopefully, hit another one out of the park. Unfortunately, you cannot guarantee that this will be the case.

There are always going to be problems that you will face with your air conditioner. It is a mechanical system, after all, and prone to malfunctions like any other. That doesn’t mean you just leave its operational quality to the fates, though. There are plenty of ways in which you can get your AC prepped for the coming season. Doing so is going to help you to enjoy the best performance that your air conditioning system can muster.

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Why Schedule Late Season Heating Repairs?

April 30th, 2018

dog-under-blanketThis winter really didn’t want to leave, but it is finally looking like it has taken the hint and is beginning its retreat. That doesn’t mean that your heater is necessarily done with its work for the season, of course. The nighttime temperatures are still pretty chilly, and you may need your heater to take the edge off just a bit for a while longer. Even if you are pretty much done with the system for the season, we suggest that you schedule repairs now rather than wait for the start of next winter.

We obviously deal with a lot of different calls pertaining to HVAC in Stamford, CT, but heating repairs are among the most common. Oftentimes, we wind up making fairly extensive repairs for systems that could have been largely avoided had the budding issues been dealt with in a more timely fashion. It may be late in the season to be thinking about heater repairs, but it really is in your best interest to deal with them right away.

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Beneficial HVAC Upgrades

April 16th, 2018

temperature-guage-just-rightIdeally, you would be able to invest in a great heating or air conditioning system, and then you’d never have to think about that system again. No ongoing maintenance needs, no emergency repairs, no eventual replacement—just a lifelong performance at peak efficiency and reliability levels. Of course, this is the stuff of fantasy—though you probably won’t see it adapted as a big-budget, small-screen series anytime soon.

Now, you may not be able to get a perfect performance from your HVAC system, but there are certainly some upgrades to consider that could help you to enjoy a better performance from your system. No, you don’t even need to upgrade your whole air conditioning system to enjoy some great benefits that include increased energy efficiency, and even improved comfort and convenience, either. Of course, if you do want to upgrade your entire system, we’re happy to do that for you as well.

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How Do Boilers Distribute Heat?

April 2nd, 2018

hydronic-heatingFor many homeowners, the word “heater” immediately conjures up and image of the furnaces in their homes. Furnaces are forced air heaters, meaning that they heat air directly and then distribute that heat throughout the house via a system of ductwork. Like any heater, furnaces have their pros and their cons. Many of these cons are corrected by the way in which a boiler, on the other hand, distributes heat throughout a house. That’s what we are going to be looking at today.

Boilers have been around for a very long time, and it is really no surprise that they maintain such a level of popularity today. While the boiler may not be right for every home or every homeowner–no heater is, or else there wouldn’t be so many options available!–it is the right fit for many situations. Read on, and be sure to contact our Greenwich, CT HVAC professionals if you have any questions about using a boiler in your home.

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When Are Furnace Repairs Necessary?

March 19th, 2018

furnace-wiringImagine a word in which you know for certain that your heater is always going to be there for you, no matter what. You fire it up when the temperature drops, and you shut it back down once things warm up again. Wouldn’t that be something?  Of course, aside from living in an ongoing fantasy world, you just are not going to be able to enjoy this type of reliability from any heater, your furnace included.

The fact of the matter is that your furnace is a mechanical system, and that means that you will eventually need professional furnace repairs in Fairfield, CT.  When it comes to such repairs, there is one mantra to keep in mind: the sooner, the better. If you notice trouble at the start of the heating season, you may be quick to spring into action. Maybe not so much at the end of the season—but you should be.

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How to Avoid HVAC Problems

March 5th, 2018

technician-workingEvery homeowner is eventually going to require professional HVAC repairs at some point. We apologize if that sounds pessimistic to you,  but we have another word for it: realistic. The fact of the matter is that no heater or air conditioning system will ever be 100% reliable. Mechanical systems of all kinds fail from time to time, and there is nothing in the foreseeable future that is going to change that fact. Does that mean that you should just resign yourself to an unreliable HVAC performance, though?

Of course not! While there is no way to make your system 100% reliably, you can certainly take certain measures to ensure that you are able to get the most dependable performance possible from your HVAC systems. In fact, that is exactly what we’ll be talking about in today’s post. So strap in, and take some advice from the Greenwich, CT HVAC professionals on our team about how you can limit your experience with HVAC problems.

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Why HVAC Tune-Ups Are So Important

February 19th, 2018

Furnace-technicianWhether in the dead of winter or at the height of summer heat, you want to live comfortably in your home. That doesn’t sound like too much to ask to us. So why are so many homeowners putting their HVAC systems at risk? No, we’re talking about willfully tossing a wrench into the gears. But truth be told, taking too lax an attitude toward your HVAC maintenance needs is not much better. If you don’t schedule annual tune-ups with Fairfield, CT HVAC professionals, you’re looking for trouble.

We offer both residential and commercial maintenance plans, so there is really no reason as to why you should be missing out on all of the benefits of routine HVAC tune-ups—not to mention the additional benefits that come along with our maintenance services! Contact a member of our team today to enroll. It’s simple and the rewards are too great to overlook. Now let’s take a look at why you do indeed need routine HVAC maintenance.

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Heat Pump Repairs: Refrigerant Leaks

February 5th, 2018

service-timeModern HVAC systems are generally well-designed and you can count on trusted manufacturers to build them to last. There’s been plenty of time over the decades to innovate and to work kinks out of the systems. This applies to everything from the boiler to the heat pump. No mechanical system is going to function at a level of 100% reliability, though. Even the best systems fall prey to operational issues from time to time. Some of them are fairly simple fixes.

If you do use a heat pump, however, you really need to report any signs of trouble right away. Heat pumps, like central air conditioners, are reliant upon the refrigerant cycle in their operation. If you encounter a refrigerant leak in your system, then it is possible for that system to suffer serious damages when the problem is ignored or, as is often the case, simply unnoticed. In today’s post, we’ll be discussing what refrigerant does in the system, signs of refrigerant leaks, and how low refrigerant can affect your heat pump in Norwalk, CT.

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Is the Air in Your Home too Dry?

January 17th, 2018

woman-relaxingHopefully not, because it is much more than a “minor” issue, despite what some homeowners may seem to think. What many homeowners don’t seem to realize is the fact that very dry air can strike your home at any time of the year—even when the weather is hot and muggy outdoors! Today, we’re going to discuss the effects that dry air can have on your property, as well as the greatest solution to the problem that is currently available to homeowners.

That is the whole-house humidifier. It is true that there are portable, standalone humidifiers that you may place throughout your home. That is fine if you’re just trying to humidify, say, a child’s nursery. However, for a whole-house solution, a whole-house system is without a doubt the best way to go. Give us a call if you are ready to start using a whole-house humidifier in Westport, CT.

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Why Does My Heater Keep Starting and Stopping?

January 8th, 2018

dog-under-blanketIf your heater is up and running and producing heat, then you may think that everything is just fine. This is not necessarily true, though, and that is a lesson that too many homeowners wind up learning the hard way. In fact, you should never wait for your heater to break down completely before scheduling repairs. There are plenty of other problems that will develop leading up to such an event, and they all deserve to be taken seriously. This is the case with short cycling.

Today, we are going to look at what short cycling really is, as well as the problems that may cause it—and the problems caused by it. While short cycling may not cause your system to break down immediately, it is going to take its toll over time, and it will produce a number of negative effects along the way. It gets too cold around here to take any such chances with your heater in Norwalk, CT.

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